WHO’S WHO AT THE SURGERY AT JERRA
Allied Health Professionals
Podiatry Professionals is committed to providing comprehensive and up-to-date treatment in an informative and easy to understand way. The podiatrists focus on resolving your pain in the shortest time possible. They treat all patients ranging from children to the elderly to elite athletes. The staff have detailed knowledge of a large variety of lower limb conditions. They are very experienced in treating all aspects of podiatry including general podiatry and diabetes but specialise in treating sports injuries and rehabilitation for active and athletic feet.
Alison Cook is a Perinatal Counsellor. She trained as an Occupational Therapist in Exeter in the UK in 1988 and has worked in various mental health settings in both the UK and in Australia. Over the last eight years, after having children of her own, she became increasingly interested in the mental wellbeing of mothers and their families. She has a Masters degree in Perinatal and infant Mental Health. believing the mental wellbeing of infants goes hand in hand with the mental wellbeing of their mothers and extended families. To maintain her work/family/life balance, Alison enjoys felt making, gardening, cooking and reading.
Mark Wagg is a Remedial Massage Therapist who has been working full time as Bodyright Massage Therapies for the past two years. He’s certified in trigger point dry needling, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, SpiderTech Kinesiology taping, plus he’s a sports trainer. Mark’s professional interest lies in the treatment of all injuries, particularly sports-related cases. He has an active interest in sport and is currently a junior rugby coach and a therapist for the Tuggeranong Netball Association State League and representative age groups and for Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union senior and junior players. Mark is certified with all major health funds and is Comcare approved.
Simon Scott-Findlay, trading as Diabetes Partners P/L, trained as a Nurse at the Canberra Community Hospital, completed a Midwifery Certificate in Melbourne, then upgraded with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) at Charles Sturt University, and a post-graduate certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University. Since then he has maintained credentialing as a Diabetes Educator with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association for the last 12 years. Simon provides support to help people manage their own Gestational, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, with use of blood glucose results to guide self-management, checking glucose meters for accuracy, assistance with adults commencing insulin, and updating meters and insulin pens.
Jo Barraclough is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist who trained at Kings College in London, and worked at Hammersmith Hospital. Since her return to Australia, she has worked at The Canberra Hospital and Queanbeyan Hospital, and for the ACT Health Diabetes Service. Jo has special interests in weight management, diabetes management, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and food intolerances, nutrition support and build up advices following illness especially cancer, perinatal nutrition, infant feeding, fussy eating in toddlers/children and general healthy eating for all ages.
Clare Barrott gained her Bachelor of Nursing at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney in 2001. She then worked at the RPA in haematology, liver and transplant, and colorectal wards. She’s just returned to Australia in 2014 after working in the UK for the past 10 years. While there, Clare worked as a practice nurse and gained a Diploma of Tropical Nursing, a Diploma of Women’s Health and Contraception and a Certificate in Diabetes and COPD management. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with friends and family she sorely missed while working abroad. Clare has been known to show patients photos of her cat, Halo.
Lyn Richards studied General Nursing in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne where she worked in Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery and then as a Charge Nurse in General Surgery and Ophthalmology. She completed her Midwifery training at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She helped establish an Aboriginal Health Centre in Katherine NT, whilst continuing her career in midwifery. Lyn also worked in Townsville as a midwife and practice nurse. She has worked at TSAJ as Practice Nurse Coordinator since early 2009. Lyn has three children and juggles their interests with her own of scrapbooking, patchworking, tennis, orienteering and gardening.
Anne Brian has recently joined the nursing team at The Surgery at Jerra.
Julia Worboys is the Practice Manager with experience in Administration as well as General Nursing and Midwifery. She joined TSAJ in 2010 and became Practice Manager in July 2011. Julia has Diploma of Professional Practice Management from UNEP. She is striving for TSAJ to be known for its medical prowess and exceptional customer service. When she’s not knee-deep in bookwork, Julia enjoys archery, patchwork, yellow roses, sunflowers, collecting fabric, vintage clothing, antiques, coloured glass, and shoes. She finishes every day with a good book and a coffee. She’s married with one dog and two children!
