Dr Kate Djekovic

Dr Kate Djekovic is a Geriatrician dedicated to providing comprehensive and holistic care for older persons in the community, with a focus on quality of life.

Dr Djekovic is a Staff Specialist Geriatrician at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney and her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University. She completed specialty training at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, and Prince of Wales Hospitals.  She holds a Conjoint Associate Lecturer position with the University of New South Wales.

Dr Djekovic’s particular interests include healthy ageing, falls prevention and bone health, and cognitive disorders and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) with research publications across these fields.

Dr Carl Ward

Dr Carl Ward is passionate about providing quality and comprehensive care for older patients.

Dr Ward completed his Basic Physician Training at Royal North Shore Hospital. He continued his Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital and completed his training at The Prince of Wales Hospital. He has trained in a wide range of geriatric subspecialties including acute geriatric medicine, perioperative care, community outreach and rehabilitation.

Dr Ward is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and holds a position as a Geriatrician at the Northern Beaches Hospital and Manly Waters Private Hospital. Dr Ward has particular interests in healthy ageing, cognitive disorders, falls prevention and perioperative care. He provides specialist care in outpatient clinics, home visits and rehabilitation at Manly Waters Private Hospital.

Outside of his role as a geriatrician, Dr Ward has a keen interest in healthy lifestyle and travelling, and is training for the Ironman triathlon with the goal to compete in the world championships.

Dr Lulu Ma

Dr Lulu Ma is a specialist Geriatric Medicine Physician who is passionate about healthy ageing and providing holistic care to her patients.

Dr Ma is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine and holds a position as a Geriatrician at Lady Davidson Private Hospital. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle and Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Sydney. She completed her general medical and specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred, Concord and Prince of Wales Hospitals.

Dr Ma has a particular interest in falls, bone health, de-prescribing and perioperative care and recovery. She has presented at national Geriatric Medicine scientific meetings and co-authored a book chapter in her professional areas of interest.

Olivia Adoncello

Olivia is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise & Sport Scientist. After embarking on her own fitness journey, exercise helped Olivia change her life around, which sparked her passion for the health industry. She has been working in the health and fitness industry for six years and has experience in private practice, group classes, home visits, personal training and gymnastics coaching. She has provided care and treatment to a vast range of clientele, including those with cognitive impairment, neurological conditions, cardio-metabolic conditions, musculoskeletal injuries as well as over 65s, pre and post-operative patients and cancer patients. 

Olivia uses exercise as a means of medicine to aid in the healing of injuries, medical conditions including chronic disease or illness, and disabilities. She believes that health is the greatest possession in life and that everyone should have the opportunity to become the healthiest versions of themselves.

Jenni Davies

Having qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) in 1992, Jenni brings three decades of clinical experience to the Brellah family.  During that time she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK, 1999) and a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy with Distinction from Curtin University (AUS) in 2001 together with extensive advanced courses, seminars and conferences in women’s, men’s and pelvic health and treatment and management of the pelvic girdle, hips and groin amongst others.

Jenni’s main areas of clinical interest are:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (including pubis symphysis, sacroiliac, coccygeal and deep gluteal pain) – sport, pregnancy or general
  • Hip, Groin and Back pain/dysfunction – especially those that are not responding to standard treatment
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Prolapse (including vaginal pessary fitting)
  • Bladder Dysfunction
  • Pre-/Post-Natal education, treatment and management including Movement HQ’s pre/post-natal exercise clients
  • Pre-/Post-Operative care
  • Abdominal Separation
  • Mastitis
  • Deep Core Retraining
  • Return To Sport programmes (post-natal, post-operative or otherwise)
  • Pelvic Pain (including: vaginismus, dyspareunia [painful intercourse], vulvodynia, endometriosis)
  • Dysynergic Defaecation

Jenni also works at Beaches Pelvic Physio, her Dee Why practice.

Dr Tim Hucker

Dr Hucker completed his medical training in the UK at the University of London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals before specialising in Anaesthetics. He subsequently trained in Pain Medicine in London (St George’s Hospital) and Sydney (Royal Prince Alfred), as well as undertaking fellowships in palliative care, paediatric & adult intensive care and regional anaesthesia.

