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Our Practice

At Dandenong Neurology, we are passionate about your care. Our friendly medical professionals are well trained in utilising advanced neurological and other medical therapeutic services to offer relief and comfort for our patients dealing with a variety of  troubling ailments and conditions in their daily lives. Our skilled medical team treats each patient as a unique individual to create a customised treatment plan that is most beneficial for their health and well-being.

Our Specialists

Psychiatrist

Dr Sangeeta Raghav

Auyervedic/Alternative Medicine
Dr. Santosh Yadav
Neuropsychologist
Dr. Lina Forlano
Speech Therapist
Ms Sarah Wilmot

Our Friendly staff

Practice Manager
Sandra Rumble
Medical Receptionist
Helene Vavitis

 

Our New Address

We have recently moved to new premises. Our  New Address is 136, David Street, Dandenong, 3175, Victoria.

This is opposite to Dandenong Hospital Car Park, close to Stud Road.

Our New Address- 136 David Street Dandenong,2014-08-16

 

Our Specialists

 

Dr. Santosh Yadav

Dr. Santosh Yadav, MD, ATMS, BAMS is an Ayurvedic Practitioner. He has earned a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree from University of Lucknow and Post Graduate degree from the internationally reputed Banaras Hindu University in India.

Dr. Santosh is a specialist in the treatment of chronic illnesses, Kareli Panchkarma and neurological disorders. He has treated thousands of patients in India and Australia, many of whom were suffering from serious medical challenges. Dr. Santosh has a passion for combining Ayurveda with traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseases and improve the health of his patients.

Geriatric Services:

Dr. Thenmozhi Manoharan

Dr. Thenmozhi Manoharan, Bsc, MBBS, FRACP is a Geriatrician. She graduated from Melbourne University in 1998.

Dr. Manoharan is a specialist in the treatment of geriatric issues and obtained her fellowship with Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005. In addition, she has articles that were published in peer reviewed medical journals and some of her outstanding work has been presented at international conferences. Dr. Manoharan also subspecialises in Continence Management, working with both Dr. Michael Whishaw and Dr. David Fonda, leading experts in the field. Referrals relating to geriatric care, continence management and general medicine for the elderly are gladly accepted. Family members should attend consultations to assist in establishing a collaborative diagnosis; accordingly all referrals must include contact details for the patient and family member.

Board Certifications:AMA, CFA, ANZSGM, RACP and FRACP

Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran

Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran MBBS, FRACP graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 and has been with Dandenong Neurology for the past 3 years. He has Specialist qualifications in both Geriatrics and Neurology, and sees patients referred with issues relating to General Neurology, Geriatric Medicine and Movement Disorders.

Hospital Privileges: Monash Medical Centre, Kingston Centre, Epworth Hospital and Cotham Private Hospital.
Board Certifications: FRACP, ANZAN, ANZSGM, RACP and AMA.

Hypnotherapist:

Arpita Saluja

Arpita Saluja- Bsc, DHyp, MNLP is holding a role as Clinical Hypnotherapist & NLP Master Practitioner. Her interest into sub-consciousness and it's effect and important role in the field of mind and body healing motivated her to dive deeper and pursue her training(s) in Clinical Hypnotherapy from London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (LCCH), UK in 2005. 

 Arpita also holds a Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) from UK, certified by International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA) UK. She is also trained in Time Line Therapy.

 Arpita utilizes her knowledge, experience and trainings in both Clinical Hypnotherapy & NLP to assist her clients in - overcoming Limiting Beliefs, Smoking Cessation/Addictions, Pain management, Anxiety and Stress management, Weight Management, Nail Biting, overcoming unwanted Habits and creation of positive new ones, overcoming Phobia, Insomnia, snoring, stammering/stuttering, Behavioural issues in Childhood, Self-confidence enhancement and managing Performance Anxiety.

 She has actively worked with her clients in UK, India and in Singapore to help them achieve their desired goals and outcome in a positive way. Arpita understands and appreciates diversity in individual thoughts, actions and behaviors and so modifies and develops strategies to suit individual needs.

