Meet Our Team

Doctors

Dr Sacha Ruberu – MBBS, FRACGP
Background – Dr Ruberu graduated from University of Tasmania in 2002.  She worked in the United Kingdom in several tertiary hospitals as well as in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney before commencing her specialist training as a General Practitioner. She qualified as a Fellow of the the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2009.  She has  worked in several general practices around Sydney.
Special Interests – Her special interests include women’s, child health, mental & preventative health.
Dr Lara Monaghan – MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, FPNSW Certificate
Background – Dr. Lara Monaghan graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012, has worked at a number of different hospitals throughout Sydney during her training and has been with our team for over 3 years.
Special Interests – Dr. Monaghan's interests are Women's Health, Sexual Health, and pediatrics. She has additional studies in Childrens' Health and Family Planning.
Personal Interests When not working, she enjoys traveling and playing tennis or working up a sweat at the gym.
Dr Salie Greengarten – MBBS, MRCP (UK)
Background – Dr. Salie Greengarten has worked as a general practitioner in Lane Cove for over 30 years and we are pleased to have him be apart of our team.
Special Interests -  His special interests are Chronic Disease Management, skin checks, minor surgical procedures, Veteran's Care and men's health as well as all other aspects of general practice.
Personal Interests -  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Dr Fiona Napier-Flood – BSc,  PhD,  MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
Background – Dr. Fiona Napier-Flood graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. She completed her hospital training in Westmead, Auburn and Westmead Children's Hospital and has worked in several general practices across Sydney. Dr. Fiona Napier-Flood also has further training in Children's health. Prior to medicine, she completed a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Sydney in 1993 and worked in medical research for over 15 years.
Special Interests – Weight management, Diabetes, mental health, preventative health and paediatric health.
Personal Interests - Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and encouraging others to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Jeremy Robertson –  Aviation Medical Examiner (BAv, ME(Aero), MBBS, DAME, ATPL)
Background –  Dr.  Robertson is a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) and is available to conduct CASA Class1, Class 2, and Class 3 aviation medical examinations, as well as Qantas Group Pre-Employment Health Assessments (PEHA). Prior to commencing a career in medicine, Jeremy worked as an airline pilot for nine years, accumulating 8,000 hours across a wide range of aircraft. He continues to fly at every opportunity as a private pilot, including flying himself out to country NSW once a month to offer aviation medicine services to the towns of Temora, Cowra, Mudgee, and Parkes.
Bookings - Dr. Robertson is only available for Aviation Medicals.  Please call Dr. Robertson directly on 1300 093 787 to make an appointment, or visit aeromed.net.au for more information.  
Dr Tannie Tong – MBBS, FRACGP, DCH
Background – Dr. Tong graduated from the University of Tasmania, with a couple of years of experience in the Rural Clinical School in Burnie, Tasmania. She enjoys General Practice, because of the opportunity to work with each person in the community to be their healthiest and happiest version.
Special Interests – She is interested in all aspects of General Practice.
Personal Interests – Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, running, drawing, travelling, modelling.
Dr Shihab Hameed – Paediatric Endocrinologist (Bsc(Med), MBBS (Hons), DCH, FRACP,PhD)
Background - Dr. Shihab Hameed is a Specialist Paediatric Endocrinologist with clinical appointments as Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. He completed medical schooling with Honours from the University of New South Wales, and sub-specialization in Paediatric Endocrinology through Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. He has also been awarded a Ph.D. in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes through the University of New South Wales. He has also practiced for many years as a Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology across other sites including Campbelltown and Nepean Hospital. Dr. Hameed has a strong track record and interest in clinical research and has been awarded many competitive research grants including from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). He is a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.
Special interests - Dr. Hameed has expertise in the management of growth disorders, puberty issues, adrenal dysfunction, pituitary and thyroid abnormalities, obesity, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes mellitus, insulin pump therapy, and continuous glucose monitoring.
Personal interests - Outside of work, he enjoys bushwalking and kayaking in the local area and spending time with his family.
