Our Team

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. Evan Coppin - M.B.B.S. B.Sc. F.R.A.C.G.P.

Dr Evan Coppin joined the practice in January 2015 and recently achieved his Fellowship 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. 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 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.

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 Sameera Kevitiyagala - M.B.B.S.

Dr Sameera graduated from university of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2007, and worked as a medical officer in hospitals until moving to Australia in 2015. Since then, he has worked in a few different hospitals in Queensland before moving on to general practice in 2019.  He is currently working towards fellowship with RACGP.

He speaks Sinhala and English.  Appointments can be made for Dr Sameera Monday to Friday.

Dr Eric Ming-Yen Chen - M.D. M.Med (Acupuncture medicine)

Dr Chen graduated from National Yung-Ming University, Taiwan in 2006.  He has completed 6 years of hospital training including 4 years training in tertiary medical centers.  Dr Chen has finished his Family Medicine training and has worked as a Family Medicine specialist in Taiwan before wanting to move to Australia.

Dr Chen moved to Australia in 2019 and is working his way towards fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Chen has a special interest in general family health, chronic diseases, children’s health, and a wide range of acute illnesses.

He speaks English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.  He is available for appointments on weekdays and some Saturday mornings.