- Dr David Ringelblum
MBBS, Dip RACOG, FRACGP
David graduated from Monash University in 1986 and spent four years in hospital preparing for a career in general practice. He joined Parkridge Medical Centre in 1993 and has been the senior doctor at the practice since 1997.
He enjoys all areas of general practice and family medicine with a particular interest in paediatrics and in minor surgery including removal of lumps and bumps, vasectomies, insertion of IUDs, treating ingrown toenails and similar procedures.
David particularly enjoys teaching our registrars and mentoring younger doctors through the early stages of their career. He was awarded Supervisor of the Year in 2008.
He is also heavily involved in community work and organisations, managing his three children’s sport teams and occasionally performs in amateur theatrical productions.
David consults at the practice from Monday to Thursday.
- Dr Elise Liew
MBBS, CSCT, FRACGP
Elise studied medicine at Monash University, graduating in 1994 . After graduation she did various rotations through hospitals including Dandenong Hospital, Sandringham Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital to gain experience in the various disciplines of emergency medicine, general medicine , surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics etc.
She joined WoW in 1998 as the first registrar of the practice and has stayed on ever since!
She is interested in all areas of general practice including women’s health, paediatrics and chronic disease management. Elise is able to assist with most minor procedures including skin lesions and contraceptive implants .
She is also accredited to provide shared antenatal care with Monash Health.
Having spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, she speaks fluent Cantonese and can manage a reasonable degree of Mandarin.
Outside of medicine she enjoys music, travelling and spending time with her family.
She is married with two daughters. She consults each weekday except Tuesday.
- Dr Kim Leow
Graduated from Melbourne University in 1999 and has worked in general practice in Melbourne and Mt Gambier. He joined us in 2004 and is particularly interested in preventative health issues. Kim consults every weekday.
- Dr Lona Brown
MBBS(Hons), DRANZCOG, FRACGP
Lona first joined Wellness on Wellington as a registrar in 2004. She holds a Diploma in Obstetrics and a Certificate in Family Planning with a special interest in these areas, but enjoys the variety and challenges found in all areas of general practice. Lona usually consults each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but is currently on maternity leave.
- Dr Julia Trayer
MBBS (Hons), BSc(Med), MPH, FRACGP
Julia Trayer became a GP in 2004 and loves the variety of general practice. She feels it is a privilege to be a GP.
Julia believes that healthy living is one of the great secrets to happiness, and that it can become a reality for everyone.
As there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to lifestyle and preventative medicine, Julia helps patients find the lifestyle path which bests suits them. She encourages self-management and focuses on practices such as nutrition,
excercise, meditation, mindfulness, Calligraphy yoga and Qi gong. Julia applies these philosophies herself and in the care of her own children.
Julia has a number of other areas of interest , such as women’s health, sexual health, pregnancy care and post natal care. As a mother of two young children , Julia combines her medical knowledge with life experience to provide practical, empathetic care.
She is accredited to provide ante-natal shared care at various hospitals including The Angliss, Box Hill, Monash, Dandenong, Casey, Royal Womens and the Mercy. She has previously worked at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Sexual Health Centre in Sydney.
Julia is also able to insert IUD’s – either copper or Mirena.
Before moving to Melbourne in 2006 Julia completed her medical training in Sydney, where she also found time to complete post graduate studies in public health.
In her ‘spare time’ she enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening, Qi gong and yoga .
Julia believes the weather is better in Sydney, but prefers life in Melbourne – even though she does not drink coffee!
- Dr Kirrily Ellerton
MBBS(Hons), BSc(Hons), Grad.Dip.Pall.Care, FRACGP
Kirrily joined us in 2005 as a registrar. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine and has a particular interest in skin cancer, mole checks and palliative care. Kirrily is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Dr Leslie Segal
Les spent 25 years as a solo GP in Carnegie before joining the then Parkridge Medical Centre in 2006. He also works part-time as a tutor and examiner of the Medical Faculty of Monash University. Les consults every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Dr Rimma Medres
Rimma was our registrar in 2006. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a special interest in paediatrics, women’s health and shared care. She loves to see children, especially since she had her own. She is available on Tuesdays and alternate weekends. Rimma is fluent in Russian.
- Dr Mihiri Weerasooriya
Mihiri was our registrar in 2009 and has now joined us permanently. She is fluent in Sinhalese, enjoys all areas of general practice and has special interests in women’s health and paediatrics. Mihiri has recently returned from maternity leave and consults Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Dr Joanne Pollott
MBBS, Bsc(Hons), DRCOG, MRCGP, FRACGP
Jo studied medicine at Imperial College, London, graduating in 2004. Following this she completed her GP training in south east England and prior to moving to Australia was a partner in a GP practice in Faversham, Kent.
Jo enjoys all aspects of general practice but is particularly interested in helping patients improving their health through making lifestyle changes.
If you would like further lifestyle advice on how to prevent and manage diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and PCOS or help with weight loss, please make a double appointment to see her for an initial consultation.
Jo consults Monday to Thursday.
- Dr Kristina Coniglio
Kristina has been with us since 2008. Kristina has recently returned from extended family leave and usually consults each Monday morning.
- Dr Timothy Tai
Tim was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Brisbane with his family at the age of 8.
