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Dr Chris Lekich

Dr Chris Lekich is the Medical Director of Vein Doctors Group. Dr Lekich has a background in Microsurgical techniques and was trained by world-renowned Microsurgeon, Professor Earl Owen. He is a Fellow and the Past Vice-President of the Australasian College of Phlebology. Dr Lekich continues to educate doctors in the treatment options and techniques for Varicose Veins.

As well as offering a comprehensive modern non-surgical treatment for varicose veins, Dr Lekich established a pregnancy vein service to support women with varicose veins during pregnancy.

Dr Nicholas Teo

Born in Singapore, Dr Nicholas Teo moved to Queensland to study medicine at the University of Queensland and fell in love with sunny Queensland where he has lived, trained and worked for the past 10 years. Dr Teo graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in 2015.

Dr. Teo has worked at the Gold Coast University Hospital, the Toowoomba Base Hospital and at the St Andrews Hospital in Toowoomba.  He gained solid experience with acute medicine and cardiac emergency units, aiding the development of the Rapid Access Heart Centre at St. Andrews Hospital. His time treating emergency cardiac issues led to an interest in studying an ultrasound course and becoming a member of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.

 

Dr Stuart McMasterDr Stuart McMaster

Dr Stuart McMaster joined the vein doctors group in 2019, having previously worked with Dr Lekich in providing an outreach vein clinic in Mackay in the early 2010s, and provided vein treatment services to patients on Brisbane’s North Side since the mid 2000s.

Dr McMaster graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1987, working initially as a general practitioner and rural hospital clinician and obtaining general practice fellowship (FRNZGP) in 1991.

Dr Jane

Dr Jane Cross

Dr Jane Cross is a vascular, endovascular and general surgeon working in North Sydney.

Dr Cross was awarded a Master’s degree from Cambridge University, UK. She then completed her medical education in London where she graduated with a distinction in her MBBS (University of London). She undertook an internship in London and residency in Bristol before being accepted onto the Oxford Basic Surgical Training Programme.

Dr. Chris Lekich

Dr Lekich is the Medical Director of Vein Doctors Group. He changed career paths from pursuing an eye career to the treatment of venous disease following the serious complication of a blood clot his then-wife had with varicose veins during pregnancy. As well as offering a comprehensive modern non-surgical treatment for varicose veins, Dr Lekich established a pregnancy vein service to support women with varicose veins during pregnancy.

Further, he explored the specialised Open Ended Vasectomy to offer this service to the partners of his female patients who have to stop the oral contraceptive pill due to their varicose veins.After completing his medical degree in 1991 from the University of Queensland, Dr Lekich worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a resident for three years. As a senior medical officer, he completed numerous country hospital rotations as a relieving Medical Superintendent. At Royal Brisbane Hospital his focus was on surgical/procedural-based specialisations.

Further, he has a strong background in Emergency Medicine and eyes namely the retina.Dr  Lekich’s four (4) year fellowship training with the peak body for non-surgical management of venous disorder in Australia was with the Australasian College of Phlebology. This meant that Dr. Lekich had achieved the highest level of structured advanced training for this modern non-surgical treatment of venous disorders in Australia.

To enable Dr Lekich to deliver the best possible ultrasound assisted treatment of varicose veins, he has undergone formal training by way of Certificate of Ultrasound in Phlebology (C.U.P): Introductory Course and Certificate of Ultrasound in Phlebology (C.U.P): Advanced Course.Dr Lekich’s supervisor during his advanced training was A/Prof Kurosh Parsi who is the Australasian College of Phlebology President, Vice President of the International Union of Phlebology and a PhD Researcher.

Other mentors of note are Australasian College of Phlebology founding members Dr Thibault, the father of Phlebology in Australia (NSW), Dr Loizou (Victoria) and Dr Jenkins (NSW).

Dr Lekich regularly attends conferences and on-going education seminars. He regularly speaks at scientific meetings and conferences and is involved in delivering workshops training doctors. Further Dr. Lekich is a preceptor, mentor and supervisor for phlebology trainees.

Apart from the study of medicine, whilst working full time, Dr Lekich has furthered his university education completing a postgraduate law degree (Juris Doctor) from Bond University in 2004 inspired by the medical indemnity crisis. He then completed the Bar Practice Course at the Queensland University of Technology in 2005 and was admitted as a Barrister in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2005.

He completed his Masters of Business Administration also at Bond University and has been an Assistant Professor in the Bond University Medical School, Gold Coast Australia.Additional to Dr. Lekich’s venous work, he was trained by the pioneer of the specialised form of vasectomy Dr. Bruce Errey of the 30,041 Open Ended Vasectomy fame. This approach to vasectomy is very specialised and performed by a small percentage of doctors. This form of vasectomy is designed to minimise post vasectomy congestion pain and is more readily reversible should circumstances change.

