With patient care at the forefront, the expert team at Gasworks Medical Practice specialises in a wide range of services.
MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
“People aren’t just a number, it’s important to take your time with them so you can understand the bigger picture.”
Growing up down the highway in Ipswich, Dr Kasey Reiken, moved to Brisbane to study at Griffith University. A naturally caring person, she pursued the path as a healthcare professional to help people and have a positive impact on their lives.
Dr Kasey has a special interest in women’s health and enjoys working with females to navigate the maze of their health, hormones, weight and fertility. Reproductive health and paediatrics are key areas that where she focuses her development.
Not only a great doctor, Dr Kasey spends her down time cooking and spending time with her family and friends. At the end of a big day nothing gives her more joy than coming home to her beloved Sadie (dog).
MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
“I love the opportunity to form an ongoing relationship with my patients and their extended families”.
Growing up in Tasmania, Dr Catherine Browne was always fascinated by biology and science, therefore medicine was the natural progression. As a GP Dr Catherine has developed a special interest in Women’s Health and Aged Care.
Dr Catherine is well travelled and has practiced medicine in Tasmania, Sydney and the UK before settling in Brisbane nearly 20 years ago. She enjoys staying fit by cycling, yoga or walking. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking up a storm in her kitchen.
MBBS, BSc, BA, FRACGP
“I enjoy sharing knowledge with my patients.”
Dr Paul Paterson grew up in Brisbane and studied at the University of Queensland. He pursued a career as a doctor so that he could be a positive influence into other people’s lives. As well as working in Brisbane, Dr Paul has also worked in the Gold Coast and Yeppoon. With a special interest in skin cancer, he also currently works at the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre.
Dr Paul stays active as a keen Touch football player and enjoys spending his weekends with his children and watching them play sport.
“I enjoy collaborating with patients to help them become, and stay healthy.”
Dr Janet Jukes, grew up in Brisbane and studied at the University of Queensland. She became a doctor because she enjoyed science and was interested in preventative medicine.
Dr Janet does Dragon Boat paddling to keep fit, has an excellent green thumb and enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren when she can.
MBBS, MRCGP, FRACGP
“Developing a connection with patients and facing challenges together is important.”
Dr Lisa Ch’ng grew up in London and immigrated to the Central Queensland Coast and completed her MBBS at the University of Queensland in 1996. She worked in Brisbane and Sydney before travelling to London and completing her MRCGP in 2006. Working with mothers and their babies is an area that Dr Lisa finds rewarding.
On the weekend’s Dr Lisa spends her time playing the violin, piano or ukulele with her children. Family movie or games nights are regular occurrences in her household.
Dr Karen Wright has enjoyed working in general practice for almost 20 years. She completed her medical degree at The University of Queensland in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Karen Wright is experienced in all aspects of general practice. With a holistic approach, she is genuinely interested in supporting patients on their journey to achieving better health outcomes and is passionate about preventative medicine.
Dr Karen has previously worked at Family Planning Qld and with the Sexual Assault Service. She specialises in all aspects of women’s health including: contraception, insertion of contraceptive implants, STI screening, preconception advice, fertility, pregnancy, post-partum care, menopause, pap smears and osteoporosis. She has completed the Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive health and is registered to provide antenatal shared care with the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and the Mater Mothers’ Hospital.
Dr Karen loves working with babies, children and young adults and is experienced in managing paediatric and adolescent conditions within general practice. Having completed a Certificate of Counselling, she uses these skills to support her patients with mental health conditions.
When not at work, Karen enjoys spending her time with her family and keeping active.
MB, Bch BAO (NUI), MICGP, FRACGP
“I know it’s cliché, but I studied medicine to help people. General practice allows me to fulfil that drive.”
Dr Sarah Dowling studied Medicine at University College Dublin, Ireland and graduated in 1994. In Ireland, she worked mainly in Dublin, but also spent time working in Wexford, Cavan and Drogheda. She gained her membership of the Irish College of General Practice as well as Diplomas in Women’s Health and a Diploma in Medicine of the Elderly. Dr Sarah also worked at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, and achieved her Membership in the Irish College of Physicians.
Dr Sarah has always loved being a GP and building relationships with people. She believes that being someone’s regular GP allows her to provide the best possible care. Knowing someone’s background and history, allows her to better understand patients health needs. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice but especially Women’s Health and Dermatology.
In 2007, Dr Sarah moved with her family to Australia and settling in Brisbane. Between work and a busy family with four children, Dr Sarah has very little downtime, but if she does get some she enjoys reading, walking her dog, tennis and travelling.
MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM
“I find being part of my patients’ health journey very rewarding. Working in partnership with them to improve and achieve optimal health for their lifestyle is important to me.”
Dr Damien Megard has lived in many parts of Queensland throughout his life. Graduating in 1996 from the University of Queensland, he then completed two fellowships in General Practice and Rural & Remote Medicine in Queensland and the Northern Territory. As a good science student Dr Damien always knew he also wanted a career that involved helping people in a positive way, and becoming a GP was a natural choice.
With a vast knowledge in many areas, Dr Damien has special interests in: Gay Men’s Health, PREP & PEP, HIV, Sexual Health Checks (male and female) Travel Medicine & Vaccinations (including Yellow Fever), Preventative Health Care and Screening, Implanon Insertion & Removal and all aspects of General Practice.
Dr Damien believes in daily exercise to help destress, clear his mind and maintain his health. The host with the most, he is often cooking up a feast to share with his friends and family. When he’s not helping his patients, Dr Damien travels to third world areas, expanding his experience and tolerance.
BSc, MBBS, FRACGP
“Looking after a patient from childhood into adulthood is a privilege – I enjoy getting to know and care for entire families.”
Born and bred in Brisbane, Dr Emma studied at the University of Queensland. From a young age Dr Emma was mesmerised by the human body and how it worked. This coupled with her passion to make a difference to people’s lives, becoming a doctor was a natural choice.
Dr Emma enjoys all levels of General Practice, however over the years has developed special interests in: Paediatrics / Children’s Health, Women’s Health, Family Planning, Travel Medicine and Pregnancy Care.
When Dr Emma isn’t working her spare time is spent being run off her feet by her 2 children. She also can be found testing out (and eating) new recipes or on the beach with a good book.
BPharm, MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
“Helping people become the best versions of themselves is the most valuable experience.”
Brisbane boy all his life, Dr Chris Timoney studied both Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Queensland. He completed his junior Doctor years at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital before jumping across into General Practice.
In a world with overwhelming access to medical information, Chris appreciates how scary it can be interpreting new symptoms whether for yourself or a loved one. He takes a logical, evidence-based approach to practice and is a big believer in the health impacts of lifestyle, work and relationships.
Chris has a love for learning, and has pursued a career where this has the greatest impact on the lives of others. He has an interest in all areas of General Practice. Chris also enjoys looking after the health of medical students and other Doctors.
When he’s not in the practice, Chris can be found running along the Newstead boardwalk, punishing himself on a Golf Course or spending time with his Fiancé and puppy Maple.
BSc, MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
“Being a GP and being involved with people’s lives is a privilege. Being in health is an incredibly rewarding career.”
Starting her career in Medical Research, Dr Gemma pursued a career as a doctor when she realised that she was missing the human relation element from her work. Becoming a GP was the perfect solution, as she was able to draw on her science and medicine knowledge and work with patients.
Dr Gemma knows that being a doctor is amazing and she has developed special interests in the following areas: Paediatrics, Aged Care and Women’s Health.
An animal lover, Dr Gemma enjoys spending time with her two crazy dogs, as well as with her family. To relax, she can be found doing a variety of activities from tennis to cooking, seeing shows or reading a good book.
BBiomedSc, MBBS, FRACGP, BBM
“I enjoy interacting with my patients and building relationships.”
Dr Richard Smith grew up in Newcastle, NSW and studied his undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland before studying Medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. In the age of computers, automation and Dr Google, Dr Richard believes in the importance of social interaction when it comes to delivering health care.
Most mornings Dr Richard starts his day with a run along the Brisbane River and most weekends his hobbies include coffee and brunching. He’s been hit hard by the travel bug and enjoys snow sports and immersing himself in foreign culture.
BBiomedSc MD FRACGP
“I enjoy getting back to basics and simplifying health. Helping people take control of their health is what’s most important”
Dr Rhys grew up in Brisbane, studying medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. He takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, looking at how all areas of life are connected – including sleep, nutrition, physical activity, relationships and stress. He aims to provide information, inspiration and accountability to help his patients set goals and make sustainable changes to improve their health.
