Kilsyth Medical Group was established in 1955 by Dr Ken Leversha, practicing from his home (which is now the child care centre next door). The surgery extended into our current building a short time later with Dr John Monkman joining the practice.
Dr Harbans Gupta graduated in 1966. He joined the practice in 1973 with extensive experience in areas such as acupuncture, anaesthesia and renal medicine, having completed the first part of specialist physician training. In 2016 he celebrated 50 years practicing medicine!
Dr Leversha left the practice in 1985, shortly followed by Dr Monkman. The practice has steadily emerged since then, adding specialists and allied health services including podiatry, psychology and exercise physiology.
In 1980 Dr Paul Cartwright joined the practice. Graduating from Monash University in 1977, he worked as an Intern at Monash Medical Centre, Box Hill and Dandenong Hospitals. He worked as Surgeon's Assistant and specialised in orthopaedics and natural therapies.
Dr Jaga Szczepanik joined the practice in 2007, specialising in women's health and mental illness. Graduating in Poland in 1968, she worked there for many years as well as in Papua New Guinea before settling in Australia in 1987. Dr Szczepanik retired from practicing medicine in 2014.
Dr Chris Mason joined Kilsyth Medical Group in 2011. After obtaining his medical degree in the UK at Edinburgh University in 1993, he worked for several years in the British and Australian health care system before permanently moving to Australia. He has been working as a General Practitioner in Melbourne since 2000. He is experienced in emergency medicine, paediatrics and obstetrics/ gynaecology.
Dr Inam Khan joined the practice in December 2016. After graduating in 1989, his first few years were spent at Maroondah, Box Hill and Angliss Hospitals. He started in general practice in 2005 in North East Victoria. Later he worked at Yarra Valley Community Health Services in Healesville and has also worked at a number of other city and suburban practices.
In December 2020 and after 48 years of service to the Kilsyth community, Dr Gupta decided it was time to retire. He will be sadly missed by his former KMG colleagues and his many long time patients. We congratulate Harbans on 54 years of practicing medicine and wish him well.
We welcome our new GP, Dr Amila Munasinghe. After graduating in Sri Lanka, Dr Amila gained experience in General Surgery, Paediatrics, Anaesthetics and Opthalmology. He worked in Public Health as well as emergency medicine in the UK before migrating to Australia in 2010. Since then Dr Amila has worked in emergency medicine at several hospitals and started his General Practice career in 2016.