Meet Our Team

We have a range of UK and Australian trained Doctors with over 15 years experience in successful practices.

We all live in the local area with our families and have a passion for caring and supporting our local community.

Doctors

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Dr Rob Jeffs

MBBS BSc MRCS FRACGP

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Rob and his wife Sarah, our the founding GPs at Safety Beach Medical and Wellness Practice.  They settled locally with their two boys, having moved from the UK in 2013.  They fell in love with the lifestyle and professional opportunities Australia has to offer, in particular the Mornington Peninsula.

Rob was formally the Clinical Director and a GP for a clinic in Rosebud, before he and Sarah saw an opportunity to open their own practice in Safety Beach.

Rob has over 15 years experience in medicine:

  • GP Partner in a UK practice
  • NHS surgical training (UK)
  • NHS Emergency Registrar

Rob’s speciality areas include Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries, Diabetes, Chronic Illness, Men’s Health and Mental Health.

Rob believes that through empathy, committed support and education this can help empower patients to achieve their own health goals.

When Rob isn’t at work he will be with family and friends. He enjoys attending sporting events with his boys and is a keen athlete himself competing in triathlons and Ironman events.  He loves listening to music and he values his time in the garden.

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Dr Sarah Jeffs

MBBS BSc DRCGP FRACGP

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Sarah and her husband Rob, our the founding GPs at Safety Beach Medical and Wellness Practice.  They settled locally with their two boys, having moved from the UK in 2013.  They fell in love with the lifestyle and professional opportunities Australia has to offer, in particular the Mornington Peninsula.

Following 10 years training and working in the UK, Sarah has been a local GP for the last 7 years and feels a deep connection with and responsibility to the local community.

Sarah enjoys all aspects of General practice. Her specialist areas include women’s health. Sarah is an accredited antenatal shared-care provider, she also provides contraception options, pregnancy advisory service and menopause therapy.

She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, families, individuals, LGBTQI, transgender…. everyone is welcome.

Sarah attends regular teaching events and stays up to date with local guidelines. She provides excellent clinical care in a non-judgmental and accessible way for all.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys family time and watching her son’s sporting activities. She also loves meeting friends, walks in Redhill, running on the foreshore, pilates and long brunches.

Dr Jo Pollott

Dr Jo Pollott

MBBS BSc FRACGP

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Jo studied medicine at Imperial College, London along with Sarah and Rob. Following this she completed her GP training in south east England and, prior to moving to Australia in 2011, was a partner in a GP practice in Faversham, Kent.  Since arriving here, she has been working in a practice in the outer east of Melbourne and is excited to have now joined the Mornington Peninsula community.

Jo enjoys all aspects of general practice and, in particular, the opportunity to care for patients from all walks of life at all stages of their lives.  Whilst she has interests in women’s health and minor surgery, her main passion is for lifestyle medicine.  Jo loves supporting patients to improve their general health through making lifestyle changes, focussing on all aspects of their well-being from nutrition to fitness, and much more.

When not at work, Jo can be found either singing in a choir (or the car), knitting hats for family and friends or keeping active whilst exploring the local area by foot or on two wheels.

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Dr Marnee Blundell

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Marnee graduated from James Cook University in Queensland in 2008 and completed her GP training in Melbourne.

Marnee loves the diversity of General Practice and the privilege of providing care throughout the stages of life. She has a special interest in Women’s health, Children’s health, Sexual health and Marnee is an accredited antenatal shared care provider. She holds a Diploma of Child Health and Certificates in Family Planning, Sexual Health and Skin Cancer Medicine. She is currently working towards a Masters of Public Health.

Outside of work Marnee can be found trying really hard to be a runner (work in progress) or exploring the Peninsula with her husband and two kids

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Dr Alex Terris

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Alex did his medical training in the UK at St George’s Hospital in London. He moved to New Zealand 20 years ago, worked as a GP, got married and had 3 children there over 7 years prior to moving to Australia.
He has been living and working around the Peninsula for the last 10 years and recently spent 2 years working remotely in Sea Lake, North Victoria.
He has an interest in Sports Medicine and works 2 days a week in a Sports Medicine clinic in the city. He also has an interest in diabetes and has a strong belief that exercise is medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and cycling in between running around all his kid’s sports!

Administration

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Vanessa Patane

Practice Manager

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Vanessa has been working in healthcare for almost 10 years, starting her career in General Practice. She was then offered an opportunity to work at headspace Frankston combining with her interest in adolescent mental health. Vanessa assisted in the operations, management and medical administration over 5 years, working closely with the Allied Health, Intake team, General Practitioners, Alfred Health staff, and co-located services on site.

Vanessa is passionate about working within the community at Safety Beach. She is motivated to support the team in order to provide the best possible patient experience at the clinic.

In her spare time Vanessa enjoys spending time with friends and family amongst all the beauty the local area has to offer.

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Sarah Harrison

Reception Supervisor

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Sarah Harrison is 2IC of the Safety Beach Medical and Wellness Practice.

Sarah has worked in clinical administration for almost a decade and has a passion for helping people. She enjoys interacting with patients and solving the day-to-day challenges that arise as part of running a clinic.

When not at work, Sarah loves to be outdoors, see friends and family and spend as much time as possible with her beautiful 7 month old son.

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Kasey Blizzard

Receptionist

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Kasey is the first face you will see at Safety Beach medical and Wellness Practice

Kasey started working in Medical Administration from the ripe age of 19, and has worked in roles ranging from Receptionist, to Second in Charge and finally becoming a Practice Manage before taking a short break to travel and become a Mum.

She is always happy to help patients with any queries they may have, whilst enjoying a laugh and trying to put a smile on faces.

Whilst not at work, you will find Kasey playing netball, spending time with her daughter Ruby, family and friends and playing fetch with her dog.

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Amanda Smyth

Receptionist

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Mandy has been working in General Practice for the past 23 years. During this time she has enjoyed different roles including Practice Manager, Area Supervisor and Assistant Practice manager. She has also successfully completed her Diploma in Management. Mandy loves working in the medical field and cannot see herself doing anything else.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family (and dog). She also really enjoys her Saturday morning run and coffee with friends.

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Emma Sinclair

Receptionist

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Having worked in pharmacies for 12 years, followed by working in both medical and dental administration, Emma prides herself in customer service. Her goal is having patients leave with a happy and positive experience.

When not at work Emma loves to travel and spend time with loved ones.

Nursing

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Nicole Prest

Lead Nurse

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Nicole is a Div 1 RN with over 10 years nursing experience. Nicole began her nursing career in general practice and moved into hospital nursing before deciding to return to general practice.  Nicole feels general practice nursing is more personal and enjoys getting to know patients and their families.

Nicole’s areas of interest include women and children’s health, immunisations, travel health and patient education.

Nicole has completed a post graduate certificate in community and primary care, is a qualified Nurse Immuniser and currently studying for her Master’s of Nurse Practitioner.

Nicole is passionate about her patients’ wellbeing and being able to deliver quality care to her patients. When not at work Nicole enjoys time with her husband and 2 children.

Caroline Ward-Lewis

Caroline Ward-Lewis

Practice Nurse

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Caroline is a UK trained registered nurse and has been qualified since 1997 . Caroline has experience in the UK of working in A&E for a number of years and also went on to specialise in infusion clinics for patients with MS.

Caroline moved to Australia in 2012 and has specialised in practice nursing with 7 years experience working at a local GP surgery and has an interest in skin cancer .

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Judy

Phlebotomist, Melbourne Pathology

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