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Meet the Team

Meet the Specialists

Find out more about their qualifications, special interests and expertise that could help you or your family:

Dr Padmini Howpage

Dr Padmini Howpage

MBBS, FRANZCP
Psychiatrist and Psycho-geriatrician (Dr Howpage speaks Sinhalese)
“I am in a privileged position to hear the distressing stories of my patients. It is very important to me that they achieve optimum recovery. “
Dr Howpage has wealth of clinical experience in all mental health issues/disorders and demonstrated ability to work with all age groups. At Mind Connections, she leads an expert team of professionals who strive for excellence. Together, the team deliver evidence-based multidisciplinary care.

Dr Howpage has many other leadership roles as the Clinical Director of the Windsor Road Private Clinic at the Hills Private Hospital, Staff Specialist, Northern Sydney Area Mental Health Services at Hornsby hospital. In the community she is the president of the Hills Mental Health Interagency, The Women’s Shed Hills Shire and the Mind Connections Foundation. She is the founding chair of the Positive Vibes Foundation, an ACNC registered charity organisation from 2014 – 2018. She is a conjoint lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Western Sydney University. She takes great pleasure in training young doctors for tomorrow.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict
  • Australian Defense Personal – (ADF/DVA)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Assessment for Parkinson disease
  • Workcover
  • Medico-Legal
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Aged Care
  • Eating Disorder
  • Perinatal
  • RMS Assessment
  • Schizophrenia/Clozapine
  • Family & Community Service (FACS)
  • TMS
  • ADHD/ADD (Prescribing Only)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Firearms Assessment
Dr Jaspreet Singh

Dr Jaspreet Singh

MBBS, FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist (Dr Singh speaks Hindi and Panjabi)
“I believe in comprehensive psychosocial assessment and management of patients with mental health issues. My areas of interest include affective as well as psychotic disorders in particular complicated presentations of Bipolar disorder, PTSD as well as dual diagnosis presentations including addiction to substances.”

Dr Jaspreet Singh is an experienced and evidence base driven Psychiatrist and he sees patients from early adolescent age group. He is a member of the AHPRA and a fellow of the RANZCP and has worked as a consultant psychiatrist at various public hospitals both in regional and metropolitan NSW as well as Queensland.

Following MBBS, his passion drove him to take up psychiatry training in the internationally renowned Post Graduate Institutes of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, where he completed his initial training and conducted clinically relevant research.

He was awarded the World Psychiatric Association- Young scientist award and later, sponsored membership of the International Society of Bipolar disorders for his critical research on Dual diagnosis in Bipolar disorder.

He has developed and maintained a special interest in Bipolar disorders, ADHD and the overlap of personality and mental illness especially Borderline personality as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Substance abuse is common across all these leading to a dual diagnosis presentation.

In addition, he is also experienced in preparing medicolegal reports for patients and work cover related consultations.

In addition to clinical work, Dr Singh also has a special interest in teaching and education and conducted workshops and mentored junior and senior registrars preparing for RANZCP exams

Dr Singh is available for outpatient consultations at Bella Vista and Carlingford and has admitting rights to the Windsor Rd Clinic at the Baulkham Hills private Hospital, and Norwest Private Hospital. He is fluent in Hindi and Panjabi languages.

He is available for urgent and non-urgent consultations and assistance to GPs from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am till 5 pm.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict
  • ADF/DVA
  • ADHD/ADD (Prescribing Only)
  • Workcover
  • Medico-Legal
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Psycho-Geriatrician (Aged Care)
  • RMS Assessment
  • Schizophrenia/Clozapine
  • TMS
  • Firearms Assessment
Dr Jayalath

Dr Sajeeva Jayalath

MBBS, FRANZCP, MRC Psych, CCT UK
Consultant Psychiatrist (Dr Jayalath speaks Sinhaleese)
“My special interests are in the areas of mood, anxiety disorders and medically unexplained symptoms. I also have experience in treating patients with wide range of conditions including ADHD, Drug and Alcohol Problems and Personality Disorders. I am trained both in cognitive behaviour therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.”

Dr Jayalath trained is a psychiatrist in St Mary’s and Charing Cross Hospital in London. He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom (UK) and in Australia since 2006.

