General Practitioners

DR Andrew McDonald
MBBS, FRACGP, DObst RACOG,

Interests:
Family Medicine; Paediatrics, Travel Medicine; Management of Chronic Disease.

Consults:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and some Saturdays (Dr McDonald does not take new patients)

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985.  He worked at a number of hospitals before starting work in General Practice in 1990.  He started working at North Mitcham Clinic in 1996 taking over from Dr Paul Adrian.

Andrew also works at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital caring for patients that are undergoing rehabilitation.  He also has an interest in medical education and teaches Monash University Medical students.  He is also involved in training aspiring General Practitioners that work in our practice.

Andrew has a family with three children and in his spare time he likes cycling, walking and travelling.

 

Dr Chris Main
MBBS, FRACGP

Interests: 
Family medicine, Paediatrics, Women’s Health , Chronic Disease, Medical Education

Consults:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Chris graduated from Monash University in 1986 after which he worked in Prince Henry’s hospital in 1987 and 1988 then moved to Dandenong and District Hospital in 1989. Chris then worked at Valewood Clinic from 1990-2001, after which he commenced work  here at North Mitcham Clinic in 2002 and has been here since.

Chris is a father to three teenagers, married to Joanne and spends time driving his children around to basketball, tennis and other social commitments but personally has ambitions to return to the golf course.

 

Dr Karen Louey
MBBS

Interests:
Family Health, Women’s Health,

Consults:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Dr Louey does not take new patients)

Karen graduated from Melbourne University in 1977 after which she worked in hospitals for 3 years. She then spent 2 years travelling, and did some medical work in England. Karen returned home in 1983 and has been in general practice ever since – joining North Mitcham Clinic in 2001.

Karen has an interest in preventative health and family medicine.

Karen enjoys going to her farm on the weekends where she keeps cattle, grows apples and stone fruit and even drives her own tractors. Karen especially loves travelling, movies, good food and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Dr Patrick Crowe
MBBS

Interests:
General medical care, asthma & sports medicine

Consults:
Wednesday and Thursday ( Dr Crowe does not take new patients)

Pat graduated at Melbourne University 1976. Pat has worked in general practice for 32 years, and has also worked in hospitals and sports clinics. He taught at Monash University for 10 years. Pat then had his own clinic in Nunawading, which was the first computerised practice in Victoria.

Pat has been on the board of General Practice networks for 20 years, and has been heavily involved in general practice network organisations.  Pat started here at North Mitcham Clinic in 2013.

Pat specialises in Family Medicine, Chronic disease management and Sports medicine.

Pat has 4 grandchildren who he loves spending time with. Pat’s hobbies are supporting his beloved Richmond football club, fishing, kayaking and being involved with his community.

 

Dr Janette Elderton
MBBS (Hons)

Interests:
Family & women’s health – physical & mental well being.

Consults:
Wednesday and Friday ( Dr Elderton does not take new patients)

Janette graduated from Monash University in 1980 and after residencies at Geelong and Royal Children’s Hospitals has been working in the same 2 General Practices for the last 31 years and love the continuity of care this allows, including the merger of Wickham with North Mitcham Clinic in 2013.

Janette has a special interest in both women’s health and psychological issues.

Janette enjoys yoga and bike riding for relaxation; as well as catching up with family and friends. Janette and her husband Geoff are enjoying this phase of their lives as ’empty nesters’!

 

Dr Wendy Whitney
MBBS

Interests:
Family & Geriatric care

Consults:
Monday and Wednesday ( Dr Whitney does not take new patients)

Wendy graduated from Monash University in 1983 and has extensive experience in geriatric medicine and general practice. Wendy worked at Wickham Clinic for 15 years, where she built a strong patient base. Wendy began here at North Mitcham Clinic in 2013 when the two practices joined together.

Wendy works part time here at North Mitcham Clinic, and also works at the Forest Hill Retirement Village where she also has a loyal, strong patient base. Wendy’s interests are in geriatrics, family medicine and counselling and she really enjoys building strong relationships with her patients, and caring for people.

Wendy is very happily married to her husband Graham, and is a proud aunty to 7 nieces and nephews and 3 golden retriever dogs. Wendy enjoys travelling and exploring with her husband.

 

Dr Reyhan Panah
MBBS FRACGP

Interests:

General Family medicine, Paediatric and Adolescent health, Women’s health, Family planning and Travel medicine

Consults:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays

Reyhan graduated in Iran in 2006 and completed her specialty training in Australia and was granted fellowship with the Royal College of General Practice in 2014-2015. Reyhan worked in multiple metropolitan hospitals including Melbourne health (adolescent and youth mental health), Austin hospital (psychiatry, aged care and brain disorder unit), Box Hill Hospital (including emergency, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology), Maroondah Hospital (oncology) and the Angliss hospital (cardiology, paediatrics, and emergency) before choosing to pursue general practice as her career. Reyhan worked in a few clinics in the south east area before joining North Mitcham Clinic in December 2016.

