Dr Richard Schloeffel MB BS (NSW), FRACGP, FAMAS, Dip Acup (China), OAM

Dr Richard Schloeffel graduated in 1978 from NSW University along with post-graduate training in an isolated rural general practice. He worked in country practices for thirteen years and spent five years working in the developing world, including Papua New Guinea, China, India, Bali and Eastern Europe.

For the last twenty years he has been the principal at Pymble Grove Health Centre where he has been treating complex and chronic disorders with an integrative team of practitioners.

This broad experience has been invaluable in developing the diagnosis and treatment of chronic disorders and the ability to look beyond the existing paradigms to a deeper and more profound understanding of complex diseases, particularly Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Borreliosis and co-infections as well as Auto Immune Disease.

Dr Schloeffel has treated over three and a half thousand patients with CFS and related disorders, refining diagnosis and appropriate investigations and management protocols. He has lectured widely on CFS as well as Borreliosis and co-infections.

He is currently President of The Australian Chronic Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Society (ACIIDS) and is assisting with The Tick Bourne Disease Research Unit at Sydney University. He is pro-active in helping Doctors and Patients understand chronic disease.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that in 2017 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his work with Chronic and Infectious Diseases.

Areas of interest
  • General Practice
  • Total management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and auto-immune diseases
  • Adolescent and child chronic and complex illnesses
  • Women’s health
    • Hormone replacement therapy
    • Menopause
  • Digestive disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Acupuncture – for current patients

Dr Schloeffel’s hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment

Dr Antony Underwood MB BS (Syd), FRACP

Dr Antony Underwood is a Consultant Paediatrician who is trained in anthroposophical medicine. This is an holistic approach to medicine, based on the works of Dr Rudolf Steiner. After completing his paediatric training in England, he travelled to Germany where he studied in a home for autistic and handicapped children. He further studied in a German hospital, which uses anthroposophic medicine and therapies.

Since establishing himself in private practice in Sydney, he has developed a special area of interest in autistic children. This involves the biomedical treatment of autism and recognises that many of these children have a biomedical block to their development.

This often involves the use of the casein and gluten free diet, specific gastrointestinal treatments aimed at optimising the correct balance of bowel flora. Specific biochemical testing can show imbalances in the zinc and copper imbalances, which are managed with specially compounded medicines.

Areas of interest
  • Food intolerances
  • Asthma
  • Gut problems
  • General childhood illnesses
  • Baby checks
  • Allergies
  • Autism
  • Developmental problems – such as learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder and developmental delay. This has led to further studies and training with the Pfeiffer Clinic and the Mindd Foundation

Dr Underwood’s hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays 9am – 5.30pm

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr James Read MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Dip Rural GP, JCCA qualified GP anaesthetist

Dr Read is a teaching faculty member and the former Vice President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

He has numerous post graduate qualifications including Fellowships in General Practice, Rural General Practice, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, a Master Degree in Public Health majoring in Nutrition and post graduate qualifications as a GP anaesthetist. He works both in chronic disease focussing on lifestyle nutrition and environmental factors as well as in acute rural and remote medicine where he provides locum anaesthetic and emergency medicine services to rural remote and indigenous communities.

He is an internationally renowned presenter in clinical nutrition having taught in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. He is a rural GP by trade where his scope of practice extends to Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia.

His real focus is on providing holistic healthcare integrating the best of nutritional, environmental and lifestyle medicine alongside mainstream western medicine in all his patients.

Approaches to treatment include examining and modifying lifestyle factors including diet, sleep and stress management. He also examines toxin exposure and utilises detoxification, nutritional supplementation including intravenous and individually compounded nutrients and hormonal therapies to treat a variety of clinical conditions. 

Areas of interest
  • Children’s Health
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism
    • Learning disorders
    • Food intolerances
    • Allergy including colic and reflux
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Emotional and Mental Health
  • Weight Management and Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia
  • Nutritional Interventions for chronic disease (Autoimmune disease and cancer)
  • Natural Hormone Management

All patients please fill in the relevant online form below or if you prefer, please download Word version of the form and  email the form to  drjamesreadpghc@gmail.com.

Please be advised that all other correspondence must go through reception by phoning (02) 9418 1388 option 1, communication not pertaining to the questionnaires sent via this email will not be actioned.

New Patient Appointments

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Follow Up Consultation Questionnaire

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Dr James Read is available on Thursday. He is available at The Grove Health Bondi Monday to Wednesday, and Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr Nick Goodman MB BS, DCH, FFHom

Dr Nick Goodman’s interests provide additional management opportunities for many patients. He is a wholistic GP who attained his medical degree in 1977.

He came to Pymble Grove Health Centre in 2005 with 9 years experience in hospital medicine followed by 20 years experience as General Practitioner. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, and uses this method in his treatment protocols.Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine developed by doctor and chemist Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. It is based on the ‘law of similars’, which states ‘let likes cure likes’. Homeopathy is the leading form of complementary medicine in Europe. In India, it is the sole form of medicine for over 100 million people.For over 200 years, health professionals and their patients throughout the world have consistently experienced and documented positive therapeutic effects from homeopathic medicines without the numerous side effects associated with conventional drug treatments.Recently, scientific evidence for homeopathy has grown, with information supporting homeopathy’s effectiveness and studies are beginning to show how homeopathy exerts its biological effects.

