Maraboon Pet Resort Staff



Practice Manager - Alliza Marino

Alliza has been apart of the Maraboon family since October 2014. She currently manages both the Maraboon Vet Surgery and Maraboon Pet Resort. Being apart of the Maraboon Pet Resort dream since the beginning, Alliza has worked closely with Angi and Alec to ensure the facility runs efficiently and effectively. With high regard for customer service, Alliza ensures services are managed and received for both the clients and their pets. Look out for Alliza's husky Leia while at the resort as she likes to welcome and play with the doggy guests in the exercise yards! 


Receptionist - Kamahn Marks

Kamahn came on board the Maraboon Pet Resort team before opening in September 2016. With strong customer service skills and a very approachable nature, Kamahn is able to help you out at the front desk or over the phone with kindness and professionalism. With a beautiful German Shepherd named Kali at home, Kamahn has a love for all animals (especially dogs) and will definitely go the extra mile to ensure your pet has the best stay possible at MPR. 

Receptionist - Deb Herwin

Keeping recruitment within the Herwin family, Deb came on board with us as receptionist in November 2019. Deb is very experienced in the customer service industry and brings efficiency and organisation to our front desk team. Deb is always there to answer your questions and make you feel welcome when your step into the resort. Though she hasn’t been with us long, you can rely on Deb to get your pets booked in for whatever you need and she’ll always get your questions answered. Plus all pets love her! At home, you’ll find Deb cuddled up with the family husky, Nina.



Senior Groomer - Chontelle McGirr

Chon joined the Maraboon family in May 2016 as a veterinary nurse and groomer. Chontelle has a love for all animals and since moving to a property in Emerald, Chontelle has made herself right at home. As a fully qualified vet nurse, Chontelle is very experienced with all small animals and is has a wealth of knowledge about animal care and medicine. Since starting, Chontelle has also finished her track 1 IPG certificate which qualifies her an internationally recognised groomer. She is experienced and qualified to do all types of grooms and is our in-house CUSTOM groomer! Poodles, westies, schnauzers, you name it - she can do it! So if you are looking for that breed specific groom - Chon is your groomer! In her spare time, Chontelle likes to spend time with her little family at home and care for her own animals. 


Senior Groomer - Miriam Kipka

Miram started working at MVS and MPR in 2018. Originally from Germany, Miriam came to Australia in 2012 to follow her dream of working with animals out in the country. With a hard working attitude and a good instinct for reading animals, we couldn’t help but hire her! Miriam spends half her shifts at the pet resort where she assists with the grooming and half at the vet clinic as one of our vet nurses. She has a particular fondness for working with different animal personalities and loves every big dog that comes into the clinic. Outside of work Miriam works out on stations with her partner, mustering and looking after cattle. Miriam also has a real big soft spot for her dogs, Blacky and Tiger who are very lucky to have her as their fur-parent!

Senior Groomer - Madison Ross

Madi started with MPR in December 2018. As a fully qualified hairdresser looking for a change, we knew Madi was destined to become our new superstar groomer! Madi's experience shines through with her grooms and her natural ability with dogs has excelled her as a groomer very quickly! Madi already finished her track one IPG qualification and her classic grooms and teddy clips are fantastic! At home, Madi has a gorgeous rotty named Bino, and a wonderful rescue dog named Nacho. Both are cheeky little monkeys but bring much joy to Madi and her partner, James. 



Doggy Day Care Assistant - Georgia Herwin

Georgia has been a part of the Maraboon Family since 2017. Coming to the Maraboon Vet initially for Year 10 work experience, Georgia impressed us with her maturity, initiative and way with animals. Georgia then came on board with us as a trainee vet nurse and completed her Cert II in animal studies in 2019. Georgia is now cross-trained between the resort and vet clinic, taking on the role of full-time Doggy Day Care Assistant and filling in nurse shifts at the vet clinic. Georgia shows experience beyond her years and is a complete natural in the Doggy Day Care yards. All dogs LOVE her and when Georgia is spending time with them, you know they are having a good time. Outside of work, Georgia has a beloved husky named Nina who laps up most of her attention.

Boarding Assistant - Andrea Hales

Andrea Hales joined the MPR team in June 2019. Andrea is a fully qualified vet technician (Vet Nurse) who completed her degree in 2016. With an extensive background working in the animal industry and having worked at other boarding kennels, Andy is a fabulous addition to our team! Andy is in charge of all animal boarding at MPR and we cannot think of a more qualified and caring person to have in this position! With a big smile on her face and a happy, quirky personality, all the animals absolutely love Andy! At home, Andy adores spending time with her two fabulous dogs named Hugo Boss and Wacko Jacko.

Boarding Assistant/Receptionist - Vanessa Jacobi

Vanessa Jacobi joined the Maraboon Family in 2019 after moving to Emerald and returning to work post-maternity leave. Vanessa is a fully qualified vet nurse and is the perfect addition to our team. As a bit of an all-rounder, Vanessa not only vet nurses at the vet clinic but she also covers reception and looks after the boarding guests on weekends at MPR. Vanessa has a big heart, is super kind, has wonderful animal handling skills and is exactly the kind of person you want taking care of your fur babies. We are so lucky to have her on our team! At home, Vanessa is a Mum to a beautiful girl and also a staffy named Chief.


Boarding Assistant - Georgina Semken

‘Jean’ joined the Maraboon Pet Resort family in 2018. After doing work experience with us and impressing us with her natural animal handling skills and good work ethic, Jean started with us a junior. After finishing school, Jean took on a more permanent role with us, working alongside Andy to keep our boarding guests safe and happy! Jean is a natural with the animals and you’ll often find her out in the yards, stealing extra hugs from the dogs! At home, Jean has her hands full with 2 cheeky Labradors (who you’ll often find at day care) and Chicky the collie x (who may or may not be the favourite).