This Open Ended Vasectomy service complements the care Dr. Lekich provides his female vein patients so that they can stop the oral contraceptive pill.Further Dr Lekich has been trained to perform microsurgery personally at the microscope over three years by the Father of Microsurgery, Professor Earl Owen. Professor Owen performed the world’s first hand and double hands transplant and the collaborator of the first face transplant. This microsurgical training enables Dr Lekich to successfully reverse vasectomies.Dr Lekich is a devoted father of three children and he enjoys influencing them to the best young adults they can be. His other languages include fluent Croatian and Serbian.

The following are Dr Chris Lekich’s professional Society Memberships:

  • Preceptor Graduate School of Medicine-Clinical and Scientific Teaching -1997
  • Australian Medical Association -National Membership-Current
  • Australian Medical Association -Queensland Branch Membership- Current
  • Gold Coast Medical Association- Current
  • Clinical Ophthalmic Workshop Mentor Programme – Princess Alexandra Hospital July 2004
  • Admitted Supreme Court Queensland as Legal Practitioner, March 2005.
  • Member Queensland Bar Association 2005 – Current
  • Assistant Professor Medical School Bond University 2005-2010
  • AHPRA Medical Board of Australia Registration- Current
  • Member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Member of the Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP)-Current
  • Preceptor for Australasian College of Phlebology Basic and Advanced Training-Current
  • Member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Phlebology -Current
  • Member of the Medico legal Society of Queensland-Current
  • Board Member of the Australasian College of Phlebology -Current
  • ACP Chair of the Australian Medical Council Specialist Accreditation Committee-Current
  • ACP Member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee -Current
  • ACP Member of the Ethics and Standards Committee-Current

Dr Gilles Laur

Dr. Giles Laur

Gilles is a dedicated French Medical Doctor, a native from the Caribbean Islands.

Born in Martinique in the Caribbean Islands, he moved to France when he was 7 years old.  He grew up in the south of France in Perpignan close to the Spanish border.

He attended the University of Medicine in Montpellier, which is the oldest medical faculty in the world.

During his time at the University, he ran a medical documentary program on a local TV to educate the community about health issues and demystifying ophthalmologic surgeries.

He also created a radio program to reinforce communication between medical students and teachers.

For 3 years, he ran the inter-universities sporting games which attracted 7,000 students.

Gilles studied his specialty in General Practice at the University of Reims, known for holying French kings and being the world producer of Champagne.

During this time, he held important functions in the stroke management unit, infectious disease, vascular medicine and emergencies. He got offered a position be on the board of the hospital. But, he declined as his dream was to go to Australia.

He graduated with honours in his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Reims, and went on a journey to test himself in the most remote and medically underserved areas of France. One of his most challenging positions was being the only doctor of the town responsible for the aged care facility and the rural hospital.

Thereafter, he moved to Australia where he had undergone a thorough training in skin cancer medicine and surgical management, which he has been practising for the last 10 years. He worked all over the east Coast from Cairns to Albury as well as in Victoria.

Seeing the impact that swollen legs and varicose veins could create in the quality of life of patients, Gilles completed fellowship training through the Australasian College of Phlebology under the guidance of Dr Anne Padburry, Dr Lisa Marks, Dr Paul Hannah and Dr Chris Lekich.  Dr Chris Lekich also mentored and provided Gilles with specialised one-on-one training in Lipoedema surgical management.

Dr Gilles Laur is known to lead a holistic approach of medicine aiming to take into consideration clinical, biological, psychological and social factors relevant to the care of each patient's illness.

His motto: “be the care you want for yourself and your family”.

Gilles holds today 3 fellowships in 3 different specialities on top of his doctorate.

Being a doctor is a life-long journey of learning. Gilles has enrolled in 3 different masters in the most prestigious universities of Australia, to deepen his understanding of the human body. He is now studying a master of surgery alongside a master in clinical ultrasound as well as finishing his master of skin cancer medicine.

After working across Australia, Dr Gilles Laur decided to call Gold Coast home, where he can enjoy the sunshine and the beach lifestyle with his family.

Outside of medicine, he continues his artistic pursuit in jazz music, drawing, painting and martial arts, which he started at seven years old.

 He won several competitions in Judo and as semi-professional boxer. He was one of the national French leader instructors in Wing Tsun Kung Fu, providing workshops to the army for close combat techniques.

His other interests lie in philosophy where the primary concern is the questioning of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, ethics and truth.

