Meet the team

Our exceptional, friendly team is our greatest asset.  Our doctors, nurses and allied health providers are highly trained professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of medicine, health and patient communication.  They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients. Scroll down and meet the whole team!


 

DR KENNY CLARK   MB.ChB, BSc (Hons), FRACGP

Clinic Director / Founder

General Practitioner

with a special interest in Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Dr Kenny was born on the edge of the Kalahari desert but raised in Scotland.  After completing a degree in Sports Science, he went on to study medicine at the University of Glasgow.  Dr Kenny fell in love with an Australian girl and emigrated to Townsville in 2008. He did a number of rural placements whilst attached to the The Townsville Hospital and worked in a variety of roles, notably in ICU.

After solid grounding in the Australian Health system, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners as a specialist GP. Dr Kenny enjoys helping individuals and family members, young and old, achieve optimum health outcomes.  

Being a Type 1 Diabetic, Dr Kenny has a passion for the care and management of Diabetes and also general health. He wants diabetics of all ages to live as full and healthy a life as possible.  A keen sportsman and community minded, Kenny regularly gives talks to interested groups on healthy living and diabetes management.


DR ROY RASALAM MBBS, FRACGP, Phd Candidate

General Practitioner

with a special interest in Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Dr Roy has a passion for the clinical care of Diabetes, Lipids and Metabolic Syndrome. He is Head of Clinical Skills  at James Cook University, College of Medicine, Townsville. Dr Roy is recognised as a key thought leader in Diabetes and is co-author of the Diabetes Australia National Guidelines for Management of Diabetes, which includes guidelines on Lipid management.

He is involved in Diabetes clinical trials on diabetes complications, especially diabetic foot syndrome.  He is also involved in scientific research regarding Lipid metabolism, with recent publications in “Lipids” and “hormones” in international medical journals.  In his spare time, Dr Roy enjoys spending time with his family and trying to catch a barra!

 


DR JONNY FENTON   MBBS, BSc, FRACGP

General Practitioner

with a special interest in public health strategies

Dr Jonny was born in Ireland but moved to Scotland to study medicine at the University of Glasgow, and also attained a BSc in Medical Science, specifically looking at public health strategies.  After finishing his medical degree Dr Jonny moved to London, working at the prestigious King’s College Hospital. He met his future wife Kate and moved to Melbourne, where he worked in the Emergency and ICU departments.   

After a few years in Melbourne, family drew Dr Jonny and his wife back to the UK where he completed his GP training, working as a locum throughout Scotland. In 2017 Dr Jonny saw the light and made the move to sunny Townsville and was made a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as a specialist GP.

He has a wealth of experience working in diverse communities throughout the UK, and helping patients with complicated medical backgrounds.  Dr Jonny's passionate about general practice, in particular the ability to provide continuity of care for patients and getting to know families within the practice.  He enjoys the opportunity to deal with the diverse social and medical problems that present every day in general practice.


DR LARA SEWELL   MBBS,  FRACGP

General Practitioner

Dr Lara grew up in Townsville and attained her medical degree at James Cook University in 2007 before completing further hospital training and GP training in South East Queensland. She travelled around Australia for a year in a caravan with her husband before settling back in Townsville in 2013.

Becoming a GP fellow in March 2012, Dr Lara received the college medal for Queensland during her GP training.  She has additional training and an interest in Women’s Health, contraception and early childhood feeding and sleep management. She also has an interest in weight management and diabetes management.

In her spare time, Dr Lara enjoys running with the Townsville Road Runners and spending time with her family and friends.


SUZANNE RADFORD   RN, CDE

Registered Nurse / Credentialed Diabetes Educator

We are very proud to welcome Suzanne Radford, our resident Registered Nurse and Credentialed Diabetes Educator, to North Queensland having moved from Sydney to join the team at The Diabetic GP Clinic.

Suzanne qualified as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the UK in 1996 and has a wealth of experience in both hospital settings, general practice nursing and Diabetes Education.  Completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management in 2012, Suzanne became a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) in 2014.  

Suzanne has experience working in nurse-led outpatient settings within renowned teaching hospitals in Sydney, NSW.  She also has experience in Type 2 Diabetes group education, individual education and ward inpatient education.  In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys yoga, walking and exploring her new home of Townsville!


