General Practitioners

DR Andrew McDonald

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

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

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

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

Family Health, Women’s Health,

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

General medical care, asthma & sports medicine

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)

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

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

Family & Geriatric care

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


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

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

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


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

Ishani undertook her Graduate Medicine degree at Deakin University and completed this in 2011. Prior to specialising in General Practice, she worked in a variety of major metropolitan hospitals including Austin Health and The Mercy Hospital for Women. She spent time in acute care in busy Emergency departments, as well as in the fields of geriatric and paediatric medicine.

Ishani has a special interest in Obstetrics and Women’s Health. She received a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians in recognition of her knowledge and skills in this field. Having been a physiotherapist prior to becoming a doctor, Ishani also has a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine and preventative medicine.

Having established herself as a permanent GP at North Mitcham Clinic, Ishani enjoys the continuity of care this will provide for her current and new patients.

In her spare time, Ishani maintains an active lifestyle in order to balance her love of good food and travel.

Dr Shikha Chhabra


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


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and some Saturdays.

“Shikha grew up in Perth and graduated with honors from University of Western Australia in 2013. She has worked in hospitals across the NSW central coast as well as with Eastern Health in Melbourne. She had hospital experience in a wide variety of specialties including – obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency and geriatrics. Shikha has been part of the North Mitcham Clinic team since 2017. ”

She loves seeing children, women’s health and mental health. She also has a passion for lifestyle medicine and is currently undertaking further education towards Board Certification with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Shikha is also SCOPE certified in obesity management and is passionate about helping people achieve good health and fighting weight stigma.
Shikha is also a new mum which keeps her pretty busy outside of work! But she makes sure to take time to practice what she preaches and enjoys staying active with yoga/group fitness classes. She also enjoys experimenting with plant based cooking and trying Melbourne’s hip vegan restaurants.
You can follow Shikha on instagram for regular health and lifestyle posts at



Dr Stephen Webster


Family Medicine, General Practice, Preventative Health.


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.

Stephen is also working at Bupa Aged care and Forest Hill Village.

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

Dr Archie Vigneswaran


Skin checks, Chronic Disease Management, Men’s Health, Pediatric Health.


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 two young sons. He enjoys travelling with his family. He is passionate about motor vehicles and cooking!

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


Women’s Health, Paediatrics


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 Mary Forsyth


Medical Education.


Friday and some Saturdays

Mary grew up in Albury-Wodonga before moving to Newcastle to study medicine, where she graduated in 2011. She completed her internship and residency in the hospitals around Newcastle before moving to Melbourne in 2013 to complete her GP training. During training Mary worked at North Mitcham Clinic, before completing terms at a practice in Hastings and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy. She attained her Fellowship in General Practice in 2015. Following the arrival of her first child her family relocated to Warrnambool for 18 months, where she resumed work part-time at Warrnambool Medical Centre, before again moving, this time to Hobart, where she took on a position at Glebe Hill Family Practice. A return to Melbourne in 2020 has seen Mary returning to consult at North Mitcham Clinic.

Mary has also worked as a Medical Educator for General Practice Training Tasmania and has a passion for the many facets of educating and teaching the general practitioners of the future. In 2019 Mary completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education through Flinders University and she is also an OSCE examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

When not at work Mary enjoys going for long walks and exploring the Victorian countryside with her family.

Dr Steven Pinolo
MD, BBiomed(Distinction), SCHIP


Acute Medicine,Sports Imjuries Paediatrics/Child Health, Preventative Health,Chronic Disease Management.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday,Friday and some Saturdays

Steven graduated from the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2014. Prior to this, he studied the bachelor of Bio medicine, which he completed in 2010. He has also completed further studies in child/paediatric health, completing the Sydney Child Health Program in 2018, through the University of Sydney.

Prior to starting in General Practice, he had 4 years of experience working in hospitals, with previous positions at the Austin Hospital, Eastern Health, Northern Health and Echuca Regional Hospital. During that time, he worked in various departments, including the emergency department, paediatrics, geriatrics/aged care, and a range of medical and surgical specialties.

Steven is currently working at North Mitcham Clinic during the final stage of his General Practice specialty training, which is planned for completion at the end of 2020. He enjoys acute and emergency medicine, managing sports injuries, infant and child health, preventative health and Chronic Disease management.

Steve lives locally in the North Eastern suburbs with his fiance and baby daughter. In his down time, he enjoys hiking, exercising, travelling and trying to learn Italian.
















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