Meet our Surgery Team – Specialists

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Dr Sonya Wasik

BVSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), MANZCVS, Diplomate ECVS

Sonya graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Queensland in 2003. After two years in mixed practice, Sonya undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Melbourne. Upon completion of a surgical residency at the University of Sydney, Sonya was based in Adelaide in referral practice for several years, prior to returning to Melbourne. Sonya enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery, including orthopaedics, soft tissue and neurosurgery, with a special interest in orthopaedics. Sonya is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a registered specialist in small animal surgery. 

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Dr Charles Kuntz

DVM, MS, MACVSc, Diplomate ACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology, Registered Specialist of Small Animal Surgery, Senior Staff Surgeon

Charles graduated from the University of Florida and did an internship at the Animal Medicine Center in New York City. He then did a residency in small animal surgery and Master’s program at Virginia Tech. Following that he did a one-year fellowship in Cardiac Surgery and Research at Auburn University and an 18 month Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University before he became an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery also at Colorado State University. Charles then started a busy referral surgical practice in Washington DC where he was also on the Board of Directors and the Program Chair for the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2004, Charles moved to Australia and started Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals. He started with just one nurse and by the time he sold the practice in 2022, Southpaws was up to 170 staff over 2 hospitals. Charles set up the first radiation therapy unit for animals in Australia. He has published hundreds of articles, abstracts, book chapters and proceedings in topics related to the treatment of surgical diseases in animals. He is often invited to lecture at international conferences. Charles has 5 patents for devices used in the treatment of surgical diseases in animals.

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