Doctors In Practice

We have a number of qualified specialists in our clinic. Who provide detailed assessment, diagnosis, expert opinion and management of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions.We have neurologists who conducts nerve conduction and EMG studies.

Our Specialty Doctors

Dr Manoj Kumar

Director, Empathy Health Care.
Dr Manoj Kumar is a highly qualified consultant psychiatrist, with extensive experience in the field of psychiatry. He is guided by the mission to provide high quality health care and established Empathy Health Care in 2011. He graduated MBBS in 1996, completed post graduate specialist training in psychiatry in 2001.He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy. He has worked in a number of different mental health services in Victoria and overseas. Currently, he holds the position of lead consultant psychiatrist in the emergency department and consultation liaison services of Werribee Mercy Hospital. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, involved in medical student teaching. He is also an accredited supervisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists,supervising psychiatric trainees. He has strong interest in academic psychiatry and research, constantly updating his knowledge and skill in psychiatry. Dr Kumar is highly experienced in assessment and management of general adult psychiatric patients with a range of psychiatric conditions , including depression, bipolar affective disorder, various anxiety disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, social phobia, personality disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia and psychiatric conditions with coexisting medical conditions. He is very well experienced in managing patients using medications and psychotherapeutic interventions.

Dr. Anindya Banerjee

Consultant Psychiatrist .
Dr Anindya Banerjee is a consultant psychiatrist. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from University of Calcutta (India), MD (psychiatry) from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and research, Chandigarh (India) and Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP). He qualified as a psychiatrist in 2005. Having initially trained and qualified as a psychiatrist in a premier institute in Chandigarh, (India) , Dr Banerjee has been working in the field of mental health since 2003 . He has expertise in clinical psychiatry with interest in general adult psychiatry, and substance use disorders, particularly anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders and psychiatric disorders associated with medical illness. Apart from his work in clinical psychiatry, Dr Banerjee has a keen interest in academic psychiatry, with several research publications in international journals on depression, psychiatry in medically ill, schizophrenia and substance use disorders. He also has co-authored four book chapters and has presented papers in numerous scientific conferences.

Dr Alby Elias

Dr Elias is a Fellow of the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has completed advanced training in Geriatric Psychiatry .
He currently holds public hospital appointments as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Peter James Centre He is an accredited examiner for the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He also works for the University of Melbourne as Honorary Senior Fellow. His main areas of interest are Dementia and related psychiatric illness, mental health issues in Geriatric population and Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). He has multiple published papers in international and peer reviewed psychiatric journals in the field of ECT and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Indika Jayathilake

Consultant psychiatrist
She is a Fellow of the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and had undergone post graduate psychiatric training from Srilanka and in addition to that from the major hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.
She currently holds the post of Consultant psychiatrist at the inpatient Unit of Werribee Mercy Mental Health. Her interests are in General Adult Psychiatric issues, Depression and Mood disorders, Schizophrenia and psychosis, Personality disorders Work cover. She has special interest in Women’s Mental Health issues and is planning research in the field.
She is actively involved in teaching of psychiatry trainees /medical students at Werribee Mercy Hospital and has published and presented articles related to Antipsychotic medications and Clozapine .

Dr.Sujith Ayyappan

He is a Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist at Geelong University Hospital, visiting Clinical
Neurophysiologist at Western Health, Sunshine Hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Deakin University. He is a Fellowof the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Member of the Royal Collegeof Physicians of the United Kingdom.
Dr Ayyappan completed his neurologyadvanced training from the Geelong University Hospital and Monash MedicalCentre, and specialised in Clinical Neurophysiology from the Royal MelbourneHospital. He offers nerve conduction and electromyography (EMG) services at Emapthy health for a wide variety of neurologicaldisorders including carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, focalneuropathies, radiculopathies, motor neurone disease and myopathies, and specialised repetitive nerve stimulation and single fibre EMG studies forneuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia gravis.

Dr. Nyan Lynn

Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
Dr Lynn is a Consultant Neurologist who holds public hospital consultant position at The Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne and is a visiting Consultant Physician at the University Hospital, Geelong. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and member of Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurologists and American Association of Neuromuscular & Electro diagnostic Medicine.
He undertook his neurology training at the University Hospital, Geelong and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, with a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne.
He has a special interest and expertise in neuromuscular conditions, particularly peripheral neuropathies and myasthenia gravis. In addition to his private practice in Essendon and public hospital work, he is offering routine nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) as well as specialized repetitive nerve stimulation and single fiber EMG studies for neuromuscular junction disorders (e.g. myasthenia gravis) at Empathy Health Care in Werribee.

Dr Reshma Silas

Special interests
Developmental problems (Developmental delay, Learning difficulties, Challenges in behaviour)
Autism spectrum disorder
Neonatal problems
Management of chronic illnesses
Dr Silas is a specialist in Paediatrics and Children’s Health) and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine. She completed her specialist training through the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne. She has worked in Paediatrics and Neonatology at the Monash and Mercy Health Networks from 2011 onwards and currently holds a public hospital appointment as Consultant Paediatrician at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

She has had broad training and experiences in the management of a wide range of acute, developmental, and chronic illnesses. She enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary partnership with families, general practitioners, and allied health professionals to help children reach their full potential. In addition to caring for infants and children, Reshma is passionate about Education and Quality improvement in Health Care and has the Master of Health Professional Education and the Graduate certificate in Public Health.

Angela Chalmers
CMHN,MACMHN, Grad Dip Counselling,Dip Hlth Science

Psychiatric Nursing
Angela is a credential Mental Health Nurse with over 20 years of experience in mental health. Angela is the co-author of a published article on the use of sensory modulation in mental health. She has considerable experience in running groups and has an interest in working with people with anxiety related disorders using CBT approach.