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.
• Sleep Testing
• Symmetry Physiotherapist
Please call the specialist centre on : 03 8780 9183
Kirstie has a great passion for treating all types and levels of sporting injuries, in particular, AFL, basketball and weightlifting. With a keen interest in treating women’s health conditions, she is passionate about combining hands-on therapy, exercise prescription and education to ensure her clients achieve their goals and optimal health.
Kirstie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, gaining invaluable experience working as a sports trainer with the Box Hill VFL. She followed up with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University, working with a variety of age groups and conditions ranging from paediatrics to geriatrics, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological clients.
Kirstie’s lifelong passion to pursue physiotherapy arose from her childhood sporting background of gymnastics and basketball. She is very passionate about living a healthy, active lifestyle; in her spare time, she keeps active by playing AFL, basketball and competing in figure competitions.
Elizabeth Gracias (Libby)
Libby enjoys working with individuals of all ages and health conditions and has a strong passion for helping people achieve their goals and get back to doing everything they love. Libby has a particular interest in neck and back pain, knee injuries, osteoarthritis, and all sporting injuries.
Libby enjoys all things sports – growing up as a competitive netball and volleyball player. During her studies, she worked closely with a semi-professional football club at Prahran Assumption FC. In this position she gained valuable experiences managing both acute and chronic sporting injuries. She also has a keen interest in Pilates which she has been practicing for the last 5 years.
Libby has completed a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physiotherapy and is driven to help all her clients form heathier lives and be the best versions of themselves. She is passionate about providing the best evidence-based physiotherapy for all her clients which includes a combination of hands- on-therapy, exercise, and education to assist clients in developing effective self-management strategies for their own health.
Outside of work you can find Libby cheering on the Tigers at the MCG, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Sara has a special interest in treating neck related headache and migraine conditions. She has undertaken several professional development courses in the area and believes the neck is often incorrectly overlooked as a significant contributor to the condition. Sara is also involved with clinical trials for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis which she has developed a keen interest in. She loves seeing the impact physiotherapy can have on the quality of life and level of function for people suffering with osteoarthritis.
Sara enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. She has a hands-on approach to treatment and a strong focus on education and rehabilitation to prevent future injury. She aims to ensure her patients completely understand their injury and how to improve their health and function in the long term. Sara is an educator and mentor for new physiotherapists and enjoys contributing to their clinical development.
Sara completed her Master of Physiotherapy degree 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, whilst on scholarship playing soccer.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys gardening, live music and cooking. She has recently started to dabble in sprint Triathlons.
Dr Kent Kuswanto
Dr Kent Kuswanto is a Melbourne gynaecologist specialising in complex gynaecological pelvic surgery and minimally invasive gynaecology surgery. This includes hysteroscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Kent has extensive experience in treating women with a full range of gynaecological problems including:
- abnormal heavy or irregular periods
- ovarian cysts
- uterine polyps
- abnormal pap tests
Kent 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 is a proctor for the da Vinci Robotic System in Australia, he is qualified to supervise and mentor other gynaecologists to adopt this technique into their practice.
Kent is active in teaching 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- 9115 9338 | F- 9115 9330 | W- https://drkentkuswanto.com.au/
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
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
Treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions – including conditions such as plantar fasciitis/heel pain
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.
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 Couns, G Dip Psych, B Psych (Honours), M Psych (Clinical), PhD Candidate.
Jo Thorburn is a registered clinical psychologist with AHPRA who is currently completing her Ph.D. involving a global study investigating psychology recovery after a ruptured brain aneurysm. Jo is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Clinical Psychology Association, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health association, the Australian and New Zealand academy and International Academy for Eating disorders and is a Fellow of the Clinical College.
Jo has worked in diverse settings including: Schools, Universities, Hospitals, G.P. Clinics, Corrections, 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, Eating Disorders particularly Bulimia, 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, Somatic, Experiential, Creative Arts and Writing. Jo is a registered provider with Medicare, TPS (formerly 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 will be considered on an individual case by case basis in extenuating circumstances with a referral from a G.P.
