Hi and welcome to my general practice blog.
I’m a GP at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. I have been working here since December 2017. My main interests lie in sports medicine, oncology and family medicine however I enjoy all aspects of general practice.
My journey to being a general practitioner is more unusual than most. I started off life as a Veterinarian in Sydney, doing work experience in a Feline Medicine Clinic followed by my first year at West Pennant Hills Veterinary Clinic.
A move to Brisbane and completion of my medical degree at University of Queensland meant that I was able to do an elective in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
During my internship at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, I did rotations in General Medicine, Colorectal Surgery, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery and an emergency rotation at Redlands Hospital.
House officer rotations followed the next year with a stint in Emergency at QEII Hospital, a rural relieving term in Roma Hospital Queensland, and lower limb orthopaedics, Ear Nose and Throat, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery terms back at Princess Alexandra.
A move to Toowoomba saw a focus on Orthopaedics with a subsequent rotation at Gold Coast Hospital. Sometime around here I had time to complete a Masters of Sports Medicine and was a doctor for a local rugby union team
I then spent some time in the Oncology Unit at St Andrews Hospital in Toowoomba and then at Royal Brisbane Hospital where I did my General Practitioner Special Interest training.
It was back to Toowoomba to complete my GP training and now I have moved to Mermaid Beach permanently.
Currently I am seeing patients Tuesday to Friday at Mermaid Central Medical Centre. We are also open on weekends. I do surgical assisting so can be at your side from diagnosis of your arthritic knee, through conservative management to being at your operation and recovery!
Thanks for reading. Follow gponthegc.com to stay up to date with various topics related to General Practice and Sports Medicine. Disclaimer: there will of course be the odd veer off into topics related to Zoonoses (transmission of disease from animal to human), Rugby Union and my gold coast adventures.
And yes I am still a registered veterinarian!