Dr Claudia Lin – MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Paeds
Background - Dr Lin graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2006. She previously trained in Paediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s hospital for 3 years. She has a diploma in Paediatrics, obtained in 2010.
Special Interests -  Paediatrics, Women’s health, travel medicine and mental health. Fluent in Mandarin.
Personal Interests -  Outside of general practice, Dr. Lin enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and hosting dinner parties.
Dr Rosanne Robosa – MBBS, CCFP, FRACGP
Background - Dr Robosa completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney. Prior to entering General Practice she trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and completed her training across several practices in Sydney. She is also holds a Certificate of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, where she worked for several years as a GP.
Special Interests -  Dr Robosa enjoys all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in women's health and paediatrics.
Dr Nishant Valecha – BSc, MBBS, MMed
Background - Dr. Valecha completed his BSc in psychology in the USA, MBBS at Australian National University, followed by a Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Sydney.
Special Interests - Dr. Valecha has a particular interest in skin, practising evidence based medicine, and prevention of chronic disease. He also takes particular interest in helping his patients in setting and achieving their goals.
Personal Interests - Outside of medicine Dr. Valecha enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. He is currently in his final term of the GP training program.
Dr Sharanya Sivakumar – FRACGP, MBBS, BMedSci, DCh
Background – Dr Sharanya Sivakumar graduated from the University of Melbourne, and trained through several hospitals in Victoria before finishing her specialist training in General Practice. She has worked in Wollongong, Port Macquarie and Canberra, prior to moving to Western Sydney. She has completed a Diploma of Child Health through the University of Sydney, as well as certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery.
Special Interests – Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Sexual Health, Diabetes.
Personal Interests – Outside of work, she enjoys getting lost in books, and hanging out with family and friends.
Dr Yew Lim Cheng – MBBS, FRACGP
Background - Dr Yew-Lim Cheng graduated from medicine at The University of Queensland. Following a rewarding stint in Critical Care, Oncology and Palliative Care medicine at Liverpool Hospital and St George Hospital, he decided that becoming a GP is the best way forward in providing ongoing quality care to his patients.
Special Interests -   Dr Cheng is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, with a keen interest in paediatrics, aged care and palliative care. His focus is to achieve positive outcomes for all his patients through preventive healthcare.
Personal Interests -  Outside of work, Dr Cheng enjoys cooking, swimming, gardening, fishing, and spending time with his young family.
Dr Andrew Howard – MBBS, BE (Biomedical)
Background – Dr Andrew Howard is a GP registrar in his last term of training. He completed a degree in Biomedical Engineering prior to completing his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2012. He has had further training in orthopaedics, ophthalmology and emergency medicine.
Special Interests – Sports medicine, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal conditions, ophthalmology, skin cancers.
Personal Interests – In his spare time he enjoys fishing, photography, cooking and spending time with his family.

Allied Health

Patrick Kubel – Physiotherapist
Background – Patrick graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2012, with previous degrees in Exercise & Sport Science (UWS) and Clinical Rehabilitation (USYD). Patrick has over 10 years’ experience in rehabilitation and injury management. He has worked as a qualified Personal Trainer in a gym based setting as well as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in the Occupational Health Industry. He has worked with elite level athletes including the NSW Men and Women’s Volleyball teams. Having attended numerous seminars and conferences around the world, Patrick is up to date with the latest research and best practice to ensure your health related goals are achieved in the most effective manner.
Special Interests – Combining ideologies from both Eastern and Western philosophy, Patrick provides a patient-centered approach to healthcare that empowers his patients to make effective decisions to achieve an optimal recovery. He advocates an active approach to rehabilitation and facilitates natural healing processes of the human body. Key areas include Postural Pain, Sporting Injuries, Chronic (Persistent) Pain, Occupational Injuries and Musculo-Skeletal Pain.
Personal Interests – In his spare time, Patrick enjoys reading philosophy, keeping fit and composing music.
