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Meet our Team

Our team of Health Professionals consists of a dedicated team of Doctors, Nurses, Receptionists and Administration personnel. We strive to give the best service we can, putting the patient and their family in the centre of the healthcare treatment model.
Dr Anne Docherty

Dr Anne Docherty

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Anne

Anne first achieved an honours degree in Pharmacology in 1992 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland before going on to complete her medical degree in 1997. She completed General practice training in 2003 in the UK. She worked in Germany, Ireland and Scotland in the armed forces before moving to Australia. Anne believes in a patient centred multidisciplinary approach to health. She has delivered care in the Geelong region for 11 years.

Anne has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has a special interest in Family Planning and Women’s’ Health. She is accredited to insert both Implanon and Intra Uterine Devices.

In her spare time Anne can be found riding her horse or playing Touch Rugby with her family.

Dr Bettine Schaefer

Dr Bettine Schaefer

Doctor - General Practitioner, MBBS

About Bettine

Bettine completed her GP training in the UK in 1998. She holds specialist registrations in Germany, The United Kingdom and Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Bettine has special interest in pain management, Diabetes mellitus and mental
health conditions. Over 24 years in General Practice she has developed extensive experience and a passion for management of complex chronic conditions.

As mother of three sons she enjoys seeing families and their children. In her free time she likes to paint and to take her dogs on weekend adventures.

Dr Neil Africa

Dr Neil Africa

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Neil

Neil is an Australian Medical Graduate who lives in Torquay. He enjoys seeing the entire age spectrum that any clinician in Primary Care would expect to encounter.

With the shortage of GPs on the Surf Coast, Neil sees that now is an ideal time to engage with the many young families and ensure that comprehensive medical care may be offered in a timely fashion.

Neil has a range of clinical experience and enjoys treating anyone with musculoskeletal injuries, whether sports related or incurred while doing a bit of gardening on the weekend.

He enjoys a good working relationship with many of Geelong and Melbourne Specialists, who are happy to be approached at short notice for advice on anyone requiring more than what Primary care may offer.

Dr Jimmy McLaren

Dr Jimmy McLaren

Sports Doctor MBChB, ACSEP registrar, FRACGP

About Jimmy

Jimmy is a doctor at the Geelong Football Club, a World Surf League (WSL) event doctor, consults for the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, and is a Sport and Exercise Medicine registrar.  

He treats both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries to improve pain, return to activity, and optimise health and performance. He cares for people of all ages and previously covered the U17 Australian Soccer Joeys team. He also manages medical conditions related to exercise, such as asthma, energy deficiency, disordered eating and mental wellbeing. Jimmy provides ultrasound guided injections where appropriate. 

Experience includes covering WSL events such as Bells Beach Pro, Teahupo’o Tahiti, Keramas Bali, and the Longboard and Junior World Championships. He covered the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and was previously a doctor at North Melbourne Football Club.  He is currently undertaking research into the reliability of concussion video signs in AFL. 

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, fishing with his wife and walking their dog.

Dr Duke Gordon

Dr Duke Gordon

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Duke

Duke is from the UK and did his medical training at King’s College London. After a 2 year stint in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs, he decided to move to Torquay with his husband, 5 cats and dog.

He is a true generalist, enjoys all aspects of general practice and is a believer in the benefits of chronic disease optimisation. He has an interest in diabetes management, men’s health, women’s health and has a soft spot for aged care medicine and is certified in Implanon insertion and removal. Duke also speaks Spanish.

In his spare time, he likes to read and EAT!! He also likes the time old
cliche of walking on the beach.

Areas of Interest

  • Diabetes management
  • Women’s & Men’s Health
  • Aged care
  • Sexual health and PrEP
Dr Naomi Odeleye

Dr Naomi Odeleye

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Naomi

Dr Naomi has a rich general practice experience having practiced for several years both in Australia and overseas .

She has a Masters degree in Advanced Primary Health Care Practice from Monash University, Melbourne and a Diploma in Child health from University of Sydney.

Naomi is passionate about Children’s health, chronic diseases management and preventive health. Naomi looks forward to providing holistic care to families in the region.