Despite studying in a foreign language, he was awarded a scholarship to Brisbane Boys Grammar School in 1996. He proceeded to win school and national awards in English, Japanese, French, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography and art. He developed a love for being a ” Jack of all trades and master of a few”, which eventually lead to his choice of general practice.
Tim achieved the highest score of 99.95 and chose to study medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2007.
He undertook general training at the Eastern Health hospitals, and even infiltrated the Royal Australian College of Physicians for 1 year to learn from their programs. He was conferred his fellowship to the Royal Australian College of GPs in 2013, and continues to enjoy the challenging diversity and ongoing relationships in general practice.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys tennis, travel, chess and card games; and has won state titles in the latter two. He is married with 2 young children.
Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays.
He also consults in Mandarin where it is of assistance.
- Dr Anna Collins
MBBS, FRACGP, MRCGP, DRCOG
Anna graduated at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 2007 and completed her General Practice training in 2013.
She joined Wellness on Wellington in 2014 when she moved to Melbourne.
She enjoys all aspects of primary care with particular interest in paediatrics, women’s and mental health but is currently on maternity leave planning to return late in 2018.
- Dr Kateena Vogel
MBBS FRACGP DCH
Kateena completed her medical degree in Brisbane and has also worked in Queenland and in New South Wales. Dr Vogel worked with us as a registrar in 2013 and has now joined us as a permanent member of our team of GPs.
She has completed her Diploma of Child Health and also has a strong interest in preventative health and chronic disease management, however she enjoys all aspects of general practice, and feels that managing all aspects of health is what makes general practice so rewarding.
She also has a developing interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, and plans to do a graduate diploma in this field in 2017.
Kateena is available every weekday except Tuesdays.
- Dr Sara Tarafi
MBBS, FRACGP, BBiomedSc
Dr Sara Tarafi studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and completed her bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University.
She enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a keen interest in preventative health, focusing on lifestyle measures to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
She also has a strong interest in all things skin related.
Sara has undertaken extra training in the detection of skin cancer and offers skin checks. Sara is available for consultations each weekday except Wednesdays.
- Dr Harishan Tharmarajah
MBBS, FRACGP, BBiomedSC, DCH
Harishan completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne and went on to gain his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2010.
He enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a special interest in Paediatrics and Mens Health.
His paediatric experience includes working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the Mercy Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Heidelberg.
Harishan also holds a position as a Teaching Associate at Monash University where he teaches clinical skills to medical students.
He has a young family and welcomed a son into his life in 2016. He has grown up in the south-eastern suburbs of Victoria and is a local to the area.
He is excited to be back at Wellness on Wellington after working at other sites over the past few years.”
Harishan consults each weekday except Wednesdays.
- Dr Sarah Bothe
Sarah completed her medical degree in 2010 and went on to spend 5 years working at Monash Health. Sarah got to experience a wide variety of medical specialities which has helped her greatly in the transition to GP.
Sarah loves with variety of general practice but mainly loves the opportunity to get to know her patients and is always up for a chat (especially about the football).
Sarah is a mad Tigers supporter but a lover of all sports. She spends her spare time with her partner cooking up a storm and helping run a small catering company.
Sarah has now joined Wellness on Wellington permanently and is available for consultation each weekday.
- Dr Peter Yee
Peter graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2012. He has work in hospitals including Eastern Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, The Austin and Monash Health, spending time in a widespread range of specialities with a particular focus on surgery. He has also previously dabbled in optometry and research.
Peter enjoys the diverse and unpredictable nature of general practice, and has a particular interest in minor surgery and preventative health.
Peter’s interest outside life in medicine include cycling, starting random do-it-yourself projects (causing endless frustration to his wife), and eating burgers.”
Dr Peter Yee will be returning to Wellness on Wellington in February 2019 as a permanent staff member.
- Dr Isaac Baker
Isaac grew up just outside of Geelong and moved to Melbourne to study medicine at Monash University.
He spent several years working for Monash Health in a variety of medical and surgical specialties, and in emergency departments before joining the GP training program.
He enjoys the variety of General Practice, however he is most interested in geriatric medicine and Men’s health.
- Dr Rifath Syeda
Rifath graduated from Monash University in 2015. Following in the footsteps of her Mum, she started General Practice training in 2018 . Rifath -who prefers to be called Rif- hopes to help and empower people to live their best and full lives, let alone optimising their health.
Rif is passionate about all aspects of General Practice, particularly Women’s Health (including Implanon insertion), Mindfulness and Cancer Survivorship.
On weekends, Rif likes dragging her husband to local markets and events (he does enjoy them, he just likes to complain!) and spending time with family and friends
- Practice Managers
Louise Trevean is our practice manager and Trish Rose is our assistant practice manager. They can be approached with any queries or concerns.
- Receptionists and Office staff
Nancy, Jennifer, Pierina, Cheryl, Blair, Rebecca, Cassandra, Paula and Tiana are our receptionists and office staff. Please feel free to approach any of them if you need any help.
- Nurse Manager
Sue McKellar is our highly experienced nurse manager.
- Practice Nurses
Amanda, Teresa, Fiona, Michelle and Lana are our highly experienced practice nurses. They assist with immunisations, wound dressings and other procedures. They are also involved in home visits, patient education and health promotion projects.