Meet our experienced health professionals.
Dr Fiona Raciti
Dr Maria Boulton
Dr Ayodhya Jayasinghe
Dr Claire Palmer
Dr Anne Nixon
Dr Adam Currey
Dr Rosemary Gunningham
Dr Laura Christie
Dr Angela Smith
Dr Norman Dawes
Dr Craig Schmeider
Dr Vee Maliyasena
Dr Andrew Chang
Dr Chris Bourke
Dr David Shooter
Associate Professor Troy Gianduzzo
Dr Kacey O'Rourke
Associate Professor Gino Pecoraro
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 in an AMA (Appointed Medical Advisor) and is registered to perform both Qld and NSW Coal Board Medicals and Respirator Face Fit Testing.
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.
Family Doctors Plus Medical Centre is conveniently located near Brisbane Inner North Brisbane Inner Northern Suburbs and CBD including:
Dr Maria Boulton has enjoyed working in general practice and occupational health for 16 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 a regular guest on ABC Brisbane Radio 612AM where she discusses the latest in health news affecting the local community.
Dr Maria Boulton is 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. Dr Maria Boulton completed the Healthcert Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and is experienced in skin cancer screening and management. She completed the Monash University Certificate in Clinical Occupational Medicine Short Course and is a qualified AMA (appointment medical advisor) and is able to perform work/pre employment/coal board medicals (both QLD and NSW coal board medical) and provide travel vaccinations.
Dr Maria Boulton 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, and how to prevent these. She has provided education sessions on asthma, puberty, anaphylaxis and menopause to community groups and primary schools. She is a great support for new parents and is very popular with children.
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's book “Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy" was published in 2017. 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.
Dr Maria Boulton is a member of the RACGP, AMA, Queensland Medical Women's Society, a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and a member of The International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. She is a registered Appointed Medical Advisor for the QLD Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Coal Services NSW . She is a member of the AMA and RACGP QLD Councils and the RACGP Private Practice Owner's Steering Committee.
Together with Dr Fiona Raciti she won the 2017 Qld Telstra Business of the Year and New Business of the Year and is one of the 100 Faces of Small Business Qld for 2018. She was a finalist in the 2018 Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Award in the Businessperson of the Year category.
Dr Maria Boulton is happily married with 2 children (Family Doctors Plus is her third child), 2 furry children (dogs) and enjoys reading in her spare time.
by Dr. Maria Boulton
Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy is an informative guide for expecting parents. As you read through this book you feel like you are sitting with a very caring, compassionate and very well informed friend who is holding your hand every step of the way. All those questions you have buzzing around in your mind are all set out in this book with thoughtful and well researched answers. A must read for all parents-to-be and new parents.
Family Doctors Plus Medical Centre is conveniently located near Brisbane Inner North Brisbane Inner Northern Suburbs and CBD including:
Dr Ayodhya Jayasinghe is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of
General Practitioners and completed her fellowship training in Brisbane,
Gympie and Noosa. Dr Jayasinghe grew up in Canberra and completed her
degrees in Medical Science and Medicine at the Australian National
University. She has worked in various hospitals in South East Queensland
including the Mater Adult, Mater Children's and Mater Mother's Hospitals in
Brisbane, the Nambour General Hospital and the Noosa Hospital. Having
recently relocated from Noosa with her family, she is excited to join the
wonderful team at Family Doctors Plus. Dr Jayasinghe enjoys all areas of
general practice and welcomes anyone with concerns about their health, with
an emphasis on women of all ages, ante and post-natal health, reproductive
health and children's health. She believes passionately in the importance of
clear communication in the doctor-patient relationship, and providing
thorough high quality health care and education for both treatment and
prevention of disease. Dr Jayasinghe looks forward to working in partnership
with her patients to improve their health and well-being in a relaxed,
understanding and non-judgemental environment.
Family Doctors Plus Medical Centre is conveniently located near Brisbane Inner North Brisbane Inner Northern Suburbs and CBD including:
Dr Claire Palmer is an experienced GP who enjoys seeing patient of all ages.
Originally trained in New Zealand, she completed her fellowship of the RACGP in Central Queensland, after spending many years as a medical registrar in both metropolitan and regional/rural hospitals in NSW and QLD.
Claire has a Diploma in Child Health and has worked at Family Planning Queensland in Rockhampton (now True Relationships and Reproductive Health).
During her General Practice training she was active in medical education and managed a teledermatology program.
Claires interests include:
She can provide thorough skin checks and perform biopsies and simple skin excisions.
Claire is caring and down to earth. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her partner and three children.
Dr Anne Nixon MBBAO Bch (Ireland) FRACGP
Dr Anne Nixon has worked in general practice for 41 years having come to Australia from Ireland in 1976. She completed her medical degree with honours in University College Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor of medicine and obstetrics. She completed her internship and registrarship at the Mackay Base hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian college of General Practitioners in 1992. In 1994 she built Pioneer Medical Centre in Mackay and worked in all aspects of General and preventative medicine with six other GPS for the next 40 years.
She is experienced in children's health, ante natal care, gynaecology, women's health, insertion and removal of contraceptive implants and pap smears. She is also experienced in skin cancer screening performing excisions and diathermy.
Her special interest is in natural hormone balance in both women and men and has 25 years’ experience in treating menopause in both sexes. She also does Skype menopause consultations all over Australia. She is one of the few doctors in Brisbane with experience in natural HRT and compounded hormones.
She also does coal board and dive Medicals. She has worked for some time in Africa and in Papua New Guinea. Dr Anne is passionate about all aspects of patient care and treats medicine in a holistic way with emphasis on nutrition, mental health and preventative care. In 2016 she moved to Brisbane to be close to family and grandchildren and looks forward to bringing years of experience to Family Drs Plus in a part time capacity.
Dr Adam Currey grew up in the Gold Coast hinterland before moving to Brisbane to study at the University of Queensland with Dr Fiona Raciti. He has previously worked at the Gold Coast, Prince Charles, and Mt Isa Base Hospitals. Adam spent 2 years working as a GP in North Lakes, then a further 2 years at Graceville Medical Centre before joining the team here at Family Doctors Plus.
Adam is a dog lover and has a golden retriever named Max.
Medical Interests: Paediatrics, cardiology and musculoskeletal medicine.
Leisure: Rugby Union, playing piano and photography.
Dr Rosemary Gunningham is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Rosemary has worked in general practice in Beaudesert and Toowoomba. Rosemary enjoys all areas medicine, including children’s health, dermatology and excision of skin cancer. Her area of special interest is treating the older population. She has a range of experience working in nursing homes, in palliative care and with chronic disease.
After completing her medical degree in 2012, Rosemary worked at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. She has also worked at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, while completing a Diploma in Child Health. Rosemary has gained experience at the True Relationships Clinic in Toowoomba, while completing the National Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Rosemary welcomes new patients, of all ages.
Dr Laura Christie grew up on the Sunshine Coast before relocating to Sydney to complete a medical degree at the University of New South Wales, continuing her training in the Coffs Harbour region. Laura has varied hospital experience having worked for several years at The Tweed Hospital and on the Sunshine Coast, having undertaken terms including general medicine and surgery, emergency, paediatrics, women’s health, renal, palliative care and psychiatry. Laura was working as a GP at Burleigh Heads prior to joining the team at Family Doctors Plus.
Laura works closely with her patients to determine the most suitable care and preventative health for their needs. Laura enjoys the diversity and family aspect of general practice, seeing both men and women of all ages, from babies to seniors and everything in between.
Dr Angela Smith graduated from Griffith University in 2010 and went on to work at various major hospitals in Brisbane before completing her Fellowship in General Practice. Angela worked as Occupational Therapist for several years prior to commencing her medical degree. Angela enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a particular interest in child and adolescent health, women’s health, preventative and general medicine. Angela is holistic, down to earth and thorough in her approach to patient’s and their health and has a genuine interest in supporting patients on their journey to achieving better health outcomes. In her spare time Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children and keeping active.
