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Team Profiles

Dr Stephen Gipps

Embracing a holistic approach, Dr Gipps (but you can call him Dr Steve) draws on 35 years of experience in general practice, urgent care, internal medicine and occupational medicine including 10 years in the USA.

From initial student days, exposure to biofeedback, Shiatsu massage, acupuncture and many other natural therapies helps in sorting out what non-conventionally prescribed therapies may be of benefit. Minimizing prescription medication is always a goal – yet clear recommendations on what is best not omitted, is given.

Musculoskeletal, sports/ work injuries, mental well being and pain management are some special interests. Life choices, diet, exercise and relationship health are high priority topics for discussion. Connectivity with our creator and lover/ healer is acknowledged as the pinnacle source for wisdom and well being.

Application for medical cannabis prescription in the management of various medical conditions if appropriate is available and supported.

When not at the office you still might find him in his boardies at one of the Noosa point breaks....if there's waves.

Dr Stephen Gipps

Embracing a holistic approach, Dr Gipps (but you can call him Dr Steve) draws on 35 years of experience in general practice, urgent care, internal medicine and occupational medicine including 10 years in the USA.

From initial student days, exposure to biofeedback, Shiatsu massage, acupuncture and many other natural therapies helps in sorting out what non-conventionally prescribed therapies may be of benefit. Minimizing prescription medication is always a goal – yet clear recommendations on what is best not omitted, is given.

Musculoskeletal , sports/ work injuries, mental well being and pain management are some special interests. Life choices, diet, exercise and relationship health are high priority topics for discussion. Connectivity with our creator and lover/ healer is acknowledged as the pinnacle source for wisdom and well being.

Application for medical cannabis prescription in the management of various medical conditions if appropriate is available and supported.

When not at the office you still might find him in his boardies at one of the Noosa point breaks....if there's waves.

Dr Chris Iredia

MBBS

Dr Chris Iredia moved to Australia in 2009 where he did some training in emergency medicine in Rockhampton Queensland before moving to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia to complete his training in general practice. It was while there he also developed interest in aged care medicine, comprehensive chronic disease management, urgent care and skin cancer diagnosis with dermoscopy and surgical treatment.

He moved to Sunshine Coast in 2017 and has continued to provide care in comprehensive chronic disease management especially cardiovascular and diabetes , aged care, pre-employment medicals and workcover medicals, emergency medical care and skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.

While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer.

MBBS, DCH( Diploma in Child health), MPH, FRACGP and
Certificate in Skin Cancer Surgery

Dr Chris Iredia

MBBS

Dr Chris Iredia moved to Australia in 2009 where he did some training in emergency medicine in Rockhampton Queensland before moving to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia to complete his training in general practice. It was while there he also developed interest in aged care medicine, comprehensive chronic disease management, urgent care and skin cancer diagnosis with dermoscopy and surgical treatment.

He moved to Sunshine Coast in 2017 and has continued to provide care in comprehensive chronic disease management especially cardiovascular and diabetes , aged care, pre-employment medicals and workcover medicals, emergency medical care and skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.

While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer.

MBBS, DCH( Diploma in Child health), MPH, FRACGP and
Certificate in Skin Cancer Surgery

Dr Sarah Kirkham

Professional Profile

Sarah qualified in 1995 from UCL medical school in London. After qualifying, she spent some time in North Queensland working in hospital and rural medicine. After returning to the UK she worked as a GP for 13 years before deciding to make the permanent move to Australia. Sarah and her family moved to the Sunshine coast in 2014 and loves the climate, opportunities and people here.

Sarah enjoys all aspects of General practice and has a wide range of experience. Her particular interests are Mental health, paediatrics, care of the elderly and womens health.

Dr Sarah Kirkham

Professional Profile

Sarah qualified in 1995 from UCL medical school in London. After qualifying, she spent some time in North Queensland working in hospital and rural medicine. After returning to the UK she worked as a GP for 13 years before deciding to make the permanent move to Australia. Sarah and her family moved to the Sunshine coast in 2014 and loves the climate, opportunities and people here.


Sarah enjoys all aspects of General practice and has a wide range of experience. Her particular interests are Mental health, paediatrics, care of the elderly and womens health. 

Karena Holyland

Professional Profile

For over 20 years Karena has been doing administration and management duties in private enterprise.  She joined the team at Suncoast Christian Health Centre as a receptionist in 2014, job sharing as Office Manager by 2016 and in 2020 was promoted to Practice Manager.   Karena is currently studying her dual diploma in Practice Management and Business.

Karena Holyland

Professional Profile

For over 20 years Karena has been doing administration and management duties in private enterprise.  She joined the team at Suncoast Christian Health Centre as a receptionist in 2014, job sharing as Office Manager by 2016 and in 2020 was promoted to Practice Manager.   Karena is currently studying her dual diploma in Practice Management and Business.

