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 Damian
I’m often asked why I have focused my efforts towards skin cancer. There are many reasons, but an experience I had in my first year as a hospital doctor is what ultimately led me in this direction. As a junior doctor, you rotate through the various specialty departments and at one point, I did a short stint on the palliative care ward. During this short time, I met a handful of amazing young people who all shared the same horrible tale - melanoma.
They were all my age or younger and diagnosed with late stage disease. A couple of them passed away during my time there. Even as a doctor, it’s hard to avoid the “there but for the grace of god, go I” thoughts. I recall sitting at the nurses’ station one afternoon after one of our patients passed and pondering how such things could happen. Melanoma occurs on the skin which gives us a huge advantage over other cancers in that we can physically see it with our own eyes. Every melanoma starts as tiny as a pin-prick and grows larger before it invades, metastasizes and ultimately kills.
How can we let it get to this stage?!
I decided that I would do what I could to catch these things early, and if I managed to save even one life, I’d have made a difference. After all, this is why we practice medicine.
Meet Dr Heather
My name is Dr Heather Carcary, I grew up in a small town called Millaa Millaa in far North Queensland on a dairy farm. And yes before you ask I can milk a cow! I attended the local high school and was one of the first students to go to university to study medicine in approximately 50yrs. I had an interesting journey to becoming a doctor - I was not accepted directly from high school and I studied nursing for a year prior to transferring into Medicine at James Cook University (Townsville). My university holidays were filled with many farm jobs including milking the cows, feeding the calves and fencing. The question has often been asked of why did I become a doctor and not a vet? And my response…. I have always wanted to be a doctor, I have never thought of becoming a vet, and besides an animal can not tell you where it hurts or what is wrong. JCU has a rural focus to Medicine (many rural placements in rural QLD) - perfect for me who loved farm life.
My initial career goal was rural and remote medicine – providing general medical services, obstetric and women’s health to patients in rural and remote Queensland.
(Millaa Millaa, North QLD)
But life has taken me on a different path – after meeting my fiancé. I have relocated from Mount Isa in remote North Western Queensland, but my passion for women’s health remains.
How can I help you here at AQUA MARINE MEDICAL CENTRE AND SKIN CLINIC?
Outside of work I love to cook (but not wash-up), photography and to travel. I have hiked the Kokoda track, have walked on the Antarctic sea ice, sailed the fjords of Norway and have yet to decide on my next adventure.
I am enjoying the change from rural emergency medicine (at Mount Isa) to general practice/family medicine with the team at Aqua Marine medical and Skin Clinic. So come make an appointment with me today.
(flying to work – western QLD)
(almost half way, Kokoda Track April 2017)
152 - 158 Broadwater Terrace
Redland Bay, Qld 4165