Our objective is to proactively support the general health and wellbeing of our patients, through the delivery of preventative health care services, in partnership with community and allied health care professionals, surgical specialists and acute care medical facilities.
We seek to resource our practice with tertiary accredited, suitably experienced and empathetic practitioners, nurses, administrative staff, and technology, to help our patients realise their basic right to full physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Our practice is conveniently located in the heart of Byron Bay, with off-street parking and wheelchair access at the rear of the the premises.
Meet our teamDedicated | Caring | Competent
D Dr Tonya Coren
Dr Tonya Coren
- GP Obstetrics
- Paediatric Care
- Women’s health
- Preventative Medicine
- Adolescent Health
- Sexual Health
- Indigenous health
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Elderly Health & Wellbeing
D Dr Hugh MacLeod
Dr Hugh MacLeod
Hugh has spent the past two decades working across diverse general practice settings in Sydney, Melbourne and the NSW Northern Rivers, gaining valuable insight and experience, and cementing his reputation as one of the region’s most trusted GPs.
Hugh first commenced work in Byron Bay at the former Shirley Street Family Practice in 2005 and over the past 15 years, he has developed a strong knowledge of local health needs and services. Hugh’s medical interests include the management of chronic illness, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and HIV infection, as well as sexual health and mental health problems.
Special Interests: General medicine Chronic illness Coronary heart disease Diabetes HIV Sexual Health, viral hepatitis and PrEP for HIV prevention Mental health
D Dr Adam Ellerby
Dr Adam Ellerby
With a special interest in sport and exercise medicine, Adam has extensive experience working with teams and individuals, as well as covering events as a medical officer.
Adam's special interests include:
- Men’s health
- Chronic disease
- Preventative health
- Sports and injury medicine
- Exercise prescription
- Weight management
- Minor procedures (including joint injections)
- Paediatric care
Born and raised in the UAE, Adam completed his medical training in the UK, before moving to Australia where he has undertaken a broad range of experiences and further training, including working in emergency and acute care acute and completing postgraduate certification with Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the Austalasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ASCEP).
Adam has transitioned to general practice, consolidating his skills and experience to provide the highest level of care to patients with a broad range of needs.
D Dr Myron Binns
Dr Myron Binns
Bachelor of Medicine, University of West Indies
Moving to the Byron Shire in 2006, Dr Binns gained extensive experience in general practice in Tenterfield, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay, before becoming part of the First Light Healthcare team in 2016.
Throughout his long career he has also worked in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand in medical practice and, notably, spent two years’ as a ship’s doctor on a cruise line in Florida and Mexico.
Dr Binns has a high level of empathy and skilled diagnostic ability, backed by a genuine desire to connect with patients and guide them on the road to well-being. His caring manner gives patience reassurance and peace of mind.
For all his patients, he encourages preventative care and, where possible, he explores options for managing chronic conditions, that exclude prescribing addictive drugs.
Currently, Dr Binns is specialising in the care of elderly patients, as well as palliative and end of life care.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
- Care of the elderly
- Minor surgery
- Preventative Healthcare
D Dr Kate Allen
Dr Kate Allen
Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Sydney
Diploma of Child Health, University of Sydney and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
From paediatrics to sexual health and antenatal and post-natal care, Kate has a special interest in women’s and children’s health and wide experience in general practice.
After completing her Internship at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2012, Kate worked as a Resident Medical Officer assisting in her key areas of interest, as well as Emergency.
She later accepted a position as a Senior Resident Medical Officer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal North Shore Hospital, Gosford Hospital and Hornsby Hospital, NSW.
This role included managing antenatal, post-natal and gynaecology inpatient and outpatients, as well as performing gynaecological-related surgeries.
Kate’s professional experience has also encompassed General Medicine and Surgery at Kempsey District Hospital and Lismore Base Hospital, NSW and Cairns Base Hospital Queensland.
A Northern Rivers resident for more than a decade, from 2017, Kate worked as a GP at Meadows Medical Centre, Mullumbimby.
