Doctors

Dr Christopher Jambor
MB BS, MBA, FRACGP, DAME, GAICD

Dr Christopher Jambor has been in General Practice for more than 25 years and has a special interest in Accident and Emergency, Expedition Medicine and Aviation Medicine. He has been a GP Supervisor in Ballina since 2003 and is a Fellow of the RACGP and has a Masters in Business Administration.

 

Dr Jambor was the Chair of the previous RTP: North Coast GP Training. He is an examiner for the RACGP and has had a career-long interest and passion for teaching.

 

Dr Jambor is a pilot (Command Instrument Rating) and he draws parallels with the teaching and maintenance of flying skills with that of the science and art of Medicine. His main passion outside of medicine: he is a fanatic fisherman.

Dr Peter McMillan
MB BS (Hons)

Dr Peter McMillan  has worked full time in General Practice in the Ballina community since 1987. He is interested in all aspects of health and in assisting patients of all ages.

 

He is proud to have provided care for multiple generations of families and thoroughly enjoys the continuity of care this allows. He finds it a privilege to use his awareness of each patient’s unique situation, his medical experience and his knowledge of local health services to assist them in their health journey.

 

Peter has been a long term educator of medical students and GP trainees and had also worked in the local hospital system for around 20 years before leaving to concentrate solely on General Practice. He attends his patients in local nursing homes if required.

 

Peter is very much a generalist and provides care for all stages from infancy to terminal care. His special interests include preventive health, skin cancer and chronic disease including diabetes and cardiovascular health.

Dr Graeme Smith
MB BS, FRACGP

Dr Graeme Smith attended high school in Lismore and completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at UNSW. He worked for the Illawarra Area Health Service for his Hospital residency allowing him to experience a variety of medical specialties.

 

After completing the Family Medicine Program he obtained Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ in 1995 and moved back to Ballina in 1997. Graeme enjoys all aspects of health care that family general practice has to offer.

 

He has special interests in chronic complex disease management and has developed a systematic approach to best manage your multiple medical conditions with the help of other local health providers. He likes to be proactive in areas of preventative health care and also enjoys managing skin cancers , travel health and internal medicine.

 

Graeme supervisors General Practice Registrars, medical students and is an examiner and a standard setter with the RACGP. He believes that long term patient relationships allow for continuity of care, patient education and shared decision making and these factors help to ensure better health outcomes.

Dr Chet Sezer
MB BS, FRACGP

Dr Chet Sezer graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 and has been a GP for >20 years. Chet’s Hospital placement was at RPA in Sydney where he worked in emergency medicine, cardiothoracic surgery and the melanoma unit where he developed a keen interest in skin cancer surgery. He has had over 20 years’ experience in skin cancer surgery in both Sydney and Ballina.

 

He also has interests in chronic disease management, preventative and evidenced based medicine and procedural surgery. Chet is a Fellow of RACGP and a medical educator involved in supervising and mentoring junior doctors, registrars and medical students. Chet enjoys living locally with his wife and four children and is keen on travel and sporting activities.

Dr Janet Coleman
B.Med, FRACGP

Dr Janet Coleman graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1989. She completed internship at St. George Hospital in Kogarah, and residency Royal Newcastle and John Hunter Hospitals in Newcastle.

 

She commenced general practice in Raymond Terrace and Merewether, Newcastle, in 1992 and continued with these positions until relocation to the far North Coast in 2001. Whilst at Raymond Terrace she ran a weekly skin clinic excising skin cancers. Whilst in Newcastle she assisted local Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr John Newton for a total of 12 years in the private hospital system.

 

She completed her FRACGP in 1997., and commenced general practice with Dr Christopher Jambor in Ballina at Grant Street Clinic in 2003. Her current interests are in women’s health, skin and surgical issues. She continues to surgically assist in Orthopaedics and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her outside interests are family, gardening and a menagerie of animals.

Dr Rohini Ariyasinghe
MB BS, MPH, FRACGP, Dip.Acupuncture, Cert. Womens Health, Cert. Mental Health

Dr Rohini Ariyasinghe has been working as a medical practitioner in Australia since 1996 – as a resident (hospital} medical officer for about 3 years and then as a GP for over 18 years.

 

She obtained her MBBS degree from University of Sri Lanka, a certificate from Australian Medical Council (AMC) upon completion of the AMC examinations and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from University of Sydney. She also has a diploma in acupuncture and certificates in mental health and women’s health. She is certified to insert Mirena and implanon and also capable of performing minor skin surgeries.

 

She is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). She has been a key member of Grant Street Clinic since 2004.

Dr Alessandra (Alex) De Marco
MB BS, FRACGP

Dr Alessandra De Marco has been a GP here at Grant Street Clinic since 2006.  She has experience and offers medical care over the full spectrum of General Practice, including Paediatrics, Obstetrics (Shared care), Women’s Health (including Implanon insertion/removal and Cervical Screening) Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Care and Mental Health.  Also visits and provides care for patients who are residents in St Andrews, Crowley and RSL Lifecare Hostels & Nursing Homes.

 

Alex grew up in Perth and after completing a Commerce degree, travelled and then lived in London on a working holiday. During this time, she worked as a Medical Receptionist in several London Hospitals, becoming passionate about Medicine and patient care and subsequently returned to Perth to complete her medical degree at the University of WA. She and husband Nick have been in the Northern Rivers since 2005, are here long term and have two children.  When not working, Alex enjoys gardening, kayaking and rainforest regeneration.

