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Vet who moved to Australia from the US to pursue her dreams suddenly dies

Tragedy as a popular young vet who moved to Australia from the US to pursue her dreams suddenly dies after battle with depression

  • Melissa Steiner, who lived in Sydney, died tragically earlier this week
  • The Californian moved to Australia a few years ago to study and then decided to stay
  • She worked at the Pyrmont Veterinary Clinics and Double Bay Veterinary Clinic
  • Dr. Steiner is remembered as a smart, bubbly and caring young woman

A young vet who moved to Australia from the United States has died tragically after a battle with depression.

Melissa Steiner will be honored after her sudden and unexpected death earlier this week.

She has been remembered by friends and colleagues as a ‘smart’ and ‘caring’ woman.

Dr. Steiner moved from California to Sydney a few years ago from a university exchange program and decided to remain permanent.

She worked at Pyrmont Vet and Double Bay Veterinary Clinic and was a well-known member of the eastern suburban Jewish community.

Melissa Steiner (pictured), from Pyrmont Vet and Double Bay Veterinary Clinic, died tragically earlier this week

Melissa Steiner (pictured), from Pyrmont Vet and Double Bay Veterinary Clinic, died tragically earlier this week

Rabbi Eli Feldman from Newtown Shul, who is Dr. Knowing through his work as a college chaplain, Steiner said she volunteered to join the Australasian Union of Jewish Students and Challah for Hunger.

“She organized these big baking sessions where the students all gathered to bake traditional Jewish bread and then sell it on campus to raise money to alleviate hunger around the world,” Rabbi Feldman told the Daily telegram.

“She was someone who was not only a nice social person, but who also played an active role in positive goals.

“I think that’s why there is so much tribute to her – because she was so committed to making this world a better place. These are the things that will continue even after her short life. ‘

The animal clinics confirmed the devastating news via their Facebook pages on Tuesday.

They wrote a loving tribute to Dr. Steiner, who has been part of their team for the past 12 months.

“As a group, we are deeply saddened, but our hearts are ultimately with her family and friends in the US,” the post read.

Her life journey crossed continents and affected many people. We had hoped she’d found a permanent home with us as a professional family and with the Jewish community she was so proud of here in the eastern suburbs. ”

Melissa was quiet and caring, thoughtful and evolving. Melissa was an asset to our profession and we are poorer for her loss. ‘

Dr. Steiner is remembered as a 'smart' and 'caring' woman who volunteered to join the Australiasian Union of Jewish Students and Challah for Hunger

Dr. Steiner is remembered as a 'smart' and 'caring' woman who volunteered to join the Australiasian Union of Jewish Students and Challah for Hunger

Dr. Steiner is remembered as a ‘smart’ and ‘caring’ woman who volunteered to join the Australiasian Union of Jewish Students and Challah for Hunger

Dr. Steiner (pictured graduating from a California university) had moved to Australia a few years ago to study and then decided to stay

Dr. Steiner (pictured graduating from a California university) had moved to Australia a few years ago to study and then decided to stay

Dr. Steiner (pictured graduating from a California university) had moved to Australia a few years ago to study and then decided to stay

Friends and clients of the clinic told how they had touched their lives.

“Love for her family, such a loss of a bright star,” wrote Elise Cooper.

Kichelle Stewart said, “Bless Melissa’s soul. So grateful for her kind and caring nature. ‘

“Deep sorrow for everyone there who has lost a close-knit teammate, family member, and wonderful doctor for many lives she had taken care of,” said Joanna Chen.

“Such a devastating loss. May Melissa Rest In Peace, ‘wrote Jos Budge.

The vet clinic was closed on Monday and Tuesday after news of her death.

For confidential support in Australia LIFELINE: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au. Suicide callback service: 1300659467

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