Dr Paul Douglas

Paul graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He worked over many years in hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Tamworth, Burnie, Gosford, and Nambour, completing terms in accident and emergency, paediatrics, intensive care, haematology, orthopaedics, orthogeriatrics, colorectal surgery, psychiatry, stroke, rehabilitation, endocrinology, general medicine, and general surgery, also working in Occupational Medicine and Executive Health in the Sydney. He has attained fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

In addition to caring for the body, Paul is attentive to the needs of the soul. He and his lovely wife, are both keen followers of God and His Word, having both completed theological degrees at Moore Theological College in Sydney. Together they served with the Church Missionary Society in the interior of China for six years, with Paul working as a doctor, and together training locals, supporting the rapidly growing church. They are still involved with summer camps and publishing. Paul is also a board member of SparkLit. They are now based on the Sunshine Coast, and have five vibrant young children.

Dr Paul Douglas

Paul graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He worked over many years in hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Tamworth, Burnie, Gosford, and Nambour, completing terms in accident and emergency, paediatrics, intensive care, haematology, orthopaedics, orthogeriatrics, colorectal surgery, psychiatry, stroke, rehabilitation, endocrinology, general medicine, and general surgery, also working in Occupational Medicine and Executive Health in the Sydney. He has attained fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

In addition to caring for the body, Paul is attentive to the needs of the soul. He and his lovely wife, are both keen followers of God and His Word, having both completed theological degrees at Moore Theological College in Sydney. Together they served with the Church Missionary Society in the interior of China for six years, with Paul working as a doctor, and together training locals, supporting the rapidly growing church. They are still involved with summer camps and publishing. Paul is also a board member of SparkLit. They are now based on the Sunshine Coast, and have five vibrant young children.

Dr Anne Allery

Professional Profile

Growing up in the South Burnett, Anne initially studied nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse. She then returned to study graduating from the University of Queensland with degrees in medicine and surgery in 1986. Anne spent 2 years working for Queensland Health, including placements into the rural communities with the flying doctor, as a psychiatry registrar. After placement in a general practice in Brisbane she found her calling to community focused family medicine. Anne also spent 19 years working in Sydney as a principal of a busy 5 doctor general practice in suburban Sydney allowing her to become heavily involved within the community where her family was established.

Anne is passionate about general practice with its multiple facets and areas and is committed to excellent patient care both at initial presentation, follow-up and on-going care. Her areas of special interest are mental health, women’s health and paediatrics, but enjoys all areas of general practice. Anne is committed to lifelong learning and relishes teaching and mentoring the next generation of GPs.

Dr Anne Allery

Professional Profile

Growing up in the South Burnett, Anne initially studied nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse. She then returned to study graduating from the University of Queensland with degrees in medicine and surgery in 1986. Anne spent 2 years working for Queensland Health, including placements into the rural communities with the flying doctor, as a psychiatry registrar. After placement in a general practice in Brisbane she found her calling to community focused family medicine. Anne also spent 19 years working in Sydney as a principal of a busy 5 doctor general practice in suburban Sydney allowing her to become heavily involved within the community where her family was established.

Anne is passionate about general practice with its multiple facets and areas and is committed to excellent patient care both at initial presentation, follow-up and on-going care. Her areas of special interest are mental health, women’s health and paediatrics, but enjoys all areas of general practice. Anne is committed to lifelong learning and relishes teaching and mentoring the next generation of GPs.

Dr Tariq Habib

FRACGP, DCH, MBBS

Dr Habib is an experienced general practitioner, offers all aspects of general practice with a wide range of interests including Skin cancer, Paediatrics, Chronic disease management, acute illness & injury and minor procedures.

Dr Habib combines a strong academic background with a warm, friendly approach.  He spent several years in the public system before undertaking General practice and attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Diploma of Child Health.

He also offers services to the residents of local Aged care facilities, travel health, Commercial driver license & Pre-employment checks.

In his free time, he enjoys Cricket, Photography & travel.

Dr Tariq Habib

FRACGP, DCH, MBBS

Dr Habib is an experienced general practitioner, offers all aspects of general practice with a wide range of interests including Skin cancer, Paediatrics, Chronic disease management, acute illness & injury and minor procedures.

Dr Habib combines a strong academic background with a warm, friendly approach.  He spent several years in the public system before undertaking General practice and attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Diploma of Child Health.

He also offers services to the residents of local Aged care facilities, travel health, Commercial driver license & Pre-employment checks.

In his free time, he enjoys Cricket, Photography & travel.

Dr Samuel Klaer

Professional Profile

Sam completed his medical degree in 2014 with the University of Queensland, where he spent time rurally including in Bundaberg and Toowoomba. Since graduating, he has spent time working in the public hospital system on the Sunshine Coast including 12 months working as a paediatric registrar at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, gaining additional experience caring for and treating children and newborn babies, before moving into general practice. In his spare time Sam enjoys soccer, cricket, scuba diving and cooking.

Specialty interest areas: Sam enjoys all areas of general practice, with special interests in Paediatrics and Child Health (including newborns to adolescents), dermatology and skin cancer.

Sam

Professional Profile

Sam completed his medical degree in 2014 with the University of Queensland, where he spent time rurally including in Bundaberg and Toowoomba. Since graduating, he has spent time working in the public hospital system on the Sunshine Coast including 12 months working as a paediatric registrar at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, gaining additional experience caring for and treating children and newborn babies, before moving into general practice. In his spare time Sam enjoys soccer, cricket, scuba diving and cooking.

