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Meet the practitioners working out of Toorak Village Medical Centre:

Dr David Bornstein (GP)

Dr Bornstein is the practice principal of Toorak Village Medical Centre. He graduated Monash University with Honours in 1977. His residency was completed at the Alfred Hospital and he worked extensively in general practice until settling in Toorak Village in 1991. He enjoys all aspects of general practice in particular; family medicine, children, geriatrics, and the challenge of complicated medical issues. 

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Dr Charles Okraglik (GP)

Dr Charles Okraglik graduated from Monash University. He is interested in all areas of general practice. Charles also specialises in:

  • US Visa Medicals

  • British E.N.G. Seafarer Medicals

  • Scuba Dive (SPUMS) Medicals

  • Travel Medicine

 

Please note that appointments for US Visa Medicals, ENG medicals and Scuba dive medicals cannot be booked online. Please call us on 98268811 to booked an ENG1 medical or email us at visas@tvmc.com.au if you would like to book an appointment for a US Visa medical.

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Dr Ghazal Monsh (GP)

With more than 17 years of experience in general practice, Dr Ghazal is dedicated to providing a high-quality service to the community.

Her areas of interest include:

Women’s Health: This is a core scope of Dr Ghazal’s practice which encompasses diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy

  • Cervical Screening

  • Period Disorders

  • Sexual Health

  • Menopause

  • Endometriosis

  • Contraception

  • Immunisation

  • Lactation

  • Pre/Post-Natal Depression

 

Skin Cancer Medicine: Dr Ghazal is certified by the Skin Cancer College of Australia as a specialised GP in skin cancer checks. She is also qualified to treat skin lesions including surgical management.

 

Cosmetics: Dr Ghazal provides cosmetic skin care and injectables.

 

Mental Health: Dr Ghazal is trained to provide mental health support as well as treatment plans for conditions such as depression, anxiety, acute stress disorder and eating disorders. She has a strong preference to work face to face with patients suffering from these disorders in order to maintain a strong relationship with her patients.

 

Children’s Medicine and Youth Health: As a mother herself, Dr Ghazal understands the importance of children’s health in maintaining a happy family environment. She loves to see children and their parents.

 

Outside of her working life Dr Ghazal loves spending time with her family, travelling and has a keen interest in Persian music.

 

 

 

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Dr Peter Wexler (GP)

Dr Wexler has worked as a GP for many years and is a fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Peter is approachable, friendly and professional in his interaction with his patients and enjoys all facets of general practice.

 

 

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Dr Maja Simoski (GP)

Prior to achieving Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Maja had extensive experience in both Victorian rural and metropolitan hospitals working predominantly in Emergency Medicine at Monash Medical Centre.

Her favourite part of practising as a GP is providing personalised care while building healthy therapeutic relationships. Maja believes in offering patients autonomy and governance when it comes to their own health and so she enjoys patient education while creating a joint plan when it comes to best further management. 

She truly is passionate about all aspects of General Practice, with special interest in:

·  Chronic & complex health needs

·  Preventative Health

·  Mental Health 

·  Addiction Medicine

·  Skin Biopsies 

·  Child and youth health 

·  Small surgical procedures 

 

Maja is a DAME (Designated Aviation Medical Examiner) and can conduct medicals for Commercial and Private Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers. Click here for more information

Outside of work Maja enjoys Melbourne and all it has to offer, especially while spending time with her twin boys and friends. She likes to keep fit and active and you may often see her running the tan. 

Maja speaks English, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian. 

 

 

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Dr Patrick Harbour  (GP) 

Dr Harbour has worked in Emergency Departments around Australia before transitioning into General Practice.

Dr Pat is excited to be involved in all areas of General Practice and is enthusiastic to deal with any matters that arise. His areas of interest include pediatrics, having completed a certificate in child's health, minor emergencies and men's health.

Dr Pat enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and jiu-jitsu. He loves getting to know his patients and is looking forward to welcome a baby in February this year!

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Mr Snehal Shah (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon)

Mr Shah is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Born and originally educated in the United Kingdom, Snehal earned his medical degree through The University of Nottingham. He worked and trained n the UK and became a member of The Royal College of Surgeons, UK in 2002. In 2008 he emigrated to Australia and subsequently earned his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Australia. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He offers a wide array of plastic and reconstructive services. His areas of special interest include Breast Reconstruction and Microsurgical procedures. In his private time, Snehal enjoys sport, travelling and spending time with his wife and two young children.

Dr Richard Baker (Consultant Psychiatrist & Physician)

Dr Baker is a dual medical specialist, working as Consultant Psychiatrist and Internist, dealing with complex medical diagnostic puzzles and psychiatric care. He offers psychotherapies, including dynamic therapies and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, and has a special interest in caring for patients with multiple medical as well as psychiatric illnesses. He has admission rights to several hospitals & is a former Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. A referral by a General Practitioner is needed prior to making an appointment. 

