Our Family Doctors
Dr Ata EshragiMedicine was my ultimate desire since I was 9 years old. In fact I wrote my first prescription at that age. The story is, my father had a pharmacy and I started getting to know some of the medications. One day on a piece of paper I wrote Dr Ata Eshragi and prescribed a couple of medications and the instructions on how to administer them. Ten years later I was accepted into a Medical School and graduated in 1976 in Persia. At the graduation ceremony my father gave me that prescription. He said he found the piece of paper on the floor of the pharmacy and kept it for a day like today.
I worked for a few years as a GP in my home town but due to the revolution in Iran I was threatened with death because of my religion (Baha’i Faith) so I was forced to leave the country.
I arrived in Australia with my family in 1982. Unfortunately my qualifications were not recognised by the Australian Medical Board, which was a huge shock to me as my whole heart was in medicine and I couldn’t allow myself to choose another profession. For that reason I decided to go back to the medical school, which I did in the University of NSW. I started from the third year of medicine and graduated in 1989 for the second time. Now I have two medical degrees.
I worked in Sydney for about 13 years then moved to Maitland with my wife in 2003.
Working as a general practitioner is the most satisfying profession for me. My whole aim is to be able to provide the best possible service to my patients. I listen to them and feel their pain. As long as I can make them happy I am satisfied whole heartedly and I feel I have achieved my goals in my life.
My wife and I have raised 3 children (all boys) and currently we have 2 lovely grandchildren.
Dr Felix Bisterbosch
Dr Felix Bisterbosch graduated and worked for several years in his own practice in the Netherlands before moving to Australia in 2005, where he gained his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. After working at several practices including Cessnock and Lorn, he settled in at East Maitland Family Medical Centre in 2015. He enjoys all general practice care but takes special interest in diabetes and in the chronic care for the elderly. He is often praised by his patients about his clinical thoroughness. He also performs procedures like skin excisions, Implanon insertions as well as iron infusions.
In his spare time Felix enjoys cycling on the roads around Maitland, running in the Maitland Park Run and bushwalking. On the weekends he also likes to visit his children in Sydney with his wife Georgina.
Dr Touraj JafariDr Jafari was born in Iran and completed his medical education in one of the Universities in Iran. He and his wife Dr Sara have moved to Australia for a new experience.
He joined East Maitland Family Medical Centre in July 2017 after around 2 years of working in Cardiff Medical Centre.
He has a passion for treating and managing patients with a range of medical conditions including chronic conditions, primary care, men’s health and mental health. In his spare time Dr Jafari enjoys music, walking and reading about history.
Dr Sara Nezafat KhahDr Sara was born in Iran. After completion of her medical degree in 2007, she worked as a general practitioner for over six years in her home country including rural and urban areas.
She moved to Australia with her husband in 2014, initially settled and worked in Queensland and then joined East Maitland Family Medical Centre in 2015. She is passionate in her career and keeps herself up to date by studying new guidelines and attending conferences.
Her interests include women’s health, antenatal care, children’s health, mental health, chronic disease management and providing primary health care services to all patients.
Dr Sara is now a mother to a beautiful little girl. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, walking, listening to music and swimming.
Dr Hazel HollyI qualified from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2001. After my internship I worked briefly in a busy trauma unit in Johannesburg and then moved to London to work in a private clinic in the banking district. On my return to South Africa I opened my own general practice and built it up over the past few years. I really enjoyed getting to know my patients and their families and thrived in the diversity of the practice.
In my personal life I am a lucky mother of 2 girls and a boy and can thus relate to other working mothers, as the lifestyle these days seems to be very demanding with everyone just trying to keep their heads above water. Motherhood has definitely given me new empathy and understanding in life. My interests outside of work include baking, sewing and anything to do with arts and crafts.
I have a special interest in preventative medicine and enjoy treating families and paediatrics. I look forward to becoming an integral part of the community.