Our Doctors

GP

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 the training of GPs and he also holds the position as a “medical educator”. In 2005 he was awarded the inaugural VMA GP Supervisor of the Year award. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1983.
He joined Rowville Health in early 1993 (and is here for good). In his spare time, Des enjoys surfing and bike riding.

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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 grew up in Singapore and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007. He completed his general practice training while working in Gippsland. His interests include dermatology, wound care, minor skin surgery, fracture management, men’s health and medical education. He has attained a certificate in primary care skin cancer surgery from the University of Queensland. He also performs surgery for ingrown toenails. Andrew is married and lives with his wife, 2 young sons and 2 pet rabbits. His hobbies include gardening, swimming, cooking and running.

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Dr Natasha Gupta
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Dr Natasha Gupta grew up in Melbourne and graduated from Monash University. She has worked at Frankston Hospital, Wonthaggi Hospital and The Mornington Centre before becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Her special interests include skin cancer, women’s health and children’s health. She has completed extra training in skin cancer with a Certificate of Dermoscopy and the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine. She can offer full body skin checks and procedures in the clinic. Outside of medicine she loves to travel, dance and spend time outdoors.

Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi

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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 Victorian hospitals before entering GP training. Elisha is particularly interested in women’s health,antenatal care,family planning,sexual health and paediatrics, but also enjoys all aspects of general practice and loves the challenge of optimising the general health of patients. Elisha enjoys sport, music, travel, barracking for Essendon, tending to the veggie garden and keeping up with her young children and energetic Labradors. She is forever striving to find time for camping, reading, gardening, exploring new places and achieving a good work/life balance. She has aspirations of learning the accordion and growing an abundance of fruit trees.

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Dr Suyama Jayawardena
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Suyama enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a special interest in paediatrics, mental health and women’s health. Suyama has two sons and her leisure time is mostly spent with them. She also enjoys 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, with a particular interest in women’s health, sexual health, mental health and preventative medicine. In her spare time, Caroline likes spending time with her family and friends, travelling and gardening.

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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 and Victorian architecture.

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Dr Wafa Michaels
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Wafa was born in Egypt and arrived with her family to Australia in 1988. Wafa is married and has two daughters. She enjoys travelling and meeting new people. Her post graduate qualification is fellowship of G.P. in Australia and Diploma of eye disease from Egypt. Wafa has 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. Adel has been practicing general medicine since 1990 and has a special interests in paediatrics, dermatology and prevention medicine. His interests include soccer, travelling and reading.
Languages spoken – Egyptian

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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 Christina Ngo-Nguyen
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Christina graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016. Since then, she has worked in Redcliffe Hospital (Queensland), Wonthaggi Hospital, and the Monash Health and Eastern Health hospitals. Christina enjoys all aspects of General Practice, with special interests in preventative health, nutrition, sexual health and mental health. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, dancing and singing.

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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.
Dr Patel loves organising and hosting parties, interior designing, dancing and travelling.

Additional languages spoken- Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Sindhi

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Dr Samudra Peiris
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Samudra came to Australia from Sri Lanka in 1994 on an Australian Government Academic Scholarship to study medicine. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999. After working in several metropolitan and rural hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria, Samudra entered general practice in 2007. In 2009, she obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Samudra joined Rowville Health in 2010. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly women’s and children’s health , chronic disease management and preventative health. She lives with her husband and two daughters. Outside of medicine, Samudra enjoys travelling, reading and gardening.
Languages spoken – Sinhalese

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Dr Mandeep Sandhu
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Mandeep grew up in Melbourne and has worked in several metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney before commencing General Practice. She has a special interest in women’s health, mental health and preventative care. Mandi is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and has a special interest in cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and travelling.

Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi
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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 Cheten Mistry
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Dr Cheten Mistry grew up in Sydney where he graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), followed by a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at The University of Notre Dame. He obtained a wide variety of clinical experience at one of Sydney’s major metropolitan hospitals, St George Hospital, prior to relocating to Melbourne for General Practice. Cheten is passionate about providing holistic, patient centred care. He has a special interest in managing cardiovascular medicine, weight loss, diabetes, and mental health. In his free time, Cheten enjoys exercising, playing squash, golf, travelling, hiking and spending time with his family and friends.
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