Naim Bireroglu – Podiatrist
Background –  Naim has completed a Bachelor of Health Science/Mastering in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Western Sydney. His experience covers alls scopes of podiatric care including biomechanical, chronic disease, pediatric and general podiatry. He has worked in many different settings including mobile podiatry, high risk in public hospital setting both local and internationally as well as having extensive private practice podiatry experience. His love of sports (including basketball and powerlifting amongst many other sports) has also fueled his interest in sports biomechanics in which is his most experienced scope of practice.
Special Interests -   Sports biomechanics and Chronic Disease Management
Personal Interests - Outside of work, Naim enjoys playing basketball, powerlifting and traveling
Dr Julie Yoon – Clinical Psychologist (Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Clinical Psychology)
Background – Julie is a Clinical Psychologist who is trained in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological and psychiatric conditions. Her aim is to understand, prevent, and relieving psychologically-based distress and to promote wellbeing and personal development in her clients. Julie is experienced in providing individual and group interventions to school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with a range of emotional, behavioural and mental health conditions including emotion dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, and complex developmental trauma related to negative early life experiences and attachment disruption.
Special Interests –  Julie uses a combination of research-based psychological interventions to support her clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Bowen Family Systems Therapy, and Mindfulness skills. Julie has trained in both public and private mental health care settings such as Mood Disorders Unit at Northside Clinic, Pain Management and Research Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital, and Coral Tree Family Service - residential child and family unit for complex emotional and behavioural childhood problems at Macquarie Hospital. Another of Julie's interest is conducting cognitive/educational assessment for learning disorders, giftedness, developmental delay, and ADHD in children and adolescents.
Sonja Temelkovski – Clinical Psychologist (MPsych, BPsych (Hon))
Background - Sonja Temelkovski completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong in 2001 and has worked as a clinical psychologist for over fifteen years for the Illawarra Area Health Service and Concord General Repatriation Hospital.  Sonja is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Sonja’s clinical experience includes providing assessment and treatment for a wide range of psychological and psychiatric conditions to assist patients to live in accordance with their life values. Sonja is skilled in the formulation of individualised care plans and the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Brief Psycho dynamic Therapy. Sonja has worked with adults and the elderly who are experiencing challenges with acute/chronic anxiety and mood disorders, depression, trauma, relationships, personality, self-esteem and adjustment to challenging life events.  Sonja ‘s hospital experience has included providing consultation to the neuro-rehabilitation team through mental health assessments and facilitating supportive psychotherapy and CBT interventions targeting anxiety, depression and adjustment to acute and chronic medical illnesses for patients and their families.
Special Interests - Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Health Anxiety, Grief and Couple’s Counselling, Chronic Disease Management.
Personal Interest - Socialising with friends and family, travelling, fluent in Macedonian.
Erika Hung- The Lifestyle Dietitian
Background – Erika is a qualified accrediting dietitian at The Lifestyle Dietitian. She is experienced in managing a range of health conditions through diet and lifestyle change, in particular, chronic diseases such as T2DM (diabetes), heart disease, and weight management. She has grown a strong interest in plant-based nutrition and gut health.
Special Interests – With a passion for continuous learning, Erika is committed to ensuring she is up-to-date with the latest evidence in the ever-evolving field of nutrition. Erika enjoys translating complex scientific nutrition information into personalised, easy-to-digest and practical advice for patients.
Personal Interests – In her spare time, Erika enjoys getting outdoors, taking long walks and finding new cafes to enjoy food with her family and friends. She believes the social settings and the people we enjoy food with are equally important as the nutrients within the food we eat. She carries this belief through her practice as a Dietitian.
Milica Kecmanovic – Registered Psychologist (BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych, GDPsychSc, PhD)
Background- Milica is a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychology Registrar. She has completed a Master in Clinical Psychology, as well as advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with internationally acclaimed trainers. Milica uses evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness, with an empathetic and client-centred approach. Milica has presented her research on the topics of anxiety and interpersonal problems at international psychology conferences. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and is a SIRA approved provider.
