Our Staff



Dr. Elizabeth Woolsey-Herbert


As the daughter of a California equine veterinarian, Elizabeth (Boo to her friends) grew up in the business. She learned to ride on ponies that her father acquired over the years for non-payment.

That gave her the glue-legs that kept her relatively unharmed during her brief jumping career. She graduated from UC Davis in physiology then did an MS (this time veterinary physiology) and received her D.V.M. at her favourite university, Auburn. War Eagle.

She began practice in her dad’s equine clinic, and then went out on her own before moving to Australia, where she again started  her own equine clinic now known as Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic

She lives with an array or animals including her favourite Lochy the Wonder Horse, her step-son Duncan an air force pilot when he is in Adelaide and hungry, and her daughter Shelley. She is a published author: Horse Doctor An American Vets Life Down Under and she is currently in the process of publishing her second book which is a compilation of Inspiring Teacher Stories.

The second in the Horse Doctor Series is about half written and she encourages you to remind her of events that might be “book  worthy”.




Naomi Wigzell

Veterinary Nurse

Naomi has been surrounded by horses all her life, and at the age of 15 joined the State Emergency Service and the mounted division at Kapunda. She is an integral member of the mounted team who serves the community from anything such as security at public events, to helping the mounted police with land searches.

Naomi completed high school at the end of 2011 and since then has completed her Certificate in Equine Nursing from Scone Equine Hospital. Her hobbies include horse riding, wakeboarding and netball.




Jodie Vaughan

Office Manager

Jodie joined APEC in March 2011. She is often your first point of contact in the event of an emergency, when making appointments, and manages all of the accounts. She has many years of experience in reception and book keeping roles, and loves that she can combine that with her passion for horses.

Out of work Jodie is actively involved with Pheva Equestrian Vaulting Club where her daughter Annalise vault’s, and watching her son Brayden compete in motocross. Meanwhile she tries to find time between all of that to ride her quarter horse Ash.



Jodee O’Leary


Jodee O’Leary is our receptionist. Jodee has been around horses for many years (won’t say how long it will show her age), she started her career early riding track work in the mornings before school. She has a Certificate II in equine studies and accredited in OHS business operations.

She is a National level show Horse Judge and has shown horses at Royal and National level for many years, she still enjoys riding and competing, training and educating show horses, she was the founder of Show Horse Council SA and secured Hygain sponsorship back in 2002-3 to hold one of the state’s biggest Show Horse event “The Hygain Horse Of The Year”.

Jodee is married to Peter (livestock buyer/stockman) and has 3 children; Courtney (who is following in mums footsteps) and twins Lachlan & Benjamin (fantastic footballers). The O’Learys live on a farm between Mallala & Hamley Bridge




Sandy Brown

Veterinary Nurse

After a short post baby hiatus #2 (the last addition), I have returned to one of my favourite places on earth. Its a little sad to say but I have missed you all. The grey matter is still a little mushy (like it wasn’t always) and the connections lines for information are little rusty. But on the whole it’s like I’ve never left. I would like to thank the wonderful team at APEC for welcoming me back with open arms and for all the fabulous clients for their kind words and patient smiles.

To all you newbie’s out there I grew up on a sheep station ¾ of a Million Acers in the East Murchison of Western Australia. I followed my dream of horses to the racing stables with Glyn Pretty and then the famous Lindsay Park and later the green acres of Milluna Stud One Tree Hill Where I bred handled, trained, and sold every aspect of Thoroughbreds around Australia for the better part of Ten years.  I love my rodeo, carriage driving, tent pegging, barrel racing, eventing, showjumping, vaulting, hacking, cutting, reigning ,axe throwing, mounted archery and camp drafting.

If you can’t find me there I will be with my other horsepower passion (anything with a motor).

Looking forward to getting my hands dirty and learning something new everyday.


Lisette Santin

Veterinary Nurse

Lisette brings to the APEC team a broad range of veterinary assistant and reception skills having worked previously in Veterinary, Medical and Retail businesses. Lisette has certificates and completed training in medical records, accounts, OH&S, Horse Husbandry and is an Accredited Judge. Her great sense of humour and ‘hands on’ approach to work has seen her openly welcomed to the APEC team.

Lisette’s personal interest in horses and work at various studs are highlighted by her involvement in yearling preparations for and at the Magic Millions. Watch out for Lisette at the Magic Millions in March at Morphettville.



Jordan Ashby

Veterinary Nurse

I grew up on a property near Howlong, NSW, about 20km out of Albury. I spent my childhood surrounded by all sorts of farm animals, from dogs to cattle, to horses. Now there are around 30 horses on site, ranging from broodmares with foals to Olympic hopefuls.

Currently I am working as a Vet Nurse here at APEC whilst I complete my studies at University to become a Veterinarian. Once I graduate I hope to continue my involvement in the equine industry, particularly in reproductive services and management of performance horses. I have a special passion for helping performance horses and their riders meet the demands placed on them throughout their lives.