Dr Maria Opacic
After completing the AMC exams for international graduates, Dr. Maria Opacic continued her medical training and worked at the Royal North Shore Hospital before undertaking postgraduate training in general practice. She was awarded a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1996.
Dr. Opacic has been a practicing GP in the Eastern Suburbs since 1993 and at Ocean Medical since 1998, establishing herself as one of the most trusted and respected GPs in the area. She has been a GP advisor for Women’s Health and Pregnancy GP Shared Care at the Royal Hospital for Women over a period of ten years and she is a registered provider of Antenatal Shared care at RHW.
Dr Opacic has an interest in all aspects of general practice, including pregnancy, newborn care, weight management, counselling, men’s health as well as complex chronic disease management with an emphasis on a wholistic approach to health care. She is known for her exceptionally caring attitude , warm personality and a high focus on developing personalized and trusting long term relationships with her patients.
In her free time, Dr. Opacic enjoys spending time with family and friends, likes reading and is interested in philosophy and social science.
Dr Shireen Nallaiah
Dr Nallaiah graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st Class Honours and worked for many years at Concord Hospital. She completed a Masters in Public Health and Community Medicine and specialized in General Practice, attaining her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has worked in practices in Southern Sydney and the Inner West of Sydney. Dr Nallaiah was founder and director of a General Practice in the Inner West of Sydney where she worked for many years serving her local community.
Outside the clinical setting, Dr Nallaiah has held an academic post at the University of Sydney, Westmead Clinical School, where she was actively involved in General Practice research and teaching medical students; advocated the rights of fellow GPs in training, serving as GP Registrar Liaison Officer with the Institute of General Practice Education; and held the position of Director of Quality Improvement at Concord Hospital. Dr Nallaiah has special interest in Children’s Health, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease management, Mental Health, Preventative Health Care as well as Travel Medicine.
Shireen is available to see our existing as well as new patients and walk ins on Tuesdays between 8.30am – 12 pm.
Dr Tania Rogers
Dr Tania Rogers graduated from the University of Sydney with a combined Arts/Medicine degree. Dr Rogers is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and holds additional qualifications in occupational medicine. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, occupational health, preventative health and management of chronic disease. In her spare moments, she spends time with her family.
Tania is available to see our existing as well as new patients and walk ins on Fridays between 12 – 5pm.
Dr Linda Lombard
Dr Linda Lombard has extensive experience as a General Practitioner for over 17 years in Australia and has worked as a Doctor for over 25 years including South Africa and the UK. She has a warm compassionate manner and is known for spending time with her patients and being interested in all aspects of their health and well-being. A Fellow of Royal Australian College of GP, Linda also completed further training in Antenatal Care with the Royal Hospital for Women. She has Diplomas in Family Planning, Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Dr Lombard has worked in sexual health clinics, family planning clinics and travel clinics both in Australia and the UK. She maintains regular updates on all aspects of General Practice as well as good relationships with local specialists.
Dr Lombard has 2 children of her own and has traveled extensively so brings her own personal experience as well as medical training to her role as a Family GP
Dr Stephanie Arasu
MBChB, BAO, LRCPI, LRCSI(Ireland), FRACG, Dip Child Health
Dr Arasu is an Irish-Australian trained doctor who has a broad medical experience base having worked in both Dublin and Australia for over ten years, and feels passionately that General Practice and primary care are the cornerstone of holistic medical and psychosocial patient care.
She graduated with honours from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Prior to General Practice, Dr Arasu spent many years working in Intensive Care across hospitals in the northern beaches and at The John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. She has experience and training in paediatrics, having spent some time in general paediatrics and in paediatric critical care, whilst also holding a Diploma in Child Health.
She has a special interest in Palliative Care and has recently pursued a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She believes Palliative Medicine promotes dignity and prevents and reduces physical and emotional suffering as patients enter their last phase of life. She focuses on understanding what is important to her patients and achieving their best quality of life.
Having largely trained and worked in General Practice in the country, she has accumulated significant experience in looking after older patients, those with chronic health issues, as well as patients in Aboriginal communities. She enjoyed rural work because of its challenges, opportunities and need for holistic medical approach to care, all of which Dr Arasu extends into any environment she works in.
Dr Arasu is able to perform minor skin surgery, biopsies, as well as insertion and removal of Implanon Rods. She also has an interest in weight management, preventative health and adopts a kind approach, taking time to care for all her patients.
She is fluent in Bahasa Malaysia and looks forward to supporting you in your health journey. Last but not least, she enjoys cooking, music and a good story!
Michelle Fox, Registered Psychologist
Michelle is a registered psychologist with experience in both personal and work related issues. Michelle works with adults of all ages and backgrounds and deals with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and loss, separation and divorce, parenting, relationships, self esteem, weight management, bullying and harassment and many more.
Michelle is warm and engaging and provides a supportive environment in which to work through difficulties and challenges, gain insight into your self, change limiting patterns and beliefs, improve self esteem and overall wellbeing; and be able to ‘live your best life’.
To contact Michelle please phone 0413 225 092
Robyn Brass, Registered Psychologist
M.A.(Psych.) Syd.Uni., Dip Ed. UNSW, M.A.P.S.
Robyn Brass provides individual support and counselling for children, adolescents and adults as well as couples, relationships and family counselling.
Robyn is certified by the NSW Psychologists Registration Board and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (M.A.P.S.). She holds a Bachelor of Arts (UNSW); a Diploma of Education (UNSW); and a Master of Arts in Psychology (University of Sydney). She has additional training in: Cognitive behavioural therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Narrative, Gestalt, Somatic,Transactional analysis, and 4 years’ experience with the Counselling Training Centre of NSW. She is a trained personal life coach.
To contact Robyn please phone: 0402 754 674
Zoe Perkin, Nurse
Zoe is an highly qualified and experienced nurse who completed her training in London. Zoe spent time working in the Emergency Department in both Melbourne and Sydney before joining us here at Ocean Medical Practice Bondi. When not at work Zoe enjoys spending time with her two young children down on the South Coast.
Kirana Haag, Practice Manager
Our lovely practice manager Kirana has a background in nursing but she is also a Transformational Artist and she has enlivened our practice with her beautiful artworks. It has created a warm, calm and healing environment that is enjoyed by our patients and the staff!
We are proud of our loyal staff at Ocean Medical Practice Bondi: our receptionists Lynda and Cecile , whose kindness and never-ending willingness to help have been much appreciated by our patients over the years. We believe that patient care starts from the moment they walk in through the practice door, and that our receptionists’ friendliness, personal touch and genuine interest in our patients’ wellbeing greatly contribute to the excellent care we provide at Ocean Medical.