 

Dr Nicholas Teo

Born in Singapore, Dr Nicholas Teo moved to Queensland to study medicine at the University of Queensland and fell in love with sunny Queensland where he has lived, trained and worked for the past 10 years. Dr Teo graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in 2015.

Dr. Teo has worked at the Gold Coast University Hospital, the Toowoomba Base Hospital and at the St Andrews Hospital in Toowoomba.  He gained solid experience with acute medicine and cardiac emergency units, aiding the development of the Rapid Access Heart Centre at St. Andrews Hospital. His time treating emergency cardiac issues led to an interest in studying an ultrasound course and becoming a member of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Working as a GP for two years, Dr. Teo saw firsthand how severe the impact of having painful, swollen legs could be. He witnessed the transformative potential modern Phlebological treatment could have in combining ultrasound skills with the cutting edge treatment of chronic venous disease and leg ulcers.

Dr. Teo further cemented his qualifications to treat spider veins and varicose veins by becoming a certified sclerotherapist, working towards a Fellowship with the Australasian College of Phlebology. Outside of medicine, Dr Teo has lived and studied in Singapore, in the USA and in Canada. He enjoys swimming, snowboarding, and spending time on the beach with his family.  

 

Dr Paul VarcoeDr. Paul Varcoe

Dr Paul Varcoe received his medical degree from Melbourne University in 1979. After a satisfying career in General Practice, he then commenced full-time work in the emerging specialty of Phlebology (venous disorders). He trained under Dr Paul Thibault, who was the founding President of The Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP).Since opening The Leg Vein Clinic, Gold Coast, in 1995 and joining Vein Doctors Group in 2015, he has been actively involved in education and has presented papers at both national and international conferences.

Dr Varcoe has been a Member of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia (SSA) since 1995, a Council Member of the SSA since 1998 and Vice President of SSA (now ACP) from 1999 - 2002. He is one of only four Fellows of the Australian College of Phlebology in Queensland. He was also one of the two Conference Convenors for the 6th Annual Scientific conference for the ACP.

Dr. Paul Varcoe has a particular interest in the training of doctors wishing to learn about phlebology and conducts regular preceptorships to provide one-on-one training for doctors. He has been the local Phlebologist on the Gold Coast for 20 years and is extremely passionate about delivering both comfortable treatment and great aesthetic results for his patients.

Dr JaneDr. Jane Cross

Dr Jane Cross is a vascular, endovascular and general surgeon working in North Sydney.

Dr Cross was awarded a Master’s degree from Cambridge University, UK. She then completed her medical education in London where she graduated with a distinction in her MBBS (University of London). She undertook an internship in London and residency in Bristol before being accepted onto the Oxford Basic Surgical Training Programme. Having gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS), she was then accepted onto the Oxford Higher Surgical Training Programme where she underwent specialist training in both General and Vascular Surgery. During her training she completed a Medical Doctorate degree at University College London (UCL). She was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before competing clinical fellowships in Paris and Sydney. She gained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and has worked at consultant level in Lismore, northern NSW, for the past seven years. She has recently made the move to Sydney and has happily worked at our North Sydney clinic ever since.

Her specialist areas include arterial, venous, aneurysmal, fistula, carotid, hernia, cholecystectomy, laparoscopic, skin and breast surgery.

Stuart McMasterStuart McMaster

Dr Stuart McMaster joined the vein doctors group in 2019, having previously worked with Dr Lekich in providing an outreach vein clinic in Mackay in the early 2010s, and provided vein treatment services to patients on Brisbane’s North Side since the mid 2000s.

Dr McMaster graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1987, working initially as a general practitioner and rural hospital clinician and obtaining general practice fellowship (FRNZGP) in 1991. Emigrating to Brisbane in 2003, he then pursued special interests of Skin Cancer medicine and Phlebology to add to his general practice skills. As one of the first cohort of doctors to graduate with the Australasian College of Phlebology, Dr McMaster gained his experience particularly under the mentorship of Dr David Jenkins in Sydney, as well as Dr Kurosh Parsi, Dr Paul Thibault and Professor Lourens Bester.

Dr McMaster continues to practice and has substantial clinical experience in the use of all of the modern non surgical means to treat both varicose and surface veins. He also manages other venous problems of the lower limbs such as venous malformations, superficial phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis. As well as this he maintains a broad interest in General Practice, Emergency medicine, rural and remote medicine and skin cancer medicine.

Dr McMaster has held positions as an Examiner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and the Chief Censor with the Australasian College of Phlebology.

My philosphy is to treat venous diseases in the most efficient and effective manner possible, while avoiding unnecessary and potentially harmful interventions. I aim to give every person who attends an improvement in their knowledge of venous disease, an improvement in their symptoms and appearance of their veins, and a better quality of life.

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