Dr Hannah Britten (GP) Hannah completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle in 2011 and achieved her Fellowship in General Practice in 2016. She has since worked locally as a GP in the Greater Newcastle area. Hannah has a special interest in mother-baby care, breastfeeding medicine, women's health and paediatrics. She is accredited in Neuroprotective Developmental Care (the Possums programs) and offers consultations for breastfeeding and infant sleep issues. Outside of work, Hannah loves taking her two little girls for walks to the park and enjoys a good coffee.
Dr Natasha Chatman (GP) Tash completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales. She has worked in the Hunter area since graduation and completed her GP training in 2019. She has completed a Diploma in Children's Health and undergone training in Mirena and Implanon insertions. Her areas of interest include mental health (particularly teenagers), women's health and children's health. Outside of work she enjoys reading a good book and gardening.
Dr John Chiang (GP) John graduated form the University of NSW in 1987 and gained his Fellowship in General Practice in 1995. 2017 marked 30 years of medical practice and John is looking forward to many enjoyable years of practice still to come. John has worked rurally and regionally for 28 years, appreciating the people, community and variety of medicine that cities such as Maitland offer. He enjoys playing jazz piano, musicals and reading history and keeps fit with regular running, cycling, bushwalking (sometimes whilst playing golf!) and windsurfing.
Ashley Geelan (Podiatrist) Ashley is a senior podiatrist who offers all facets of podiatric care including biomechanical assessments and orthotic prescription, nail care including surgical correction of ingrown nails, diabetic assessments and general podiatric care such as management of painful corns, calluses and plantar warts. Ashley particularly enjoys the art of custom orthotic prescription for both children and adults.
Dr Alison Goldzieher (GP Registrar) Alison completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours prior to studying medicine. She graduated from Medicine in 2012 and has since completed a Diploma in Child Health through Westmead Children's Hospital. Alison likes all aspects of general practice and particularly enjoys women's health, children's health, mental health and skin diseases. When not working, Alison loves spending time with her children and immersing herself in nature.
Dr Toni Kesby (GP) Toni is one of the Hunter's most loved and experienced GPs. Now semi-retired, The Lorn Surgery is very privileged to have Toni as part of our team.
Rebecca King (Lactation Consultant IBCLC) Rebecca is a midwife, child and family health nurse and lactation consultant. She is passionate about providing woman centred care and feels privileged to be able to walk with women and their families on their individual journey of parenting. After completing her midwifery training in Melbourne, Rebecca and her husband moved to Newcastle where she continued her midwifery career before having 3 children of her own. Rebecca loves to work within her community, hang out at the beach and explore different regions of this beautiful country we are lucky enough to call home.
Dr Kate Macklinshaw (GP & Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor) Kate completed a science degree at the University of Newcastle before studying medicine in Brisbane. She returned to the Hunter in 2012 where she completed her General Practice training. Kate particularly enjoys skin checks, treatment of skin cancers (both surgical and non-surgical) and shared antenatal care. Kate is trained in implanon and mirena insertion and removal and enjoys all procedural work. She also enjoys travel and travel medicine and has recently completed a working holiday around Australia with her husband and two children.
Sally Macklinshaw (Dietitian) Sally is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist who is passionate about helping you become the healthiest version of YOU! She is dedicated to improving the health of our community through nutrition,to create healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes. Having recently returned from maternity leave, she appreciates the importance of keeping healthy meals quick, easy and inexpensive for busy families and people on the go! Some of her main practice areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease (including high cholesterol & blood pressure), diabetes, children’s health, IBS, food intolerances & allergies, PCOS, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pregnancy & breastfeeding. Learn more about Sally at www.biteintolife.com.au
Louise Masters (Accredited Mental Health Social Worker) As an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Louise specialises in working with individuals to overcome the effects of depression, anxiety, bipolar syndrome, schizophrenia, grief and loss or other mental health problems. Louise holds dual Masters qualifications in Social Work practice and research and can offer techniques such as skill building (DBT, CBT, ACT), psychoeducation (Grief and Loss, Neurobiology, Physiology), education (Wellbeing, Mental Health, Resources), and promote personal autonomy (reclaiming control of your life). Read Louise's full profile here and her guide for self care during COVID-19.
Dr Nicola Pennel (GP) Dr Pennell undertook her medical training in Adelaide and her GP training in Sydney before working as a GP in Perth for 16 years. Nicola moved to the Hunter Valley in 2018 and is delighted to now be joining the Lorn Surgery. Nicola loves the broad scope of general practice and the opportunity to provide care at all life stages. Nicola has a particular interest in the care of infants and mothers as well as all aspects of pregnancy and post-natal care. She performs minor procedures and also enjoys mental health and chronic pain medicine. In her spare time she loves to garden, read novels and spend time in the great outdoors.
Dr Craig Richards (GP) Craig completed his medical degree at Newcastle University in 2001 and his General Practice training in 2012. He enjoys the full scope of family medicine with special interests in mental health, musculoskeletal medicine, chronic disease management, executive health and cancer medicine. A keen runner, Craig is looking forward to joining the local parkrun community once his three young children are sleeping through the night (and in their own beds)!
Sally Richards (Lactation Consultant IBCLC) Sally is a midwife, child & family health nurse and lactation consultant and is passionate about preparing women for successful breastfeeding during the antenatal period and addressing any breastfeeding difficulties that may arise. She is mindful that these solutions need to be sensitive to the needs of both women and their babies and take into account the needs of the broader family. Sally is currently offering a home visit based service. Follow Sally on Facebook
Nikki Stambolie (Speech Pathologist) Nikki is a senior speech pathologist who started her career by supporting young children and their families develop language, speech, fluency and literacy skills. More recently she has worked in the hospital system, helping adults who have swallowing problems as a result of diseases such as stroke, head and neck cancer, airways disease and degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s Disease. Nikki offers the Hunter's only instrumental swallowing assessment service in conjunction with Ear Nose and Throat specialist Dr Niall Jefferson. Learn more about Nikki at www.hunterspeechpathology.com
Katie Wood (Registered Psychologist & Clinical Psychology Registrar) Katie completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at Charles Sturt University in 2008 and obtained her registration as a Psychologist in 2012. She has worked in the Maitland and Hunter Valley area since 2009. Katie's experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, workplace stress, burnout, and PTSD. She is experienced in providing mediation services and transition support to people as they change careers. For both long and short term patients, Katie's approach is person-centred and focused on assisting patients achieve their goals and manage everyday life.