We recognise that undergoing breast assessment is stressful. Our team is dedicated to providing patients with information and support, from the start of their journey with us.

Our multidisciplinary medical specialist team consisting of clinical consultants including breast physicians, radiologists and pathologists, have a collaborative approach to our patients’ care. The medical team work together with radiographers and sonographers to assess results and make a diagnosis.

Our patients can have peace of mind knowing their results have been double and even triple checked.

Each of our patients is met by a breast nurse at the start of their appointment. She is available to support them throughout each of their required tests.

The surgeons who work at Sydney Breast Clinic are consultants at the clinic, however if you would like to see them in the capacity as a surgeon as opposed to a consultant, please contact their private rooms.

Our Doctors

Dr Elisabeth Rippy BSC, MBBS, MSC, FRCS, FRACS (Clinical Consultant - Surgeon)

Dr Elisabeth Rippy was trained in the UK where after completing a BSc from Kings College, London, she went on to study medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London. She has a Masters in Surgical Science specialising in Molecular Biology and holds fellowships with both the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Australasia.

Lisa specialised in breast work at King’s College Hospital London and Guildford before doing a fellowship in Oncoplastic Surgery (Breast Reconstruction) in Nottingham. Lisa was a consultant in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide and Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide.

She is actively involved with breast cancer education, lecturing to audiences including GPs and patient groups. She writes for the Medical Observer. Her areas of specialist interest include breast reconstruction and pregnancy after breast cancer. She is a VMO at BreastScreen Northern. She joined Sydney Breast Clinic in 2013.

Dr John Niesche MBBS, FRCS, FRACS (Clinical Consultant - Surgeon)

Dr John Niesche graduated MBBS from the University of Sydney and after Internship at Sydney Hospital was appointed as Demonstrator in Anatomy at Sydney University. He trained in General Surgery in Australia and the UK obtaining FRCS and FRACS.

John was appointed Senior Registrar at Sydney Hospital and later Visiting Surgeon to Sydney Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and St Luke’s Private Hospital, and Visiting Vascular Surgeon to the Prince of Wales and Prince of Wales Private Hospitals and Eastern Heart Clinic. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Luke’s Care from 1992 to 2002.

Dr John Niesche has been actively involved in Clinical Examination and Undergraduate Teaching; as Clinical Supervisor in Surgery at Sydney Hospital/ University of Sydney, and later Clinical Tutor in surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital / University of New South Wales. He has been a clinical consultant at the Sydney Breast Clinic since 1984.

Dr Margaret Pooley MBBS, FRACS (Clinical Consultant - Surgeon)

Dr Margaret Pooley graduated from UNSW and obtained her Surgical Fellowship in 1981. After commencing Private Practice in 1984, she developed an interest in breast surgery, a rapidly evolving subspecialty. Advances in diagnostic radiology and pathology as well as adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy and a trend towards less aggressive breast and lymph node surgery heralded the concept of multidisciplinary care with marked improvement in both the outcome and prognosis of women with breast cancer.

Margaret has been a clinical consultant within the multidisciplinary team at Sydney Breast Clinic since 1983. She has been a consultant to BreastScreen NSW since 1994. Her interest in multidisciplinary care led to her election as President of the Australasian Society of Breast Disease (2001-2003). She continues to be inspired by her patients and the medical advances she has witnessed during her career as a surgeon.

Dr Lauren Arnold MBBS (Hons1), FASBP (Senior Breast Physician)

Dr Lauren Arnold is the Senior Breast Physician and supervisor of breast physician training at the Sydney Breast Clinic, where she has worked since 2005. She also regularly travels to the Northern Territory to provide assessment clinics as part of the BreastScreen team. Lauren is committed to educating women about their breast health and to counselling and explaining, in simple language, the normal and abnormal breast processes and the options for treatment.

She is experienced in clinical assessment of the breast, interpretation of breast imaging, performance of ultrasound guided fine needle and core biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy. She has particular expertise in the diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as the diagnosis and management of non-cancerous (benign) breast disorders. Her special interests are in the care of pregnant and lactating women and in risk management of women with a family history of breast cancer.

Lauren completed her medical training at The University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. She completed her breast physician specialty training in 2009, and holds a Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians (FASBP). She has served on the Executive of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians since 2011.