Milica has a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental approach in her therapy.  Milica has experience in treating adults and adolescents in both public and private practice settings. She has worked with individuals, and their families, who are facing problems with depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, eating disorders, as well as relationship problems, anger, carer stress, adjustment problems, chronic pain, and parenting concerns.
Before training in clinical psychology, Milica had a career in research and teaching in health economics at several Australian universities and has also had experience working in the corporate sector. She has also lived in five countries, which has given her a rich personal experience and has contributed to her broad-minded and non-judgemental approach.
Special interests- Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Cross-cultural Adjustment.
Personal interests- Spending time with family and friends, travelling, learning languages, yoga.
Sam Connell – Physiotherapist
Background- Sam is our latest addition to the Lane Cove Family. He has experience in acute care physiotherapy, post- operative recovery and rehabilitation and outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy. If that's not enough, Sam has worked with the Manly Sea Eagles NRL team-  pre- season injury screening.
Special interests- Sam has a patient- centred approach to healthcare, providing optimal recovery. His key interests include post- operative management, cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, sporting injuries, chronic musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and occupational injuries.
Personal interests- Outside his work life, Sam likes to keep active by playing basketball, tennis or golf. If he's not doing that, he'll either be reading a good novel or he'll be on his guitar serenading his wife.
Brigitte Zonta – Coaching Psychologist (BA SocSci (Psychology), BA Teach, PostGradDipPsych, MSci (Coaching Psychology), Gottman Therapy Level 1 & 2)
Background - Brigitte Zonta is highly experienced coaching psychologist who has worked in various private and public sectors for over the last 10 years. Brigitte completed an Undergraduate degree in General Psychology and a post graduate degree in Teaching at The University of Western Sydney, a Postgraduate Degree in psychology at University of Wollongong and a master’s degree in Coaching Psychology from The University of Sydney. As a registered and coaching Psychologist, Brigitte is passionate about working with a range of individuals in helping them understand, develop and manage life! Brigitte works with individuals to overcome a range of difficulties that can affect wellbeing at home, work and school. Brigitte is experienced at providing treatment for various problems, including but not limited to treating clients with anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, relationship challenges, pre-marital success sessions, managing change, depression, trauma, phobias, anger, carer and study stress, adjustment problems and parenting concerns.
Special Interests -  Brigitte likes to practice using the principles of positive psychology, supporting people to feel more empowered in their lives as well as build confidence in decisions they make throughout life. Brigitte strives to support her clients to face everyday life and internal challenges, as well as uncover and develop their unique strengths and capabilities to create their best life and self. Brigitte works from a strengths-based approach and is driven to help people shift their negative thinking, feeling and behavioural patterns and become more productive and positively engaged in their own lives. Working closely with medical practitioners to help supplement the body with what is missing so that the individual is holistically supported and performing at optimal levels. Brigitte is an advocate for promoting calm minds and healthy bodies. As a highly sought-after executive coach, Brigitte has led a rewarding and successful career supporting professionals, executives and organisations reach new heights. As a coaching psychologist here at Nuvo Health, Brigitte will be providing therapeutic services, as well as executive, performance and corporate coaching.
Personal Interests - Brigitte has worked in various cities in Australia and worked abroad in the Middle East for some years, fuelling her passion for travel. When possible, Brigitte takes the opportunity to head out on a new adventure to explore new places. Most weekend you’ll find her with family, exercising, trying out a local brunch spot or lazing by the beach.

Practice Staff

Kendall Westropp- Hill – Practice Manager
Kendall joined Lane Cove Doctors Medical Centre in July 2019. Coming from a strong background within the Medical and Allied Health industry and a degree in Business, she brings with her new and exciting ideas, a coffee machine and a warming smile. Her hobbies include Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, outdoor activities, travelling and downtime her partner, puppy and a good book.