Situated in the heart of Mount Eliza, the Village Clinic has been the home for General Practitioners for nearly 50 years. It is the medical care centre for four generations of locals as well as for the visitors to the Mornington Peninsula.
Over the years, Village Clinic has progressively evolved in order to offer the best possible care to their patients by being a modern, fully equipped centre of excellence in General Practice. With ample car parking, an entry ramp for the disabled we have a large waiting area with two television screen which roll out the day’s news as well as the clinic’s information and special features.
Village Clinic comprises of experienced doctors who work alongside their nursing team and reception staff. In addition to this, Village Clinic also has a physiotherapist, podiatrist, psychologist, and a dietitian on staff.
By having a range of differently skilled professionals on staff, Village Clinic has the capacity to treat a wide range of health issues which can be found in the Health Services Guide. We also offer care plans for mental health, as well health checks for Seniors, skin cancer check and many more all of which can also be found in Our Services section.
With Pathology being also available in house, Village Clinic truly is your one stop shop for all your health needs.
Ben’s path to podiatry started when he was studying his undergraduate degree in health and science where he majored in anatomy and physiology. After completing his science degree, he went on to obtain his Masters of Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University.
As a registered Podiatrist, his role as a foot specialist includes assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot.
Ben is thrilled to join the Village Clinic team and to assist patients achieve their goals by keeping them mobile and pain free. Prior to coming to the Village Clinic, Ben has studied and worked at multidisciplinary clinics focused on high-risk and diabetic foot care. He also has extensive experience in aged care to ensure optimal patient treatment and outcomes.
Ben firmly believes that appropriate podiatric footcare by a foot care specialist is an important and vital aspect of overall health. This includes general podiatric care, routine diabetic assessment and foot screenings to musculoskeletal sporting injuries and skin lesions such as wart, tinea, fungus and callus treatment on patients of all ages. Ben believes in using a combination of holistic interventions alongside evidence based to help treat a range of lower limb pathologies.
Beside his passion for helping people out, Ben has a desire to constantly learn and study. In his spare time, Ben loves to train at the gym, play basketball, go for scenic runs and read a good book.
Dr. Chiranthi Kariyawasam (Cherie)
Dr Cherrie joined our practice bringing with her over 20 years of general practice experience in Australia and Sri lanka together and is a fellow of Australian College of General Practitioners. She has a keen focus on the whole aspects of family medicine from pediatrics to elderly people with special interests in women's health ( contraception, Implanon insertion and removal , pap smears), Chronic disease management including Diabetes , Asthma, High Blood Pressure and Obesity management with a holistic approach liaising closely with other allied health professionals and specialists . She loves helping her patients to optimize their mental health and general well being and is very keen to update her knowledge on the latest treatment methods and techniques to improve her mode of practice .
Dr Bill Kerlidis
Bill has been at the Village Clinic sine May 2001
Bill enjoys the breadth and depth of general practice, managing the very young through to the very old and frail and all those in-between. The variety and unpredictability of medical problems seen each day, the daily conversations Bill has with patients all contribute to a satisfying day at work for him.
Bill’s typical day may consist of solving diagnostic dilemmas, procedural medicine (e.g. contraceptive insertion, skin cancer removal, laceration repair, ingrown toenail surgery, fracture repair, joint injections, carpal tunnel injections and iron infusions), skin checks, management of chronic illnesses, managing musculoskeletal problems, disease prevention, restoration and maintenance of physical and spiritual well being, weight management, antenatal care, and travel advice, just to name a few.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Danielle is passionate about the fact that healthy eating can greatly improve your sense of wellbeing, your quality of life and promote more healthful longevity. Whether it’s contributing to management of a chronic condition, or proactively taking steps to improve your health and reduce lifestyle related disease risk – food, nutrition and lifestyle changes that suit your individual needs are both effective and empowering. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Danielle can work with your existing dietary patterns and guide you toward changes to assist with improving health and general wellbeing, reducing risk for certain health conditions and setting goals for weight management. She can also work with you to improve management of existing and newly diagnosed conditions including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions, diabetes and nutritional and dietary deficiencies.
Dr. Sommai Nguyen
MBBS, DCH, FRACGP, Clin Dip Pall Med
Born and educated in Australia, Sommai completed her medical degree at the University of Adelaide and attained her Fellowship in General Practice in South Australia. Most recently, she worked part-time in general practice and part-time in Palliative Care at Modbury Hospital, South Australia. Eventually, she saw the light and moved to Victoria with her husband! She has a Diploma of Child Health and a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine, and participates in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program.
