Our Doctors

Paul Flood

General Practitioner
Paul graduated from Monash University in December 1975. After nine years of postgraduate training and experience in Australia and England, he started work as a rural GP on Phillip Island in 1985. This led to research and teaching interests including a part-time academic appointment with Monash Centre for Rural Health focussing on development and delivery of teacher training by distance education and through face to face learning workshops. In pursuit of more teaching, combined with an adventure for his family with primary school aged children, Paul and his family moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1999 where he held an academic and clinical appointment in Family Medicine for five years at the national university in the oasis city of Al Ain. Following this rewarding and stimulating academic and family adventure, with its travel and “eye opening” cultural experiences, Paul returned to Australia in 2004 with his wife and two daughters, and joined Kew General Practice. When not at work, Paul enjoys bike riding, theatre, opera and travel.

Jessica Chong

General Practitioner
jessicaJessica graduated from Monash University in 1997. In 2000, she completed the Diploma of The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She completed rural general practice training in Korumburra in South Gippsland. Before working at Kew General Practice, she worked in Melbourne’s South East. Jessica is interested in general medicine, paediatrics, chronic disease management and women’s health. She is able to provide maternity shared care with Mercy Hospital for Women and The Royal Women’s Hospital. She enjoys travelling, baking and catching up with family and friends.

Paul Shortis

General Practitioner
Paul-ShortisPaul grew up in East Kew and attended St Annes Primary School. He graduated from Monash University in 2002, and spent 5 years working in Box Hill hospital and Geelong Hospital. During this time he completed rural rotations in Warrnambool, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance. Subsequently Paul commenced the general practice training program and completed his fellowship of FRACGP in 2009. Over the last 4 years he has worked in Surrey Hills and also with Dr Ian Reynolds in Bundoora. He also assists two orthopaedic surgeons and works as an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Paul intermittently does locum medical relief work in Broome and Tennant Creek. Paul has a special interest in paediatrics, travel medicine and sports medicine in addition to all elements of general practice. When not at work Paul enjoys cycling, athletics and hiking. He is a member of the Melbourne University Athletics Club.

Jason Chua

General Practitioner
Jason-ChuaJason graduated with honours from Monash University in 2002. He subsequently worked in hospitals and clinics around Melbourne and regional Victoria, and attained his fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2007. He enjoys general family medicine and has a particular interest in childhood allergies, travel medicine, and dermatology including skin cancer. He is an examiner for the RACGP and has previously been involved in running clinics in travel medicine.  When not at work Jason enjoys travelling, tennis, and photography, but now spends most of his time trying to keep his two young kids out of mischief.

Helen Vu

General Practitioner
Helen-VuHelen graduated from Melbourne University in 1995. She has been practising as a GP since 2000. Helen has worked for a short period in Wangaratta and joined Kew General Practice in 2010. She has an interest in women’s health and children’s health.


Elissa Stafford

General Practitioner
Elissa graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in Medicine in 2004, and also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science for research. She worked at Austin health, the Mercy Hospital for Women and in General Practice in rural and city areas of Victoria and in other areas of Australia. She is a competent and kind GP, interested in women’s health, chronic disease, paediatrics and dermatology, along with all areas of medicine. She has 3 young children and enjoys reading and fitness.

Jonathan Snider

Renal Physician
Jonathan is a consultant physician specialising in nephrology.  He manages all aspects of adult nephrological medicine including fluid and electrolyte disorders, acute and chronic kidney disease, as well as dialysis and transplantation.  He also has extensive experience in general medicine and a large component of his practice involves management of a wide variety of general medical problems.  These include those requiring acute inpatient care, perioperative care and chronic general medical issues.

Our Allied Health Staff

Joanna Baker

Joanna BakerJoanna is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who loves food. After her son was born in 2008, Joanna stepped out of the hospital setting and into private practice with the goal of supporting people in the local community to enjoy food, whilst incorporating practical everyday strategies to optimise health and quality of life.

Having both Coeliac Disease and IBS herself, Joanna has an in-depth understanding of what its like to live with dietary restrictions and aims to empower people with knowledge of foods they can enjoy, rather than missing out.

Kerrie Hill

KerrieKerrie has over 7 years experience in private practice as an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She is a self confessed foodie with a passion for nutrition. Kerrie relishes the opportunity to show her clients how they too can enjoy the foods they love as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Kerrie believes in a non-dieting approach and a healthy relationship with food rather than restrictive and depriving diets (the latter which generally don’t work).

Kerrie can help with:

  • Weight concerns
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • PCOS

Rick Whelan

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
KerrieRick is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passion is depth psychology, preferring to dig into the depths rather than skate on the surface. He is now studying a form of psychotherapy that sees him taking regular trips to Switzerland (a fantastic way to rack up debt!). Once upon a time, seemingly in another life, he was a full time musician. He continues to regularly pick up a guitar for a shred, sit down at the piano for a tinkle or the drum kit for bash, which provides him with great joy and no end of annoyance to his neighbours.

Meredith Baxter

Mental Health Care Nurse
MeredithMeredith is a credentialed mental health nurse with 40 years’ experience. Originally educated at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Larundel Hospital, she now has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Nursing Studies. She has divided her career between education and clinical practice, including 10 years lecturing at RMIT and Deakin Universities. Meredith more recently worked in the Mental Health Program at Eastern Health and Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health.

Meredith provides mental health assessment, counselling, psychoeducation and linkage to community resources. She has many interests including travel, Richmond Football Club, horse racing and cooking.

Our Support Staff

Cathy Aas

Practice Nurse
CathyCathy joined our team in 2015.  She is a registered nurse with previous experience working in public hospitals, both in Melbourne and in Scotland, where she lived for several years. She is a trained nurse immuniser.  Cathy is married and has three daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her family, cycling and running.

Sandy Edwards

Practice Nurse
SandySandy joined our team in late 2015 after a break from the workforce whilst caring for young children. She is a Registered Nurse of 30 years’ experience in a variety of fields but loves working in General Practice best.

Her special interests are preventative health and she particularly likes working collaboratively with the patient and whole GP team. She has twins who keep her very busy and enjoys tennis, music, good food and good company.

Vanessa Berkley

Practice Manager



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