Meet our experienced health professionals.
Dr Fiona Raciti
Dr Maria Boulton
Dr Melanie Simpson
Dr Ayodhya Jayasinghe
Dr Mary-Jane Stanley
Dr Claire Palmer
Dr Andrew Chang
Dr Nicole Twomey
Dr Anne Nixon
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.
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 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 a fortnightly guest on Afternoons with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Brisbane Radio (every second Tuesday 2:35pm-3pm).
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 completed the Monash University Certificate in Clinical Occupational Medicine Short Course and is qualified to perform work/pre employment/coal board 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, and how to prevent these. She has provided education sessions on asthma, anaphylaxis and menopause to community groups and primary schools. She is a great support for new parents and 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 has written a book called “Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy". 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 and a member of The International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
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 Melanie Simpson completed her medical degree with Honours at the University Of Queensland. After a move to Melbourne she completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then went on to obtain her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Simpson has worked in suburban general practice in Melbourne since then. She was a maternity shared care provider with three major obstetrics hospitals in Melbourne and has extensive experience in women's health and pre- and post-pregnancy management as well as in the care of newborns and children. She is currently studying to complete an International Certificate in Lactation Consulting.
Dr Simpson also enjoys the general aspects of General Practice and is happy to see patients of any age or stage of life. Men's health and mental health can sometimes be neglected and she is keen to develop relationships with her patients to allow them to make better decisions regarding their health.
Family Doctors Plus Medical Centre is conveniently located near Brisbane Inner North Brisbane Inner Northern Suburbs and CBD including:
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
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.
Dr Mary-Jane Stanley (MBBS, FRACGP, Member of Australasian Menopause Society) is highly experienced in all aspects of general practice. She has a interest in Women’s Health, in particular the management of Menopause and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
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. 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 Nicole Twomey MBBS FRACGP
Nicole is an experienced General Practitioner with a special interest in Infant Child and Adolescent Health.
Nicole completed her medical degree with the University of Queensland in 1993 and after a number of years training in Paediatrics completed her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2000. Since then she has worked in practices both in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Nicole has a special interest in all aspects of Infant Child and Adolescent Health. She is happy to discuss any issues whether it be concerning babies, toddlers, school aged, behavioural or any other concerns.
Nicole also enjoys discussing pregnancy planning, she participates in Share Care with the public maternity hospitals and enjoys helping families negotiate their infants first year of life. Women's Health including contraception options is another area of interest.
Nicole is also kept busy as a mum to her three daughters.
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:
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 o 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.
Joanna Molloy IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
(IBCLC) with 30 years' experience working as a paediatric nurse looking after sick and premature babies. She has raised 2 beautiful girls of her own and has been a nanny to several sets of twins.
Joanna offers new parents the empowerment of education and the hands-on assistance vital to the calm, relaxed transition from coupledom to parenthood. In her experience, so many parents struggle unnecessarily through lack of guidance and care after giving birth. There is a lot of education about the actual birth available but nowhere near enough practical education about caring for your baby after it is born.
Joanna successfully combines the skills she has learnt as a professional with the love and empathy she has gained as a mother, to help new mums and babies bond and enjoy the rich and rewarding experience of breastfeeding, bottle feeding, transitioning to solids and beyond.
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.
Peita has over 12 years' experience in the health industry, having started her career as an exercise physiologist with UQ Sport. She has been a practicing dietitian for over 11 years, working with a range of clients from new mothers to professional athletes.
Peita specialises in weight management and sports nutrition and has worked in a variety of settings including Queensland Health, corporate health, private practice and the Queensland Academy of Sport. She was appointed by the Brisbane Lions Football Club to work as the team's consultant Sports Dietitian from 2010-2013.
As an accredited Sports Dietitian, Peita has worked with a variety of sports-focused clients, from weekend warriors to elite athletes in sports such as water polo, track and field, AFL and swimming.
As a mum to a four-year old daughter and two-year old son, Peita uses her professional expertise and personal insight to support women in maintaining a balanced diet and healthy weight both during and after pregnancy. She also has a passion for helping busy families prepare balanced healthy meals for their family
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 Du Plessis’s warm manner is a great addition to our reception staff. Lisa is also a qualified personal trainer and enjoys helping people of all ages to increase their activity levels.
Rebecca is an experienced medical receptionist. She is currently completing her university studies.
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 our senior medical receptionist.
Cindy has been working in the health industry for over 20 years (4 of those as a medical receptionist). Her happy and friendly nature and genuine care and compassion towards people make her a welcome addition to the Family Doctors Plus Family.
Fiona is a local mother of three daughters. She is an experienced administrator with a background in legal and real estate services. She is articulate and empathetic with a warm personality. Fiona is enjoying her transition into health care and is always keen to help patients.
Natalya works with Kathy Gauld as the Practice Manager and has worked at medical centres whilst studying for a number of years, the pharmaceutical industry and veterinary industry in a reception, practice management, marketing, training and administration capacity.
Natalya is proud of the team at Family Doctors Plus and is passionate about patient care, outcomes and systems.
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.
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.
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.