meet the team

Balanced Being Veterinary Centre – We are a hard team to beat, working together for the good of the patients and clients that we serve. Sue is joined by qualified veterinary surgeons, chiropractors and veterinary nurses brilliantly complemented by admin staff running the business side of the centre. We are all committed to the unique concept we have created and to providing a model of excellence in client care.

Dr Sue Armstrong MRCVSDr Sue Armstrong MA VetMB VETMFHom CertlAVH MRCVS RSHom
Veterinary Surgeon & Homeopath

Sue is a 1984 graduate of Cambridge University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1996 she became a Veterinary Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in England, after training with the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group (HPTG), Oxford. Sue later became a tutor and then partner of the HPTG. She was a founder member of the British Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (BHVMA) and was President in 2003. She is a past President of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) and President of the College of Animal Homeopathic Medicine (CAHM) in Canada. She is now the Education Director of the British Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (BAVH). In 2003 Sue set up Balanced Being that has homeopathy as the core philosophy of this thriving practice that offers treatment to both animals and humans. Sue has written and published many papers; she also lectures and consults internationally in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan and the USA as well as throughout the UK and Ireland. Sue is a contributing author of Foundations of Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine edited by Robert Adams and Canine Nutrigenomics written by Jean Dodds and Diana Laverdure (2015). Sue is the author of The Little Book of Thinking Dog published by Fisher King Publishing. Sue’s latest book entitled Cancer in Animals: What is to be Cured? is due out this year.

Dr Jade Paturaux MRCVS
Veterinary SurgeonJade

I am a 2012 graduate of Veterinary National School of Nantes (France). I undertook an internship after my graduation in the Vet school of Lyon (still France) where my interest in surgery and imaging became stronger.

I moved to Leeds in January 2014 with the firm intention to enjoy English life for a long time.

In my spare time, I love drawing, doing yoga and I do love cooking (and eating the food of course).

Nancy Griffiths
Finance Manager

Born and raised in Rochester, Kent I moved to Yorkshire in 1975. My first job on leaving school at 16 was as an accounts clerk, which certainly proved to be valuable training. Many years later with experience gained in a variety of environments including export, computers and legal I now continue to use those skills to help keep the finances in order. I have to admit to being a spreadsheet geek and get great pleasure out of figures that balance at the end of a month. I also spent 15 years as an HR Manager, and use those skills here and in other small businesses to keep them up to date on employment issues. In my spare time I have a very chunky traditional coloured cob and two very needy cats, who make sure that I don’t have money to fritter on niceties

Lisa Brown RVN, VHA, D32/33 Assessor
Head Nurse

I started my career as a student veterinary nurse at the age of 18yrs, working for Sue Armstrong. After completing my Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in Preston, I qualified in 1996 and have been working with Sue for 20 years. I genuinely love all aspects of my vocation especially running nurse clinics, taking care of inpatients and monitoring patients during anaesthesia/assisting with surgical procedures. Outside of work I have a busy life looking after my two children aged 11yrs and 13yrs as well as my husband! We have a golden retriever (who I adore), 5 cats and 6 chickens so there’s never a dull moment!

Lauren Lisa Moore
Veterinary Nurse

I began my career in veterinary nursing over 8 years ago in Australia, and have been involved in many aspects of veterinary nursing and animal care from breeding and selling thoroughbreds for Australia’s second leading stud to quarantine assistant for horses flying in and out of Australia. My Nursing career began with equine medicine and later lead me to small animal, also having the opportunity to work in a holistic natural animal care veterinary clinic. I love all aspects of veterinary nursing and have a strong passion for the benefits that massage can bring to our fury friends, be it to relax or to help release muscle tension after a hard days work or simply because they had to much fun on the weekend. I have made the big move from Australia to England with my boyfriend in March 2015, we are both excited to be settling down and renovating our new house together and making Fulford our new home. When I am not at work I love cooking, gardening and riding horses.

Dawn Ash BSc (Hons) ABT
Animal Behaviourist/Nursing Assistant

Dawn graduated from Bishop Burton College in 2005 gaining a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training. For many years Dawn worked at Dogs For Life where she gained valuable hands on experience. She is now a valuable member of the Balanced Being team. It was at Dogs for Life that she met her best friend Indiana, a fearful Labrador that taught her so much about going against the textbook of dog training. In her spare time Dawn also attended various courses as part of the Kennel Club Accredited Scheme for dog training and canine behaviour – KCAI. With a successful business of her own, No Longer In The Dog House, which keeps her busy running her own companion animal agility/obedience and puppy classes as well as taking private one to one lessons along with house visits, Dawn is kept very busy. Dawn also runs our Balanced Being puppy parties covering general behaviour, dog care and life skills training to help equip owners for the things a new puppy will encounter in its first year off its life. The puppy parties are very important to begin the learning process and socialization for any puppy. Behavioural Clinics are also running at the practice now where Dawn will be on hand to discuss any problems with your dog and do some training also. You may be struggling with behaviours either at home, on walks or maybe a nervous dog coming into the practice. The clinics are designed to allow you to work as a team and encourage the needs of you and your dog. There will be plenty of homework!

Janet Rodgers QCF Level 2 in Customer Service
Receptionist

I have worked with Sue for seventeen years altogether, and I have worked at Balanced Being since it opened its doors twelve years ago. Whilst working at Balanced Being I have had the privilege to meet some amazing people and animals, and have formed friendships that have continued long after the pets are sadly no longer with us. Outside of work I have started horse riding again, I love walking my dog Gnasher and spending time with my Family.