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Our General Practitioners (GPs)

Dr Orna Scanlon – Clinical Director

MB, BCh, BAO, BA (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Australia), MRCGP (UK), FRACGP

Orna moved to Rockhampton from Ireland in 1996 where she worked at the Base Hospital for 18 months. She then spent 7 years working in different specialties at the Townsville Hospital before moving to the UK in 2003 for 2 years to complete her Membership of the Royal College of GPs. Upon returning to Townsville in 2005, she worked for 2 years at The Townsville Aboriginal & Island Health Centre before joining the team at Health & Wellbeing North Ward in 2007.

Her special interests are: family medicine, children, women’s health [Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology], Indigenous health, chronic diseases.

As one of two Clinical Directors, Orna regularly reviews our processes and systems from a clinical perspective and provides guidance and updates as required.

Dr Reuben Scott – Clinical Director

MBBS, FRACGP, Clinical Diploma Palliative Medicine

Dr Scott is a specialist GP who enjoys working with kids and families. Dr Scott has broad experience caring for patients of all ages and stages. He has experience in childrens health, Veterans Health (DVA), mens & womens health, aged care and chronic disease, chronic pain/ fibromyalgia (non-opiate management) and palliative care.

Reuben is married to Esther and they have 4 children.

He graduated from James Cook University and has been practicing in the Townsville region ever since, earning a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine at the Townsville Hospital. During his GP training, he worked at various practices in Townsville, Charters Towers, Ayr and Home Hill. Reuben loves to spend time with his family, go fishing (not often enough), watch movies and being part of his Church.

As one of two Clinical Directors, Reuben regularly reviews our processes and systems from a clinical perspective and provides guidance and updates as required.

Dr Martin Doris


Dr Martin Doris completed his medical degree at Queens University Belfast in 1991, did his GP training and then emigrated from Ireland to Australia in 1998 with his wife Catherine, daughter Christine and son Michael. He worked in Julia Creek for five years as the Medical Superintendent with right of private practice and, in that time, attained Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and Australian citizenship.  He has been working in fulltime General Practice in Townsville since then. His special interests include dermatology, skin cancer surgery,  diabetes, travel medicine, family medicine, and antenatal care. 

Dr Fiona McKinnon


Now accepting New Patients.

Dr McKinnon graduated in 2013 from Bond University and has recently obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

She has worked in and around regional Queensland, whilst completing her training to become a Rural Generalist GP Obstetrician.  Fiona has completed Advanced Skills training in women’s health and obstetrics. 

She is interested in all aspects of General Practice Medicine with a focus on Rural & Remote Health, Women and Children’s Health and family planning.

Dr Vicki Stonehouse


Vicki has extensive experience in Indigenous Health and Rural and Remote Medicine.

Vicki completed her Fellowship for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Townsville and works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward part-time.

Dr Mark Bartsch


New Patients Always Welcome.

Dr Mark Bartsch grew up in Perth and graduated in 1984, MBBS from the University of Western Australia.

He has worked in a variety of practice locations and settings, and has held the position of Senior Medical Officer in Rural Hospitals, Occupational Health and Safety in urban centres as well as General Practitioner in Regional towns before moving to Townsville. Twenty years later he’s still loving what the North has to offer.

As a Specialist GP, Mark particularly enjoys working with kids, and has a broad range of experience caring for patients in all aspects of general practice. His special areas of interest include skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, men’s health, aged care, chronic disease management, Veterans Health (DVA), minor surgery and child health.

Outside of medicine he enjoys the lifestyle North Queensland has to offer –water sports, mountain biking, travel, good food and coffee!

He has a family with three children and his small urban farm (filled with cats, dogs, chooks, bees, fish, birds, a lizard and a duck) keeps him out of mischief and very busy. With almost four decades of experience, Dr Bartsch is very much looking forward to helping you with your health & wellbeing.

Dr Vinay Timothy


New Patients Always Welcome.

Dr. Vinay has worked for many years as in a general practice in India, Central and North Qld. His main interests are in Mental health, Women’s health, Men’s health and Chronic Disease management. With compassion and empathy, he also focuses on treating disease and reducing mental and physical suffering in all age groups strongly adhering to the old adage that prevention is better than cure.

He is fluent in English and Hindi and is able to understand Urdu. Outside of work his other interests are athletics, weight training, music, nature and table tennis.

Dr Emma Wallace


New Patients Always Welcome.

Dr Wallace graduated from James Cook University in 2014 and completed her early training at the Townsville Hospital before deciding to specialise in General Practice.

Emma has a special interest in womens health, chronic disease management and mental health. Emma is a Townsville local and when she isn’t at work she enjoys spending time with her young family.

Dr Linsey Gummow


New Patients Always Welcome.

Linsey grew up in rural Mount Isa, QLD and moved to Townsville in 2011 to complete her training. She graduated in 2016 from James Cook University and spent three years working at The Townsville University Hospital prior to beginning specialisation with Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners.

Her special interests are: women’s health (including IUD and implanon insertion), thyroid disease, allergy, mental health and digestive issues.  

Dr Stephanie Ferguson


New Patients Always Welcome.

Dr Stephanie Ferguson (MD, FRACGP) completed her medical training at Griffith University in 2015. She spent her junior doctor years at Redcliffe Hospital before completing her FRACGP in 2020 in Brisbane. She has recently moved to Townsville and is looking forward to exploring the area.
Stephanie is interested in seeing all areas of General Practice, with a particular interest in women’s health (including Implanon insertion/removal), family planning and mental health.