Meet the Peel Maternity Team
Dr Peter Kell
GP Obstetrician/Director. MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv) GP Obestrician (C-Level)
Peter grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, before moving to WA. Before medicine he worked as an electroplater and metallurgist, then studied Alternative Medicine. Married with 6 children – He is a committed Christian with a deep desire to help and support people, and to always act with honesty, integrity and love.
Peter is a GP-Obstetrician, MBBS (UWA) FRACGP (Fellow Royal Australian College GP), DRANZCOG (Adv.) (Advanced diploma or Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Graduate Diploma Rural GP, CCPU (Certificate Clinician Performed Ultrasound). Adjunct Lecturer (University of Note Dame GP-Obstetric representative Woman and Children’s Health Networks Doh WA. Chair of Obstetric review Committee PHC (8 yrs), Member MAC PHC (8 yrs).
He founded Peel Maternity and Family practice in 2006, a unique collaboration of GP-Obstetricians and midwives. He is passionate about improving care for pregnant women, both in pregnancy and delivery. He believes good maternity care requires a team of doctors and midwives, along with allied health professions, working together without competition. Outside of work and when not on call, Peter enjoys spending time with family and friends, sometime over a glass of his favourite wine!
Dr Danni Gitsham
Dr Danni Gitsham is a GP Obstetrician who studied at The University of Melbourne and completed her Advanced diploma of obstetrics and gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
She is a rural generalist, holding a fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Danni has worked in various places around Australia, including Perth, Karratha, Darwin and Gladstone in central Queensland and has volunteered in Papua New Guinea.
Danni also holds a Masters of Public Health and tropical medicine and has an interest in travel medicine.
Dr Simon Smith
MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv), GP Obestrician (C-Level), FARGP (Fellowship of Advanced Rural GP), Bsc Forensic Toxicology MPH
Simon grew up in New South Wales and started a career as an apprentice before changing and working as an Air Force jet mechanic and eventually retraining as a Navy Clearance Diver. Simon then studied a Bachelor of Science in Forensic toxicology at Murdoch University prior to completing medical studies in Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.
Simon worked exclusively in emergency departments prior to undertaking his obstetric training at King Edward’s. Simon joined the Peel team in 2013. Simon holds a fellowship of Advanced Rural GP with an Advanced Diploma of obstetrics enabling him to care for women prior to and during pregnancy and carry out deliveries including caesarean sections.
At Peel Maternity and Family Practice, Simon is a GP obstetrician and GP/ED generalist. Simon enjoys time with his family and new dog as well as studying and reading. Outside of work, you’ll find him on the surfing or doing jiu jitsu. Simon’s passion in medicine is as a true generalist caring for new families with a focus on obstetrics, women’s health including fertility and children’s medicine.
Dr Karine Hay
MBBS, DCH, Bachelor of Nursing
Dr Karine Hay loves all areas of medicine, but has a particular interest in children and women’s health. Prior to working as a GP, Karine worked at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) for 3 years, alongside WA’s best paediatricians, and completed her Diploma of Child Health during this time. Because of her love of paediatric medicine, Karine continues to work part time in the Emergency Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital, which helps to keep her skills and knowledge up to date.
Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame Medical School in 2011, Karine has also spent time working in Fremantle Hospital and KEMH for women, and has experience in general adult medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and all areas of women’s health including IUD insertion.
Prior to studying medicine, Karine worked as a Clinical Nurse at PMH for10 years, predominantly in the Intensive Care Unit.
When not at work, you will find Karine enjoying family time, reading fiction novels, down the beach, and spending time with friends.
Dr Laura Tarrier
Laura grew up in Manchester, UK. She studied Medicine at the University of Liverpool and completed an additional BSc in International Health that involved projects in South America. Laura graduated in 2012 and worked for two years in London in a variety of medical and surgical departments.
Since moving to WA in 2014 Laura has worked at Peel Health Campus, mainly in the Emergency Department, King Edwards Memorial Hospital for Women and the Next Step Drug and Alcohol Clinic. Laura loves the variety that General Practice offers and is especially interested in preventative medicine, women’s health, sexual health and contraception, and mental health.
When not at work you’ll find Laura in the pool or ocean, or exploring WA’s great outdoors with her partner and friends.