Dr Justine Johnstone MBBS, FRACGP (Breast Physician)

Dr Justine Johnstone graduated from the University of NSW Medical School in 1995 and went on to do her hospital training at Westmead and Prince of Wales Hospitals. Two years of psychiatric training and some time spent doing volunteer work in Papua New Guinea in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology prepared her well for a career in general practice, which she commenced in 2003, with an emphasis on women’s health.

After working in general practice for many years and being passionate about preventative women’s health, Justine joined the Breast Physician team at Sydney Breast Clinic in 2013. Justine works closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team and finds the team approach and the ability to provide such highly specialised care in one area of medicine incredibly rewarding. In addition to Justine’s work at Sydney Breast Clinic, she works for the general practice training program as a supervisor of trainee general practitioners. Justine finds this an invaluable opportunity to educate GP registrars in the area of breast medicine and to promote appropriate screening for breast cancer in the community.

Dr Margo McKern MBBS, FASBP (Breast Physician)

Dr Margo McKern graduated from the University of NSW in 1983, and worked in general practice for 10 years and in sexual and reproductive health at the Family Planning Association for 15 years. Margo obtained the Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians in 2008.

Margo has been working as a breast physician at Sydney Breast Clinic since 2004. Margo enjoys working in women’s health, including educating women about disease prevention. Her other interests include menopause management after breast cancer and risk assessment of women with a family history of breast cancer. She believes that working with a team of professionals like the one at SBC which includes radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, radiographers, sonographers and other breast physicians, is beneficial for both patient management and for the sharing of valuable knowledge and expertise. Margo is involved in the breast screening program in the Cook Islands, which she finds immensely rewarding.

Dr Katrina Tiller MBBS, Dip RANZCOG, FRACGP (Breast Physician)

Dr Katrina Tiller graduated from the University of New South Wales and completed her internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1995 after completing a Diploma in Obstetrics at Blacktown Hospital and general practice terms in south western Sydney.

Katrina has provided comprehensive general practice care in the North Ryde area for many years. As women’s health has always been a large part of her clinical practice and an area of special interest, she joined the Breast Physician team at Sydney Breast Clinic in 2012 where she works as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide specialised care for women with breast concerns. As she understands first-hand the vast amount of information GPs need to assimilate, she is able to help GPs negotiate the best management plan for an individual patient. Katrina enjoys the personalised, comprehensive and complete care she is able to provide at Sydney Breast Clinic.

Dr Fiona Long BSc (Med), MBBS (Hons). Grad Cert GP. FRACGP

Dr Fiona Long graduated from the University of New South Wales with honours in 1994. She then went on to complete her internship and residency at St George Hospital. After a brief career in Sports Medicine, she decided to dedicate herself to General Practice. She undertook a Diploma in General Practice at Monash University before completing her Fellowship in General Practice in 2000. She spent over twenty years in General Practice, with areas of interest including women’s health, paediatrics, adolescent health and sports medicine. During this time, she also developed her skills as a mentor and supervisor, teaching both medical students and GP Registrars.

It was her particular interest in women’s health that led Fiona to join the team of Breast Physicians at the Sydney Breast Clinic in 2019, as she wanted to hone her skills in a specialised area, vital to women’s health. She is currently undertaking additional studies to complete her requirements to become a Breast Physician. Fiona particularly enjoys the personalised, patient-centred approach, and working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care, which she feels is the hallmark of practice at the Sydney Breast Clinic.

Dr Steven Blome MBBS (HONS), FRANZCR (Radiologist)

Dr Steven Blome graduated from the University of Sydney in 1978, he trained in radiology at Royal North Shore Hospital and gained the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) fellowship in 1986. He has since worked at Royal North Shore Hospital, first as a staff specialist and from 1999 as Director of Radiology. Steven has been involved in breast imaging since specialisation when he was appointed to Sydney Breast Clinic, and took up a position with BreastScreen NSW.

Steven is experienced in all aspects of screening and diagnostic breast imaging, with a special interest in MRI and the correlation of multidisciplinary investigations. Steven is a Senior Lecturer in Radiology with the University of Sydney and is actively engaged in training of radiology registrars. He has presented at many professional meetings and published widely.