It was here she continued to pursue her passion for antenatal, perinatal and postnatal care, as well as attended to the general and complex medical needs of patients.
She also tutored and supervised medical students and GP Registrars at the practice.
Kate holds a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health from Family Planning NSW and has furthered her education in this area by studying foetal welfare education and obstetric emergencies.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
A mother of two, she likes to keep fit with regular Pilates classes and enjoying outdoor activities in the pristine, local environment.
Kate is also a keen traveller who hopes to see more of the world when travel restrictions lift.
D Dr Pramuk Jayatilake
Dr Pramuk Jayatilake
PJ has a holistic, preventative approach to health and wellbeing.
As well as extensive experience in all General Practice, PJ has a special interest in mental health, travel medicine, chronic disease management and skin health.
PJ is accredited with the Skin Cancer College of Australia and is able to perform full skin checks and procedures including skin flaps.
D Dr Paddy McLisky
Dr Paddy McLisky
Believing the best medical approach is a preventative one, Paddy is driven to help educate and inform patients to ensure they can take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing.
A fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners, Paddy has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, and holds Advanced Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine/Surgery and Dermatoscopy.
He has previously worked as a full time skin cancer specialist, undertaking all aspects of patient care including skin cancer screening and diagnosis, and dermatological surgery including head, face and lower limb regions, using a variety of flaps and skin grafts.
While he has extensive experience in the treatment of skin cancer, he is passionate about informing his patients on the preventative measures that can be undertaken to avoid skin cancer.
“Skin cancer is a major issue here in Australia,” Paddy says. “And we all need to be better educated and more proactive about preventing skin cancer. Most people know they should be wearing 30+ sunscreen but that alone isn’t enough. Educating my patients about what they need to do to avoid skin cancer is a very important part of what I do.”
Whether it be skin cancer or general health, Paddy believes that regardless of the condition being treated, listening to his patients is the most important part of his job.
“I always ensure that I listen to everything my patients have to say,” Paddy says. “It may be something they mention in passing right at the end of the appointment, or a quiet comment, but I always make sure I listen and address every concern they have.”
- Skin cancer checks
- Skin cancer surgery
- Preventative healthcare
- Men's health
- Women's health
D Dr Gisselle Hull
Dr Gisselle Hull
Her career has taken her to Guatemala and Mexico, where she completed research with Indigenous women, as well as seen her excel in her homeland and in Australia.
Giselle enjoys all aspects of general practice, including sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, pediatrics, men’s health, dermatology, chronic health, elderly medicine, and minor procedures. Gaining her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Leeds in 2013, she emigrated to Australia in 2016 with her partner, also a GP.
Gisselle initially worked at John Hunter and Maitland Hospital and at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital in both pediatric and adult emergency medicine. In 2018, she moved to the Northern Rivers to work at Lismore Base Hospital, completing her registrar training across specialities including emergency, anaesthetics and intensive care.
As a consequence, Gisselle has met many of the specialists in the region and become familiar with local referral pathways, something that continues to benefit her patients.
She has worked as a GP at Bay Centre Medical in Byron Bay and Meadows Medical Centre in Mullumbimby and says her switch from hospital medicine to general practice has allowed her to build rapport and a long-lasting relationship with patients, something she finds highly rewarding. Now at First Light Healthcare in the Byron Bay practice, Gisselle hopes to continue to strengthen the links she has with local people and medical practitioners.
She is also a visiting medical officer at Byron Bay Hospital and looks after her patients during their hospital admission.
In any spare time, Gisselle enjoys Australia’s outdoor lifestyle and stays fit with yoga, Pilates and HIIT training. She lives in Byron with her partner, and their dog, Fonzie the Cavoodle.
D Dr Brett Frenkiel
Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician
Dr Brett Frenkiel
Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician
Whether they be elite athletes, weekend warriors, or patients with chronic health conditions, Brett strives to achieve optimal outcomes for his patients through a compassionate, caring and thorough clinical approach using open and clear communication, combined with the latest evidence based medical treatments.
