Dandenong Neurology

Call Us: (03) 9791 1599

Location: 136 David Street Dandenong, VIC 3175

Our Specialists and Therapists

Team @ Dandenong Neurology


A/Prof Sanjay Raghav

Qualifications - MBBS, MD, DM, FRACP

He is an Associate Professor at RMIT and Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is a Senior Consultant Neurologist at Monash Medical Centre and Frankston Hospital. He is assigned supervisor and mentor to RACP trainees.

A/Prof Raghav has a special interest in Movement Disorders which include tremors, Parkinson’s Disease, Tics, Dystonia and Huntington’s Disease. In addition, he is involved in several research projects related to movement disorders at RMIT and Monash University. Several of his research papers and articles have been published in esteemed peer-reviewed medical journals and presented at National and International conferences. He is actively involved in teaching and training of Neurology Registrars and Fellows.

He is also Therapeutic Director at the Yarra Valley Living Centre, home of The Gawler Cancer Foundation. The Foundation runs lifestyle medicine retreats for people living with cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as general meditation and preventative health retreats.

A/Prof Raghav is a level 2 Yoga Teacher who has developed a special Yoga & Wellness program for Parkinson’s Patients and conducts weekly Yoga and mindfulness Classes. He is Visiting Professor at SVYASA Yoga University in Bengaluru, India. A/Prof Raghav has integrated Yoga, Mindfulness, Ayurveda and Naturopathy with mainstream medicine. He enjoys teaching patients and public how to enrich their lives with holistic living through a variety of workshops and seminars.

Hospital Privileges
Monash Health, Frankston Hospital, Jessie McPherson Hospital



Dr Tharani Thirugnana Chandran

Qualifications - BSc (Hons) MBChB MEd (Clin Ed) FRCP FRACP

Dr Tharani Thirugnana Chandran qualified from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her postgraduate training in Yorkshire in Geriatrics, Stroke and General Medicine, working as a Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

She completed her Neurology training in Melbourne and a fellowship in Stroke Medicine at Monash Medical Centre. She is currently undertaking a Translational Research PhD at Monash University. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Associations of Neurologists and Stroke Society of Australia and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr Thirugnana Chandran practices as a General Neurologist with specialist interest in Stroke.


Dr Laura Perju-Dumbrava

Laura is a neurologist with a passion for movement disorders.

She graduated in 2009 with an MD degree from the Medical University in Vienna. She also has a Ph.D. from the Medical University in her hometown Cluj in Romania. She came to Australia 10 years ago for a Movement Disorders fellowship in Monash Health and fell in love with the Australian way of life. She underwent physician training in Barwon Health, her advanced training in Western and Barwon Health. She completed two movement disorders fellowships in Monash Health and her expertise is in Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinsonian syndromes, dystonia and tremor management. She also works in Calvary Health focusing on neurodegenerative disorders such as Motor Neuron Disease.

She is a member of RACP, ANZAN, EAN, MDS, MDSANZ and ANZHS. She is actively involved in clinical and trial research, publishing a number of well-received articles. Other languages spoken are German and Romanian. She believes in an active lifestyle and is enthusiastic about physical exercise.



Dr. Ales Aliashkevich

Qualifications - MD, FRACS Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon

Dr Ales Aliashkevich is a highly skilled neurosurgeon, specialising in the surgical treatment of conditions involving brain, spine and peripheral nerves. His conservative philosophy aims to avoid surgery whenever possible by lifestyle modification and non-operative treatment in the first line. However, when all therapy options are exhausted, less aggressive ‘keyhole’-type interventions can provide a better solution than traditional surgery.

His experience in minimally invasive neurosurgery and more recent decade of developing image-guided and robotic strategies have proven the validity of this approach. Spinal fusions are increasingly replaced by motion-preserving interventions, which achieve faster return to normal activities and provide higher level of patient satisfaction in long term.

Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Surgery

  • Surgery and consultations for back, neck, sciatic leg pain and cervical radiculopathy
  • Minimally invasive and motion-preserving spinal surgery
  • Complex deformity spinal surgery
  • Spinal canal stenosis and myelopathy
  • Spinal tumours and vascular malformations
  • Carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve surgery

Vascular Neurosurgery

  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Vascular malformations of the brain and spine

Brain and Spinal Tumours

  • Gliomas, Metastases, Meningiomas, Schwannomas
  • Pituitary surgery

Operates at
Epworth Richmond, Epworth Eastern, Warringal Private, Peninsula Private, The Bays Mornington and Holmesglen hospitals.