Sommai’s special interests include: Chronic disease management, Children's Health, Women's health including pap smears, Sexual health, Palliative care. She does Implanon insertions and removals, Skin excisions and Iron Infusions. As well as these interests, she enjoys all aspects of family medicine and particularly enjoys getting to know her patients, their families and their community. Outside of work, you’ll find Sommai trying to go for jogs with her dog Nala, organising hiking trips with her family and friends and finding new recipes to try out at home.
Dr Jag Nandra
Jag has been at the Village Clinic since February 2004
Jag enjoys the variety which general practice offers. He is passionate about caring for his patients and believes in holistic care. Jag’s special interest includes chronic disease management (heart disease, diabetes, thyroid etc.), mental health, skin cancer medicine, men’s health, palliative care, travel medicine and minor surgical/musculoskeletal procedures and implanon insertion/removal.
Jag is a medical supervisor and clinical teacher for GP training registrars and 4th year medical students. Additionally he is also an examiner at the college of GPs.
Dr Kelly Vlamakis
Kelly has been at the Village Clinic since May 2002
Kelly has a holistic approach to health and well being. Kelly enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially managing women’s health, mental health and maintaining physical and emotional well being
MBBS (Hons), FRACGP
Dr Luke Carter
Luke has been with the Village Clinic since January 2007
Luke lives locally with his amazing wife and four children.
He takes a holistic approach and enjoys the unpredictable and varied challenges that general practice offers.
Luke's special interests include chronic disease management, mental health care, skin cancer medicine, minor surgical procedures, travel health, mens health, injury and pain management, paediatrics, LGBTIQ health.
He consults regularly at a local retirement village. He has particular experience in the health of the elderly.
MBBS (Hons), BMedSci (Hons), FRACGP
Dr Anja Grunt
Anja has been with the Village Clinic since February 2014
Anja enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially managing women’s health, family medicine, travel medicine, and managing and promoting health and well being for her patients.
Dr Patrick Renshaw
Patrick has been with the Village Clinic since February 2015.
Patrick previously worked as a sports and musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for 10 years prior to obtaining his medical degree. He has a keen interest in sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. Patrick’s other interests include paediatrics, family medicine, advising on travel medicine, performing minor procedures, and managing health and well being for all stages of life.
MBBS, FRACGP, BAS (Physiotherapy), GradDipPaed
Dr Joel Buikstra
BBiomedSc, GradDipEd, MD, DCH, FRACGP
After growing up on the Gold Coast, Joel moved to Melbourne to pursue his career in Medicine. He completed his training at The University of Melbourne and then spent 3 years at The Austin Hospital gaining experience in several specialty units before embarking on specialty GP training. Whilst in GP training, Joel also completed a Diploma of Child Health.
Joel enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a particular interest in paediatrics, chronic disease management, sports injuries, men’s health, and minor procedures. The continuity of care in the community is a particularly rewarding aspect of general practice for Joel. Outside of work, you’ll find him adventuring with his wife and little boy on hikes and camping, in the kitchen trying out new recipes, or trying to stay fit in the gym.
Cynthia has been with the Village Clinic since June 2013 as a Practice Nurse. After attaining her Certificate of Dermoscopy, she has been performing Skin Cancer Checks at the clinic since 2016.
Skin Cancer Check
Skin cancer checks are a proven method of detecting skin cancers early. Most skin cancers are effectively managed if detected early. In Australia, skin cancers account for around 80% of newly diagnosed cancers and Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancers in the world (Source – Cancer Council Australia)Anyone can develop skin cancers, and the risk increases with age. There are many preventative measures which help in reducing your risks of developing skin cancers. It is worthwhile to book in for a full skin check.
Peter Thomas, Physiotherapist
Peter is a physiotherapist specialising in treating musculoskeletal, and sports injury conditions. Peter works closely with the doctors.
B. Sci, B.Physiotherapy
Dr Simmone Ryan
Dr Simmone Ryan is a registered clinical psychologist. Her experience in working with adolescents and adults has been accrued from a variety of settings including private practice, government-funded public organisations, university, and acute adult psychiatric care. She has a special interest in bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Simmone believes that fundamental elements in a working therapeutic relationship include mutual-respect, transparency, and collaboration. She continually strives to provide a non-judgemental and safe space for clients. Treatment is tailored for the individual using evidence based therapies, some of which include Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy.
B.BNSC, B.SC (HONS),D.PSYCH (CLINICAL),MAPS,FCCLP