Meet the Clayton Road Doctors Team

Adjunct Associate Professor Peter Tipping

MBBS(Hons), BMedSci, PhD

A/Prof Peter Tipping graduated from Monash University in 1975 and trained at Prince Henry’s Hospital. He has over 30 years experience in general practice and has been working in Clayton for the past 22 years. He is the practice principal at Clayton Road Doctors. His areas of special interests are kidney disease, immunology and travel medicine.

He has been an active clinical academic at Monash University since completing a PhD in 1985 and has published more than 120 research articles. He was an NHMRC Research fellow for 20 years and continues his research interests in inflammation and immunology as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is also a member of the Senior Medical Staff at Monash Medical Centre.

Availability times:
Tue: 9.00am-5.00pm, Thu: 9.00am-5.00pm

Dr. Andrew Mau


Dr Andrew Mau graduated from Melbourne University in 1993. He worked and trained in various hospitals including Royal Children’s, Austin, Frankston and Dandenong Hospitals. He has an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy.

He has been working in general practice in Clayton since 2000 with Clayton Road Doctors. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at Malvern Private Hospital.

His special areas of interests are general practice, general counselling, family therapy, men’s health, holistic health, mental health, and recovery from addiction.

Availability times:
Wed: 8.30am-4.00pm, Fri: 8.30am-5.00pm, Sat: 9.30am-5.00pm

Dr. Helene Owzinsky

MB., BCh (Witwatersrand)

Dr Owzinsky graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1970.  She completed her internship in medicine and surgery and gained further experience in paediatrics and anaesthetics at Bargwarath Hospital in Soweto. She emigrated to Australia in 1981 and completed the foreign medical graduate’s examination in 1983. She has worked in Emergency Department at PANCH hospital in Preston and in Juvenile Justice system at Turana Youth Training Centre (now Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre). She commenced in General Practice in Clayton in 1993 and has worked at Clayton Road Doctors since it opened in 2000.

Her special areas of clinical interest are chronic disease management and mental health. She summarises her professional ethos thus: “I am committed to ongoing learning in my field and appreciate the privilege given to me by my patients in allowing me to journey with them”.

Availability times:
Mon, Wed, Thu: 10.00am-4.00pm

Professor Neil Spike


Prof Neil Spike graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 and completed his internship at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He worked as a solo GP in Brisbane for 12 years, and along side a successful academic career, he has continued his commitment to General Practice on a part time basis.  He has worked at Clayton Road Doctors since 2005 and his particular areas of clinical interest are child and adolescent health and counseling.

Since 1992, he has worked full-time in medical education, including in the Department of General Practice at Monash University (2002 – 2009) and head of department for 5 years.  He is currently Director of Medical Education and Training with VMA, where he develops and coordinates vocational GP training programs in the Melbourne region. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.

Availability times:
Tuesday : 1.30-5.30pm

Dr Donna Henderson

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, Graduate Cert Higher Education

Dr Donna Henderson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1987 and worked in several Eastern suburbs hospitals including Box Hill, Angliss and Peter James (Eastern Suburbs Geriatric Centre) while completing her FRACGP. Donna then worked in General Practice for several years in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne before being attracted to the field of disability medicine.

Dr Henderson has worked for over 15 years in developmental disability, based at the (Monash) Centre for Developmental Disability Health (CDDH) where she has been involved in medical student teaching, research and advocacy around the health issues for people with developmental disability.  She was the founding Secretary of the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) and has been active in influencing health funding policy for people with disabilities.

Dr Henderson has special interests in the holistic management of people with disabilities, especially children and their families.  Dr Henderson is also a registered Primary Care Stepping Stones Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Provider, having completed the professional training course in 2014.

Availability times:
Monday 8.30am-4.00pm, Tuesday 8.30am-12.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-3.00pm

Dr Shima Tajik


Dr. Shima Tajik graduated from medicine in 2002 in Iran. She moved to Australia in 2009 with her family. Since then, she has been working as a General Practitioner in rural areas of Tasmania and in rural/metropolitan areas in Melbourne. She got the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners ( RACGP ) in 2012.

Dr Shima has a special interest in Women’s, young adults’ and Children’s Health, as well as Chronic Disease management.

She is an affiliated GP to the department of General Practice, Monash University. As a GP supervisor, she is providing clinical teaching and supervision to medical students at Clayton Road Doctors. She has also been an examiner o the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. (RACGP)

Dr Ridhish Pitalia


Dr Ridhish Pitalia was born and raised in a family of doctors in India. After completing a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in 2008, Ridhish worked in India for 2 years before moving to Australia in 2011. Ridhish first settled in Perth, where he worked at Royal Perth Hospital for nearly four years and completed the Australian Medical Council examination.

After establishing a career in the Australian Health System, Ridhish entered General Practice training in the Northern Territory in 2017. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners in 2019 before moving to Melbourne with his family.

Ridhish is skilled in all areas of General Practice and has a special interest in the fields of Chronic Disease Management, Preventative Medicine, Skin Cancer Medicine, Mental Health and Women’s and Children’s Health.

Ridhish is committed to delivering excellent healthcare to patients of all ages and health conditions. He believes in providing holistic care that works to incorporate his patient’s point of view. He has strong communication and interpersonal skills and is well known for his friendliness.

When not in clinic, Ridhish enjoys spending time with his children, sweating it out on the badminton court, cooking and watching movies.