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 to schedule your first session.
Dr Chin Yong
Gynaecologist, Urogynaecology & Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Surgeon
Dr Yong is a practicing gynaecologist subspecialises in Urogynaecology and Female Pelvic Floor Reconstruction. Dr Yong joined the Royal Women’s Hospital Pelvic Floor Unit in 2016 and has completed Urogynaecology subspecialty clinical training. He practices in both public and private hospital and recently relocated his practice to Epworth Grey Street Consulting Suites at East Melbourne. He also consults at Frances Perry House and Jean Hailes East Melbourne. Dr Yong is a member of recently established multidisciplinary Pelvic Pain Service at Frances Perry House.
Some women felt embarrassed to discuss about their prolapse and incontinence issues resulting delay in seeking assistance. Dr Yong wishes to raise people’s awareness on pelvic floor issues and also develop individualised treatment plans to improve their quality of life. He employs holistic patient care and frequently collaborates with the multidisciplinary team consisting of pelvic floor physiotherapists and continence nurse specialists, focusing on conservative management of pelvic floor disorders. Dr Yong has special interest in minimal access surgery and offers various advanced laparoscopic pelvic floor reconstruction options to his patients.
Apart from clinical appointments, Dr Yong is also actively involved in the education of junior staffs and has a number of ongoing research projects. He is able to converse fluently in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. Dr Yong is affiliated with a number of professional association including Urogynaecology Society of Australasia (UGSA), International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) and International Continence Society (ICS).
PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Voiding disorders
- Overactive bladder
- Urinary incontinence
- Recurrent Urinary Tract
- Bladder pain/Interstitial cystitis
- Obstetrics anal sphincter injury (OASIS)
- Postpartum bladder/bowel dysfunction
- Pelvic mesh related problems
- Endoanal ultrasound scan
- Anorectal manometry study
- Menstrual disorders
- Pelvic pain
Tel: 03 9002 0319
BSc (Psychology/Psychophysiology), BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical)
Georgina is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds an AHPRA Area of Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She is also a Board Approved Supervisor.
What you won’t see on paper is how Georgina is living and breathing all that she aims to instil in her clients. Passion for this ‘work’ is an understatement. It is simply a way of being. You can be assured that there is no stone left unturned when it comes to Georgina working for you to achieve your mental and emotional wellbeing goals. She thinks outside the box of the usual mainstream methods, which do not often work for everyone and emphasises the necessity for a holistic approach to mental and emotional wellbeing.
Georgina has a particular interest in neurobiology and how simple practices can change the way the brain is integrated within itself and with the rest of the body. She was introduced to mindfulness and meditation during a university placement in 2011 and has continued to deepen her knowledge and practice since that time. Georgina has participated in intensive meditation programs for her own personal development and also completed a 50 hour Yin Yoga Teaching Training course.
Georgina primarily works with adolescents and adults who experience dis-ease in emotional regulation (i.e., presentations of depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviours). With regards younger children, the focus is on empowering parents with knowledge about emotional and social development to increase their capacity to help their children process ‘big’ emotions, while also providing the space and skills for children (from 9 years old) to better cope with their emotions.
Georgina primarily uses interventions from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) frameworks. She also employs principles from Interpersonal Neurobiology, in addition to having an in-depth understanding of early development and attachment needs. All interventions are trauma-informed. Georgina has attended various conferences and seminars on trauma and brain development. Her practice is predominantly influenced by the work of Dr Bruce Perry, Dr Gabor Maté and Dr Dan Siegel.
In Georgina’s personal time, she will spending time with her family and friends, playing with her little one, going on nature walks, practicing yoga, reading and listening to podcasts or online talks (which are often focused on wellbeing).
Eugenia Peceros, Bsc Msc
Clinical Director/Senior Medical Scientist