After completing his undergraduate degree in biomedical science at Monash University, Brett graduated in medicine from Bond University in 2009. Ranked among the top of his class, he received multiple awards for academic excellence as well as the prestigious vice chancellors award. Following this he trained as a junior doctor with Austin Health where he gained extensive experience in general medicine, emergency medicine, paediatrics, trauma and surgery.
Common Conditions Treated Injuries: • acute / traumatic • chronic / overuse • concussion • back pain • adult + paediatric
Chronic msk conditions: • osteo arthritis • back pain • tendinopathies • joint pain • plantar fasciitis
Exercise prescription: • pregnancy / post-partum • chronic health conditions (i.e . diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, oncological) • rheumatology • metabolic conditions • weight loss
Sport specific: • elite • recreational • individual • team based
D Dr Rob Sheahan
Dr Rob Sheahan
Rob set up his own General Practice in 1991 in North Richmond which he continued until 2014. For a period, Rob was chairman of the division of general practice and was also course doctor at Hawkesbury races for 23 years.
In 2015, Rob moved to the far north coast to live. Rob’s special interests include minor surgery, skin cancers, paediatrics / family health, exercise and general wellbeing.
Rob has a dedication to outcome-oriented, patient-focused care.
Special Interests: General medicine Minor surgery/procedures Skin cancer Paediatrics Family health
D Dr John Chuah
Dr John Chuah
John graduated from the University of NSW in 1974. In the decades that followed John obtained strong and extensive experience in General Practice. At the same time he has served as a member of a host of national and international steering committees on HIV and Sexual Health.
His extensive national and international experience has seen Johnserve the communities of Papua New Guinea, Northern Territory and Queensland, and Byron Bay.
In addition to his work as a GP, John is a lecturer at Griffith and Bond Universities, holding an academic title of Associate Professor at both Universities since 2004.
Special Interests: General medicine HIV Sexual Health Clinical research Tropic medicine Travel medicine Rural health Indigenous health
D Dr Lara Devlin
Dr Lara Devlin
In 2011, she a completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland and, in 2016, a Diploma and Certificate of Women’s Health from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
She has since worked as a General Practitioner at Ocean Shores Medical Centre, Musgrave Street Medical and Samford Doctors Surgery, and gained experience across mental health, women’s health, paediatrics, musculoskeletal medicine, and diagnosis and management of chronic health conditions.
Lara is very focussed on preventative care and tries to use each consult as an opportunity to discuss lifestyle factors and other healthcare concerns. She often writes ‘scripts’ for exercise, sleep and dietary changes to encourage patients to take practical steps to improve their health and lifestyle. Lara also enjoys helping to care for women and their families during pregnancy.
Lara has also worked in emergency departments at The Prince Charles Hospital in Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and as a volunteer for Holyoake (Drug and Alcohol Dependency) in Queensland.
She currently lives in the Byron Hinterland, with her husband and two children, a horse, a golden retriever, and some happy chickens. Her spare time is spent assisting at the tuck shop of her children’s school, on the sidelines of the Byron Bay Crusaders Rugby Club, running half marathons, trying to learn to surf with her family, and accompanying her daughter to horse camps.
D Dr Charles McDonald
Dr Charles McDonald
Charles undertook rural surgical training at Hawkesbury Hospital prior to a year of remote procedural general practice in Bowen, North Queensland.
Back in the Hawkesbury area during the 80s, Charles ran a busy family practice in Windsor with a special interest in childbirth, as his own children were born and grew. Growing also was his fascination with human beings and the human condition. Charles completed a Master of Psychological Medicine from University of NSW in 1993.
Charles then spent the next 10 years in the field of Psychiatry in Nepean Hospital, in private counselling and in Psychiatric Outpatients at St Mary’s, as well as being a surgical assistant in Hawkesbury and Nepean Private Hospital. To maintain his surgical connection Charles performed surgical assisting in various theatres and joined Tweed Skin Cancer Clinic on moving to Byron Bay in 2004.
In 2006 he returned to his old love, general practice, enjoying in particular lifestyle medicine, psychological medicine and skin cancer surgery.
