Our Specialist Dermatologists
Dr. John Relic
Dr John Relic is a consultant specialist Dermatologist. John graduated from the University of NSW in 1977 and became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1986. John has been practising as a Dermatologist in Newcastle for over twenty years. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at the John Hunter Hospital as well as being a Visiting Medical Officer at many private hospitals in the Hunter Region. He completed a skin surgery course at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego in 1990 and takes a particular interest in skin surgery techniques.
John also performs skin rejuvenation treatments using the Sciton Profile Laser and Broadband Light machine.
Pediatrics is John's other area of special interest. John meets regularly with other Pediatric Dermatologists and conducts a Pediatric Dermatology clinic fortnightly at the John Hunter Hospital.
Dr. Sally de Zwaan
MBBS (Hons), PhD, BSc (Psych), FACD
Dr. Sally de Zwaan completed her Dermatology training both in Australia and overseas. Sally brings a wealth of experience to the clinic, with her expertise in many areas including medical, surgical and paediatric dermatology. She completed her medical degree at Sydney University and worked in Sydney hospitals for several years before spending 4 years training in Dermatology. She is a visiting medical officer to John Hunter Hospital where she runs a monthly clinic and is the Supervisor of Training for John Hunter Hospital/Royal Newcastle Centre Dermatology Registrars.
She also has a PhD in genetics of skin cancer and a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Psychology. Sally has undertaken research and written many articles for various Dermatology journals. She has also worked extensively with the AMA.
Sally is one of the few doctors in the region to be accredited to perform medicare-rebated injections for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and she has completed advanced training with Allergan in the use of muscle relaxing injections for fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Edwina Lamrock
MBBS (Distinction), FACD
Dr. Edwina Lamrock graduated with Distinction at the University of Newcastle, and was awarded the Faculty of Health Medal. Whilst undergoing her dermatology specialty training she has worked at various hospitals including Royal North Shore, Liverpool, Orange Base and John Hunter.
She has published articles in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has presented at the combined Australasian College of Dermatology and Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venereology.
In addition to working in private practice she is currently a Visiting Medical Officer in dermatology at the John Hunter Hospital where she is a Clinical Supervisor of the dermatology registrars and involved in training medical students. Edwina is trained in medical and surgical dermatology and has a particular interest in acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancers and hyperhidrosis.
Dr. Alicia Thornton
BSc MBBS (Hons), FACD
Alicia completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biological Anthropology prior to her medical degree at the Australian National University. She was awarded a university medal and the Graham Wilkinson prize for best medical student due to her commitment to rural health, education and student welfare, as well as academic success. As a doctor she continued her interest and commitment to rural health, completing her early training in Tamworth followed by appointments at Canberra Hospital and John Hunter Hospital as well as overseas voluntary work in Tonga, Samoa and West Africa. Alicia was drawn to Dermatology because of her passion for skin health for all ages from babies through to adults, and her interest in both surgical and medical specialties. She loves tailoring effective treatment for dermatological conditions and seeing the positive physical, social and psychological benefits for her paitents.
Dr. Alvand Amiri
Dr Alvand Amiri graduated from Charles University Medical School in Prague in 1998 After undergoing 5 years of dermatology speciality training, he then achieved a specialist degree in dermatology from Charles University Hospital and became a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology.
After that Dr Amiri moved to Queensland where he graduated with a Master of Medicine degree from the University of Queensland. Dr Amiri also gained his fellowship with the Australasian College of Dermatologists after his dermatology speciality training at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, The Skin Hospital in Sydney and successfully completing fellowship exams with the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr Amiri has been involved in teaching medical students, general practitioners and has published many articles in the Czech Republic Dermatology Journals and Australasian Journal of Dermatology.
Dr Amiri also presented at the International Academy of Dermatology and European Academy of Dermatovenerology.
Dr Amiri is trained in medical and surgical dermatology and his particular interests are skin cancers, skin cancer surgeries, inflammatory skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis and auto immune skin conditions.
Dr. Juliana Junger
Overseas Trained Dermatologist
Juliana was born in Rio de Janeiro and completed her medical and dermatology training in Brazil.
After finishing dermatology training Juliana worked in private practice for two years and was a Visiting Medical Officer to some of the major hospitals in Rio. Juliana also trained at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz Research Institute for six years where she researched and published papers on leishmaniasis.
Juliana obtained her Masters Degree in Infectious Diseases in Portugal where she also worked in the field of cosmetic medicine . After completing her Masters Degree Juliana worked as a dermatologist in Saudi Arabia.
Juliana commenced working in Australia as a trainee dermatologist in a rural area of need position in 2015. She was successful in passing the Area of Need examination with the Australasian College of Dermatologists and has now joined our team of professionals at Lotus Dermatology.
Dr. Vivian Tng
BSc(Med), MBBS, FRACGP
Vivian completed her medical training at the University of NSW in 1999 and in 1998 was awarded the Georgouras Prize for Dermatology. She has since undertaken training in various areas of medicine including dermatological surgery and procedures with the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Vivian was a GP registrar in dermatology at the Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital in 2009. Vivian was a medical educator in charge of the dermatology curriculum for general practice training. Vivian is currently in her final year of training as a Dermatologist with the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr. Linda Chan
MBBS, M.Med (Clin.Epi), DCH
Dr Linda Chan completed her Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of surgery in 2014. Since then, she has also completed a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at University of Sydney in 2018 as well as a Diploma of Child Health with university of Sydney in 2017.
Dr Linda Chan has worked as a dermatology research fellow and registrar at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, The Canberra Hospital and Westmead Hospital. She has been involved in clinical trials for a number of skin conditions including severe plaque psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, metastatic melanoma, pyoderma gangrenosum, cutaneous T cell lymphoma and hidradenitis suppurativa at Westmead Hospital.
She has published widely in peer reviewed journals including Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, and JAMA Dermatology on severe dermatological conditions including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Toxic epidermal necrolysis , PD-1 therapy and survival in metastatic melanoma. In 2019, she won the Eileen Collin’s Memorial Prize at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Dermatologists for her study on the survival and prognostic factors of cutaneous side effects for patients with melanoma managed with progressed death-1 receptor.
Dr. Emily Sideris
After completing her Bachelor of Arts/Law and Post Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Dr. Emily Sideris made the change to medicine completing her Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery at the University of Wollongong 2016. She has spent the last two years working in hospitals for Hunter New England Health and is currently undertaking her General Practitioner training. Emily has strong interest in dermatology and has performed research on dermatological conditions and published articles relating to dermatology in the Medical Journal of Australia and Health Promotion Journal of Australia.