Meet the Team
Dr. Stephen Simmons
Managing Director, Specialist General Practitioner, Injury Management Consultant – NSW Workcover Accredited, Workcover Authorised Medical Practitioner NSW.
Dr. Simmons Completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (Honours) in 1984 at UNSW. He has a particular interest, and experience in the diagnosis and primary management of Skin Cancer, and in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Oliver Smith
Dr. Smith qualified as a doctor in Manchester, UK in 1999. He worked in several hospitals and achieved a postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care before completing GP training. Dr. Smith worked at a practice in the South of England for eight years before moving to Australia with his family two years ago.
In the UK, Dr. Smith was qualified as a GP Trainer and supported GP Registrars in their last year of training. Having now settled in Australia he is keen to continue that role. He enjoys teaching and supporting the development of doctors.
Dr. Michael Orphanides
Dr Orphanides attended The University of Sydney and obtained the degrees of Bachelor and Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Subsequently, he worked at a number of hospitals in and around Sydney, obtained a broad range of medical experiences. After stints in practices in Port Kembla and Randwick, Michael has been a busy member of our practice for over 20 years.
He has varied medical interests, but in particular is attracted to paediatrics, cardiology and obstetrics. He is involved in Shared Antenatal Care with Royal Hospital for Women (Randwick), King George V Hospital (Camperdown) and St George Hospital (Kogarah).
Dr. John Faros
Dr. Faros joined Mascot Medical Centre in 2014, before which he worked at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern. His professional interests include preventative care, travel medicine, substance misuse and complex medical needs.
Dr. Diana Richards
Dr. Richards graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours). She was then a resident at Royal North Shore Hospital for 2 years, after which she worked at several general practices in Sydney and regional areas.
Dr. Richards has been a doctor at Mascot Medical and Dental Centre since 1999 and enjoys the variety of general practice. She also provides shared antenatal care in association with the Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick.
Dr. Vin Nayanar
MBBS (HONS) FRACGP
Dr. Nayanar has been a doctor at Mascot Medical since 1991.
Dr. Joy Fletcher
MBBS (HONS) B.MED SC. (HONS)
Dr. Fletcher has been a doctor at Mascot Medical and Dental Centre since 2007. Her special interests include women’s health and community based medicine.
Dr. Anthony Stanley
Dr. Anthony Stanley completed his medical degree at University of Sydney in 2005. He undertook six years of hospital training based in the St. George and Sutherland Hospital network, including various NSW regional base hospitals before completing GP training in metropolitan Sydney with GP Synergy, and has spent four years working in general practice in Bankstown, Liverpool, Randwick and North Sydney. He is interested in many aspects of general practice, particularly travel medicine, men’s health and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Dr Jenny Nguyen
Dr Jenny Nguyen studied medicine at Griffith University and graduated in 2016 with Bachelor of Medicine Science and Doctor of Medicine. Since then, she has gained clinical experience in South western Sydney with good exposure to different ethnic groups and patients with complex needs. Dr Nguyen has obtained a diploma in Child Health and has an interest in this area, as well as Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Elizabeth Harrop
Following a degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, Dr Harrop moved to Sydney to study medicine at the University of Sydney. She graduated from there with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2012. Since then she has gained experience across multiple hospitals in Sydney and the Central Coast, before entering General Practice training.
D. Comerie Pagunuran-Perez
MD, FRACP, B Sci(Zoology)
Dr. Perez attained her Medical Degree and Bachelor of Science in the Philippines, where she also finished an accredited training in Emergency Medicine. She worked in the Emergency Departments of the SydneySW and SE Area Health Services for a number of years prior to pursuing GP training. After obtaining her FRACGP in 2013, she stayed on and served in a busy practice in the Mid North Coast where she encountered a wide variety of patient presentations and enjoyed all aspects of rural medicine. She has continuing interest in attending to patients from different demographic and cultural backgrounds.
Join the Team
Mascot Medical and Dental has a well supported placement program. If you are interested in a position please contact:
Vicki Coleman, Group General Manager | email@example.com
Below are testimonials from our team:
I was employed at Mascot Medical and Dental Centre as a GP registrar during the latter part of my training. I initially worked there part-time during my academic GP term, and chose to stay on during my extension awaiting fellowship term and also for about 3 months after attaining fellowship. Had I not moved to the UK at this point, I would have continued as a fully qualified GP at this practice with no hesitation.
Mascot is situated in very close proximity to the city, but despite its inner urban location, there is a very broad mix of medical presentations to this practice. The practice is about 30 years old and has a large base of long-term patients. There is a high proportion of chronic and complex illnesses. There is much cultural diversity in the patient population, ranging from older European immigrants, to new south-east Asian and subcontinental immigrants, as well as young families and university students due to the progressive gentrification of the area. As a female GP, you will get the opportunity to practice a lot of women and children’s medicine.
The supervision that I received at MMDC was excellent! Dr. Oliver Smith is an experienced GP trainer in the UK who has also supervised a number of GP synergy registrars since moving to Australia. He is extremely approachable, and eager to teach. He has been a brilliant mentor and has gone out of his way to provide guidance and support. The GPs at MMDC have a wide range of special interests including palliative care, antenatal shared care, addiction medicine, multi-cultural medicine, occupational health, mental health and skin cancer. The practice is well set up for minor procedures and you will get excellent supervision to hone your skills in areas such as skin excisions, suturing etc. I found all the GPs to be very approachable and keen to share knowledge from their various areas of special interest. My learning and growth as a GP registrar was definitely enhanced by working in a team with these experienced GPs.
The practice staff were friendly and accommodating. You don’t get a 10am morning tea/ coffee delivered to your office at every practice!
I would recommend this practice to any GP registrar.Dr. Isuru Ratnayake
I worked at Mascot Medical and Dental Centre in 2019 as a Registrar. The practice offers exposure to a wide variety of patients across various demographics. There is a good mix of elderly patients who have lived in the local area for several decades, as well as young professionals and their families. Given the practice’s proximity to the airport and universities, you will also be exposed to students, airport staff and travellers.
The doctors at the practice are extremely friendly and approachable, I never felt like a burden and could knock on anyone’s door. Each doctor had their own special interests on top of general practice such as women’s health, drug and alcohol medicine, dermatology etc. My supervisor, Dr Oliver Smith is extremely supportive and knowledgeable. He was easy to approach and you can talk to him about anything. The practice principle Dr Stephen Simmons has a wealth of knowledge in Dermatology and Occupational Medicine and will take every opportunity to show you interesting cases. The administrative staff are supportive, especially Kerrie the practice manager at the Mascot centre who is very flexible, understanding and made my time there so comfortable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Mascot Medical Centre and would recommend the term if you have an interest in developing further skills in Dermatology, Occupational Health, Sexual Health, Geriatrics, Mental Health, Children under 5 and Drug and Alcohol Medicine.Dr Harini Lakshmi