Susan is also (almost) a local Novocastrian, having arrived here aged 3 months from Scotland with her parents who came to sample life in Australia. They all decided to stay and Susan’s father Dr Angus Feketey joined a practice in Charlestown with other doctors, which subsequently evolved into the practice we all work in today.
After graduating with First Class Honours from UNSW in 1995, Susan worked in various regional areas including the Central Coast and Central West where she completed a Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, eventually returning to Charlestown in 1999 to join her father in General practice. They worked together for 17 years until his retirement in 2016.
Susan has an interest in providing Antenatal Care to pregnant women, and their new arrivals. She has also developed a keen interest in skin cancer medicine and has undertaken further training in the management of skin cancer. She loves seeing patients who are part of multi generation families who attend the practice, and watching their own families grow over the years.
Out of hours Susan loves bike riding and yoga, and is the Mum to 3 red haired sons who she keeps well supplied with SPF 50+.
Simone is a lifelong Novocastrian. Simone is passionate for the health and wellbeing of local families within the practice and community.
Graduating from Newcastle University in 2001 with Honours. Simone became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2006. Simone has worked at CFMS since 2005. Simone has special interests in Women's Health and Mental Health. Having previously worked with Family Planning NSW, she has skills in all Women's Health needs. Simone provides appointments for Intrauterine Device insertion. As a Member of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Simone aims to support the complex care required for treatment of the whole person.
Dr Elaine Stafford completed her medical degree at Newcastle university in 1997 having previously obtained a bachelor of science and also registered nurse qualifications. Elaine had 10 years experience in emergency medicine before transitioning to general practice obtaining fellowship in 2011. Elaine has worked at CFMS since 2009.
Elaine enjoys the breadth of medicine that family practice offers and strives to provide the best possible care for her patients. Her special interests include skin cancer, shared antenatal care, chronic disease management. Elaine has additionally spent time as a medical educator and is an examiner for the college.
David is a Newcastle local, having grown up here and completing medicine at The University of Newcastle. After gaining post graduate and GP experience in Sydney, North Queensland and Port Macquarie he returned to Newcastle in 2017, taking up an academic position at the University of Newcastle teaching medicine.
Having worked as a GP for 25 years, David has developed broad experience in all aspects of General Practice and medical education. He has a special interest in internal medicine, evidence based medicine, medical education, dermatology, ethics and patient advocacy. David embraces the ethos, that our role as doctors, is not only to strive to improve our patient’s health, but also advocate for patients in this age of increasing misinformation and sham therapies. He continues to enjoy the challenges and diversity that medicine offers.
Dr Tanya Cater has experience in both Exercise Physiology and Anaesthesia. Tanya’s experience as an exercise physiologist sets her up for comprehensive delivery of sports medicine. She is also passionate about childhood and women’s health and assisting families to be healthy and happy. Outside of work, Tanya loves sports, family.
Our Nursing Staff
Our nurses are available Mondays to Fridays to assist with patient care including triaging urgent cases, assisting with procedures, vaccinations, wound care and early childhood immunisations. They also provide chronic disease care planning by spending time with you to ensure you understand and can manage your conditions optimally.
Our nurses understand the needs of our patients and have developed care models that ensure the best patient outcomes.
Our treatment room nursing staff are:
Our Support Staff
Our administration team is: