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Specialists

The specialist team is constantly growing to meet the needs of women, men and children in the local area.

Many Specialist and Allied services are available at Women’s Health Hub.

This includes:

• Gynaecologist
• Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
• Podiatrist
• Psychologist
• Dietician
• Symmetry Physiotherapist
• Imaging
• Pathology.

 

Please call the specialist centre on : 03 8780 9183

WHH SPECIALISTS

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Margie Otter

Margie (MAPS)  is a registered Psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Chronic Health Conditions
Margie’s background is in chronic health conditions, consulting in a Specialist Breast and Cancer Centre for over thirteen years. An integral member of a Breast Cancer multi-disciplinary team located within the Eastern Suburbs, Margie specialises in psycho-social issues from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Margie’s approach is holistic and health focussed drawing from a number of psychological traditions.

Generalist Psychological Approach
Margie has also been consulting in a private capacity for over ten years in Werribee and Point Cook, specialising in the treatment of trauma and other main stream psychological presentations. Margie completed a Certificate in Trauma Therapy and keeps up to date through regular professional development. More recently she completed a Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Workshop through Phoenix Australia.

Community Presentations
Margie has been delivering various community presentations and more recently was involved with “Pink on the Park” to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
Given the prevalence of insomnia within the cancer population, Margie completed professional development on sleep and insomnia and delivered a community presentation to help raise awareness and facilitate better sleep habits within the community.

A Mental Health Care Plan is required to see Margie Otter

Sara Clapham
Physiotherapist

Sara completed her Master of Physiotherapy degree in 2013 at Curtin University in Perth. Prior to this she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University, in Atlanta Georgia, USA.

Sara enjoys managing all musculoskeletal conditions, however has a special interest in treating acute and chronic headache and migraine conditions. She has undertaken several professional development courses in this area. In line with current research on headache and migraine conditions, Sara believes the cervical spine (neck) is often incorrectly overlooked as a significant contributor to the condition. With the appropriate assessment tools, it is easy to determine if the neck is involved, regardless of whether you have neck pain or not. She is committed to accurately identifying faults in the cervical spine and applying an appropriate treatment intervention to reduce reliance on medications and significantly improve quality of life for her patients.

Outside of her clinical work Sara is the Physiotherapist for the Williamstown Football Club Women’s team in the VFLand enjoys painting, live music and cooking.

Dr Kent Kuswanto
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Dr Kent Kuswanto graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2004, and won the Max Kohane Prize for obtaining the highest score in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in his clinical school. Kent commenced his specialist training in one of Melbourne’s premier teaching women’s hospital – Mercy Hospital for Women. He then completed his advanced training and fellowship (Surgical Gynaecological Oncology) in another leading tertiary hospital – Monash Medical Centre. This extra training gave him valuable high-volume experience and expertise in complex gynaecological pelvic surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery including robotic surgery.

Kent has a consultant specialist appointment at Mercy Hospital for Women and Monash Medical Centre. He is active in mentoring the next generation of specialist trainees from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and also lecturing and examining medical students from Melbourne’s top medical schools – The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

When not working, Kent is kept busy by his two incredibly cheeky boys. He enjoys travelling, cooking, and tries to relax through meditating. Kent grew up in Jakarta and Singapore before settling in Melbourne. He can also speak Chinese (Mandarin) and Bahasa Indonesia.

Please contact Dr Kent Kuswanto’s main rooms for all appointments-
P- 9418 8588 | F- 9418 8399 | W- https://drkentkuswanto.com.au/

Vicky Ma
Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Vicki is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the Founding Director of Eat for Wellness, a private practice based in Melbourne.

Vicki has a special interest in weight loss management and have helped many individuals achieve their health and well-being goals. Her other areas of expertise include Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Food Intolerance and Heart Health.

Vicki’s interest in food developed at a young age. With a father as a chef, she spent majority of her time in the kitchen. She loves cooking, experimenting with new foods, developing recipes and motivating others to eat well and stay well.

Vicki believes that healthy eating is not about dieting or depriving yourself of your favourite foods – it is more about eating everything in moderation.

The areas in which Vicki specializes in include:
Weight loss and healthy eating
Diabetes – Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes
Food Intolerance – Low FODMAP diet, Fructose Malabsorption, Coeliac Disease, Lactose Intolerance, Elimination Diet
Heart Health – Elevated Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure
Digestive Health – Probiotics and Prebiotics
Metabolic Syndrome – Insulin Resistance
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Vegan, Vegetarian and Plant-based diets
Fatty Liver
Eating Disorder
Sports Nutrition
What to expect from the consultation:
Nutritional assessment including weight and height measures, detailed dietary pattern and lifestyle habits
Determine current health status and set personal goals
Provide practical tips and realistic recommendations to help you maximise your health
Develop personalised meal plan including recipe ideas

Bulk Billing for all Enhanced Primary Care Plans Patients
Fee’s for all Private Patients

For Appointments-
P- (03) 8780 9183 | F- (03) 8780 9184

Sharyn Narvas
Podiatrist

Sharyn is a qualified Podiatrist with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice from La Trobe University, and a Bachelor of Science (Physiology major) from Monash University.

Sharyn has an interest in all aspects of podiatry, including:

  • General foot care – which includes skin and nail conditions
  • Diabetes assessment
  • Nail surgery
  • Treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions – including conditions such as plantar fasciitis/heel pain
  • Orthotic management

Sharyn’s main focus is to listen to the patient’s needs and concerns, and to provide a service which allows her to help the patient be comfortable on their feet.

