Our Team

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.

Doctors

Dr Maz Gorjipour
Medical 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.

I managed my well respected and accredited solo family medical practice in South Hurstville for over 40 years. My medical interests include – General Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Nutritional Medicine, Mind Dynamics, and Occupational 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 Valerie Parish
General Physician

I’ve been practicing in the Shire for over 30 years in my busy solo clinic located around  Caringbah. I love General Practice for its variety of work and moving with my patients through all the phases of their health journey. I have special interests in family medicine, fertility planning and women’s health.

My hobbies include painting, visiting galleries and travelling. Also, love spending time with my family and grandchildren. Having lived and brought up my family in the Shire, I couldn’t think of a better place to continue to serve the communities health needs.

Dr John Christie
General Physician

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1997, I spent most of my career in Western Sydney. I was the owner and principal GP of a well-regarded medical practice in Blacktown and recently moved to beautiful Cronulla where I enjoy an active lifestyle; swimming, cycling and going for long walks along the coastline.
My experience in general practice spans across all areas and I was fortunate enough to see patients and families from pregnancy through to childhood, adolescence, adulthood and beyond.
My main areas of interest are chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and emphysema in addition to the disease prevention. Other areas of interest include geriatrics, musculoskeletal medicine, skin cancer and skin check.
A large part of my work was in occupational health. This included pre – employment medical assessment, drug and alcohol testing, onsite immunisations and work cover. I am also certified for rail medical assessments.

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 two children and in my spare time I like to water-ski and swim.

Dentists

Dr Fatemeh Heidary​
Principal Dentist

I graduated with DDS in 2004 in Iran (Persia).  I successfully completed the NSW International Dental Graduates exams in 2008 and I was given the opportunity to attend a highly regarded training program at the University of Sydney. I worked in a variety of public and private practices in Iran and Australia such as Westmead Dental Hospital and Sydney Dental Hospital.  I am registered with the National Dental Board of Australia and I am also a member of the Australian Dental Association.

My special interest is treating anxious patients who suffer from dental phobia.
When I am not busy creating beautiful smiles, I enjoy exercising, traveling and spending time with my husband and our ten-year-old son.

Dr Simon Briggs​

I graduated with my BDS (Syd) in 1997 worked in the maxillo-facial department of three prominent hospitals in London and Wales. I returned to Sydney with my Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (FDS RCS) London, and began teaching and working at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. I obtained my Diploma of Clinical Dentistry in Intravenous Sedation and Pain Control in 2000 and began servicing several practices in the Sydney area with dental surgery, IV Sedation, dental implant procedures, and bone regenerative procedures. Today, I have become a mentor in implant techniques for several colleagues and practices, placing well over 350 implants per year. As well, I am highly trained in Dento-Facial Aesthetics and provide patients with various options of treatments including relaxant injections, Dermal Fillers, and aesthetic therapies. I am a member of the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics and the Australian Dental Association.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children, collecting wine and playing soccer and tennis.

Allied health

James MacCann​
Physiotherapist

I graduated from Sydney University in 2011 with a Masters Degree in physiotherapy, after initially completing a masters in exercise and sports science majoring in sports performance. Since then, I have worked in variety of private practice settings across Sydney, most recently in the Liverpool area.

I have completed postgraduate qualifications in dry needling, k-taping, casting and sports physiotherapy, and have conducted numerous occupational health programs, most notably with TOLL, Dnata and Prysmian Cables.

I am a lifelong basketball fanatic and continue to represent the mighty Sutherland Sharks. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and our 3 young children.

Dr Hassan Kafagi​
Podiatrist

Dr Hasan Kafagi successfully graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a Masters Degree in Podiatric Medicine.

He is a passionate practitioner specialising in all aspects of lower limb biomechanics in both adults and paediatrics patients. He is highly qualified and committed to assisting patients in achieving the best possible health outcomes in terms of improved lower limb biomechanics, improved balance and posture aiding to enhance their physical mobility as well as the quality of life. 

Sonya Cheung​
Clinical Dietitian

I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about empowering others to make sustainable lifestyle changes. I endeavour to provide personalised interventions according to clients’ cultural background, preferences and needs as I understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
I aspire to be a compassionate and supportive dietitian, utilising my knowledge and experiences to help and guide my clients making positive changes to their diet and develop positive relationship with food.

Ava Liu​
Registered Nurse

I am a registered nurse and graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2010, I then specialised in aged care nursing and have extensive work experience in both hospital and aged care facilities.

Practicing in Shire Doctors and Dentists is a great opportunity for me to utilize my expertise in preventive healthcare.

In my spare time, I like walking along the beach and reading my books.

Administrative Staff

Rakesh Vyasabhattu
Business Director

Tech Computer Science, Master of Information Systems, ACS Certified Business Analyst, AGPAL Accreditation Surveyor, Founder of AU Healthcare Consultancy.

I have more than ten years’ experience in new clinic set ups, recruiting, training, marketing, IT, eCommerce and business development. I strongly believe in team approach and technology advancement. I have gained healthcare business management experience through working with group practices. My role at Shire Doctors and Dentists is to keep our team up to date with the latest protocols and health industry standards.

I like to spend time with family, play cricket, photography, travelling and watching movies in my spare time.

If you would like to join Shire Doctors and Dentists family, please contact me on 0433 915 723.

Amanda Salter​

I have over 20 years’ experience working in sales and customer service and enjoy building professional relationships with all of my clients.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors with my children, playing netball, cooking and reading. I look forward to offering a warm welcome to everyone who walks through our door.

Dr Daren Vujovic

I have been involved in the field of Dentistry for the last 10 years. I graduated from University of Sydney as an Oral Health Therapist (OHT) before continuing my studies in Dentistry at Charles Sturt University.
With an OHT background, I place a big emphasis on treating gum disease and children’s dentistry. This has carried over into my general dentistry where I have also developed an interest in Oral Surgery, Endodontics and Restorative treatment. I strive to make the dental experience a positive one and enjoy working together to achieve my patient’s goals.

I recently relocated back to Sydney after spending time working in the regional area of Orange. I have also volunteered in Cambodia as part of a dental program.
Outside of Dentistry, you can catch me on the soccer field or tennis courts. And in the winter season on the slopes skiing.