Meet Our Team
Dr Perry Kazantzis
Practice Owner (BVSc)
Perry graduated from Melbourne University in 2000 and has worked at the practice since graduation. He has pursued his interest in surgery through further study and is an accomplished soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeon. He has also obtained his qualification in the PennHip technique for early diagnosis of hip dysplasia.
Dr Rachel Picot
Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))
Rachel graduated in 1999 from Melbourne University and joined the practice in 2007. She has completed further study in both internal medicine and ultrasonography, and performs both abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds for our patients.
Perry and Rachel have been married since 2002. Their daughter Deni shares her parents love of animals. They share their home with Othello – a Schnoodle who Perry rescued as a puppy (performing heart surgery to save his life) and their two new additions – Luna, a beautiful champagne mink Tonkinese girl and Neo, a gorgeous blue Burmese boy.
Dr Sasha van Deventer
Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons))
Sasha graduated from Melbourne University in 2008 and has been working at Burvale Heights ever since. She lives in a house ruled by two neurotic cats, both of which have been acquired as strays over the years. Sasha has a special interest in feline medicine, and has completed further study in this field to better service our feline friends, as well as training in ultrasonography to perform ultrasounds on both cats and dogs.
Sasha has recently returned from maternity leave. She is working part time for the moment, so she can spend time with her beautiful baby girl, Jasmine.
Dr Sharnee Lehrmayer
Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons))
Sharnee is a Melbourne University graduate from 2010 and has also been part of our team since graduation. She is owned by Xena, a brown Burmese cat who is very mischievous and likes to terrorise Sharnee on a daily basis, and new addition Salem, a black domestic shorthair kitten, who likes to terrorise Xena on a daily basis. Sharnee has a special interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology and clinical pathology and enjoys keeping up to date with new and developing treatment options at conferences both in Australia and abroad.
Tarryn joined the team as a locum nurse for 3 weeks in September 2017 and never left. Her love of animals began at a very young age. After feeling helpless watching her own dog endure extensive treatment for a terminal illness, she decided she wanted to step in and be a source of comfort for furry patients who are scared whilst being away from their parents for treatment.She enjoys all aspects of nursing and treats each patient as if they were her own. Her favourite part of the day is seeing the joy of each patient as they reunite with their parents. She shares her home with a hyperactive larrikin Pug called Odin and a regal elderly Bloodhound called Florence. The unlikely duo are inseparable and regularly model outfits together on instagram.
Liz has been nursing for the past 3 years and joined our team in October 2017. She has always had a great love for animals and caring for them. She loves all aspects of nursing especially surgery, after studying Biological Science at university. She loves learning new skills in the clinic. Outside of work Liz likes to bake, play video games and getting out and going horseriding – although she doesn’t currently own her own horse. She is ruled by Maddock the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lacey the blue tabby and new addition Vincent, the silver ticked tabby.
Kadri-Liis joined our team in October 2017 as a certified veterinary nurse. She is dedicated to providing love and care for all our patients and is enjoying partaking in surgeries and medical procedures. Kadri used to be an early childhood development teacher and is now thriving, persuing her life’s dream to nurse animals. Since Christmas 2017, Kadri and her husband have been busy raising Roy, their energetic, life loving border collie puppy.
Leah has been in the animal industry for almost 10 years. She started her career as a cattery attendant and has gone from there. She started working as a vet nurse over five years ago. She spent 18 months working with thoroughbreds studying Equine Stud Management but decided that small animal nursing was the perfect job for her. Leah joined the team in February 2018. She has a passion for orthopedic surgery, ultrasounds and loves to meet all our patients and getting to know our clients. Outside of work, Leah has two Cavalier x Cocker Spaniels, Poppy and Marley, and an Eastern Short Necked Turtle.
I started my grooming journery in 2015 at Dog Diversity Grooming School, after graduating I was lucky enough to continue my training with two fantastic groomers in Hawthorn. I have always loved animals especially dogs, starting with my family dog Molly, a Labrador who will always have my heart! My partner Aaron and I now have two of my own dogs Maverick and Willow who are both Border Collies, a cat named Murphy, and my lovely rabbit named Chester. My favourite thing about being a groomer is my clients both furry and not! I feel very blessed to build relationships with the most important member of peoples family’s and to be apart of their owners life too! I love working alongside the team at Burvale, and am so lucky to have my dream job. I am always happy to chat and answer any grooming related questions you have, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Annie is the most loved staff member of all – the Burvale Heights Vet’s cat and mascot. She came into our care in 2005 after being hit by a car on Springvale Road. She enjoys spending most of her day snoozing in the staff room, trying to steal tuna and scraps from the other staff’s lunches and chasing balls of paper. Occasionally she’ll help greet clients at reception, or sneak into an unoccupied consult room for a nap in front of the heater.