Professor Lee Kennedy

Professor Lee Kennedy

Doctor - General (Internal) Medicine, Endocrinology

About Lee

Lee Kennedy is a UK-trained specialist in Endocrinology and General (Internal) Medicine.

I completed undergraduate training in the University of Edinburgh where I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine for research into thyroid disease.

Postgraduate training was completed in the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield. I completed my PhD in Sheffield with studies on thyroid growth and development.

I hold Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and London as well as Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. I have a strong track record in research and have published extensively including several books. I have held senior academic and clinical positions, both in the UK and in Australia, and I am currently a Clinical Professor with Deakin University.

Recent qualifications include a Diploma in Fitness, Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach and Diploma in Counselling.

Clinical interests include:

  • Diabetes – integrating lifestyle and medical management
  • Weight management – complex health problems associated with obesity
  • Endocrinology – including thyroid, bone, pituitary and reproductive
  • Health issues in middle life and beyond
  • Patients with complex or multiple medical disorders

I have a strong interest in nutrition, and work to help patients understand their conditions, and to work in partnership to prevent or manage chronic disease states.

I am happy to take referrals.

Dr John Paul (JP) Darby

Dr John Paul (JP) Darby

Doctor - General Practitioner and Medical Hypnosis

About JP

JP is a General Practitioner who enjoys helping and empowering people through the use of Western Medicine and Medical Hypnosis.

JP studied medicine (MBBS) at The University Of Melbourne and The Austin Hospital, finishing and obtained his fellowship in General Practice in 2002 (FRACGP).

JP is a keen surfer, skier and skateboarder who is passionate about helping people, living in the moment, following his “highest excitement”, spending time with his beautiful wife and family, and enjoying nature in any way possible with as much surfing, backcountry snow skiing and tree hugging as he can fit in!!

Dr Renuka Balasubramanium

Dr Renuka Balasubramanium

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Renuka

Dr Renuka Balasubramaniam provides an holistic approach with a fully integrative approach to medicine, primary care, and complex cases.

Dr Jay Phang

Dr Jay Phang

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Jay

Dr Jay Phang’s medical career has spanned over 20 years in Emergency Medicine,
General Practice and Medical Acupuncture.

Dr Jay has focused his medical work in the provision and access of quality, affordable medicinal cannabis to his Surf Coast community, while his health allows him. Dr Jay has young onset Parkinson’s Disease and benefits from the use of medicinal cannabis.  The clinic operates on Thursdays and Fridays.

The CCC was established in 2020 by Dr Jay Phang in memory of his good friend and mentor Steve Perry who passed away from cancer in 2018.

 “Mahalo for the good times and friendship.”

Dr Amit Lakkar

Dr Amit Lakkar

Doctor - Musculoskeletal Radiologist

About Amit

Dr Amit Lakkaraju is a fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologist working in Torquay and Geelong. He trained initially in orthopaedics before making the move to radiology in 2004. He has completed two fellowships in musculoskeletal radiology initially at Leeds in 2009 and subsequently from Liverpool in 2010. He has been a practicing radiologist with musculoskeletal and venous subspeciality interest in Australia for 10years. He has completed a pain medicine degree from the University of Sydney in 2017-2018 and has done a number of courses in interventional pain procedures. He also has done post graduate training  in venous disease through the Australian College of Phlebology. His interests include venous disease, sports imaging, functional imaging in musculoskeletal conditions and interventional pain management. 

George Atkins

George Atkins


About George

George has over ten years’ experience working in private practice and sports physiotherapy settings. In George’s latest role he was the Senior Physiotherapist at the Geelong Football Club (AFL). As well as this experience, George has also worked as the physiotherapist for various sporting teams including Geelong VFL, Geelong VFLW, Geelong Falcons, and Geelong Supercats (Basketball).

Having experience working in the elite sporting environment, George has a systematic approach to injury rehabilitation with a clear focus on patient education and empowerment. George’s commitment to his clients is evident with his desire to complete ongoing professional development as he completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in early 2022.

