Meet Our Practice Team

At Esperance Family Practice we understand that there are many contributing factors that affect your Family’s health. To that end, our practice team strive to provide a range of professional health services that you can really rely on. Our team have been working as Esperance doctors for at least 5 years, and some for more than 10 years.

**  Please note that our Physiotherapist Jayme Bergman will be on Maternity Leave from November 2018 – February 2019

Dr Donald Howarth

Dr Donald Howarth - Esperance Doctor

About

Donald is a New Zealander who studied physiology and botany at Sydney University before studying medicine at UNSW. In the late 1980s he was in Broken Hill where he was involved in the realisation that childhood lead poisoning was still occurring there. In 1995, he moved to Esperance where he has worked since.

Special Interests / Expertise

He is involved in education of medical students through the Rural Clinical School of WA, post graduate medical education of rural GPs and education of medical students at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland (northern Somalia). He is also actively involved in a project to bring awareness of the problem of workplace bullying in healthcare. He shares his life with Anne Carey and Rusty (dog).

Qualifications

BSc (hon), MBBS, FACRRM

Dr Robyn McIntyre

Dr Robyn McIntyre - Esperance Doctor

About

After a career teaching music and mathematics, which finished with 4 years at Esperance Senior High School, Robyn decided to realise her childhood dream of being a doctor. She left her supportive husband Alistair on the farm in Esperance, and with their two small children, she moved to Perth.

She graduated from Medicine at UWA in 2009 and returned home to continue her rural GP training. She also worked at the Esperance District Hospital in the Emergency Department and managed patients admitted into the hospital until 2016 when she decided to devote her time wholly to being a GP.

Special Interests / Expertise

She enjoys all aspects of being a GP, and is keen to help patients gain a good understanding of how lifestyle and mental health contributes to a healthy and happy life. She plays and coaches netball, sings and plays in a music group, and enjoys dancing and yoga.

Qualifications

B. Mus Ed (UWA), B. Biol Sc (Curtin), MBBS (UWA), FRACGP

Dr Nadette Hodge

Dr Nadette Hodge - Esperance Doctor

About

Nadette was born in Perth, and spent most of her childhood years in the Pilbara mining town of Newman. She graduated from Newman Senior High School then studied Medicine at the University of Western Australia.  Nadette always planned to return to the country and was able to do this while completing her General Practice Fellowship training. 

During her training, Nadette worked in Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Busselton and Esperance.  Nadette met her partner, Robert, when visiting Esperance and subsequently moved to the town to complete her GP training.  The couple have a strong interest in travel and spent a few years overseas working in England and Ireland and then exploring South America on the way home.  On returning to Esperance, Nadette worked as a GP for several years and has now joined Esperance Family Practice where she aspires to provide quality health care to both long standing and new patients. 

Special Interests / Expertise

Nadette is actively involved in the local Equestrian Club and her daughter Layla is a member of Pony Club.  The family is keen on travel and camping with regular trips to the beach for fishing and the bush for exploring.

Qualifications

MBBS (UWA), FRACGP, Diploma of Child Health.

Dr Emma Keeler

Dr Emma Keeler - Esperance Doctor

About

I have lived all over Australia, being born in Adelaide, growing up in Alice Springs and Darwin. My initial qualifications were in Economics and Science (4 years) at the Northern Territory University, after which I worked for the Treasury Department in Darwin for 4 years. It was at this point that I decided I wanted to become a doctor, thus moving to Brisbane to complete a Postgraduate Medical Degree (4 years). Upon completing my medical studies I took a job at Fremantle Hospital to be closer to my extended family in Perth and Esperance.

I then enjoyed working in a range of different hospital positions over the next few years before coming to Esperance in 2010 to try rural General Practice. Thankfully I had the amazing support of Dr Donald Howarth and was made very welcome by the medical and wider Esperance communities that led me to pursue a career as a rural General Practitioner.

I have since completed my training to become a fully qualified GP and continue to undertake ongoing medical education including completing a Diploma in Child Health in 2015. At the end of last year I was unsure where I was headed and took time out for travel. This helped me to realise that I have come to love working as a GP in Esperance and that living near my extended family.

In my down time I enjoy a range of activities, but love catching up with friends for coffee, reading novels and movies.

I am very excited to be back working in Esperance in our new rooms with our fabulous team.

Special Interests / Expertise

Aged Care, adult complex medicine, and family medicine

Qualifications

BSC/BEC (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Economics), MBBS, FRACGP, DCH (Diploma of Child Health, through Westmead)

Jayme Bergman (Physiotherapist) 

Dr Nadette Hodge - Esperance Doctor

About

Jayme was raised in Denmark WA among towering karri trees on a small farm and has always had an interest in health and science.  She attended Denmark and then Albany Senior High School before earning a place at Curtin University to study Physiotherapy.  Upon graduation the country life beckoned and a position at Esperance Hospital drew her back toward the Southern Ocean.  For the past 12 years Jayme has been providing physiotherapy services at Esperance Hospital as well as through private enterprises to the local community.  In 2010 a rural scholarship allowed her to complete a post graduate Masters of Manual Therapy through UWA which expanded and refined her clinical skills.  Jayme has three beautiful children with her husband Enoch and enjoys swimming, playing hockey, running and camping anywhere out of phone range.

Special Interests / Expertise

Child development and early intervention, musculoskeletal injuries and pain, Womens Health including pregnancy and postnatal

Qualifications

BSc Physiotherapy (Curtin University). 

Masters Manual Therapy (UWA) 

Support team

Dr Nadette Hodge - Esperance Doctor

About

Our administrative support team consists of our full-time Practice Manager Jan, our full-time receptionist Sandra, and our part-time receptionist Alyce.  We have two part-time Practice nurses Anne and Penny, sharing a full-time position.  In addition, Anne is a fully-qualified midwife and works with our doctors in our Antenatal Shared Care.

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