MedEd 4 Everyone Speakers

Dr Shamistra Barathan

Dr Shamistra Barathan
MBBS (U.K.), FRACGP, DRCOG, DFFP, ACNEM member

Dr Shami is an experienced and empathic General Practitioner who cares about her patients and wants the best for them. She is passionate about the holistic approach to healthcare and has furthered her knowledge by joining the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM).

Dr Shami graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in London in 2000 and worked in the United Kingdom and New Zealand before settling here in Melbourne with her husband. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and practises mindfulness meditation daily. She plays the piano, practises yoga, is a mountaineer, a traveller and is involved in charity work in her spare time.

Being able to understand both sides of the health coin, namely conventional medicine and holistic therapies, Dr Shami is able to blend the best of both worlds to bring balance to your life and help you make the right choices about your health and wellbeing.

Dr Anil Asthana

Dr Anil Asthana
M.B.B.S., M.R.C.S., FRACP

Dr Anil Asthana is an accredited specialist Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and Endoscopist who specializes in all fields of gastroenterology and liver disease.

Originally from the UK, he attended the prestigious medical school at Kings College London and then completed his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) at Guy’s Hospital and Queen’s Hospital in London. He trained as a general physician and as a Gastroenterology Specialist at The Alfred and Box Hill Hospitals, Melbourne.

Dr Asthana is one of the first physicians in Australia to perform intestinal ultrasound to diagnose conditions including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, constipation and diverticular disease. He has published articles in scientific journals and is an invited speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. He was awarded the prestigious VESKI award by the Victorian government for his work using intestinal ultrasound.

He currently works as a Senior Medical Staff member at The Alfred Hospital where he is an integral part of the department as well as being a formal mentor for interns and a tutor for Monash University medical students. Dr Asthana consults and performs gastroscopies and colonoscopies in a wide variety of locations in southeast and east Melbourne suburbs in private practice and now consulting at Nicholson Health and Wellness.

Dr Karan Sinha

Dr Karan Sinha
Consultant Psychiatrist, MBBS, BmedSci, MPsych, FRANZCP

Dr Karan Sinha is a compassionate Psychiatrist who is a leader and advocate in his field for the holistic approach to mental wellbeing. He was brought up in Melbourne with a good balance of Eastern and Western values. He inspires his patients to adopt scientifically proven practices of guided meditation, self-compassion and exercise to assist in their recovery

He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and has developed his interests in Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. He has been working and specialising in the area of Psychiatry for the past 5 years sub-specialising in the area of General Psychiatry treating mostly adults and youth. He has extensive knowledge and experience with using current psychiatric medications and has been working with adults, youth, children and elderly in community outpatient and inpatient settings at Monash Health.

“I believe medications can be helpful in more severe diseases and for short periods of time. However, to fully recover and heal from a mental illness, I also use other approaches including guided meditation, introspection, self-compassion, assertiveness and physical exercise”

Jessica Singh

Jessica Singh
BHlthSc MDietPrac APD, AN

Jessica is passionate about helping her patients improve their health through nutrition. She graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and subsequently obtained a Masters of Dietetic Practice. She is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Jessica has seen the enormous benefits of nutrition through her own personal health journey and in her patients. This drives her to keep learning and educating others in the benefits of eating a healthy diet. Patients have often said that they enter her consultations feeling confused and worried and always leave smiling and empowered because of her empathic, fun and motivational consulting style. Her fundamental nutrition approach involves the utilisation of whole, unprocessed foods.

Sue Jones

Sue Jones
Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Sue’s pursuit of wisdom is a life long passion that leads her to look for methods that are evidence based and powerfully healing for her clients. Her many years of practice and skills learnt along the way have given Sue a reputation for being insightful and skilled in many modalities.

She originally trained in Early Childhood Development, then furthered her study to become a Professional Counsellor in 1996. Since then she has added Clinical Hypnotherapy to her list of qualifications. This added another dimension to her practice, as being able to access the subconscious enables deeper and more powerful changes in clients.

Sue’s early struggles with life have led her to develop a strong interest in understanding and treating Depression, Anxiety and the human condition. Clients benefit from her empathetic style and her wealth of wisdom. She believes that good physical and mental health, along with healthy connections with others are the way to heal your life.