Dr Senthil Krishnamoorthy
MB BS FRACGP

Dr Senthil Krishnamoorthy is very proud to be a part of the Grant Street Clinic Team. She is from South India, where she completed her basic medical degree and a post graduate degree in anaesthesia before moving to Australia in 2001.

 

She has lived and worked in different places in Australia like Alice Springs, Perth and Launceston before moving to Northern Rivers in 2005 to start her General Practice training in rural Australia. Dr Senthil Krishnamoorthy trained locally in Northern rivers and obtained her fellowship in General practice in 2007. Her special interests are in women’s health, shared antenatal care and paediatrics . She also inserts and removes Implanons’. She offers medical termination of pregnancy for women in need. She also visits the local nursing homes and continue caring for her patients after they move into the residential aged care facilities.

 

During her training and subsequently, Dr Senthil Krishnamoorthy developed a keen interest in medical education and became a medical educator for NCGPT and she is currently the deputy director of training with GP Synergy, which is an organisation that trains the junior doctors interested in becoming future General Practitioners. She is an examiner for the RACGP clinical examinations since 2014 and also involved with mentoring medical students in her practice through the John Flynn Rural Placement programme.

Dr Nicholas De Marco
MB BS, BEc , BSc, FRACGP, GAICD

Dr Nicholas De Marco is a Senior GP within the  Grant Street Clinic where he has consulted since 2011.  He is a long term North Coast resident where he lives with his wife and two children.

 

Dr De Marco provides high quality medical services across the breadth of General Practice including Antenatal care, Paediatics, General Medicine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Minor surgery,  Skin Cancer Medicine, Mental Health, Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care and Palliative Care.

 

With a style that is attentive, compassionate and rigorous, Dr De Marco enjoys establishing and maintaining effective  ongoing relationships with his patients that allow them to  have confidence in navigating  both the challenges of illness  throughout life and the complexities of the health system.

 

Dr De Marco maintains a special interest in the comprehensive and systematic management of complex chronic disease. He has developed a unique and highly effective system for co-ordinating  the care of patients with complex health needs, a challenge he is most comfortable with.

 

New patients will be considered on a request basis.

Dr Jessie Atkins
MB BS, FRACGP

Dr Jessie Atkins is extremely happy to be working in the northern rivers where she grew up. She appreciates the variety of medicine that GP practice provides. From family planning and antenatal health, through to geriatrics and palliative care. As well as everything in between.

 

Having patients of different ages, genders and backgrounds keeps her on her toes. She enjoys getting to know her long term patients and encourages patient education and self management for chronic health conditions. Working as a GP she finds forming a strong therapeutic team with patients to achieve patient goals and improve a person’s health is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

 

She was awarded the university graduate medal in 2002 at completion of her undergraduate studies in biomedical science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Post graduate medicine was completed in 2006 at the University of Queensland, followed by internship at the Gold Coast Hospital in 2007. She was accepted into North Coast GP Training, training locally to become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012. She enjoys teaching both medical students and GP trainees. And she also enjoys learning something new every day from her patients.

 

She has been working with the Grant Street Clinic since 2009 and looks forward to meeting you!

Dr Hamish Lunn
MB BS, FRACGP

Dr Hamish Lunn moved to the northern rivers in 2009 during his training. He fell in love with the area and is currently raising his young family in his own little slice of heaven.

 

Hamish enjoys general medicine and has particular interests in the areas of musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, paediatrics, men’s health and chronic disease management. He believes the most rewarding part of general practice is forging lasting therapeutic alliances with his patients and he aims to support people though all of life’s challenges.

Dr Liesel Whyte
MB BS (Hons), EM Cert. (ACEM), FRACGP

Dr Liesel Whyte’s interests involve keeping all members of your family, of all ages, as healthy as possible. She aims to assist her patients with the prevention of ill health, the timely diagnosis of illness should it occur, and the effective treatment of acute and chronic conditions when necessary. In addition, she has a special interest in adolescent and women’s health.

Dr Ben Rickard
MB BS, BA Physiotherapy

Dr Ben Rickard moved to the Northern Rivers in 2013 initially working at Lismore Base Hospital.  Since arriving in the area he has continued to work as a GP and in hospital, currently employed both at Grant Street Clinic and Ballina District Hospital.

 

Having previously been a physiotherapist Ben has an interest in developmental conditions, disability, respiratory and musculoskeletal medicine. He is more than comfortable working with children having four young children with his wife Anna.  He has a focus on quality of life and assisting patients make health decisions to optimise this.

Dr Carolyn Hannah
MB BS

Dr Carolyn Hannah has lived and worked in the Northern Rivers since 2013. She chose to train in General Practice to have the opportunity to offer holistic care to the whole family. Carolyn trained as a speech pathologist prior to studying medicine. She has a special interest in all aspects of women’s health and antenatal care, as well as paediatric medicine. Carolyn uses an evidence based approach to help her patients.

Dr Wee Sian Ong
MB BS

Dr Wee Sian Ong completed her medical degree in Singapore and master degree in Sports Medicine in University of Canberra. In her early medical career, she worked as a Army Medical Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. She then moved on to work in the public hospitals in Singapore for another 7 years. Sian relocated to Ballina with her family in 2013. She worked in Ballina District Hospital for 3 years before joining Grant Street Clinic in Feb 2018 as a GP registrar