Dr Anne Stephenson

Anne was born in Mildura and enjoyed a nomadic existence following her completion of medicine at Monash University in 1989. In the 1990s, she completed her Diploma of Anaesthetics in England, a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Lismore (NSW) and GP training in the Northern Territory where she also completed a Masters of Public Health. In 2000, Anne moved to Torquay where she has put her nomadic tendencies on hold and stayed for over 10 years.

Since living on the Surfcoast she has married, has 2 beautiful daughters, and finally honoured her chlldhood beachside holidays and become a passionate surfer. She has a keen interest in the relationship between social connections and well-being, and was involved in starting the Surfcoast Life Activities Club. Anne enjoys the diversity of General Practice and helping people of all ages in all ways. She works at Surfcoast 3 days a week.

Dr Marc Cain

Marc Cain studied medicine and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994. He then worked as a resident doctor at Geelong Hospital before undertaking training in sports medicine and ultimately pursuing a career as a GP. As part of his general practice training he has gained additional hospital experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Ear Nose and Throat surgery. He has worked as a General Practitioner since the early 2000s.

He has now settled happily with his family in the Torquay area, and continues to maintain an interest in sports medicine and particularly enjoys paediatrics, women’s health and shared obstetric care. He reserves the right to retire early, if and when he breeds his first Melbourne Cup winner.

Dr Amala Pathirana

Amala graduated from the University of Colombo in 1998. She was a resident doctor at the Fremantle Hospital in Western Australia, Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and the Geelong Hospital covering primarily Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, ENT and Accident and Emergency . She commenced her General Practice pathway in Colac in 2005.

Since completing her fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General practitioners in 2006, she has been working at the Surfcoast Medical Centre,Torquay.

Amala enjoys the diversity of general practice ranging from pregnancy care, paediatric and adolescent health to managing chronic illness and aged care.

Having followed her husband to different places across the world, Amala is glad to settle in Geelong with their beautiful children – a daughter and son and the canine dependent, Leo. She spends most of her free time with her family and provides the taxi service for her children's many extra curricular activities.

Dr Frank Del Rio

Frank Del Rio studied Medicine at Monash University graduating in 1981. He did his residency in medicine and surgery at Ballarat Hospital, followed by some paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital and drug and alcohol rehabilitation experience at Greswell. Then he studied obstetrics and gynaecology at the Mercy Maternity Hospital and attained his diploma form the RACOG.

He has enjoyed living and working as a general practitioner in Torquay since 1985. His areas of special interest include paediatrics, sports medicine, ENT, cardiac and respiratory medicine. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Dr Martin Schaap

Dr Martin Schaap graduated from University of Melbourne in 1994. He spent 3 years working as a resident doctor in The Geelong Hospital including completing a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and rotating through most areas of medicine. He then spent some years working as a GP in Lara and Greenvale in Melbourne and completed his fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He has been working at Surfcoast Medical Centre since 2000. Martin has an interest in all areas of medicine and performs minor procedures such as removal of skin tumours.

Martin lives locally and is married to Jodie and has three daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, gardening, barracking for Collingwood and long holidays.

Dr Skye Hueneke

Skye Hueneke was born in Mt Gambier, South Australia and moved to Newcastle to study Medicine in 1999. After graduating in 2003 she moved to Sydney to complete her internship at Bankstown Hospital. Skye moved back down south, to Victoria, and completed her hospital training at the Sunshine, Western General and Geelong Hospitals.

Skye completed her Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Geelong before starting her GP training in Camperdown.  She then finished her training on the Surf Coast and currently works in both Torquay and Anglesea. Skye has completed a Diploma in Skin Cancer Medicine. 

Skye enjoys the diversity of general practice with a special interest in women and children’s health and provides shared care with the Geelong Hospital for pregnant women in both Torquay and Anglesea. Outside of the clinic Skye can be found surfing, bike riding or travelling.

Dr Ian McLeod

Ian graduated as MBBS from Monash University in 1972. He spent his residency at Box Hill hospital. In 1974 he travelled to London and worked at Westminster Hospital and Lewisham Hospital, learning anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynecology. In 1976 he joined the Nunawading clinic as a GP and became a partner for the next 30 years.

A sea change and a move to his beach house in Anglesea has allowed him to work 3 days a week at Surfcoast Medical Centre in Anglesea. This allows him more time to enjoy the beach, walk the bush and pursue his love of cooking and red wine whilst enjoying life to the full and continuing to work as a GP, his chosen profession.

Dr Peter Hales

Dr Peter Hales graduated from Monash University in 1983. His early training was in residency at Geelong Hospital across a broad range of medical and surgical specialties, psychiatry, anesthetics and General Practice.

He worked in Tasmania from 1987 until 1989 in aesthetics and intensive care. He returned to Victoria with his young family and commenced practice at the Torquay Community Health Centre after that.

He has remained in practice in Torquay since 1989. He has a broad range of medical interests including minor surgeries and procedures, joint injections, implanon insertion and removal, sport injuries, paediatrics and geriatrics including local nursing home care and shared obstetric care.

When not working, he has an interest in surf related water sports and the occasional game of golf. He is happily married with 3 adult children, all at university and his wife working as a nursing sister in Geelong.

