Meet our experienced health professionals.
Dr Fiona Raciti
Dr Maria Boulton
Dr Jimmy Wang
Dr Praveen Jayaram
Dr Mary-Jane Stanley
Dr Kristen Riley
Dr Andrew Chang
Lisa Du Plessis
Dr Fiona Raciti completed her medical degree with Honours at the University of Queensland and has a fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She completed her training in Bundaberg and values the experience and special skills gained from working in a rural environment.
Dr Raciti has a special interest in women and children’s health, travel medicine and occupational medicine. She is passionate about continuing her education to provide up-to-date evidence based care for her patients. Dr Raciti has a Diploma of Child Health and enjoys seeing children with a wide range of health concerns. Dr Raciti is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association.
Dr Fiona Raciti has completed a Certificate in Clinical Occupational Medicine through Monash University and is confident in managing a variety of occupational health matters. She can create rehabilitation plans for injured workers and is particularly focused on early return to the workplace. Dr Raciti is able to assist your workplace in creating a pre employment screening program and offer advice and recommendations on existing workplace programs. She can perform site visits and workplace assessments to assist in pre employment screening or to guide recommendations for injury prevention.
Dr Raciti believes anyone can take charge of their own health and wellbeing with the right skills and education. Dr Raciti welcomes new patients and looks forward to caring for you and your family at Family Doctors Plus.
Dr Maria Boulton has enjoyed working in general practice for 12 years. She completed her medical degree at The University of Queensland in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Maria Boulton is highly experienced in all aspects of general practice. She worked at the Mackay Well Women's Clinic which specialises in contraception, insertion of contraceptive implants, preconception advice, fertility, menopause, pap smears and osteoporosis. She has also worked as a surgical assistant and in a skin cancer clinic. She is experienced in doing skin cancer checks and performing skin excisions. She is also qualified to perform work/pre employment medicals and provide travel vaccinations.
She has always enjoyed working with babies, children and young adults, all the more so, since starting her own family. She has a special interest in the management of food allergies, eczema, anaphylaxis and asthma in children. She has provided education sessions on asthma, anaphylaxis and menopause to community groups and primary schools. She is a great support for new parents.
Dr Maria Boulton is passionate about preventive medicine, continuity of care and ongoing education. Together with Family Doctors Plus’ health coach Beatrice Peters, she is co-founder of “healthtalks” and holds frequent seminar sessions aimed at empowering people to manage and understand issues such as menopause, digestive health, fatigue and weight loss. Dr Maria values good communication between patients, doctors, allied health providers and specialists and works together with high quality health care professionals to improve her patients' wellbeing.
Dr Maria Boulton has written a book called “Dr Mum’s guide to…pregnancy” which will be published in 2016. This book is a summary of the up-to-date, practical medical advice that she is known for, delivered in her warm and caring manner. Dr Maria’s book aims to empower women with the knowledge they need to help them through the pregnancy rollercoaster and be well informed on how to improve their health and their baby’s health. Together with her highly experienced and caring team she is very happy to welcome new patients at Family Doctors Plus.
Dr Maria Boulton is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association.
Dr Maria Boulton tambien habla Espanol (also speaks Spanish fluently).
Beatrice Peters is a health coach, physiotherapist and group fitness instructor. She established her health coaching business, I Quit Being Tired to help people overcome fatigue (busy mums, athletes, office workers, chronic fatigue sufferers) so that they can live life to its full potential. Beatrice is the co-founder and presenter of Healthtalks with Dr Maria Boulton and she works closely with GPs, medical specialists, allied health and alternative therapy professionals.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland as a physiotherapist in 2003, she has worked in a number of different settings such as the Queensland Rugby Union (working with professional Rugby players such as the QLD REDS), private practice and in the community (she worked for Anglicare for 6 years working with clients with chronic conditions). She is an experienced pilates and group fitness instructor and is passionate about encouraging people to be more active.
Beatrice recovered from having chronic fatigue in her 20s using a graded exercise program and by changing her lifestyle and diet. Since then she has studied and keeps up to date with the latest research on liver health, gut health and is currently finishing her studies into integrative nutrition.
As a health coach she provides valuable support and resources (such as recipes, exercise plans, stress management tools, lists of blogs, websites, helpful books) to facilitate the change that the client is trying to make to their health. She also works with people who are struggling to loose weight. She has a fresh approach that focusses on nutrition, emotional wellbeing and activity NOT on deprivation or calorie counting.
As a physio working at Family Doctors Plus she will see clients who need a strengthening and balance program under the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care).
