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Doctors Hawthorne



At Hawthorne Clinic we have a mix of male and female GP’s. All of our doctors are vocationally registered with the Royal Australian College of General Practioners (RACGP). 

At Hawthorne Clinic we have a mix of male and female GP’s. All of our doctors are vocationally registered with the Royal Australian College of General Practioners (RACGP). 

Dr Masato Kato

PhD, MBBS, Dip Child Hlth, FRACGP

Dr Kato graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Queensland in 2011. Alongside this, he also holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Nagoya University (Japan) as well as Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney.


Before starting his medical practice, Dr Kato worked as a medical research scientist in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. He completed his residency in Logan Hospital from 2012-2014.


After a 3-year training stint in paediatrics at Mater Children’s Hospital, Logan Hospital and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (now Queensland Children’s Hospital), Dr Kato entered general practitioner training in 2017. He has since worked in Goondiwindi and Pittsworth as a GP registrar. Later obtaining a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, he joined Hawthorne Clinic in 2021.

Dr Kato is interested in all aspects of general practice - in particular, paediatrics, men’s health, dermatology, minor surgeries and musculoskeletal medicine.

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Dr Wendy Harvey

BSc Hons (UTas) MBBS (Qld) MPH FRACGP. General Practitioner

Originally hailing from Tasmania, Dr Wendy Harvey moved to Queensland to study medicine at the University of Queensland. Since graduating in 2000 she has worked multiple roles in both private and public hospitals, all the while gaining experience in a range of medical fields.


Her interest in public health eventually saw her pursue a career as a general practitioner, a role she’s enjoyed for more than three years now. Dr Harvey’s focuses as a GP include evidence-based medical practice, working with older patients and women's health.

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Dr Ruth Best

General Practitioner

Dr Best obtained her vocational registration with the College of General Practitioners in 1986 following her graduation from the University of Queensland (1980). Now with over 30 years of General Practice experience, Dr Best has worked both as a locum in Brisbane and Central Queensland and as a resident GP in the Redlands.


As a GP, Dr Best specialises in women’s health - often for multiple generations of the same family. Her interest in women’s health has focuses in contraception, IUD insertion and breast disease.


When not working as a GP, Dr Best has pursued a love of teaching for nearly 20 years. She has taught on medical topics at the University of Queensland and is currently a tutor at Bond University.


Dr Fang-Wei Chen

BPharm  MBBS  FRACGP  DCH General Practitioner

Dr Fang-Wei Chen grew up in Brisbane and initially completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) in 2007 before her MBBS in 2012, both at the University of Queensland. She has a keen interest in Paediatrics and completed her Diploma of Child Health in 2016. She has previously worked at the Mater Hospital, Nambour Hospital, and other GP Practices in Brisbane before joining the team at Hawthorne clinic.

As a general practitioner, she walks with her patients through their individual journeys, helping to guide them to achieve their goals. Her other interests are mental health, women’s health (including antenatal and Implanon insertion), sexual health and lifestyle medicine.

Dr Sarah Gillman

MB ChB (Auckland) FRACGP General Practitioner 

Dr Sarah Gillman is a New Zealand General Practitioner who moved to Australia and did her training and GP specialist exams in Queensland. She has also worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Sydney.


Sarah started at Hawthorne Clinic in August 2004.


Dr Carmen Main

BSc Hons MBBS (Qld) FRACGP General Practitioner

Dr Carmen Main graduated in 2003 from the University of Queensland. Prior to her medical degree she obtained an Honours Degree from UQ in Science, with a special interest in Microbiology. Working at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital before completing her GP fellowship in 2010.


Carmen enjoys the diversity of general practice and has a special interest in women’s health and antenatal care, balancing her time in general practice with surgical assisting. She has 2 young children. 


Dr Keith MacLaverty

MB ChB (U.K) FRACGP General Practitioner

Dr Keith Maclaverty graduated in 1984 from Liverpool University, UK, He has worked in general practice since 1989 in Manchester, UK, New Zealand and Australia. He is interested in all aspects of general practice but particularly young families.

Dr Keith MacLaverty commenced at Hawthorne Clinic in 2011. 

Dr Patricia O'Connor

MBBS (Qld) FRACGP General Practitioner

Dr Patricia O’Connor graduated in 1977 from the University of Queensland.  She received her fellowship in the RACGP in 1983. For over 35 years she has been working in general practice in Sunnybank. 

She has a broad experience across all areas of general practice, with a special interest and extended training in travel medicine.

