General Practitioners

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NEST's General Practitioners (GPs) are skilled in all areas of Medicine, with a strong interest and expertise in the health and wellbeing of young families, including children and their parents.

 

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Dr. Tina Sutton

General Practitioner
BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRACGP

Professional Background/Experience

After attaining a BSc(Hons) in psychology from Monash University, Tina went on to study medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, graduating in 2000. While working in mainly medical jobs in the hospital system, Tina also engaged in melanoma research and clinical drug trials. Tina worked for a few years in hospitals before deciding on a career in general practice. During her GP training, Tina had the opportunity to work in a variety of different general practices, in both urban and outer metropolitan locations.

Professional Interests

Tina is interested in all areas of general practice. She has particular interests in women’s health, paediatrics, sexual health, preventative medicine, dermatology and food allergies in children. Tina has also attended the Sexual and Reproductive Health course at Family Planning Victoria and is able to insert and remove Implanon.

Personal Interests outside of work

Outside of work, Tina spends most of her time with her 3 children and husband. Tina enjoys cooking, good coffee and spending quality time with friends. 

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Dr. Maryallan Girolami

General Practitioner
MBBS FRACGP DCH DBM IBCLC

Dr Maryallan Girolami is currently on Maternity Leave

Professional background:

Dr Maryallan Girolami completed her Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery through Monash University. She trained for her Fellowship in General Practice both in metropolitan Melbourne and on the Mornington Penninsula. In more recent times she has completed her lactation consulting qualifications and stands as one of the few Melbourne based GPs with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) accreditation.

Professional interests:

Maryallan has a keen interest in Women’s and Childrens health as well as medical education. In 2013, she completed her Diploma of Child Health through Sydney University and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is also involved in Medical School education tutoring at Monash University.

Personal interests:

Outside of work Maryallan enjoys spending time with family and friends, chasing after her young son, travelling and exploring beautiful beaches. 

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Dr. Claire Toohey

General Practitioner
MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG

Professional background/experience

Claire completed her medical degree at Melbourne University in 2004.
During her hospital training, she worked at The Royal Women’s Hospital for one year and completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
As a GP, Claire has worked in Darwin and in various general practices across Melbourne.
Claire is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Professional interests

Claire takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and enjoys practicing medicine with families through all stages of life. In particular, she enjoys partnering with women during pre-conception, pregnancy and parenthood.

She is accredited for Shared Care with The Royal Women's Hospital (Sandringham), looking after her patients throughout their pregnancy in collaboration with the hospital. 

Personal interests outside of work

Claire enjoys spending time with her own family – she has two young children. Claire loves to paint, spend time outdoors and practice yoga.

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Dr. Amanda Scott - Principal GP

General Practitioner
MBBS (HONS) FRACGP

Professional background: 

Amanda completed her Medical degree at Monash University in 2005. She gained experience in general medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry during her post graduate training. Amanda obtained her Fellowship of General Practice in 2015 and has been involved with teaching GP registrars and medical students. She is also an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 

Professional interests:

Amanda is an experienced GP with special interest in all aspects of women's and children's health. Amanda uses her empathic and caring manner to provide comprehensive, evidence-based and wholistic patient-centered care. Amanda has a wealth of experience in caring for children of all ages, from newborn to adolescence. She enjoys advising women about PMT, menstrual issues, preconception care, breast feeding and contraception choices: Amanda is trained to insert and remove Mirena IUD and Implanon. Amanda is also accredited to provide shared care to pregnant women at Sandringham Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Box Hill Hospital. Amanda's care of pregnant women and new families over recent years has made her passionate about supporting parents as they transition to their new role. 

Personal interests:

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves going for long walks along the beach and reading a good book. 

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Dr Howard Goldenberg

General Practitioner
MBBS, FRACGP

I was born into a medical household in the small Riverina town of Leeton. My father was one of those legendary country doctors who could do everything - and did. My father honoured his work and the town honoured him with trust. I was born into Medicine and I grew up inspired by the honour of being a doctor.

At Monash Medical School I was taught the new discipline of Community and Preventative Medicine, ancient concepts newly brought into focus. Monash too pioneered the placement of its students for a term in General Practice. I came to love the Medicine of Family, the whole messy, glorious business of making families (Obstetrics) and raising them (Paediatrics and Mental Health). I trained in Obstetrics, gaining a mickey mouse qualification, then turned to my first love, Family Practice. I sat and passed exams in Family Medicine, encountering on the way the surprising ( and misguided) notion that GP was a medical specialty in its own right. I reject that notion: I am a GP by vocation; I rejoice in being a generalist.

Since entering General Practice in 1972 I have worked in country towns, from Diamond Creek (29 years) to Halls Creek, in remote Aboriginal communities, in villages all around Australia, in Christmas Island Detention Centre, in the gaol in Alice Springs, and at nights from my study (10 years) as District Medical Officer for Central Australia. For the past 10 years I have worked 15 hours a week in the GP clinic at the Royal Childrens Hospital, while working four days a week in a Collins Street General Practice.

I am excited to join the medical staff of NEST, a practice which has gained and maintained the loyalty of thousands who cross the threshold in need and who depart in satisfaction.  I feel it an honour to work among such people.

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Dr Marianna Dare

General Practitioner
MBBS, FRACGP, DCH (Diploma of Child Health), MPH (Master of Public Health)

Professional background:

Dr Marianna (Mary) Dare completed her medical degree at Adelaide University in 2004 and worked at Flinders Medical Centre, The Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Alfred Hospital prior to commencing work in general practice in 2009.

Mary has worked as a GP in Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and Melbourne.  In 2018 she returned to Melbourne after spending two years in the USA with her young family.  She has since worked as a GP in Hawthorn and South Melbourne.

Mary holds a Master of Public Health from James Cook University, Diploma of Child Health from Adelaide University, Certificate of Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Council of Sexual Health & Family Planning and Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine.  She is qualified to provide shared care for pregnant women through the Royal Women’s, Sandringham and Mercy hospitals, and insert Implanon contraceptive devices.

Professional interests:

Mary is passionate about preventative care in the health of women, children and their families.  She also has a strong interest in travel medicine and has enjoyed applying this to her own overseas adventures.

Areas of interest:
- women’s health
- shared obstetric care
- sexual and reproductive health
- children’s health
- travel medicine

Personal interests:

Outside of work Mary enjoys pilates, jogging, yoga and spending time outdoors with her husband and sons.