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Meet Our Medical Practitioners

Dr Susan Lizner

B. Med Sci., M.B.B.S., Dip. R.A.C.O.G., M.R.A.C.G.P.

Sue was born and raised in Tasmania. She graduated from the University of Tasmania in the early 1980’s and then worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital for a year before spending time working in hospitals in Tamworth N.S.W. and Perth W.A. Since 1988 Dr Lizner has been a partner in this practice. Her medical interests are wide ranging but she particularly enjoys paediatrics, obstetrics, acupuncture and procedural medicine. Sue is married with one son, Carson.

Dr David Dalton

B. Med Sci., M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P.

A fifth generation Tasmanian, originally from West Moonah, David graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1991, obtaining his M.B.B.S. After early hospital training years in Launceston and Tamworth N.S.W., he started work at Sorell Medical Centre in 1995. David loves spending time with his wife Linda and their four children. He also enjoys his role as Supervisor of GP Registrars, PGPPP Doctors and 3rd year Medical Students. His non-medical interests include listening to music and watching cricket. David became a partner in the practice on 1st October 1999.

Dr Andrew Gangell

B. MedSci., F.R.A.C.G.P., M.B.B.S. (Hons.), F.R.A.C.G.P.

Andrew grew up in the Campania/Brighton area. Joined the RAAF as an undergraduate medical student and graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1993, obtaining an M.B.B.S. with Honours. Completed initial hospital training at the Launceston General Hospital and then at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Served as an RAAF medical officer in Melbourne and Adelaide with time in Bougainville. Obtained FRACGP while in the RAAF. Moved back to Tasmania in 2001 to be closer to family. Medical interests include aviation medicine, diving medicine and dermatology. Became a partner on 1 July, 2002. Interests outside medicine revolve around rural activities and viticulture. He is married to Dr Robyn Mathews and they have three children.

Dr Michele Gauden

B. Med. Sci., F.R.A.C.G.P., M.B.B.S., D.R.C.O.G.

Michele was born and educated in Tasmania. She graduated from the University of Tasmania with M.B.B.S. in 1988. She trained at the Royal Hobart Hospital for four years attaining her Diploma of Obstetrics in 1992. Michele commenced at Sorell Medical Centre in 1993, gaining the F.R.A.C.G.P. in the same year. She is married with two children (twin boys born in 1997). Special interests include obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.

Dr Nicholas (Nick) Atwell

B. Med. Sci., CSCT (RANZCOG), F.R.A.C.G.P., Dip. Child Health

Nick qualified in Tasmania in 1996. He worked in various hospital posts and as a rural GP and district hospital VMO in Northern N.S.W. He has obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Diploma in Child Health from the Children’s Hospital in Sydney. He is married to Dr Anna How and they have 3 children. Outside interests include soccer, golf and playing the guitar. Nick returned to Tasmania and joined the practice in July, 2004.

Dr Michele Klok

B. Med Sci., M.B.B.S., Dip Anaesth.

Michele trained at the University of Tasmania and spent her early training years at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital, before heading overseas to gain experience in the U.K. and then Adelaide. Her medical interests include Women’s Health, Paediatrics and Medical Ethics, and she undertook an Arts/Law degree in the late 1990’s. She is married with two children and her interests include viticulture, music and walking.

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Dr Virginia (Ginny) Baird

B. Med Sci., PhD, M.B.B.S.

After earning her Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1994, Ginny had nearly ten years in the UK where she earned a PhD from the University of Birmingham before returning home to complete her MBBS in Sydney. She has worked at Royal Prince Alfred, St Vincents and Prince of Wales Hospitals in NSW, and had four years in the Emergency Department at the Royal Hobart Hospital before beginning in General Practice.

Dr Joanna (Jo) Howe

M.B.B.S.(Hons); Dip. Child Health, FRACGP

Since graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2007, Jo has had training terms at the Royal Darwin Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital (Perth), as well as the Royal Hobart Hospital. She came to the practice as a GP Registrar in 2012, currently works with us part-time and has completed all the requirements for fellowship. She is keen on outdoor pursuits like walking and cycling and is genuinely interested in people and nature.

Dr Kelly Verdouw


 Kelly Verdouw grew up in Hobart and trained at the University of Tasmania where she graduated with   B. Med Sci and dux of MBBS with first class honours.

She is interested in all aspects of general practice.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys exercising and caring for her three young children.

Dr Marita Long

MBBS B.Med Sci., FRACGP, DCH , Cert S and RH

Dr. Marita Long graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2007 with first class honours. Prior to this she was a Paediatric, Maternal and Child Health Nurse for 20 years. After graduating she worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital for 3 years with her final year in paediatric medicine and surgery before deciding to become a GP.

