Our Doctors

Dr. Ethan An


Dr Ethan An completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2008, graduating with Honours. He then trained at Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He has a Diploma in Child Health and gained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2014. Dr An enjoys all aspects of general practice, from paediatrics, geriatrics, women’s and men’s health as well as preventative medicine. He is married with a young daughter, and enjoys photography and travel.

Dr Ethan An will join the practice in Mid August 2018, working full time across Mon/Tue/Thur/Friday.


Dr. Cathie Anderson

MB.BS.Hons (Syd), Master.Fam.Med(Monash), Fam. Plannning Cert., IBCLC(Lactation Consultant)

Dr Cathie Anderson is an honors graduate of Sydney University. She also has a Masters degree in Family Medicine from Monash University, a certificate of Family Planning from FPA, is a certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and has done further training in mental health.

Cathie   provides comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages, with her care extending from newborns with their parents to providing home visits to the elderly in the local aged care facilities. Her focus is on helping her patients achieve their best possible health.

Her special interests include women’s and children’s health and also mental health issues.

She really enjoys providing long term healthcare of her patients, which often involves looking after several generations of families.

Cathie is also the wife of Dr John Delaney, the mother of five sons, and the grandmother of four. She enjoys being physically active, and also creates quilts in her spare time.

 “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  (WHO definition)

Dr. Karen Avory

Dr Avory practices on Monday night and Saturday afternoons at present

Dr. Ivor Burfitt

MSc(Hons) PhD MBBS (UQ)

After working in scientific research Dr Burfitt studied Medicine at the University of Queensland and had been part of Seaforth Medical Centre since 1989, before SFMC moved into Sydney Road Family Medical Practice. His interest are in aspect of general medical care with application of computer technology to medicine. He is actively involved with the training of our GP Registrars.

Dr Burfitt consults Mondays to Thursdays, and one in three Saturday mornings

Dr. Helen Chriss

MBBS(Hons) FRACGP, Dip Paed, Cert Fam Planning, Clincal Dip Palliative Med

Dr. Helen Chriss joined our team in 2000. She has special interests in Paediatrics, Womens’ Health and Palliative Care.  Dr Chriss also works at Bear Cottage and provides Palliative care in Manly.  She enjoys teaching medical students at Manly Hospital and in the practice, and is also actively involved with teaching our GP Registrars.

Dr Chriss consults Monday to Thursdays, and one in three Saturday mornings

Dr Chriss is fluent in both English and Greek.

Dr. John Delaney

Dr Delaney will join the practice in Mid July 2018, working Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Dr. Derek Hadwen


Dr Hadwen joined the practice in May 2018. Dr Hadwen trained in General Practice, has extensive hospital experience including Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Department and Gosford Private Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, and was a Senior Medical Officer with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has a Diploma of Child Health

Dr. NIkki Heginbotham


Dr Heginbotham returned from Maternity leave in May 2018 and predominantly works Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays.

Dr. Alma Jackmann

MBBS FRACGP, AMC, Cert Fam Planning

Dr. Alma Jackman is a graduate of University of Sarajevo & worked as a GP in Bosnia before moving to Australia with her family. After completing the Australian GP Registrar training she joined us in 2013. Her special interests are in Women’s Health, Paediatrics and Mental Health.

Dr Jackman Consults Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and one in three Saturday mornings

Dr Jackman is fluent in English, Bosnian, Serbian & Croatian.

Dr. Sylvia Joseph


Please contact the reception team for Dr Joseph’s availability

Dr. Alexandra Mole

MBChB, FRACGP, Dip Trop Med, Dip Child Health, Cert Family Planning

Dr Mole joined the practice in early August 2017.

Alexandra’s interests include general medicine, women’s health, family planning & sexual health, paediatrics, travel medicine and mental health.  She completed her medical degree in the UK before moving to Australia and working in Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology prior to commencing GP training and becoming a member of the Royal College of Australian General Practitioners.

She has completed post graduate diplomas in Child Health and Tropical Medicine & Infectious Diseases; she has also completed her Australian Certificate of Family Planning & Sexual Health. Alexandra enjoys teaching and supporting the doctors of tomorrow and has been appointed a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.  She  is keen to help maintain these high clinical standards through practicing evidence based medicine and may at times have junior doctors or medical students accompany her, with patients prior consent.

Alexandra loves working in general practice and is compassionate, approachable and enthusiastic about continuity of care for each individual and their family

Dr Alexandra Mole consults on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Dr. Deirdre O’Dea

Dr. O’Dea is a Graduate of the UNSW, and a Fellow of the College of GPs. She has a certificate in Family Planning and is an examiner for the Australian Medical Council. Deirdre enjoys teaching and regularly has Sydney University Medical Students. Deirdre’s special interests include family, women and children’s health, including shared antenatal care.

Dr. O’Dea works Tuesday and Fridays.

Dr. David Ross Smith


Dr David Ross Smith grew up on the Northern Beaches and has worked extensively throughout Australia in both remote and urban settings. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2005.

Dr Davids interests include sports injuries, travel medicine, skin cancer prevention and management and mens health.

Dr. Tim Sutherland

Dr. Sutherland is an Honors Graduate of Sydney University. He enjoys a full range of patient care with a special interest in Internal Medicine. He is married, with three children and two dogs. His other interests are beach fishing and gardening.

Dr Sutherland only provides home visits and nursing home care

Dr. Xian Xu

Dr Xu consults on Sunday mornings at present, and will commence Saturdays 9a-5pm from the 2nd of June 2018.

Allied Health

Adena Silverstein


Adena is a fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority - AHPRA (Registration No: PSY0001125660) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society - APS (membership No: 108525). She has completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling) at Monash University.
She shows genuine and empathic support and concern for her clients. She engages her clients in working collaboratively with her, with the aim of increasing their feeling of well-being. She utilises various therapeutic frameworks to guide sessions with clients. Sessions are tailored to assess and address the specific needs and concerns o

Tom Caristo

APA Sports Physiotherapist

Tom is one of the most highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists on the Northern Beaches. He completed a degree of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at Sydney University in 2010 before going on to complete a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at University of Queensland in 2014. Tom is currently a contractor to Cricket NSW players and has previously been involved with rugby league, netball and swimming Australia wide.

Tom can help with rehabilitation of low back pain, hip, knee and ankle post-surgical programs, sports injuries, osteoarthritis and adolescent ailments