Our Story - Practice and Personal
As finding the right doctor is a very personal choice, we thought we’d let our doctors share with you their personal stories of why they became a doctor and do what they do... and why Aqua Marine Medical Centre & Skin Clinic came to be.
Our General Practitioners, Family Medical Centre and Skin Clinic "Aqua Marine Medical Centre & Skin Clinic" was created, when Dr Marina was working in Rural Victoria away from her husband for nearly 18 months. After relocation to Maryborough in QLD and during three years of GP work there, which included more exams and study, Dr. Marina received her Fellowship. This lead to her husband, Gotthard, selling his own business to make time to engage with the planning and running of the Aqua Marine Medical Centre & Skin Clinic.
Everything started out of the back of our garage, with lots of files, papers and ideas, and slowly became our project in Redland Bay, Queensland, where the clinic is open now with Dr Marina, Dr Damian and Dr Heather taking care of our loyal patient base.
Meet Dr Marina
I was born in the South part of Russia, situated near the Volga River close to former Stalingrad (current Volgograd). The city is called Balakovo. My parents were both medical doctors, very hardworking and constantly busy. My little sister and myself hardly saw our parents and were missing them a lot while they were saving other people’s lives. My Mum would be often called at night after being at work for 10-12 hours a day. She would forget her own needs and would help everybody in need of medical assistance. My mother was very much loved in our town where most people knew her and were her patients. She was terribly missed after she was tragically killed in a car accident when I was 12 years of age. I had to grow up very quickly after this tragedy and help also with the upbringing of my younger sister.
My admiration of my mum’s ability to help other people made my goal of becoming a doctor stronger than ever.
I was very fortunate being surrounded by my grandparents (my Mum’s parents) who gave me all their love and support to make my dreams come true. Grandfather was a retired General in the Russian Army who taught me discipline and responsibilities and my amazing and loving Grandmother who showed me what unconditional love and support means. Without their love and dedication, I wouldn’t be who I am now.
Eventually the little girl’s dream came true and I became a Medical Doctor and Dermatologist and Specialist for Sexual Transmitted Diseases and could also save somebody's life like my Mum and Hero many years ago.
But this little girl also had a dream of meeting her Prince and having a family. This dream did not make me wait for too long and I met Gotthard who was originally from Germany and had been living in Australia for many years at that time.
Migrating to Australia was a challenging journey with five years going through recognition of my Russian Medical Degree and another five years of becoming a Fellow in General Medicine with a special interest in Skin conditions/Skin cancer and skin cancer surgery and Cosmetic medicine.
Ten years of extremely hard work and enormous frustration and desperation with lots of tears when I would fail the English exam or Medical exam during my recognition or after passing all exams struggling to find a job as a doctor in Australia made me very strong. My first job as a doctor in Australia took me to rural Victoria, where I lived apart from my husband for nearly 18 months and had to drive 45 minutes each way to my workplace. My husband visited one week out of every 4 or 5 to keep our family together. Then I relocated to Maryborough, Queensland and we lived as family all together in Hervey Bay.
I only could succeed with all this thinking about my Hero Mum with her exceptional hard work and the determination I was taught by my Grandfather with the ability to be loved unconditionally by my Grandmother. I cannot be more grateful to my husband Gotthard for his massive support and belief in me. His and our kids love and support took me to the stage where I am now, having my own clinic with amazing administrative staff, nurses and doctors I have the honor and privilege to work with at Aqua Marine Medical Centre & Skin Clinic.
For a Healthier you my family and “Aqua Marine Medical center and Skin clinic” is diligent to save your lives!!!!
Meet Dr Bern-Mari
Why did I choose to become a doctor?
Well, to answer this question we need to rewind about 30 years... My father was a Medical Doctor with his own GP practice and while living in Cape Town, South Africa, he would come home and often share some of his medical stories from the day. Being in Africa, some were pretty interesting! I loved hearing how he made a difference to families lives, so this probably unconsciously planted the idea of becoming a doctor in my mind from a young age...
