Our Team


Dr Alex Phare

Dr Phare is the Practice Principal of the clinic.

A fully trained General Practitioner with an additional degree in Medical Biochemistry, Dr Phare has also undertaken extensive studies in Skin Cancer obtaining a Master of Medicine Skin Cancer degree from the University of Queensland.

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Our Doctors

  • Pursue on-going medical education to keep up to date with new developments in Medicine and Professional Guidelines

  • Several have science degrees or pharmacy degrees in addition to their Medical degrees.

  • Live in the community they serve and are committed to the Gippsland Region

  • Are Vocationally Registered ( ie have three years additional specialist General Practice training after graduating as doctors )

  • Are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Dr Lisa Gilbert

Dr Gilbert has additional training in Women’s Health and Emergency Medicine, and has undertaken Skin Cancer training with the Skin & Cancer Foundation in Melbourne.

Dr Gilbert is now focusing on expanding her training in Skin Cancer Medicine, whilst continuing to work as a General Practitioner.

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Dr Michael Abbott

Dr Abbott began his health career as a Clinical Pharmacist, moving from Melbourne to Gippsland in 2007 to work at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

He remained at LRH working as a pharmacist for 7 years whilst completing his medical studies, graduating from Monash University in 2014.

Dr Abbott has worked in both hospitals and General Practices across Gippsland after receiving a scholarship to remain in the area.

He has chosen to settle in Traralgon to work as a General Practitioner and to pursue extra training in Skin Cancer Medicine.

Ruth McFarlane

Ruth has a Master of Counselling degree and also has degrees in Science and Psychological Studies as well as Graduate Diplomas in teaching and couples counselling.

Ruth uses Inter-personal Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy frameworks to address client issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, relationship problems, and alcohol and other drug dependencies.

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Dr Richard Cristofaro

Graduated from Monash University in 1984, Dr Cristofaro then worked at The Alfred for a year and then trained in general practice before settling in Traralgon.

Dr Cristofaro has completed Skin Cancer training courses with Healthcert.

Dr Cristofaro’s medical interests include minor surgical procedures, such as removal of skin cancers and other skin lesions, small skin grafts and skin flaps.