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
D Dr Myron Binns
Dr Myron Binns
- Care of the elderly
- Minor surgery
- Quit smoking tutoring
- Preventative Healthcare
D Dr Lisa Guion
Dr Lisa Guion
Dr Lisa Guion has a passion for assisting people to connect with their health and make informed choices about their own health journey.
Her early career as a Naturopath saw her working in a range of settings in the Northern Rivers – group practice, private practice and in collaborative multidisciplinary teams to assist people to find holistic health solutions. After 10 years working as a Naturopath, Lisa undertook a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Working in rural and Metro Victoria, Lisa explored interests in emergency medicine, Infectious Disease, sexual health and Women’s Health – landing back where it all started.
Walking the path from Naturopathy to General Practice has given Lisa a distinct perspective as a GP, one which emphasises the individual, but also looks for larger patterns in health and medicine to assist in the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of health challenges.
“I am passionate about effective multidisciplinary healthcare, and particularly passionate about rural and regional healthcare, and the underrepresentation of some groups in receiving healthcare,” Lisa says. While Lisa is not currently practicing as a Naturopath, she looks forward to exploring the integration of the modalities in the future in a meaningful, patient-centered way. While away from work, Lisa enjoys interests such as gardening, cooking, swimming and yoga.
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 Skye Perkins
Dr Skye Perkins
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 Richard Taylor
Dr Richard Taylor
With an international education, Richard completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, then graduated from The University of Sydney in 2013 after completing his post-graduate Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery.
Richard moved to the northern rivers region in 2016 after completing his junior medical training in Townsville and Mount Isa in North Queensland. Richard initially worked as an Emergency room doctor at Byron Central Hospital before changing over to General Practice work, splitting his time between Byron Bay and the Aboriginal Health Clinic in Ballina. Richard was also part of the team at Lismore Base Hospital, further developing his interest in paediatric medicine and mental health. In addition to these areas, his other interests include men’s health, general medicine, chronic disease, and preventative health.
Special Interests: General medicine Mental health Paediatrics Men's health Chronic disease Preventative 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 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
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
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
Graduation Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy - La Trobe University
Masters of Sports Physiotherapy - La Trobe University
Registration No: PY0147795
With 14 years’ extensive practical experience and a commitment to ongoing education and training, Danielle (Danni) Turner offers clients a tailored, innovative and holistic approach to physiotherapy.
A special interest in Sports Physiotherapy has seen her talents utilised by Touch Football Australia and athletes in the world surfing league, as well as professional and non-professional sportspeople both nationally and internationally.
Danni adapts these elite learnings and techniques to assist everyday patients looking to treat injuries, manage pain and improve their overall wellbeing.
Danni is currently undertaking a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University, which has given her a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of the sporting body, along with the ability to apply evidence-based treatment to manage chronic pain and implement injury prevention strategies.
A sports enthusiast herself, Danni understands that no two bodies or injuries are the same, and she applies an individual approach designed to engage patients in achieving their personal goals.
Pregnancy and post-natal care, including pelvic floor issues, is also a special interest area.
Combing state-of-art technologies, and innovative techniques and practices with an easy going, understanding manner, Danni is able achieve outstanding results for her patients.
Danni grew up locally, and has returned to the region with her young family after studying and working in Sydney for several years.
Danni works closely with the expert team of Allied Health professionals and Doctors to ensure her patients receive optimal, integrative care.
- 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
With eight years’ practical experience, physiotherapist Andrew Olson is passionate about all aspects of physiotherapy, principally treating exercise and sporting related injuries and assisting people in returning to their chosen activity after injury.
Using the principals of functional rehabilitation to help people get the most out of their bodies, Andrew believes physiotherapy can play an equally important role in prevention as it does in rehabilitation.
“We all expect a lot from our bodies, in very different ways,” Andrew says. “Whether you are a sportsperson, a parent, dealing with chronic pain or working in an office, there are a variety of pressures we place on our bodies. Physiotherapy can play a vital role in addressing issues that arise from our individual lifestyles, and also in preventing strain or injury.”
Andrew is also a passionate yoga teacher and believes the principals of yoga go hand-in-hand with many of those of physiotherapy. “Yoga is the most wonderful practice, and has so many benefits for the body as well as the mind,” he says.
Andrew strongly believes in addressing the psychological aspects of physical health. He says this is part of the reason he is so excited to be part of Cape Byron Medical’s Allied Health team which includes physiotherapists, dietitians, massage therapists, psychologists, and acupuncturists.
“No one aspect of health is a stand-alone aspect,” Andrew says. “Everything is connected, and sometimes a client will benefit from addressing more than one aspect at a time. Especially where physical pain or limitations are concerned, there is a psychological impact that should be considered in order to get the best physical outcome. “Being part of the Allied Health team at Cape Byron Medical means that when required, we can take a truly holistic approach to a patient’s overall wellbeing.”
Andrew has extensive experience working in:
- 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
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
J Judy Gatwood
Registered Nurse Judy Gatwood plays a vital role in the care and treatment of many of Cape Byron Medical Clinic’s patients.
Judy works with patients to ensure they have a full understanding of their health, potential risk factors and preventative measures they can take to improve their wellbeing.
She educates patients on lifestyle changes and preventions that could help them avoid potential health problems in the future.
For patients who already have a diagnosis, Judy helps navigate the healthcare system, providing a link between the patient and a host of practitioners and implementing care plans. She takes time to help patients understand their diagnosis and the steps needed to manage their condition and improve their health.
Judy is a diabetes educator, working with patients to prevent Type 2 diabetes, or to manage the condition appropriately.
Judy’s goal is to ensure patients are well informed about all aspects of their health. Her down-to-earth, nurturing manner allows patients to feel comfortable and supported, and her extensive knowledge in all aspects of chronic disease management allows her to educate and empower patients to understand their unique heath care needs.
Judy takes great pride in helping patients live the healthiest, happiest life possible.
P Paula Bannan
K Kylie Arthur
Practice Manager - General Practice
Practice Manager - General Practice
Kylie has extensive experience in all aspects of administration and practice management, and continually strives to improve her skills, and implement new and effective processes to ensure the Clinic is run in the most professional way possible.
With patient care always her top priority, Kylie works to ensure the clinic’s busy schedule runs smoothly and all aspects of the patient’s care are thoroughly followed up and administered in a timely manner.
Overseeing the Clinic’s administration and reception team with a calm and friendly approach, Kylie takes pride in making sure each patient receives respectful, considerate care throughout every step of the process.
Outside her busy role, Kylie spends her downtime relaxing with friends and family.