Our Team

Our Team

Our team of qualified and experienced doctors, nurses and allied health professionals allows us to offer a wide range of services. Having general practice and special interest doctors, psychologists, podiatrists, and physiotherapists means we can help with nearly all of your medical requirements. Click below to learn more about our friendly team.

OUR DOCTORS

Anne Appelbe

Andrew Batty

Lucy Buchanan

Barry Hill

Vanessa Huang

Anton Knieriemen

Melody Kotzman

Steve Lapin

Ingrid Lipka

Tara Reddy

Peter Schattner

Ron Schweitzer

Julie Tan

Kylie

Kylie Telfer

Rosie Walker

OUR NURSES

We have a team of dedicated Registered Nurses who have worked together at EBMG for many years, updating their clinical skills and education each year. We provide nursing hours from 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding 1-2pm) in our new and fully equipped treatment rooms.

Our nurses assist the doctors and offer many services including:

  • Wound care
  • Childhood, adult and travel immunisations (with our nurses credentialed by completing the Nurse Immuniser Program)
  • Assisting doctors with skin and other minor procedures
  • 24-hour blood pressure and Holter (ECG) ambulatory monitoring  
  • Practice Nurse Diabetes Review Clinic
  • Home based health assessments for patients 75 years and over
  • Chronic disease management program including patient care coordination, care planning, education and allied health referrals
  • Patient triage and telephone advice
  • Information to families about aged care and local community services.

Nursing Staff

  • Sarah – Nursing co-ordinator
  • Alice RN
  • Cheryl RN
  • Gemma RN
  • Jenny RN
  • Joanne RN
  • Lucy SEN
  • Pat RN
  • Penny RN

ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Psychologists

Fay Oberklaid

Fay Oberklaid is a clinical and organisational psychologist who has more than 25 years’ experience in psychology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists, and has extensive experience with the following: anxiety, depression, relationships, grief and loss, self-esteem, life transitions, anger management and assertiveness skills training.

Fay mostly uses the approaches of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy to help university age students, adults, couples and the ageing population.

Associate Professor Nicky Jacobs

Dr Nicky Jacobs (PhD) is an endorsed clinical and counselling psychologist and a fellow of both the APS College of Clinical Psychology (FCCLP) and the College of Counselling Psychology (FCCOUNP). Nicky has worked in the area of psychology for over 25 years. She works with a wide range of psychological issues including: anxiety, depression, relationships (Gottman’s Level 3 Training), anger management, grief and loss, abuse, adjustment, self-esteem, assertive skills and bullying.

Nicky has extensive experience working with adults, the ageing population and couples. She also has a special interest in the psychological management of children and has a Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychology.

PODIATRISTS

Tran Luc

Tran graduated from Latrobe University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Podiatry. She has amassed a large client base in the local community since she began practicing and enjoys seeing patients of all ages and requirements. As a busy mum of two, Tran loves to spend her free time with her family.

Trang Ngyuen

Trang graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine and then embarked upon a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the University of WA. She has gained clinical experience in all facets of podiatry in both private and public settings. Outside of work Trang loves food and travelling.

Together Tran and Trang provide the patients of East Bentleigh Medical group with the best possible podiatry care. They are available for appointments two days week and on Saturday mornings.

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Rod Friend

Rod runs the East Bentleigh Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in physiotherapy from the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1981, going on to complete his Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy in 1985. He has had 39 years of clinical experience during which he has been actively involved in the physiotherapy management of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. For the last six years, Rod has been teaching in physiotherapy courses at both Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.

Rod’s special interests are complex spine, shoulder, hip and knee rehabilitation and sports injuries. Rod takes pride in dealing with patients who have been deemed as ‘difficult’ or who have struggled to find answers elsewhere. He has a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of shoulder rehabilitation and hip and knee reconstruction.

Rod has worked and travelled with elite cyclists at national track and road championships and in his spare time, is an avid cyclist himself. For an appointment, please phone 9570 2749. No referral is needed if you are a private patient.

DIETITIAN

Jack Haycox

Jack graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice, and is a provisional Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

 

Using an inclusive, non-judgemental approach, Jack provides individual nutritional counselling and advice, and supports clients in making practical, sustainable lifestyle changes to achieve their own tailored health and wellbeing goals.

 

With special interests in men’s health and chronic disease prevention and management, Jack welcomes clients of all ages who wish to improve their nutritional health, and can assist with the dietary management of a range of conditions, including coeliac disease, diabetes, heart disease, food allergies/intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, gastrointestinal disease (including IBD and IBS), weight management and general health optimisation.

In his spare time, Jack enjoys reading, cryptic crosswords and cooking for his fiancé.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

 

PRACTICE MANAGER

Michelle Gotch has worked for the East Bentleigh Medical Group for 35 years, practice managing for the last 15 years.    Expert at keeping the practice running smoothly, at home she enjoys spending time with her husband and grown up boys, as well as her 2 little grandchildren.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER

  • Mr Peter May

RECEPTIONISTS

  • Annette
  • Enrica
  • Helen
  • Jodi
  • Karen
  • Lisa
  • Tina
  • Yvonne