I joined the Sharp Street Surgery 25 years ago, in 1991. After previously completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, I undertook further training in Rural NSW. Another five years of post-graduate training was spent in England where I gained my Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.
One of my interests is in teaching and learning, and I have been very involved with the training of GP registrars since 1993. Since 2006 I have held an appointment as a Senior lecturer in the ANU Rural Clinical School as well as the Academic Co-ordinator for the Monaro Region.
My other areas of interest in the medical field include Mental Health and Geriatric Medicine.
Dr Brian Tugwell
I joined the practice in 1997, having moved from East Arnhem Land, NT, via Inverell. We soon realised this was the place to be, and have loved raising our family here and being part of the local community. My work has developed since then, pursuing an interest in skin cancer medicine and surgery. I continue to enjoy all aspects of general practice, and work at The Cooma Hospital in Emergency and Anaesthetics. I am the practice GP registrar supervisor, and have enjoyed this role over the last 10 years, trying to sell the Rural Medicine life to GP's in training.
General Practice to me, is all about trying to help people navigate their way through a complex and potentially treacherous medical system, helping them to make decisions about their healthcare.
Away from work, I breed Dorper sheep, enjoy family bushwalks, and have just done my first (and possibly last) half marathon. I'm also a committed lap swimmer at the Cooma Pool.
Dr David Learoyd
We moved to Cooma to become part of the Sharp Street Surgery in August 1997. I love being part of the Cooma and Monaro community, and especially providing Maternity services through my Obstetrics Practice at the Surgery and at Cooma Hospital. To keep the balance, I perform vasectomies here at the surgery.
I value being able to practice many different aspects of medicine here in the country, and I have a special interest in Drug and Alcohol care and Mental Health Issues. I work one day a week at the Cooma Gaol, and I am also involved in Anaesthetics and Emergency Department at the Cooma Hospital as well as In-Patient care.
Despite the success of "Dancing With The Cooma Stars" in 2012, I am jealously guarding my beard. Don't expect it to be going anywhere anytime soon!
Dr Christine Human
I have been in Australia since 2004, inititially in Central Queensland. I completed my Australian Fellowship early in 2006, and in 2008 changed from the tropical coast to the Snowy Mountains.
I love the variation of general practice in a small town, and the continuity and scope of care that we can provide in this context. On the other hand there is the desire to be better in certain fields of medicine. Sharp Street Surgery is a big practice, which gives us an opportunity to create our individual type of practice according to interest. My passion in medicine is leaning towards Internal Medicine, and I have a large practice dealing with diabetes, rheumatology, osteoporosis, as well as cardiac disease and respiratory medicine.
Outside of the practice I have a family of two adult children and two Burmese cats. Only in Australia can children of an immigrant get the opportunity to study at some of the best universities in the whole world, and I am grateful that they both embraced the chance with open arms.
My other hobbies are running, my favourite distance is the half marathon, and gardening. I have a flourishing garden, with drought and cold resistant plants, which is my pride and joy. I love a good read, and that often turns out to be medicine!
And of course I love to hang out with all my new Australian friends. I am privileged to have excellent staff at the surgery, which is like my other family, with all my blood family over the water in distant South Africa.
Dr Sean Truter
After completing my medical and surgical degrees at Stellenbosch University I went on to work at a rural hospital in South Africa for five years. From there I spent two years at a training hospital where I completed a Diploma in Anaesthetics, spending another 8 months working in the Orthopaedic Department.
In the eight years before immigrating, I worked for a Mining Company and was part of a team of ten Doctors servicing a community of forty thousand. I then immigrated to Australia from South Africa in 2008. After arriving in Australia I completed the Fellowship examination for The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Outside of the practice I am a very keen skier and love to surf. A very supportive family man, I love to spend time with them and support the soccer teams.
Dr Effie Parakilas
I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989 and became a Fellow of the College of General Practice in 1998. Having always had an interest in Women's Health, I pursued this through a Graduate Certificate in Women's Health through Monash University and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health from Family Planning ACT. I now practice in the area of Women's Health and Sexual Health, offering appointments on Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's, as well as a Walk-In Clinic (no appointment needed) on Monday afternoons at 182 Sharp Street, predominantly for contraception and STI screening.
I am married to Brian and have three beautiful children. Outside of the practice I love family dinners, roaring log fires, tending to our garden, country walks and living on the Monaro.