In 2011 Dr Hucker moved to Australia permanently to take up a Fellowship position at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital before becoming a Consultant Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Epworth Group Hospitals.

Dr Hucker went on to become the Clinical Lead for Pain at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as well as working at the Cabrini Group Hospitals, before moving to Sydney to open Northern Beaches Pain Management in 2021.

In addition to being a Pain Specialist, Dr Hucker is an examiner for future pain specialists at the Faculty of Pain Medicine, an adviser for the Faculty of Pain Medicine on interventional pain management, a lecturer at Monash University, a published author of scientific papers and book chapters on Pain Medicine, and the Chair of the working party for adult cancer pain management guidelines at the Cancer Council Australia. Dr Hucker also lectures at national and state conferences on cancer and chronic pain management.

Natasha Leader

I am an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian and have spent a wealth of time in a variety of different settings including tertiary care hospitals, private practice and in the rural community.

I specialise in the management of diabetes and am also a qualified diabetes educator.  A lot of my work is in the antenatal area- helping women optimise their health before, during and after their pregnancies.  In addition to these specialist areas I also have lots of experience in weight management including obesity surgery, gastroenterology, organ transplant and cancer services.

As well as the time I spend with patients and clients, I also am involved at times in various research projects and provide education sessions for general practitioners and other health professionals.  I also reside as ‘in-kitchen dietitian’ for www.gestationaldiabetesrecipes.com which is a world-first site providing information, support and recipes for women with gestational diabetes.

Dr Darshika Christie-David

Dr Darshika Christie-David is an Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist. She is the head of Endocrinology at the Northern Beaches Hospital. She is a Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Northern Beaches Health Service. She runs the public outpatient Diabetes clinics in the Mona Vale and Brookvale Community Health Centres. She is the former Chair of the Diabetes Network across the Northern Sydney Local Health District, and is a Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Dr Christie-David graduated with first class honours in Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She completed her undergraduate training at Liverpool Hospital and was awarded the Ian Webster medal for outstanding performance. She underwent Physician training at Concord Hospital and completed specialist training in Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital. She completed a Masters in Reproductive Health and Human Genetics at the University of Sydney.

Dr Christie-David has clinical expertise in a broad range of endocrine problems. At Brellah, Dr Christie-David is the clinical lead for the Metabolic Health Program, multidisciplinary Diabetes services and Osteoporosis Clinic.

Greta Thurgood

“My passion lies heavily in the field of Collaborative Medicine, which reaffirms the importance of the person and their health as a whole. It’s here at Brellah that myself and a broad range of health care professionals can apply evidence-based and multimodality practices to achieve optimal and sustainable health outcomes”

Greta is a Clinical Nutritionist with a Bachelor’s in Nutritional Medicine (ACNT), with an integrated and holistic approach to dietary medicine.

As a Clinical Nutritionist Greta clinically applies diet therapy, goal setting, lifestyle techniques, and holistic movement to achieve long lasting habit changes and health outcomes.

Greta works with a diverse range of patients and along with other practitioners to reinforce diet as part of disease management. Her areas of interest are weight management, metabolic support, digestive health, stress management and general health and wellbeing.

Dr Lyndal Newton

Dr Lyndal Newton is a Senior Specialist Geriatrician with extensive experience across the breadth of Geriatric Medicine including Community, Aboriginal Health Services and Hospitalist Aged Care Medicine. Dr Newton has been active in state and federal Aged Health legislation and service design. Her current clinical research interest is in delirium and dementia pathophysiology and management with particular interest in the management of the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. Currently, Dr Newton is the Head of Department for Geriatric Services at Northern Beaches Hospital. Dr Newton has further higher qualifications in critical care and university teaching and education. Dr Newton is the Clinical Lead for Medicine at Northern Beaches Macquarie University Clinical School and a Senior Lecturer with the University of NSW.

Dr Newton is a past NSW Division President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine and a current executive member of the ANZSGM Federal Council.