Daniel Bell – Veterinary Surgeon
Dan is a partner in The Sands Veterinary Practice. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 following in his fathers footsteps. He worked for a short while in mixed practice in the heart of North Wales until following his passion in small animal practice, moving to Manchester. Shortly after, Dan became a director of his own company, along with his father, providing small animal locum services across the UK until settling down in a practice on the Wirral.
Dan achieved his Post Graduate Certificate in small animal surgery in 2021 and now provides an onsite Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue service as well as travelling to many other practices across the North West and North Wales.
Dan deals with all types of surgical cases, however, has a particular interest in fracture repair, cruciate ligament disease and the management of the arthritic patients. In his spare time, Dan has a keen interest in all sports including Sailing, Skiing and Tennis to name just a few.
He looks forward to offering his very best to his new clients at the Sands.
Fiona Wall – Veterinary Surgeon
Fiona is a Veterinary Surgeon of 24 years experience having qualified at Glasgow University. She lives locally in Kelsall with her family, husband Stuart and two sons Jake and Charlie.
She loves all aspects of working as a Veterinary surgeon, medical cases and surgery alike. She also practices acupuncture for pets with painful conditions and finds acupuncture a really helpful addition to conventional medicine.
She has a big personality and loves getting to know the pets’ characters, how they tick and what works for them.
She has two Norfolk Terriers, Miss MoneyPenny and her son Nick Nack, a Bengal cat called Roger and a snake called Bertie.
Emma Johnson BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Emma qualified from The University of Liverpool in 1998.
She has spent the majority of her career working around the Wirral and Chester area, initially in mixed practice moving to small animals only when she realised there is no way she could know and do it all!
She lives on the family farm and can be found there outside of work, looking after her horses, dogs (Beagles and Labrador x Springer Spaniel), cats, her daughter and her husband, usually in that order!
When not with her four legged friends she enjoys cooking, eating out, theatre and reading.
Robyn Elson – Head Veterinary Nurse
Robyn graduated from Harper Adams University in 2009 and attained her Veterinary Nurse qualification in 2010.
She started her professional career in Oswestry, Shropshire. She later returned to her home town of Colwyn Bay, North Wales for 2 years then made the move to Cheshire in 2014 as Head Veterinary Nurse, in a small animal practice.
She has a keen interest in all things general practice offers, building a great relationship with clients and their pets and offering the highest level of care.
Robyn has a passion for the outdoors, and can often be seen walking her Cocker Spaniel Beatrice in Delamere or on her paddle board, Beatrice pride of place at the front of the board.
Lisa Sanders – Veterinary Nurse
Lisa has worked in the veterinary industry since 2000 and qualified as an RVN in 2013.
She worked in first opinion practice as well as multidisciplinary referral, ophthalmic referral and exotics referral.
When she was younger Lisa rode horses but nowadays prefers swimming and playing board games.
She has had many pets including two Guinea pigs, four rabbits, three hamsters, cold water and tropical fish, thirteen rats, a canary and two cockatoo!
Danielle Hardley – Veterinary Nurse
Danielle qualified in 2003 and has worked within small animal practice ever since.
In her time away from work she loves family life with her husband and children and spending time on the lake paddle boarding together.
She has a super cute Chihuahua called Charlie and a collection of guinea pigs.
Debbie Gilbertson – Client Support Team Leader
Debbie started her career within The Veterinary industry in 1984, as a trainee Veterinary Nurse. Since then, she has held various roles, both in Veterinary Practice and in the industry, spanning over 35 years!
She joins The Sands Veterinary Practice, where she will lead the Client Support team, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, but most importantly is an expert puppy cuddler!
Debbie is also a Registered Animal Medicines Adviser (RAMA) and is happy to advise you on your pet’s worm and flea treatments.
Any spare time Debbie has, you will find her happily outside in her wellies tending to her menagerie of animals, including Lilly her 12-year old pet sheep.
Michael Griffiths – Client Support
Michael has worked in a client support role within Veterinary Practice for the past 5 years after many years of being in Hotel Management.
He has a great passion for helping people, the health care of their pets and enjoys all aspects of his role.
In his spare time he is always busy working on his small holding, where he has horses, rare breed chickens, a goat and Valais Blacknose Sheep.
His Jack Russell’s are never far away and he has been breeding Ragdoll cats for the past 20 years.
Faye Ingles – Client Support
Faye was born and grew up in South Africa. Although her dream of becoming a vet didn’t quite work out she did go on to train as a veterinary nurse.
Although Faye has tried working in many different sectors her love for animals has kept bringing her back to the veterinary world.
She loves all aspects of working in a vets but her passion is helping clients keep their animals weight in check. She will be running a weight clinic so please come and see her if you have any questions or concerns about your pets weight.
Faye lives with her husband, son and their 2 dogs and 2 cats and keeps telling her husband there is room for more!’
Alice Grindley – Receptionist
Alice has worked in the veterinary industry for the last 6 years as a receptionist and also in management.
She always knew she wanted to work in an environment surrounded by animals from a very young age and really feels she’s found her niche working in a client facing role in a veterinary practice as she loves animals and meeting new people.
In her spare time Alice loves being outdoors going for long walks, visiting new places, especially national trust and English heritage buildings (“I’m a sucker for history!”) and spending time her family and friends.