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488 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton 3054

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About CMC

Carlton Medical Centre is a long established clinic that is owned and run by doctors. 

We are a group of experienced independent medical practitioners working together to provide a caring, high-quality, family-friendly general practice that provides a comprehensive range of medical services. We have good relationships and familiarity with other health providers and specialists in our area. 

The GPs at the Centre are well supported by a dedicated team including our Practice Managers Linda & Hannah, our nurses Sue and Mary-Anne, and our administrative staff Lena, Julie, Jayne, Emily & Stamata. The Centre also houses a podiatrist on 2 days each week.

From 2021 Carlton Medical Centre will also be a GP training practice. We will have qualified doctors (Registrars) gaining experience at the practice for periods of 6-12 months. They will typically have gained special skills prior to attending the practice in addition to having up-to-date knowledge of treatments available.


Our doctors:

 Dr Fiona Cochrane, MBBS (Hons), OAM

Fiona graduated from Monash University and has been working in General Practice at Carlton Medical Centre for over 30 years.

Fiona has a particular interest in women’s health but enjoys the breadth of General Practice, particularly looking after families.

She has been a Shared Maternity Care Affiliate for over 10 years.

Fiona is not routinely taking new patients except for family members of existing patients or in special circumstances.


Dr Sally Dooley, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Diploma of Obstetrics), Certificate in Sexual & Reproductive Health, MPH

Sally graduated from Melbourne University and completed her clinical training at St Vincents Hospital. She has enjoyed work in a range of hospital environments including the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She has subsequently gained experience in remote health but has now worked in General Practice since 2001, moving to Carlton Medical Centre in 2011.

Sally has particular interests in women’s health including being a Shared Care provider, paediatrics, preventive health and wellness but enjoys the full breadth of providing health care in General Practice.

Sally is not routinely taking new patients except for family members of existing patients or local shared pregnancy care patients.


Dr Maria Teresa "Tessa" Gomez, MBBS, DRANZCOG

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Tessa graduated from Monash University and has over 35 years of experience in General Practice.

She sees a broad range of patients.

Dr Gomez is not routinely taking new patients.

Dr Zahid Haider, FRACGP, MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine & Skin Cancer Surgery

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Zahid has been working in General Practice since 2011. Prior to this he has worked at various Victorian hospitals including Ballarat base Hospital and The Alfred Hospital in Emergency, Trauma and Surgery.

Zahid specialises in conducting skin checks, the removal of skin lesions and skin cancers, skin flaps and grafts, treatment of ingrown toenails and joint injections. He is also qualified with internal contraception including Implant and Mirena, and giving iron infusions.

Dr Haider works from the Centre on Fridays.


Dr Joyce Kant, MBBS, Certificate of Women’s Health via RANZCOG

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Joyce completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne and has since worked at hospitals and clinics across Melbourne.

Joyce is interested in all aspects of general practice, but has a passion for women's and children's health. She has an additional qualification in Child health (the Sydney Child Health Program) through The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Dr Kant is not routinely taking new patients.


 Dr Melissa Hynes, MD, FRACGP, BBiomed

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Dr Melissa Hynes graduated from Melbourne University with a Doctor of Medicine in 2016.  After undertaking further training at the Austin Hospital, The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Health, she made the transition into general practice in 2021.

in 2022 Melissa was awarded the Richard Clinton Gutch medal for the highest overall score in Victoria for the RACGP Fellowship examinations. She subsequently obtained her Fellowship of General Practice in 2023.

Melissa has a special interest in child and adolescent health, women's health and sexual health. She has completed additional training in paediatrics through the Sydney Child Health program. 

Melissa has returned to Carlton Medical Centre after a period of maternity leave.

Dr Leah CurtisMBBS (Hons), FRACGP,
a new doctor who will be working from our rooms.
Leah graduated Monash University in 2000 and completed GP training in 2007.
Leah has 15 years of experience in General Practice caring for people across the entire age spectrum. 
She is a Shared Care Maternity affiliate. She is also accredited for Implanon insertion and removal and MTOP.
Leah is experienced in managing many chronic conditions and also has an interest in caring for older people. 

Dr Noushin Sattar is returning to work from our rooms from February 2024, having worked with us previously as a registrar.

Noushin graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2017 and has been working in Melbourne since her internship.

She has gained experience in a variety of specialties and enjoys all aspects of General Practice. Her special interests include women's and children's health as well as preventative medicine.

Dr Marina Leeour registrar from August 2023 to 2024.

Marina received her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2015 and has since worked at hospitals and clinics across Melbourne. 

She is interested in all aspects of General Practice including working with children, having completed additional training in Paediatrics and having two young children of her own. 





Dr Steven Ding, our latest registrar.


Steven completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney. He worked at major hospitals in Sydney before settling back in  Melbourne.

He has a further qualification in children’s medicine (Sydney Child Health Program), has completed the Update Course in Obstetric Medicine (Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand), an Advanced Life Support 2 certificate, and is accredited for Implanon insertion and removal. 


Steven enjoys all aspects of general practice, with a particular interest in chronic disease management and children's health. 


Steven will be working at Carlton Medical Centre from February - August 2024.

Janet Long Nakamarra


Our practice team:

Podiatry Services

David Jayapaul provides podiatry services from a room at our clinic every Tuesday & Thursday.

Appointments with David can be made via reception at the Medical Centre.