 Arpita is a Professional member of Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA) and is on the National Hypnotherapists Register of Australia, graduate member of INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association), UK and is also a member of BSCH (British School of Clinical Hypnosis) (Assoc), UK and abides by the ethical standards of the associations. She is also a Tutor with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis Asia.

 A strong believer that everyone possesses resourceful states, Arpita works together with her clients to fully utilize and draw on their pre-existing resources while unpacking the limiting beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with new powerful ones to bring about long lasting positive personal and professional changes.

 Arpita is certified in First Aid & CPR and holds Working with Children check and Police check.

Neuropsychology Assessment:

Dr. Lina Forlano

Lina Forlano BSc (Hons), MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD, MAPS, MCCN Clinical Neuropsychologist is a fully registered psychologist and holds endorsement to practice in Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a longstanding member of the Australian Psychological Society including the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and is also a registered Supervisor. Dr Forlano has held senior positions in public health including Director of Neuropsychology at Southern Health and Principle Neuropsychologist at Alfred Health. She is the immediate past Vice-President of the Victorian Psychologists Association and has held honorary/adjunct clinical lecturing positions at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Currently, in addition to private consultation, Dr Forlano works for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) whose role is to maintain training and practice standards for Australian psychologists.

Dr Forlano has over 20 years clinical experience spanning adolescent, adult and aged clients, across Neurosciences, medical, surgical, adult mental health, aged mental health, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation and HIV services. She has specialist assessment skills in surgical interventions for epilepsy and movement disorders, early onset and atypical dementias, language lateralisation and cortical mapping. Dr Forlano is also experienced in providing education, supportive counselling and focussed psychological therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness techniques) for anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and grief and loss.

Psychiatric Consultation:

Dr. Lancelotte ( Lal ) Fernando

Dr Lancelotte ( Lal ) Fernando  MBBS Cey. FRANZCP. DPM. MRCP ( UK ). MRCPsych Dr Fernando has wide experience in the field of Psychiatry having worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the U K , SriLanka and over 20 yrs in Australia. He was a British Council Scholar at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Her Has experience working in Public Psychiatric Hospitals At Dandenong , Heatherton and the Malvern Clinic. He has been in Private practice in Psychiatry at Pinelodge Clinic in Dandenong for over 20 yrs. He is in adult general psychiatry and is available to see patients for one off consultations as well as ongoing care covering a wide range of conditions including Anxiety Disorders, , Schizophrenia, Depressive Disorders and Bipolar Mood Disorders. He has a special interest in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He uses a combination of Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy as appropriate to the condition.

Dr. Sangeeta Raghav

Dr Sangeeta Raghav, MD, FRANZCP  is a consultant Psychiatrist at Frankston Hospital for more than 10 years. She is presently working at Pinelodge clinic. She has wide experience having worked overseas, regional area- Ballarat and in metropolitan in acute, subacute and community setting. She has special interest in adult women mental health covering wide range of disorders including Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

Speech Therapy:

Sarah Wilmot

With more than 15 years experience as a Speech Pathologist, Sarah has worked with patients from all walks of life in private practice as well as within the public and private hospital systems. Her experience with acute, sub acute, rehabilitation and community based therapy led her to becoming a principal associate for a leading private practice in Melbourne. She now runs her own practice "Speech Pathways".

Sarah is an alumni member of University of Adelaide and LaTrobe University. Also, she is a member of the Golden Key Association, an exemplary accomplishment only offered to the top 10% of university graduates. In addition, Sarah is the Speech Pathologist with the Pacific Islands Protocol (PIP) Ear, Nose and Throat team, Vanuatu. Through the assistance of AusAid, she is able to continue training and provide individual consultations on a yearly basis.With her passion for speech, it should come as no surprise that Sarah is also a keen singer and voice over artist.

