Meet The Team

Everyone you will meet at Turn The Corner Medical Clinic is qualified, experienced, and passionate about helping our clients be the healthiest that they can be.

  • Dr. Tamsin Franklin

    General Practitioner

    ​I am the owner and principal General Practitioner at Turn The Corner. I live in Northcote and am very proud of my team who all work hard to provide a high-quality personal service. Managing aging to enable people to remain independent, engaged with life and emotionally content is important to me as a doctor and I have built a strong network of allied health practitioners and specialists that I can access to help provide for those with complex care needs. In less esoteric terms, I have extensive experience in managing mental health issues, I am an advocate for women in terms of our reproductive choices, and as such can insert IUD devices as well as manage shared care of pregnancy. I have always been active myself and enjoy sports medicine, as well as weight loss and fitness improvement.

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  • Dr. Imogen Denton

    General Practitioner​

    I am passionate about all aspects of general practice with particular interest in mental health, sexual and reproductive health (including LGBTQIA health and being a PrEP prescriber), chronic disease management and dermatology. I am qualified to perform minor procedures including skin biopsies, iron infusions and Implanon insertions. I completed my medical degree at the University of Adelaide and am a member of the RACGP.

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  • Dr. Kirstin Jennings

    General Practitioner​

    I’ve worked as a GP for 15 years and enjoy all aspects of general practice, with special interest in preventative care, paediatrics, sexual and women’s health, skin and minor procedures, aged care, chronic disease, and travel health. I hold a diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a certificate in Family Planning and Sexual Health. I now train upcoming GPs one day a week. I provide shared care and iron infusions, and am qualified at IUD and Implanon insertion and removals. I believe it is important to build relationships and empower patients for better outcomes in the treatment and prevention of disease. Outside of work, I enjoy active travel with my family (when I can!), as well as cooking, reading and trying to stay fit.

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  • Dr. Kinga Price

    General Practitioner

    I have 20 years of experience in all aspects of General Practice and particular interests in women’s health, antenatal care, sexual health, weight management and preventive medicine. I am a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and have a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology by RANZCOG.

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  • Dr. Timothy Chew

    General Practitioner​

    I am a General Practitioner who firmly believes primary care is the keystone to better health outcomes and am excited to partner with the Northcote community on this journey. I graduated from the University of Dundee in Scotland and completed my GP training in South Australia with a focus on rural GP Anaesthetics and also hold a Diploma in Child Health. I have experience with Implanons, basic skin excisions and providing support and counsel for those times when life feels too hard. Outside of work I am an avid photographer, book-hoarder and aspiring futurist.

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  • Dr. Michelle Wellington

    General Practitioner

    I am an experienced GP with a friendly and approachable manner. I am passionate about developing an enduring therapeutic relationship with my patients to help them achieve their best health outcomes. I am confident in all aspects of general practice and have a particular interest in women’s health, sexual health, fertility, pregnancy care, contraception and menopause. I am thrilled to be able to provide shared maternity care, as well as insert and remove Implanons and IUDs. Outside of work I love hanging out with my family, learning new things, and getting into the great outdoors.

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  • Dr. Shumaila Panhwar

    General Practitioner

    I obtained my medical degree and GP Fellowship in Adelaide before moving back home to Melbourne in 2017. I strive towards comprehensive care for each of my patients, aiming for a healthy mind and healthy body. I enjoy all aspects of women’s health from adolescents to the elderly including mental health, sexual health, contraceptive choices, and menopause management. I insert and remove IUDs and Implanons, and perform iron infusions. I have an interest in allergy medicine including asthma, food allergies, eczema, and rhinitis (hayfever). When I’m not at work you can often find me in a playground or park enjoying an allergy-friendly ice cream with my kids.

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  • Dr. Robin Wong

    General Practitioner

    I am from the UK and moved to Australia in 2013. I trained at Kings College, London, and spent several years working in excellent hospitals, including Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, the John Radcliffe in Oxford and Papworth Cardiothoracic hospital. I obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians, and undertook GP training in Oxford, where I also worked as a GP endoscopist for six years. I then relocated to my favourite city, Melbourne! I enjoy working collaboratively with patients. Special interests include cardiac, chest, gut, endocrine, mental health and paediatric medicine. I perform joint injections and am a PrEP prescriber. When not at work I spend far too much time rock climbing, a passion I share with my family.

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  • Dr. Anastasia Jaffa

    I love being a General Practitioner and want to provide my patients with the best possible holistic care. Before moving to Australia in 2011 I worked in the UK and gained experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and Oncology. I also obtained a Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. I especially enjoy looking after young families and children and hold a Diploma in Child Health as well as being a Fellow of the RACGP. I provide advice on contraception or HRT, cervical screening and sexual health screening. I also enjoy looking after elderly people and patients with complex medical conditions. I am fluent in Russian being born and raised there.

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  • Dr. Sameera Bhayat

    General Practitioner​

    I am a fully qualified Australian GP who enjoys all aspects of General Practice and strives to provide great healthcare for all your health needs. I have specialist training in women’s health and can provide contraceptive advice, cervical screening, Implanon insertion/removal and discuss pregnancy planning and early management. Additionally, I enjoy caring for new mums, providing breastfeeding advice and discussing sleep and settling techniques. I am also able to address any concerns you may have regarding the growth, development or behaviour of your children. I enjoy all aspects of caring for babies, children and adolescents and have completed a Diploma in Child Health. I am particularly passionate about caring for the mental well-being of my patients and have extra training in mental health counselling and caring for patients with concerns including anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders.

