Dr. Suzanne Ashdown

Dr. Grant Connoley

Dr. Kathryn Cunneen

Dr Sean Das

Dr. Ann Donaghy


 Dr. Robert Dunn

 Dr. Peter Elliott

Dr. Scott Gardiner

Dr. Patricia Garlick

Dr. Elise Harrison

Dr. Melanie Hattotuwa

Dr. Janice Kreltszheim

Dr. Peter Lovass

Dr. Kazunori Nakajima

Dr. Prabaharan Ratnarajah

Dr. Claire St. John

Dr. Leon Tan

Dr. Adrian Tang  

All doctors at Blackburn Clinic can help with a wide range of General Practice issues including:  asthma, children’s health, diabetes, family medicine, geriatric medicine, immunisations and vaccinations, men’s health, mental health, minor surgery, sexual health, skin checks, travel medicine and women’s health.



 Dr Suzanne Ashdown
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Dr Ashdown spent six months at Blackburn Clinic while undertaking her General Practice training in 2010.  In 2012 she was welcomed back as a full time GP.


Dr Grant Connoley
M.B., B.S., B.A., D.Obst., R.A.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Grant graduated from Melbourne University in 1984. He has been at Blackburn Clinic since 1989. His previous experience includes time at the Austin Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin Hospital and Bendigo Hospital. He has also worked at Monash University and at the RACGP as a medical educator. His medical interests include allergies, asthma, medical education and medical informatics. He holds positions on the Whitehorse Division of General Practice Chronic Diseases Reference Group, The Lung Health Promotion Unit at the Alfred and the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance General Practice Training Program. He is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is involved in the training of medical students and doctors.




Dr Kathryn Cunneen 
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Katie graduated from Monash University in 2003 and originally joined Blackburn Clinic as a registrar in 2007. Katie has a special interest in Women's Health, Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Mother Baby Medicine, in particular feeding and settling difficulties and infant allergies. Katie works part time at Blackburn Clinic when she is not busy chasing her very enegetic young children.



 Dr Robert Dunn
M.B., B.S., D.C.H. (Lond.)

Dr Rob Dunn commenced work at Blackburn Clinic in January 1982 after four years post-graduate training in Paediatrics in London. He has an interest in diabetes and men’s health. Rob was part of the team that completely rebuilt the Blackburn Clinic complex from 1989-1992. He then became the foundation president of the Whitehorse Division of General Practice for four years in the mid 1990s. Then followed ten years as managing partner of Blackburn Clinic, overseeing rapid growth and computerisation.




Dr Peter Elliott
M.B., B.S., Dip RACOG

Dr Elliott has four children and is a keen golfer when family and work commitments allow the time. He joined the Blackburn team in 1999 and has a total of twenty years in General Practice. Dr Elliott has been active on the Medical Boards of Mitcham Private Hospital (Chairman until 2003) and is currently Chairman of Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital. He attends Blackburn Clinic patients requiring rehabilitation care at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr Elliott is Managing Partner at Blackburn Clinic. His medical interests include all aspects of family practice, particularly paediatrics, and geriatric medicine.



Dr Scott Gardiner   
M.B., B.S., D.Obst., R.A.C.O.G., D.A (U.K.), F.R.A.C.G.P. 


Having graduated from Monash University, Dr. Scott Gardiner planned to work as a country doctor. So he studied obstetrics at the Mercy Hospital and anaesthetics in England, and was awarded his Fellowship in the R.A.C.G.P.
However, he came to Blackburn Clinic in 1994 and has never left! He still enjoys the breadth of general practice, caring for patients of all ages. He sees expectant mothers, new born babies (having a large paediatric practice), adults (including Men’s & Women’s Health Checks) and enjoys caring for the older members of the practice. Minor surgery allows an opportunity to maintain procedural skills. His love of sport has led to an interest in sports medicine and he has previously worked in a sports medicine clinic. Another interest is flying and he practices Aviation Medicine, performing medicals for air crew. Scott is married with a son and a daughter, and enjoys playing hockey, running, travel and adventurous pursuits.


Dr Patricia Garlick   
M.B., B.S., D.Obst., R.C.O.G. 

Dr Garlick was born and educated in England. She qualified as a doctor from University College Hospital, London. She started at Blackburn Clinic shortly after her third child was born in 1985. Initially she worked part time juggling the duties of being a mother with work. She joined as a partner in 1994 and has been full time since. When possible she enjoys walking, playing golf and tennis.


Dr Melanie Hattotuwa
B.M., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Dr Melanie Hattotuwa joined the Blackburn Clinic in 2006 and now juggles caring for her young family while working part time at the practice. She has a special interest in women’s health and paediatrics, although enjoys all aspects of medicine.


