Our Doctors at Malanda Medical Care
Dr Catriona Arnold-Nott
Catriona grew up in Canberra, and studied a combined degree in arts and medicine at the University of Sydney. Together with her husband Peter, she has spent most of her 25 year career working in Northern Australia. During that time Catriona has earned further qualifications in rural and remote general practice, sexual health and family planning, as well as public health medicine.
Catriona, Peter and their three children settled on a small farm outside of Millaa Millaa in 2009. Setting up Malanda Medical Care has fulfilled a lifelong dream for Catriona. She is passionate about whole-person wellbeing, while at the same time nurturing a fun and friendly workplace.
Catriona's other interests include dabbling in foreign languages, amateur acting, baking bread and making cheese, organic veggie farming and bush walking.
Dr Peter Arnold-Nott
Pete runs our outreach clinic at Millaa Millaa on Wednesdays, and enjoys doing most of our more complex skin surgery. When he isn't at work he is chasing cows around the farm in Millaa Millaa.
Dr Jess Adams
Jess is a born and bred Cairns girl who spent alternate weekends visiting family here on the Tablelands. Jess moved to Victoria to study medicine at Monash University. During her time in Victoria she found her niche in rural general practice and trained in East Gippsland. Jess finally came home to North Queensland in 2014. Her specialist diploma in palliative medicine enables her to provide compassionate care for all her patients in their greatest time of need.
Jess and her family have finally achieved their dream of finding a farm with all the work and joy that a farm involves.
She also enjoys exploring for native orchids, digging in her garden, and baking sweet and savoury delights!
Dr Jeni Davila Mendez
Jeni grew up in Mexico where she completed her degree and began a specialty in obstetrics. Her career plan underwent an unexpected turn when she married an Australian man and moved to a small farm near Mossman, enjoying the tropical North Queensland rural lifestyle. Jeni's interest in medicine stems from her childhood. Her father had a small General Practice clinic, and when not at school she was often by his side helping him attend to patients. Her career has been inspired by the delight and satisfaction she experiences each time she is able to assist a patient to achieve wellbeing. On weekends Jeni likes to help out on the farm, particularly cultivating exotic tropical fruits.
Dr Kerry Kelly
Kerry studied at the University of Queensland before starting an adventurous worldwide career in medicine. She has worked in Russia, New Zealand, Ireland and Africa. Kerry spent 20 years at the Mater Hospital ICU in Townsville whilst raising a big family. Kerry lives in Topaz on the family farm, a legacy of love for her growing family and grandchildren.
Kerry joins our team every Friday and brings her specialised skill and care to our family practice.
Dr Claire Tjoakarfa
Claire did her medical training in Melbourne, but moved to Cairns in 2020 to seek out a tropical lifestyle. She has been working in Cairns Hospital, but is excited to have moved to join us up here on the Tablelands.
Claire has joined our team as a GP registrar in training, under the supervision of our experienced GP team.
Claire is particularly interested in hearing her patients' life stories and learning how to care for people from a whole person perspective.
In her spare time, Claire likes to go bushwalking with her husband Chris discovering new exciting places. Claire is also an excellent baker, which we are discovering to our delight.