Dr Natacha Borecky MBBS, Doctor of Radiology (Radiologist)

Dr Natacha Borecky graduated in medicine from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in 1989. She gained her specialist qualification in radiology, training in hospitals in Belgium and Switzerland. Natacha developed a special interest in breast imaging, with a certificate in Breast Disease from Stasbourg, France, in 1993.

Following her move to Australia, she has worked exclusively in breast imaging, initially as an area-of-need radiologist within BreastScreen NSW from 2003 to 2009. For the 6 years prior to her appointment to Sydney Breast Clinic in 2016, Natacha was the Designated Radiologist for the BreastScreen NSW Sydney West service and was a VMO for several other BreastScreen NSW services. She is experienced in all aspects of breast disease diagnosis, imaging and interventional procedures, and continues to hold consultant positions within several BreastScreen NSW services and with BreastScreen SA and BreastScreen NT. Natacha has been actively involved in several professional breast societies, and is a keen teacher.

Dr Jyotsna Kunduri MBBS DNB (Radiology) FRANZCR (Radiologist)

Following graduation with distinction in Medicine from the University of Agra, India, Dr Jyotsna Kunduri qualified as a specialist in radiology in 1999. She took a particular interest in women’s imaging and held several senior positions in this field in hospitals in India.

After moving to Australia, Jyotsna re-qualified with the Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists while working at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 2010 she undertook a Breast Imaging Fellowship within BreastScreen NSW with experience in breast imaging interpretation and imaging-guided (mammography and ultrasound) biopsy procedures. Dr Kunduri was appointed to Sydney Breast Clinic in 2011 and has extensive expertise in the interpretation of tomosynthesis and in multidisciplinary care. She holds consultant positions within BreastScreen NSW and BreastScreen NT.

Dr Elizabeth Lim MBBS (HONS), FRANZCR (Radiologist)

Dr Elizabeth Lim graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1988. She gained a fellowship of the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) after training in radiology at Sydney’s Sutherland and Royal North Shore Hospitals. She has since worked as a general radiologist in both hospital and private practices. Dr Lim developed a special interest in breast imaging early in her career and was first appointed to Sydney Breast Clinic in 1998.

Dr Lim has extensive experience in working in a multidisciplinary environment and has expertise in all aspects of breast radiology: interpretation of mammography and ultrasound examination and performance of imaging-guided needle biopsy. Dr Lim has published and presented on breast disease. She holds consultant positions within the BreastScreen NSW, BreastScreen ACT and BreastScreen NT services.

Dr Marian Roberts MBBS (HONS), FRANZCR (Radiologist)

Dr Marian Roberts graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales before training at Royal North Shore Hospital and gaining the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) fellowship in 1994. Marian has worked in general radiology and has a strong interest and over 20 years of experience in breast imaging.

Marian has been involved in breast cancer screening, working for BreastScreen NSW since 1994, reading mammograms, performing breast ultrasound and performing image guided biopsies. Marian works with BreastScreen NSW, BreastScreen SA and BreastScreen NT. Experienced in the work-up of symptomatic breast disease, Marian has been involved in multidisciplinary meetings for the management of breast cancer patients. She is also experienced in the interpretation of breast MRI and breast tomosynthesis. Marian holds a staff specialist position at Royal North Shore Hospital where she is involved in the teaching of breast imaging.

Dr Sophia Zadelis MBBS (HONS), FRANZCR (Radiologist)

Dr Sophia Zadelis graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1991 and has taken a keen interest in breast disease diagnosis since graduation. Initially Sophia trained as a breast physician at Sydney Breast Clinic and then went on to undertaking radiology training at Royal North Shore Hospital, gaining fellowship of the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in 2000.

Sophia sub-specialised in breast imaging with a fellowship at Sydney Breast Clinic in 2000 and has since been a consultant to the clinic. She is skilled in all aspects of breast imaging interpretation and multidisciplinary diagnosis. Sophia has presented at professional meetings and has been involved in radiologist breast imaging training. She has held appointments to BreastScreen NSW and was Acting Designated Radiologist for the Central and Eastern service from 2002-2004.