Dr Janice Kreltszheim
M.B., B.S., D.R.A.N.Z.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Interests: Shared Ante-natal care 

Dr. Janice Kreltszheim had a rich and diverse childhood, growing up on the tea plantations of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. She migrated to Australia as an eleven year old, and graduated with honours from Monash University in 1987. She has always loved the diversity and continuity of care that General Practice brings, though briefly was tempted by a specialist career in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Her special interests, not surprisingly, are in the areas of Antenatal Care, Family Planning and Menopause management, but she loves Paediatrics and Geriatric Medicine as well. Janice worked in the United Kingdom for a couple of years, after which she joined the Blackburn Clinic in 1999. She is married to Mr. Andrew Smith, a specialist General Surgeon, and they have three fabulous children, who have made it difficult for Janice to work more than part-time. Janice loves to keep fit and enjoys playing tennis, running, walking the dog and going to the gym. She also enjoys camping, skiing, bush-walking and her involvement at her local church.


Dr Peter Lovass 
M.B., B.S. (Hons), F.R.A.C.G.P. 

Peter graduated from Monash University in 1996. He commenced at Blackburn Clinic in 1999 and became a partner in 2002. He enjoys all aspects of medicine, particulary paediatrics and skin cancer surgery. Peter is also involved in the teaching of medical students and GP Registrars.


Dr Prabaharan Ratnarajah   
M.D., F.R.A.C.G.P. 

Praba’s initial interest in paediatrics led to training at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, before focusing on general practice. He started at Blackburn Clinic in 2005 and is a partner of the practice. Praba has also been caring for in-patients at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital since 2006. He is married with three children, enjoys playing cricket, and is an avid follower of sports in general.



Dr Claire St John   
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P., D.R.A.N.Z.C.O.G. 

Interests: Shared Antenatal Care

Claire has worked at Blackburn Clinic on a part-time basis since 1999. She has a diploma of obstetrics and enjoys all aspects of general practice, with special interests in women’s health, paediatrics and shared antenatal care. She is a full-time mother of three children.




Dr Adrian Tang   
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P. 

Dr Adrian Tang graduated at Monash University in 1995 and has been practicing medicine in a wide variety of disciplines since. His initial interest was in surgery and he was a Director of Emergency at Werribee Hospital for several years before pursuing his passion in general practice. Adrian first joined Blackburn Clinic in 2002 and is a partner of the practice. His love for travel has spurred him on to specialise in travel medicine. Adrian’s other interest is music, and he is an accomplished player of the piano and violin. He has been blessed with two fun loving children who, like their dad, are avid supporters of the St.Kilda Football club.


Dr Sean Das   
M.B., Ch.B., D.R.C.O.G., M.R.C.G.P., F.R.A.C.G.P. 

Sean graduated from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1990 and emigrated to Australia in 2001. He spent 5 years as a GP in Lakes Entrance before moving to Melbourne, and has been at Blackburn Clinic since 2009. He is married with two children, is a frustrated Egyptologist, and a long suffering supporter of the Indian cricket team.



Dr Elise Harrison   
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P., D.R.A.N.Z.C.O.G.

Elise graduated from Monash University in 2003. She has worked at various hospitals including Box Hill, Angliss, LaTrobe, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and the Peter James Centre. After an initial interest in Internal Medicine, Elise broadened her interests with experience in Paediatrics and Womens’ Health, which eventually led her to General Practice. Elise enjoys travelling and yoga in her spare time.




Dr Leon Tan   
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P., M.o.W. 

Interests:  Wellness and Holistic Medicine 

Leon graduated from Monash University in 1996 and has been working in general practice since 2000 following hospital rotations at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Box Hill Hospital and Bethlehem Pallative Care. In 2011, he joined Blackburn Clinic and is currently completing a Masters degree in Wellness at RMIT. He is married with two young children and has an interest in music and the arts.  




Dr Ann Donaghy
M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Ann graduated from Queensland University in 1993. She moved to Melbourne and started at Blackburn Clinic in 2007. She has two children and works part time. Her areas of interest are women's health and all aspects of family medicine. Her interests outside of medicine include reading literature, growing vegetables and caring for and walking her dogs.




Dr Kazunori Nakajima
M.B., B.S., B.Med.Sci., F.R.A.C.G.P.

Dr Kazunori (Kaz) Nakajima was born in Japan and moved to Brisbane at the age of four, before attending the University of Melbourne and graduating in 2006.  He spent a few years working in the various campuses of the Eastern Health system and in Gippsland, before commencing his general practice training.  In his spare time he likes to cook, play soccer, travel (he is hoping to soon add to his count of 31 countries) and watch his beloved Brisbane Broncos.