Our Team

Meet Our Doctors

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DR AIRELL HODGKINSON

MBBS, FRACGP, FARGP, DTM&H, DCH, JCCA

Airell joined the practice in January 2006 after spending the previous 4 years in the north of WA in Karratha and Kununurra. His medical experience includes anaesthetics, paediatrics, travel/tropical medicine and aviation medicals. Airell is also a member of Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine and has a keen interest in aviation. As a procedural rural GP, his time is divided between general practice and critical care/anaesthetics in Albany, Esperance, Katanning and Merredin.  

DR TANIA BOTHA

MBChB, FRACGP

Tania qualified in Pretoria,South Africa in 1990. She emigrated with her family to Mount Barker in 2002 where she worked for 7 years before starting at Pioneer Health.She enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a special interest in mental health (all ages) and aged care. Tania and her husband have 4 children.She enjoys gardening ,reading and bushwalking. Tania works most days and visits Bethel aged care facility on alternate weeks.

DR ANDREW KNIGHT

MBBS, FRACGP

Andrew is a University of Adelaide medical graduate who has spent more than 25 years working in rural and remote towns in SA, NT and WA. He has completed postgraduate training in obstetrics, paediatrics, musculoskeletal medicine and medical education. He also has special interests in dermatology, diabetes, mental health, aboriginal health and pain medicine. 

Dr Christine Oosterhuis

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, FARGP, JCCA, MPH&TM, DCH

Christine is a WA-trained GP who has been with Pioneer Health since 2009. Christine has particular interests in Child and Adolescent Health, Women's Health including contraception and fertility, Travel/tropical Medicine (eg. travel vaccinations), and Occupational Medicine. She also works at Albany Health Campus in the Emergency Department. Christine lives in Albany with her husband and two young daughters. Outside of work Christine enjoys spending time with her family, playing percussion in the Albany City Wind Ensemble, and exploring our incredible Great Southern region. Christine works part-time on Mondays and Fridays.

Dr Carly Roxburgh

MBBS, B Med Sci (Hons), FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv), DCH

Carly is a GP obstetrician, who provides woman-centred pregnancy care including pre-conception planning, antenatal care, birth and postnatal care. She delivers babies at Albany Health Campus and has advanced skills including caesarian birth and neonatal care. Other interests include lactation (breastfeeding), newborn health and child health. She also teaches student doctors at the Rural Clinical School of WA. Carly has lived in Albany since 2011. She enjoys spending free time with her children and husband, bush walking, camping and trying out as many kinds of arts and crafts as she can.

Dr Nigel Baker

MBBS, BSc, Grad Dip Ed, MSc

Nigel completed his medical degree at UWA in 2010 after spending 10 years as a science teacher working at various schools in WA. Nigel practices all aspects of rural general medicine and thoroughly enjoys helping and caring for his patients.  He is passionate about ensuring his patients feel safe, comfortable and supported whilst under his care.. 

Dr Nyi Zaw

MBBS, JCCA, FRACGP

Nyi has been with the Pioneer Team since 2011. He has successfully completed his GP specialist and Anaesthesia training. Nyi has special interests in rural general practice, men's health, chronic diseases management, anaesthesia and emergency medicine.  He shares his time between Pioneer Health and Albany Health Campus. Away from his work, Nyi is a happily married father of one who keeps himself fit by playing football and taking his dog for long walks.

Dr Don Gunning

MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP

A West Australian graduate, Don has been with Pioneer since 2012. He worked for 12 years in Wagin as a solo GP up till 2000 and was involved in the early years of the rural doctor’s movement. He then spent 11 years in the N/East of the UK [County Durham] working as a GP in the NHS. Don has a wide interest in medicine, having been a family practitioner for 30 years now. He is developing an interest in minor surgery, dermatology and counselling, as well as being part of the pioneer team working in the Albany Health Campus. He intends to stay in Albany until retirement. Don works most days apart from when he is at the hospital doing ward rounds.

Dr John Rowlands

MBBS/BA (Medicine & Linguistics degrees, UWA), Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice, International Diploma of Dermoscopy, Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery (SCCA), Member of the Australian Institute of Dermatology, Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor (SCCA).

John is a local Western Australian graduate who has completed his Fellowship in General Practice (FRACGP). His medical interests focus on all aspects of dermatology including skin cancer identification and surgery, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of significant skin rashes with immune modifiers and phototherapy.  In general practice his interests are preventative health, including exercise, contraception, vaccination, quitting smoking, preventing heart disease and diabetes.  He has further qualifications in sexual health and family planning, including long-acting reversible contraception.  John is an instructor for the Australian Resuscitation Council's Advanced Life Support courses and a supervisor for the Western Australian General Practice Education and Training group.  Outside medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young boys, gardening, strength training, and rock climbing.

Dr Christel Smit-Kroner

MBBS, FACRRM, GCAHM

Christel is a medical graduate from The Netherlands. After specialising in third world medicine and working in Southern Africa, she moved to Australia with her husband and young family in 2006. For the past decade she has worked in rural NSW, and is now a rural generalist and Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, as well as an EMST instructor. Christel loves all aspects of general practice, including Aboriginal Health. Christel has received a postgraduate certificate in Farmer Health and Safety from the National Centre for Farmer Health. She takes a special interest in chronic disease management and health problems relating to ageing.

Dr Jolmer Smit

MBBS, FACRRM

Jolmer is a medical graduate from The Netherlands. After specialising in third world medicine and working in Southern Africa, he moved to Australia with his young family in 2006. He worked in rural NSW for the last decade and is now a rural generalist and fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He has spent two years driving around Australia with his wife Christel and their 5 children to look for the perfect spot to settle. Albany has become the final destination and after working here for a year now they love every bit of it.  Jolmer is a true generalist, however his special interests are skin cancer management, emergency medicine and chronic disease management. He visits Clarance Estate Nursing home weekly to look after the residence there and has a regular shift in the emergency department. In his spare time, Jolmer enjoys growing, rearing and collecting his own food, cooking, snorkeling, diving and fishing.

Dr Will Macdonald

MBBS (Hons), BApp, Sci(Hons), PhD, DCH, FARCGP

Will studied medicine at UWA and graduated in 2013, specialising in rural and remote medicine. He moved to Albany not long afterwards and has since worked at both Pioneer Health and the Albany Heath Campus. Before studying medicine he worked as a medical researcher and academic at Australian and European Universities. Will’s special interests include emergency medicine, paediatrics and men’s health. Outside of medicine Will’s interests include playing football (soccer), fishing and gardening. Will and his wife have settled into a property in the Albany region, which they share with an array of furry friends. Will currently works on Mondays and Tuesdays at Pioneer Health and also works at Albany Health Campus.

Dr Keerthana Muthurangan

MBBS

Keerthana is orginally from India where she first studied medicine in Chennai. After graduating in 2007, she started working in Mt Isa, Queensland in 2012 after working few years in India. She also worked in Brisbane at Prince Charles hospital, and more recently at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, where she focused on obstetrics and antenatal care. Her medical interests include children's health, obstetrics and geriatrics. Out of the practice, she thoroughly enjoys dancing the tango and salsa, cooking and spending time with her family.

Dr Yen Lo

MBBS, DCH, DRANZCOG (adv)

Yen is originally from Malaysia and undertook her medical studies at UWA. She also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Yen has worked in Royal Perth Hospital and more recently at King Edward Memorial Hospital where she completed her GP Obstetrics training.  She also has a special interest in children's health. Outside of medicine she enjoys gardening and knitting.

Dr James Teh

MBBS

James studied medicine at the University of Western Australia graduating in 2012. He enjoys country medicine and has previously worked in Kalgoorlie Hospital and more recently in Esperance. His medical interests include emergency medicine and chronic disease management. Outside of medicine he enjoys cycling, travelling and trekking.

Dr Georgina Stevenson

MBBS(hons), FRACGP, FARGP, DCH, Cert EM (ACEM)

Georgina is a local UWA medical school graduate (2011) who completed her GP specialty training in rural/remote WA and Far North Queensland. She has done extra training in paediatrics (diploma of child health) and emergency medicine (ACEM certificate and FARGP). She has special interests in rural medicine, women's health, aboriginal health, emergency medicine and renal medicine. She will be working between Pioneer Health and the Albany Hospital emergency department. Away from medicine, Georgina enjoys hiking, netball and exploring the local area. Georgina is excited to call Albany home now. 

Dr Richie Graham

MB BCh BAO

Richie is originally from Ireland where he studied Medicine in Dublin. Having graduated in 2011 and completed his intern year in Ireland he moved to Perth where he worked at Joondalup Health Campus and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He most recently worked at the Royal Darwin Hospital where he focused on Emergency Medicine. His medical interests include emergency medicine and generalist practice. In his spare time Richie enjoys running, camping, travelling, snorkelling, and trekking. 

Dr Ligia Galvez

MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, DCH

Ligia has practiced medicine in the Mount Barker community for over 10 years. She has an interest in women's and children's health, and more recently medical acupuncture. In her free time Dr Galvez is with her family, exercising or coaching junior swimming at the local pool. She currently practices at Pioneer Health on Thursdays.

Dr Sourabh Joshi

MBBS, DRANZCOG

Sourabh graduated from UWA medical school in 2012. He completed part of his intern year in Albany and worked in hospital before returning to Perth to gain experience in various specialties. He has worked in Fiona Stanley Hospital and more recently at King Edward Memorial Hospital focusing on obstetrics, antenatal care and perinatal mental health. He has completed a post-graduate diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) and is currently undertaking study in children's health through the Sydney Child Health Program. In his spare time, Sourabh enjoys swing dancing, rock climbing and scuba diving.

Dr Shani Macaulay

MBBS, FRACGP, DCH

Shani is a UWA graduate (2011) and has worked throughout WA. She grew up in Albany, which was formative in shaping her passion for rural and remote health. She has a special interest in children's health, women’s health, Indigenous health and addiction medicine. In her spare time she is busy with her young family. Shani will be at the practice for a short-term placement.

Meet Our Management Team

General Manager

JENI ANNING

Jeni has lived in the Great Southern region all of her life, and moved to Albany in 2012. She loves working for an organisation that has a strong focus for improving the lives of the community it serves. She comes with a strong governance and finance background and thoroughly enjoys working as a part of the dynamic Pioneer Team. When not at work, Jeni spends time with her young family. 

Practice Nurse Manager

Megan Downes

Megan is born and bred in Albany and leads our nursing team. She studied in Albany as an Enrolled Nurse and then continued her studies at Curtin University graduating as a Registered Nurse 2003. She has worked in the Emergency department at Albany Health Campus for 5 years before joining Pioneer Health in 2009. Megan loves chatting to patients always manages to find some connection with everyone. 

Meet The Support Team

Primary Care Coordinator

TANYA STAUDE

Tanya has joined the team as Pioneer Primary Care Co-ordinator to enhance the care of patients with a chronic condition. She grew up in Perth but has lived in Albany with her husband and children for the past ten years and definitely calls it home. Being a mother of 5 keeps her very busy but if she has any spare time she enjoys reading, walking the dog and musical pursuits.

Diabetes Educator

Kerri Lockhart

Kerri studied at UWA originally completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science before returning to Curtin University to complete post grad study in Nursing then Diabetes Education - her passion! Growing up in Mt Barker, Kerri has since worked in Karratha, Darwin, Bunbury before settling back into Albany. When not at work, Kerri and her family enjoy keeping fit, fishing and camping. Kerri is currently at the practice on Tuesdays.

Meet Our Nurses

Practice Midwife

Corinne

Registered Nurse

RIANAN

Registered Nurse

Nicola

Registered Nurse

Amanda

Registered Nurse

Allison

Enrolled Nurse

Bonnie

Enrolled Nurse

Jenny

Enrolled Nurse

Loren

Meet Our Administration Team

Back Row

Melanie, Wendy, Rachel, Megan, Natalie, Mel

Front Row

Jessica, Tanya, Pip, Tracey, Sally, Kerry