Whilst he treats all injuries, he has a special interest in acute sporting injuries related to the knee, hip and groin and shoulder as well as lower limb soft tissue and tendon injuries.

Dr Sachin Khullar

Dr Sachin Khullar

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician

About Sachin

Dr Khullar is a well-qualified and highly skilled Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. He utilises his experience from both clinic-based practice and working with elite sporting teams and implements a strong evidence-based approach aiming at patient education and equal participation of his patients in their understanding and treatment of their activity-related musculoskeletal problems.

Dr Khullar values respect, compassion, integrity, excellence and targets treating his patients with a holistic approach with a strong belief in the power of mind to help treat chronic musculoskeletal problems.

Dr Khullar is a fellow of Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine which is one the most prestigious qualifications in the world. He has completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine with the International Olympic Committee. He has been active in ongoing research with many publications to his name.

Dr Khullar has many sporting pursuits. One of the highlights of his professional career has been him being a team leader and field of play doctor for Track cycling in Rio Olympics, 2016. He was a part of the medical team of Richmond football club during their premiership year, 2017. He has travelled with Australian elite athletes and has provided expertise to various athletes in gymnastics, boxing, water polo, rugby, cycling, including track cycling, and many other disciplines. He continues to work with AFL and the Vic Metro football team.

He has a keen interest in managing musculoskeletal and sporting injuries in various age groups, especially children and adolescents, as well as chronic tendon and musculoskeletal issues in mature aged populations. He is keen in providing evidence based medical advice for early recovery and return to healthy personal, sporting and work life.

Before moving to Australia, he completed double degrees specialising in Orthopaedic surgery. He has provided his services as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in his native India and Maldives. In Australia he has also worked in Emergency medicine in a high intensity work environment. In his free time, he loves to spend his time with his family and nurturing his teenage son for his all- around development focussing on strong family and social values.



MBBS – Govt medical college, Amritsar, India

MS ortho- Govt medical college Amritsar, India

Fellowship in Accident and Emergency medicine- India

DNB ortho (National Board of Examination, India)

Diploma in Sports Medicine (International Olympic Committee)

Fellow, Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FACSEP)

Practiced in India and Maldives as Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon


Present Role:

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician working in Victoria, Australia


Sport Team Associations:

Medical Doctor, Central Queensland Capras, Intrust cup rugby, 2013-14

Director, Triathlon competition Mornington peninsula, 2015

Doctor, Bloody Big swim, Mornington to Frankston, 2016

Track cycling -Field of play doctor RIO Olympics, 2016

Australian Team doctor for Youth Commonwealth games Bahamas, 2017

Australian Team doctor for World Universiade, Taiwan, 2017

Match day doctor for A league and FFA cup Soccer 2017-18

Team doctor Richmond football club (Australian rules football) 2017-2018 (premiership year)

Team doctor Victoria football team (Australian rules football) from 2015 onwards

Concussion Spotter Doctor, Australian Football league, 2020

Event day doctor: Gymnastics, Athletics, Combat sports, Swimming

Dr Catherine Lehmann

Dr Catherine Lehmann

Doctor - General Practitioner

About Catherine

Catherine is originally from Wollongong, NSW, but has spent many years living and working in Europe and the Middle East. She is American system trained in medicine and began her healthcare journey working in exercise rehabilitation for spinal and limb injuries. She has owned, started, and operated 2 medical clinics in Dubai and Townsville, Qld.

For most of the last 16 years she has been working as a rural and remote GP in Australia where she treated everything from removal of fishing hooks to palliative care. Her Ethos is unusual, but she follows it completely “my time is devoted to your health, I am here to listen, and understand”

Apart from general GP her interests are sexual and reproductive health of everyone, and she holds the National Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health. She is an active member of both the Menopause Society Australia and the Healthy Male. Catherine is a firm supporter of HRT, (both genders) and is qualified in Mirena and Implanon insertion and removal and medical termination plus relationship counselling. She is an authorized prescriber of medical cannabis, particularly for pain. She has a quirky interest in skin both medically and aesthetically and has numerous certificates in cosmetic medicine and is currently undertaking a medical diploma in Dermatology. Her many years operating in desert/tropical sun in both Australia and overseas has provided many presentations of both skin cancer and lesser seen skin diseases and conditions.

