Doctors

Dr. Nigel Baker
MBBS
Nigel is a UWA graduate, entering medicine after spending a decade teaching science in several WA schools. My family and I are looking forward to meeting the people of Albany and exploring this region.
Dr. Tania Botha
MBChB, FRACGP
Tania qualified in Pretoria in 1990, and emigrated to Mt Barker in 2002, where she practiced for 7 years. She enjoys all aspects of general practice. Tania and her husband have four children so there isn't much time left for hobbies, but she enjoys walking, having a coffee with friends, and gardening.
Dr. Donald Gunning
MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP
A West Australian graduate, now in his mid 50’s, Don returned from a decade of working in the NHS in North East England in early 2011. He came home to rejoin his family and start up life with his new wife. Don worked for 12 years in Wagin as a solo GP up till 2000 and was involved in the early years of the rural doctor’s movement. Don has a wide interest in medicine, having been a family practitioner for 25 years now. He is developing an interest in minor surgery, dermatology and counselling, as well as being part of the pioneer team working in the Albany Regional Hospital. Don has been very happy to join the positive and forward thinking people at Pioneer. He is looking forward to developing his skills and fitting into the talented team at the practice. He intends to stay in Albany long term.
Dr. Airell Hodgkinson
MBBS, FRACGP, GDRGP, DTM&H, DCH, DRANZCOG
Airell joined the practice in January 2006 after spending the previous 4 years in the north of WA in Karratha and Kununurra. His medical experience includes anaesthetics, paediatrics, travel/tropical medicine and aviation medicals. Airell is also a member of Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine and has a keen interest in aviation. Outside of work, he spends time with family and outdoor pursuits such as bushwalking, fishing and camping.
Dr. Andrew Knight
MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, FACRRM, DCH
Andrew is a University of Adelaide medical graduate who has spent 20 years working in rural and remote Australia. He has trained in obstetrics, paediatrics, musculoskeletal medicine and medical education. He has further special interests in diabetes, mental health, aboriginal health and dermatology. Andrew works part time as an Associate Professor supervising medical students at The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia's Albany site. His other special interests are his partner Joanna, 3 beautiful daughters, a menagerie of pets, camping, kayaking, reading, writing and singing.
Dr. Christine Oosterhuis
MBBS, FRACGP
Christine is a WA-trained GP who re-joined Pioneer Health in early 2011 after a year of anaesthetics training in Perth. She has particular interests in child health, women's health, family planning, travel/tropical medicine (eg. vaccinations), and occupational medicine. Christine has now settled permanently in Albany with her husband. Outside of work Christine enjoys home-decorating, music, exploring, and spending time with her husband, friends and pussy cat.
Dr. John Rowlands
MBBS, BA
John is a local UWA graduate, currently completing specialty training in General Practice (FRACGP). His medical interests focus on preventative health, including contraception, vaccination, quitting smoking, exercise, preventing heart disease and diabetes. John provides a range of GP surgery procedures. He has further qualifications in sexual health and family planning, including long-acting reversible contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (Implanon, Mirena and non-hormonal Copper IUDs). He has training in skin cancer medicine and surgery; performing full dermoscopic skin & mole checks, biopsies and excisions. John is a representative on the Great Southern Regional Advisory Committee for the Western Australian General Practice Education and Training group. He is a trainer for the Australian Resuscitation Council's Advanced Life Support courses. Outside medicine (in his spare time!), he enjoys spending time with his wife, exercise, and rock climbing.
Dr. David Tadj
MBBS (Qld), FRACGP, DRANZCOG, FARGP
David is a Queensland medical graduate. He has trained in obstetrics (including caesarean sections) and has a special interest in this area. His other areas of interest include preventative medicine, mental health, chronic fatigue and skin cancer surgery. David married in September of 06, and the couple have a young son. In his spare time David enjoys fishing, reading and cooking. He speaks fluent German.
Dr. James Turner
MBBS, FRACGP, DCH.
James joined Pioneer Health in 2007. He enjoys the variety of medicine in the surgery as well as looking after hospital patients. Special interests include skin cancer medicine and dermatology, children's health, Aboriginal health and chronic disease management. James is involved in GP registrar training and is the chair of the WAGPET supervisor liaison group. Outside of medicine James enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, gardening and running a male acapella choir known as the "Southern Right Males"
Dr. Nyi Nyi Zaw
MBBS, JCCA
Nyi has recently rejoined the Pioneer Team after successfully completing his anaesthesia training in Perth. Nyi has special interests in rural general practice, anaesthesia and emergency medicine. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, photography and playing football.