After 8 years of growing up in the South African sunshine, my parents decided they wanted our family to have the opportunity to explore Europe! We settled in the UK and very soon it became our new home. I was fortunate in that I was able to attend a wonderful school for my secondary school education. I thoroughly enjoyed my hospital work experience during my teenage years, which helped narrow down my potential career choices. I could see how my interest in science, my caring nature and strong people skills could lend itself to a career in medicine… so, from then on, I threw all my energy and efforts into my goal of becoming a doctor.
Entering Medical school in the UK is a particularly tough process, so I was delighted when I got accepted to study Medicine and opted to study at Cardiff University in Wales. The 6 years of medical training flew by and were filled with multiple hospital rotations throughout the whole of Wales. My highlight was going in a RAF rescue helicopter as part of a training rescue mission in Anglesey while Prince William worked there as a pilot!
During my university holidays I worked as a Home Carer for frail patients as well as fundraising for a charity to help run outreach programmes at orphanages and villages in Malawi, Africa. I had the privilege of going out to Malawi on 3 occasions, a beautiful country but where communities are hugely impacted by HIV Aids and Malaria. I witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of disease in rural communities and this sparked my passion for general community, family and preventative medicine.
Since graduating from Medical School, I completed my 2 hospital foundation years in Guildford, Surrey where I met, and soon married my very supportive husband who became my rock through the testing and physically exhaustingly long junior doctor
rotations, for which the NHS is well known for! At this point I had clear direction of becoming a GP and was delighted to have then been accepted to complete my GP training at the world-renowned John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. This was a particularly happy period in my medical training journey as I would balance long
hours at the hospital with exploring the city of Oxford, with its unique architecture and 12th century University buildings while also trying my hand at punting down the river Thames on occasion! The Cotswold countryside was also where we then settled and began to raise our beautiful (but busy) boys.
My interests are varied: I absolutely love travelling and exploring other countries and cultures. We would often hop over to the continent to have dinner (always mussels!) in Bruges, or an art trip to galleries in Paris or Florence, all on our doorstep. I believe that the best way to truly relax is on a beach... and over the past 20 years I think we must have explored most of the islands in the Mediterranean! My hobbies are painting and photography and I just love gathering inspiration for my next big piece of art ... I think I’m running out of wall space!
In 2018 we will have gone “full circle” back to the Southern Hemisphere when we embark on our joint lifelong dream, to give our children the outdoor and nature filled upbringing which we had growing up! I look forward to using my experiences and skills to improve the health and wellbeing of patients in Redland Bay and surrounding areas!
I am particularly interested in working with patients in the fields of Women's health, Paediatric and Adolescent health, Mental health, Geriatrics, Chronic disease management, Oncology and Palliative care.Since graduating from Medical School, I completed my 2 hospital foundation years in Guildford, Surrey where I met, and soon married my very supportive husband who became my rock through the testing and physically exhaustingly long junior doctor
rotations, for which the NHS is well known for! At this point I had clear direction of becoming a GP and was delighted to have then been accepted to complete my GP training at the world-renowned John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. This was a particularly happy period in my medical training journey as I would balance long hours at the hospital with exploring the city of Oxford, with its unique architecture
Meet Dr Zahid
I grew up in a rural area in Punjab, Pakistan, where I completed my schooling. Becoming a doctor has always been a dream of mine. I had frequent interactions with doctors as a child, and like them, I desired to help and make people feel better.
To achieve this goal, I had to go to a major city for further studies and spent most of my time away from my family for over 12 years. After graduation from Medical College and completing my Internship, I practiced in my home town for almost 10 years before moving to Australia in 2005.
In Australia, I started work as a GP in the mining town of Port Hedland (WA) and obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Working as a GP in Australia and overseas, including Locum work in remote areas, has provided an opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills , and I developed special interests in Skin and Occupational health.
I obtained Masters in Occupational Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Aviation Medicine. I have also completed courses in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Surgery. Currently I am enrolled in the Post Graduate Diploma in Dermatology course.
I decided to join Aqua Marine Medical Centre & Skin Clinic, as it is a very well set up clinic, and here I would have an opportunity to provide services in the fields of my interest. Along with General Practice, I offer services in Skin Cancer Medicine, Occupational Health (Injury Management, Pre-Placement Medical Assessments, Aviation and Rail Medicals) and Travel Health/Vaccinations
152 - 158 Broadwater Terrace
Redland Bay, Qld 4165