Dr. Manoj Kanhangad

Qualifications - MBBS, FRACP

Dr. Kanhangad has 10 years of work experience, where Paediatric Neurology has formed part of his extensive training, coupled by academic achievements, including further training in Paediatric Epilepsy, in his capacity as George Gregan Foundation Fellow in Epilepsy, at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney.

During his Neurogenetics Fellowship, Dr. Kanhangad played an integral part in clinical trials in Neuromuscular Disorders.

His main interests include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Headache
  • Movement Disorders

Dr. Mina Ghaly

Qualifications - FRACP

Dr. Mina Ghaly FRACP is a highly qualified neurologist who has completed his neurology specialty training in Melbourne Hospitals. He is a General neurologist with special interest in Movements disorders. He is an active researcher in the field of Movement Disorders particularly, Parkinson’s disease.
He has expertise in Tremor, Dystonia and Parkinson’s disease’s management including ‘Device Assisted Therapy’ such as Apomorphine, Duodopa and Deep Brain Stimulation.

He sees patients with wide range of neurological conditions such as Stroke, Epilepsy, Headache, Multiple sclerosis, Neuropathy and Vertigo.

Dr. Ghaly is the Deep Brain Stimulation fellow at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a Movement Disorders Neurologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. Also, he can offer consultation in Arabic.

Dr. Ghaly is a member of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society (IPMDS), Movement Disorders Society of Australia and New Zealand (MDSANZ) and The Australian and New Zealand Headache Society(ANZHS).


Dr. Salar McModie

Qualifications - MD FRACP

Dr. Salar Mcmodie, MD FRACP, is a Melbourne trained adult neurologist undertook his physician training and speciality neurology training in different Victorian hospitals, followed by fellowship year in movement disorders at The Alfred hospital.

During his fellowship year at Alfred Hospital he was actively involved as researcher and sub-investigator in different multicentre clinical trials and research projects in movement disorders, in particular, Parkinson’s disease and PSP. Salar has a special interest in treatment and management of advanced Parkinson’s Disease, Tremor, Dystonia, spasticity, gait/balance problems and Botulinium toxin injection for treatment of movement disorders. Additionally, he sees patients with other neurological problems including headache, epilepsy, vertigo, neuropathy, stroke and multiple sclerosis.

A compassionate physician, Dr.Mcmodie takes the time necessary to ensure each patient’s concerns are addressed and he takes a holistic approach to the care of his patients, especially in light of the interconnectedness of mind and brain, and how physical illness can have emotional consequences. He concerns himself not only with treating the physical illness, but also minimising its effect on a person’s social life, family and mental health.

Salar holds a public appointment at Northern Hospital and is Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians(RACP), Australia New Zealand association Neurologists(ANZAN) and member of American Academy of Neurology(AAN) and International Parkinson and movement disorder society(MDS).

Salar ensures that patients see him in the first available time and offers short waiting times for new patients to see him for consultation. He can consult patients in English, Farsi/Persian and Kurdish.


Dr. Ravi Subramanya N.K.

Qualifications - MBBS, MD(Gen medicine) DM (Neurology), FRACP

A general Neurologist with equal interest in all aspects of adult neurology. Qualified as a neurologist in December 1984 in India and worked in a tertiary care centre attached to a medical college involved with patient care and teaching under and postgraduate medical graduates for next 10 years.

Subsequent 10 years were in Dubai as a specialist Neurologist. In the year 2015 came to Traralgon, Gippsland as an area of need specialist in Neurology and has been in providing outpatient care through Gippsland private consulting suites at Traralgon and supporting medical team at Latrobe Regional Hospital as VMO.

Degrees: MBBS, MD(Gen medicine) DM (Neurology), FRACP.

Membership: ANZAN

Married to Dr. Gayathri and we have a son, Thejaswi.

Hobby: painting portraits and landscapes.


Dr. Catherine Ding

Qualifications - MBBS, FRACP

She is a graduate of Monash University.

Her areas of interest are general neurology and movement disorders.

She is also pursuing Ph.D.


Dr. Saman Gardiya Punchihewa

Qualifications - MBBS,FRACP

Dr. Saman Gardiya Punchihewa Graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999. He has a special interest in neurology and neurophysiology with an emphasis in electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, epilepsy and autonomic studies. Dr. Punchihewa enjoys cricket during his free time.

Hospital Privileges:

Monash Medical Centre, Frankston Hospital, Box Hill Hospital

Board Certifications:



Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran

Qualifications - MBBS, FRACP

He is graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 and has been with Dandenong Neurology for the past 3 years.

He has Specialist qualifications in both Geriatrics and Neurology and sees patients referred with issues relating to General Neurology, Geriatric Medicine and Movement Disorders.

Hospital Privileges:

Monash Medical Centre, Kingston Centre, Epworth Hospital and Cotham Private Hospital.

Board Certifications:



Dr. Wajih Bukhari

Qualifications - MBBS, FRACP

Wajih has been extensively trained in Internal Medicine and especially in the field of Neurology. He has worked in various hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. His areas of interest initially included neurological disorders caused by the dysfunction of the immune system, for example, multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica etc. He now considers himself a general neurologist who takes pride in helping the patients with a complex set of problems. He gives particular importance to listening to his patients because he believes that the diagnosis, in most cases, lies in the description of the symptoms volunteered by the patients. He tries his utmost to give ample time to patients to unhurriedly describe their complicated neurological symptoms. He strives to combine the science of Neurology with the art of healing in his clinical practice. By using simple jargon-free language and examples from everyday life, he makes sure that the diagnosis and the plan of management are understood by his patients.

He has been working in a public hospital and in private clinics. He routinely looks after patients with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, headache, stroke and nerve diseases. He has been actively participating in teaching at the under and postgraduate levels. His most prized achievements are the notes of appreciation which his patients continue to express for him.


Dr. Mahi Jasinarachchi

Qualifications - MBBS, GradDip FRACP

She is a neurologist and a subspecialist in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders.

She obtained MBBS in 2005 with upper second class honors. After basic physician training at Frankston and Alfred Hospitals, and advanced training in neurology at Western and St Vincent’s Hospitals, she received Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her subspecialty training was on Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular disorders at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, where she had comprehensive training in large/small/autonomic nerve fibre testing, EMG sampling, single fibre EMG and tilt table testing. She has also had training on evoked potentials, sudomotor testing (QSART) and electroencephalography (EEG).

She has been actively involved in research at both Western and St Vincent’s hospitals on stroke and nerve disorders. She is also a PALF (Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum) graduate of American Academy of Neurology (class of 2013). She also has a graduate diploma in public health from Deakin University (2010). Her teaching experience extends from medical students and basic physician trainees to advanced trainees in neurology at the state level.

Dr. Jasinarachchi would be happy to see referrals for electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) including small fibre and autonomic testing. She will consult on neuromuscular disorders consisting of neuropathy, myopathy and neuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia gravis.

Hospital Privileges

Frankston Hospital, Knox Private Hospital




Dr Andrew Ma

Dr Andrew Ma is a neurologist currently also working at Monash Medical Centre. Dr Ma is able to assist patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including headache, stroke, epilepsy, neuropathy and vertigo. He has a special interest in movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease and tremor disorders). Through additional sub-speciality fellowship training in this field at Alfred Health and Monash Medical Centre, he has developed expertise and experience in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, as well as the use of Botulinum toxin injection for the management of movement disorders, chronic migraine and axillary hyperhidrosis.

He undertook his medical training through Monash University, and is now completing a Masters of Philosophy (By Research) where he is investigating novel techniques to diagnose and assess Parkinson’s disease using CT scans. Through this work, he has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, and was awarded the Professor John Morris Prize at the Movement Disorders Society of Australia and New Zealand annual scientific meeting in 2019 for his research.

He is a member of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Movement Disorders Society of Australia and New Zealand (MDSANZ).


Dr. Sangeeta Raghav

Qualifications - MD, FRANZCP

She worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Peninsula Health for more than 10 years, so brings rich experience and knowledge. She is the Director at Dandenong Psychiatric Group.

She has admission rights at Pinelodge clinic, where she provides both inpatient and outpatient services. She has wide experience having worked overseas, regional area- Ballarat and in metropolitan in acute, subacute and community setting.

She has special interest in adult women mental health covering a wide range of disorders including Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

Dr Raghav provides consultations to clozapine patients who are in GP shared care. She also provides Mindfulness based techniques and psychotherapy for various psychiatric disorders. Dr Raghav has also been trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation which has been an effective treatment in some of the psychiatric disorders.


Dr Ming Ziqiu

I acquired my MBBS in China in 1994. After working in China for eight years with the subspecialty experience in Cardiology and Intensive care, I moved to Australia in 2003. I worked in Baker IDI for five years doing basic cardiology research and reentered the clinical training program in 2010. I worked in The Canberra Hospital, Peninsula Health and Monash Health and completed basic physician training and Geriatric training and received my FRACP fellowship in 2018.

My areas of interest include diagnosis and management of cognitive impairment/dementia, falls, functional decline, incontinence, polypharmacy, pain aged psychiatric disorder, pain management, chronic wounds, cardiovascular disease in the elderly and helping the families and patients with complex psychosocial issues.

I speak Mandarin and English.


Dr. Ganga Ganesvaran

Qualifications - MBBS, FRACP

He is graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998.

He has Specialist qualifications in both Geriatrics and Neurology and sees patients referred with issues relating to General Neurology, Geriatric Medicine and Movement Disorders.

Hospital Privileges:

Monash Medical Centre, Kingston Centre, Epworth Hospital and Cotham Private Hospital.

Board Certifications:



Sarah Wilmot

It’s more than 18 years experience as a Speech Pathologist, Sarah has worked with a wide range of patients: in private practice and the public and private hospital systems, as well as Aged care. Her experience with Acute, Subacute, Rehabilitation and Community based therapy led her to become a principal associate for a leading private practice in Melbourne. She has now run her own practice “Speech Pathways” for over seven years. She also speaks to Universities and Drama Schools about Voice and Communication.

Sarah has a high level of experience in assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), speaking difficulties (dysarthria, dyspraxia, dysphasia) and voice (dysphonia).

She recently completed a several city tour of Australia through her national association Speech Pathology Australia. Her workshop was for other Speech Pathologists. “Practically Speaking” achieved high acclaim, as well as high degree of attendee satisfaction.

Sarah is an Alumni member of the University of Adelaide, LaTrobe University and Victoria University. She is a member of the Golden Key Association, an exemplary accomplishment only offered to the top 10% of University graduates. Sarah is a classically trained Singer and Voice Over Artist,  allowing her to combine the passion of art with up to date evidence-based science to provide exemplary care for her patients.

Memberships and Certifications: Speech Pathology Australia: Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma Creative Industries, Laryngological Society of Australia, Australian Voice Association, VASTA, Orofacial Myology,

Workshops Attended: Voicecraft for Speech Pathologists, Fitzmaurice, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique, Myofascial Release for Head and Neck, Voice workshop: Patsy Rodenburg, Extended Voice: Linda Wise, NIDA: The Presenters Voice, Swinburne University: The Professional Voice: Voice Over, Lessac-Madden Resonant Voice Training: Katherine Verdolini

National Speech Pathology Conferences Attended: Tracheostomy, Cervical Oscultation,  Speech Pathology Australia, Australian Voice Association, Diff’rent strokes, Absence and Presence: Voice, Voice And Speech Trainers Association Conference Singapore 2017

Presenter: “Practically Speaking” through Speech Pathology Australia, Vanuatu Nurse Education Program, PIP Program, Epworth Hospital “Finding a Voice” May 2018


Doreen Denny

A love for people and their well-being, has paved the way to work within the healthcare settings for many years, in both paid and voluntary roles, with organisations who have a deep sense of purpose. Central to this, is leading an active life with family and friends, coupled with many and varied interests.


Rochelle Martin

She has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is extremely passionate about patient care. She is responsible for the smooth working of the practice and is the link between staff, doctors and patients. Being a post-graduate in alternative medicine she is a strong believer in Integrated Medicine. Likes travelling and watching movies.


Ms Maanya

Maanya is a young and dynamic member of our team. She is aspiring to become a developmental psychologist and shows an interest in the care of children, mental health, and the wellbeing of our community. She is outgoing, bubbly and enjoys having a nice conversation with patients at the front reception, always ensuring they receive the best service possible.