Memberships and Certifications: Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist Bachelor of arts
Workshops Attended: Voicecraft for Speech Pathologists, Fitzmaurice, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique
National Voice Conferences Attended: Tracheostomy, Cervical Oscultation and Speech Pathology Australia, Australian Voice Association Diff'rent strokes

 

 

Our Friendly Staff

Sandy Rumble – Practice Manager

Sandy is the anchor person at Dandenong Neurology and Specialists Group. In her role as practice manager, she is responsible for the daily operations of the entire practice. Her never ending goal for ensuring that everything runs smoothly and all patients are cared for in a timely and efficient manner is admired by patients and staff alike. Whenever she can grab some down time, Sandy enjoys gardening, walking, craft work and watching AFL football.

Helene Vavitis – Medical Receptionist

Helene has been with Dandenong Neurology for last few years. In her role as medical receptionist, she is often the first person that everyone meets and greets whenever they contact or visit the practice. Her friendly, caring and outgoing personality is sure to brighten your day. When Helene is not busy with work she enjoys shopping, going to the gym and listening to music.

 

Rina Mascarenhas- Medical Receptionist

Rina is very helpful and cheerful receptionist who woul help you over the phone and at the clinic as well. She has been a great asset to the clinic. She loves gardening and travel in her free time.

 

Our Neurologists

Dr. Sanjay Raghav

Dr. Sanjay Raghav, MBBS, MD, DM, FRACP  is an adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University. He is also Therapeutic Director at Yarra Valley Living Centre, house of Gawler Cancer Foundation. They run wellness and meditation retreats apart from disease specific retreats. Moreover, he is also assigned supervisor and mentor to RACP trainees.

Dr Raghav finished his MBBS in 1994, followed by MD in 1998. He did a movement disorder fellowship sponsored by Parkinson's Victoria in 2005 and also received FRACP in the same year. He is working as Consultant Neurologist in Monash Medical Centre since last 10 years and in Frankston Hospital since 2006. At the same time he joined Dandenong Neurology with Dr Billimoria.

Dr. Raghav has special interest in Movement Disorders which include tremors, Parkinson’s Disease, Tics, Dystonia and Huntington’s Disease. In addition, he is involved in several research projects realted to Movement Disorders at Monash Medical Centre. Several of his research papers and articles have been published in esteemed peer reviewed medical journals and presented at National and  International conferences.He is actively involved in teaching and training of Neurology Registrars and fellows.

As an active member of Australian Integrative Medicine Assn. (AIMA) and Australian College of Nutrional Medicine (ACNM), Dr. Raghav has a keen interest in the holistic living.  Therefore he has incorporated yoga, ayurveda and naturopathy as a supplement to conventional medicine. He enjoys teaching patients how to enrich their lives with holistic living through a variety of workshops and seminars.

Hospital Privileges: Monash Medical Centre, Frankston Hospital, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital
Board Certifications: FRACP, ECFMG, ANZAN, AMA, MD, DM, FAIMA, FACNM

Dr. Udaya Seneviratne

Assoc Prof Udaya Seneviratne, MBBS, MD, FRACP, MRCP (UK) has special interest in neurology, epilepsy and EEG.

He is actively involved in Epilepsy research projects.

Hospital Privileges: Monash Medical Centre
Board Certifications: FRACP

Dr. Peter Kempster

Assoc Prof Peter Kempster, MD, MRCP(UK), FRACP trained as a neurologist in Melbourne and London. Since 1988, he has worked as a consultant neurologist at Monash Medical Centre. He has special interest in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He has mentored almost all the neurologists who work in this practice!

Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran

Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran, MBBS, FRACP graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998. He has Specialist qualifications in both Geriatrics & Neurology, and sees patients referred with issues relating to General Neurology, Geriatric Medicine and Movement Disorders.

Hospital Privileges:  Monash Medical Centre, Kingston Centre, Epworth Hospital and Cotham Private Hospital.
Board Certifications: FRACP, ANZAN, ANZSGM, RACP and AMA.