In 2006 he returned to his old love, general practice, but now at a much more enjoyable pace. He loves working with people to help find balance in their lives, to optimise their health and to adapt to adversity, a task Charles says is “such a privilege”.
Special Interests: General medicine Lifestyle medicine Psychological medicine Skin cancer surgery
D Dr Elizabeth Hicks
Dr Elizabeth Hicks
D Dr Jo Adendorff
Dr Jo Adendorff
J Jane Enter
Bachelor of Arts – English, University of Cape Town Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of South Africa BA Honours Degree Clinical Psychology, University of South Africa Diploma of Adult Psychotherapy Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (A.N.Z.A.P) Diploma of Buddhist Psychotherapy - Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP)
Leading psychologist Jane Enter brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Cape Byron Medical Centre’s team of Allied Health professionals.
During her impressive career, Jane has worked at the highest level in numerous organisations involved in assisting clients with mental health issues.
Jane is highly qualified and experienced in treating a variety of extremely complex conditions such as trauma and addiction, as well as more common issues such as relationship difficulties or depression. Among her qualifications are a BA Honours in Clinical Psychology, a Diploma of Adult Psychotherapy and a Diploma of Buddhist Psychotherapy.
Jane’s expertise includes, but is not limited to, anxiety and depression, neuroplasticity and neurobiology, post traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, drug and alcohol addiction, major life transitions and adolescent mental health. Most recently she was the Clinical Director of Retreat South, Port Fairy, a private rehabilitation centre for clients with complex, multiple issues who were referred by groups including Veterans Affairs, the Police Federation and Workcover.
Many locals will be familiar with Jane in her work for private rehabilitation centre The Sanctuary Byron Bay, where she was the Clinical Director from 2004 to 2017. It was here she brought her natural empathy, insight and high level skills to a global clientele.
In previous roles, Jane has been involved in assessing and providing counselling to clients at Lismore Liver Clinic who had tested positive to Hepatitis C; and was Team Leader at The Buttery Therapeutic Community, an organisation that provides treatment to adults who are suffering from a dependence on chemical substances, and/or have a gambling addiction. Jane has also worked with the Salvation Army in their drug and alcohol treatment Bridge Programme; and as a Psychologist at M.R.C. Prison, where her clients included prisoners on 24-hour lock-up, protection prisoners, sex-offender units and high-profile prisoners who require high security. In this role she undertook education and training of prison officers as well as conducted therapy sessions for inmates. Jane was also a valued member of the prison’s Drug Treatment Unit that specialises in treating long-term male drug users.
Throughout all her roles, Jane has continued to see clients in her own private practice, including people facing mental health issues to those who were dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses. Jane takes great pride in the role she plays in improving a person’s mental health and quality of life.
“It is a great honour to be in my position,” Jane says. “To have people open up to me and allow me to help them at what is often a very dark period in their lives. I take that very seriously. “It is very important that people are understood within their context and their life experience, and that each person is treated as unique.”
Jane returned to Byron Bay in October 2018 to join the Cape Medical Centre Allied Health team. “There is a very strong sense of community at Cape Byron Medical,” Jane says, “and I’m very much enjoying being part of that.”
E Elizabeth Margules
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Macquarie University
Combined Bachelor of Psychology - Bachelor of Arts (Double major in Cultural Anthropology), Australian National University
With a passion for working with young people, children and families, psychologist Elizabeth Margules specialises in the use of narrative therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and counselling to address a host of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, mental health and social issues.
Elizabeth believes in the use of psychology not only as a treatment, both short and long term, but as a preventative strategy for young people and families.
Elizabeth has extensive experience in psychological assessment and structured mental health assessments, as well as delivering clinical interventions to young people and their families, through MBS.
Elizabeth’s previous experience includes working with Headspace, the Deliver Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Anxiety Clinic, Oasis Youth Support Network and as a private practitioner offering assessment and ongoing support for young people facing a variety of issues including social anxiety, those at risk of disengaging with education, family issues and self-destructive behaviours.
Her work includes working with individuals and groups, offering individual assessment and therapy as well as the design and delivery of therapeutic groups.
