Dr. Atkins clinical interests include the management of chronic diseases and disorders of mental health.
Dr Atkins is often called on to help guide patients through the health care system. He offers assistance to patients (and their carers) in sourcing a second opinion or the most suitable specialist opinion, in interpreting specialist reports and in developing an Advanced Care Directive (also called a “living will”).
Dr Atkins has been a Fulbright Scholar, and a Senior Lecturer in the Medical School at Monash University. Dr Atkins lived and worked for 15 years in Africa, Indo-china and the Middle East, leading programs of rural community development. For 4 years he lived in the USA, employed as Director of Emergency Relief by the organisation World Vision. He has been awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his work in the Horn of Africa during famines in the 1980’s. Over the past decade Dr Atkins has been deeply involved in programs to deliver quality health services to Aboriginal communities, particularly in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
Dr George Zaharias MB.BS, MFM, FRACGP
Availability - Friday
Dr Zaharias has been a General Practitioner since 1981 and his clinical interests include: counselling, chronic disease management and care of the elderly. He completed a Masters Degree in Family Medicine, in 2000, and since then has been activley involved in medical education. He is presently also the Senior Medical Advisor, Education Progression for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, with remediation being his field of expertise.
Dr Anna Dowling MB.BS
Availability - Tuesday and Thursday
Dr Anna Dowling has worked as a G.P. in the Dandenong, Berwick and Narre Warren areas for over 30 years. She has participated in a variety of community medical programs, maintained an interest in children's & women's health and chronic disease management. Anna has also been involved as a surveyor in the accreditation process of more than 300 General Practices.
Dr Annie Wells MB.BS
Availability - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Annie graduated from Monash University in 1984. She then left for the Northern Territory for a short term which ended in 2011. In that time she worked in indigenous communities as medical director for Family Planning, in General Practice and with the Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Her next position was more remote, as GP for the community of Christmas Island returning to Melbourne mid 2013. Her Particular interests are women's health, mental health, chronic disease and travel medicine.
Outside of her medical practice, Annie's main interests are conservation and ecology, bush walking and diving.
Dr Chris Kozlovski MB.BS FRACGP
Availability - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
We welcome Dr Kozlovski to Berwick Healthcare who commenced in May 2015. Chris graduated in Victoria and has worked previously in Warragul then in Canada. Chris is also working parttime with Headspace in youth mental health. He will be a great addition to our medical team.
Dr Denise Lin MB.BS MPH FRAcgp
Availability- Tuesday and Friday
Denise graduated from University of Western Australia in 2005 and also completed a Master of Public Health in 2014.
Denise has extensive hospital experience and has keen interest in chronic disease, health promotion, preventive medicine and minority health.
When not at work, she likes to spend time with her children, her hubby and her two rescued Chihuahuas. She also enjoys eating, yoga and music.
Dr Pallavi prathivadi MB.BS BMedsc mmed dch
Availability - Tuesday & Friday
Pallavi is currently in the final year of her general practice training and has particular interests in women’s health, sexual health and acute pain management.
Pallavi completed both her medical degree and honours medical science research degree from Monash University in 2012 and subsequently went on to complete a Masters degree in Pain Management in 2015 and a Diploma of Child Health in 2017.
She has trained at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Mercy Hospital for Women in various surgical, paediatric and women’s health subspecialties.
In addition to her clinical role, Pallavi also lectures at Monash University’s Department of General Practice and is currently undertaking her PhD in the area of opioid prescribing.
Dr Tessa King MB.BS BA CERT EM (ACEM)
Availability - Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Tess graduated from Deakin University Medical School in 2012.
She worked for three years as a hospital and emergency doctor at the Austin Hospital and Monash Health before moving into general practice. She has completed a certificate in Emergency Medicine and is currently working towards her RACGP Fellowship in General Practice.
Tess enjoys all aspects of general practice and has particular interests in emergency medicine, women's health and paediatrics.
When she's not working she enjoys going to the beach.
Mel Judge - Registered Nurse
Availability Monday to Friday
Mel commenced work at Berwick Healthcare in April 2012. Mel has completed the Immunisation for Registered Nurses training to be able to provide all your immunisation needs without the need to make an appointment with a doctor.
Mel will look after all vaccinations including travel, childhood and nurse student placement requirements as well as annual flu and employment requirements. Mel has extensive training in asthma management and can assist with chronic disease management.
Cathy Hermans- Practice Manager
Cathy commenced at Berwick Healthcare mid 2011 setting up the practice for when it first opened its doors in October 2011.
She has worked as a practice manager for 20 plus years in the local district and enjoys the focus on community, providing student health services and the variety of specialities within Berwick Healthcare. Cathy also works as an accreditation surveyor for general practice.
You may see her enjoying her passion of bike riding participating in Round the Bay, Great Vic Bike ride and riding many other events and adventurous trails.
Our Team of Medical Receptionists
Our friendly team at reception includes;
Office Manager- Colette
Reception Team- Alicia, Chelsea, Ashlee, Tarsh and Alex
Apart from front Medical Reception duties, Alex is also the Marketing Coordinator for the clinic and Web designer for www.berwickhealthcare.com.au
2016- Completed Website Design Course through Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre