makes us great
Dr Nicola Kettleton-Butler – Practice Principal
MBBS UQ | FRACGP | B. Sc App (Human Movement Studies-Exercise Management)
Dr Nicola Kettleton-Butler is a highly-regarded local GP who has been practicing on the Sunshine Coast for a number of years. As our Practice Principal and co-founder of Saltwater Medical, Nicola is an Australian-trained GP who graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. She went on to complete her specialist GP training and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2014. Nicola has a special interest in children’s, women’s and senior’s health and is well known for her caring nature and her thorough approach to patient care. Nicola also enjoys a range of general practice procedural work, including iron infusions and Implanon and Mirena insertions. Nicola is a keen sports fan (especially tennis, golf and rugby) and enjoys camping, fishing and the coastal lifestyle.
Dr Nicola consults Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She is not taking new patients at this time.
Dr Rick Allen
MBBS UQ | FRACGP | B.Sc (Mathematics/Physics)
Dr Rick Allen is a relatively new arrival to the Sunshine Coast, migrating here at the beginning of 2020 following 17 years of service with the RAAF. Rick is an Australian-trained consultant GP who graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. He went on to complete his specialist GP training and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2018. Rick has a special interest in aviation medicine, women’s and men’s health, sports medicine as well as sexual health and family planning. Rick also enjoys a range of general practice procedural work, including iron infusions and Aviation Medicals. He takes great pride in spending quality time with his patients to achieve exceptional collaborative care. Rick enjoys time with his wife and three kids in the pool or down the beach. He is a cricket and AFL fan and loves movies and music.
Rick consults Monday to Friday and is currently taking new patients.
Dr Deborah Vercoulen
MBBS US | FRACGP
Dr Deborah is a highly experienced doctor who has been practicing on the Sunshine Coast for a number of years. She is an Australian-trained, specialist GP who graduated from Sydney University in 2004 and who completed her consultant Fellowship in General Practice in 2010. As a passionate GP, she is dedicated to constantly updating her skills and knowledge. During her many years practicing on the Coast, Dr Deborah has gained an excellent reputation for providing dedicated, down-to-earth and compassionate care to her patients. She joined Saltwater Medical because of our laser-like focus on providing kind, generous care and service to our patients, as well as our genuine commitment to teamwork – an ethos which she shares. Dr Deborah enjoys women’s health and complex paediatrics and is also able to provide a range of procedures including iron infusions, Implanon and Mirena insertions/removals, skin checks and excisions. When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, reading and beach adventures.
Dr Deborah consults Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and is currently taking new patients.
Dr Lisa Beckett
MBBS GU | FRACGP | BBioMedSci | IBCLC | DCH
Dr Lisa is a caring and passionate doctor who recently relocated from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to settle down with her family. She is an Australian-trained, specialist GP who graduated from Griffith University in 2012, and who then went on to complete her consultant Fellowship in General Practice in 2019. Dedicated to furthering her medical skills and training, Lisa holds a Diploma of Child Health and she is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Lisa also enjoys mentoring and training junior doctors, medical students and GP registrars. Dr Lisa has a strong interest in reproductive and family medicine, including contraception, sexuality, fertility challenges, antenatal care and breastfeeding. She also has a special interest in helping new parents with the challenges of newborns and unsettled babies. When she’s not practicing medicine, Lisa loves being an artist, dancing and drinking good coffee. She enjoys cooking, reading and exploring tiny towns.
Dr Lisa consults Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and some Fridays and she is currently taking new patients.
Dr Thanu Shekar
MBBS MU (HONOURS) | FRACGP
Dr Thanu is an experienced consultant GP who relocated a few years ago from Melbourne to enjoy the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. She gained her Fellowship with the RACGP in 2012 and is in the final stages of completing her Masters in Skin Cancer through UQ. Thanu is a warm, down‑to‑earth GP with a diverse set of skills and training. She has a special interest in women’s and children’s health, along with skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Thanu also enjoys a range of general practice procedural work, including skin excisions, iron infusions and Implanon and Mirena insertions. Thanu enjoys the beach, coffee gelato and is also a tennis enthusiast. She played pennant level tennis fixtures and has officiated as a line umpire at the Australian Open Tennis Championship.
Dr Thanu consults Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is not taking new patients at this time.
Jenny Wright – Practice Nurse
Jenny is our wonderfully caring Practice Nurse and she brings a wealth of nursing experience to Saltwater Medical. During her career, she has held a broad range of general practice nursing roles. She has also worked in remote NSW indigenous communities, the defence force, and as a project manager for various government preventative healthcare projects. Nurse Jenny is a passionate advocate for immunisation and loves seeing all of the babies and kids that come through the practice. Jenny also enjoys wound care and working with diverse people at all stages of life.
In her spare time, Jenny dotes on her grand kids and loves our Sunny Coast beach lifestyle, bike riding and family life.
Jen Kettleton-Butler – Practice Director
MBA (EXEC), Dip Mgt, Ad Cert. GD
Jen is the Practice Director and co-owner of Saltwater Medical. She brings a wealth of business and leadership experience to Saltwater Medical and plays a significant role behind the scenes in developing our unique practice model and bringing the vision to life. Prior to starting Saltwater Medical, Jen enjoyed a fast-paced career in senior marketing and communication roles in Brisbane where she honed her business and leadership skills. Jen is a people-person who believes in the power of teamwork, respect, and collaboration to achieve amazing results. As a fourth generation descendant of the local Clarke fishing family, she also has strong ties to the Caloundra community which go back more than 100 years. She loves Caloundra and is also a passionate ocean woman and surfer who can be found out in the local lineups whenever she gets the chance.
Kathy Gauld – Front Office Manager
Kathy is our Front Office Manager and has worked for more than 2 decades in medical reception and practice management roles. She brings a wealth of experience, as well as wisdom and kindness to her role. Kathy oversees all aspects of our reception and front office operations and loves making our patients feel welcome and supported when they need to access our services.
Jo Glasscock – Senior Medical Receptionist
Jo is an experienced senior medical receptionist with an extensive background in hospital and general practice administration. She is kind hearted, warm and enjoys helping our patients, as well as supporting our doctors and the rest of the practice team.
Michelle Webb – Medical Receptionist
Michelle has a background in legal administration and joined the Saltwater team as a medical receptionist in early 2019. Michelle is professional and bubbly and she enjoys welcoming patients to the practice, and helping them to navigate the administrative side of their health journey.