Elizabeth’s gentle approach is focused on listening to young people and identifying the issues they are facing, as well as providing support to develop the tools necessary to develop and flourish.
A Angela Murray
Angela has extensive experience working with adult in both a hospital inpatient setting and private outpatient setting. Her experience includes work with:
- accident trauma patients
- chronically ill
- adjustment, phobias and mood in relation to diabetes
- assessing and supporting mental health and healthy coping with hep c and hep c treatment.
Angela’s work with youths and families includes having worked as a school counsellor (all ages) working with anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD, family separation, cognitive assessments. Her youth and family work also includes working with:
- eating disorders
- interpersonal relationships and family struggles.
Angela has worked at Byron Private Residential Rehab as the primary therapist (group and individual therapy) for the past two years, working with a range of complex presentations including:
- childhood trauma
- single incident and Defense Force related trauma
- drug and alcohol addiction
- eating disorders
- depression, anxiety and grief.
D Danni Turner
- Sports injury treatment
- Sports injury prevention
- Management of chronic pain
- Neck pain and headaches
- Back and neck pain – assessment and treatment
- Upper and lower limb injuries
- Pregnancy and postnatal issues
- Workplace assessments and screening
- Video analysis and biofeedback
- Outdoor knee and ankle rehabilitation programs
- Waterproof fibreglass casting services
- Camwalker boots (supply and fit)
- Ice pump/compression
- Sports specific screening such as swimming, pre-pointe ballet assessments
- Balance assessments and training
A Andrew Olson
- Sports Injury Treatment
- Sports Injury Prevention
- Functional Rehabilitation
- Neck and Back pain
- Running Technique Assessments
- Cycling Biomechanic Assessments
- Yoga Injuries
- Specific Sports screening - AFL / Cricket / Running / Triathlon
- Shoulder Injuries and Rehabilitation
- Post Operative Rehabilitation
T Troy Eady
He belongs to Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Between 1999 and 2016, Troy, who is also a registered nurse, travelled the world as the Australian Surf Life Saving Team physiotherapist, visiting some of the world’s best beaches.
He continues to compete in Surf Life Saving events and still loves surfing his short board – he’s even surfed the famous Jeffries Bay in South Africa.
Locally, Troy has chaired Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Junior Activities Group and continues to organise the annual Byron Board Paddle, cancelled this year because of Covid-19. Nationally, he also has many credits to his name.
Troy has been the team physiotherapist for the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series for the past 15 years and looked after National Rugby League Clubs and Central Coast Mariners A League team in 2007. He was also the physiotherapist adviser on Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Medical Panel for 13 years.
In private practice for 24 years, he consulted to companies including Qantas, Sanitarium Health Foods, the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance Academy, and at representative level in Rugby Union.
His knowledge of staying fit and healthy, no matter what your age, is something he is looking forward to sharing as part of the First Light Healthcare team at Ballina.
N Nicola Cook
Physiotherapist - Hand Therapist
Physiotherapist - Hand Therapist
Nicola graduated with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2000 and started specialising in Hand Therapy in 2003.
Since 2003, Nicola has worked in large hospitals, private practices and as an MSc University Lecturer in the UK.
Nicola attained the Accredited Hand Therapist (BAHT) certificate in 2008 and re-certified in 2013.
Working in several private practices in Sydney for 8 years, including a very busy practice in central Sydney with renowned surgeons and internationally prominent clientele, Nicola has built a reputation as a leader in her field.
Nicola’s work involves detailed assessment of the hand, wrist and forearm including muscle testing, strength evaluation and strengthening programs; post-operative management; splinting; tendon rehabilitation; sensory assessments and retraining; functional restoration.
The conditions Nicola treats include sports injuries; fractures; wrist instability and ligament injuries; tendonitis, tendonosis, tendinopathy; carpal tunnel; CRPS; Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Since moving to the Northern Rivers and expanding her young family, Nicola has worked at Lismore Base Hospital as a Hand Therapist and now joins the team at Cape Byron Medical Centre to provide Hand Therapy in a Private Practice setting. Nicola is a published author, with ‘Pain: A Textbook for Health Professionals’ released in February 2014.
