Doctors

Dr David Heyworth-Smith MBBS (Hons) FRACP FRCPA, Practice Principal

Dr Heyworth-Smith, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist, commenced private practice at The Greenslopes Private Hospital in 2005. Prior to this David was a Staff Specialist at The Princess Alexandra Hospital and at The Royal Brisbane Hospital. In addition to his private clinical practice David practices as an Immunopathologist at QML Pathology and is a Visiting Medical Officer at The Wesley and Mater Private Hospitals David’s special interests include vasculitis, autoimmune disorders, hereditary angioedema, drug allergy and food allergy. In 2011 David joined with colleagues to found The Compass Immunology Clinic.

Dr Kathryn Heyworth MBBS FRACGP DCH DIC MSc Allergy (London)  

Dr Kathryn Heyworth is a Paediatric GP Allergist. She has over 12 years of experience in managing childhood allergies.  In her earlier career she worked as a Paediatric General Practitioner and in Children’s Emergency medicine at the Mater Childrens’ Hospital, South Brisbane for over a decade.  She holds a Diploma of Child Health and a Masters degree in Allergy Medicine from Imperial College, London. She is the current Australian Primary Care representative to ASCIA and is regularly involved with GP education. Kathryn has a passion for enabling children to achieve their optimal health.

Dr Susan Perel MBBS BSc FRACP FRCPA, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist 

Dr Susan Perel graduated from medicine (University of Queensland) in 2002. Dr Perel trained as a registrar at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital and completed her specialty training in Clinical Immunology/Allergy and Immunopathology in 2012. She joined Compass Immunology as a specialist in 2013. Dr Perel’s clinical practice encompasses the full spectrum of allergic and immunological disorders. She has a special interest in aeroallergen desensitisation (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and asthma, management of chronic urticaria and angioedema, and investigation and management of drug allergy (including general anaesthetic and antibiotic allergy testing).

Dr Kim Robertson MBBS FRACP, Paediatric Immunologist and Allergist

Graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 1998. She undertook the majority of her General Paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, with an additional year of experience in Ireland. She subsequently embarked on subspecialty training in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2008, and was awarded her fellowship in 2012. Dr Robertson’s areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of paediatric food and insect allergies, eczema, and allergic rhinitis. She performs diagnostic skin prick testing and intradermal testing, as well as oral food challenges and allergen immunotherapy. Kim sees children from birth up to the age of 16 years.

Dr Mariana Melo MBBS, FRACP Clinical Paediatric Immunologist & Allergist

Dr Melo has been practicing medicine in Australia since 2008 and began training in general paediatrics at the Mater Children`s Hospital. She has since completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Immunology & Allergy at the Lady Cilento Children`s Hospital (now QCH), where she currently works as a Consultant. Mariana completed her MBBS at the Federal University in Brazil in 2002. She completed General Paediatric & Immunology/Allergy/ Rheumatology training at the University of Sao Paulo in 2005. She has undertaken research in Immunobiological at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London 2005/06. 

As a mother of 2 children with allergies, including one with food allergy/anaphylaxis, eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis, she understands firsthand the challenges of caring for children with allergic conditions. 

Mariana’s aim is to provide the highest quality of care for children with allergic conditions, to bring normality to their lives and help them and their families live a happier life.

Dr Babu Philip MBBS FRACP, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist

Dr Philip underwent basic physician training at Royal Perth Hospital and advanced training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. Dr Philip worked as a full-time staff specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Royal Darwin Hospital before relocating to Brisbane in 2018. Dr Philip is a Staff Specialist at Princess Alexandra Hospital and a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Darwin Hospital. His special interests include all allergic diseases, mast cell disorders especially chronic urticaria, hereditary angioedema and autoimmune disorders.

Dr Carl Kennedy MBBS BSc FRACP FRCPA, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist

Dr Kennedy graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2001. Following graduation he spent time in regional Queensland as part of his Rural Health Scholarship. Dr Kennedy then returned to Brisbane to complete his basic and dual advanced training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Immunopathology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Kennedy’s particular interest is in Allergic disease, including the investigation and management of Urticaria and Anaphylaxis, Allergic Rhinitis and the use of Immunotherapy for the treatment of environmental allergies. Dr Kennedy heads our Toowoomba clinic and has provided a valuable service to the Darling Downs region for many years.