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Caren Brand (Psychologist)

Caren holds a Masters in psychology and has been working as a psychologist for over 15 years. She has worked in adolescent mental health (including at the Albert Road Centre for Health, Albert Road Clinic, Wesley College and headspace) and has worked with adult clients for over ten years. Her areas of expertise include working with people who present with high prevalence disorders (anxiety and depression), grief, and loss, coping with illness, stress related problems, alcohol and drug use (dual diagnosis), life transition issues, relationship issues, school related issues such as bullying, self-harm and parenting issues.  Caren uses a range of therapeutic approaches, including a psychodynamic orientation, CBT, mindfulness, schema therapy, solution focussed therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She does believe, however, that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to good outcomes in patients.  

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Jemma Ginsburg (Dietitian)

Jemma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist (APD). She graduated from Deakin University, completing a Master of Dietetics and Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences.

Jemma has a passion to help people improve their nutritional health through realistic, achievable and sustainable lifestyle changes that are evidence-based. She focuses on both disease prevention and management. Jemma works closely with clients to build a positive and healthy relationship with food, through a mindful and intuitive eating approach.

Her main areas of interest include Gastrointestinal Health such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Disease Management. She also has a deep interest in nutrition management for Oncology, including all stages from prevention, treatment and survivorship.

Jemma endeavours to educate her clients with an individualised client-centred focus, and tailors her nutrition advice to support individual goals and optimise nutrition.

Dr Stephen Campbell (Geriatrician)

Dr Stephen Campbell is a geriatrician and general physician, who has been working as a specialist since 1991. He has over 10 years of experience working in memory clinics, assessing cognitive concerns and dementia. He has a specialty in managing challenging dementia-related behaviours.

His consultations include a full medical and medication review and also address ‘geriatric syndromes’ such as falls, frailty and incontinence. Dr Campbell is also able to carry out a range of joint aspirations and injections. He is also able to conduct visits at home and at aged care facilities.

Dr Gitta Kratochvil (Cosmetic Physician)

MBBS, BSci/BComm, pDipSurg Anatomy, pDip Dermatology

Gitta is a qualified Cosmetic Physician and offers Cosmetic Medical Injectable procedures (anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers) at Toorak Village Medical Centre. For further information on cosmetic injectables, please visit www.accentonskin.com.au.

If you would like to book a cosmetic medical appointment, please notify reception as such appointments are limited.

Please note that Dr Kratochvil is no longer working as a GP.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, travelling both within Australia and beyond!   

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Professor Paul Martin OAM (Clinical Psychologist)

Paul completed his doctorate and clinical training at Oxford before taking up a Lectureship in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University. He has held appointments in a number of universities most recently The Australian National University, and his roles
have included Head/Director of Department/School and Director of Clinical Training. He has also held positions in the health sector such as Director of Psychology and served two terms
as the President of the Australian Psychological Society. Throughout his career he has practised as a clinician working in a wide range of settings including hospitals and clinics, the public and private sectors. He has completed research on the treatment of a number of disorders, particularly headache, migraine and chronic pain. He adopts a lifestyle approach
which has gained increasing popularity in recent years with the formation of national associations of lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine is based on the premise that lifestyle is critical to health and wellbeing, and there are six ‘pillars’ of lifestyle medicine:

(i) diet; (ii) exercise; (iii) stress; (iv) avoidance of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption; (v) sleep; (vi) social connections.

Paul’s research and clinical practice has involved five of the six, specifically diet and exercise (including weight reduction), stress and social connections
(social support acts as a ‘buffer’ against stress), and insomnia. His clinical approach is strongly evidence-based reflecting his extensive research background.
Paul's achievements have been recognised in a number of ways including the award of a Centenary Medal “For service to Australian society and medicine”, and an Order of Australia Medal “For service to medicine in the field of psychology”.

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Dr Moh Dadafarin (Audiologist)

As the lead audiologist at Ear and Hearing Australia, Dr Moh brings over three decades of diverse experience, leading initiatives in research, education, and clinical hearing practice. His extensive work encompasses Diagnostic Audiology, Pediatric care, Electrophysiological Assessment, and Cochlear Implant technology, with a specialized interest in adult auditory rehabilitation.

Renowned for his proficiency in integrating advanced and discreet hearing solutions, Dr Moh's educational background is anchored by a Doctorate from A.T. Still University in Arizona and a Master's in Clinical Audiology from Sydney's Macquarie University.

An active member of prestigious international and local audiology organizations, Dr Moh maintains a Clinical Certificate of Practice with Audiology Australia. His accredited practice is recognized by key Governmental health departments, enabling a wide range of specialized hearing services. Beyond his clinical commitments, Dr Moh mentors audiology students as a registered supervisor for prominent Australian universities, fostering future talent in the field.

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