Our Team

General Practitioners

Dr Shalini Balachandran

Bio – coming soon

Dr Saty Bhat


Dr Bhat trained and qualified as a Surgeon before training and working as a GP in the UK. He moved to Australia in 2009. His interests are Minor Surgery, skin diseases including moles and skin cancer, wound management, men’s health, Ear Nose and Throat conditions, contraception (Implanon), gastroenterology and chronic disease management (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc). He has currently taken a break from clinical consulting to spend time developing and leading the two medical centres at Mernda and Laurimar. He plans to start consulting one or two days a week in October 2016 again.

Dr Manasi Deshpande


Manasi graduated from medical school in India in 2002. She migrated to the UK and trained in a broad range of hospital specialties before qualifying as a GP in 2012. She joined our team here in Australia in October 2013. Her Interests are Diabetes, Cardiovascular Risk Management and Women’s and Children’s Health. Manasi also offers the full range of Family Planning Procedures at Mernda Village Medical.

Dr Irina Fast

Practicing in all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in Womens & Paediatric health.

Dr Muna Sharma

Bio – coming soon

Dr Bimal Shrestha


From a primary school teacher in Nepal to a GP in Australia, Dr Shrestha’s career has spanned over three continents.

After completing medical school in 2002, he qualified as a Surgeon in the UK prior to training and working there as a GP. His interests include minor surgery, skin disease & wound management and chronic disease management. He also has an interest in the use of audio-visual aids in the practice of Medicine and is a Clinical Supervisor for medical students from Melbourne University who attend the practice as part of their training.

Dr Seng-Hui Tan


Dr Seng Hui Tan started working with us in 2015. She is interested in Women’s health, Child Health and Chronic Disease management.

Dr Ashleigh Jenkins


Dr Jenkins graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2013 (MBBS) and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), after having grown up in Mernda.

She completed her medical training in community based practices across Northern Tasmania at the Launceston General Hospital, Longford Medical Practice, Launceston Medical Centre and Family Planning Tasmania.
She currently still works with Family Planning Victoria.

She completed postgraduate studies having obtained a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (FPAA).

She has a great depth of experience in helping women and children with their health needs. She enjoys procedural medicine and having worked in a semi-rural setting is confident in a range of procedures, including IUD and contraceptive implants, ingrown toenail removals, immunisations and minor skin procedures.

Dr Jenkins looks forward to being able to assist you and your family with your health needs.

Dr Ibraham Barakat

Dr. Ibraham Barakat graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2014 with an M.D. and recently joined the team at Mernda Village Medical.

He has spent several years working across multiple hospital networks including Bendigo Health, Eastern Health and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He trained  in multiple specialties including internal medicine, emergency medicine and paediatrics. His specialist interest is in cardiology and ear, nose and throat conditions.

Outside of medicine, he has an interest in cycling and aviculture.

Dr Josephine Carne


Josie graduated from postgraduate medical school in Perth in 2019, having previously completed an undergraduate in Biomedical Science in Melbourne. Since graduation, Josie has spent a number of years working in large public hospitals in both Perth and Melbourne. Josie looks forward to continuing her practice in all aspects of general medicine, but with a particular interest in chronic disease, palliative care and mental health.

Support Staff

The members of our support team are seldom seen but always busy. It is they who manage the logistics and day-to-day operations of a general practice this size.

Kirstin Lyons CEO



Felicity Emery

Clinical Care Manager RN, CHN


Louise Brooks

Group HR Manager


Thishali Arangallage

Practice Leader

Information coming soon.

Karen Borg

Group Finance Manager

Information coming soon.

Carly Norton

Management Support Administrator

Information coming soon.

Nurse Team

Possessing formidable medical knowledge and experience, our team of RNs are a central part of our medical practice.

Janet Harlow

Practice Nurse RN1

Janet joined our practice in 2016. Her special interests are immunisation and General Nursing.

Glenda Guest


Marie Wilkinson

Practice Nurse RN

Information coming soon.

Deb Silverman

RN 1

Information coming soon.

Rachael Lever

RN 1

Information coming soon.

Reception Staff

Our front office staff are the heart of our practice.

Reception – Emma, Fiona, Michelle, Karen, Monique, Emily, Michelle and Trish.