Meet our Friendly, Expert Team
Here at Coolangatta Medical Centre we are a group of people brought together by a common purpose:
to improve the health and happiness of our patients.
As a whole our primary objective is not only to look after your holistic well being, but to look after the well being of the community as well. We welcome patients from all backgrounds, at any stage in their lives.
Visit us today and find out how coolangatta medical centre can help you to ‘Feel Great’.
Introducing our GPs
Dr Mary McDevitt
Dr Mary McDevitt has been in General Practice for over ten years.
Originally from New Zealand, she graduated as a registered nurse (Diploma general and comprehensive nursing Manukau polytechnic) and worked for four years in Auckland, and eight months in London in private hospitals, public hospitals, and in-home care nursing.
Mary decided to study medicine in 1991 at Auckland University, then onto Otago University Dunedin NZ in 1992. She graduated in 1996 with MbChb.
Mary worked as an intern in Dunedin before moving to Australia in 1998.
After working in Australia, Mary went back to NZ to work as an emergency registrar.
Mary moved back to Australia in 2004 and worked in various locations across Australia. Ballina, Murwillumbah, Moranbah, Gurriny Yealamucca Aborginal community in Yarrabah, and Dirranbandi are just a few of the areas in which she practiced.
Mary commenced working in Coolangatta Medical Centre in July 2015.
Mary’s Special interests include occupational medicine, emergency medicine in general practice, pediatrics and women’s health.
Dr Jason Blum
Dr Jason Blum has had over 30 years medical experience since graduating from the University of WA in 1985. 27 of those years have been in Southport providing GP care to Gold Coasters.
In addition maintaining an interest in the full range of family general practice, Jason’s expertise extends to a special interest in minor surgeries for skin cancers and other skin lesions, as well as minor trauma. He maintains his surgical interest with his weekly surgical assisting role with Gold Coast spinal surgeons.
When not at work, Jason spends his time with his young family enjoying tennis, sailing and the beautiful beaches of Coolangatta and Northern NSW.
Dr Vinay Bhalla
Dr Vinay brings many years of varied experience to the Coolangatta Medical Centre team, and shares our core community values.
Dr Peter De Wilde
Dr Peter de Wilde is an expert GP with extensive knowledge in his field.
Beginning his work as a General Practitioner in 1996, Dr Peter de Wilde has over 20 years of experience– and puts this into practice with his patients.
Peter originally completed his basic medical degree in the Netherlands, after which he moved to the UK where he worked in ‘ears, nose, and throat’ for three years. Following his time in ENT, Dr Peter de Wilde completed his GP training in the UK in 1996. Since, Peter has worked as a GP in the Cayman Islands, Scotland, and Australia.
Dr Peter de Wilde’s special interests include skin and ENT (ears, nose, and throat.)
Dr Angela Rose
Dr Angela Rose brings a wealth of experience with her to Coolangatta medical Centre.
Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1991, then worked in her home towns of Liverpool/ Birkenhead, England, and travelled extensively ,obtaining skills and experience in Anaesthetics [ Diploma of Anaesthetics UK ], Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Indigenous Health and Mental Health.
She completed her General Practice training in Northern Scotland and has since enjoyed working here in Australia, particularly in remote and rural locations.
Angela performs dive medicals, and has a special interest in adolescent mental health and family planning.
She feels passionate about offering holistic care to her patients and is excited to be part of the team at CMC.
Dr Roy Horchner
Coolangatta Medical Centre welcomes Dr Roy Horchner.
Dr Horchner is a rural General Practitioner with 47 years experience in General practice.
Dr Fiona Mackay
Coolangatta Medical Centre welcomes back Dr Fiona Mackay from her Maternity leave.
Dr Fiona keeps special interests in Women’s Health, Antenatal Care, Paediatrics, Mental Health and Preventative Care.
Dr Michaelia Verbeek
Dr Verbeek is an Australian trained GP with a special interest in holistic health and preventative medicine. Holistic medicine explores the many different facets that contribute to one’s health and aims to identify areas that may be driving illness rather than symptom management alone. This includes assessing the complex interaction between physical, psychological, genetic, environmental and social factors. Holistic medicine utilises a team-based approach to health care and combines the best available treatment strategies from conventional western medicine and evidence based natural therapies.
Dr Verbeek has completed training with the Nutrition Network in low carbohydrate diets and is undergoing further study through the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental medicine and Institute of Functional Medicine. As a Mum of young children, she is passionate about working with both children and adults to create a personalised health plan to achieve a sense of wellness and vitality. She is an avid learner and can regularly be found attending conferences, courses, reading papers and listening to podcasts to increase her knowledge and expertise. She loves sharing that knowledge with her patients to empower them to manage their health.
