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Henry and Nick, 1962
Dr Henry and son Nick in 1962

The people at Narrabeen Family Medical

As mentioned on the Home page, we are a family concern in more ways than one. Dr Henry Bernard took over this practice in a family home on Pittwater Road in 1956. Over the years he raised three children, all of whom were so affected by their father's passion for medicine, they made the same career choice. And all three - Nick, his sister Fiona and brother Tony - at some stage have been a part of the practice their father established. When Henry retired, Nicholas proudly took his place at Narrabeen Family Medical. To learn a little more about him and our extended family, please read on.

our doctors
Dr Nicholas Bernard

Dr Nicholas Bernard, MBBS Dip Paed Dip Anaes FRACGP - Nicholas grew up in this area, attending Narrabeen Primary and Pittwater High. Inspired by his father, Nick went on to earn a medical degree from Sydney University. Then came four years residency followed by a year in England where he earned a Diploma in Anaesthesia from the College of Anaesthetists. Upon returning to Australia, Dr Nick attained a Diploma of Paediatrics from the University of New South Wales. He joined the family business in 1993. A Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Nick's main interests are paediatrics, men's health and aged care. He is married to our registered nurse Josephine and they have three children. Away from the surgery, Nick uses the Manly Life Saving Club to keep fit. A long-time member who once patrolled regularly, he still takes part in various other club activities. He's also an avid reader.

Dr Vesna Kalajdzic

Dr Vesna Kalajdzic, MBBS FRACGP - Vesna was born in Yugoslavia and migrated with her family to Australia at the age of eight. Several years later they moved back to Yugoslavia where Vesna continued her education, attaining her medical degree from the venerable University of Sarajevo. She would later return to this country and complete her postgraduate training with the Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr. Kalajdzic is passionate about medicine and, in particular, wholistic care. She also has strong interests in women's health and children's health. Dr Vesna is married, lives locally and has two children. She loves reading and walking.

Dr Kate Hall

Dr Kate Hall, MBBS Hons FRACGP - Dr Kate is another true local. She was born in Manly Hospital, raised in Wheeler Heights and graduated from Cromer High School, where she discovered a natural love of all things medical and scientific. Following this vocation, Kate would graduate at the top of her class from the University of NSW. A strong interest in women's health led to her attaining a Certificate in Family Planning and a Certificate of Completion in Obstetrics. In her 15 years as a doctor, Kate stills finds the everyday things most rewarding, like people leaving her office happier than when they arrived. Kate and husband Mick have four young children: three sons and a daughter. When they allow her the time, she plays competition squash, reads, gardens and walks.

Dr Heidi Dawson

Dr Heidi Dawson, MBBS BSc DCH FRACGP - Yet another Northern Beaches native, Dr Heidi attended North Curl Curl Primary, Cromer Primary and Mackellar Girls High Schools. As you can see from all the letters following her name, Heidi's education didn't stop there. At Sydney University she earned a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), University Medal and Bachelor Medicine/Bachelor Surgery (Honours) then a Diploma Child Health/Paediatrics with time at Westmead Hospital. After serving as an intern/resident at St. George and Sutherland Hospitals, Dr Heidi joined Narrabeen Family Medical where she has become especially interested in women's and children's health and, in her words, "providing continuity of care for patients and their families." Dr Heidi is married to Grant and they have two young daughters. Besides spending time with them, she enjoys an active lifestyle involving Pilates, swimming, water polo, etc. She also really likes to travel and spent a year in Japan as part of Rotary Youth Exchange.

Dr Gabriella Legradi

Dr Gabriella Legradi, BMed Sci MBBS Hons FRACGP - Gabriella grew up in suburban Sydney and relocated to Tasmania as a teenager, graduating from the University of Tasmania with honours. After returning to Sydney, she worked at St Vincents, Nepean and Mona Vale Hospitals, including three years in Emergency. It was the allure of a bush and beach play area for her three children that brought the family to the Northern Beaches in 2004. While Gabriella loves the variety she sees in general practice, her real joy is providing quality care to all her patients - male or female, young, old or anywhere in between. Away from this practice Gabriella serves as the clinical editor of a specialised website created to assist GPs with patient management. In her free time Gabriella enjoys the arts, nature, reading, cooking, staying active and, of course, her family.

Dr Sophie Scamps

Dr Sophie Scamps, MBBS MPH MSc FRACGP - Dr Sophie brings an impressive academic résumé. After studying medicine at Sydney University, she earned a Master of Public Health from the University of NSW and a Master of Science from Oxford University. Dr Sophie also has diplomas in sexual reproductive health and skin cancer management. Following rewarding but demanding stints in emergency medicine in Canberra and at Royal North Shore and Mona Vale Hospitals, she decided that she would much rather be able to develop ongoing relationships with her patients. So Dr. Sophie became a GP. Married with three children, this former 800m runner now jogs with friends for fun and fitness. In her own words, she "loves nothing more than to pinch my kids' boogie board when we're at the beach and have a good surf." BTW, her surname is Belgian and pronounced Scomps.

Dr Elicia Rodas

Dr Elicia Rodas, BMed Sci MBBS DCH FRACGP - Dr Elicia grew up in Sydney's Hills District, moving with her family to Narrabeen after high school. She completed a Bachelors of Medical Science followed by a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, both at the University of Sydney. She then relocated to Wollongong to complete her internship and residency. During this time Dr. Elicia also earned her Diploma of Child Health. Keen to further her skills in paediatrics, she went on to work for a year at the Children's Hospital at Westmead as a senior resident. Along the way Dr. Elicia has developed particular interests in paediatrics and women's health, including antenatal shared care, while extending her skills in aged care. Outside of work she enjoys rock climbing, gardening, baking and renovating her home together with her husband.

our practice nurses
Josephine Bernard

Josephine Bernard - Continuing the well-established tradition of nepotism at Narrabeen Family Medical, Nurse Jo is the wife of Dr Nick and the mother of their three children: teenage son, Sam, and two younger daughters, Sophia and Tash. A registered nurse with postgraduate qualification in childhood immunisation cardiothoracic nursing, Jo has experience in cardiology, home nursing and oncology. Outside interests include swimming and reading.