Dr Gregg Eloundou
MD, MRCOG, FRANZCOG
Peel Maternity and Family Practice is proud to introduce Dr Gregg Eloundou to all General Practitioners. He is an outstanding Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist offering services in all aspects of obstetrics care and also has a wide range of experience in office, outpatient and surgical Gynaecology.
- Menstrual and Bleeding disorders
- Pelvic pain
- Fertility investigation
- Minimal access surgery
- Member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist – United Kingdom
- Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
Dr Mat Epee
SPECIALIST CONSULTANT IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
Dr Epee has a wide range of experience in gynaecology and obstetrics through his 20 years of practice and training in Australia, England, France, South Africa and Cameroon where he has learned to adapt to the patient’s needs in various settings.
He offers laparoscopic hysterectomy, medical and surgical treatment of abnormal periods, early pregnancy problems, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids, polyps, abnormal cervical cells (LLETZ) and genital prolapse. He offers colposcopy and other office procedures.
His main work is in public at King Edward Memorial Hospital where he leads the Placenta Accreta team and where he provides complex laparoscopic and open gynaecological surgery as well as high risk obstetrics. He is a VMO at Peel Health Campus and St John of God Murdoch.
He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and he is training supervisor and examiner for RANZCOG. He delivers many O&G workshops and courses in the State. He has published and presented numerous scientific papers, projects, audits and review at national and international levels. He has been Head of Department of O&G at KEMH with a special interest in safety and quality.
Languages: English and French
MD, Diploma of Obstetrics (SA), MRCOG (UK), Diploma of Laparoscopy (France) FRANZCOG (Australia)
RN, RM, CHN
Marlene grew up just outside of Perth and worked in secretarial insurance claims prior to moving into her long time desire to become a nurse. Marlene did her training at Royal Perth Hospital and five years after that, Marlene started her midwifery training at King Edward Memorial Hospital where she found her niche caring for and empowering women during the most profoundly life changing time of their lives. Marlene is also a qualified Child Health Nurse.
Marlene has been delivering babies in the Peel region since 1981 and is now helping to deliver the next generation of babies at Peel Maternity since it opened in 2006.
When Marlene is not at Peel Maternity, you’ll find her reading inspirational and personal development books not to mention getting involved in the garden and crocheting.
Kim has focused on all areas of midwifery, from antenatal clinic, through to birth suite and the postnatal ward. Kim worked in Osborne Park Hospital before joining the practice in April 2011 and in addition to her role as a midwife, now teaches the 3 antenatal education classes that she has developed over the years.
Card making, reading and travelling tends to fill up her free time as well as taxiing her children to swimming, drama and sailing.
RN, RM, Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
After starting her career as a general nurse working at Royal Perth Hospital in the early 90s, Elaine lived in England then travelled around Europe and Africa. On returning to Australia in 1996, Elaine worked in Royal Perth Hospital then at Warren District Hospital in Manjimup where she completed her midwifery qualification. In 1999 Elaine moved to Mandurah and working at Peel Health Campus and the Australian Nursing Federation before joining the Peel family in 2012. Elaine has just passed the IBLCE Certification Examination and has the right to use the title International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) helping more women with any breastfeeding concerns and questions.
Outside of work, Elaine is very family focused; actively involved with the local Surf Life Saving Club, and taking her children to numerous dance recitals and swim carnivals!
Martine was born in North East Arnhem Land and moved to Mandurah as a child. Prior to working in health care, she worked in the banking sector.
Completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2013 and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery in 2017, she is now furthering her studies in Child and Adolescent Health.
Martine had her own children through Peel Maternity and Family Practice and joined the team in 2018. When not at work, Martine enjoys spending time cooking, hiking and camping with her family.
I come from a farming family in southern NSW and from the age of 6, knew I wanted to be a midwife. Initially I started out my career as a qualified Child Care Worker, Mother Craft Nurse, Maternity Nurse and a Nanny, a position that enabled me to travel the world for many, many years.
In 2008 I qualified as a Registered Midwife and began my career in midwifery at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. My passion for travel and my newfound degree then took me across the country where I worked at King Edward Memorial Hospital, before moving on to join the Community Midwifery Program (Homebirth). Family ties saw me return to NSW for a few years, working at Wodonga Hospital before getting the travel bug again. This time I was off to the wilds of Tasmania, whilst working at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
After 3 years of exploring every waterfall and craggy knoll, I craved sunnier climes and returned to WA where I now work at Rockingham General Hospital and recently joined the team at PMFP. When not at work, I’m usually found exploring WA and planning my next overseas adventure.
