Dr Bruce Chadfield
BMBS B Med Sci (Notts 1982) (Principal Doctor)
Member of RACGP, National Facility for Special Interest in Diabetes, Australian Diabetes Society
Dr Chadfield grew up on a farm in the North East of England. During his final year at school he won the North of England Nuffield Biology Prize for his work on "The effect of exercise on the blood glucose of a patient with Type 1 Diabetes with or without insulin".
He graduated from Medicine at Nottingham University (UK) in 1984, during which he studied the effect of diet and cold induced thermogenesis on metabolism.
Bruce first came to work in Australia in 1986 and started his practice at Elizabeth Street Medical Centre in 1996.
Bruce has had Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 12, presently managed with an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring. Not surprising, he has a very special interest and understanding of all forms of diabetes and chronic disease management and their implications on life. Due to this personal perspective, he offers a very practical approach.
Bruce's other medical interests include skin cancer surgery, heart and kidney disease, weight loss, neurology, control of cardiac risk factors to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and aged care - giving life to years not years to life.
Outside of medicine, Bruce has a passion for his garden, snow-skiing, golf, fishing, wine making and board games. For general fitness and diabetes management, he regularly cycles to work.
Dr Susan Heijm
MBBS FRACGP Cert of Family Planning
Sue went to many schools throughout Queensland including Pittsworth, Roma, Mackay, Chermside, and Townsville. After High School she started Agricultural Science at Townsville University then switched to Medicine in Brisbane in second year. Dr Sue Heijm graduated from the University of Queensland in 1976 and then spent several years working in Royal Brisbane Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. She did after hours work and locums around Brisbane and Stanthorpe for a year or two.
Sue completed a course at Family Planning Queensland and worked in the Fortitude Valley and Mt Gravatt clinics part time, so is able to insert Implanon contraceptive implants. She was offered a position in General Practice in Acacia Ridge in 1983 and has worked here ever since. She gained her membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2002 and has worked full time in General Practice from then on. As extra training became available to GPs, she completed courses in Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Dependence.
Since realising that she had Coeliac Disease about 4 years ago, she has become very familiar with a gluten free diet.
Dr. Revathi Balaji (Reva)
MBBS MRCGP(UK) FRACGP MRCOG DFFP
Reva was born in South India and went to medical college in Madurai. After completing her degree, she worked locally for four years in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and anaesthetics before she migrated to the UK in 1990.
Reva initially trained and worked as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology and was heavily involved in the teaching of both medical students and doctors. She then moved track to general practice, obtaining her FRCGP and DFFP in the UK. Once again, Reva was heavily involved in the teaching of obstetrics and gynaecology in the general practice setting. Reva loves medicine and getting to the bottom of a problem, using her diagnostic skills and initiating treatment as she had previously done at the specialist level. She likes to use her communication skills, establishing good rapport and trust with patients and she regards this as one of her greatest strengths.
Reva has a passion for preventing illness as well as treating current problems and gives people hope about tomorrow. Reva currently works on Tuesday mornings, Thursdays, Fridays and occasionally on Saturdays.
Outside medicine, Reva loves gardening and cooking, especially Indian and South Indian recipes. She also enjoys watching comedy films and sitcoms.
Dr Jaykumar Patel (Jay)
MBBS FRACGP DPD
Jaykumar was born and brought up in south east London, England. He studied at Colfe's school in Lee Green, London and went on to study medicine at St Bartholomews and the Royal London Medical School. After completing his MBBS he spent two years working in Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex and Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, London. He then went on to complete his GP training for a further 3 years in Maidstone, Kent. This included rotations in ENT, Oncology and working in Palliative care at the Heart of Kent Hospice.
He also went on to complete a diploma in practical dermatology at Cardiff University. His interests include skin conditions, minor surgery, ENT and chronic diseases.
He has been working as a regular GP in London and has worked in other sectors including private work with BUPA, which involves health screening, as a port medical officer with the health protection agency and doing online consultations. He also has spent time working at medical stations at the London Marathon for the last 3 years. Finally, he has worked regularly in the local urgent care centre as part of the accident and emergency department.
Outside of medicine, Jaykumar enjoys travelling, photography, music and the movies. He also loves sports especially cricket and the soccer.
Dr Robyn Coulson
MBBS DRACOG and Cert of Family Planning
Dr Coulson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984 and then worked at the Mater Hospital Complex for three years, completing her Diploma of Obstetrics and Certificate of Family Planning. Robyn came to the Elizabeth Street Medical Centre in November 1987. Her special interests include gynaecology, antenatal care, family planning and paediatrics. Robyn primarily works on Thursdays.
Robyn has three daughters, and her hobbies include guitar, dancing and reading detective mysteries.
Dr Pratishtha Sharma
MBBS MRCGP(UK) FRACGP DRCOG DFSRH
Dr Sharma was born in India and after completing her degree, worked locally for a year in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology before migrating to the UK in 2001.
After finishing general practice training, Pratishtha worked in the UK for eight years as a GP, before moving to Brisbane in 2015.
She has a passion for preventing illness as well as treating current problems and giving people hope about tomorrow. Her special interest is women's health.
Outside medicine, Pratishtha loves cooking, especially Indian and South Indian recipes. She also enjoys watching films.