He has won four clinical excellence awards in the UK and was a finalist for the national award for development of innovative clinical services in the UK in 2011.

Dr Jayalath works as Senior Consultant psychiatrist at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He also provides expert consultancy service to ACT Health.

He has experience in teaching medical students and trainee psychiatrists at Cambridge University, Australian National University and University of Sydney.

AFTER HOUR SERVICE FOR PATIENTS
Dr Jayalath is available for after hours services for urgent patients on Tuesday 1.00 pm-8.30 pm and on Thursday 6.00 pm-9.00pm in addition to full Saturdays.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict
  • ADF/DVA
  • Autism/Asperger’s
  • ADHD/ADD (Prescribing Only)
  • Workcover
  • Medico-Legal
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Sexual Abuse
  • RMS  Assessment
  • Schizophrenia/Clozapine
  • Firearms Assessment
  • TMS
Dr Raiz Ismail

Dr Raiz Ismail

MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist
“My special interests include depression and bipolar disorder, psychosis, anxiety disorders including panic disorder, OCD and PTSD, grief and adjustment disorders.”

Dr ISMAIL is a consultant psychiatrist and a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He works with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He has had his medical education, psychiatric training, teaching experience and career in India, the UK and Australia.

Dr Ismail provides comprehensive psychiatric care both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He works as a consultant psychiatrist at Nepean hospital.
He currently consults at our Norwest office on Tuesdays.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict
  • DVA
  • Psycho-Geriatrician (Aged Care)
  • ADHD/ADD (Prescribing Only)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Schizophrenia/Clozapine
  • TMS

Dr Mark Lin

MBBS, FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist (Dr Lin speaks Mandarin)
I have been privileged to have been a witness to the triumph of human courage, strength, optimism and resilience over the vicissitudes of the human condition. I believe that optimal mental health is necessary for one to thrive, contribute to the community, live with purpose and meaning, and enjoy wonderful personal relationships.

I completed my medical degree from the University of Sydney and trained in Psychiatry at various hospitals throughout New South Wales and am a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. My specialist training included experience working in Psychiatric Emergency care, Consultation-Liaison, Child and Adolescent, Rehab, community and inpatient settings, as well as Addiction psychiatry in both public and private hospitals.

I have experience in caring for patients presenting with a broad range of symptoms, and distress. The expression and experience of one’s struggles can be different depending on how we grew up, our personalities, values, cultural expectations and roles, work environment, religion, families and partners, to name but a few factors. I grew up in sunny Singapore, a city-state blessed with a tapestry of cultures and languages, trained in Australia, and understand how the social environment is critical for one’s well-being.

I enjoy spending time with my 2 children and family, reading, and strumming the guitar when not caring for patients. I would love to learn how to drum one day.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioural Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Stress, Grief and Interpersonal Conflict
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Schizophrenia/Clozapine
  • TMS
Dr Amit Gupta

Dr Amit Gupta

BMed Sc (Hons) MBBS, FRACP
Geriatrician
"My special interests include assessment of cognition and dementia, assessment of falls, Parkinson’s disease, depressive disorders in the elderly, and chronic medical conditions including cardiovascular and other neurological problems."

Dr Amit Gupta graduated from University of New South Wales in 2005, and subsequently completed physician training in Concord, Westmead and Nepean Hospitals prior to completing specialisation with FRACP being obtained in 2018.

His clinical privileges include Nepean Hospital, Holroyd Private Hospital and in the near future, Minchinbury Community Hospital and Westmead Rehab Hospital. He also provides home visits for the frail elderly and visit patients in residential care facilities.

Specializes In:

  • Aged Care
  • Cognitive Assessments
  • Assessment of Falls
  • Depressive Disorders in the Elderly
  • Parkinson’s Management
  • Chronic Medical Illnesses – Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal & other conditions
  • Capacity and Capability Assessments
  • Dementia

Dr Jasbeer Kaur

MBBS, FAFRM
Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
My interests are in the recovery-based rehabilitation in the community, supporting patients returning to work. My clinical skills include the rehabilitation management of disabilities associated with stroke, brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease , spinal surgery, heart surgery, joint replacement surgery and orthopaedic trauma, as well as musculoskeletal disorders which generally affect overall participation in daily life activities affecting quality of life.