Reyhan is married with a young family, and loves travelling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Dr Ishani Saraswat
BMBS, BAS (Physio) (Hons), DRANZCOG

Interests:
Obstetrics, Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal Medicine & Preventative Health

Consults:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and  Friday and some Saturdays

Ishani graduated with a Bachelor of Surgery from Deakin University in 2011, and again with a Bachelor of Applied science (physiotherapy) (Hons) from University Sydney. Ishani has since worked in Austin Health, Northern Health and Mercy Hospital for Women. Ishani had already completed her first placement here at North Mitcham Clinic, and joined us again for her fourth and final placement and we are pleased that she is now staying on as one of our permanent doctors.

Ishani also has special interests in antenatal shared care and minor procedures.

In her spare time Ishani enjoys travelling, swimming, running and baking.

Dr Shikha Chhabra
MBBS (Hons) FRACGP

Interests:

General Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Preventative Health, Obesity Management, Clinical Governance.

Consults:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and some Saturdays.

Shikha grew up in Perth and graduated with honors from University of Western Australia in 2013. She completed her internship on the central coast of NSW, followed by residency with Eastern Health in Melbourne. This covered a wide variety of specialties including – obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency and geriatrics. She completed her registrar years at various clinic around Victoria, including North Mitcham Clinic and is pleased to be returning here permanently now.

Shikha has an interest in clinical governance and medical education. She works with Eastern Victoria GP Training as a Registrar Liaison Officer. She also sits on the RACGP Board of Victoria as a registrar representative, hoping to be involved in shaping the future of this profession. She also has a passion for preventative health and the therapeutic value of lifestyle changes. In line with this, she has recently completed  SCOPE certification in obesity management. Shikha has wanted to be a GP since early in her career and loves getting to know her patients and being involved in maintaining their health proactively through all stages of life.

When she is not working, Shikha likes to practice what she preaches and maintains an active lifestyle with Yoga, Pilates and various gym workouts. She also enjoys experimenting with vegan cooking at home and trying all of Melbourne’s hip vegan restaurants. She also looks forward to travelling around Europe this year with her husband.

 

 

 

 

Dr Stephen Webster
MBBS, FRACGP

Interests:

Family Medicine, General Practice, Preventative Health.

Consults:

Monday,  Wednesday , Thursday and Friday and some Saturdays.

Stephen graduated from Monash University in 2010. He has worked at Mt Eliza Clinic, Rye Family Clinic and North Mitcham Clinic. He returned here to complete his last placement as a registrar and is continuing on at North Mitcham Clinic permanently.  He is also working at Bupa Aged care.

Stephen enjoys Travel, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Dr Sajanie DeSilva
BBiomedSC, MBBS, FRACGP, Diploma of Child Health, Certificate of Women's Health.

Interests:

Women’s Health, Paediatrics

Consults:

Monday and Wednesday and some Saturdays.

Sajanie graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia in 2012. Previously she completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University in 2007. Sajanie did her internship and residency at hospitals in Western Australia, including Freemantle Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital (Woman’s hospital including neonates). Her time in hospitals included a mixture of general medicine, emergency, surgery, O & G and neonatal rotations. Sajanie came to North Mitcham clinic during her time as a registrar ( including clinics in Hallam and Hampton Park) and enjoyed it so much that she has decided to return on a permanent basis. Sajanie also works currently at a bulk billing clinic in Hallam.

Sajanie continues to have a special interest in Women’s Health and paediatrics.

When Sajanie is not working she enjoys travelling, yoga and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Archie Vigneswaran
MBBS, FRACGP

Interests:

Chronic Disease, Paediatrics, Men’s Health, Skin Checks.

Consults:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday and Friday and some Saturdays.

Archie graduated from the university of Adelaide in 2008. He did his internship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he did rotations in General medicine, general surgery and Emergency. He did his residency at Austin/Northern Hospitals with roatations in rehab, Emergency and Paediatrics. His Gp training took him to mill Park, Cambellfield and moonee ponds.

Archie has spent the last 5 1/2 years working at South West medical Centre in Warrnambool where he gained valuable experience in rural medicine.

Having lived in Melbourne most of his life, he is relocating back to be closer to family. So he is now working at North Mitcham Clinic which is a perfect fit, close to family and work.

Archie has special interests in Chronic disease management, paediatrics and Men’s health. he also enjoys performing skin checks and doing minor lesions.

Archie is married and is a father to a young son. He enjoys travelling with his family. He is passionate about motor vehicles and cooking!

 

Staff Details

Karen Croxford
Clinic Manager
Helen
Reception Manager
Annette
Reception Staff
Bernie
Reception Staff
Lindy
Reception Staff
Kaitlyn
Reception Staff
Janine
Reception Staff
Laura
Reception Staff
Andrea
Practice Nurse
Julie
Practice Nurse
Sarah
Practice Nurse
Edwina
Practice Nurse
NMC