Dr Rhys is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and has a special interest in LGBTQ+ individual & family health. He believes in the importance of good sexual health, STI screening & prevention, including PrEP prescribing. Dr Rhys also enjoys practising sports & exercise medicine; he sees couch potatoes who want to get moving, weekend warriors with aches & pains, and amateur athletes with musculoskeletal injuries.
When not working, you can find Dr Rhys fuelling his coffee addiction, hitting up the gym, or trying a sour ale at a local brewery.
BSc MBBS (Hons 1) FRACGP DRANZCOG
“Supporting people through the high and low periods of their lives is immensely rewarding. ”
Growing up in Toowoomba, Dr French completed both her science and medical degrees at The University of Queensland. Most of her hospital time (including my diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) was at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).
Dr French has a special interest in Women’s Health, Fertility, Pediatrics, Antenatal & Postnatal care. Helping her patients navigate through their health issues and to watch a family grow and change over the years drives her dedication to her patients.
When not in the practice, Dr Liz is a busy mum to three. She enjoys spending time with her family, going camping, or just relaxing with a good book. Taking her family and dog out for some regular exercise is also one of her favourite ways to unwind.
BSc, MBBS, FRACGP
“I love the chance to really get to know people and learn what is unique and individual about them. It’s also a great privilege to support patients and families during a difficult time. ”
Dr Ruth Taylor hails from Rural Australia, she studied at University of Melbourne and University of Queensland, she’s recently returned to Brisbane after living in Melbourne for the past 6 years to join the Gasworks Medical Team.
Dr Ruth loves being able to support her patients with the challenges that they face and navigate their treatment with real-world applications. Specialising in Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Travel Health, LGBTQI+ Health, Family Planning, Dermatology and Post Hospital Care. Dr Ruth is a caring doctor who looks after her patients during difficult times.
Dr Ruth is a massive fan of the performing arts and is currently working on convincing her two young children to make a family band (unfortunately there hasn’t been much interest from them).
BchBioMedSc MD FRACGP
“When I work with my patients to achieve their goals, I find it very rewarding, it’s the best part of my job”
Dr Laura Wilson joined Gasworks Medical Practice in 2020 she grew up on the Gold Coast and completed her studies at Griffith University Gold Coast campus.
Dr Laura enjoys meeting new people every day and working with them to develop specific health care strategies that help them achieve their health goals. She believes being on her patient’s team and encouraging them through difficult times is the most encouraging part of being a GP. Her special interests in Women’s and Children’s health, weight loss and weight management, sexual health and chronic disease.
Recently Laura relocated to Brisbane and is looking forward to exploring our River City and as a self-confessed foodie discovering new places to eat and exciting dishes to try.
FRACGP, DRANZCOG, MD, BSc
Dr Rebecca Cece is passionate about creating a warm and friendly environment to support women through health needs at all stages of their lives. She completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2018.
Dr Rebecca can support you with: Contraception including Implanon and Mirena insertion/removal, preconception and fertility planning, pregnancy and postnatal care, GP shared care available, sexual health and STI screening, gynaecological conditions, PCOS, endometriosis, vaginal prolapse, issues with menstruation including heavy, irregular and painful periods, menopause and breast examination. Dr Rebecca is also interested in children’s health and mental health.
Areas of interest:
Implanon insertion and removal
FRACGP, DRANZCOG, MD, BSc
Dr Christina Alfonzo has a keen interest in childhood and women’s health, as well as skin cancer checks and preventative medicine. She also speaks Spanish!
Areas of interest:
Skin cancer checks
FRACGP, DCH, MBBS
“The greatest pleasure and privilege of this job is being able to support people through all stages of life.”
After growing up in the UK and New Zealand, Dr Sophie Henalla moved to Australia and completed her medical degree at Bond University in 2015.
She spent time in a diverse range of medical fields before moving into general practice, including trauma emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, and palliative care. During this time, she also completed the Diploma of Child Health, and RANZCOG’s Certificate of Women’s Health, and she really enjoys looking after women, babies and young families, helping them to navigate the challenges of life with a warm and compassionate approach.
Outside of general practice, she also tutors medical students and works with a local primary health network. When not working, she can usually be found spending time with her family and dogs, cooking up new recipes, brunching, swimming, or planning her next travel adventure.