Doctors

Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan

Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan

Principal GP/Owner

Gundi came to Narooma with her family in January 2007. Gundi is a graduate of the University of Aachen, Germany.

She holds a Diploma in Obstetrics from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP).

Her interests and specialties include women's health and obstetrics, paediatrics and minor surgery. Gundi has worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and rural NSW.

Dr Bill Nikolov

Dr Bill Nikolov

Registrar

Dr Bill Nikolov studied medicine at the University of Sydney, and completed his degree in 2011. Since then he has worked in numerous hospitals in Sydney, with a keen interest in Geriatrics.

He looks forward to joining the wonderful team at the Lighthouse Surgery and helping provide great care of patients in the Narooma and Bermagui communities.

Dr Kimberley Benson

Dr Kimberley Benson

Registrar

I am excited to be joining the Lighthouse Surgery in Narooma as a GP Registrar. From Canada originally, I moved to Australia in 2010 to study medicine at the University of Wollongong.

After graduation, I moved to Penrith, where I worked for two years as a junior medical officer. I am passionate about working in general practice because of the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with patients and the continuity of care.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors and playing sport. I am looking forward to exploring everything Narooma has to offer!

Dr Emily Goodwin

Dr Emily Goodwin

Registrar

Dr Emily Goodwin has been working in Moruya for the last twelve months. Emily and her partner’s parents all live in the local area and enjoy the natural environment and lifestyle it offers. Emily will be at the Lighthouse Surgery and Bermagui Medical Centre for six months; however we are hopeful her experience here encourages her to stay longer.

Dr Paul Barnett (MBBS, PhD, BSc (hons))

Dr Paul Barnett (MBBS, PhD, BSc (hons))

Registrar

Dr Paul Barnett,and his partner have come to us via Hobart and will be living in Narooma with their border collie. Paul has been working at Royal Hobart Hospital since 2015 gaining experience in General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Rehabilitation Medicine and Drug and Alcohol Medicine. We are hopeful that Paul and his partner enjoy living in Narooma and extend their planned six month stay.

Nurses

Janelle Whiting

Janelle Whiting

Practice Nurse

I have lived in Narooma since 1988 and went to primary and high school locally. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing through the University of South Australia.
I have been working for Lighthouse Surgery as a Practice Nurse since 2008 and Bermagui Medical Centre since it opened in 2011.
I am part of the management team for the practices and enjoy striving to continually improve the care given to the Narooma and Bermagui communities.
My special interests include preventative and chronic disease care as well as assisting the training of GP registrars, I am also an authorised nurse immuniser and women's screening nurse.
Outside of work my hobbies include cooking and pottering around in my veggie garden, I also enjoy camping and spending time with my husband, daughter and our two dogs in our wonderful area.

Chrissi Moody

Chrissi Moody

Practice Nurse

I have enjoyed a very interesting and varied nursing career for many years which has given me the opportunity to work across the country and overseas. I still believe it is one of the most enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling careers to have.

I stumbled in to General Practice 20 years ago beginning my experience as a receptionist then in the nursing role in a very busy Canberra practice. My years in General Practice have included working in both the city and rural areas, Aboriginal Health in both urban and remote Central Australia and some years as the Practice Nurse Support Project Officer at the ACT Division of General Practice.

Returning to Narooma has brought me to the Lighthouse Surgery. I am fortunate to be a member of the team in this dynamic health facility. Along with the other nurses in the team we cover a range of nursing practices including lifestyle education, chronic disease management including cardiovascular, diabetes, asthma and COPD care, aged care, women's health, men's health, immunisation, wound management, mental health, health promotion, Aboriginal health and much more. The challenge is to maintain a standard of continued education in all fields of nursing so as to be able to offer all that is needed in our community.

Working with a great team at the Lighthouse Surgery and Bermagui Medical Centre makes each day a pleasure. The commitment to offer a continual high standard of care to the community is our priority.
I fell privileged to be able to say I live in paradise and am working the perfect job.

Joanne Bismire

Joanne Bismire

Practice Nurse

I am originally from the Sutherland Shire. I started my varied career in health care working as an AIN in an aged care facility in Peakhurst in 1987. At this time I was also studying Physiotherapy, (completing 3 years of a 3.5 year degree). I met my husband, from this area in the early 1990's and moved to Bermagui (deferring my degree). Since then I have continued to live in Bermagui, (now with my three children). My previous experience in healthcare includes working locally in the fitness injury as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, as a medical receptionist, physiotherapy aide, in dental nursing and in aged care.

Four years ago, I returned to university (University of Wollongong-Bega Campus) and completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree. During this time my clinical nursing work placements focused on community, aged care, mental health and general practice nursing. After my degree I also completed a Certificate 3 in Pathology and did some local community nursing. My positive experience's whilst working in general practice inspired me to work towards gaining employment in this area. I find General Practice nursing to be extremely rewarding. I enjoy the team work involved, working alongside dedicated doctors and administrative staff, together with the opportunity to provide quality, best practice nursing health care, guidance and education.

I am very grateful for being offered a position at this Practice and am looking forward to settling into my new role as Registered Nurse and am motivated to continue my nursing education and improve my practice with further study. Most importantly I look forward to meeting and assisting in the healthcare of the people in Narooma, Bermagui and the surrounding areas.

Isabel Haida

Isabel Haida

Practice Nurse

I am originally from Germany where I worked for many years as a Physiotherapist. After meeting my Australian Husband in Europe I decided to make the big move and settled in Australia, first in Jervis Bay and now in Bermagui. After a few years of working as a Nurse assistant at Nowra Private Hospital I went back to Uni to become a Registered Nurse. I have since gained valuable experience in surgical and post OP nursing as well as Intensive care nursing.

Over the past 2 years I was a clinical manager at a local Aged Care Facility which I enjoyed very much.

My passion though lays in rehabilitation and preventative health giving clients the education, knowledge and empowerment to manage their own health. I see myself as an educator and guide along the journey. Nothing is better than giving my clients the tools to a better health and life. My background in Physiotherapy in complemented with Nutrition Support, a special interest in Chronic Disease Management, Wound Care Management and Holistic Health Care approach.

Allied Health

Melanie Lawson

Melanie Lawson

Podiatrist

Melanie Lawson is a Podiatrist working from the Lighthouse Surgery once a month. Her services include General Podiatry, Diabetic Foot Assessment, Orthotic Therapy, Gait Assessment, Nail Surgery and Biomechanical Assessment. Please phone reception to make an appointment to see Melanie.

Jenni Kew

Jenni Kew

Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and clinical member of the Australian Counselling Association

Jenni Kew from Relationships Australia will be consulting from the Lighthouse Surgery fortnightly on a Friday.

Jenni is a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and clinical member of the Australian Counselling Association. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Welfare Studies (Counselling), a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution and she’s currently completing her Masters in Social Work.

For about 25 years Jenni has been supporting individuals and families. She now specialises in family and relationship counselling, post separation support and mediation.

Past roles for Jenni have been as a Mental Health Manager, Generalist Counsellor, Disability Support and Youth Worker and had 12 years with the NSW Probation & Parole Service.