Our Team

General Practitioners

Dr Shalini Balachandran


Bio – coming soon

Dr Saty Bhat

MBBS, MRCGP(UK), FRACGP, MRCS (UK)


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

MBBS, MRCGP (UK), FRACGP (AUS)


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

MBBS, MRCGP(UK), FRACGP, MRCS (UK)


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

MBBS, FRACGP


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

MBBS, FRACGP,DRANZCOG,DCH


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 Shiraz Mahkri


Shiraz is excited about serving the local community and their health needs. Shiraz was raised in Melbourne. He trained in General Practice in Gippsland. Prior to General Practice, he worked in hospitals across Tasmania and Melbourne, gaining experience in a diverse range of specialties including Adult Medicine, Paediatrics, ICU, Psychiatry, Emergency and more. Shiraz enjoys the wide variety and challenges that General Practice has to offer, and the privilege to help people from all walks of life.

Further interests include Forensic Medicine, and Men’s 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

BSc, MBA, GAICD


klyons@lifelonghealthcare.com.au

Felicity Emery

Clinical Care Manager RN, CHN


femery@lifelonghealthcare.com.au

Lisa Duffus

Operations Manager


lduffus@lifelonghealthcare.com.au

Louise Brooks

Group HR Manager


lbrooks@lifelonghealthcare.com.au

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

RN1


Marie Wilkinson

Practice Nurse RN


Information coming soon.

Deb Silverman

RN 1


Information coming soon.

Ebony Zacek

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.

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