Dr Paul Tuohey – General Practitioner

General Practitioner

Dr Tuohey completed his undergraduate medical studies at Melbourne University in 2009 after previously working for 10 years as a software engineer. He went on to do his internship and another one and half years of training as a resident medical officer at Ballarat Base Hospital. This included one year in obstetrics and gynaecology and three months in paediatrics. Dr Tuohey decided to enter general practice training in 2012 because it provides exposure to virtually all areas of medicine as well as enabling a closer relationship and understanding of patients not really seen in other specialties. His passions are paediatrics, women’s health and antenatal care.

Outside of work, he is a very busy husband and dad to five sons. He enjoys running, working out in the gym and is a passionate supporter and member of the Collingwood Football Club. Along with his wife Dr Kim Tuohey, he has recently started caring for foster children which brings many challenges but also much enjoyment and satisfaction.

Dr McAleese

Dr Sally McAleese – General Practitioner

Dr McAleese moved to Australia at the end of 2010, and has been working as a GP in Ballarat.

She previously worked in Yorkshire in England for 10 years in a busy city practice. Her passion is in women’s health, diabetes management and minor surgery.
Dr McAleese has two children aged 4 and 6.

Outside of work she likes to keep fit, eat healthy and practice yoga.

Dr Smith

Dr Paul Smith- General Practitioner


Dr Smith completed his Medical studies at Melbourne University in 2009 and fellowed with the Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2014 after completing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science/Research (majoring in Genetics and Cellular Biology/Biochemistry) at Deakin University. His internship was done at the Ballarat Base Hospital. Initially from the South Eastern suburbs of Victoria, Paul moved to Ballarat in 2007 for medical training and never left.

He is a busy father to two young girls and husband. Dr Smith spends is free time training in Taekwondo, Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Also an avid gardener and home renovator.

His passions include preventative health/screening, fitness, chronic disease management, biotechnology and mental health.

Dr Culvenor

Dr Samantha Culvenor


Dr Culvenor graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006. She is a local having grown up in Daylesford and is very familiar with our region and health services available.

Dr Culvenor has completed additional training obtaining the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is passionate about General Practice and areas of interest include paediatrics, Women’s Health and pregnancy care. She is also keen to expand our clinics involvement with the medical education of students and GP trainees.

She is a busy mother of two daughters and enjoys running and assisting at school in her spare time.

Dr Matthew Pilkington

MBBS B.Biomed Sc

Dr Pilkington graduated from Deakin University in 2013, and has spent his career living and working in regional western Victoria. His areas of interest include Paediatrics, Preventative Medicine and Men’s Health.

He is a husband and father to a young family and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

Dr Chen

Dr Geoffrey Chen

Dr. Geoff Chen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2014, where he studied at the Ballarat Clinical School. He has worked at sites in Ballarat, Melbourne, and Swan Hill prior to joining Health First. His special interests include men’s health, sports medicine, and minor procedures.

Outside of work, Geoff is an avid basketball and gridiron fan, as well as a lifelong supporter of the Melbourne Demons.

Areas of interest:

  • Minor procedures
  • Skin cancer management
  • Sports medicine
  • Men’s health

Dr Mendis

Dr Natalie Mendis

Natalie received her medical degree from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and has worked predominantly in women’s health before moving to Australia in 2013. She has worked in different specialties in the hospital sector including Cardiology, critical care and emergency medicine for several years in Western Victoria, prior to moving to General Practice.

Natalie has received additional training and completed a Diploma in Paediatrics at the University of Sydney in 2016 and is currently working as a Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Registrar under Murray City Country Coast GP training. Her special clinical interests are in Women’s health, Paediatrics and Chronic Disease management.

Areas of interest:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s’ Health