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Dr Des Darrer
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Dr Des Darrer is married and with his wife Grainne, has two spirited young daughters, Miranda and Mairead. For a number of years now Des has been very involved in and enthusiastic about accreditation and education of GPs at several different levels, and in 2005 was awarded the inaugural VMA GP Supervisor of the Year award. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1983 and did a year of voluntary work in 1991-92 on an island of 1000 people in South Pacific where he held the grandiose title of “Head of the Health Department”. He joined Rowville Health in early 1993 (and is here for good).

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Dr Dirk Ebert
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Dirk has been at the practice since 1988 and was one of the original doctors at the clinic. Dirk enjoys going to the races and sometimes loses his money. He still barracks fervently for Collingwood. He now does anti wrinkle injections, Botox® and dermal fillers in addition to all other aspects of general practice.

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Dr Andrew Gan
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Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007. He has worked in a number of hospitals including Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Kingston Centre. He completed his general practice training while working in Gippsland. His interests include dermatology, wound care, minor skin surgery and men’s health. He has attained a certificate in primary care skin cancer surgery from the University of Queensland. Andrew is married and lives with his wife. His hobbies include gardening, swimming, and running.

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Dr Elisha Harris
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Elisha grew up in Tasmania and graduated from Monash University in 2009. She then worked in various metropolitan hospitals before entering GP training in 2013. Elisha is interested in all aspects of general practice. Her outside interests include travel, sport, barracking for Essendon, keeping fit, and keeping up with her energetic Labrador.

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Dr Suyama Jayawardena
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I enjoy all aspect of general practice and have a special interest in paediatrics, mental health and women’s health. I have two sons and my leisure time is mostly spent with them. I also enjoy playing the piano, listening to music, and playing badminton.
Languages spoken – Sinhalese

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Dr Caroline Macindoe
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Caroline graduated from Monash University in 2012 and spent several years working at Austin, Northern and Monash Health, before starting GP training. She enjoys all aspects of general practice. In her spare time, Caroline likes spending time with her family, travelling and trying to learn Spanish.

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Dr Pearl Mak
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Dr Pearl Mak completed her medical training at The University of Melbourne.  She rotated through a number of hospitals such as The Austin Hospital, The Northern Hospital, Bendigo health, and Casey Hospital before settling into general practice.  She has a particular interest in women’s health, paediatrics, and preventative medicine.

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Dr Dick Merigan
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Dick joined Rowville Health in 1988. Dick is interested in all aspects of General Practice, especially Children’s Health, Sexual Health, Aged Care, Sports Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery. Dick has 3 children and his outside interests include golf, importing goods from China,the Tigers, cricket, Victorian architecture and his labradoodle.

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Dr Wafa Michaels
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I was born in Egypt and arrived with my family to Australia in 1988. Married with two daughters. Language spoken is English and Arabic. I enjoy travelling and meeting new people. Post graduate qualification is fellowship of G.P. in Australia and Diploma of eye disease from Egypt. I have also undertaken a lot of post graduate courses about menopause and osteoporosis. Special interests include eye disease, women’s health and menopause. Languages spoken – Arabic

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Dr Adel Nashed
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A general physician, and a fellow of the RACGP, also one of the four principals of Rowville Health. Graduated from Alexandria Medical School – Egypt in 1982, and migrated to Australia in 1985. I have been practicing general medicine since 1990 and have special interests in paediatrics, dermatology and prevention medicine. My interests include soccer, travelling and reading.
Languages spoken – Egyptian

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Dr Elsa Ng
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Elsa migrated to Australia from Hong Kong at the age of 12. She attained her medical degree from Monash University and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Elsa’s special interests are women’s health, paediatrics, diabetes, preventative medicine such as immunisation and weight management. Outside of medicine, Elsa’s interests are travelling, pilates, skiing and reading a good book.
Languages spoken – Cantonese

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Dr Sylvia Ng
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Sylvia was born in Malaysia and grew up in Melbourne. She attended Monash University and had worked in various hospitals before working in general practice. Her main interests are paediatric health, travel medicine and ear, nose and throat medicine. She lives with her husband and two children and she loves cooking, scrapbooking and playing the piano.
Languages spoken – Hokkien

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Dr Monika Patel
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Dr Monika Patel has interests in all aspects of General Practice and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Patel also has a certificate in Cosmetic Dermal Medicine from the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science. She has additional training in non-surgical rejuvenation of the face with Botox, Dermal fillers, Microhydrabrasion, chemical peels and skin needling.

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Dr Samudra Peiris
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I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999. In 2009, I completed my general practice training with Victoria Felix Medical Education and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In general practice, my special areas of interest include children’s and women’s health. Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my husband, two daughters and friends. I also enjoy travelling when I have the time.
Languages spoken – Sinhalese

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Dr Upkar Sara
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I graduated from the University of Leicester, UK in 2004, and qualified as a GP in the UK in 2009. I moved to Australia shortly after with my husband, and worked for a year in Gippsland. As well as completing my GP training, I have done my Diploma in Child Health, and Family Planning courses. I have a particular interest in Women’s Health and Family Planning. In my spare time I like to enjoy the Aussie sunshine, relax on the beach, explore the country, and attempt sports like badminton and squash.

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Dr Simone Weragoda
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Simone originally completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from The University of Melbourne, before deciding on a career in Medicine. She graduated from Deakin University in 2012 and trained through The Royal Melbourne Hospital before entering GP training in 2016.Simone is interested in all aspects of general practice, particularly sports medicine, chronic disease management and preventative health. Outside of Medicine, Simone enjoys playing soccer, going to Church and spending time with friends and family.

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Dr Lisa Yoffa
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Lisa started working here in 1992. She sees patients with a wide range of general problems but has particular interest in: paediatrics, women’s health, pregnancy care, skin cancer and diving medicals. Lisa has 3 children, Tom, Maddy and Emily. She likes to keep fit and follow her footy team, the Demons.

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Dr Sue Zhang
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Dr Zhang completed her medical training at the University of Melbourne in 2014. For the past 3 years, she has worked at public hospitals in the Eastern suburbs, in a variety of specialties. Sue has an interest in child health, mental health, preventative medicine and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks and travelling.

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