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 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 Aiko Tiarni Tomita General Practitioner

Dr Aiko (Tiarni) Tomita completed a BMed at University of Newcastle in 2002 after obtaining Bachelor of Applied Science at Queensland University of Technology. She gained her RACGP fellowship in 2012. Tiarni has worked as a GP in Sydney and rural NSW, as well as working in South Yarra and Southbank in Victoria. In her spare time, she worked for University of Oxford and completed her PhD in medicine in 2015. She is appointed as Visiting Associate Professor for Tokai University in Japan. Tiarni speaks fluent English and Japanese. She has lots of experience in providing medical care for people from non-English speaking background as well as local residents.

She enjoys seeing variety in General Practice. Her particular interests include Mental Health, Family Planning, Sexual Health, Contraceptive advice (trained contraceptive device provider), and Women’s Health.

Dr Ling Zheng General Practitioner

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.

Our Support Staff

Vanessa Milligan Practice Manager

Maria Fedele Psychologist

Maria Fedele is a registered Psychologist with over 25 years experience in the community and private sectors, helping people live healthy, enriched and emotional connected lives. Maria’s approach to counselling is based on warmth, collaboration and integrity. She believes in establishing a supportive therapeutic relationship which forms the basis to successful counselling, helping you to explore your emotions and experiences safely. Using the brain-based approach of Neuropsychotherapy, Maria works with you to understand behaviours and emotions, exploring the interplay between the mind, body, relationships and the environment. Using a range of evidence based practices, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution focused Techniques, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, working together to increase your ability to achieve wellness and make lasting change.

David Morrell Psychologist

Lian Vandenberg Psychologist

Sri Vanapilli Podiatrist

Sarah Leech Physiotherapy

Sarah Leech is a qualified Physiotherapist having graduated from the University of Melbourne with a post-graduate degree in Doctor of Physiotherapy with an undergraduate Bachelor of Health Science degree in Musculoskeletal Therapy. Sarah’s professional interests lay in musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck and low back pain. She is also interested in Women’s & Men’s Health, Pilates and helping people return to work through Occupational Rehabilitation. Sarah enjoys meeting new patients and working collaboratively with them to help them achieve their goals. Her patient centred approach to treatment ensures that every individual is treated uniquely and has a specifically tailored treatment plan to address their needs.

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