Our experienced health team consists of five doctors, a physiotherapist, and three nurses who are supported by our experienced administration/screening team. Working together, our focus is on bringing a comprehensive medical service to the Karratha community. We live and work within the Pilbara region and understand the needs of the patients we see daily. Our service is significant in that we provide a general practice, occupational health and travel medicine service all from one location.
Dr Carolyn Valdez graduated as a general practitioner in the Philippines, and has been living in Karratha since 2007.
Dr Valdez is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). Her interests include woman’s and children’s health, general medicine and mental health. She also performs occupational medical work and is an accredited UKOOA, AMSA and Vanuatu seafarer’s medical inspector.
Dr Valdez is a keen supervisor of the next generation of doctors and is a member of the UWA Rural Clinical School and John Flynn Placement Program.
Dr Stephen McNally completed his MB ChB at the University of Pretoria in 1977 and his M Prax Med at the same university in 1984.
Before going into private practice, Stephen completed his internship in Durban’s Addington Hospital and then commenced a two-year military tour of duty with the SADF, working in various mission hospitals and in the operational area in the Namibian Caprivi Strip. He spent a further three years as the SMO of the Shongwe Hospital where he saw many cases of tropical diseases and was involved in patient care during two Cholera and one Malaria epidemic. It was during this time he researched the treatment of snake bites for the writing of his dissertation.
At the end of 1983 Dr McNally joined a private practice in Plettenberg Bay where he practiced as a family physician until 2006. During this stint Dr McNally completed a post graduate course in Palliative Care through the University of Cape Town.
Dr McNally left South Africa for Ireland where he practiced as a locum GP in numerous practices until moving to Australia in 2012.
Dr McNally joined Sonic HealthPlus in Karratha in 2012 as a general practitioner and in addition to patient consultations, performs medical assessments and is accredited in providing Australian Maritime Safety Authority, VISA, Disability Support Pension and Rail medicals. Dr McNally acts as preceptor to medical students from UWA and is a WAGPET supervisor to registrars.
In 2013 Dr McNally was awarded a fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine – FACRRM.
Dr Lulu Ntloko was born and raised in South Africa and has worked in healthcare within Australia for the past 11 years. Previously working in Tasmania, the Wheatbelt and now the Pilbara, Dr Ntloko enjoys general practice as it exposes her to all fields of medicine. Dr Ntloko particularly enjoys her work within women’s health, psychosocial matters, paediatrics and adolescent medicine.
Dr Aysen Kolat completed her medical training in 2002. In Turkey, she worked in General Practice and Emergency Medicine areas as well as specialising in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dr Kolat relocated to Australia in 2012 and started working as a GP in rural/remote areas. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Her special interests are paediatrics, antenatal and postnatal care, women’s health, skin checks, skin cancer treatments and chronic disease management. Dr Kolat enjoys life in Karratha, spending time with her family, boating, kayaking, camping and diving.
Originally from South Africa, Sam joined the Sonic HealthPlus occupational health team in 2012 working in results management. Sam became the clinic manager of the general practice division of our clinic in 2013 and has overseen the management of all areas of the clinic since. This includes the general practice accreditation process and the merge with the OH clinic in 2016. She leads an experienced and dedicated team who are committed to providing excellent customer service and patient care.
Originally from South Africa, Lori worked in Melbourne, Victoria before moving to Perth and then Karratha in 2015.
Lori offers a wealth of experience, which includes speciality in paediatrics, flight aviation retrievals, ambulance response and a positive work ethic and attitude.
Lori has been working in the general practice environment for the last three years and brings a caring and holistic approach to all aspects of her nursing, enhancing and supporting our practice.
Marlene is originally from South Africa and immigrated to Australia with her family, settling in Adelaide. After moving to Karratha in 2013 she joined Sonic HealthPlus. Marlene now oversees the team and ensures a high quality service in reception and administration in a very busy clinic.
Sandra Murape is originally from Zimbabwe and immigrated to New Zealand with her family where she completed her nursing training. Sandra joined the Karratha team as a casual nurse earlier in 2016 but has recently completed the training required to become a screener and member of the occupational health team.
She brings a genuine passion for delivering a high standard of care and service delivery.
Our frontline administration and reception team are the first point of contact at Sonic HealthPlus Karratha. With extensive experience in general practice and occupational healthcare, our dedicated administration team can answer any queries you have about our clinic and the services we provide.