Our Doctors

Dr Russell Spinks

Russell is a supervisor for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), has been a Clinical Associate of Newcastle University, and involved in the education of doctors for more than 30 years.

He is interested in all aspects of general practice and family medicine, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal and sports medicine, aged care, and heart disease.

His natural love of travel and adventure was fostered when he did a locum stint with the Royal Flying Doctors Service in the Western Australian outback. He has also been involved in overseas aid work, going to Nepal and Timor on several occasions. These trips also continued his enthusiasm for photography; his photos embrace the walls of the practice with regular changes after each trip.

As the principal of the practice, Russell runs a quality family-orientated practice. As a former GP Obstetrician at Gosford Hospital, he now enjoys seeing the teenagers and the young married that he previously delivered. He also enjoys his role as the sports doctor for local and representative swimming and football teams.

Russell is available for morning appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Dean Cavanagh

Dean has worked at Narara Valley Medical for many years. During this time, he has developed an avid following and is very well respected in all areas of general practice.

Dean has studied further and is regarded as our skin cancer doctor, differentiating between simple solar-damaged skin, through to basal cell cancers and melanomas.

Dean’s skillful excisions are well-known as well as his recognition of excisions that need a referral for specialist skills.

For relaxation, Dean enjoys a lot of fishing, regular karate, a bit of general fitness, and a spot of international destination surfing.

Dean is available for appointments all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and available Thursday mornings.

Dr Margaret Dixon 

Margaret has been with our practice for approximately 8 years. Previous to her time with us, Margaret trained in several of the major Sydney hospitals, had a rural stint in New South Wales, and has been involved in Aboriginal health.

Her specialties include aged care, children’s and women’s healthcare including the administration and removal of the contraceptive Implanon. Margaret is also trained in the use of the Molemax machine to diagnose potential skin cancers.

Margaret is available for appointments on Mondays and Thursday afternoons.

Dr Timothy Griffiths

We welcome Timothy to the practice.

Dr Naomi Pathirana

We welcome Naomi to the practice.

Our Registered Nurses

Bronwyn and Karen

Registered Nurses play a vital role in our practice. They provide a variety of services such as childhood immunisations, travel vaccinations, wound management, assisting in minor surgical procedures, and deliver a high standard of holistic patient care to our patients.

They are our triage specialists and together have over 30 years of knowledge and experience in general practice as well as medical and surgical nursing in hospitals.

Our Practice Manager and Reception Team

Practice Manager



Kym, Mim, Nicole, and Emma

Our reception team is at the forefront of our practice. They strive to set new standards of professionalism in their approach to administration, patient support and they each enjoy building long-term patient relationships.

Our receptionists pride themselves on efficiency and attention to detail, and optimising patient care.

Onsite Pathology Collection Service –  Monday to Wednesday 9am – 12pm

We are pleased to offer our patients onsite pathology collection services, provided by Laverty Pathology.