The bottom line is that Catherine is a GP who cares and will do her best to assist all patients.

Dr Denver Jansen

Dr Denver Jansen

Doctor - General Practice

About Denver

Dr Denver Jansen (MBBS FRACGP)  

Denver graduated from Monash University in 1991 and completed his FRACGP in 1995. He spent many years working in Victoria’s South-East where he developed a loyal following and continues to enjoy working at the University of Melbourne’s student health service. 

Denver is committed to providing comprehensive care in all areas of general medicine with special interests across paediatrics, adolescent and family health, cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, sexual health and travel medicine. He is passionate about providing the best outcomes for all individuals and having a particular interest in mental health conditions he works closely with both the patient and psychologist to ensure the highest quality of treatment is obtained.

 Denver strives to help people understand their health conditions as he believes ‘knowledge is power.’ 

 In his spare time Denver loves travelling, spending time with family, renovating anything and everything and attending to his alpacas (Kevin and Camilla). 

Dr Mike Masih

Dr Mike Masih

Doctor - General Practice

About Mike

Dr Mike is a UK trained Doctor who brings a wealth of knowledge in paediatrics, orthopaedics, and general medicine. His work during the COVID pandemic has been presented at world renowned conferences and he has also had a stint on the big screen, featuring in a BBC hospital series.

Upon arriving to Australia in 2021, his expertise has flourished in internal medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine within Melbourne and Sydney’s metropolitan hospitals. His recent contributions on a clinical board and medical advisory committee for Addiction Medicine underscore his commitment to holistic healthcare.

He is a strong believer of a patient-centred approach to healthcare and enjoys all aspects of general practice. Mike looks forward to providing comprehensive medical care to young families in the surfcoast region.

Mike is a strong advocate for a balanced lifestyle and emphasises added importance on self-care, practicing meditation and yoga daily. He enjoys soccer, golf, and is trying his luck in his newfound pursuit of surfing! 


Dr Andrew Beavon

Dr Andrew Beavon

Doctor - General Practice

About Andrew


Dr Beavon completed his medical degree in the UK and completed further training in both the UK and Australia. He holds a Diploma in Obstetrics and has completed his GP Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Andrew has worked as a full time GP and GP Obstetrician in Mildura for 15 years and Newcastle for 5 years and more recently Kardinia Health for the past 4 years.

Andrew enjoys the variety of being a GP and has a special interest in women’s health, antenatal care and chronic disease management, including diabetes and nutritional health.

Andrew is accredited in Implanon and IUD insertion & removal.

Dr Iain Rossiter

Dr Iain Rossiter

Doctor - General Practice

About Iain

Dr Rossiter moved to Geelong in 2006 after completing his medical degree and worked at the Geelong, Warrnambool, and Hamilton Hospitals in the emergency department and as a medical registrar until 2013 when he started specialist GP training.

He worked in the same practice in Drysdale until 2022 where he began practicing in Torquay.

Dr Rossiter enjoys cycling, running, football and spending time with his wife and two young boys.


His Clinical Interests are:






Palliative Care

As well as General Medicine


Dr Hugo Lawrie

Dr Hugo Lawrie

Doctor - General Practice

About Hugo

Dr Hugo Lawrie was part of Deakin University’s inaugural graduating class in 2011.

Previously, he had studied a combined Commerce and Arts degree at The University of Melbourne with honours in economics.

Prior to training as a General Practitioner, Hugo worked at University Hospital Geelong for 4 years across various departments including Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Aged Care and Palliative Care.

When not at work, Hugo enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. He is a vocal Collingwood supporter, despite having all his own teeth.

Dr Lawrie’s medical interests:

Family Medicine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

Geriatric Health, Paediatric Health,

Implanon insertion/Removals, Medical Terminations,

Mental Health, Iron Infusions, Skin Checks, Removal of Skin Lesions, Minor Surgeries, Wound Care, Travel Medicine

Pre-Employment Medicals, WorkCover, Preventative Medicine, Chronic Disease Management