Our Support Staff

Louise Smalley Senior Sonographer

Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiation Technology) Diagnostic Radiography, Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography, Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Breast Imaging)

Louise Smalley is a breast sonographer and mammographer, she initially commenced breast imaging as a trainee radiographer at Bulli Hospital in 1980. She then continued performing mammography in a large Sydney’s private practice. Louise qualified as a sonographer in 1986 and then regularly performed breast ultrasound. Louise developed a special interest in breast imaging and commenced employment at Sydney Breast Clinic in 1994. Subsequently she has completed a graduate certificate in breast imaging. Since that time Louise has trained and supervised Sydney Breast Clinic staff in breast ultrasound and has been actively involved in quality assurance activities. Louise is passionate about accurate clinical, mammography and ultrasound correlation. She has regularly lectured on this topic at Sydney University and presented talks in breast ultrasound at local and national conferences.

Elaine Charles Sonographer and Mammographer

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, Post Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging Cert IV Training and Assessment

Elaine Charles is an experienced breast sonographer and mammographer and commenced working at Sydney Breast Clinic in 2014. She obtained her degree in Diagnostic Radiography at Kings College, University of London in 1996. Elaine has since worked in large teaching hospitals and is currently employed as a Senior Radiographer at Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women. Elaine chose to specialise in breast imaging. She completed a post graduate mammography course (University of Sydney) in 2011and developed advanced mammography skills at BreastScreen NSW. In 2013 she gained a postgraduate Certificate in Breast Imaging (University of South Australia). Having since completed a Cert IV in training and assessment, she is currently enrolled in a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, with the goal of providing training for imaging students.

Carolyn Hummerston Sonographer

Certificate in General Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Science in Medical Ultrasonography

Carolyn Hummerston is a general sonographer who specialised in breast imaging after joining Sydney Breast Clinic in 1996. She has always had an interest in women’s health, beginning her studies in ultrasound working in a specialist obstetrics and gynaecology ultrasound practice for eight and half years. With experience in vascular ultrasound Carolyn practised at Royal North Shore Hospital, and over the last five years has also worked as a sonographer in the treatment of infertility. She is registered with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry as an Accredited Medical Sonographer.

Jill Miller Mammographer

Diploma in Medical Radiation Science, Certificate of General Nursing, Certificate of Clinical Proficiency in Mammography

Jill Miller is a consultant mammographer having worked in the area of mammography since 1994 and joined Sydney Breast Clinic in 2015. Having commenced in 2003 in the position of the BreastScreen NSW State Radiographer and Manager of the Screen Reading Centre. During this role she was part of the team working to implement digital mammography in BreastScreen NSW. Additionally, she was part of the team which formulated and developed the BreastScreen NSW Breast Clinical Education Program (BICEP) and was a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for BreastScreen Australia. Jill was involved in the development of the Graduate Diploma of Mammography course through BreastScreen Australia and Charles Sturt University. Jill is actively teaching and instructing mammography students as well as working in a clinical role.

Samantha Cole Radiographer, Mammographer and Sonographer

Diploma of Applied Science (Medical Radiation Technology) (Diagnostic Radiography), Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging

Samantha has been practicing as a radiographer since 1993 and a mammographer since 1995. She has completed her qualification in breast imaging from the University of South Australia and is recognised as an accredited Breast Sonographer with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry. She has worked in both the public and private sectors as a radiographer/sonographer/
mammographer over the past 23 years, working at places such as BreastScreen NSW services and in Perth (WA). Samantha has had a passion for women’s breast health leading to her direction of study and now her current appointment to Sydney Breast Clinic in 2016. She strives to see an early diagnosis so as to bring about the best possible outcomes. Samantha loves the holistic approach of the team at Sydney Breast Clinic.

Amy (Ho) Leung Sonographer and Mammographer

Ciara Glynn Sonographer and Radiographer

Casey Cheang Sonographer

Chana Chaiton Radiographer

Mina Zadeh Radiographer

Leanne Berkman Radiographer

Diane Oakes Registered Nurse

Diane Oakes qualified as a registered nurse at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow in the 1980’s and later obtained a Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Midwifery) from the University of Sydney. She has enjoyed working in many areas of nursing, with experience in theatres, midwifery, community nursing and general practice. Diane has a keen interest in women’s health and health promotion, which led her to join the team at Sydney Breast Clinic in 2014. She is committed to providing care and support to women throughout their visit to the clinic.

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