Our practice has a group of doctors that each brings their own expertise to the practice. We all work together and share knowledge. We believe medical care stems from a team approach, and modern general practice involves working with nurses, receptionists, allied health professionals and local hospitals. Our practices employs nurses who are highly skilled and involved with your care from the acute emergency to managing chronic diseases. Teams only work well with good organisation and systems, for this we have a Practice Manager and a Business Manager. Then of course our receptionist team who will welcome you to the practice and assist you however they can.
DR NEIL DONOVAN - MBBS (Hons Syd), Dip. Paed., DRACOG, FRACGP
Dr Donovan completed his medical degree at Sydney University and has since undertaken post-graduate training in paediatrics, obstetrics and skin cancer. He has been admitted to the Fellowship of General Practitioners and is involved in training medical students, registrars and research in general practice. Dr Donovan can provide skin checks, comprehensive health checks, and runs a weekly clinic for minor operations. He has been involved over many years with the hospital service; specifically sexual assaults, obstetrics and accident and emergency. He has maintained his skills in acute medicine and undertakes locum work in rural and remote placements. His other interests include family, fitness and trying to be outdoors as much as possible. Dr Donovan has appointments available Monday to Thursday.
DR INGRID BUCHNER - Dr.Med. (Ger.), Dip.Paed., FRACGP
Dr Buchner was born in Munich, Germany, where she completed her medical studies and started her medical career in anaesthetics, intensive care and emergency medicine. After moving to Australia with her family in 1998 she completed her training in general practice and was awarded the Fellowship of General Practitioners (FRACGP). She undertook further postgraduate training in paediatrics at the Sydney Children`s Hospital in Randwick and completed a course in skin cancer management in primary care and provides regular skin checks and minor procedures list. She is involved with medical student and registrar training and outside work enjoys reading, family life and spending time being active in the great Australian climate, without getting sunburnt. Dr Ingrid has appointments available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. At this time Dr Buchner is not taking on any new patients.
DR ELIZABETH ROBERTSON-CUNINGHAME- B Med. (Hons)
Dr Liz Cuninghame began her training as a GP 30 years ago and says she has been learning from her patients ever since. A graduate of Newcastle University, she worked in Sydney and Tumut before moving with her family to the Shoalhaven in 1998. Soon after she began work at Berry Medical Centre and really enjoys being part of this growing, vibrant medical practice. She is also a Senior Visiting Medical Officer with Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and works as a GP at Crossroads Youth Health and Links House Sexual Assault Service. Her areas of interest and expertise include adolescent, women's and mental health. In the last few years she has also enjoyed collaborating with adult and adolescent psychiatrists to provide telepsychiatry at Berry Medical Centre. Dr Robertson-Cuninghame has appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday. At this time Dr Robertson-Cuninghame is not taking on any new patients.
DR LUCIE STANFORD - B. Med (Hons.) FRACGP
Dr Lucie Stanford is an experienced GP and medical educator, with a special interest in paediatrics, women's health and mental health. Lucie also works for the general practice training program, teaching other doctors who are training to become GPs. When she's not at work, Lucie can probably be found in her garden, hanging out with her family or at the gym. Dr Stanford has appointments available on Friday.
DR JOHN THOMSON - MBBS, FRACGP
Dr Thomson studied medicine at Sydney University enjoys the wide variety of general practice, having a specialist interest in obstetrics and gynaecology and palliative care, sharing the on call roster for the Karinya Palliative Care Unit at David Berry Hospital. He has been admitted to the Fellowship of General Practitioners. He regularly hosts medical students from the University of Wollongong at our practice. When is not working he likes to spend time with his family, and working in the garden. Dr Thomson has appointments available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
DR JESSICA WILSON - BSC(Hons), MBBS FRACGP, Dip Child Health
Dr Wilson completed a Bachelor of Health and Sports Science at UNSW and worked as a personal trainer whilst studying Medicine at Sydney University. She completed her Fellowship of General Practice in Newcastle and has completed further postgraduate training in Paediatrics, sexual and reproductive health. She enjoys all facets of family medicine, in particular women's and children's health. She is also involved with teaching medical students at the University of Wollongong. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her young family and two golden retrievers making the most of the beautiful area she now calls home. Dr Wilson has appointments available on Tuesday and Wednesday.
DR TONY GIRGIS - MBBS, B. Eng (Hons), M Eng
Dr Tony Girgis commenced his Medical training on the Gold Coast; working in the famous Gold Coast University Hospital with particular interests in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Mental Health, and Sexual Health. He chose to be a GP because he values the perpetually insightful patient-doctor relationship and its essential role in providing quality health care to you. He is a qualified Computer Engineer and Biomedical Engineer, driving him to seek a logical solution to any problem; more recently taking up an interest in assisting with robotic surgery. When not working he enjoys spending time with his young family, especially in the Shoalhaven area, photography, stargazing, reading and keeping fit.
DR SARA BIALCZYK - MBBS, BHSc (Hons)
Dr Sara grew up in Canada, having completed a degree in Health Sciences and working as a tennis coach prior to moving to Australia to study medicine at the University of Wollongong. She spent extra time gaining valuable postgraduate experience in Women’s Health/Obstetrics and Paediatrics, and is involved in teaching medical students. Sara enjoys all aspects of medicine (from paediatrics to geriatrics) and providing personalised care for her patients in the Berry area. When not at work, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, surfing, mountain biking and camping.
Our Registered Nurses offer a broad range of services; triaging emergencies, immunisations, assist with procedures, wound management, womens wellness clinics with cervical screening, better health clinics, diabetes management, IV infusions, life coaching and achieving better health outcome for our patients. They conduct a regular INR clinic every weekday morning. Our nurses provide a valued role in your care and have special interests in both clinical and lifestyle care. Appointments are available every week day to see one of our nurses.
Our receptionists have a vital role in our practice and are your first point in contact. They are the smiling faces at our front desk and are always here to assist you in any way they can. Our receptionists have years of experience in general practice and look forward to supporting any need you may have.