She has enjoyed treating a variety of patients, from those with everyday hand conditions to International sporting figures. Nicola has held the Accredited Hand Therapist (BAHT) certification since 2008 and have been a Full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association since 2009; and has been an AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist status from its inception in January 2018. Previously, Nicola was one of the AHTA's NSW State Coordinators, in 2015 and 2016. This included sitting on the State and Territories subcommittee, where she enjoyed learning more about the work of the AHTA and being able to support and advocate for Hand Therapy Practitioners in NSW.
Nicola was AHTA President in 2018 and President Elect in 2017. Nicola is passionate about hands and the profession and was excited and honoured to be a part of the AHTA Management Committee, contributing to the future direction of the AHTA and the practice of Hand Therapy in Australia.
P Pip Taylor
Sports & Performance Dietitian
Sports & Performance Dietitian
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
As successful athlete for over 15 years, Pip Taylor knows the vitally important role diet plays in our health, wellbeing and performance.
As part of the Cape Byron Medical Centre’s Allied Health team, Pip, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Dietitian, works with a range of clients including professional and non-professional sportspeople, as well as everyday clients wanting to ensure they are fuelling their bodies in the best way possible.
Pip has an intimate knowledge of performance nutrition, and has worked with professional athletes and teams, as well as high-achieving corporates, implement nutritional strategies which have played a key role in their success.
Through Pip, every client has access to the elite strategies she uses for professional sportspeople, tailored in a realistic way to suit each client’s individual lifestyle and needs.
Education is one of Pip’s passions and she is constantly updating her skills and knowledge through additional training, study and reading. Recognised as a leading name in her industry, Pip is also a sought-after author, speaker and writer. Sharing her knowledge with clients, and helping them understand science-based nutritional information is a key part of Pip’s work; allowing clients to separate the fads from the facts and make the best nutritional choices possible.
As well as nutritional training and education, Pip will also be offering a range of advanced services including Anthropometry (tracking body size, structure and composition); Gut microbiome testing; and Immunological profiling, as well as selected personal services such as family consults; shopping and home cooking skills training; and customised team/group presentations and workshops.
- Sports Nutrition
- Gut microbiome testing
- Immunological profiling
C Coral Williamson
Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing
Coral Williamson has been with Cape Byron Medical Centre for 12 years, supporting the practitioners and attending to patients with her caring, easy-going manner.
Working side-by-side with the team of GPs, Coral has extensive experience in all facets of nursing.
At the core of everything Coral does in the clinic is a dedication to treating every patient with respect and kindness.
J Judy Byrne
Judy Byrne is a credentialled diabetes educator with many years’ experience in assisting people to manage their type 2 diabetes.
She has a keen interest in early intervention and works with patients to prevent them developing Type 2 diabetes, if they are diagnosed with insulin resistance or pre- diabetes.
Judy guides patients to understand their diabetes, learn how it affects them personally and prevent/minimise future health risks of diabetes.
Judy has experience in the insertion and interpretation of the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system. This small sensor worn in your arm can give you instant data that may improve your diabetes management.
As a Diabetes Educator Judy hopes to increase your knowledge of your diabetes, the medications you take, how they work and their possible side effects. She will also educate about the effects that diabetes can have on other parts of the body aiming to prevent future eye disease, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.
Judy is happy to support Type 1 diabetes patients in collaboration with their endocrinologist and GP.
E Emily Murphy
P Paula Bannan
Through her work as creative coach, Paula uses the painting medium to address a variety of mental health and emotional issues including stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.
Paula uses art to help clients access emotions that may be unexpressed or suppressed, and to encourage exploration of the clients feelings around what they have created and the process they have undertaken.
Paula believes art and creative pursuits can be as useful in addressing mental health issues as other more traditionally recognised treatments. Alternatively, creative coaching can be used in conjunction with other modalities to give a fuller, broader treatment approach.
“Art stimulates right brain activity, where our creativity happens,” Paula says. “Engaging that right brain is really useful in dealing with a variety of issues, especially anxiety, stress and depression.”