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  • Dr. Barbara Manovel

    General Practitioner​

    I have worked as a GP for 25 years. I enjoy the diversity of general practice and helping people to take an active role in managing their health. I have experience particularly in the fields of women’s health, geriatrics and minor surgery. Being of Spanish background, I am fluent in Spanish.

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  • Dr. Alina Yaremenko

    General Practitioner

    I believe in quality, comprehensive, holistic care, and offer that in health partnerships with my patients. Whilst I enjoy caring for all patients, my special interests are preventative medicine, women’s health, paediatric and adolescent health, and weight management. I attained RACGP fellowship in 2004, being awarded the certificate of excellence. I strongly believe in maintaining up-to-date knowledge through regular further education. I have two children and two goldadors, and enjoy time with family and best friends, reading, cooking, travelling, and running.

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  • Dr. Alison Sands

    General Practitioner

    I have 20 years experience in General Practice and embrace a diverse range of interests including aged care, women’s health, chronic pain, mental health, paediatrics and travel health. I am currently studying for a Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University. I am qualified to insert Implanon contraceptives and to perform minor skin procedures.

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  • Dr. Ahmed Kazmi

    General Practitioner

    **Currently on an extended inter-state trip**

    I am British-trained GP with particular interests in skin and sexual health. I am currently retraining as a dermatologist and in the final stages of gaining accreditation. I am usually Perth-based but am undertaking a fellowship in hair loss (alopecia) in Melbourne until mid-2022. I carry out skin checks, review rashes (including children), perform skin surgery (lump, bump and cancer removal) as well offer aesthetic and hair advice. I welcome patients from all backgrounds and am LGBTQI-friendly. I am a fluent speaker of English, Urdu, French and German.

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  • Dr. Ambika Vohora

    General Practitioner

    **Currently on maternity leave**

    I am a University of Melbourne medical graduate and an Australian trained GP. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and taking a holistic approach to health. I have a special interest in women’s health and sexual health medicine. I have completed extra certification in these areas through RANZCOG and Family Planning Australia. Discussions regarding pregnancy care, pregnancy choices, contraceptive choices and reproductive health are my areas of interest. I insert and remove Implanons, and remove IUD devices. I am a PrEP prescriber. When not at work, you can find me on long walks with my dog and enjoying the outdoors.

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  • Are you a high quality GP?

    General Practitioner​s wanted

    Are you a great VR GP looking to work in inner north Melbourne? Turn The Corner is growing and expanding.  If you love medicine, want to practice at the top of your license in a diverse and vibrant community, and want to genuinely enjoy your work and workplace, then please reach out to our Practice Manager today.

  • Georgia Rodney

    Psychologist

    I am a registered psychologist with over 13 years’ experience working with adults in a range of settings, including community and inpatient facilities. I foster a dynamic and interactive approach to helping people through life transitions and challenges to meet their personal goals. I enjoy providing support with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, emotional distress and trauma. I use a range of approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness. In my spare time I love travel, food and art.

    Please see your favourite Turn The Corner doctor to discuss a referral to Georgia.

  • Frank Donnoli

    Psychologist

    I am a healthcare professional who has trained and worked extensively in the diverse disciplines of psychology, tertiary education and chiropractic. My career as a psychologist has been guided by cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), a field of psychology that helps and supports people facing issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues and substance abuse. My broad education gives me an understanding of how physiology and psychology can be applied to treat chronic pain. Respect and understanding inform my guiding principles. Both are key ingredients in maintaining good relationships together with laughter, one of the best forms of medicine!

    Please see your favourite Turn The Corner doctor to discuss a referral to Frank.

  • Josephine Piccolo

    Psychologist

    I am a psychologist with a passion for empowering people to achieve their mental health and recovery goals. My qualifications include graduate degrees in Counselling Psychology and Young People’s Mental Health. I have specialist experience in supporting people recover from anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, workplace and relationship issues, and difficulties with substance use. Like many other psychologists, I am trained in a variety of different evidence-based therapy types such as CBT and Trauma-focussed CBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy and EMDR. Outside of work, I love all things food, music and craft-related, and am a little too enthusiastic about new research showing the mental health benefits of knitting and crochet.

    Please see your favourite Turn The Corner doctor to discuss a referral to Josephine.

  • Shereen Faiyaz

    Senior Practice Nurse

    Born in Fiji, I grew up in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne in 2013 with my family. I have worked as a practice nurse for the last 24years. Nursing is my passion. I have a special interest in Chronic Disease management and extensive experience in Care Planning, Iron Infusions, Vaccinations, and wound management. I value my role as a patient advocate and educator, and enjoy teaching and mentoring upcoming nurses. I thrive on making my patients comfortable and being their support person. For leisure, I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets, cooking, visiting the gym, and exploring this beautiful country.

  • Almira Castro

    Practice Nurse

    I have six years of combined experience as a registered nurse in hospital and general practice settings. I practiced overseas prior to attending Deakin University in Geelong, and obtaining AHPRA registration in 2018. I consider patient centricity, integrity, efficiency, and respect for people as critical work ethos, complemented with an empathetic and cheerful disposition. I find my work-life balance by spending quality, free time with my family.