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

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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 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 working in General Practice. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly women’s health, children’s health and chronic disease. Outside of medicine she loves to travel overseas, dance and spend time outdoors.

Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi

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