A/Prof Debbie Kors
Associate Professor Debbie Kors is the founder of Westside Medical Centre, which first opened in April 2010. She had previously worked in Laurieton for many years, where she successfully ran Camden Haven Medical Centre. Debbie’s goal in setting up Westside Medical Centre was to create a friendly practice which offered the highest quality, personalised care to its patients, as well as being a centre of excellence in medical teaching. She is proud to work with such a great team of dedicated doctors, nurses and receptionists who share her aspirations and who willingly give their time and effort in supporting those who are training to be our doctors and nurses of the future.
Associate Professor Kors is heavily involved in teaching. She was the senior medical educator for the Port Macquarie node of North Coast GP Training Ltd from 2004 until 2016 and continues to coordinate and provide GP registrar training within Westside Medical Centre. She is Associate Professor of Primary Health Care at the UNSW Rural Clinical School where she is involved in the teaching of medical students. Debbie won the prestigious national award of GP Education and Training Supervisor of the Year in 2010 in recognition of her efforts in medical education.
Debbie loves all aspects of General Practice and is a proud advocate of the profession.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, First Class Honours, Monash University
- Masters of Family Medicine (clinical), Monash University
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Certificate of Family Planning
- Graduate Diploma of Medical Education , Sydney University
A/Prof Alexander (Sandy) McColl
Associate Professor McColl moved directly to Port Macquarie, Australia from Canada in 1998. He has qualified and worked as a physiotherapist, anatomic pathologist and presently as a family doctor at Westside Medical Centre.
A/Prof McColl joined Westside in September 2010. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, dermatology and gerontology.
A/Prof McColl is the Head of the UNSW Rural Clinical School where he develops curriculum and teaches undergraduate medical students – the next generation of Australian doctors. He also has an interest in research completing major projects in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury and clinical practice guidelines for rotator cuff injury. He is presently leading a study on screening for colonic carcinoma in regional Australia.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy-Honours)
- Doctor of Medicine
- Fellow of the College of Family Physicians Canada
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Fellow of the American College of Pathologists
Dr Meredith Wyatt
Meredith has been a GP in Port Macquarie since 2004. She enjoys all aspects of general practice especially the opportunity for continuing care of patients and their families over a long period. Getting to know people over time is a real privilege.
Her area of interest are broad. Her current practice largely involves management of chronic and complex disease, mental health and women's health, but is not limited to these areas. Meredith enjoys her role as a supervisor of general practice registrars in the practice who are completing their specialist training in this discipline.
Meredith has found a good balance between her work and family life working 3 days a week. She has 2 school age daughters and enjoys hiking, geocaching and planning great holidays.
- Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle 1998
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2003)
Dr Andrew Whitworth
Dr Andrew Whitworth commenced working at Westside Medical Centre in 2013 after relocating with his family to Port Macquarie from Brisbane. With a young family of his own, Andrew enjoys all aspects of family medicine, including children’s health, skin cancer and chronic disease management, and mental health. He shares the practice passion for education as one of the supervisors for GP registrars, as well as being a Conjoint Lecturer for the UNSW Rural Clinical School and a medical educator at the Army School of Health.
With an interest in acute and rehabilitation medicine, as well as training in occupational medicine, Andrew is happy to see anyone with work-related injury or illness, both acute and long-standing, including veterans. Having spent several years conducting return-to-work programs for the Australian Defence Force, Andrew is keen to work with people injured at work to enable their return to a productive and active life in an appropriate manner. He is also a qualified Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) for CASA.
Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical), UNSW
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Queensland
Masters of Public Health, University of Queensland
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, Flinders University
Certificate in Occupational Medicine, Monash University
Dr Suzanne Lyon
Dr Lyon is one of our permanent GPs and has been part of the team at Westside Medical Centre since 2012. Originally from Queensland, she moved to the Mid North Coast to complete her specialty training in general practice and is now proud to call herself a Port Macquarie local.
Suzanne loves the diversity of general practice and caring for all types of patients, from babies through to seniors. As an avid traveller, she particularly loves being able to provide up to date travel and immunisation advice to anyone planning an overseas adventure.
Dr Lyon looks after Westside Medical Centre patients at St. Agnes and Mt. Carmel Hostels. When she’s not working, there’s a good chance you’ll find Suzanne reading a good book or medical journal.
- Certificate of Dermoscopy, Skin Cancer College Australasia (2015)
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2014)
- Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - James Cook University (2014)
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - University of Queensland (2008)
- Bachelor of Pharmacy - University of Queensland (2003)
Dr David Chessor
Dr David Chessor joined Westside Medical Centre in January 2015 as a permanent GP. He’s been a resident of the Mid North Coast for around 6 years where he completed his specialist training in general practice working in Laurieton and Kempsey.
David was both GPET Registrar of the Year, and RACGP Rural Registrar of the Year in 2013.
Dr Chessor also loves to teach. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where he teaches medical students, and was a medical educator with North Coast GP Training between 2012-2015 where he taught registrars who are training to be specialist GPs. He has also spent significant time in roles that aim to improve the health system more broadly. In 2014 he was the Chair of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and served on their board from 2013-2015.
David sees Westside Medical Centre patients who live at Mt Carmel Hostel, St Agnes Hostel, and Emmaus Nursing Home.
