Meet Our Team



John Houghton

Veterinarian (BVSc, MRCVS.)

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1993 and have worked in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and in three States in Australia. As a result, I have extensive experience in all aspects of small animal medine, surgery and emergency care. My special interests include surgery, opthalmology (eyes) and diagnostic imaging (X-rays and ultrasound).

We have a great team here, at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital, which I am very proud to be part of. I couldn't imagine having a vet clinic anywhere other than Perth Hills, we are blessed to have a lot of very special patients and clients.

Becky Della Franca

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS(Hons).)

After my first few years at an emergency hospital and then a busy small animal hospital, I have gained invaluable experience in emergency medicine and critical care and all aspects of canine and feline medicine which is where my interests lie. However it's watching the human-animal bond grow and helping our furry family members by providing compassionate gentle care that make my job so special.
Having grown up in the perth hills and now living there, I am so excited to join the Kalamunda Vet family and look forward to meeting our special patients and their families.
With my husband, our own furry family includes a devoted Border Collie, Ellie, an exuberant Golden Retriever cross, Raphael, and a cuddly Australian Stock Horse cross, Keska.

Ashleigh D'Alonzo

Veterinarian (BSc., BVMS.)

Before I came to Kalamunda I was working up North where I gained experience in emergency and after-hours work. Since moving back down to Perth I have been increasing my skills in animal dentistry. I do my best to find treatment plans that suit both owners and their pets. I am happy to take extra time with anxious fur-babies as I find earning their trust extremely rewarding. My favourite part of being a vet is that every day is different and provides a different challenge.

Stefanie McMahon

Veterinarian (BSc., BVMS, GDipEd (Tertiary).)

After completing my veterinary degree I moved to the Wheatbelt of Western Australia working as a mixed practice veterinarian. I enjoyed my time in the country and was fortunate to see many unusual cases and emergencies. I later went on to pursue a Specialty Traineeship (Internship) in Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Murdoch University. In 2016 I completed my Post Graduate Diploma of Tertiary Education as a part of my role in teaching the veterinary students.

I was keen to start practising at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital as I thoroughly enjoy helping owners take care of their animals, and meeting my young patients! Since returning to general practice I have completed the Fear Free course for low stress animal handling and management, and am a Fear Free Certified Veterinarian.

Kym Tapley

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

I graduated from Murdoch University in 1998 and started my career in mixed practice in the Perth foothills.  I saw a wide caseload there and was also exposed to challenging emergency work which is something I still enjoy today.  Since then I have worked in a variety of busy small animal hospitals around Perth and am now so fortunate to be working with the amazing team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital. 
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary work but in particular I have a special interest in dentistry which has become quite a passion.
I also really enjoy dermatology, emergency and critical care and soft tissue surgery.
Out of work I'm mum to three amazing children, a couple of crazy but cute miniature dachshunds and a cat who dislikes the vertically challenged canine family members immensely!
I also enjoy music, dancing and eating out.

Rebekah Outred

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

Growing up in the hills' of Perth surrounded by animals and an interest in all things science, it was a natural progression for me to become a Vet. I started off working at a busy emergency hospital for my first few years after graduating before moving to Melbourne for a short stint at a small animal practice over there. In September 2015 I returned to the hills' and joined the amazing team at KVH.
I have special interests in soft tissue surgery and all aspects of cat, dog and rabbit medicine. I most enjoy meeting people and getting to know all the little personalities of their pets.
My fur children consist of Hermione, a golden retriever x labradoodle and 2 cats called Hamish and Harlow.
My interests outside of work include soccer, travel, Harry Potter, horse riding and supporting the Fremantle Dockers.

Tracy Houghton

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

Blessed to be born in Zimbabwe,  to parents that were devoted to animal welfare, I had the honour of always being surrounded by so many different kinds of God's creatures.  Animals that needed to be loved and cared for, a stark contrast to what they had experienced up to that point in their lives. After walking a few different and very interesting paths, I find myself at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital, alongside my husband, John. Still surrounded by the 'beating hearts' of these furry people,  I cannot imagine my world without the joy of making a difference to the animals that share this world with us.

Virginia Alakron

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I moved to Kalamunda from the Philippines where I worked as a Veterinarian, with my husband and 3 beautiful daughters in 2008. In 2009 I started working with the team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital as Head Theatre Nurse and have enjoyed working here ever since.

Kate Mitchell

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I have always been interested in animals from a young age. My interest peaked when I began volunteering at Native Animal Rescue in 2009. From there I completed my certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services in 2011 and then my certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing, graduating in 2012. I have been part of the team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital since 2012 and I absolutely love it!  I have two Siberian Huskies and three cats.

Sarah Sambridge


Before coming to Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital 7 years ago I was helping my husband run his Electrical contracting business. I have been part of this community for 45 years and I enjoy meeting and talking to all the people that walk through our door.
I am very honoured and proud to be part of such an amazing veterinary team and look forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

Amber-Rose Kirk

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I have grown up around a large variety of animals and I spent my teenage years on a quarter horse stud/hobby farm just outside of Geraldton, where I enjoyed a variety of equine disciplines.

I moved to Perth at the age of 17 to explore my career options and a few years later I have finally found the opportunity to pursue a career working with animals. Through blood sweat and tears I have finally completed my Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing studies and am now proud to be a qualified nurse.

I have a 4 year old Rottweiler named Dissoto and I absolutely love rats! I have previously had my own family of 5, they are definitely the coolest pets I’ve had!

My interests include music, concerts and local gigs, Disney movies and a variety of TV series including The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

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