About Us

It is necessary to have a referral from a GP or other medical practitioners, including Psychiatrists prior to making an appointment.

Telephone: (02) 9418 4488
International: 61+2+9418 4488
748 Pacific Highway
GORDON NSW 2072

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Dr Yvonne Skarbek
Medical Director
MB BS, FRANZCP

Dr Skarbek is a leading Australian perinatal psychiatrist, well known within the North Shore, with vast public sector and private sector experience treating pregnant and postnatal women and adults with mental health disorders. She has an interest in the impact of parental psychiatric illness on child and infant attachment and the provision of treatments to optimize outcomes for the mother, infant and family. Dr Skarbek completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She has experience as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist, in the management of psychiatric disorders related to medical illness and is also a member of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (RANZCP). Highly regarded for her professionalism, personability and knowledgability, Dr Skarbek is also known to practice a sophisticated, crafted mix of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and contextual understanding of the individual patient. Dr Skarbek knows that each patient with a complex presentation requires a specifically tailored and sensitive approach. She has extensive experience in teaching and education and in the planning of perinatal mental health services. She is an examiner at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry and the Australian Medical Council. Dr Skarbek accepts referrals for patients 16 years of age upwards.

Dr Dinah Bennett
MB BS, MRCPsych, MPhil, FRANZCP, PG Certificate in CBT

Dr Dinah Bennett is a General Adult Psychiatrist specializing in depression and bipolar disorder. Dr Bennett completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Sydney and then completed post-graduate psychiatric training in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh) qualifying as both a General Adult Psychiatrist and Liaison Psychiatrist. Dr Bennett has also completed a research master’s degree in adolescent eating disorders. Dr Bennett is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has experience in the public and private sector treating a range of mental health problems including psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. Dr Bennett has a particular interest in cognitive behavior therapy, particularly for the psychological management of mood disorders. Dr Bennett sees patients from 16 years of age.

Dr Michael Williamson
MB BS, FRANZCP, M Med

Dr Michael Williamson is a specialist psychotherapist and psychiatrist who spent three decades in the Mental Health Service, with some years of parallel private practice. In 1983, he commenced training in psychotherapy at Westmead Hospital and specialised in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Since 1988, he has been a member of the Faculty of the Master of Medicine programme involving teaching and supervision of medical trainees and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Sydney. From 1992 to 1995 he was Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle. He has had extensive experience in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate medical and psychiatry trainees. He was the first NSW President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry (ANZAP) and taught and supervised for some years around Australia and New Zealand. Dr Williamson is particularly interested in developmentally related mood disorders.

Dr Veronica Vass
MB BS, FRANZCP

Dr Veronica Vass is a General Adult Psychiatrist with a strong interest in depression and bipolar disorder. Dr Vass is a graduate of Sydney University Medical School and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Vass has previously been the Clinical Director of a mental health unit at a major public hospital and has had extensive experience in treating all psychiatric conditions. Dr Vass has trained at the Black Dog Institute and sees patients from 18 years of age upwards.

Dr Artin Jebejian
MB BCh, MSc, DPM, FRANZCP

Dr Artin Jebejian is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. He has been practising psychiatry since 1983 and has trained at the Black Dog Institute. Dr Jebejian is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He consults at The Lawson Clinic and is a Senior Staff Specialist in the psychiatry unit of a major public hospital. He has extensive experience in various clinical settings in both the public and private sectors including acute mental health units, community services, consultation and liaison psychiatry, alcohol and drugs, adolescent and perinatal psychiatry and emergency psychiatry. Dr Jebejian is easy to engage with and can provide both psychopharmacological and psychological interventions. He is experienced in individual and group psychotherapy. Dr Jebejian has been involved with the teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. He sees patients from 15 years of age upwards.

Dr Jose Menendez
MD, FRANZCP

Dr Menendez is an experienced consultant psychiatrists and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He was previously Deputy Director and Senior Staff Specialist at the Macarthur Mental Health Service in NSW from 1996 to 2008. Dr Menendez was also a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, University of NSW, from 1996 to 2008. Dr Menendez has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. He provides both psychopharmacology and dynamic style individual psychotherapy. Dr Menendez has a special interest in the inter-relationship between the cinema and psychiatry and has presented several papers on the depiction of the psychiatrist, mood disorders, psychosis, and personality disorders in the movies at the WPA World Congress of Psychiatry in Argentina in 2011. Dr Menendez accepts referrals for patients 18 years of age and over.