GP, Diploma in Occupational Medicine
Dr Norman Dawes graduated from Birmingham University in the UK before embarking on a general practice career in Worcestershire. In addition, he undertook work in Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine, obtaining a Diploma in Occupational Medicine in 1997. He has a special interest in occupational health, travel medicine and men’s health.
Dr Dawes migrated with his family to Australia in 2004 and settled in Mackay. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2004 and became an Australian Citizen in 2006. He helped set up North Mackay Medical later to be renamed Occupational Health Alliance. He enjoys all aspects of general practice. He is experienced in the field of occupational medicine including coal mine medicals, pre-employment medicals, AMSA medicals, driving medicals, work cover, return to work and injury management. He is a registered AMA with the Qld Health Surveillance Unit and is registered to perform Qld and NSW Coal Medicals. We welcome Dr Norman Dawes to both our team at Family Doctors Plus and Family Doctors Plus-Corporate.
Dr Craig Schmeider completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2008 with an Army scholarship and worked at both the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital before entering general practice training. Craig completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2013. Prior to studying Medicine, he worked as an Army Environmental Health Officer in the fields of public health and preventive medicine and has worked as a Doctor and Environmental Health Officer throughout Australia and overseas.
Craig has a special interest in skin cancer medicine, is an accredited skin cancer doctor with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and will complete his Masters of Skin Cancer Medicine through the University of Queensland in 2019. Craig is comfortable working in all aspects of general practice and his other areas of interest include sports medicine, paediatrics, travel medicine, women’s, men’s and adolescent health and he has completed the National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health.
Craig is married with four children, is a Reds Rugby tragic and enjoys travel. Craig welcomes new patients of all ages.
Dr Vee Maliyasena MBBS (Hons) FRACP is an experienced Respiratory Physician who specialises in the management of adults with all types of Respiratory disorders. She is committed to providing holistic, evidence-based care for her patients.
Dr Maliyasena graduated from Monash University with Honours in 2003, before undertaking her residency and basic physician training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She completed her specialist training in both Respiratory and General Medicine (working at large teaching hospitals across Australia including Royal North Shore, Royal Perth and The Prince Charles Hospital), and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012. During her training, Dr Maliyasena also undertook research with the Queensland Centre for Pulmonary Transplantation and Vascular Diseases based at The Prince Charles Hospital. Her research has been published, and she has presented her work at national conferences. Dr Maliyasena was a full-time Staff Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital until early 2018 when she left to establish her private practice. She currently consults at Family Doctors Plus in Windsor and Moreton Bay Medical Centre.
Dr Maliyasena cares for adult patients with all types of Respiratory disorders, and utilises her General Medicine training to provide comprehensive and holistic evidence-based care for her patients. She is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the European Respiratory Society and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Maliyasena enjoys teaching medical students and is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland. She is also actively involved in supervising and mentoring physician trainees, and was the Director of Advanced Training (General Medicine) at The Prince Charles Hospital during her time there.
When she is not working, Dr Maliyasena enjoys photography, dance, reading and gardening.
For more information, please visit: drvee.com.au
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.
Dr David Shooter is a trusted and respected private orthopaedic surgeon who has over 11 years’ experience in both public and private Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2012, Dr Shooter started in private practice as a generalist orthopaedic surgeon and now has a focus and specialty in Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement), Trauma, and Sports Knee Injuries, with a Subspecialty in Orthopaedic Oncology.
Dr Shooter currently operates from Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospitals (Chermside) and North West Private Hospital (Everton Park).
Unique to his hip arthroplasty (joint replacement) practice is the use of patient specific instrumentation and prosthesis for total hip replacements (THR).
To make an appointment with Dr David Shooter please contact his receptionist on 3117 0770.
Associate Professor Troy Gianduzzo is a recognised leader in prostate surgery and is internationally accredited as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the U.S. based Surgical Review Corporation.
