Our Team

Meet Our Doctors

Practice Principal

DR DAVID TADJ

MBBS (Qld), FRACGP, DRANZCOG, FARGP

David is a Queensland medical graduate. He has trained in Obstetrics (including caesarean sections) and has a special interest in this area. His other areas of interest include preventative medicine, mental health, chronic fatigue and skin cancer surgery. He is also able to do vasectomy procedures, which he does at Albany Health Campus. David is married and has a son. In his spare time David enjoys fishing, reading and cooking. He also speaks fluent German. David works most days apart from when he is working at the hospital.

Practice Principal

DR JAMES TURNER

MBBS (UWA), FRACGP, DCH

James joined Pioneer Health in 2007. He enjoys the variety of medicine in the surgery as well as looking after hospital patients. Special interests include skin cancer medicine and dermatology, children's health, aboriginal health and chronic disease management. James is involved in GP registrar training and is the chair of the WAGPET supervisor liaison group. Outside of medicine James enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, gardening and running a male acapella group known as the "King George Sounds". James works most week days, which includes running a skin check clinic one a week.

DR AIRELL HODGKINSON

MBBS, FRACGP, FARGP, DTM&H, DCH, JCCA

Airell joined the practice in January 2006 after spending the previous 4 years in the north of WA in Karratha and Kununurra. His medical experience includes anaesthetics, paediatrics, travel/tropical medicine and aviation medicals. Airell is also a member of Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine and has a keen interest in aviation. As a procedural rural GP, his time is divided between general practice and critical care/anaesthetics in Albany, Esperance, Katanning and Merriden.  

DR TANIA BOTHA

MBChB, FRACGP

Tania qualified in Pretoria,South Africa in 1990. She emigrated with her family to Mount Barker in 2002 where she worked for 7 years before starting at Pioneer Health.She enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a special interest in mental health (all ages) and aged care. Tania and her husband have 4 children.She enjoys gardening ,reading and crocheting. Tania works most days and visits Bethel aged care facility on alternate weeks.

DR ANDREW KNIGHT

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, FACRRM, DCH

Andrew is a University of Adelaide medical graduate who has spent 20 years working in rural and remote Australia. He has trained in obstetrics, paediatrics, musculoskeletal medicine and medical education. He has further special interests in diabetes, mental health, aboriginal health and dermatology. His other special interests are his family, a menagerie of pets, camping, kayaking, reading, writing and singing. Andrew currently works most days. 

Dr Christine Oosterhuis

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, FARGP, JCCA, MPH&TM, DCH

Christine is a WA-trained GP who has been with Pioneer Health since 2009. Christine has particular interests in child and adolescent health, women's health including contraception and fertility, travel/tropical medicine (eg. travel vaccinations), and occupational medicine. Christine lives in Albany with her husband and 2 young daughters. Outside of work Christine enjoys spending time with her family, playing music (percussion in the Albany City Wind Ensemble), weekends away in our Great Southern region, and bushwalking. Christine has just returned to work from maternity leave and works part-time on Mondays and Thursdays..

Dr Carly Roxburgh

MBBS, B Med Sci (Hons), FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv), DCH

Carly is GP obstetrician who has lived in Albany since 2011. Her main interests are in pregnancy care (including delivering babies), children's health, women's health, family planning, lactation (breastfeeding) and emergency medicine. Carly works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Currently, due to her heavy work schedule, she is only seeing antenatal patients. She enjoys spending time with her children and husband, bush walking, camping and trying out various styles of arts and crafts. 

Dr Nigel Baker

MBBS, BSc, Grad Dip Ed, MSc

Nigel is a UWA graduate, entering medicine after spending a decade teaching science in several WA schools. He has now been a GP for 5 years.. Nigel enjoys exploring the surrounds of Albany, particularlyl in the Kalgan area around his home, with his family and getting involved with the community. Nigel is interested in generalist care, and enjoys helping and supporting patients of all ages. Nigel is generally here everyday, apart from Fridays. 

Dr Nyi Zaw

MBBS, JCCA, FRACGP

Nyi has been with the Pioneer Team since 2011. He has successfully completed his GP specialist and Anaesthesia training. Nyi has special interests in rural general practice, men's health, chronic diseases management, anaesthesia and emergency medicine.  He shares his time between Pioneer Health and Albany Health Campus. Away from his work, Nyi is a happily married father of one who keeps himself fit by playing football and taking his dog for long walks.

Dr Don Gunning

MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP

A West Australian graduate, now in his late 50’s, Don returned from a decade of working in the NHS in North East England in early 2011. Don has rejoined his family and thoroughly enjoys watching the recent new additions grow. Don worked for 12 years in Wagin as a solo GP up till 2000 and was involved in the early years of the rural doctor’s movement. Don has a wide interest in medicine, having been a family practitioner for 30 years now. He is developing an interest in minor surgery, dermatology and counselling, as well as being part of the pioneer team working in the Albany Health Campus. He intends to stay in Albany until retirement. Don works most days apart from when he is at the hospital doing Ward Rounds.

Dr John Rowlands

MBBS/BA, FRACCGP, IDD, Dip. Skin Cancer Med/Surg (SCCA)

John is a local UWA graduate who has completed his Fellowship in General Practice (FRACGP). His medical interests focus on preventative health, including contraception, vaccination, quitting smoking, exercise, preventing heart disease and diabetes. John provides a range of GP surgery procedures. He has further qualifications in sexual health and family planning, including long-acting reversible contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (Implanon, Mirena and non-hormonal Copper IUDs). He has training in skin cancer medicine and surgery; performing full dermoscopic skin & mole checks, biopsies and excisions. John is an instructor for the Australian Resuscitation Council's Advanced Life Support courses and a supervisor the Western Australian General Practice Education and Training group. John is also Skin Cancer College Accredited. This means that he has successfully completed high level training with the Skin Cancer College Australasia and has proven skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. Outside medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young toddler, Crossfit, and rock climbing.  

Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan

MBBS BSc FRACGP JCCA Dip Derm

Jonathan is a GP anaesthetist, who has worked in Albany since 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and enjoys all aspects of family medicine in particular, looking after older patients. He has a special interest in skin disease, having recently completed a post graduate Diploma in dermatology. Outside of work, Jonathan relishes his time at home with his wife and three boys. He is originally from Malaysia, moving to Australia at age 11. He is an active member of his local church and enjoys keeping physically fit and blogging. Jonathan will be under-taking palliative care work from August 2017 and will no longer be in the rooms seeing his regular patients. He will still  be available to see his pre-anaesthetic patients only, prior to their surgery at Albany Health Campus. 

Dr Christel Smit-Kroner

MBBS, FACRRM, GCAHM

Christel is a medical graduate from The Netherlands. After specialising in third world medicine and working in Southern Africa, she moved to Australia with her husband Jolmer and young family in 2006. For the past decade she has worked in rural NSW, and is now a rural generalist and Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, as well as an EMST instructor. Christel loves all aspects of general practice, including Aboriginal health. She worked at a NSW based Aboriginal Health Service for four years. Christel has received a postgraduate certificate in Farmer Health and Safety from the National Centre for Farmer Health. In her spare time she likes acting, singing, playing the piano, wood fires and crafts.

Dr Jolmer Smit

MBBS, FACRRM

Jolmer is a medical graduate from The Netherlands. After specialising in third world medicine and working in Southern Africa, he moved to Australia with his young family in 2006. He worked in rural NSW for the last decade and is now a rural generalist and fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He has spent the past two years driving around Australia with his wife Christel and their 5 children to look for the perfect spot to settle. Albany has become the final destination. Jolmer is a true generalist, however his special interests are skin cancer management, emergency medicine and chronic disease management. In his spare time, Jolmer enjoys growing, rearing and collecting his own food, cooking, snorkeling, diving and fishing.

Dr Will Macdonald

MBBS (Hons), BApp, Sci(Hons), PhD, DCH

Will studied medicine at UWA and graduated in 2013, specialising in rural and remote medicine. He moved to Albany not long afterwards with his wife and has worked at the Albany Hospital for the past 2 years. Before studying medicine he worked as a medical researcher and academic at Australian and European Universities. Will’s special interests include paediatrics, emergency medicine, men’s health and minor surgical procedures. Outside of medicine Will’s interests include playing football (soccer), fishing and gardening. Will and his wife have recently settled into a property in the Albany region which they are rapidly populating with an array of furry friends. Will is currently undergoing some further training at Albany Health Campus, but is planning on returning to the practice at the start of next year.

Dr Keethana Muthurangan

MBBS

Keerthana is orginally from India where she first studied medicine in Chennai. After graduating in 2007, she moved to Mt Isa in Queensland with her husband. She also worked in Brisbane at Prince Charles hospital, and more recently at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, where she focused on obstetrics and antenatal care. Her medical interests include children's health, obstetrics and geriatrics. Out of the practice, she thoroughly enjoys dancing the tango and salsa, cooking and spending time with her family.

Dr Yen Lo

MBBS

Yen is originally from Malaysia and undertook her medical studies at UWA. She also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Yen has worked in Royal Perth Hospital and more recently at King Edward Memorial Hospital where she completed her GP Obstetrics training.  She also has a special interest in children's health. Outside of medicine she enjoys gardening and knitting.

Dr James Teh

MBBS

James studied medicine at the University of Western Australia graduating in 2012. He enjoys country medicine and has previously worked in Kalgoorlie Hospital and more recently in Esperance. His medical interests include emergency medicine and chronic disease management. Outside of medicine he enjoys cycling, travelling and trekking.

Meet Our Management Team

General Manager

JENI ANNING

Jeni has lived in the Great Southern region all of her life, and moved to Albany in 2012. She loves working for an organisation that has a strong focus for improving the lives of the community it serves. She comes with a strong governance and finance background and thoroughly enjoys working as a part of the dynamic Pioneer Team. When not at work, Jeni spends time with her young family. 

Practice Nurse Manager

Megan Downes

Megan is born and bred in Albany and leads our nursing team. She studied in Albany as an Enrolled Nurse and then continued her studies at Curtin University graduating as a Registered Nurse 2003. She has worked in the Emergency department at Albany Health Campus for 5 years before joining Pioneer Health in 2009. Megan loves chatting to patients always manages to find some connection with everyone. 

Meet The Support Team

Primary Care Coordinator

TANYA STAUDE

Tanya has joined the team as Pioneer Primary Care Co-ordinator to enhance the care of patients with a chronic condition. She grew up in Perth but has lived in Albany with her husband and children for the past ten years and definitely calls it home. Being a mother of 5 keeps her very busy but if she has any spare time she enjoys reading, walking the dog and musical pursuits.

Meet Our Nurses

Practice Midwife

Corinne

Registered Nurse

RIANAN

Registered Nurse

Nicola

Registered Nurse

Amanda

Registered Nurse

Allison

Enrolled Nurse

Bonnie

Enrolled Nurse

Jenny

Meet Our Administration Team

Back Row

Melanie, Wendy, Rachel, Megan, Natalie, Mel

Front Row

Jessica, Tanya, Pip, Tracey, Sally, Kerry