I am a considerate and effective psychiatrist with many years experience.
I spent my early years in Western Australia and originally completed a degree in Physics but changed my mind and career aspirations and undertook a Medical Degree at the University of Western Australia. Following graduation I worked in Perth’s teaching hospitals for 4 years prior to commencing psychiatry training in 1986. I graduated as a psychiatrist in 1992 and then worked in both the private and public sectors in Melbourne. For the last 10 years I have lived in Tasmania and worked in the rural sectors outside of Hobart, in particular the North West Coast.
I am the founding Clinical Director of Rivendell Clinic, North West Private Hospital, Burnie – Tasmania’s first private psychiatric unit outside of Hobart, established in 2005.
I take a holistic approach to psychiatry and believe that successful treatment needs to include the physical, emotional, psychological and social factors in a person’s life. For this reason I like to work closely with General Practitioners (GPs), local psychologists and other related services in order for my patients to receive ongoing, informed and effective care.
As an adult general psychiatrist in a rural area I treat the full range of psychiatric disorders seen in the adult population.
I am particularly interested in, and have extensive experience in:
- Pharmacological interventions – prescribing/modifying medications so they work for you with minimal side effects.
- Mood Disorders – including Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
- Anxiety Disorders – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Holistic approaches to mental health
I am excited to be embarking on a different style of practice at this stage of my life and career. You will find as you scroll through my website, that I work solely as a tele-psychiatrist – and instead of seeing patients face to face in my rooms, I see patients via teleconference (usually using Skype but also other compatible software/appliances) from the patients home or GP office. This means that I can work closely with GPs and/or other case workers, I can see patients within a reduced wait time and nobody has to travel long distances for an appointment. Most of my patients and the GPs that I work closely with report that they feel extremely satisfied with this mode of practice. I hope you will too and I hope to meet you soon.
Further details on booking and attending an appointment with me, and contact information for my office are on the pages of this website.