Our team of doctors cover a diverse range of specialized health care services.
Dr. Rodney Catton - M.B.B.S. B.Sc. F.A.C.R.R.M. G.A.I.C.D.
Dr Rod Catton commenced private general practice in Innisfail in 1978. He is a fellow with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He has a special interest in chronic pain management and chronic disease, Indigenous health and mental health.
Rod has also been heavily involved in the training and education of Medical Students, GP Registrars and Overseas trained GP’s. He understands the importance of training the next generation of doctors. Dr Catton works Monday to Friday and some Saturday mornings.
Dr. Georgeta Deac - M.B.B.S. F.R.A.C.G.P.
Dr Georgeta Deac graduated from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj Napoca Romania in 2001. She completed 6 years of university studies, 1 year of internship and 5 years of general practice before moving to Australia. She joined the practice in 2014 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Deac has a special interest in general family health, chronic disease, womens health, child and adolescent health, natural health/medication, nutrition, weight management and mental health. She speaks Romanian and understands partially French, Italian and Spanish. Dr Deac is available for appointments on weekdays and some Saturday mornings.
Dr. Evan Coppin - M.B.B.S. B.Sc. F.R.A.C.G.P.
Dr Evan Coppin joined the practice in January 2015. He is a Fellow with the Royal Australian College Of General Practitioners. He is particularly interested in general practice and childrens health. Appointments for Dr Coppin are available Monday to Friday and some Saturday mornings.
Dr John Denness - M.B.B.S. B.E. (Hons) B.Sc. F.R.A.C.G.P. M.Med (Skin Cancer)
Dr John Denness joined the practice in January 2016. Dr Denness is particularly interested in skin cancer medicine and has a Master of Medicine in Skin Cancer and is an accredited skin cancer doctor with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He is also interested in general practice medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr John Denness speaks English and Indonesian. Appointments for Dr Denness are available Monday to Friday and some Saturday mornings.
Dr Samia Alves - M.B.B.S.
Dr Samia Alves graduated from Federal University of Ceara in Brazil in 2008. She completed 4 years of university studies and 2 years of Internship before she worked as a General Practitioner in Brazil for about 6 years. Dr Alves has completed specialist training in Brazil as a Dermatologist. She has been working in Innisfail Family Health since 2019.
Dr Alves has a special interest in women’s health, children’s health and dermatological conditions and is available for appointments from Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.
Dr Eric Chen - M.D. F.R.A.C.G.P. M.Med (Acupuncture medicine)
Dr Ming Yen Chen graduated from National Yung-Ming University, Taiwan in 2006. He completed 6 years hospital training including 4 years training in tertiary medical centers, along with completing and working as a Family Medicine specialist in Taiwan. He moved to Innisfail in 2019 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Chen has a special interest in general family health, chronic disease, child health, and acute illnesses. He speaks English, Taiwanese and Mandarin. He is available for appointments on weekdays and some Saturday mornings.
Dr Noor Al-Okbi - M.B.B.S.
Dr Noor Al-Okbi graduated from Al-kindy Medical College, Baghdad University in Iraq in 2009. She completed 6 years of university studies, 1 year of internship and 5 years of General Practice before moving to Australia. She worked at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney for 3 years before joining the Practice in March 2021. She has a child health diploma accredited by Sydney Children Hospitals network.
Dr Noor has special interests in General Family Health, Women’s Health, Child and Adolescents Health, Chronic Diseases, Acute illnesses, Dermatological and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions. She is currently available for appointments from Monday to Friday.
Dr Prasad Waduge - M.B.B.S.
Dr Prasad Waduge graduated his medical degree in Sri Lanka and moved to Australia in 2012, where he initially worked in the hospital setting for 3 years in Victoria. Since 2016 he has changed to working in General Practice in Far North Queensland.
Dr Prasad has special interests in general family health, child and adolescent health, chronic diseases, weight management, and mental health. He is available for appointments on week days.