Dr Peter Jones
MB ChB, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Dr Peter Jones is a General Adult Psychiatrist with a broad experience in both the public and private sectors. He completed his undergraduate medical degree in the UK and undertook his postgraduate psychiatry training in the UK and Australia. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is currently the Clinical Director of Psychiatry at Bathurst Health Service and has previously held the position of Clinical Director at Macarthur Health Service. Dr Jones provides training, education and supervision to RANZCP accredited trainees. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of mental health conditions with particular interest in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychosis. He sees patients over the age of 18.

Dr Nicole Melidonis
B.Med, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Dr Nicole Melidonis is a General Adult Psychiatrist who has a broad experience working in a wide range of psychiatric settings (both public and private). She trained both in the UK and Australia and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Melidonis is well known for her ability to form rapport with her patients and combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic interventions to obtain the best outcomes. Her special interests include mood disorders, early psychosis and perinatal psychiatry. Dr Melidonis accepts patients aged 17 years and over.

Dr Jane Tubby
MB BS, FRANZCP, Cert.Child.Adol.Psych

Dr Jane Tubby is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist. She graduated in medicine from the University of London, and completed postgraduate training in psychiatry in Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and a member of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Tubby has extensive experience in managing adolescents and their families in both inpatient and community settings. She has a particular interest in adolescent anxiety and mood disorders and their treatment, utilising both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological techniques in the context of the family system. Dr Tubby is happy to accept referrals for young people aged between 12 and 18.

Professor Dorgival Caetano
MD, PhD, FRANZCP
Professor Caetano is a senior consultant psychiatrist and Conjoint Professor at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.His expertise covers most areas of adult psychiatry including bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, phobic, panic and OCD disorders. He has published as author or co-author 87 papers, 16 chapters of books and 6 books covering different aspects of clinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology.Professor Caetano accepts referrals from 18 years of age upwards.

Dr Sonia Kumar
MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP

Dr Kumar has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for more than twelve years treating the full spectrum of mental health problems in private and public practice. Special interests include mood disorders, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, women’s mental health, perinatal issues and youth mental health (ages 16-25). She provides a comprehensive mental health assessment and individualised treatment plan for each patient, combining medication, psychological therapies and lifestyle changes. Dr Kumar takes a collaborative approach, focusing on patient education and building positive mental health.

Ms Anna Carl
BSc (Hons) Psych, MClinPsych

Anna Carl is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in the treatment of depression, OCD and PTSD. She completed her university training in Germany and Sydney, and conducted research for her Masters at the Mood Disorders Unit of a private psychiatric hospital. Anna has worked in both private and public mental health care settings, and is experienced providing individual and group therapy for young people, adults and older adults. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health. With a focus on skills based therapy, Anna draws on CBT and ACT as her main therapeutic approaches but frequently incorporates DBT and schema therapy into treatment. Anna is dedicated to delivering evidence-based interventions while engaging with clients in a warm and empathic manner, and uses quantitative data to track progress in treatment.

Dr Matthew Currell
D.Psych (Clin & Clin Neuro), B.Sc (Psych) (Hons), MAPS, MCCLP

Dr Matthew Currell is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with an interest in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobia’s and panic), obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and low self esteem. Dr Currell has worked in a variety of mental health settings including public hospitals, private psychiatric hospitals and private practice (young people and adults). He is a firm believer of therapy being an educational process where people are able to walk away from sessions with improved knowledge and understanding of ways to overcome symptoms of concern. Dr Currell applies a range of evidenced based treatments that are grounded in scientific research. Dr Currell completed a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Queensland. He holds full endorsements as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and he is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.

Professor Gordon Parker AO
MB BS, MD, PhD, DSc, FRANZCP, FASSA

Professor Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. He was, for nearly two decades, Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW and Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. In 2004 he received a Citation Laureate as the Australian Scientist most highly cited in the field of “Psychiatry/Psychology”. He has published over 500 journal articles and 6 books on mood disorders. His research has focused on modelling psychiatric conditions (depressive, bipolar and personality disorders) and examining causes, mechanisms and treatments for mood disorders. Professor Parker is the peer review consultant to The Lawson Clinic. During peer review meetings which are attended by all specialists at the Clinic, our psychiatrists / psychologist have the opportunity to discuss their cases (with the patient’s consent) with their colleagues and Professor Parker. In cases which are particularly challenging or warrant a second opinion, patients may be invited to attend a peer review meeting where Professor Parker together with our other specialists will review the case with a view to reaching a “consensus” as to the most appropriate diagnosis / treatment.

*Professor Parker does not see patients individually at the clinic.

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    It is necessary to have a referral from a GP or other medical practitioners, including Psychiatrists prior to making an appointment.


    Telephone: (02) 9418 4488
    International: 61+2+9418 4488