Areas of interest
  • General Practice
  • Individualized assessment and treatment for acute and chronic health issues
  • Homeopathy
  • Minor surgery
  • Women’s health
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Bowen therapy

All patients please print and fill in the relevant New Patient Questionnaire form below and bring with you to your first appointment.

Dr Goodman’s New Patient Adult Questionnaire

Dr Goodman’s New Patient Child Questionnaire


Dr Goodman is available on Mondays 9am – 5pm
Consultations are by appointment only.

Please ring our secretaries between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.


Dr Peter Dobie works in the field of integrative medicine.  He has a particular interest in complex and chronic illness, chronic fatigue, anti-ageing medicine, nutritional medicine, mould illness and allergy.

For three years Dr Dobie was co-director of an allergy clinic at a Sydney private hospital.  He spent several years doing locums in rural NSW and is skilled in emergency medicine.

Dr Dobie’s emphasis is very much on the promotion of wellness.  He takes a thorough and holistic approach to treating chronic illness, as well as providing preventive medical care.  He incorporates into his practice advances in biochemistry, endocrinology and clinical nutrition, and prefers to prescribe non-drug treatments wherever possible.

Mould illness is an illness that some people develop after exposure to mould, such as in a water-damaged building.  Mould illness is also known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Anti-ageing medicine is a new medical discipline devoted to the early detection, prevention and treatment of the diseases related to ageing; it is a new approach to preventive medicine.  The aim is to maintain optimal function and vitality as people grow older and prevent, or delay the onset of, the degenerative diseases usually associated with old age.  Dr Dobie has studied anti-ageing medicine in the United States.

Dr Dobie is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A4M)
  • Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M)
  • Australian Chronic Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Society (ACIIDS)
  • Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
  • Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)
  • International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI)
Areas Of Interest
  • General practice
  • Chronic Fatigue (CFS/ME)
  • Complex and chronic illness
  • Mould illness (CIRS)
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Anti–ageing Medicine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Allergy
  • Men’s health
  • Digestive disorders
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities
  • Intravenous vitamin therapy
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Vector-borne diseases

Dr Peter Dobie is available on Wednesdays. He is available at The Grove Health Bondi on Monday and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Dr Yuwen Lee MB BS (NSW) FRACGP, Grad.Dip.Nutri.Med (RMIT)

Dr Yuwen Lee graduated from The University of New South Wales in 1990. In addition to her initial training in conventional general practice, Dr Lee completed a post-graduate diploma in Nutritional/Functional Medicine at the Royal Melbourne University of Technology.

She was also trained by the USA Pfeiffer Outreach Program in biochemical restorative treatment in mood disorders and learning difficulties. Dr Lee has since developed a unique style of medical practice that aims at activating the body’s intrinsic healing mechanism to achieve each individual’s functional potential.




Dr Lee’s treatment modalities include:

  • Dietary intervention
  • Nutrient supplementations
  • Life style coaching
  • Psychological profiling and support

Her hobby is to rediscover ancient food wisdom and recipes from different cultures.

Please read Dr Yuwen Lee’s article on Emotional Well Being and Pfeiffer protocol. Check out her Blog.

Areas of interest
  • Women’s Health
  • Food allergy
  • Digestive dysfunction
  • Weight problems
  • Pfeiffer treatment protocol for genetic biochemical imbalance see Pfeiffer Treatment
  • Natural hormone replacement

Dr Lee is available from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Consultations are by appointment only.

Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Gail Purkis B.Sc. (Psych), Dip. Psychol. MAPS, GAICD

Gail PurkisGail Purkis is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the UNSW and her postgraduate clinical qualifications at the University of Sydney. Gail is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Clinical College. She is approved by Work Cover to provide psychological services to injured workers in the NSW Worker’s Compensation System. In addition Gail is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gail has worked in private practice for a number of years and provides a range of evidence based strategies and therapies, including hypnotherapy and EMDR to reduce distress and enhance and promote emotional wellbeing for people of all ages.

This may include therapy for children with autism and other developmental issues, and their families; individual, couple and family therapy; mental health issues for adolescents and adults; life adjustment issues; post traumatic stress disorders; stress management, grief and loss issues and addictions.

In addition Gail provides therapeutic intervention and support for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the neurological and emotional effects of  Lyme Like Illness. All strategies are tailored to the individual needs of the client in the context of their life, experiences and beliefs as a whole.

Her services can be claimed from Medicare, if referred under a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP, or from most private health funds.

Areas of interest are:
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Complex Health Issues
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorders
  • Phobic Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychological needs of Veterans & current Servicemen And Woman
  • Stress Management
  • Work Related Psychological Issues
  • Workers Compensation

Gail’s hours are Wednesdays 9:00am to 5:00pm and Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Later appointments are available on request.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Helen Padarin BHSc (NAT), Adv Dip Nat, DN, DBN, DRM, MATMS

Helen PadarinHelen completed studies in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Massage and has worked as a practicing Naturopath since 2001.  She has also done postgraduate training with the Mindd Foundation in the area of Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asthma, Eczema, Gut dysfunction and Allergies.

