South Melbourne Family Practice is changing its name to South Melbourne Medical Hub. Under new ownership, South Melbourne Medical Hub will offer expanded health services to your local community and we look forward to offering additional services for your health needs.

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    9999 2778

    Our Doctors

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    Dr Rijad Kucuk

    Dr Rijad Kucuk

    General Practitioner

    Dr Rijad Kucuk MBBS (UWA) FRACGP is interested in all aspects of general practice, and enjoys caring for people from all walks of life and from varied cultural backgrounds. Dr Kucuk has special interests including men’s health, paediatrics, travel medicine, sexual health, chronic disease management, occupational health including pre-employment medicals, TAC/WorkCover, and performing small surgical procedures.

    Dr Ling Zheng

    Dr Ling Zheng

    General Practition

    Dr Ling Zheng MBBS FRACGP MD PHD (Monash) has been practising at South Melbourne Family Practice since 2011 and has a great interest in all aspects of general practice. Dr Zheng has spent considerable time involved in medical research of a variety of chronic lung diseases at Monash University, University of Hong Kong, Essen University (Germany) and TongJi Medical University (China) prior to becoming a GP. Dr Zheng consults in both English and Mandarin, and has a caring, thorough, and patient-centred approach. Her special interests include asthma management, women’s health, child and adolescent health, aged care, chronic disease management, and preventative medicine.

    Dr Leena Jatkar

    Dr Leena Jatkar

    General Practitioner

    Dr Leena Jatkar MBBS has over 30 years experience as a GP in India, the United States and Australia, and has consulted at South Melbourne Family Practice since 2009. Dr Jatkar finds general practice challenging and enjoys all aspects. Her special interests include women’s health, children’s health, and preventative health to prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition to English, Dr Jatkar is fluent in six Indian languages and assists new migrants during their settling down period.

    Dr Ben Ooi

    Dr Ben Ooi

    After graduating from the University of Malaya, Dr Ben Ooi undertook his residency in Singapore and is a qualified Family Medicine practitioner. His residency programme covered a gamut of specialities including Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Dermatology.

    Dr Ben Ooi has also gained his Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine and Master of Medicine in Family Medicine from National University of Singapore in 2016 and 2017. He has been practising as a General Practitioner in Singapore from 2014 to 2019.

    Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien and Cantonese.

    Availability at Medical Hub: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

    Dr Katie Mellor

    Dr Katie Mellor

    General Practitioner

    Dr Katie Mellor graduated from University of Leeds UK in 2009. She spent her early doctor years in hospitals around the north of England covering a variety of specialties including obs and gynae, respiratory medicine, A&E and paediatrics, working towards her career goal of becoming a GP. She gained Fellowship to RCGP (UK) in 2014 and Fellowship to RACGP in 2015 when she set off on her adventure to Australia!

    Dr Mellor’s special interests are sexual health, mental health, transgender health, and obstetrics and gynaecology. She has worked as a GP at Headspace, a youth mental health service. She is a strong advocate for the LGBTQI+ community.

    She offers Shared Maternity Care with the Royal Womens Hospital, Sunshine and Werribee Mercy Hospital. She has a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK. She inserts contraception devices.

    She has a passion for education and takes medical students from Monash University.

    Outside of work Dr Mellor enjoys keeping active by running and cycling. She loves music gigs, being in the sunshine and a good smashed avo on toast.

    Languages spoken: English.

    Sarah Leech

    Sarah Leech

    Physiotherapy

    Sarah Leech is a physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters’ Degree in Doctor of Physiotherapy. She also completed a Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Musculoskeletal Therapy from the Australian College of Natural Medicine. Sarah’s interests are in musculoskeletal health, assisting with joint and muscle pain, occupational health, helping with return to work after an injury, and she also has interests in women’s and men’s health. Book an appointment online with Sarah.

    Alexandra Monti

    Alexandra Monti

    Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming

    Alexandra Monti is a Master Trainer and Master Practitioner of Hypnosis and Master Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Alexandra’s natural passion to help others has seen her enjoy many years of success, assisting clients to create immediate and permanent change. She enjoys working one on one with people, using the latest techniques in Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy® and other processes, allowing the client and practitioner to conduct the session content free, protecting the client from additional trauma. Well-travelled Alexandra respects other people’s values and model’s of the world which allows the client to feel relaxed and supported during the process. Alexandra specialises in removing negative emotions, conflicts, past traumas, habits and phobias and facilitates effective change quickly and easily, allowing the client to move forward without boundary’s or limitations.

    Alexandra’s curiosity for neuroscience has seen her continue to study many modalities and has allowed her the privilege to work alongside a world class Training Company actively assisting other Practitioners in their evolution to become excellent Master Practitioners and Trainers. Alexandra also specialises in the corporate sector and enjoys tailoring training and workshops to suit the environment.

    Alexandra’s special interests include anxiety, weight loss, quit smoking, bad habits, phobia, bed wetting, chronic pain, insomnia, performance enhancement, mental health, relaxation, and stress reduction.

    Alexandra’s a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy, The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy® Association, The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic

    Sri Vanapilli

    Sri Vanapilli

    Podiatrist

    Sri Vanapalli is our Podiatrist at South Melbourne Family Practice. Sri has been servicing the South Melbourne community since 2017 and brings over 9 years of experience working in private practice. This complements his hospital experience through his work at Northern Health, Monash Health and Epworth.

    Sri is a firm believer in early intervention and prevention of complications associated with chronic disease whilst encouraging a holistic approach when working with patients to formulate both short and long-term treatment goals. Sri’s background in premier level cricket provides him a valuable insight into biomechanics and sporting injuries of the lower limb. He has a particular interest in sports medicine and lower limb biomechanics.

    Sri offers a wide range of podiatry services from foot and ankle sport injuries to general podiatry including ingrown toenails. He ensures that treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and activity levels to support you in achieving the best possible outcome for your needs.

    Sri can assist with:

    • Corns, Calluses, and Plantar Warts
    • Orthotics
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Bunions
    • Ankle Sprains
    • Ingrown Toenails
    • Shockwave Therapy