Paula uses the free painting technique, which she says is non-threatening and enjoyable for clients.
“All of my sessions start with me ‘destroying’ that big scary white canvas,” she says. “We mess it up, so we can paint over it and start again. It’s a great way to loosen clients up so they can explore their creativity without fear, and it’s a pretty good visual representation of what we are trying to achieve.”
Paula says the results creative coaching achieves are exceptional, regardless of the client’s perceived artistic ‘ability’.
“The idea that there are good and bad artists is nonsense,” Paula says. “There are more experienced artists, and artists who have chosen to become professionals, but I do not believe there is such a thing as a bad artist. They just don’t exist.”
Paula works with a variety of clients, from corporate executives dealing with excessive stress, to people dealing with addiction, to those looking to address anxiety and depression. She tailors her sessions to suit each individual, and the process can be an ongoing or short-term one.
“Each client responds differently, and in a way that is right for them,” Paula says. “While I have certain things that are the same with each session, I really try to work with the client to create an atmosphere that is unique to them and designed to make them comfortable and open to the experience,” Paula says. “I have worked with so many people, from high-powered CEOs to other creatives, to everyday people looking for a creative outlet, and I really have found that creative coaching just never fails. People respond to the experience and are usually very surprised at the emotions it unlocks and the peace that comes with the process.”
K Kylie Arthur
S Stephanie Currie
Practice Manager, Ballina
Practice Manager, Ballina
C Catherine MacPherson
Practice Manager - Allied Health
Practice Manager - Allied Health
The Allied Health division offers patients a new level of holistic care, bringing together a group of specialists and professionals, working with patients and GPs to provide a multi-discipline approach to healthcare.
Catherine works with this team of professionals to guarantee the smooth and efficient management of the division, and ensure each patient receives the highest standard of care possible.
Providing an invaluable liaison between the Clinic and the Allied Health specialist providers, Catherine holds the patient’s best interest at the heart of everything she does.
Catherine is dedicated to creating innovative, streamlined approaches to health and wellbeing.
A self-confessed fitness fanatic, when she isn’t working Catherine spends her time enjoying everything our beautiful region has to offer including walking, spending time at the local markets and hanging out with her partner.
M Mathew Simpson
M Melissa Bautista-Moss
Research, Analytics and Clinical Governance
E Emma Denton
She welcomes everyone to the clinic with a friendly smile and is never too busy to assist with a request.
Moving to Byron from Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2019, Emma previously worked as a studio producer at an advertising company, and as a medical receptionist. The latter role included working for a neurologist.
On her days off Emma enjoys beach and Lighthouse walks and working on orders for her side hustle, a custom art print business called Emma Alice Designs.
K Karen Moorley
Originally from Sydney, Karen spent 12 years at Port Macquarie Medical Centre, before moving to Lennox Head with her husband and two sons in 2000.
She will be well-known to patients who have attended Lennox Medical Centre, former Ballina clinic Park Mall Medical Centre, and Tintenbar Medical Centre.
Karen has seen patients come into her workplace as young adults and go on to marry, and have children of their own, who are then cared for in the medical practices in which she has worked. It is the connections she makes throughout this cycle of life that has encouraged her to remain in her role.
In her spare time, Karen likes to keep fit and active, by walking and doing regular Pilates classes. She is also an accomplished tennis player and a snow skier who, until Covid-19, has travelled to Japan every winter season with her family.
M Maggie Merchadou
Working in the medical industry has allowed her to develop both patience and empathy. Maggie likes to make someone feel a bit better simply with a warm welcome or a smile.
She began her working life as a receptionist at beach and ski resorts, from the French Riviera, to the Alps and the French Caribbean. These roles helped her learn to work with international clients and deal with all different types of customers.
Born in France, Maggie moved to Australia when she was 21 and has been in the Byron Shire area since 2015.
She originally worked at Holdsworth House Medical Centre for three years, before coming to First Light Healthcare.
When Maggie isn’t working, you’ll find her gardening or surfing, planning her next road trip, or knitting for her clothing label.