Dr Tim Denton

Tim graduated from Monash University in 1979. At Geelong Hospital he completed 3 years of residency before traveling through northern India and starting a long love of travel to exotic locations. Soon after returning from India he followed another passion he had developed as a medical student - that of Aboriginal Health. Returning to Geelong in 1984 he established his own solo general practice in Church Street in North Geelong. In 1998, with the offer to work in Aboriginal Health again, Tim and wife, Renee, also a GP left to work in The Northern Territory's Arnhem Land in 1998.

Since returning for his children’s secondary education Tim found work at Surfcoast Medical Centre. He also joined the board of the GP Association of Geelong, where he aided the developments at the Youth Health service, Clockwork, and worked to achieve the close liaison between Barwon Health Youth Mental Health Service Jigsaw through the Headspace Barwon setting.

He is now the chair of the Kardinia Health Board which is overseeing the development of the Kardinia Health GP Super Clinic.

Dr David Corbet

David completed his medical degree at the Australian National University having undertaken a bachelor degree in Arts and Music and The University of Melbourne and worked in the performing arts as a musician, composer and dancer.

He spent time at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a junior doctor and has now moved to live on the Surfcoast with his family. He has an interest in indigenous health, musculoskeletal medicine and palliative care, and enjoys the diversity of general practice.

He is a member of Giving What We Can http://www.givingwhatwecan.org? and tries to find time to dance when he can.?

Dr Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips studied medicine at University of Melbourne, graduating in 1980. He then joined the Family Medicine Program doing 3 years of Residency at Box Hill Hospital before moving to Ballarat. He spent 27 years in Ballarat in General Practice spanning most aspects from Obstetrics to Aged Care. After his family had grown up, Neil and his wife made the sea-change to Torquay in 2011 and Neil joined the team at Surfcoast Medical Centre in March 2012.

Neil's medical interests include Paediatrics, Aged Care and complex medical problems associated with Diabetes and Cardiac disease.

When not at work, Neil enjoys anything to do with sport but in particular golf, cricket and water sports. He also enjoys cooking and walking the family dog.

Debbie Myers
( Practice Manager)

Debbie started working at the SMC 2000 as a casual relieving receptionist and has been the Practice Manager since 2004. She obtained her Diploma of Practice Management in 2005.

Debbie’s role at Surfcoast Medical is to keep things running smoothly and to assist in introducing change for a better and more efficient practice. Debbie is happy to speak with any of our clients who feel they have something of value to improve our practice.

Debbie has lived in the Surfcoast Shire all of her married life with husband Noel, and children. Her adult children have all left home to pursue their careers in Geelong and Melbourne.

Debbie like’s to keep herself fit by walking with friends and doing yoga and Pilates.

Sonya Roberts
( Senior Nurse )

Sonya’s primary training was attended in Bendigo, with a post graduate year at Bendigo Base Hospital. She has worked as a Registered nurse for 20 years, also having 2 years experience in many hospitals in London.

Although her formative years were spent on surgical/renal wards at Geelong hospital, she has always had a keen interest in community based nursing. Sonya has been working at Surfcoast Medical Centre since 2005 as a practice nurse.

Sonya is a people person and enjoys being a part of Surfcoast Community. Her interests are in the field of wound care and Diabetes management.
Outside work she likes to take full advantage of living by the coast and enjoy being outdoors.

She has two daughters that keep her very busy but her passions are the simple pleasures in life, socialising with her friends and gardening.

Kim Poyner
( Senior Nurse )

Kim has worked as a registered nurse since 1996 post graduating from Deakin University, Geelong. She has since worked in Melbourne, Geelong and now in Torquay. Whilst working at Cabrini in Melbourne, she specialised in cardiothoracic nursing.

She then married and moved back to Geelong to work in the newly developed cardiothoracic ward at Geelong hospital. During this time she had two children and decided to utilise their toddler years with further university, specialising in Intensive care and immunisation. This allowed Kim to work in the Geelong hospital’s dynamic and multidisciplined Intensive Care Unit for the past 11 years.

Throughout her career Kim noted that Preventative medicine was rapidly becoming a focus and this is where Kim’s clinical interest led her to join the Surfcoast medical Team.  Kim works three days a week and is an active member of the Torquay community with running, cycling and a committee member for Relay for life – aimed at cancer prevention and awareness


Sally Locke
( Senior Nurse )

Sally finished her nursing degree at Aquinas College (Australian Catholic University) Ballarat in 1991. Following this, Sally worked at the Geelong Hospital before heading to London for 3 years working in various nursing fields including both district and practice nursing along with emergency, infectious diseases and general surgical.

On her return to Australia, Sally moved to Torquay where she has been living for the past sixteen years. For twelve of these years she spent working at the Geelong Hospital specialising in vascular, thoracic and plastics nursing. Several of these years being as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager.

Sally joined the Surfcoast Medical Centre team in 2010 as a practice nurse and has since completed her immunisation course becoming an independent immuniser. Working in the community setting Sally is expanding her interest in Chronic Disease Management particularly diabetes management and heart disease.

Having three school age children, Sally enjoys many aspects of working and living on the Surfcoast whilst personally enjoying walking, cycling, Pilates and camping.