Dr George Somers (MBBS, BMedSci, DRANZCOG, GradDipClinEpid, GCHPE, PhD, MRACGP (life) FAAETS, FACRRM)
George was born in Holland, and brought up in Monbulk and Tecoma. His choice to study medicine was mentored and supported by Dr Elef Jorgensen, the original doctor of Belgrave. George graduated in Medicine in 1976. He trained at the Royal Hobart hospital for a couple of years and studied Obstetrics at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, UK.
When Dr Spud Murphy, the original doctor in ‘the Hills beyond Belgrave’ died in 1981, his widow Margaret asked George to continue the practice. He accepted the challenge and has managed it ever since. He has always had a very strong interest in disaster medicine and community resilience. This originated during the Ash Wednesday bushfires, when he was a GP in Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook.
He set up the Clinical Skills program at the Gippsland Medical School in Churchill (Monash University School of Rural Health) in 2008, where he was appointed an Associate Professor at Monash University.
He now works part time at Emerald Medical Centre, but continues to manage the centre from the sidelines with the able support of a very competent and capable medical, nursing and administrative team.
Dr Ruth Johnston (MBBS)
Ruth graduated from Monash University in 1980. She joined EMC in 1989. She has lived and worked in the hills for the last 30 years. She enjoys all facets of General Practice, with special interests including women’s health, maternal and child health, and chronic disease management. Regrettably Dr Johnston is unable to take on new patients.
Dr Roger Steer (MBBS, BMed Sci, Dip RACOG)
Roger graduated from Monash University in 1974 after doing a research year at the Migrant Health Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital. A year each at Prince Henry’s, The Royal Children’s and Crown Street Women’s Hospital laid good foundations for country general practice at Donald. A year was spent as Medical Superintendant at Ba Methodist Hospital Fiji, then at a pioneering bulk billing clinic set up by Westgate Baptist Church before returning to country practice at Kerang then Rushworth.
Roger has seen the Emerald Medical Centre transform over the past nearly twenty years under George Somers’ leadership into the current multi-disciplinary facility designed to keep pace with a constantly evolving health system.
He lives a stone’s throw from the centre of Emerald, and has always felt very much part of the local community.
He is scaling down as he approaches retirement, but his keenness to strive to always do the best for his patients remains undiminished.
Dr Chris Madden (MBBS, MRCGP (UK), FRACGP, BSc Hons, DFSRH, DRCOG)
Chris graduated from St George’s University of London in 2003, working as a junior doctor then training as a GP in and around London. He attained the royal college membership in 2008. He and his family moved to Australia and joined the team at EMC in 2011.
Chris has a passion for general family medicine and medical education. He is an associate of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, teaching clinical year medical students; he often has medical students shadowing him on Thursdays. Chris is also a registered GP Supervisor with EVGP, training GP registrars on their 6 month placements here at EMC. He is also the Educational Lead at EMC, coordinating the continued professional development program & meetings for the clinical staff here. For more information on medical education at EMC click here.
Outside work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, cooking, running and cycling. He is a passionate supporter of Leicester City FC.
Dr Vassili Lapchine (PhD Traumatology & Orthopaedics, MD, FRACGP)
Vassili Trained in Moscow in General Practice and Orthopaedics and graduated in 1984. He commenced consulting at EMC in 1999.
Dr Nazmul Hoque (MBBS, MFamMed, FRACGP)
Nazmul has been consulting at EMC since 2004 after working in Tasmania for 3 years and having previously worked in South Africa, where he served as Principal Medical Officer at a general hospital. He enjoys family medicine & comprehensive patient care.
Dr Jo Nally (BMedSci, MBBS (Hons), DCH) – (On maternity leave)
Jo graduated from University of Tasmania in 2009. She has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital and multiple emergency departments before deciding to make the move to general practice. She loves scuba diving and is certified to perform scuba diving medicals. Recently she completed her Diploma in Child Health. Outside of work Jo enjoys diving, camping and walks in the hills with her two dogs.
Dr Micaela Kemm
After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2008, Micaela began her training as a junior doctor at Eastern Health and Western Health, gaining further credentials in both Obstetrics and Paediatrics. Passionate about community and continually expanding her professional knowledge, she then spent five years working across Australia in Eden, Canberra, Alice Springs and the NT including spending 2 years working at an Aboriginal Medical Centre on a remote island off the coast of the Northern Territory.
Micaela is delighted to have joined the team at Emerald Medical Centre and looks forward to caring for people and their families in Emerald and the surrounding area. Micaela loves the variety of being a General Practitioner and has particular experience and knowledge in chronic disease management, mental health, youth health, women’s health and sexual health. Micaela believes that the key to strong patient-doctor relationships is through clear communication and an holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Dr Simone Weragoda
Simone originally trained as a physiotherapist before deciding on a career in medicine. Upon finishing medical school in 2012, she worked at The Royal Melbourne Hospital gaining experience in a wide range of medical specialties.
Simone is interested in all aspects of general practice, particularly sports medicine, chronic disease management and preventative health.
Dr Collin Wong (BSc (hons), MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, FRACGP)
Collin was trained in the UK and spent 5 years working in rural Victoria before joining EMC. He is a very experienced general practitioner.
Dr Katrina Bieniak
Katrina is a GP Registrar currently completing her specialty training with us at EMC. After graduating from Monash University with Honours in 2013, Katrina worked at Peninsula Health, Ballarat Health and The Royal Women’s Hospital. There she gained experience in a wide variety of disciplines – including extended rotations in obstetrics, gynaecology, anaesthetics and intensive care. Katrina enjoys all aspects of General Practice, but is particularly passionate about Women’s Health, Sexual Health and Mental Health.
Outside of medicine, Katrina enjoys baking, reading and playing lawn bowls.
Dr Katey Goldsmith
Katey Graduated from Deakin Universtiy in 2012.
Since then she has gained a wide variety of experience through her work at The Royal Women’s hospital and Western Health before deciding to move into General Practice.
She grew up in the Dandenong Ranges and is very happy to have moved back to this beautiful part of the world to pursue her career in General Practice.
She has a special interest in Womens’, Childrens’ and Youth health but also enjoys all areas of Medicine. She is only with us for a short while before she goes off to have her second child in April.