Beatrice is very down to earth, calm and friendly. She is dedicated to her clients and health is more than a job to her, it’s her passion! Beatrice is also the proud mother of two young girls.
Dr Praveen Jayaram (MBBS, FRACGP) is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a College Examiner.
Dr Praveen enjoys all aspects of family medicine and will happily treat the whole family from babies to grandparents. His clinical interests include Men’s, Women’s and Children's Health with a focus on lifestyle, disease prevention and health promotion to optimise health outcomes. Hypertension, osteoporosis, lung/respiratory disease, cardiac disease, arthritis and chronic pain are among the most common chronic conditions he manages and can be supported with the help of a chronic disease management plan. Having worked in central Queensland for 14 years he is experienced at doing skin excisions, skin cancer checks, minor surgical procedures like sebaceous cyst excisions, wedge resection of toe nails and implanon insertion and removal.
Dr. Praveen Jayaram is fluent in Malayalam & Kannada . He can also converse in Hindi & Tamil.
He has recently relocated with his family from Mackay where he will be missed by his patients for his caring and professional manner.
Dr Mary-Jane Stanley (MBBS, FRACGP, Member of Australasian Menopause Society) is highly experienced in all aspects of general practice. She has a special insterest in Women’s Health, in particular the management of Menopause and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Dr Kristen Riley, MBBS FRACGP GradDipSportsMed
Dr Kristen Riley grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998. She has over 10 years of General Practice experience in family and sports medicine, as well as extensive prior hospital experience across most specialties, including women’s health and emergency medicine.
Kristen has undertaken additional training in sports medicine (post-graduate diploma at UNSW) and worked with the Queensland Academy of Sport for several years. She has treated and toured with elite athletes and teams representing Queensland and Australia.
Kristen has recently returned from a year in Gladstone, where she worked as a solo practitioner in an occupational health role, with a focus on managing the health and musculoskeletal injuries of workers and families in the region.
Kristen is a member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and an advocate for preventative medicine. She believes that optimal health, fitness and performance should be an important and achievable goal not only for athletes, but people of all life stages.
Kristen is available for all presentations to General Practice and particularly enjoys treating families, women, children, athletes, musculoskeletal injuries and anybody who would like to achieve and maintain their optimal health.
Dr. Chang is an ENT surgeon who is based in Brisbane and trained in Queensland. He has recently completed an international prestigious fellowship in cochlear implant surgery and treatment of complex ear diseases such as cholesteatoma and otosclerosis at Cambridge University Hospital UK (internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for treatment of hearing loss and cochlear implant).
Dr. Chang treats a variety of children and adult ENT conditions and is a pioneer in minimally invasive ear surgery in Brisbane. He uses the latest technique in cochlear implant surgery to achieve excellent hearing outcome for his patients. He is a fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian Society of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery. Dr. Chang has a Doctorate of Medical Science in Hearing Preservation in Cochlear Implant Surgery awarded by University of Melbourne. He has been an invited speaker at various international meetings and is actively involved in research.
Dr. Chang has a strong link with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Hearing Implant Clinic and Hear and Say Centre. He is a consultant ENT surgeon at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Mater Adult Hospital. He operates privately at Sunnybank Private, Mater Springfield, Mater Children’s Private and St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chang has a friendly and easy going manner and always aims to provide the best quality service for his patients.
To make an appointment with Dr Andrew Chang please ring: 33451232.
His fax number is 33453204.
Danielle Werda has been working in private practice for over ten years and has gained valuable experience in working with children. She has a strong paediatric background and has experience working with children with a variety of challenges including:
Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Danielle has worked in a variety of paediatric allied health settings including Early Childhood Development Units, Community Health, Educational Settings and Private Practice.
Danielle has been working in the Clayfield, Ascot, Wooloowin area for over ten years and has developed strong links with local schools, both State and Private. She is passionate about literacy and language development and has developed a Prep Readiness Assessment battery to determine whether or not a child should begin Prep or delay entry (from a language perspective).
Recently, Danielle has been employed directly by schools to conduct articulation and language screeners on their Prep children.
She is registered with Medicare and is a Panel Provider for children with a Working With Children with Autism or Better Start funding. She is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
To make an appointment with Danielle Werda please ring her direct on:
Christine Shearer-Smith (formerly Christine Tracey) is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience working with children with toileting difficulties. These problems range from toilet training troubles, to bedtime wetting, and daytime accidents.
In particular, Christine’s specialty is in helping with soiling and constipation in children of all ages. Her therapy includes the use of a combination of strategies such as the correct use of medication, education about the digestive/urinary systems, and the appropriate use of behavior modification programs with these children.