- Certificate III in Children’s Services (Centre Based Child Care) 1998
- Diploma of Community Services (Child Care) 2000
- Bachelor of Midwifery (Direct Entry) 2008
Our Allied Health Practitioners
BA in Psychology/Education, BEd (Education/Counselling), Masters of Applied Psychology
As a psychologist, Christine enjoys meeting people and working together to help them regain a sense of well-being and balance in life. Every person is unique and it is satisfying to gently look at unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and find ways to respond differently which contribute to positive changes in their life. In her free time, Christine enjoys exploring nature reserves or going for long beach walks and trips to the theatre.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Elite Personal Trainer (Cert III and IV in Fitness ) from Australian Fitness Network
Dianne is a Physiotherapist and Antenatal Educator who has also studied Elite Personal Training, and written online pregnancy, postnatal and pelvic floor training courses for fitness professionals.
At Peel Maternity Dianne is involved in running our Antenatal Classes; Pregnancy Essentials and Preparation for Childbirth, with our midwives. These are the only Antenatal classes in Mandurah that run with a Physiotherapist. Having worked as the lead Physiotherapist for the Pelvic Floor First campaign run by The Continence Foundation of Australia, Dianne has worked and co-presented with some of Australia’s leading health and fitness professionals to develop safe and effective programs for women before, during and after pregnancy. Dianne has been a Pelvic Floor First ambassador since 2011.
Food has always been an important part of my life and as well as being a dietitian I am a fully qualified chef, these skills allow me to understand the needs of patients and ensure my recommendations are both delicious and nutritious as well as suited to their cultural background. I have specific interests in chronic disease management, weight management, food intolerances and paediatric nutrition.
Our Office Staff
Originally from Wales, Sharon has been living in Mandurah now for 13 years and hasn’t looked back; loving the family focussed lifestyle. Sharon has worked for a number of large corporate businesses in Perth and Mandurah. More recently Sharon specialised in the medical sector in charge of many of the key areas in the hospital and running the consulting rooms.
As the Practice Manager at Peel Maternity, Sharon is responsible for managing all aspects of the business from HR, recruiting, professional development and marketing.
When Sharon isn’t working, she’s taxiing her children and grandchildren to dance recitals and other extra curriculum activities!
Bernadette (Bernie) grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory and started a career in banking. After moving to Mandurah over twenty years ago, Bernie studied Early Childhood Education and then began working in the medical sector. Starting in reception, Bernie then spent a number of years working in the different departments in the Practice focusing primarily on accounts.
Bernie joined the Peel family over 2 years ago as the accounts officer. Bernie is a big Dockers supporter and loves Aussie Rules football. When not watching the game, she’s spending time with family and friends planning to go on a few more long haul flights in the next year.
Dot has been a receptionist at Peel for 5 years and has worked in the medical sector for just over 25 years. On reception Dot is responsible for answering the phone, chasing up results, making appointments, managing enquiries and supporting the medical team.
Outside of work, when Dot isn’t golfing or gardening, Dot loves biking, including a 550km bike ride through France, a 6 day Bike ride Mt Cook to Omarau in NZ and a planned trip through the rice paddy fields in Vietnam.
Born in Hammersmith, London and raised in Sudbury Suffolk, Mandurah is a long way from her first home. Jackie, her husband and her 4 children emigrated to Mandurah in 1994.
Having worked in real estate for many years, Jackie joined the Peel Maternity and Family Practice team 5 years ago. As receptionist, Jackie is in charge of making appointments, handling enquiries and supporting the medical team. Jackie is a Fremantle Dockers supporter and when she’s not watching the games, she enjoys going for walks, trying to keep fit and spending time with her family and gorgeous grandchildren!
Jan has had a wealth of experience in customer service starting as a personal assistant before moving into the airline industry. Following that Jan set up a business in the mining and construction industry managing it through its expansion for over 20 years.
Jan has worked on reception at Peel Maternity and Family Practice for almost three years; responsible for managing appointments, answering the phone and chasing up results.
In her free time, Jan loves playing golf, going to concerts, walking and having just completed a course in Reiki enjoys practicing on family and friends. When not at work, you’ll find Jan planning her next travel adventure, here or abroad.