He is an experienced keyhole surgeon, having performed over 1,000 major robotic +/- laparoscopic urological procedures. He is also the national secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Urological Surgeons. To make an appointment with A/Prof Gianduzzo please contact his receptionist on 07 2102 7805
Dr Kacey O’Rourke has a focus on thorough assessment and open communication with patients. She has a warm empathetic manner and feels this is most important to fostering a strong therapeutic relationship with all patients.
Dr Kacey O'Rourke is a clinical haematologist specialising in the diagnostic work up and treatment of lymphoma, myeloma and the full range of non-malignant haematology conditions (eg deep vein thrombosis, iron deficiency). She provides both outpatient management of the full range of haematology disorders, admission to the Holy Spirit Northside Hospital and a consultation service for inpatients of The Holy Spirit Northside Hospital. In addition Dr O’Rourke is also employed as a laboratory haematologist with Queensland Health and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Following her physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital she completed four years of training in clinical and laboratory haematology in 2013. This was followed in 2014 by a one year clinical haematology research fellowship at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Dr O'Rourke has published several original research papers, in journals including Cancer, British Journal of Cancer, Thrombosis Research and The Medical Journal of Australia.
She is a member of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, The Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, American Sociey of Haematology and the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group.
Appointments can be made through her receptionist by calling 07 3861 4793
Associate Professor Gino Pecoraro is a locally trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in specialist practice since 1997. He completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1988 and underwent specialist training at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Mater Mothers’ hospitals in Brisbane as well as being the inaugural registrar for the internationally recognised Flying Obstetrics and Gynaecology service based in Roma.
Gino is an adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Queensland and continues to be active in the education of medical students and registrars as well as delivering educational lectures to general practitioners and interested consumer groups.
He admits patients in high and low risk obstetrics and gynaecology at the Wesley Hospital.
Obstetric interests include women with thrombophilia and autoimmune disease as well multiple pregnancy and gynaecology special interests include laparoscopic and vaginal surgery, endometriosis and menopause.
He maintains a strong association with the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, where he has previously sat on the federal council and board and remains a senior examiner.
He is a past president of the Queensland Australian Medical Association and current national board chair as well as contributing to multiple state and federal government bodies in relation to women’s health issues. Gino is a patron and advisor for the Multiple birth Association and an ambassador /advisor for the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.
A/Prof Pecoraro is an award winning medical journalist experienced across all platforms. He is an occasional presenter for the TODAY show on channel 9, writes a regular weekend health column in the Sunday Mail and can be seen on the Health Minute website as well as in Tonic Media’s waiting room programs. He has presented health programs on breakfast and talk back radio ( ABC, 4BC and Hit 105) as well as a weekly segment on Channel 10 news. Educational material for general practitioners is available on the MD briefcase network.
When not working, Gino enjoys medical politics, red wine, good Italian or Japanese food and spending time with his wife and 4 children.
All appointments can be made by calling his secretary, Kathryn on 38395383 or visiting his website ginopecoraro.com.au where online appointment making is available.
Shannan has been a qualified Physiotherapist for over 14 years. She is the mum of 3 beautiful young kids with a very active family life. Having just relocated from Sydney where she had her own practice she is now excited to join the Family Doctors Plus team.
She has a keen interest in Dance Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation as well as Injury Prevention.
Shannan loves to exercise, socialise and drink coffee with friends in the spare time she has between work and raising her family.
Shannan provides Physiotherapy treatment for a number of conditions including:
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:
Kylie Walsh has extensive experience in the provision of Occupational Therapy services to families and children with learning and/or developmental disabilities, Down’s syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Chromosomal Disorders and children having difficulties with handwriting.
Kylie has a particular interest in supporting children to develop skills and confidence in performing the activities of daily living, becoming active players and persistent learners. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging children to participate in learning opportunities with their parents, siblings, teachers and peers in a calm and alert manner.
Kylie is a strong believer in a collaborative approach working with parents, teachers, carers and other health professionals to achieve the best outcome for her young patients.