ANDREA MCDONALD   APD, CDE

Dietitian / Credentialed Diabetes Educator 

Andrea McDonald is our Dietitian at The Diabetic GP Clinic. As a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, Andrea is an Accredited Practitioner Dietitian (APD) and is also a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. 

She has a wealth of experience providing quality and evidence-based dietitian services to patients throughout Townsville.  One of Andrea’s key areas of interest in Dietetic Practice is Chronic Disease Management with a special interest in Diabetes.  

Andrea shares in The Diabetic GP Clinic’s patient-centred approach and passion for improving the quality of life of those with diabetes and reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and other diseases caused or associated with obesity.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys motorbike riding and hiking.


MAYUMI OZAKI BA, BSc(Hons), Master (Podiatry)

Podiatrist                       

Mayumi has been working as a Podiatrist in Townsville since 2002, after working in the United Kingdom and in Japan.

Mayumi has experience in both private practice, hospital settings and the Community Health Services.   She treats a variety of age groups, from children to the elderly and deals with general foot-care as well as bio-mechanical issues.  

She is extremely skilled with high risk patients, having seven years’ experience working within the High Risk Foot Clinic through the Townsville Hospital and has a great deal of experience in Diabetic foot-care education.  

In her spare time, Mayumi enjoys walking with her dogs, cooking, reading and watching Japanese TV programs to relax.


MAHN COOKE   BSc, AEP

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Mahn Cooke is our Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).  Having studied at the James Cook University Townsville Campus, Mahn completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2001.

Put simply, Mahn understands the important role exercise plays keeping you healthy, particularly if you have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes.  Mahn specialises in exercise and lifestyle modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury.  He also specialises in exercise solutions for people with complex medical conditions that require exercise rehabilitation. 

Mahn strives to ensure his practice is leading the way in the delivery of programs to address the needs of North Queenslanders.  In his spare time, Mahn enjoys riding his bike, fishing, renovating his Queenslander or baby-wrangling with his new daughter Elise!


MANYA SCHEFTSIK BA, MA, PostGradDip

Psychologist

We're delighted to welcome Manya to the team. She has many years experience helping people change behaviours that can form part of a chronic condition.

These changes include becoming more physically active and fit;  pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; smoking cessation (Manya is an accredited smoking cessation specialist) and cessation of problem gambling. 

She also helps people to become aware of how their thinking and beliefs can undermine their attempts to make sustainable changes to their behaviour and ultimately their health. Manya's approach is both guilt and blame free as both are the biggest stumbling blocks on the path to healthy and satisfying living.

Manya is an LGTBI friendly practitioner with a sound history of experience in working in  diverse communities.


VANESSA PEARSON DipPractMgt

Practice Manager

Vanessa Pearson is our Practice Manager at The Diabetic GP Clinic bringing extensive experience in the health care industry. She leads our team of dedicated staff ensuring the efficiency of the daily operations within the practice.

Having successfully completed both a Bachelor of Nursing and a Diploma in Practice Management, and after gaining a wealth of knowledge from working within the general practice sector, Vanessa joins the Diabetic GP Clinic priding herself on providing the absolute best to both patient care and her colleagues.  

Although she is dedicated to her work, Vanessa has a beautiful young girl and enjoys spending most of her time being a mother or helping her husband renovate their Hermit Park “dreamer’s delight”.


HANNA DIXON

Senior Receptionist

Hanna Dixon is our senior receptionist at The Diabetic GP Clinic. Although young, she has extensive experience in medical administration and is an integral part of the practice. 

Her smiling face is often the first thing you'll notice when arriving at the clinic; she makes it her business to get to know all of our patients and is passionate about providing the highest level of patient care and comfort. She is a computer wizard and a problem solver  - not only does she coordinate consultations and make a very complex schedule work for everyone, she helps keep accounts in order.

Hanna is a Townsville local and when she’s not working, she enjoys travelling, having traveled throughout America, Europe and Indonesia.  She also enjoys running, playing touch football, golf, 'boot' camps (!), listening to music and spending time with family and friends.