For Appointments-
P- (03) 8780 9183 | F- (03) 8780 9184

Dr Charles Siles
Obstetric/ gynaecological sonographer

Dr Charles Siles graduated In Medicine from Melbourne University in 1984. He then went on to specialise as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and practiced for a many years. He also sub specialised in Sonology as an Ultrasound specialist. His ultrasound training commenced in Sydney and completed at Oxford and King’s College London where he worked with Professor Nicolaides (founder of the Nuchal Translucency Fetal Maternal Medicine Foundation). Dr Siles worked with Professor Nicolaides during the development of the world recognised Down Syndrome screening program. Dr Siles also spent some time in Spain (Valencia) working on the prototype of the 3D/4D ultrasound during its developmental phase. He has also worked in Seattle, Washington in the field of Fetal Maternal Medicine. While in Sydney, Dr Siles also completed qualifications in Bioethics and was awarded a Fellow of the College of Legal Medicine as a founding member. 

During his ultrasound specialist training, he received a travelling Fellowship and was twice awarded the Melbourne University Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Research at the John Radcliffe Hospital as part of Oxford University. Returning to Melbourne, Dr Siles worked as a senior consultant at the Royal Women’s Hospital, as well as setting up a private obstetric and gynaecological practice and a private ultrasound practice. He now works exclusively as a Sonologist at Siles Health (which he founded) and as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg. 

Dr Siles’ current professional interests are continuing development in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound as well as being in the forefront of genetics, immunology in disease development, fetal cardiology and medical statistics. 

Despite his professional experience his main pride is in his children and in being a father. He has three children who occupy most of his social time with whom he enjoys a special bond. 

Phone-  (03) 9328 4403 / Fax- (03) 8779 8936

Ms. Jo Thorburn
Psychologist

BA, G Dip Teaching (Primary), MA, G Dip Couns, G Dip Psych, B Psych (Honours),
M Psych (Clinical), PhD Candidate.
Jo Thorburn is a registered psychologist with AHPRA who is currently completing her Ph.D. involving a global study investigating psychology recovery after a ruptured brain aneurysm. She is also currently completing the Clinical Registrar Program through the Psychology Board of Australia. Jo is a member of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and is a Fellow of the Clinical College.
Jo has worked in diverse settings including Schools, Universities, Hospitals, G.P. Clinics and Private practice. Jo’s areas of interest include treating Children, Adolescents, and Adults, presenting with a range of issues such as: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Adjustment difficulties, Carer Difficulties, Parenting Difficulties, Relationship Difficulties, Disability, Panic, Grief and Loss, Learning and Educational Difficulties, Living with Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness.
Jo utilises an Integrative approach to her work that is evidenced based and individualised to each client’s unique needs. Jo draws upon a range of interventional techniques including: CBT, ACT, CFT, SFT, Mindfulness, Experiential, Creative Arts and Writing. Jo is a registered provider with Medicare, TPS (former ATAPS), most Major Private Health Funds, TAC, Worksafe and the NDIS. Jo is able to provide services with a G.P. referral or on a full fee paying basis. Bulk billing options for Pensioners and Full Time Students with a G.P. referral through Medicare will be considered on an individual basis.
If you would like to make an appointment with Jo please contact reception at the Specialist Consulting Suites on 03-8780-9183. Alternatively, your G.P. can fax referrals to 03-8780-9184 and reception will contact you.

Dr Karen Wade
Gynaecologist

Dr Karen Wade graduated in Medicine from Melbourne University in 1983. She then went on to specialise as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Royal Women’s Hospital, obtaining the highest award possible following the Fellowship exam, the F J Browne gold medal. She then travelled overseas to Exeter, UK as a Senior Registrar in a busy obstetric and gynaecological university training position, before returning to Australia and completing her Fellowship as a Senior Registrar at both The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne and at Barwon Health in Geelong.

Dr Wade set up a busy obstetric and gynaecology practice in Melbourne and became a Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Women’s Hospital with appointments to the Family Birth Centre and the Obstetric Unit specialising in Diabetes, as well as one of the Gynaecological Units.

Whilst continuing her appointment as Consultant Gynaecologist to the “Friday Gynaecological Unit”, she set up a satellite gynaecological clinic at Broadmeadows, providing service to those women often of diverse cultural backgrounds with gynaecological advice, including intra-uterine contraceptive services.

Dr Wade held an appointment at the Baker Medical Research Unit with a specialist interest in menopausal issues and pioneered outpatient hysteroscopy at that facility. Dr Wade then moved to Geelong, working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at both Barwon Health Public Hospital and private practice at both the St John of God Hospital Geelong and the now closed Geelong Private Hospital.

Following the birth of her three children and 15 years as a busy Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Wade came to the decision that she wished to have more time with her family and thus ceased Obstetric practice.

Dr Wade runs a gynaecological practice with special expertise including advanced laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal surgery including vaginal hysterectomy and repair procedures for prolapse, vaginal vault sacrospinous colpopexy procedures,experienced colposcopic evaluation for abnormal pap smears, infertility, contraceptive advice and intra-uterine contraceptive office procedures, bladder incontinence and general gynaecological concerns.

She has hospital accreditation at St John of God Hospital Geelong, Epworth Hospital Geelong and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee.

Dr Wade lives on a cattle and horse property with her children pursuing university studies and the equestrian competitive sport, eventing. Weekends are spent with her children either relaxing with their horses or out competing.