Meet our Staff

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Our Experienced Team of Doctors and Allied Health

Dr. Marie Alapatt

Practice Principal

Dr. Marie Alapatt has been living and working in Redland Bay for the last 15 years, and is dedicated to improving the healthcare of the community she calls home. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and holds a Masters in Family Medicine, and she has over 30 years of experience as a qualified doctor.

A decade of which was spent in various departments in large hospitals such as Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, General Medicine, ER etc. The only thing that surpasses her knowledge and experience is her compassion for her patients and her staff.

APHRA Registration No: MED0000952688

Dr. CM Jinabhai

General Practitioner

Dr CM Jinabhai (Dr Chans) has been a GP for 25 years and is FRACGP qualified. He has previously worked in NSW, Victoria and most recently on the Gold Coast. He has been an examiner for the RACGP since 2007. This involves ensuring that the future GPs of Australia meet the highest standards. His dedication to his work and his patients is easy to see.

APHRA Registration No: MED0001205503

Dr. Hemantha Gamage

General Practitioner

Dr Hemantha Gamage is FRACGP qualified and has previously worked in the Redlands. He has a special interest in age care. Like the other doctors at Ave Maria he puts his patients first and is completely dedicated to their healthcare.

APHRA Registration No: MED0001823624

Vanessa Elliot


Vanessa Elliot is a registered psychologist with more than 18 years in the field. With experience working across the clinical, corporate, correctional, forensic and mental health industries, Vanessa has a broad understanding of the complex factors that influence behaviour at many levels and how this impacts on both an individual and business.

She founded iFlexis to improve the well-being and resilience of employees to create more effective leaders and organisational culture. Her approach helps emerging and early leaders overcome the psychological and behavioural barriers that often get in the way of becoming a successful leader. In turn, leaders then embed these skills into the organisation and build a stronger culture for greater business performance.


While many consultants focus on behaviour change to drive performance and culture, Vanessa uses a pioneering methodology for the corporate world that maximises the potential of people and builds stronger cultures. This approach focuses on the building flexibility in leaders and cultures for greater resilience and growth potential, identifying individual values and aligning with corporate values to drive individual and business strategy and growth. Vanessa draws from both her professional and personal experience to help people and organisations overcome their barriers to success and she is passionate about helping leaders and organisations achieve positive outcomes.

BPsych Hons, MAPS,  APHRA Registration No: PSY0001407432

Our Nurses

Amanda Porter

Registered Nurse

She is both a Midwife at a private hospital and a Registered Nurse at Ave Maria Medical Centre. She did her initial training at the Toowoomba Hospital followed by Midwifery at Mater Hospital and a Bachelor of Nursing at USQ. Most recently she completed her Nurse immunisation course. She brings with her 30 years of experience as a nurse is an asset to the practice, the patients and her colleagues.

RN APHRA Registration No: NMW0001437840
Midwife APHRA Registration No: NMW0001437839

Mandy Olsen

Registered Nurse

Mandy Olsen has been with Ave Maria Medical Centre for the past 2 years in a job share role with Amanda. Initially having trained at Prince Henry's Hospital in Melbourne she then moved to Townsville and back to Brisbane. Mandy has had 30+ years of experience in General Practice and hospitals. Her special interests are wound care and immunisation but is happy to discuss all your health needs and concerns.

APHRA Registration No: NMW0001434894

Our Adminstration Staff

Karlie Best


Receptionist Karlie Best - is one of our newly appointed receptionists. She is very friendly and truly loves her job as a receptionist. 

Malith Fernando

Practice Manager

Practice Manager Malith Fernando looks after the business side of the practice and is the person to contact should you have any compliments, complaints or suggestions for the business. He can be contacted via email at