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Specialists

Our 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
• Senior Pelvic Physiotherapist
• Symmetry Physiotherapist
• Imaging
• Pathology.

WHH SPECIALISTS

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

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/

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 

Days consulting-TBA

Vicky Ma
Accredited Practicing Dietitian

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 

Days consulting-TBA

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 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
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.