Meet the doctors and staff at Kings Meadows Medical

Staff &Doctors

Dr Toby Gardner
Dr Toby GardnerGeneral Practitioner
Dr Toby Gardner, a partner at Newstead Medical, works every second Tuesday at Kings Meadows Medical Centre.

Dr Gardner was raised and trained in Queensland, and spent a number of years working in rural Qld before relocating to Launceston in 2006 to raise his young family. He enjoys and works across all areas of Medicine, and is actively involved in the training and examining of young doctors at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. He holds a part-time appointment with UTAS where he is involved in teaching Emergency Medicine, and outside work enjoys the wine, food and events that are unique to Tasmania.

Dr Daniel Kirk
Dr Daniel KirkGeneral Practitioner
Dr Daniel Kirk, a partner at Newstead Medical, works every Thursday at Kings Meadows Medical Centre.

Originally from Western Australia where he completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, Dr Kirk moved to Tasmania in 2018. Outside of his work as a GP, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing cricket.

Dr Rashid Safdar
Dr Rashid SafdarGeneral Practitioner
Dr Rashid studied Medicine in Latvia, before moving to Ireland and then Canada working in various hospitals across a number of different specialities. He made the move to Australia in in 2017, working in rural hospitals and then as a GP across regional NSW and Victoria, before settling in Tasmania in 2020. Competent across the breadth of General Practice, he enjoys cricket, swimming, skiing and travel, and is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Latvian.
Dr Amanda Clifford
Dr Amanda CliffordGeneral Practitioner
Dr Amanda Clifford works at Kings Meadows Medical Centre on Tuesdays and also works at Newstead Medical and the Urgent Care Centre.

She completed her RACGP fellowship in 2018. She has a special interest in antenatal care, women’s health and paediatrics, mental health, but loves looking after everyone and is friendly in her approach, loves to have a chat and enjoys being able to see and get to know the family. Amanda is a mum to 2 young children and is often at the beach with them, her husband and family dog.

Dr Ahdy Gerges
Dr Ahdy GergesGeneral Practitioner
Dr Ahdy Gerges recently joined us at Kings Meadows Medical Centre working every Monday, having recently moved into town with his young family. Prior to this he has been working as a GP in Georgetown since 2016.

Originally from Egypt, he worked as a GP in Abu Dhabi for many years before emigrating to Australia with his wife. He has a broad interest in all areas of General Practice including chronic disease management, procedural skills and emergency medicine, and will also be working at Newstead Medical.

Dr Karinna Fyfe
Dr Karinna FyfeGeneral Practitioner
After spending the last few years on the mainland completing her training, Dr Karinna Fyfe has returned home to Launceston after commencing working with us in 2018.

Dr Fyfe is currently on maternity leave.

On return she’ll be working Mondays and Fridays at Newstead Medical and every Tuesday at our Kings Meadows Medical Centre. Karinna has an interest in paediatrics, women’s health, and is a keen runner, who races at an elite level.

Dr Rebekah Moore
Dr Rebekah MooreGeneral Practitioner
Rebekah was born and raised in the Tamar Valley. She attended medical school at the University of Tasmania and has worked across all three major hospitals in the state since graduating in 2012. She has worked extensively in Emergency Medicine, including in far-north Queensland, which has given her a broad foundation. She is a proud Tasmanian and enjoys bushwalking, good food, and the company of friends and family.

Rebekah will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr Richard Pearson
Dr Richard PearsonGeneral Practitioner
Dr Pearson has worked in General Practice for over twenty five years, in a variety of settings. He has an interest is skin cancer surgery, though has a broad background including working as an Anaesthetist both in British city hospitals and remotely in Australia, in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Australia and New Zealand, and in Tropical Medicine, working in Africa and remote Australia, including a lot of work with Aboriginal communities.

Dr Pearson also has extensive experience in Emergency Medicine, and worked for the RFDS in Western Australia and Tasmania, the NT Aerial Medical Service, and with the QLD Air Ambulance Service.

He is a keen bushwalker, pack rafter, white water kayaker, and mountain biker. A lover of the natural world, Dr Pearson is a keen conservationist and has been active in climate change education for sixteen years.

Dr Christopher Hopwood
Dr Christopher HopwoodGeneral Practitioner
Jane Laidlaw
Jane LaidlawNurse Practitioner
Jane is an experienced Nurse Practitioner who is available to undertake reviews of patients with a broad range of conditions including women’s health checks. As a Nurse Practitioner Jane can provide prescriptions, organise work medical certificates and referrals, diagnose and investigate health problems.

Jane has been a registered nurse since 1988 and moved to Tasmania from England to raise her family and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here. When not at work Jane enjoys exercise at a local gym and is often found reading. From her initial training Jane has been consistently studying and this has led to her Nurse Immuniser studies and then becoming a Nurse Practitioner

Jane is married to Paul and they love family time as well as their boisterous 2 dogs.
Jane is passionate about equal access to health care and this is evident as she has developed a clinic for the homeless at City Mission in collaboration with UTAS

Tamara Klimpel
Tamara KlimpelPractice Manager
Tamara joined our team as a medical receptionist in 2018, and in 2021 joined the finance team and worked as Finance Officer across Newstead Medical, the Urgent Care Centre, Kings Meadows Medical and NewWorkHealth. In 2022 she was appointed Practice Manager at Kings Meadows Medical.

Tamara prides herself on her attention to detail and her ability to support her team on a daily basis.

Natalie Styles
Natalie StylesClinical Nurse Manager
Natalie started her nursing carer at the LGH. She has been working for Newstead Medical as the Clinical Nurse Manager since Dec 2020 before this she was the Clinical Coordinator at Kings Meadows Medical Centre. Natalie enjoys playing netball and riding dirt bikes in her spare time. Natalie loves working in General Practice as she loves the interaction with the patients and getting to know them and their stories.
Nyssa Hodgkinson
Nyssa HodgkinsonFinance Manager
Nyssa joined our team in 2014 and has over 15 years experience working with General Practice. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce in 2004 and is a member of CPA Australia. She enjoys finding innovative ways to deliver the highest quality healthcare to our patients.
When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, horses and spending time in the garden.