Treatment will usually consist of 4-6 weekly/fortnightly sessions to ensure significant improvement or success is achieved.
Please email Christine at email@example.com to book an appointment or check out her website for more information.
Psychology - Children, Adolescents, Families
Julie Power graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from The University of Queensland and Master of Psychology (Health) from The University of Southern Queensland. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families. Julie has a particular interest in identifying targeted, positive behaviour supports for children and young people experiencing complex, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She also specialises in early intervention services for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities.
Julie understands the importance of providing a family-centred service that aims to build parent confidence in meeting the needs of all their family members. This may include:
Julie works collaboratively with families, educators and other health and teaching professionals.
To book an appointment with Julie please phone her on 0402 141 789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy has always been passionate about her work in general practice. Over the many years of experience working in general practice she has built great relationships not only with doctors and staff but with patients as well.
Kathy’s focus is to be caring to all patients and families. She is looking forward to her new role as Practice Manager of Family Doctors Plus. She will be leading a team of dedicated staff and will be responsible for the day to day operational management of the practice.
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian (A.P.D)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (A.E.P)
Joseph has a very keen interest in everything Health and Fitness, having started in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and Personal trainer over 10 years ago. His studies in Nutrition and Dietetics and Human Movement Studies, and dual accreditation as a Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, have put him in an excellent position to counsel anyone who wants to improve their health and performance via nutrition and exercise.
Olivia Rasic (RN) is our nurse manager and care plan co-ordinator. She is passionate about preventative health and health education. She is particularly interested in improving the wellbeing of patients who suffer from chronic illness. Olivia is currently finishing her Masters degree in Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease through The University of Queensland. A keen learner Olivia is deciding what to study next after she completes her Masters degree. Olivia has a lovely manner with children, which comes in handy when doing vaccinations and health assessments in children.
Susie Pearce brings over twenty years experience as a medical receptionist to Family Doctors Plus. She has a genuine care for patients’ needs.
As a qualified Medical Assistant Susie is able to assist doctors and nurses in the treatment room with procedures such as wound dressings and clinical administration.
Tegan begun her career in finance however after 8 years decided to follow her passion for people over numbers. As a mature aged student Tegan completed her qualifications as an Enrolled Nurse and continues to further her education. She is currently studying dual Bachelor of Nursing and Public Health degrees at QUT. Tegans' passions include health promotion, chronic health and wound care. Being the eldest in a family of 12 Tegan is both very caring and confident when treating our youngest of patients.
Ellie Blumel is one of our Medical Receptionists. Ellie grew up on the Sunshine Coast. After graduating from high school she made the big move to Brisbane when she was offered a place in one of the top Queensland Universities. Ellie is studying a combined business degree course. She is a high achieving and hard working student. Ellie is so excited to not only be apart of the team at Family Doctors Plus, but to serve and grow throughout her time here.
After 25 years in retail and administration Kylee decided to join all her family members who already work in the health industry. Her main motivation for her career ‘sea change’ was to give back to the community through her work. As a mother she understands how parents feel when their children are unwell. She brings a compassionate and caring nature to her new role as a medical receptionist.
The Family Doctors Plus team includes GPs, specialists, nurses, dietitian a physiotherapist, health coach, exercise physiologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist as well as pathology. Our team is passionate about helping you and your family improve your health and wellbeing.
Our health professionals are passionate about providing quality care to all our patients as well as keeping up-to-date by attending regular education events. When a team approach is required we work collaboratively with the aim of improving your health.
For your convenience you are able to make appointments to see your doctor either online through our website or simply by calling us. We also have appointments available outside business hours. Our bespoke facility is fitted with the latest medical equipment and computer technology.
As well as the services provided by our team of allied health professionals and visiting specialists Family Doctor Plus is a registered travel clinic. We provide you with personalised travel advice, travel vaccinations and travel first aid packs for your convenience. Our doctors are experienced in skin cancer screening and excisions. We also provide pre-employment, work and insurance medicals and drug testing.
At Family Doctors Plus we focus on health, prevention, wellness and good nutrition not just disease. We host regular ‘healthtalks’ seminars that provide practical and evidence based holistic advice on how to improve your health and wellbeing.
Our bespoke clinic has a dedicated kid's vaccination room decorated with fun and friendly stickers as well as a kid’s waiting area (Kids Corner). There is ramp access to our clinic for easy access with prams. Our doctors and nurses are very experienced in treating babies and children and together with our experienced team of allied health team members provide quality care to our youngest patients and support to their parents.