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OUR TEAM

Dr Michael Donohue

Dr Michael Donohue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 and has a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. He is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Dr Donohue joined the Yeppoon Family Practice as a Practice Partner in 1986 and has provided care for the Capricorn Coast community for over 30 years.

Dr Donohue has held numerous medical appointments over his general practice career, including Lecturer for the University of Queensland – Rural Clinical school and is currently a Queensland Government Medical Officer.

He has shared his wealth of general practice knowledge and skills as an educator and supervisor for medical students and Registrars since 1986.

Whilst enjoying every aspect of general practice, Dr Donohue has a particular interest in men’s health, geriatrics, cardiovascular disease, as well as sports and musculo-skeletal medicine.

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Dr Debra Ibbotson

Dr Debra Ibbotson graduated medicine from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1997 and obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General practice in 2010.

She worked in her own private practice in Africa before making the decision to move to Australia with her family in 2008.

Dr Ibbotson has practiced medicine in Emu Park since 2008. She enjoys all facets of general practice with a special interest in women’s health and treatment of skin conditions.

Outside of work, Dr Ibbotson is a very busy wife and mother and enjoys outdoor activities, running and spending time with family.

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Dr James Sprouster

Dr James Sprouster completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia and worked at hospitals in Perth and NSW. In 2015 he moved to Theodore where he worked for 2 years and achieved his Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Sprouster has been working in Central Queensland for a number of years now, including Yeppoon Family Practice. While this may not make him a ‘local’ by Central Queensland standards, he has made the decision to permanently relocate to the Capricorn Coast.

Dr Sprouster will be starting at The Family Practice (Emu Park) from 19 August 2019.

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Dr Brenda Nathanson

Dr Nathanson qualified at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2003. After completing her internship and community service in South Africa she moved to the UK in 2006 working in General Practice, A&E and Mental health. She went on to become a partner in a GP practice in London where she worked for 10 years before moving to Australia in 2018. She joined the Family Practice in November 2019 and enjoys all aspects of general practice with a special interest in women’s health and mental health. She completed her Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through the Royal College in London and is working towards gaining her Australian GP fellowship. When she is not spending time with her husband and 2 young children, she can be found reading, cooking or buying makeup.

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Dr Gabrielle de Rooy

Dr Gabrielle de Rooy has been working as a GP Registrar at The Family Practice Emu Park since January 2020,  with prior experience working as a Doctor in Gladstone and Mackay.

She graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2016 also receiving the Therapeutic Guidelines LTD prize for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. She has undertaken a dermatoscopy certificate with the Skin Cancer College Australasia.

Dr de Rooy has special interests in preventative care, skin cancer, and palliative care.

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