Your Care Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Peter Vanrietvelde

Dr. Peter Vanrietvelde graduated as a medical practitioner from Ghent University in Belgium, his country of origin.

He specialised as a consultant general practitioner in Dorset County, England. Moved to Australia in 2003 and worked in Broome, Western Australia before relocating to Cairns in 2008.

He joined the Cairns West Medical Centre in 2012.

He has a broad interest in all aspects of general practice including mental health, and skin cancer medicine. He has a special interest also in the use of technology in health care and in the research regarding the wellbeing of medical practitioners.

He is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), teaches Medical Students and International Medical Graduates.

He is also a practice accreditation surveyor with QPA-GPA accreditation, ensuring general practices work to the standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Dr. Masayuki Terazawa

Dr Masayuki Terazawa graduated from Nihon University School of Medicine in Japan and obtained the certificate of Medical Practitioner in 1988.

He worked as a cardiovascular specialist in hospitals until 2002. He carried out echocardiograms, catheter operations for ischaemic heart diseases, and myocardial biopsy for cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.

After that, he took over his father’s practice and was working as a general practitioner and paediatrician for 12 years. He has accumulated medical knowledge and skills by running his own practice in Japan. He has a good knowledge of oriental medicine too.

He moved to Australia with his wife and two sons in October of 2014, studied hard again and obtained medical registration from the Australian Medical Board, starting his practice here in 2019.

Dr. Kathleen Poon

Dr Kathleen Poon grew up in Brisbane, and graduated as a medical practitioner from the University of Queensland in 2016. Since then, she has worked throughout Queensland including at Rockhampton, Brisbane, Winton, and Kingaroy in a variety of areas including paediatrics, obstetrics and mental health. She has done further study, completing the Sydney Child Health Program (formerly the Diploma of Child Health).

Kathleen is interested in many aspects of general practice, including paediatrics, women’s health, chronic disease and skin cancer medicine.

Outside of medicine, Kathleen enjoys playing violin, and spending time with family. She has also been busy exploring the region, since relocating to Cairns.

Dr Brad Elliott

MBBS (UQ), B. Biomed Sc (Griffith), FRACGP

Dr Brad Elliott graduated from the University of Qld in 2002 and completed his fellowship in 2009. He has been working as a rural GP in Ingham since 2007 and is now moving with his family to the Cairns area. He is interested in all aspects of family medicine as well as skin cancer.

Dr Rebecca Elliott

MBBS (UQ), B. Applied Sc (Podiatry) QUT, FRACGP

Dr Rebecca Elliott graduated from the University of Qld in 2002 and returned to the district in 2007 with her family. She is interested in all aspects of rural general practice especially preventative health and nutrition.

Our Psychologists

Rosemarie Deutschmann

Rosemarie studied Psychology and trained as psychotherapist in Germany and Switzerland. She spent nearly 30 years of part-time private practice as counsellor and therapist. The other time was devoted to health related Quality of Life studies in the domain of chronic mental and physical diseases: Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, Depression/Anxiety, Schizophrenia; Diabetes, Heart disease, Chronic Bronchitis, Psoriasis, HIV. Although Rosemarie is a “word doctor”, she has access to a broad medical knowledge, which allows her to assist clients to better deal with their medical conditions,

Rosemarie arrived in Australia/Cairns in 2005, registered as Psychologist in Queensland in 2006 and worked during 7 years part-time in Centacare Cairns; in parallel she started to create her private practice and was a telephone counsellor for Lifeline. Her psychological practice is informed by basic principles from Psychoanalysis, Neurolinguistic Programing (NLP) and the latest discoveries of Neuroscience how to rewire the brain for wellbeing and happiness, including “Brain-Spotting”.

Her goal is to create a framework to support clients:

  • To find access to their inner resources
  • To overcome harsh life conditions
  • To train resilience and strengthen hope
  • To improve relationships
  • To integrate life experiences and discover new purpose towards a more fulfilled aging process
  • If desired: to help restore access to a broader spiritual connection with a realm bigger than us.

Sari Szekely

Sari commenced her working life as a registered nurse and midwife and has lived and worked in a range of settings and locations across Far North Queensland.

Since commencing in Psychology, Sari has worked primarily with children and their families, again in a number of clinical settings including schools, government and non government sector, Kids Helpline and currently with the child and family team at Qld Health.

With a demonstrable track record, Sari has a particular interest in the 0­-12 year’s age group, using attachment interventions as the basis of her work with families. Sari also has an interest working with children who may need behavioral interventions such as those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder spectrum. Sari will be an additional important member of the Allied Health team at Cairns West Medical Centre.


Phyllis Manoka

Phyllis Manoka: Practice Nurse

Phyllis is our Registered Nurse and joined us in 2021. She holds responsibility for general nursing tasks, including immunisations and injecting medications. She supports our GP’s with health assessments, and together with the medical practice assistants prepares care plans for our GP’s and her patients.

Lehua Koka

Assistant Practice Manager
Medical Receptionist

Hayley Jackson

Medical Receptionist
Medical Practice Assistant

Emma Teaurere

Medical Receptionist


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