Monbulk Family Clinic Team
Dr John Gruner started at Selby Family Clinic in 1995, and opened the Monbulk Clinic in June 1999. In addition he is available at Selby and Kallista Medical Centre. John is married to a local, Kirsti, and they have 4 offspring. John’s interests are playing chamber music, singing, horticulture and goats. John completed his obstetrics diploma in 1992 and worked at the Children’s Hospital in 1991. He is interested in the broad range of general practice, from kids to “mature” people with complex problems. He has completed a Master of Bioethics, to do with the ethics of complementary medicine and is a member of the Australian Medical Acupuncture association. John is an examiner for the Royal College of General Practice and Deakin University and a Registrar supervisor. In 2009 he started his PhD in bioethics due to finish in 2019. He fiddles in the Australian Doctor's Orchestra, Nicholas Chamber Orchestra and "Clunes Music".
Dr Dan Jeyaseelan has extensive experience in surgery, emergencies, complex medical issues and children. He has special interests in surgical matters and skin procedures and has been involved in teaching at Monash Uni, as well as his obvious enthusiasm and expertise in General Practice. Dan hosts Medical Students from various Universities and is a Registrar training supervisor.
Dr Aldona Jones graduated in 1997 and completed her Obstetrics training in Sale and College of G.P Fellowship in 2001. Prior to coming to Monbulk, Aldona has worked in General Practice in Pakenham and Bairnsdale. Aldona has interests in making music, gardening, reading and is fluent in Polish.
Dr Kirsten Van Haaster graduated from medicine in 1995 and has been at the Monbulk Family Clinic since 2001, completing her College of G.P Fellowship in 2003. She holds further postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology. Kirsten lives in the area with her young family. She loves working in general practice and has broad interests in medicine through all life stages. Kirsten is a Registrar training supervisor.
Dr. Kim Eng obtained the FRACGP in 1994, Graduate Diploma in Family Practice (Dermatology ) in 2001 & Fellow of College of Family Physician (Singapore) in 2003. Since 2004, he has enjoyed practicing in a rural environment in Coleraine & Casterton which included teaching medical students and registrars. Kim Eng has advanced training in dermatology.
Dr Aidin Riahifard joined Monbulk Family Clinic in 2014. Aidin graduated as a General Practitioner in 2003 having had extensive experience in emergency medicine, intensive care, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and general practice in Victoria since 2006. Enjoying all aspects of general practice enthusiastically, Aidin's special interests are chronic disease management, skin lesions, minor surgical procedures, obstetrics and women's health. He is besotted with his little girl!
Dr Rebecca Lowe grew up and lives locally and was with us as a registrar and returned after completing her College of G.P Fellowship. Bec has a broad range of experience in many parts of rural Australia as well as New Zealand and we are glad she has returned to our team at Monbulk. Bec enjoys walking, gardens and dogs and kids.
Dr Lakhsmi Vengadasalam is both a Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand College of General Practitioners and has experience working across different specialties. She has a particular interest in the health of young children, women and families. She loves singing, music and reading.
Dr. Steve Pinolo
Dr Steven Pinolo is a General Practice Registrar who will be with us from February to August 2019. Steven graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2014 and has 4 years of hospital experience, in a wide variety of settings including Austin Health, Eastern Health, Northern Health and Echuca Regional Health. His interests include acute and emergency medicine, chronic disease management, dermatology, and practical procedures (plasters, wound care, sutures and more). He has a growing interest in child health, and has recently completed the Sydney Child Health Program. He grew up and continues to live in the outer North East suburbs of Melbourne with his fiancé. In his downtime, he enjoys hiking, gardening, sports, exercising, travelling, and trying to learn Italian.
Nursing staff - Karin, Alison, Louise, Sarah, and Kirsti are our nurses who offer a wide variety of treatment room services such as Triaging, wound care, Immunisations, Pap Smears, ear syringes, spirometry, venesection, Health Assessments as well as assisting Doctors with procedures. Our nurses also run our Chronic Disease Clinics which open up services to patients with more complex needs. Patients with a complex chronic illness are entitled to 5 funded paramedical services a year.
Eileen Collins is our Diabetes Educator. Eileen has been involved in the education of patients, nurses and doctors at the International Diabetes Institute for many years and now consults here on Thursdays.
Our Administration and Reception staff are Annette, Anne, Liz, Willeke, Cheryl, Michelle, Cris, Barb, Trisha, Melissa, Shardee, Tania and Kingston.
Please contact our staff should you have any questions about the practice or the doctors. We try to promote a warm environment where you receive quality care. Please provide feedback at reception (via the comments box if you want), by phone or to your GP.