General Physicians

Our approach is to deliver the best service every single time you visit us at Shire Doctors and Dentists. We have brought together a highly experienced and very passionate team who share the same vision towards healthcare and patient wellbeing.


Dr Maz Gorjipour
Managing Director

After graduating from UTMS in 2001, I have been practicing medicine for almost twenty years. I am currently practicing as an emergency medicine specialist in Sutherland and Liverpool hospitals. I have special interest in geriatric medicine, cardiology, trauma, and point – of – care ultrasound. Practicing as a GP and an emergency medicine specialist provided me with a great opportunity to understand the value of high-quality primary care services. My focus at Shire Doctors and Dentists is to offer a wide variety of services to address a broad range of medical and health related issues helping avoid unnecessary hospital admission where appropriate.

Dr John Rizzuto
Principal Medical Practitioner

I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1975, then followed three years of hospital residency at Concord Repatriation General, Prince of Wales, Bankstown, Westmead and Sutherland Hospitals. 

managed my well respected and accredited solo family medical practice in South Hurstville for over 40 years. My medical interests include general medicine, paediatrics, nutritional medicine and preventative health.

My wife and I raised and educated our now adult children in the Sutherland Shire and we both still enjoy the outdoor activities on offer here – the beach and the bush, swimming, surfing and walking.

Dr Reinier De Villiers
General Physician

I graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1987. I moved to Australia in 2008 and attained full Australian specialist family physician registration in 2012. I practised as a GP proceduralist until 2015 in Narrogin, WA and have extensive experience in obstetrics, anaesthetics, and emergency medicine. I moved to the Shire in 2016 and have been practising in South East Sydney as a GP since then. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and my major interests are ear, nose and throat, orthopaedics (sports medicine) and obstetrics (ante – natal, post – natal and shared care, implanon and mirena insertion and removal) When I am not attending to my patients, I am spending time with my wife and children. I have a passion for music, wine and travel.

Dr Lana Celi
General Physician

Prior to completing my medical degree in 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Wollongong. I have a certificate in Women’s Health provided by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

I have special interest in family medicine and women’s health. 

I grew up in the local area and continue to live locally. I have three children and in my spare time I like to water-ski and swim.

Dr Dien Nguyen
General Physician

I graduated from the University of Sydney. I then continued my training at Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead during my residency. Following completing my residency program, I joined the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). I completed the specialist GP training program and received the fellowship of RACGP in 1998.

I have special interests in paediatrics, preventative medicine, and the management of chronic illnesses. With my comprehensive experience in practicing as family physician, I enjoy assisting my patients in management of all their general health and medical issues.

Dr Yana Martynova
General Physician

Having graduated as a medical doctor in 1995 in Russia, she specialised in respiratory medicine and cardiology before moving to Australia in 2005.

With extensive experience working in Sydney-based and rural hospitals, emergency departments and General Practices, Dr Martynova is particularly interested in internal medicine, elderly care, paediatrics, women’s health and family planning. She believes that patient education, preventive care and a holistic approach to complex conditions are the key to successful treatment.

Outside of work Dr Martynova enjoys experimenting around the kitchen with various international cuisines, confectionary, chocolate craft and baking. She also enjoys tailoring, being keen to discover and design new garment patterns.

Dr Mina Habashi
General Physician

Dr Mina Habashi graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2016 and has since worked at Sutherland, St George, and Griffith Hospitals. The time spent working within these hospitals gave Dr Mina the opportunity to obtain further experience in women’s health, paediatrics, aged care, gastroenterology, cardiology, psychiatry, and general surgery. Dr Mina has special interest in occupational medicine, general medicine, and chronic disease management.


Dr Christene Mikhail
Skin Cancer Practitioner

Dr Christene Mikhail holds a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Sydney as well as a Bachelor in Medicine with Distinction from The University of Newcastle.

Dr Mikhail completed her internship and residency year at St George and Sutherland Hospitals and is committed to patient outcomes and patient safety. During her residency, she was Chair of the Innovations Committee, driving patient safety projects and ultimately publishing articles for the British Medical Journal.