Jenny Osmani

Jenny has been with Dandenong Neurology & Specialists Group since June 2017. She is a health care professional working as an assistant of specialized procedures for A/Prof Sanjay Raghav. She has also been working as a phlebotomist, technician for one of the biggest pathologies in Australia since January 2014.

Jenny enjoys every day working in the health industry and she is very caring, helpful and friendly with patients. Outside working hours, she loves spending time with her family and friends. On her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming and watching television.


Dr. Santosh Yadav

Qualifications - MD, ATMS, BAMS

He is an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

He has earned a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree from University of Lucknow and Post Graduate degree from the internationally reputed Banaras Hindu University in India.

Dr. Yadav is a specialist in the treatment of chronic illnesses, Kareli Panchkarma and neurological disorders. He has treated thousands of patients in India and Australia, many of whom were suffering from serious medical challenges. Dr. Yadav has a passion for combining Ayurveda with traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseases and improve the health of his patients.


Arpita Saluja

Qualifications - BSc, CertCHy, DCHy, MNLP, SleepTalk®

Arpita’s interest into sub-consciousness and it’s effect and important role in the field of mind and body healing motivated her transition from working in the corporate sector for over 18 years and to pursue her training in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the prestigious London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (LCCH), UK & Asia.

Arpita is trained and holds a Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) from the UK, certified by International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA) the UK. She is also trained in using Time Line as therapy.

Arpita utilised her acquired knowledge, experience and training in both Clinical Hypnotherapy & NLP to assist patients in (but not limited to) –

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety and Stress management
  • Weight Management
  • Nail Biting
  • Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Phobia/Fears
  • Insomnia/Disturbed sleep
  • Behavioural issues in childhood
  • Snoring
  • Hypnosis assisted birthing
  • Performance anxiety
  • Confidence building
  • Stuttering/Stammering

Dental-Bruxism, Gagging, Fear of needles and more recently in movement disorders mainly Parkinson.

Arpita is also professionally trained (intern) in Goulding Sleep Talk® for children, a powerful process of positive parenting that empowers and allows parents to improve and balance their childs behavior. She teaches parents to discover the Sleep Talk® process which allows them to improve their children’s behaviors, attitudes and habits

She has actively worked as a therapist in Australia, UK, Singapore and in India to help individuals achieve their desired goals and outcome in a positive way.

Arpita understands and appreciates diversity in individual thoughts, actions and behaviors and modifies and develops strategies to suit individual needs.

Arpita is a Professional member of Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA) and is on the National Hypnotherapists Register of Australia, is also a member of BSCH (British School of Clinical Hypnosis) (Assoc), UK and abides by the ethical standards of the associations.

Apart from the above, she has been involved in teaching, training and is also a tutor with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis Asia. She is compassionate and caring and works wonderfully well with children as well.

Arpita provides initial consultation of 20 mins free of charge, to explain and any therapy related queries patients might have.


Ms Nadine Stephenson

Qualifications - Psychologist

After nine years practicing as a psychologist, Nadine obtained her Master in Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University in 2017. Since then, she has begun working as a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar while still maintaining a smaller counselling caseload.

She has been fortunate to experience a range of hospital and community-based neuropsychology settings throughout her training, including a Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS). Her training and subsequent practice has allowed her to gain experience in working with neurodegenerative conditions such as dementias, stroke, acquired brain injury, substance-related cognitive difficulties and neuropsychiatric presentations. She has also undertaken practice with younger people relating to learning difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. She enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and is passionate about helping people to access the support they need to work towards a fulfilling and meaningful life.


Dr Jing Yanping

Qualifications - Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Chinese Herbal Medicine Dispenser

She was graduated from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1990. Being an Associate Professor in China, she has been practising Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine over 30 years. In the 1990s, selected by the Chinese government, she went to Switzerland to promote the use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat many patients.

She is good at acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, combined with the treatment of many complicated neurological diseases, such as: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Hemiplegia, Cerebellar ataxia, Multiple neuromyelitis optical, Epilepsy Headache , Tremors, Stroke with paralysis, Facial paralysis, Huntington’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Depression and anxiety, Dysfunction of immune system, etc,.

She now engages to combine the science of neurology with natural Chinese medicine and acupuncture in her clinical practice.
She believes that the main force fighting disease is the patient, not the doctor. To teach people how to live and prevent disease is better than cure one’s