Dr. Saman Gardiya Punchihewa

Dr. Saman Gardiya Punchihewa, FRACP  graduated from University of Melbourne in 1999. He has special interest in neurology and neurophysiology with an emphasis in electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, epilepsy and autonomic studies. Dr. Punchihewa enjoys cricket during his free time.

Hospital Privileges: Monash Medical Centre, Frankston Hospital, Box Hill Hospital
Board Certifications: FRACP

Dr. Yong Chern Lee

Dr. Yong Chern Lee, MBBS, FRACP, CCT(UK)  graduated from Monash University in 1997. He has special interest in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. As a clinical neurophysiologist, Dr Lee measures patient’s bioelectrical activity as part of an examination of their central and peripheral nervous systems.

Hospital Privileges: Monash Medical Centre,Como Private Hospital
Board Certifications: FRACP

Dr. Mahi Jasinarachchi

Dr. Mahi Jasinarachchi

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mahi Jasinarachchi MBBS, GradDip Public Health, FRACP is a neurologist and a subspecialist in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders.

She obtained MBBS in 2005 with upper second class honours. After basic physician training at Frankston and Alfred Hospitals, and advanced training in neurology at Western and St Vincent’s Hospitals, she received Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her subspecialty training was on Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular disorders at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, where she had comprehensive training in large/small/autonomic nerve fibre testing, EMG sampling, single fibre EMG and tilt table testing. She has also had training on evoked potentials, sudomotor testing (QSART) and electroencephalography (EEG).

She has been actively involved in research at both Western and St Vincent’s hospitals on stroke and nerve disorders. She is also a PALF (Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum) graduate of American Academy of Neurology (class of 2013). She also has a graduate diploma in public health from Deakin University (2010). Her teaching experience extends from medical students and basic physician trainees to advanced trainees in neurology at state level.

Dr. Jasinarachchi would be happy to see referrals for electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) including small fibre and autonomic testing. She will consult on neuromuscular disorders consisting of neuropathy, myopathy and neuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia gravis.

Hospital Privileges – Frankston Hospital, Knox Private Hospital

Memberships – ANZAN, AAN, RACP

Dr. Gary Yip

Dr Gary Yip, MBBS, FRACP is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He is a neurologist with particular interest in the fields of movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders. He is a specialist clinical neurophysiologist who is experienced in providing diagnostic testing through nerve conduction studies and electromyography. Gary is also completing his PhD.

Dr. Catherine Ding

Dr Catherine Ding, MBBS, FRACP is a graduate of Monash University. Her areas of interest are general neurology and movement disorders. She is also pursuing PhD.

Dr. Girish Nair 

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Mr Girish Nair ( Neurosurgeon& Spinal Surgeon) has joined the neuroscience team at Dandenong Neurology

He is a highly trained Neurosurgeon who was initially trained as Neurosurgeon from India. In additon to his FRACS has successfully completed the first Royal College accredited Spinal Fellowship . He performs  the full spectrum of  spine surgeries using minimally invasive spine surgery techniques . He  performs navigation guided and robot assisted keyhole surgery which help to get best possible patient outcomes.

He is also fellowship trained in Functional Neurosurgery and offers Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson`s Disease, Essential Tremors , Dystonias etc.

Mr Nair is committed to providing the highest quality of care for his patients and understands that each patient`s problems need to be evaluated and treated based on individual circumstances with care and empathy.

An investigation and treatment plan is individualised and formulated after discussions with the patient based on their condition and expectation of treatment account taking into account other confounding medical conditions.

Mr Nair is involved in training and mentoring medical students and neurosurgical trainees and is actively involved in clinical research projects and is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Melbourne University

Mr Nair is a Consultant at the Department of Neurosurgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Head of Unit at The  Footscray  Hospital.

 Surgical treatment when indicated can be offered through his accreditations at Valley Private Hospital , Melbourne Private Hospital and Epworth Hospitals.

Besides English , Mr Nair speaks fluent Hindi , Malayalam , Tamil and Kannada.