Rye Team

Find out more about our team of vets, nurses and support team working at Rye Veterinary Surgery.

Luca Gaffuri – DMV, MRCVS, GPCert(Endo) – Veterinary Surgeon & Clinical Director


Jenny Jordan – BVetMed.MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Jenny joined our Kingsnorth branch in 2012 and moved to our Rye branch in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys photography with her husband, Andy and also horse riding.

Adam Urbanski – DVM MRCVS PgCert (SAS) – Veterinary Surgeon

Adam qualified in 2005 and joined our practice in 2020, specialising in ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics.  He is currently studying towards a certificate in small animal diagnostic imagery.  Out of work Adam enjoys spending time with his family and playing the piano and guitar.

Sarah Startup – Group Practice Manager

Sarah has worked in veterinary practice since 1989 as a Receptionist.  Sarah joined our Kingsnorth branch when it was opened in Summer 2001, becoming Branch Manager in 2007 and Group Practice Manager of Cinque Ports Vets & Milbourn Equine in 2016.  She is assisted in her office by Izzy her rescue terrier.

Mel Stern – Branch Manager

Mel joined our Practice in 2007 taking overall responsibility for our administration at our Rye branch drawing on her experience in management and administration from previous careers. During her spare time she enjoys all aspects of country life and riding her Gypsy Cob, Buddy.

Alex Brotherston – RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

Alex has rejoined the practice in April 2017 at Rye branch where she originally trained to become a veterinary nurse.  Alex is kept very busy with her lovely little girl Amelia who is into everything, as well as her three cats.

Nicole Versteegh – RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Nicole graduated as an RVN in Holland in 2000. She has worked in mainly small animal practice, but also has some equine experience. Nicole moved to the UK in 2006, when she met her partner and lived and worked as an RVN in mixed practice (small and farm) in the Lake District. She has also lived in New Zealand on and off for about three years where she worked as RVN and did some volunteer work at Auckland Zoo. Nicole relocated to lovely Kent in early 2017 and joined us in 2018 . She loves travelling to exotic places and hiking/climbing.  She will hopefully be collecting cats and chickens now she has a house of her own.

Amy Tompsett – RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Amy qualified as a nurse in 2010, joining Cinque Ports Vets in 2016, working at our Rye and Tenterden branches. Amy enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but is particularly interested in feline nursing and behaviour and running nursing clinics. At home, Amy is kept busy with her young daughter and has two rescue cats, Maggie and Betty.

Tara Evans – GradDip VN RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Tara joined Cinque Ports in 2003 where she completed her veterinary nurse training and qualified in 2006.  She became head nurse in 2008 and went on to complete her assessor training to aid the future training of student veterinary nurses within practice.  She left full time work in 2018 to pursue other challenges but helps us on our Saturday rota. Her companions at home include three cats and a bearded dragon.

Issy Le Pla – Patient Care Assistant

Issy joined our Rye branch in 2015 and hopes to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse.  Outside of work Issy is an accomplished Western rider successfully competing on her horse Sushi, and representing Britain in America and Europe.  One of her great achievements has been to win an FEI bronze medal.  Aside from riding Issy enjoys spending time with her Labrador, Hallie.

Rebecca Rhodes – Head Receptionist

Rebecca joined the Rye team in July 2015.  During her spare time Rebecca enjoys creating, reading, gardening and looking after her dog, Peggy and cat, Mr Tumnus.

Catherine Oakley- Receptionist

Catherine joined us in September 2015 as a receptionist. She previously worked for a number of years at a local rehoming centre as an animal welfare assistant and dog behaviourist. Catherine has owned dogs from Wolfhounds to Chihuahuas and currently owns a Chinese Crested, Chihuahua and Precious, her 14 year old Pug. Catherine also keeps reptiles, a rabbit, guinea pig and a skinny pig, all of whom keep her very busy!

Paula Pearce – Receptionist

Paula joined us in 2017 having previously worked at the Blue Cross until its closure in 2016. In her spare time Paula enjoys walking, particularly the British coastal paths. She especially likes to take her daughter’s Labrador along with her on these walks.  In the past Paula has bred Cocker Spaniels.

Cindy Bridges – Receptionist

Cindy joined our team at Rye in 2017.  Cindy has previously gained experience in retail and office environments.  She has also owned and worked with horses, training to BHS AI level and passing her BHS Stage 2 exam.  In her spare time, Cindy enjoys yoga and sup boarding and has a blue belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu.  She also has a dog and two cats.