Kylie Yates has an extensive background in broadcast media and communications. She’s worked for many television networks.. both as a news journalist, newsroom chief of staff and producer. Kylie has also worked as in communications for the peak doctors’ group, the Australian Medical Association and as a media adviser for a senior Federal Cabinet Minister across three portfolios. She and Dr Yates have three small children and Kylie is ‘stepmonster’ to two very big boys. In her spare time, she volunteers at the local school in her kids’ classrooms and at the canteen. She also coaches junior rugby for the Queanbeyan Whites. Kylie loves to travel, do crosswords and cook non-kid meals.
Vicki Asciak is a Senior Receptionist who joined the team in 2014. She grew up in Queanbeyan but spent many years away as her then husband was in the defence force. Vicki has worked in various medical admin positions such as HR and advertising at Liverpool Hospital and practice management in a medical clinic in Albury. She enjoys catching up with friends and family. She has two young boys with the eldest just starting to play rugby league for the Queanbeyan Blues. Vicki enjoys indoor sports, bike riding and bushwalking with her boys. Like many women, Vicki doesn’t mind a bit of retail therapy and is often seen ‘window shopping’ on her days off.
Amanda Thomas has many years experience in Medical Administration and Accounts. Amanda is one of our original team members. She took a hiatus from the surgery to have her third child in 2009 and is now our Finance Manager. She enjoys cooking and catching up with family and friends. Coindentally, she went to high school in Queensland with one of our doctors, Tracy Johns.
· Sally Alcock has nearly 15 years experience in reception/admin. She joined our team in 2016. Sally has a Diploma of Management and is a qualified beauty therapist. She enjoys gardening, singing and visiting her grandparent’s farm down the coast. Sally is engaged and has a young daughter and another on the way.
Marian Stewart has brought a wealth of organisational and administrative experience to the practice whilst continuing in sports administration. In 2009, “Maz” retired as Manager of the Australian Women’s Basketball Team (The Opals) but after 20 years in sports admin, she couldn’t give it up. She is now the Manager of the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (The Gliders) and in 2012, she accompanied them to the 2012 London Olympics. When she’s not working at the surgery or jetsetting with the basketballers, she unwinds with gardening, camping and caravaning and looking after her six grandchildren.
Judy French started out as an Enrolled Nurse many moons ago before working as a medical receptionist in General Practice, plastic surgery and opthalmology for 22 years. Her experience extends to hospital administration, theatre bookings, medical record keeping, community health and baby health clinics. Judy is married with three children and enjoys time with her two granddaughters. She loves knitting, reading, cooking up a storm, race horses and working on her family farm at Majors Creek.
Laura Pottinger retired after 28 years in the Department of Defence and brings of wealth of experience in HR and management to The Surgery at Jerra. Laura lives in Jerrabomberra with her husband and, in her down time, loves spending time with her family, reading a good book or gardening.
Cheyenne Bowers primarily worked in restaurants and bars over the past couple of years before joining the ranks at The Surgery at Jerra. He’s currently studying at ANU but doesn’t really talk about what he’s actually doing there! When he’s not at work or supposedly studying, Chey’s watching or playing a range of sports. He loves AFL and is passionate about the West Coast Eagles. Chey loves to travel. His favourite cities are New York and Paris.
Ruaidhri Worboys is a junior receptionist who does a lot of the behind-the-scenes filing and scanning. He is in year 12 and when not at school or work, Ruaidhri can be found at the snow, as skiing is his passion. When not skiing or dreaming about it, he is playing other sports, socialising, reading, and occasionally even studying.
We have recently welcomed Michelle Miller, Angela Vrkik and Emily Kennelly to the practice.