Specialty interest areas: Sam enjoys all areas of general practice, with special interests in Paediatrics and Child Health (including newborns to adolescents), dermatology and skin cancer.

Dr Peter Herbert

Dr Peter Herbert has various degrees and post-graduate medical qualifications, including aviation medicine, diving medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, occupational/environmental medicine, travel/tropical medicine.

Dr Peter Herbert

Dr Peter Herbert has various degrees and post-graduate medical qualifications, including aviation medicine, diving medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, occupational/environmental medicine, travel/tropical medicine.

Laura Scherman

Clinical Psychologist

Laura Scherman is a warm and easy-going Clinical Psychologist with a passion to help her clients.

Laura has worked for several years in private practice settings and at the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic. She has experience working with a wide variety of clinical presentations such as trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, stress, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management issues, grief and loss, workplace issues and sleep difficulties. In addition to clinical work, she has given presentations to large numbers of high school students to help equip them with the skills to transition well into high school or thrive through senior years. She has also helped write and develop a number of psychological programs and has coordinated the professional development and training events.

Laura Scherman

Clinical Psychologist

Laura Scherman is a warm and easy-going Clinical Psychologist with a passion to help her clients.

Laura has worked for several years in private practice settings and at the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic. She has experience working with a wide variety of clinical presentations such as trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, stress, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management issues, grief and loss, workplace issues and sleep difficulties. In addition to clinical work, she has given presentations to large numbers of high school students to help equip them with the skills to transition well into high school or thrive through senior years. She has also helped write and develop a number of psychological programs and has coordinated the professional development and training events.

Nathan Beasy

Podiatrist

Nathan is our onsite Podiatrist. His focus is to keep you ACTIVE and able to enjoy your life, pain free! Nathan is a big family man with a wife and 2 little girls of his own. His two loves outside of family are definitely coffee and sport. Nathan has played AFL and soccer for most of his life which has contributed to his strong interest in lower limb biomechanics.

He also holds qualifications in Personal Training and Sports & Remedial Massage and has over ten years' experience - meaning a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the biomechanics of the rest of the human body which enhances his ability to treat your lower limb problems.

Nathan's services include general foot care, orthotic therapy, mobilisation & dry needling, Ingrown nails/surgery, diabetic foot care and more.

Nathan Beasy

Podiatrist

Nathan is our onsite Podiatrist. His focus is to keep you ACTIVE and able to enjoy your life, pain free! Nathan is a big family man with a wife and 2 little girls of his own. His two loves outside of family are definitely coffee and sport. Nathan has played AFL and soccer for most of his life which has contributed to his strong interest in lower limb biomechanics.

He also holds qualifications in Personal Training and Sports & Remedial Massage and has over ten years' experience - meaning a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the biomechanics of the rest of the human body which enhances his ability to treat your lower limb problems.

Nathan's services include general foot care, orthotic therapy, mobilisation & dry needling, Ingrown nails/surgery, diabetic foot care and more.

Lee Baker

Psychologist

Lee Baker is a caring and empathetic psychologist who is local to the Sunshine Coast. Lee is committed to support clients to flourish and obtain their full potential.

Lee has specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Informed Care, and First Nations Mental Health. Lee has treating interests in Mood Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Relationship and Conflict Resolution, Life Challenges, Grief, and Loss, Body Image and Weight Management, Autism and ADHD (Adult), Addiction and Substance Misuse.

Lee has extensive life experience living and working overseas from an early age until returning to Australia in 2008. Lee has professional experience of working with communities and individuals to overcome adversity. Lee's life journey has provided him with opportunity to work with individuals and societies suffering from Australia's bushfires, victims of domestic violence and trauma, and individuals faced with perceived insurmountable life challenges. Lee's professional appointments has seen him lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver therapeutic outcomes to high-risk individuals within restricted environments, develop and provide training to corrective services personal, and support isolated individuals to overcome adversity.

"Change is never easy. We fight to let go, and we fight to hold on"

Lee Baker

Psychologist

Lee Baker is a caring and empathetic psychologist who is local to the Sunshine Coast. Lee is committed to support clients to flourish and obtain their full potential.

Lee has specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Informed Care, and First Nations Mental Health. Lee has treating interests in Mood Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Relationship and Conflict Resolution, Life Challenges, Grief, and Loss, Body Image and Weight Management, Autism and ADHD (Adult), Addiction and Substance Misuse.

Lee has extensive life experience living and working overseas from an early age until returning to Australia in 2008. Lee has professional experience of working with communities and individuals to overcome adversity. Lee's life journey has provided him with opportunity to work with individuals and societies suffering from Australia's bushfires, victims of domestic violence and trauma, and individuals faced with perceived insurmountable life challenges. Lee's professional appointments has seen him lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver therapeutic outcomes to high-risk individuals within restricted environments, develop and provide training to corrective services personal, and support isolated individuals to overcome adversity.

"Change is never easy. We fight to let go, and we fight to hold on"