Dr Jasbeer Kaur is a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician with more than a decade experience in neurological disorders. Dr Kaur is the Head of Department – Spinal Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. Jessy specialises in traumatic spinal cord injuries, chronic diseases and general rehabilitation.

She has Visiting Medical Officer ( VMO) positions at leading and reputable rehabilitation facilities across Sydney namely Lady Davidson Rehabilitation Hospital  Hirondelle Private Hospital & The Hills Private Hospital.

She is an authorised health practitioner with  the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA )  having completed  permanent impairment training in the NSW Workers compensation scheme and CTP Scheme. She works with IMMEX (Specialised Occupational Health Practice) as a Consultant providing independent medical reports.

Specializes In:

  • Traumatic spinal cord injuries – work cover, 3rd party insurer
  • Rehabilitation of Neurological Disorders – Post stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Spinal Cord Injury
  • Management of falls in the elderly
  • Multidisciplinary management of chronic pain with medication and no medication therapy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Rehabilitation post Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Reconditioning of Chronic Disease – Heart and Pulmonary disease
  • General Rehabilitation from medical and surgical conditions.
Mr. Robert Craig

Mr. Robert Craig

MA, Dip Ed, MAPS
Registered Psychologist
“I qualified for my Master’s degree in 1984 and since then, I have continued to train extensively in areas of study including solution focussed family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitisation, narrative therapy and integrative and biomedical approaches to therapy.”

Mr Craig is a consultant psychologist with over 25 years of experience. He has worked in private practices in the Hills area since 1990.

Mr Craig has extensive experience with school children and adults and is accredited by NSW work cover as a Whole Person Impairment (WPI) assessor.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Bullying & Relationships, CBT, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict, Sexual Abuse
  • ADF/DVA
  • Workcover
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Aged Care
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • NDIS (Plan Managed)
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Faith Counselling
Rosemary Hawk

Rosemary Hawke

BA; Dip Ed.; M Ed; MAPS, CEDP
Registered Child Psychologist
“My areas of interest are working with children, adolescents, younger adults, couples and families.”

Rosemary Hawke is a registered Psychologist with a Masters in Educational/Developmental Psychology with twenty years of experience. Rosemary has worked extensively in schools and conducts psychometric assessments to assess and diagnose developmental concerns (e.g. learning, behavioural & social).

Rosemary employs many different therapeutic approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness training for depression/anxiety and the Gottman framework in relationship/family counselling. Rosemary tailor’s treatment around the client’s goals and needs using evidence-based clinical approaches.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Bullying & Relationships, CBT, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict, Sexual Abuse
  • Addiction – Drug/Alcohol/Gambling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • NDIS (Plan Managed)
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
Paul Salviani

Mr Paul Salviani

Grad Dip Psych, Post Dip Psych
Registered Child Psychologist
Paul’s primary model of psychological support revolves around the merits of solution-focused therapy and the relationship between the voluntary pursuit of goals and neuropsychology. He also specialises in psychoeducation, with an understanding of psychodynamic theory, to support clients in interpreting their subconscious motivations, drives, emotions and feelings to better understand themselves. Paul is also experienced in providing strategies from cognitive-behavioural and acceptance-and-commitment therapies.

Paul has experience treating clients with a number of presentations. These include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, acute stress disorder, PTSD, OCD, phobias, panic disorder and adjustment disorder.

Paul has 8 years’ experience providing psychological services in schools. His duties have included counselling services, psychometric assessment, diagnosis and liaising with NGOs and third parties in supporting individuals and families with complex welfare needs.

Specializes In:

  • Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Trauma, OCD, Domestic Violence, Bipolar, Anxiety, Behavioural Issues, Anger, Aggression, Dissociation, Transgender, Bullying & Relationships, CBT, Stress, Grief, Interpersonal Conflict, Sexual Abuse
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Eating Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • NDIS (Plan Managed)
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Assessment of Intellectual Function (IQ), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V)
  • Autism/Asperger’s – Including Assessment
  • ADHD/ADD (Treat Only)
  • Psychometric assessments to assess and diagnose developmental concerns (e.g. learning, behavioral, social)