She became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2013.

She has a Diploma of Child Health and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

While Marita has a strong interest in women and children’s health she has a strong commitment to providing a high level of primary health care across all the ages and stages of life.

Dr Toby Ekins

M.B.B.S., B..Med Sci., FRACGP

Toby grew up in Richmond and has always had a passion for rural medicine. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2008 with a B. Med Sci, MBBS. He did his Internship and first resident year  at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.  He then went on to do locum work in Northern QLD and Northern NSW for 12 months prior to starting GP Training.

He obtained his Fellowship of the RACGP in 2014. Toby’s interests include Dermatology and surgical procedures. His outside of work interests include fishing and mountain bike riding.

Dr Cindy Clayton

B.M.B.S., BA

Cindy joined the practice from Clarence Community Health Centre in 2011. She graduated from Flinders Medical Centre in 1994. She has worked in Alcohol and Drug Services in several states and maintains an interest in addiction medicine and liver disease.

Dr Marissa Harpur


Born in Canada, Marissa obtained a BSc (Life Sciences) and a BA(Hons) from Queens University before moving to Australia. She graduated as a doctor at the University of Wollongong in 2012 and interned at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and St Vincents. Marissa enjoys dancing and soccer, and spent a season in Panama in 2004 helping to build a school as a community project.

Dr Claire Hewer


Claire grew up in Hobart and completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Tasmania. She graduated in 2009 with B. Med. Sci, and MBBS (Hons). She completed her internship and resident years at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She started her GP training in 2013 and completed her FRACGP in 2016. She completed her Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Certificate in Dermoscopy in 2015. Claire’s interests include skin cancer medicine, preventative care and women’s health. Outside of work she enjoys family, travel and the outdoors.


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GP Registrars

Dr Mark Baldock


Mark graduated from Flinders University, South Australia in 2007 having completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). Since then he has worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital, completing Junior Doctor Intern and was the Runner up Intern of the Year. He then went on to complete his first and second year of Basic Physician Training at the Royal Hobart Hospital. In 2014 Mark was a Geriatrics Registrar at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Mark decided to commence GP training in 2017 with SFP and in his spare time enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his children.

Dr Bryan Normandin


Bryan started at Sorell Family Practice in 2018.  He was born in Calgary, Canada, and studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2010.  Bryan moved to Melbourne afterwards, working at Western Health during his Intern/HMO years, and then as an Emergency Registrar.  He moved to Tasmania to start GP training in 2018.  Prior to his medical career, he completed undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and worked for several years as a Process Engineer in Canada.  He is currently completing the Certificate in Emergency Medicine through ACEM.  Outside of work, he enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and travelling with his family.

Dr Thomas Roach


Tom graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2010 with 1st class honours. He completed intern/RMO terms at the Royal Hobart Hospital and also worked at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Bathurst Base Hospital, Bundaberg Hospital and John Hunter Hospital before returning to Tasmania in 2014.

Dr Rhea Psereckis

M.B.B.S BMedSci DipCH

Rhea was born and raised in Tasmania and graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2009. Since then she has worked in several different hospitals in Tasmania and New South Wales and spent 3 years training in Paediatric medicine before moving into General Practice in 2015.

Rhea has a particular interest in women and children’s health, though enjoys the breadth of medicine that General Practice has to offer. Outside of SFP Rhea is involved in medical student tutoring through the University of Tasmania, is a qualified Pilates instructor and is also Medical advisor and Health Educator for the not-for-profit organisation Women’s Health Education Network which provides education to women regarding various musculoskeletal health issues.

Rhea attained her Diploma of Child Health in 2011 and will complete her Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2017. In her spare time Rhea enjoys spending time with her young family and her interests include bushwalking, gardening and building her skills in mountain bike riding.

Administration & Nursing

Practice Manager

Louise Cate

Cert IV Prof.Prac.Man., M.A.A.P.M.

Assistant Practice Manager

Shannon Campbell

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Sr Ruth Sproule

Registered Nurse

Treatment Unit Manager

Sr Sarah Hart

Registered Nurse

Nursing Staff

Helen Strong, Alanna Dalwood, Jay Bryant-Rose, Jenny Barnes, Gwen Knop, Selina Ahel & Kerri Mus.


Vicki, Muza, Carmen, Karen, Lee-Anne, Maree, Jacqui, Bridgit, Nicole, Donna and Tayla


Suzie, Judy, Deborah and Kerry