More recently, Dr Mikhail has focussed on her passion for Skin Cancer Medicine and is undertaking a Master of Medicine in Skin Cancer at University of Queensland. She has also completed a Professional Certificate in Dermatoscopy, Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer and Professional Certificate in Dermatology.

Dr Dalia Henss
General Physician

Dr Henss graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2015 and completed her internship and residency years at St George and Sutherland hospitals, during which time she worked across different specialities including aged care, oncology and emergency medicine.

Dr Henss did 6 months of clinical paediatrics at St George public hospital during which time she completed her diploma in child health through Sydney children`s hospital.

Dr Henss has a great interest in skin cancer management including skin checks, performing skin biopsies and minor excisions for which reason she completed professional certificate of skin cancer

Her other medical interests include paediatrics, women`s health and antenatal care, mental health and preventative medicine.

Dr Henss obtained her fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2022.

Dr Sherif Francis
General Physician

I am a GP with close to 30 years’ experience in General Practice and skin cancer treatment.

I have a special interest in:

  • Skin cancer diagnosis & treatment.
  • Minor procedures.

I have been a Clinical Supervisor for GP registrars and was also an examiner with the RACGP. In addition, I was a General Practice Clinical Supervisor with the University of New South Wales medicine primary care course, involved in clinical teaching for Medical Students in Years 5 and 6.

I was working as a doctor and medical director at my own group practices until I decided last year to slow down.  I now plan to move to the shire and only concentrate on patients care.

I love nature and the beach and in my free time I look after my 2 dogs and enjoy playing jazz piano.

Dr Sonali Gupta
General Physician

Sonali completed her medical degree at Western Sydney University in 2016 and completed her hospital training at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Broken Hill Hospital. Sonali undertook further training at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. She then completed her GP training in the Illawarra region and achieved her fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2022. 

 Sonali completed a Diploma of Child Health (USyd) in 2018 and the Family Planning Australia National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health in 2021. She completed the Certificate of Dermoscopy and Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine with the Skin Cancer College of Australia in 2023. 

 Her areas of interests include women’s health, paediatrics, chronic diseases and dermatology. Sonali performs Implanon insertions and removals as well as skin checks and minor skin procedures. 

Sonali is committed to providing a holistic, collaborative and evidence based approach to her medical practice.




Diploma in Child Health

Cert in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Cert of Dermoscopy

Cert of Skin Cancer Medicine 

Dr Naim Samaan
General Physician

I graduated from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1986 with MBBS and have been practicing in Australia since 2013. I am a Fellow of the Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and I have also completed a Diploma in Child Health.

My areas of interest include skin cancer checks and management, sexual and reproductive health, children’s health and sports medicine.


Dr Joseph Jabri
General Physician

I grew up in the regional country town of Armidale and moved to Sydney to study medicine.I completed training at the Prince of Wales Hospital and has further training in emergency and paediatric medicine.

I enjoy all aspects of general practice and have firm beliefs in the importance of patient centred care, the role of the environment and community in fostering comprehensive patient care.

My areas of particular interests are mental health, paediatric care, men’s health and chronic disease management.When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking, eating, hiking, and travelling.

Alister Hodge
Nurse Practitioner

Graduating from La Trobe University in 2000, I’ve accumulated over twenty years of experience in emergency medicine, having worked in both the UK and Australia. I’ve worked as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Sutherland Hospital for the past decade, where I managed a diverse range of urgent medical issues, including musculoskeletal injuries, wounds, and various medical and surgical conditions.

Moving forward in my career as a Nurse Practitioner at Shire Doctors and Dentists, I’m committed to delivering exceptional care for injuries, wounds, and urgent medical complaints to help ease the strain on our local emergency department.

Education and academic background: I have completed a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate of Critical Care, a Master of Emergency Nursing, and a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) where I was awarded the Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, and The Sydney Nursing School Academic Merit Award. I have co-written a textbook to support graduate entry to the workforce, authored numerous research papers and book chapters, and worked as post-graduate clinical lecturer for The School of Nursing at the University of Sydney.

Outside of clinical work, I’m a keen writer, having published several novels in various genres ranging from science fiction to horror.