If you would like to make an appointment with Kylie please call her direct on 0419795760
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.
Cate Rawlinson is a registered Psychologist with 20 years' experience working with children and young people, families, adults and older people in public health and private practice. Cate has a specialist interest in the emotional health and wellbeing of people experiencing the transition to parenthood. This includes people planning to become parents, expectant and new parents and their infants. She understands the importance of working collaboratively with families to support the wellbeing of all members during one of life's biggest transitions.
Cate uses a holistic approach to supporting people to achieve wellbeing and is experienced In the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment to parenthood and other difficulties new parents experience. Cate Is also experienced in treating other mental health conditions and assists clients who seek support and adaptive coping strategies to adjust to change, trauma and abuse, loss, and stress.
She uses evidence-based approaches to treatment including cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and narrative therapy. Cate is committed to developing and providing mental health services, which support and enhance the lives of women, infants and their families and embraces opportunities to collaborate with other treating practitioners to achieve positive outcomes.
Cate is now working evenings and Saturday mornings to make it easier for you to access her services.
Leanne brings to Family Doctors Plus 30+ years experience in Corporate Real Estate and Client Support where she has developed effective and professional relationships with National Clients.
With this experience Leanne has been engaged to work with key external stakeholders in both Aged Care and Independent Living to understand their holistic and medical requirements serving as a link between Family Doctors Plus Management and Clients.
Annette Marriott is an endorsed Educational and Developmental psychologist who began her career in education. This equates to almost 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents.
Annette works with clients across childhood, adolescence and early adulthood with a focus on child/adolescent development, learning difficulties, parenting support, challenging behaviours, difficulties with transitions, school avoidance, and peer relationships.
Annette has clinical experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, emotional regulation difficulties, behavioural difficulties and parenting support. She is adept in psychometric, academic and behavioural assessments and in collaborating with parents, carers and schools on psychoeducational reports and interventions to support her clients in their learning experience.
With a double degree in Dietitics and Human Movements, I have been working in the health and fitness industry for over 16 years, both as a personal trainer and a nutritionist for sports teams such as State League netball and soccer teams. Working as a personal trainer and boxing coach I have developed a keen interest in hydration and recovery techniques. I’ve also had a lot of experience working with clients in setting and achieving goals, developing healthy eating plans, and working towards creating a healthy lifestyle with my clients.
A strong focus of my clinical work has been to develop and implement weight loss and pre-natal programs that have focused on both nutrition and exercise components. I also have extensive experience in delivering education sessions on many topics to a variety of age groups. In particular working with athletes to maximise training adaptations and recovery strategies, hydration testing and education, body composition testing, general healthy eating, and fuelling for events/races.
As a mother myself, I understand the anxieties many parents face around providing correct nutrition for their children. As infants grow and develop, it is important that they receive all the nutrients they need to ensure optimum health and a good foundation for future years as growth accelerates.
Being a parent, I also recognise the difficulties we all face with juggling the demands of everyday life. I work closely with all my patients to assist in developing realistic goals and achievable strategies. Through education and guidance, I encourage a whole-family approach to healthy eating that can meet everyone’s needs.
As an accredited practising dietitian and qualified sports paediatric dietitian, I have been working with infants, toddlers, teenagers and families for the past 6 years.
My areas of specialty include:
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) (Hons); Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement studies) (Hons); Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Australian Government: National Health and Medical Research Council (Department of Health and Ageing) - https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/eating-well/healthy-eating-throughout-all-life/healthy-eating-infants-children-and-teenagers
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA): information for patients, consumers and carers - www.allergy.org.au
Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) - https://daa.asn.au/
“I can’t wait to see a stranger and talk about how messed up I feel! “
Said no one.
Natalie is a registered psychologist with experience working in both public and private sectors. She understands how daunting it can be for people to access the help they need, when they need it, and with a therapist or team who helps them feel safe, understood and “human”.
Natalie has specialist training, skills, and experience in perinatal mental health and eating disorders.
When you are struggling, it’s important to remember you are not alone, things will get better. Help is available, and accessing effective help is key.
For more information on fees, rebates you may be eligible for and to make an appointment, please contact Family Doctors Plus.
Beatrice Peters is a health and wellness coach, physiotherapist, group fitness instructor and
health and wellness speaker.
Beatrice established her health coaching business, I Quit Being Tired, to assist women to create a healthier mind and body and be the best version of themselves.
Beatrice completed a degree in Physiotherapy from UQ in 2003. Her passion for nutrition and clean living led her to complete qualifications in nutrition and health coaching. She has completed a Level 1 Occupational Physiotherapy course, has a Certificate 3 in fitness (group fitness instructor) and is a leader in the Stanford's Chronic Diseases Self - Management Course. She has additional qualifications in pilates, hydrotherapy and mindset training. She has a wide range of experience and has worked for many different clients including the Queensland Reds Rugby Union team, Anglicare, Queensland University of Technology, Fitness First, Goodlife, Zest and private practice.
Beatrice suffered from chronic fatigue in her 20s. She found that her punishing gym regimen and restrictive low fat diet contributed to her fatigue.
Beatrice's philosophy is that a healthy body and a healthy mind come from nourishing yourself rather than depriving yourself. You can't punish yourself healthy, the opposite is true.
Whatever your goals are in terms of your health- weight loss, happiness, increased energy, healthier meals, doing regular exercise, managing the stress in your life, decreasing toxins in your home and beauty products or reducing your risk of chronic diseases- the changes you need to make start by valuing yourself and nourishing yourself.
As a parent you need to care for yourself so that you can care for those who depend on you. As a mother of two Beatrice understands that when you are feeling well and are looking after yourself, your whole family benefits.
Beatrice is also the co-founder and presenter of Healthtalks with Dr Maria Boulton and she works closely with GPs, medical specialists, allied health and holistic health professionals.
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!
For further information and enquiries, her website is http://www.beatricepeters.com.au
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.
Lisa's passion for Aged Care led her to a Degree in Nursing. She spent her first few years working in several medical and surgical specialties including Psychiatrics and Rehabilitation. Her interests in Pediatrics, Oncology and Psychological/Dementia care has led her to General Practice with a focus on promoting mental health and emotional well-being.
Lisa prides herself on developing a professional and therapeutic rapport with patients. Her friendly approach and playful manner is also loved by children who attend the clinic. Lisa is also currently completing her Bachelor Degree in Psychology at QUT.
After beginning her career as an Enrolled Nurse and several years' experience in the hospital setting, Renata finally decided to make her move into general practice. She has an avid interest in preventative health of all ages, as well as chronic disease management and all aspects of Aged Care.
Renata has a gentle and caring nature that is also well received by children that visit the clinic for immunisations and health checks. Renata prides herself in providing high quality care to all of her patients, young and old. Renata intends to commence her studies In the near future to complete her Degree in Nursing.
Rachael Graduated from Australian Catholic University in December 2018. Racheal has worked with children in childcare for the past 3 years and has a Certificate III in Early Education and Care assisting children reach their full potential in their formative years of life. This has now developed to a passion for their optimal health potential which led her to General Practice
Rachael has a welcoming demeanour and believes therapeutic rapport are the forefront of patient interactions. Rachael’s interests include preventative health, children’s health, wound care and emotional-wellbeing.
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 has been working as a senior reception at Family Doctors Plus and has become a valuable team member. She now brings her compassionate and caring nature to her new role as our practice manager.
Maddie has joined Family Drs Plus having had 3 year's experience as medical receptionist at Bribie Island. Maddie loves the beach, music festivals and relaxing with Family. Maddie has a lovely caring nature and is an asset to our Team.
Kobi is the Corporate contact for Pre employment medicals. Kobi joins Family Drs plus after 9 years with a large corporation, dealing with clients statewide. Kobi is a Mum to 2 young children, and her interests are reading, spending time with her family, camping and enjoying life.
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.