Meet Our Medical Practitioners

Dr Sue Lizner

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

Sue was born and educated in Tasmania, growing up in the Derwent Valley.

On completion of her medical degree she spent a year working at the RHH and then a year at the Tamworth Base Hospital before returning to southern Tasmania to do 18 months of general practice locums while supporting her widowed father. It was during one of the locum terms that she first worked at SFP (1985).

Sue then left for Perth WA to complete a Diploma of Obstetrics returning to the SFP on a permanent basis in 1988. Her medical interests include using acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment, skin cancer diagnosis and management and assisting her patients deal with issues of ageing (as well as dealing with some herself!).

Sue continues to live with her family on a small acreage outside of Richmond. Her other interests include bush/beach walking especially with her beloved dog Chilli, lazy Sunday breakfasts, gardening and snow skiing and she loves to watch any sport but especially tennis and winter/summer Olympics.

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 Virginia (Ginny) Baird

B. Med Sci., PhD, M.B.B.S, FRACGP

After earning her Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney in 1994, Ginny spent 4 years in the UK, where she achieved a PH.D (Med) at the University of Birmingham. Ginny returned home and completed a M.B.B.S at the University of Sydney in 2005. She has worked at the 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. While Ginny has a special interest in Women’s Health, holding a National Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, she is committed to providing a high level of care to all patients.

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 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. In 1988. She trained at the Royal Hobart Hospital for four years attaining her Diploma of Obstetrics in 1992 then joined Sorell Medical Centre in 1993. She is married with two children (twin boys).

Special interests include obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.  Outside of work she enjoys travel, photography and reading.

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.

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.

Dr Eleanor Woolveridge

M.B.B.S (hons) BMedRes

Elle grew up in Hobart before moving to the UK, then Darwin, then Melbourne, then Launceston, then finally returning to settle in Hobart. She initially completed a degree in medical research and worked in infectious disease research before studying medicine at Monash University. Elle enjoys all aspects of medicine and the variety of ages, walks of life, and huge range of medical issues that general practice presents. She likes to take time with patients to get to know them and what they want from their health. She likes to ensure that they understand the diagnosis and management of their illnesses. Elle’s passions are water colour painting and gardening. And her young daughter Harriet who ensures that she never has spare time for the other hobbies!

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Dr Joanna (Jo) Howe

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

Jo graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2007 and moved to Tasmania for her intern year in 2008.

A Tassie convert, she is thankful to be working in the Sorell community and enjoying Tasmania’s unique environment. Jo is committed to striving for the best possible health outcomes for her patients. She is a believer in life-long learning and motivated in her ongoing professional and personal development. Jo became a GP Fellow in 2014.

Her post-graduate training included terms at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital (Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Perth WA). She has undergone extra training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and is a qualified IUD inserter.

She has worked part time at Sorell Family Practice since 2012, and also works at Family Planning Tasmania. Jo enjoys all aspects of General Practice (apart from removing toenails).

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 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.

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 Eric Colquhoun

MBBS, BMedSci (Hon), PhD, FACRRM

After retiring from full-time General Practice work Dr Colquhoun works on a temporary basis one day a week, using his free time to pursue his hobbies and interests of aviation, reading, listening to music and share investing.

Dr Brittany Birrell 


Brittany grew up in the Sorell/Dodges area and attended medical school at the University of Tasmania, graduating with an MBBS and clinical distinction in 2015. She completed her hospital training at the Royal Hobart Hospital with an interest in plastic surgery and skin cancer, women’s health, psychiatry and particularly preventative medicine addressing diet and lifestyle. She was accepted into the RACGP training program in 2017. Outside of medicine, Brittany lives on a small hobby farm and has a variety of outdoor interests including, camping, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking.

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 Keira Nair


Keira grew up on the North-West Coast before moving to Hobart to study at the University of Tasmania. Since completion of MBBS in 2018 she has worked for 4 years at the Royal Hobart Hospital within a wide range of various areas giving her a broad range of skills and interests.

During her time outside of medicine Keira enjoys cooking, exploring/hiking and creative hobbies. Keira loves spending abroad learning about different cultures and traditions which she can then reflect through her medical practices.


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Administration & Nursing

Practice Manager

Louise Cate

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

Assistant Practice Manager

Bridgit Aisbett 

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Maria Thompson – Reception Coordinator

Treatment Unit Manager

Sr Sarah Hart

Registered Nurse

Nursing Staff

Helen Strong,  Jenny Barnes, Selina Ahel, Kerri Mus, Linda Salter, Shani Barwick.


Vicki, Muza, Carmen, Karen, Lee-Anne, Maree, Nicole, Donna, Jacob, Leanne, Lizzie, Sharon and Rita


Judy, Deborah, Kerry and  Susan