Many Specialist and Allied services are available at Women’s Health Hub.
• Symmetry Physiotherapist
Please call the specialist centre on : 03 8780 9183
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Senior Pelvic Physiotherapist
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Obstetric/ gynaecological sonographer
My name is Janet Yong and I am the founder of Holistic Dietetics. I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) who aims to empower my clients to Eat Well, Move More and Love Life! In addition to that, I am also a facilitator of the ‘Life! Program’ which is a free group program by Diabetes Victoria to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
I would like to work with you to provide dietetic and diabetes education services for your patients. I hope to improve their health through dietary and lifestyle modifications as well as optimising their diabetes treatment where applicable. As each individual is unique, I provide my clients with personalised recommendations that are practical and culturally appropriate rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Apart from my passion in diabetes, I have seven years of APD experience in managing patients with a range of clinical conditions including:
Some key scopes of practice for a CDE include:
P-(03)8652 5441 F- (03)8652 5442
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/
Dr Alexandra Lopes
Senior Pelvic Physiotherapist
Alex is a senior physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries and pelvic health issues.
Alex has taught in both the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy courses at the University of Melbourne. She is a clinical expert in the management of pelvic girdle pain and continues to educate in this field.
Alex has two postgraduate diplomas in pelvic health and is the National Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s, Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group (WMPHPA) and a principal at Pelvic Health Melbourne.
Her passion is “to improve pelvic health outcomes” for every Australian man, woman, and child.
Phone- 9325 1511 / Fax-9325 1533
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
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
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
BA, G Dip Teaching (Primary), MA, G Dip Counselling, G Dip Psychology, B Psychology (Honours), M Psychology (Clinical)
Jo Thorburn completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at ACU Melbourne.
Jo has worked in diverse settings including Schools, Universities, Hospitals, G.P. Clinics and Private practice.
Jo’s areas of interest include patients of all ages, presenting with a range of issues such as: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Adjustment difficulties, Carers, Parenting Difficulties, Relationship Difficulties, Disability, Panic, Grief and Loss, Learning and Educational Difficulties, Living with Chronic Pain and Medical Diagnoses.
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, most Major Private Health Funds, TAC, DVA and NDIS. Jo is able to provide services with a G.P. referral or on a full fee paying basis. Bulk billing options are also available for Pensioners and Full Time Students with a G.P. referral through Medicare.
To book an appointment with Jo Thorburn please call 03 8780 9183
Member of the Australian Psychological Society and Australian Clinical Psychology Association.
Dr Karen Wade
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.