Dr Monica Steel

 Dr Monica Steel

BaAppSc MBBS (Qld) FRACGP MSpMed General Practitioner

Dr Monica Steel graduated in 2003 from the University of Queensland. She initially trained in Orthopaedics at Cairns Base Hospital, then in Paediatrics at Nambour General Hospital, before attaining a Fellowship in general practice in 2010.  


Before the opening of the Lady Cilento Children's' Hospital, Monica treated children in the Emergency Department and Orthopaedic Outpatients at the Mater Children's' Hospital from 2010 until its closure in 2014. Since then Monica has gained valuable experience assisting orthopaedic surgeons in Brisbane. She has a keen interest in Sports Medicine and completed a Masters in Sports Medicine with the University of Queensland in 2016. 


Monica continues to work at the Mater Adult Hospital in the Orthopaedic Department fracture clinics and maintains a strong interest in children's medicine. She balances these special interests with skills across all facets of general practice. 

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Dr Natalie Bowring

BA MBBS Hons (Qld) FRACGP General Practitioner

Dr Natalie Bowring graduated in 2001 with Honours from the University of Queensland Medical School. She initially worked at Toowoomba Base Hospital and the Royal Children's' Hospital Emergency Department, working in a variety of general practices both in Brisbane and Toowoomba. She enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a particular interest in paediatric medicine, antenatal shared care and women's health (including gynaecological issues, contraceptive advice and implant insertion/removal). 


Natalie has gained much experience during her time working at the Mater Adults Hospital Dermatology Outpatients and has an ongoing interest in the diagnosis and management of rashes and skin cancers [including biopsies and excisions].

Dr Yasumitsu Takao

MBBS (Syd) FRACGP  DCH MPH General Practitioner

Dr Yasu Takao graduated in 2008 from The University of Sydney Medical School. He initially worked at St George Hospital, Sydney and has worked in various hospitals in New South Wales. He completed his general practice training in Sydney and Tamworth and has most recently been working in a general practice in Tamworth. 


Yasu enjoys all aspects of general practice with a special interest in men's health, preventative medicine, travel medicine and chronic disease management.


 Yasu completed a Diploma in Child Health (DCH). He also completed Master of Public Health. He has interest in non-communicable disease prevention such as diabetes and obesity. He is also a member of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.


Yasu grew up in Japan, Switzerland, USA and Singapore. He is fluent in English and Japanese.


The Nurses at Hawthorne Clinic are fully qualified and experienced to be able to provide a valuable level of care in coordination with our Doctors.​

Melinda Collinge

Registered Nurse

Melinda qualified in 1987 in General Nursing and Midwifery and specialised in Trauma and Emergency Nursing. She has worked in Emergency Centres in South Africa, a Medical Outpatient Clinic in the UAE, and various General Practices around Queensland before joining the Hawthorne Clinic in 2010.


Melinda enjoys the continuity of care that general practice offers the patients, as well as the diversity of patient demographics, ranging from young families to the long-standing patients of the practice.

Melinda Reynolds

Registered Nurse

Melinda has 20 years of nursing experience, specialising in perioperative nursing. She has been a general practice nurse for over 5 years.

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Anne Moran

Anne Moran

Registered Nurse

Anne has been nursing since 1988. She is a registered midwife at the Mater Mothers Hospital and recently has added General Practice Nursing to her repertoire of skills.  

Anne shares her time at Hawthorne Clinic between Chronic Disease Management and general patient care. 

Christalla Kossaris

Registered Nurse

Christalla graduated nursing in 2012.  She began her nursing career in the Vascular Department at The Princess Alexandra Hospital.  


Christalla enjoys General Practice nursing for the large diversity of care required. She likes having the chance to provide primary health care to patients and to interact with the community.  

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Alysha Roulstone

Registered Nurse

Alysha graduated nursing in 2016 and began her career in the Paediatric Emergency Department at Logan Hospital. During that time, she worked casual shifts at another GP practice.


Alysha loves primary health care and being able to care for patients of all age groups. She also loves the continuity of care that a General Practice offers


Tracey Carr

Registered Nurse

Originally from the UK, Tracey qualified as a nurse and then midwife in Edinburgh, Scotland. After coming to Australia in 1998, Tracey dedicated herself to work in women's health and moved into general practice.


Now part of the team at Hawthorne Clinic, Tracey brings a wealth of experience and looks forward to offering all patients a broad range of care. 


The Support Staff at Hawthorne Clinic strive to provide a high level of customer service and have many years of experience providing service in the Medical Industry.  


Our support staff include:


  • Lucas - Practice Manager

  • Sue, Niki, Hannah, Belinda and Larissa - Receptionists