About Us

We are a full-service bulk billing family practice of dedicated, caring and experienced doctors, nurses and administration staff providing comprehensive health care services to our patients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We believe in working closely with our patients to maintain and improve their health.

Our mission is to provide health care to the highest standards offering accurate diagnoses and management of patients in a professional and friendly environment and are committed to promoting health, wellbeing and disease prevention.

We provide general GP services including immunisations, health assessments, skin checks, skin cancer treatment and chronic disease management, amongst many other services. Services are bulk billed under Medicare or Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Private medicals (including insurance reports), travel vaccinations and non-government vaccines attract a private fee. These fees will be advised at the time of booking or prior to the consultation.

Due to COVID-19 our opening hours and how we conduct consultations have changed.

Our new opening hours (by appt only) are:

Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm
Saturday by Telehealth only 10am to 2pm

To keep our patients and our staff safe, all patients requesting an appointment must call to make a Telehealth (phone/video) appointment with their usual Doctor.  If your Doctor is not able to attend to your needs remotely, they will make an appointment for you to come to our practice.

New patients are welcome and we offer a bulk-billed Telehealth Saturday service.

Meet The Team

Dr Philip Crook
Dr Philip Crook
MBChB, MRCGP, FRACGP

Dr Crook is a UK trained Doctor who moved to the Central Coast in 2014. He completed his training in the North West of England and has an interest in Dermatology, skin surgery and chronic disease management.

As a founding member of Coastal Health Medical Centre, Dr Crook is an enthusiastic and motivated GP with a strong focus on patient centred care.

He is an excellent communicator and thrives on building long-term Doctor-Patient relationships to provide excellent quality care. He works at both The Entrance and Toukley clinics.

Dr Vijay Varsani
Dr Vijay Varsani
MBChB, MRCS (Eng), MRCGP, FRACGP, DRCOG, DOHNS, DACCO

Dr Varsani is a UK trained Doctor who moved to the Central Coast in 2013. He completed his training in London and has an interest in skin surgery and aesthetic medicine.

As a founding member of Coastal Health Medical Centre, he is enthusiastic and driven in providing excellent quality care and developing a long-lasting relationship with his patients. He has developed his surgical skills alongside his General Practice career by gaining additional qualifications in general surgery, skin cancer and head & neck surgery.

He provides skin cancer consultations, cosmetic injections such as Botox, and works at both The Entrance and Toukley clinics.

Dr Sultan Ahmad
Dr Sultan Ahmad
MBBS, MRCGP, FRACGP

Dr Ahmad is a British trained GP who completed his training in Glasgow. He is passionate about providing quality care to his patients while addressing their physical and mental health.

He has special interest in managing general medical conditions and chronic diseases. He works full time at our Toukley clinic.

Dr Iqbal Meeran
Dr Iqbal Meeran
MBBS, MRCGP, FRACGP, DPD

Dr Meeran is a UK trained GP finishing his training in Cumbria in 2007. He has a special interest in Dermatology (Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff in 2007), Chronic disease management and minor surgery. He is working full time at our Toukley clinic.

Dr Richard Fletcher
Dr Richard Fletcher
MBChB, MRCGP, FRACGP, DRCOG

Dr Richard Fletcher has over ten years’ experience as a family GP across both the UK and Australia. He is interested in the management of long-term conditions and supporting patients with mental health conditions. Dr Fletcher works closely with age care facilities in the surrounding area and has significant experience in age care medicine.

Dr Fletcher is trained to offer joint injections and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine; working with the patient to achieve the best possible recovery and maximum return to fitness. As an experienced family physician he delivers excellent care in looking after childhood conditions such as asthma. A firm believer in patient-centred care; Dr Fletcher says ‘I believe in putting the patient at the heart of decision making, supporting you through good times and bad, with the reassurance of excellent care at every turn in life’.

Appointments with Dr Fletcher are available all day Monday – Thursday at our Entrance clinic. On Fridays he works supporting age care residents.

Dr Nithya Ramalingam
Dr Nithya Ramalingam
MBBS, MRCGP, FAEG, Dip Clinical Dermatology

Dr Nithya Ramalingam is a female UK trained GP who joined our clinic in June 2019. She has a special interest in dermatology and aesthetic medicine and has vast experience in women’s health, children’s health and elderly care. She is committed to improving standards of care to maintain her patient’s health and quality of life.

As a general practitioner she believes in a family centred approach, always trying to put her patients at ease whilst communicating and inspiring their trust. She works in partnership with her patients and their families, and formulates treatment plans tailored to the patient’s needs, keeping their social and cultural background in mind throughout the consultation.