Dr Dawn Glasgow
I grew up in the UK and trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, graduating with MB.BS in 1986. I passed my GP exams (MRCGP) in 1991 before moving to Australia with my husband, Dr Robert Wiles and son, Tim then 4 months old. In 1992 I worked for 6 months in Canberra before achieving registration in NSW and started working at the Sharp Street Surgery in 1993 after our second child Amy was born. We had 2 more children, Alex in 1995 and Lucy in 1998.
At present I work part-time, 3 days a week, and have an interest in Mental Health and Counselling, having studied through UNE and graduating with Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2010. I am also a FRACGP and FACRRM (Fellow of Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine). As well, I have experience in CBT and person-centred therapy and in helping people with depression, anxiety and relationship problems.
Away from work I enjoy singing, music, walking in the bush and cooking, but finding the adjustment to cooking for two quite challenging as our youngest child left home this year! I also love curling up with a good book.
Dr Sue Rainsford
After graduating from UNSW in 1987 I moved to the Snowy Mountains in 1993 and joined the Sharp Street Surgery in May 2000. While working as a GP I completed a Masters in Family Medicine (Monash) in 2013 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliatvie Medicine in 2014. I currently work part-time in Cooma (Palliative Medicine Specialist, and VMO at the Cooma Hospital) as well as part-time Palliative Medicine Staff Specialist at Clare Holland House hospice in Canberra. My interest in rural palliative care has led me to pursue a PhD at ANU, researching end-of-life care in rural settings.
In my spare time I enjoy tending to my Dorper sheep, gardening, cycling and travelling.
Dr Steve Murdoch
I grew up in Canberra, studied nursing at the old Canberra Hospital. Moved to Gosford to do midwifery and critical care nursing in preparation for moving to the Northern Territory. Worked in Darwin, then Gove for 9 years before studying Medicine at Flinders in South Australia. Moved back to the NT and completed my medical training. Worked at Royal Darwin Hospital before moving back to Gove to pursue my interest in Aboriginal Health and fishing. Moved back to Darwin after 2 years and continued working at RDH in anaesthetics and doing FIFO in remote communities. I have worked in the NT, Kimberly, Torres Straits, Charleville and Bourke.
My family all now live in Cooma. My plan is to continue working in Cooma part time and doing locums/fishing in the Kimberly and NT.
Dr Peita Lidster
I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Newcastle University in 2007. Following that I worked a a Junior Doctor at Wyong and Gosford Hospitals. Prior to working in General Practice I worked for several years in Paediatrics in various hospitals around NSW, particularly at John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle, and Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney.
I started working in General Practice in Jindabyne, prior to commencing at Sharp Street Surgery in February 2016. Additional qualifications in Child Health, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Reproductive & Sexual Health. I have a particular interest in teaching medical students, shared antenatal care (with local GP Obstetricians or Obstetricians in Canberra), paediatrics (children), adolescent and young people's health, women's health and emergency medicine. With VMO rights at the Cooma Hosptial, I am working in the Emergency Department as well as seeing my patients on the ward.
Married with one very cute little boy. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing and gardening. I am looking forward to a long and rewarding career as a GP in the Snowy Mountains/Monaro area.
Dr Elise Warren
I graduated with a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from Australian National University in Canberra in 2015. Since then I have been working at various hospitals in the region including Canberra Hospital, Goulburn Hospital and South East Regional Hospital. I joined the Sharp Street Surgery as a GP registrar in 2019 and am enjoying living in Cooma and becoming part of the community.
Prior to medicine I completed a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and Public Relations in Queensland and went on to work in marketing for several years. Although it was an interesting profession, I always felt drawn to medicine and am looking forward to a fulfilling career as a GP.
I have additional qualifications with a Diploma of Child Health and Certificate of Emergency Medicine and enjoy all aspects of general practice, with particular interests in paediatrics and emergency medicine.
Dr Annie Collins
I joined the practice in 2019 having trained mainly around the Southern Eastern NSW region. I'm a Canberra girl originally and despite my many adventures, I always return to this part of the world. I graduated from ANU Medical School in 2009 and did my training mostly at Canberra Hospital and Queanbeyan with one year off in Broken Hill working for the Flying Doctors. I gained my Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine with advanced skills in Emergency Medicine and then went on to do the Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics. Now I get to combine my many interests into one fabulous practice - general practice, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology. I am now with the fantastic midwives delivering babies at Cooma Hospital and find it the best job in the world, even when it happens at 4am.
With three children I'm not really sure what this "free time" business is, and my interests include driving my children around to their activities and picking up after everyone. I do like walking my dogs though when I get the chance!