A consummate professional and a great listener, Helen is committed to helping her clients achieve lasting health and wellness by combining cutting edge evidence-based medicine and time-honoured naturopathic principles. Read more about Helen Padarin.


Areas of interest
  • Allergies
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism & Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Bloating, Constipation & Diarrhoea
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Detox Protocols
  • Food Sensitivities And Intolerances
  • Gut Dysfunction
  • IBS
  • Inflamed Gall Bladder/Gall Stones
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Liver And Bowel Cleansing
  • Optimal Ageing
  • Poor Immunity & Recurrent Infections
  • Poor Memory & Concentration
  • Stress, Headaches & Migraines
  • Support For Medically Managed Conditions
  • Thyroid Disorders, Adrenal Exhaustion, Insulin Resistance
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Weight Management

Helen’s hours are Monday and Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm and every 2nd Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

Reema Saab BHsc (Comp Med), Adv Dip Nat

Reema Saab is a Functional Naturopath and Nutritionist passionate about healthcare working in cooperation with functional medicine practitioners. Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine approaches involve encouraging people to greater health by comprehensively assessing the diet, lifestyle, mood & wellbeing, biochemical individuality and environmental influences that can impact health.  Reema is committed to investigating and identifying the causes of imbalances in the body and providing strategies and plans toachieve optimal health and wellbeing.

Reema’s treatment modalities encompass individualised herbal medicine, custom nutraceutical supplementation, dietary guidance and lifestyle recommendations. Naturopathic practitioners are concerned with the identifying and managing the cause of your health challenges, and focusing treatment on managing the causes and exacerbating factors of your health concern to achieve a longer lasting results. Managing symptoms are important but treating the cause will prolong the positive health outcome.


Areas of interest
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Lyme like illness + Co-infection management
  • Mood – Anxiety, Depression
  • Digestive Health – Reflux, indigestion, chronic constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Chronic fatigue support (general)
  • Post Viral fatigue
  • Chronic infection
  • Chronic Inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)
  • Systemic Mould toxicity
  • Cardiovascular health – Cholesterol management, reduction in diabetic markers, waist cm reduction
  • Diabetes
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Preconception + Pregnancy care
  • Eczema, Psoriasis, Allergy
  • Weight loss
  • Women’s health
  • Methylation MTHFR + associated complaints
  • Detoxification
  • Comprehensive functional testing and analysis:  Further Investigation.

Please note that functional tests are not always recommended. Only in cases where it is clinically relevant and useful to your health journey.

Basic Blood testing: To inform a baseline of personal health

Stool testing:  The gut is the seed of general health and investigating into the drivers of gut inflammation such as parasites, candida, bacterial overgrowths and beneficial undergrowths is useful in managing gut health.

Wellbeing DNA testing: DNA testing is the premium standard of preventative health care. Identify and investigate your genetic susceptibilities to disease and imbalance. This testing involves measuring genetic potentials that affect organ function (like MTHFR, Comt, DAO etc.) This gives us a snapshot into your liver, energy metabolism, hormone metabolism, vitamin D status, immune potential, cognitive function and so much more.

Organic Acids:  Suitable to assess how your health condition is affecting your biochemistry and metabolic processes and helps to establish targeted nutritional protocols based on your individual biochemistry.  This gives us an idea of what the problem is systemically and if the imbalance is affecting essential processes in the body and the brain.

Hormone profiles: Female hormonal profiles

Reema also recommends a range of other functional tests depending on your current situation.

Are you interested in testing your personal health genetic profile? Ask Reema at your next consultation.

For more information please see Reema Saab Naturopathy.


Reema is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

Samantha Crichton Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, International Health Coach, LLB, BBus

Samantha Crichton is a certified Health Coach who works with people from all walks of life to help them enhance their health and wellbeing. Samantha is particularly passionate about working with mums and business executives. Her goal is to help her clients be the healthiest they can be.

Samantha is committed to providing her clients with the ongoing support; guidance and accountability that they need to make sustainable lifestyle changes and achieve their health goals. As a mother to 2 young children and a corporate lawyer for the last 12 years, Samantha has a deep understanding of both the challenges of motherhood and the demands of working in large corporates.

Samantha takes a thorough and holistic approach to health coaching, working closely with her clients to discover what type of food, exercise and lifestyle modifications work best for their body and lifestyle.

Samantha values the importance of working collaboratively with doctors and other medical professionals to help clients successfully implement lasting health and lifestyle changes.

 Areas of interest
  • Lifestyle coaching
  • Implementation of protocols
  • Food allergies and intolerances and dietary modifications
  • Family wellbeing (including children)
  • Executive health

Samantha’s hours are Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Consultations are by appointment only. Please call our receptionist between 9:00am and 5:00pm to make an appointment.

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