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Dr John James
Dr. James is the founder, and principal, of the Lejeune practice and has been a family physician for several years. A fellow of the College of General Practitioners, with post-graduate qualifications in Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Paediatrics, Dr James was inspired by paediatrician and geneticist , Dr Jerome Lejeune, in whose honour the practice is named, and whom Dr. James had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions, to see a family medical practice return to a more traditional mode of primary health care delivery, with an emphasis on personalized attention, and continuity of care. Dr. James is married, with ten children, and he and his wife, Julie, have been deeply involved with both educational initiatives to assist families, and community activism directed towards ensuring that human life, from conception until natural death, is protected.
Lejeune works with Pregnancy Counselling Australia, a 24-hour national telephone support service, to assist and support mothers who are finding their pregnancies, for whatever reason, arduous, in an effort to ensure that both mother and unborn baby, flourish.
In his other life,
Dr. Lynne Bastock
MBBS FRACGP Dip Child Health
I have worked in the North Rocks, Carlingford area for over 30 years .
Dr. Michael Smith
MBBS (Hons, Sydney) FRACGP BSc Dip Child Health, Diploma Skin Cancer Medicine
Dr. Michael Smith joined Lejeune in March 2017, having finished a 16-month stint at another high-quality family practice in Riverstone which saw out his final months as a trainee GP and brought the total of award-winning practices he has trained and worked at to three. Attaining his Fellowship in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in February 2016, Dr Smith further developed skills in palliative & aged care, skin cancer medicine and surgery, chronic disease management and child health. In July 2017, Dr Smith was one of 3 doctors to help start a new model of community palliative care in Western Sydney with the private company, Silver Chain.
His desire to bring medical care to people in need means that, along with his registrars, he provides home visits to those most at need. Between 2017 and 2018, he branched out into surgical assisting in orthopaedics (hand and lower limb) and was part of the team that performed the first robotic total knee replacement at Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Dr Smith is most comfortable with scalpel, forceps, dermatoscope, or needle driver in hand and is able to offer a range of minor procedures. This means patients may be able to avoid a referral to a surgeon, emergency department or dermatologist and have their condition investigated and/or treated locally. This penchant for procedures, too, is rubbing off on his registrars!
Patients at Lejeune can enquire about ingrown toenails, foreign body removal, knee joint injections & drainage, abscess drainage, bursal drainages, laceration repairs, cyst removal or skin cancer (including some melanomas) diagnosis & definitive removal.
Since 2018, Dr Smith has been provided well-received mentorship to medical students from Western Sydney University and in 2019, he facilitated Lejeune Family Medical practice to transition to a teaching practice, so that the next generation of general practitioners can benefit from its talents in the service of life.
Both Dr James and Dr Smith are accredited with GP Synergy Northern Sydney Sub-region (Group C). As part of our educational outreach and engagement with other health professionals, Dr Smith also pioneered a practice podcast, LejeuneCast, which generates on average 1 episode per month.
He has found Lejeune to be a natural fit for his desire to work in traditional family practice, with a commitment to the aged, the vulnerable and a respect for life.
Dr. Susan Tugwell
Dr. Susan Tugwell will be consulting on a Monday and Thursday,
Susan will also be visiting various Aged Care facilities on a Tuesday.
Dr. Janice (Jung-Yeon) Ku
Dr. Janice Ku completed her undergraduate studies in a bachelor of optometry at University of New South Wales and worked in Central and remote Australia prior to commencing her post-graduate studies in medicine. She has completed her internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has gained additional experience from working at St Vincent’s Hospital, Canterbury Hospital, and Sydney Hospital prior to starting her general practice training. As part of her post-graduate studies, Dr. Ku completed Masters of Medicine at Sydney University and published articles in medical journals. She also completed further training in Reproductive & Sexual Health through Family Planning Alliance of Australia, and she completed a Diploma in Child Health through Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.
Dr. Ku attained her Fellowship with the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2016.
Janice joined Lejeune Family Practice as the practice model falls in line with her love for ‘the cradle to grave’ medicine.
Janice is an approved provider of shared antenatal care with Northern Sydney Network. She loves seeing a diverse range of patients.
Dr. Michelle Leung
Michelle Leung is our GP registrar.
Dr. Shannon Armstrong
Shannon studied at Western Sydney University and completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2013. She completed a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2016. She has a particular interest in womens’ health, paediatrics and primary health prevention.
During her spare time, she volunteers as a health program manager for a small NGO in Madagascar and loves to cook, watch cricket and travel to new places with her husband and daughter.