Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mental Health, Chronic medical conditions, teaching and education.
Graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and he has a PhD from Melbourne University. He has also had his scientific work published in highly quoted papers and has written a number of book chapters on diabetes and hypertension. A/Prof. Dodic is also an Associate Professor with Peninsula Medical School, which is a part of Monash University, and is heavily involved with teaching, lecturing and assessment of medical students. He is married to Dr. Aleksandra Dodic and they have a son and daughter. A/Prof. Dodic is one of the three Principal Doctors of Aspendale Clinic and is also fluent in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Macedonian.
Dr. Aleksandra Dodic
Director, MBBS, FRACGP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Women’s health, Antenatal care, Travel medicine, Chronic medical condition including diabetes.
Graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has been in General Practice since 1996 and enjoys all aspects of family medicine including women’s health and antenatal care. Dr. Dodic has been an educator and examiner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2004 and is involved in the training of student Doctors. In her spare time she enjoys yoga. Dr. Dodic is one of the three Principal Doctors of Aspendale Clinic and is also fluent in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Macedonian.
Dr. Daniel Martinez Espinosa
Tuesday and Thursdays
In 1996 Dr Daniel Martinez graduated as Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) by the University of Alicante, Spain. Dr Martinez then completed his postgraduate training as a GP in Essex, UK in 2001. After his return to Spain, he worked as a GP and Emergency Department doctor in various health centres and teaching Hospitals in his home coastal city of Alicante. Dr Martinez came to Australia with his wife Sonia in 2013 and started working as a GP in a very busy medical centre in Rosebud in the Mornington Peninsula. During his initial acclimatization period he attained Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).He and his wife live in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula which seems to have so many reminiscences of his beloved Alicante.As Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Dr Martinez’s training and experience as a GP covers various fields of medicine such as: Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Paediatrics, Digestive Medicine and Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Minor Trauma and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Martinez has also collaborated with Monash University in the field of Mental Health through the PULSAR project. Dr Martinez is fluent in English and Spanish. He is learning French and Japanese. He also enjoys martial arts and new technologies. He is currently preparing for his next Kung-Fu brown “Belt” grading.
Dr. Paul Smith
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
All aspects of General Practice particularly cardiovascular disease and pediatrics.
Graduated from Monash University. His medical training was at the Alfred Hospital, Prince Henry Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital and Ballarat Hospital. Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of family medicine with special interests in paediatrics, cardiology and respiratory disease. His outside interests are his family, conservation, sail-boarding and cross-country skiing. Dr. Smith is one of the three Principal Doctors of Aspendale Clinic.
Dr. Rachel Martin
MBBS, PhD, DRANZCOG
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Women’s health, Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Management.
Graduated from the Monash University in 2012 and has worked at Frankston Hospital in various areas of medicine including O&G, Paediatrics, General Medicine. Dr Martin has also successfully completed the Diploma of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Over the past 4 years Dr Martin has been working in General Practice in Frankston and is still involved in O&G at Frankston Hospital on a casual basis. She is also involved in teaching student doctors from Monash University.
Dr Martin is a local to the area and is looking forward to working in at Aspendale Clinic which has a strong ethos of high quality and compassionate care for patients.
Dr. Faisal Siddiqui
Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon
Dr Faisal Siddiqui grew up and has worked in various parts of the world, including West Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom where he did a Masters in public health (MPH). Faisal completed his specialisation in General Practice from the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and has now relocated to Australia with his family.
Faisal is passionate in all aspects of General practice, with a special interest in Diabetes, paediatrics, Psychiatry, sexual and reproductive health. Faisal loves to spend time with his young family, playing badminton and cricket and is an avid supporter of Manchester United Football Club.
Dr. Timothy Lucas
After growing up locally and working in business Tim studied medicine at Deakin University graduating with a BMBS.
Tim spent two years working in Gippsland before returning to Melbourne and working in Mount Waverley.
Tim is joining the Aspendale Clinic team as a GP registrar and has interests in adolescents, mental health and sexual health.
Away from work, Tim likes to spend time with his family, sing baritone in his choir, being involved in his church community and exploring our diverse world.
Dr. Talvika Kooblal
Talvika graduated in 2013 completing her internship in country Victoria at Goulburn Valley
Health. She went on to undertake adult physician training through Peninsula and Monash
Health before embarking on GP training through the Eastern Victoria GP network. She has
completed the Sydney Child Health Program and is undertaking a Certificate in Women’s
Health. Talvika has a keen interest in translational research with publications in oncology,
renal and neurology/stroke. Her interests span the spectrum of life including paediatric,
adult and women’s health.
Brian – Back In Motion Physiotherapy
Born and bred locally, Brian studied at Monash University across both Peninsula and Clayton campuses to complete his Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) degree. With the majority of his university placements being held in the community and rehab setting, Brian has extensive knowledge in the assessment and treatment of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal presentations. His passion for rehabilitation stems from the work that sports physiotherapists do behind the scenes and believes that everyone should be afforded the same treatment to reach their goals!
As a private practice practitioner at Back In Motion Aspendale Gardens, Brian believes that every individual is their own unique athlete regardless of age or disability! His mission is to provide life-long optimal health. During his spare time, you’ll find Brian watching sport or Netflix and exploring different restaurants around Melbourne.
On Mondays and Fridays, we will have a physiotherapist from Back In Motion treating at the Aspendale Clinic from 1.30-3.30pm.
Alternatively, the Back In Motion Aspendale Gardens clinic is open from 6.40am-8pm Monday to Friday and is also open on Saturday from 8am-1pm.
Nader studied at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences and a Masters of Podiatric practice. Since then Nader has developed a passion for the management of sports related injuries in athletes and active people as well as treating patients suffering with Diabetes. In his time working as a podiatrist Nader established himself as a podiatry mentor, assisting and training new graduate podiatrists in their first year of podiatric practice. He looks to the ever-evolving field of sports podiatry and is able to construct customised biomechanical treatment plans for his patients.
In his spare time you will find Nader doing small projects around the house and spending time with his wife. He’s an avid soccer fan and is involved with his local church community.
Dalija is available for appointments on Fridays and you can book appointments with her through our friendly reception team. Dalija grew up in Melbourne, before moving to Queensland to complete a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University. Her dietetic training was completed at Mater Public/Private Hospital and Cairns Base Hospital. Dalija has been in private practice for 2 years. Today Dalija stays at the forefront of medical research and continues her passion for sports and nutrition as a practicing dietitian. Dalija, works with an extensive list of clients that vary from busy working professionals to mums and professional athletes. One of Dalija’s goals is to produce practical eating strategies that improve the quality and lifestyles of her clients. Practical strategies that allow her clients to get the most out of the foods they enjoy but also lead them to more sustainable and healthier eating habits.
Tamara Hudson, Charlie Hayes and Jasmina Dragovic (cosmetic nurse)