Dr Martin Newman MBBS (Hons), FRACP Clinical Immunologist and Allergist

Dr Newman is a graduate of the University of Tasmania Medical School and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Dr Newman completed his basic and advanced physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Princess Alexandra Hospital and has a monthly clinic in Rockhampton.

His interests include all aspects of general clinical immunology and allergy including autoimmune disease, vasculitis, autoinflammatory disease, immunosuppression management and neuroimmunology; food allergy, environmental allergy, allergy desensitisation, urticaria and angioedema; and immunodeficiency screening and management.

Dr Marius Botha MBChB FRACGP Dip Dermatology Grad Cert Allergic Diseases 

Marius qualified as a general practitioner in South Africa and moved to Australia 11 years ago. He gained Ear Nose and Throat experience working in a registrar training post for a year. This is where his interest in allergies started. After coming to Australia he furthered his studies by firstly completing his AMC. This was followed by the FRACGP in which he received the Mary Mahoney Examination Price for scoring the highest mark in Queensland. Marius then completed the Graduate Certificate of Allergic Diseases at Western Sydney University.

He has been running an Allergy Clinic in Northern Queensland for the past 6 years and still visits there once a month. The Sunshine Coast has now lured his family down with its great schools and sporting opportunities.

Marius consults for Compass Immunology on the Sunshine Coast and also at the Greenslopes clinic.

Marius is passionate about helping people that suffer from allergic diseases and enjoys treating children as he feel this is where his treatments have the biggest impact.

Dr Zi Tan MBBS FRACP FRCPA Clinical Immunologist and Allergist

Dr Tan Graduated in Medicine from the University of Tasmania in 2007. He underwent his residency years and basic physician training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital before commencing advance training in Clinical Immunology/Allergy and Immunopathology. This was completed at various sites including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is interested in all aspects of clinical immunology and allergy in particular allergen immunotherapy, drug and food allergy and immunodeficiency. In his spare time, Zi enjoys spending time with his 2 young children.

Dr Marion Thomas MBChB MRCP FRACP

Dr Marion Thomas is a Paediatrician with dual Australian and British training and qualifications and extensive experience in both countries with the care of children with acute, general and developmental needs. She completed undergraduate training in Birmingham UK in 1991 (MBChB)) and has more than 25 years of Paediatric experience at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and in Community and Educational Practice in the UK and at both the Royal and Mater Children’s Hospital Networks in Brisbane since 1996. She completed an attachment as a Genetics Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has dual UK (MRCP Edinburgh UK 1999) and Australian (FRACP 1991) specialist Paediatric qualifications.

Interests include the newborn, early nutrition and growth and early years developmental concerns and the co-ordination of care of complex children.

Dr Marion works at Queensland Children’s Hospital as a General Paediatrician in addition to her private work at Compass Kids Clinic. She has four children including twins and her philosophy is to achieve the best health, happiness and developmental outcome for every child by “walking in their shoes”based on a foundation of family centred care. 

Dr Venetia Whitehead MBBS, FRACGP 

Dr Venetia Whitehead is a General Practitioner with a special interest in allergy. She is currently undertaking further study to gain her Graduate Certificate in Allergic Diseases. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners and has worked as a GP in Brisbane for the past eight years caring for adults and children. She has a young family and understands first-hand the challenges of living with allergies.

Dr Andrew Merry MBBS, FRACP Clinical Immunologist/Allergist

Dr Andrew Merry is a graduate of James Cook University and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Dr Merry completed his Advanced Physician Training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

He is passionate about all aspects of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, with a keen interest in autoimmune disease, vasculitis, eczema, food allergy, allergy desensitisation, urticaria and angioedema. 

Having lived with eczema and being a father of a daughter with eczema, he understands firsthand the difficulties and complexities of tackling allergic conditions.

Dr Michael Lane – Registrar

Dr Michael Lane graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 2008. He completed residency at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and several hospitals in the UK National Health Service. Upon returning to Australia, he undertook Physician training and is now in his final year of Advanced Training in both Clinical Immunology/Allergy and Immunopathology.

Michael is interested in all aspects of immunology and allergy, but has a particular interest in immunodeficiency, food and venom allergy, drug allergy and desensitisation and autoimmune disease.