Meet our Doctors
Dr Mel Cabatuando
Dr Charles Evill
MBBS (Qld), FACRRM, FRACGP
Dr Dhushy Rajesparasingam
Our Senior Doctor, Dr Mel is a passionate GP who is well established in the Cooloola Coast region having been with the Practice for well over a decade. Gaining her qualifications in the Philipines in 1983, she became a Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2011. Dr Mel has also trained in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Management.
Other areas of interest are Aboriginal Health, Paediatric Health, Mental Health and General Medicine.
In her free time Dr Mel is involved in community outreach and tending to her beloved garden.
Tin Can Bay – Mon & Wed
Cooloola Cove – Tuesday
Language: English, Tagalog (Filipino), Bislama
Dr Charles has practiced medicine in emergency departments and general practices in rural areas of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. With a particular passion for medical education and promoting rural health, when he’s not working in general practice, he is actively involved in teaching, assisting with supervision of medical students and GP registrars. Dr Charles is an examiner for fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in addition to his role as President of the Rural Doctors Association of NSW.
Special interest is all aspects of general medicine.
Cooloola Cove – Mon & Fri
Tin Can Bay – Tue, Wed, Thur
Dr Raj, as he is affectionately known, trained in Sri Lanka (1990) before relocating to New Zealand and then Australia. Having practiced for 20 years in Victoria, Dr Raj joined our Practice in 2018.
With an interest in all aspects of family medicine, the Cooloola Coast community keeps him busy.
Dr Raj’s two daughters have followed him into medicine, one being a children’s psychologist and one going for a post graduate degree in nursing. In his free time, he enjoys reading and travel.
Cooloola Cove – Mon & Sat
Tin Can Bay – Wed, Thur, Fri
Rainbow Beach – Tuesday
Language: English, Tamil, Sinhalese
Dr Don Hogan
Beginning his medical career in South Africa in 1972, Dr Don spent 5 years in hospital practice before moving to the field of psychiatry. No stranger to remote areas, he has practiced medicine in some of the most isolated places in the world, including Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha.
Dr Don then spent 8 years in northwest Tasmania followed by another 4 in the Northern Territory.
Health issues necessitated retirement a few years ago, but he has recently returned to limited practice and enjoys the blend of work stimulation and sailing, fishing and golf.
Rainbow Beach – Friday
Language: English, Afrikaans
Dr Sam Thomas
Dr Samer Sirri
Dr Thomas graduated from Medical School in Ireland in 2011. He worked as a hospital doctor in Ireland before working in New Zealand and then completing his GP training in the UK.
He has been working in Australia since 2019 on the Gold Coast and in Mackay. He is fully accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Areas of Interest: Chronic Disease Management including Diabetes, Asthma and COPD. Mental Health: Including Depression and Anxiety.
Rainbow Beach – Mon, Wed, Thur
Dr Sam arrived in Australia with his family in 2016. He worked in hospitals around NSW before moving to our beautiful part of the world. He has particular interest in Surgical Procedures as well as Chronic Disease, Paediatrics and Mental Health.
Away from work, Dr Sam enjoys quality time with his young family, soccer and farming.
Cooloola Cove – Sun to Fri
Language: English, Arabic