OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES

Dr Geoffrey Thomas

BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), Dip Obs, Dip Av Med, FACRRM

GP Synergy Registrar Supervisor

Dr Geoffrey Thomas is the founder of Sapphire Clinic which has been servicing the community for 20 years, providing comprehensive and patient focused care. Prior to this, Dr Thomas spent 7 years in hospital training before 8 years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as a rural practitioner. He then settled in Merimbula with his wife Marasri, who is a great support to the Clinic. Geoff’s experience is diverse with experience in Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Aboriginal Health and Aviation medicine. Geoff says, “I’ve seen what medicine can and can’t cure, nowadays I’m interested in helping people achieve the best quality of life available to them”. Geoff’s interests include diabetes, obesity and lifestyle medicine and he is accredited to perform Aviation medicals. Geoff is a GP Synergy Registrar Supervisor for both ACRRM and RACGP registrars. He has received a teaching excellence award from the Australian National University for his contribution to medical student education.

Dr Thomas is currently not accepting new patients.

Dr Yin Lee

MBBS, Dip of Child Health, DRANZCOG (Adv), FRACGP

GP Synergy Registrar Supervisor

Dr Yin Lee first came to our clinic as a student in 2010 and returned to complete her GP training at Sapphire Clinic. She is now one of our permanent Fellow GPs.

She has a special interest in Women’s and Children’s Health, having completed additional training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with an Advanced Diploma in Women’s Health as well as a Diploma in Child Health. She works at South East Regional Hospital as GP Obstetrician in the Maternity Unit supporting our local Obstetrics and Gynaecology Service.

She undertakes shared antenatal care, Implanon, Mirena insertions and general skin excisions/biopsies at the clinic. She enjoys the breadth of rural general practice which also extends her experience to chronic disease management, preventative health, aged care and palliative care.

Her goal is to look after you as a whole person in a caring and supportive way. Outside of being a busy GP, Yin enjoys spending time with her young family in the great outdoors of the Sapphire Coast!

Yin is a GP Synergy Registrar Supervisor for both ACRRM and RACGP registrars. You will also find her supervising our medical students.

Dr Lee is currently accepting new antenatal patients only.

Dr Kate Reid

MBBS, FRACGP

ANU Main Medical Student Supervisor

Caring for the person, not just treating illness, best describes Dr Kate Reid’s relationship with her patients.

Kate is an integral part of the Sapphire Clinic team as a permanent and experienced Fellowed GP specialising in Women’s Health, Children’s Health and holistic Mental Health care. She has worked in Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine and is currently a course director for the NSW Resuscitation Council teaching Advanced Life Support skills to doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Her ability to put medicine into plain English has also seen her receive a teaching excellence award from the Australian National University Medical School.

Rural practice has always been Kate’s dream and she enjoys being part of the local community with her young family.

Dr Reid is currently not accepting new patients.

Dr Corin Miller

B Sc(Exercise), MBBS, Dip of Child Health, FRACGP

Dr Corin Miller is a specialist General Practitioner with a passion for children’s health. She loves being part of the team at Sapphire Clinic in addition to her work in the Department of Paediatrics at South East Regional Hospital, Bega. In her hospital role, she provides care for neonates (newborns), plus inpatient, outpatient and telehealth care for babies and children. She also has extensive experience working in Emergency Medicine.

Corin’s special interests include providing care for children and young people with general medical problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and mood difficulties. She is also passionate about caring for children with complex and chronic illnesses and those in out-of-home care.

Corin loves teaching both junior doctors and medical students, for which she received an award for “teaching excellence in clinical supervision”. She is also a Clinical Editor for HealthPathways, an online portal for healthcare professionals.

When Corin isn’t caring for the families and children of the Sapphire Coast, she is keeping active with her young family and enjoying her vegetable garden.

Dr Miller is currently only accepting new Paediatric patients.

Dr Maria Luisa Lorenzo

MD

Dr Maria Luisa Lorenzo joins us as our GP Registrar for 2020, starting in February.

Before moving into general practice, Dr Maria Luisa Lorenzo has worked in Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, General Medicine and Surgery across hospitals in Adelaide, Sydney and rural NSW.  

Looking after patients with various acute and chronic conditions whilst working in hospitals has inspired her to train in General Practice as she recognises the importance of patient continuity of care.  Maria has a special interest in Preventative Medicine, particularly Women’s and Children’s Health, and in Chronic Disease management.

 As an advocate of patient-focused care, she believes in working together with patients to provide care that is tailored to their specific needs.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, getting close to nature and having an active lifestyle through running, weight lifting and swimming. She is excited to be a part of a lovely community and is very keen to continue providing holistic care with a wonderful team in Sapphire Clinic.

Dr Maria Luisa Lorenzo is currently not accepting new patients.

Leanne O’Brien and Robin Lightfoot

Practice Nurses

Leanne was born and raised in the Bega Valley, she is an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse and a true local! She has worked in general practice for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to the position. She is an enthusiastic and cheerful nurse who is always at hand to help our doctors and care for our patients.

Robin comes to us as a Registered Nurse and Midwife having decades of experience working in public and private hospitals all over NSW. She has worked in Emergency Medicine, as a Midwife and Midwifery Unit Manager in tertiary level settings, and joins us after her last role as Nurse Manager at Bowral Hospital. It is an added bonus that she can help provide antenatal and postnatal care, along with lactation support to our new mothers.

Both our nurses provide extensive support in the collaborative care of our patients. They are specialists in coordinating chronic disease care through Care Plans and Health Assessments, wound management, preventive medicine and assist in and perform procedural work. We are grateful for their contribution to patient care at Sapphire Clinic.