She is available now for bookings from Monday to Saturday at our Entrance clinic.

Dr David Parker (Skin Cancer Clinic)
Dr David Parker (Skin Cancer Clinic)
MBBS, DIP LAW

Dr Parker has over 30 years experience in the detection, treatment & prevention of skin cancer in Australia.

Second to avoiding sun damage the most important factor in the management of skin cancer is early detection and effective treatment. Book your skin cancer check with Dr Parker today.

Dr Natalia Samarkina
Dr Natalia Samarkina
MBBS

Dr Natalia Samarkina is a General Practice Registrar.

Special Interests:

Mental Health, Aboriginal Health, Neurology, Neurophysiology.

Natalia graduated with an MBBS in 1999 in Russia and has been working in Australia since 2016. Since moving to Australia with her husband she has become an Australian citizen and has worked mostly for Hunter New England Local Health District between John Hunter Hospital, Belmont Hospital, Morisset Hospital and Mater Hospital. She spent most of her time in Emergency and Mental Health with some time in General Medicine and Neurosurgery.

Diana Bentele
Diana Bentele
Clinical Psychologist

Diana is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists in the Australian Psychological Society.

She provides services under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care Program as well as services for Workers Compensation and Motor Accidents covered by the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority.

Diana works with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Positive Psychology. Diana also provides services in German if required.

Nikki Witney
Nikki Witney
Diabetes Educator

Nikki is a credentialled Diabetes Educator who lives and works on the Central Coast.

She has been offering education to people with diabetes in hospitals around Sydney before setting up her private practice, Coasties Diabetes, a few years ago. She is passionate about offering good quality care that is close to home.

Nikki is a Registered Nurse and is currently studying to complete her Masters of Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner. She is a certified pump trainer (CPT) for Medtronic, T Slim Insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM). Nikki enjoys working with people who have all forms of diabetes to help them best manage their diabetes and to ensure they have the tools and knowledge needed to feel confident to do this. Nikki understands diabetes is a challenge and believes everyone does their best each day and she will support and guide you to achieve your personal diabetes goals.

Kate Upton
Kate Upton
Dietitian BSc(Hons), MdietSt, APO

Kate is our fully Accredited Practising Dietitian who has a wealth of experience in providing nutritional advice for many clinical conditions. She is passionate about nutrition and believes a healthy balanced diet is core to the well-being of every individual. She runs a clinic weekly and is available to see patients from our surgery and other clinics with a referral, helping you meet your nutrition goals using the latest evidence based guidelines.

We have a highly experienced team of nurses who work together with our Doctors to provide comprehensive healthcare services to our patients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Diane Woodcock
Diane Woodcock
Registered Nurse
Rebecca McMillan
Rebecca McMillan
Registered Nurse
Danielle Charpentier
Danielle Charpentier
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
Anna Gregory
Anna Gregory
Registered Nurse

On arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly and professional reception staff. These ladies are the backbone of Coastal Health Medical Centre with many years of experience. They have a friendly and positive attitude, are knowledgeable and ready to help all our patients access our services.

Glenys Stabback
Glenys Stabback
Practice Manager
Bette Reid
Bette Reid
Assistant Practice Manager
Brooke
Brooke
Reception Staff
Alex
Alex
Reception Staff
Rhyanna
Rhyanna
Reception Staff
Sandra
Sandra
Reception Staff
Karen
Karen
Reception Staff
PATIENT NOTICE: COVID-19
We are still open delivering quality healthcare during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our reception staff are happy to assist you with your enquiries and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we attend to your needs, however rude or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
Appointment Bookings
  • Only regular patients of the practice who have visited in the last 12 months can make a Telehealth appointment with their usual GP via telephone - if you require a face to face appointment you can discuss this with your GP during the telephone consultation.
  • If you have not been to the practice in the last 12 months please call 4333 1222 to make a booking
  • New patients & patients who require skin cancer checks are asked to call 4333 1222
When presenting at the practice
  • Our doors are locked to ensure the safety of our patients and staff – if you have an appointment please knock and our receptionists will let you in.
  • All visitors are required to wear a face mask when in the medical centre - please bring a face mask with you.
  • Only patients with appointments (& their carers or those with toddlers) will be allowed into the practice.
  • Temperature checks will be done at reception & COVID-19 questions will be asked.
Please do not come to the practice if you do not have an appointment or are suffering from respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever) or if you have been overseas, to Victoria, or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.