In addition to providing all the regular GP services, Dr Verbeek may be able to assist with:
– Functional gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, constipation
– Conditions associated with insulin resistance such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, type 2 diabetes
– Preconception care and fertility management
– Contraception care including non-hormonal options as well as implanon and IUD insertions (mirena/copper).
– Children’s health including common infections, eczema and constipation
Dr Verbeek does not currently prescribe bio-identical hormones or perform IV nutrients/chelation therapy except for iron infusions .
As Dr Verbeek aims to understand the different factors that may be affecting your health, she recommends new patients schedule a 30min appointment. Emergency on the day appointments may be available for regular patients by phoning reception in the morning as these are not displayed online.
Please note a different fee structure applies for Dr Verbeek.
Dr Russell O’Brien
Dr Russell O’Brien graduated Medical School at the University of Queensland in 2016. Since then, he has worked at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a range of roles including paediatrics, orthopaedics, emergency and general surgery. He moved back to the Gold Coast in 2019 to be closer to family.
Originally from the North Coast of NSW, Dr O’Brien loves the laidback culture of the Southern Gold Coast. His interests include sports and musculoskeletal medicine, paediatrics, antenatal care and skin cancer medicine. His philosophy is that medicine needs to be integrated with lifestyle in order to optimise health.
His interests outside medicine include soccer and playing the guitar. He spends his spare time exploring the beautiful Gold Coast and surrounds with his young family.
Sports and musculoskeletal medicine, paediatrics, antenatal care and skin cancer medicine
Dr Dominic Bannerman
Dr Dominic Bannerman, the Practice Principle, graduated in 1997 and worked for many years in a variety of disciplines such as Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cairns Base Hospital and has worked throughout regional hospitals and clinics in Far North Queensland. Dominic has also worked overseas in Ecuador, India and Uganda.
Dominic holds an Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dominic has a special interest in Paediatrics, Mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Tropical Public Health and Preventative Healthcare.
Dominic enjoys running and the great outdoors and is learning how to surf.
Dr Helen Jenkins
Dr Jenkins has been in General Practice for over 30 years, she has vast experience in Female Health, Pap Smears, Pregnancy, Menopause, Depression and Anxiety. Dr Jenkins prides herself on taking the extra time to really listen to you as a patient in order to find the best treatment option.
Boyd Fleming – Physiotherapist
Available every wednesday 8.30 am to 5pm.
A safe and supportive environment.
Boyd’s desire for Physiotherapy originally stemmed during his time at high school with his passion for movement sciences and strong sporting background.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Physiotherapy from Griffith University on the Gold Coast. As a student, Boyd volunteered as a Sports Trainer for the Gold Coast City Football Club Women’s NPL team. Boyd takes a hands-on approach to managing conditions while continuously educating throughout to ensure the best management and results.
Boyd’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:
• Diagnosis and management of sporting injuries, ensuring return to sport as effectively and timely as possible.
Neck and lower back pain:
• Education on the condition with management and strategies to prevent future flare ups. Particular interests in neck pain include cervicogenic headaches.
• Managing rotator cuff tears, chronic shoulder pain and issues.
Paul Clarke – Podiatrist
Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.
Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:
Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature,
Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.
Liz Forsyth – Dietitian
Elizabeth is an experienced Dietitian who has worked within Coolangatta Medical Centre for a number of years. Within this time she has maintained a professional demeanor when consulting with clients and has proven herself to be a highly capable Dietitian.
Her skill set within the field of nutrition and dietetics is broad as she consults to clients for issues ranging from chronic diseases to malnutrition, overweight to sporting clients.
She is able to provide a high level of nutritional counseling and evidence based advice, For this reason she has many long term clients and also achieves positive outcomes.
Alistair Bacon – Audiometrist
Alistair Bacon prides himself on his thirty three years of experience as an Audiometrist.
He has committed his career to helping people reconnect and enjoy life through improved hearing.
Fitting Hearing Aids
Don Hudson – Audiologist
Don has an extensive background and history in the Audiology field. He prides himself on delivering the very best tailored care to his patients.
Terry Mclaren – Physiotherapist
Terry have been a physio, with an exercise background for about 15 years. Terry tries his best to help people through physiotherapy.
Terry’s main interest is managing :
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Injury & movement dysfunction for all ages
He achieves this through hands on manual therapy, appropriate movement/exercise, education and encouragement. Terry includes mindfulness and activity programs to help patients in pain or with fear avoidance of movement. That includes those pre and post-surgery patients, asthma management clients, and those looking to improve their fitness and weight management.
Terry’s general approach is to keep it simple as possible to the individual and what they want to achieve.
Dr Ahmad Nasir – Cardiologist
Dr Ahmad is dedicated to the prevention, investigation and treatment of cardiac disease.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) affects many people and may cause angina (chest pain) and heart attack. Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, diabetes, obesity, family history and age. Book a consultation with Dr Ahmad and work with him to ensure your heart is as healthy as possible.
Our Friendly Staff