- Bachelor of Arts UNSW 2004
- Bachelor of Science UNSW 2004
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery UQ 2008
- Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine JCU 2014
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2014
Dr Evangelia (Valia) Tolia
Dr Evangelia (Valia) Tolia is one of the permanent GPs at Westside. She joined the practice in February 2014 as a registrar and has never wanted to leave since!
Originally from the coastal town of Kavala, Greece, Dr Tolia finished high school in the International School of Karlsruhe, Germany where she had the fortune of meeting her very patriotic scottish biology teacher who convinced her to undertake her medical studies in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. She lived and worked there for 9 years before embarking on a search for warmer weather and a more satisfying career. She found both and so much more in her 'beloved' Port Macquarie where she also had the massive honor of becoming an Australian citizen on Australia day 2014.
Dr Tolia enjoys all aspects of General Practice but is especially interested in skin medicine, women's health and medicine of the elderly- Dr Tolia regularly visits Mingaletta Nursing Home where she is taking new patients. She is also involved in teaching medical students as a Conjoint Lecturer in the Rural Medical School of Port Macquarie as well as teaching registrars. It is a very fulfilling aspect of her work that has been greatly inspired and supported by the senior educators in Westside Medical Centre.
When not at work, Dr Tolia tries to fight waves with surf or paddle boards (so far they always win!), is training hard to become the next Masterchef winner, and enjoys reading books and learning new languages. And for those who wonder, 'Valia' is a nickname that her older sister gave Dr Tolia as a baby and it has stuck with her since!
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2015)
- Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery - Edinburgh 2006
- Bachelor in Sciences (First class Honors in Neuroscience)- Edinburgh 2003
- Diploma in Child Health- Sydney 2013
- Diploma of the Royal College Obstetricians and Gynaeclogists- Scotland 2008
- Diploma of Family Planning & Sexual Health- Sydney 2013
Dr Kate Moriarty
Dr Kate Moriarty grew up in Port Macquarie, and after completing her studies and hospital training in Newcastle, she couldn't resist the urge to return to the beautiful Mid North Coast to commence her specialist training in General Practice. She spent 12 months in Kempsey, before joining us at Westside in February 2016.
Kate enjoys all aspects of General Practice, and loves that no two days are ever the same. She has a special interest in Paediatrics, Women's Health and Dermatology. She also has an interest in teaching, and is looking forward to expanding on her teaching experience under the guidance of the amazing medical educators here at Westside. When she is not at work Kate enjoys playing netball, camping or reading a good book.
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2017)
- Bachelor of Medicine (Honours) - University of Newcastle
- Diploma in Child Health - University of Sydney 2014
Dr Mark Stewart
Dr Mark Stewart graduated with honours from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and has worked in general practice since 2002, with the last 12 years in Port Macquarie. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice and won the Tony Buhagiar and Monty Kent-Hughes Medals for his result in the fellowship exam in 2003.
When asked if he’s going to specialise, he tends to respond “I already have” and if pushed further with “No, you know what I mean, like a heart specialist or something”, he’ll usually say he can’t think of anything more boring. Family medicine is his main interest. Caring for the multitudinous health problems of up to 4 generations of the same family never leaves room for ennui. He also has particular skills in completing forms for Centrelink, Department of Housing and other obscure government agencies.
Of course, medicine is his part time hobby, with his main interests in life being bushwalking, acapella singing and roaming the country in his caravan with family in tow (they don’t seem to protest too much.)
- Bachelor of Medicine (Honours) - University of Newcastle 1997
- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2005
- Family Planning & Sexual Health Certificate 2003
Dr Judith Gardiner
Dr Judith Gardiner is an experienced GP/Obstetrician offering Women's Health services at Westside Medical Centre since 2013.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) - Monash University
- Advanced Diploma Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG.Advanced)
- Certificate of Family Planning
Dr Miriam Douglas
Miriam Douglas is a GP registrar who has now joined the practice. Originally from Scotland, Miriam trained at University of Aberdeen where she undertook her medical degree as well as additional studies in research. After graduation in 2010, she completed 2 junior doctor years in Glasgow.
Miriam moved to Australia in 2012 where she gained further hospital experience on the Gold Coast working as registrar in Emergency, ICU and General Medicine before relocating to Port Macquarie Jan 2017 to start her specialist training in General Practice.
Miriam is interested in all areas of General Practice and enjoys getting to know her patients over time. Her particular interests are in the fields of Women's Health, Skin Problems, Chronic disease management and Paediatrics and she also enjoys teaching medical students.
When not at work, Miriam is enjoying exploring the beautiful Port Macquarie area and other parts of Australia (and visits back to Scotland!), bush and beach walks, cooking healthy recipes(now that she has time to cook!) and attempting to do yoga.
Dr Dharrini Balachandran
Dharrini Balachandran is a GP Registrar who joined the practice in August 2017. Originally from Malaysia, Dharrini moved to Adelaide to pursue a career in Medicine. Dharrini graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013, and continued to live in Adelaide where she completed her first 2 years of training.
Dharrini moved to Sydney in 2016 to enhance her experience in Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology prior to commencing GP training in Port Macquarie in August 2017. While Dharrini enjoys the broad spectrum of medicine that General Practice offers, she has a keen interest in Paediatrics, Women's Health and Aged Care management.
She often spends her time off baking, experimenting with cake decorating techniques and travelling.