Meet our Allied Health Stars and Specialist Doctors

Meet our Allied Health Stars and Specialist Doctors

Mattea Palombo
Dietician – Adelaide Nutrition
Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and Master of Public Health
Commencing in March 2021, Mattea Palombo is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) nutritionist, health coach and Master of Public Health. She has been an APD for six years working in both hospital and community settings. In 2018 she completed her Master’s in Public Health.In her role as a dietitian, she brings care, love, knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm and passion in order to help the community be as healthy as they can be. She believes in eating healthy, sustainable, local and environmentally friendly food that nourishes her body. She’s passionate about sharing this belief with people from all walks of life and helping each person to achieve their individual nutrition and lifestyle goals.She has an interest in plant-based eating, weight loss, diabetes, high cholesterol, malnutrition in the elderly, FODMAPS, plant-based eating and sports nutrition.In her spare time, she loves to keep fit by going to the gym, cycling, running and learning to swim. She goes on multiday hiking trips and partakes in triathlons around South Australia.
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Dr Dan Spernat
Specialist Urologist
Dan is a Urological Surgeon operating at The Queen Elizabeth, Ashford, Flinders Private and Burnside Hospitals, South Australia. Dan is a past Chair of the South Australian Section of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, an Elected Member of the South Australian Regional Committee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and Director of Urology Training at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dan is a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Adelaide and a member of the American Urological Association and European Association of Urology.
Dan has Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, a Masters degree in Public Health, a Masters degree with Distinction in Education, an Associate Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration and an Associate Fellowship with the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Dan undertook specialist surgical train- ing in Adelaide, Darwin, New Zealand, Melbourne and Sydney. Following core Urology training, he completed a Fellowship in Prosthetic Urology and Uro-Oncology at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre.
Dan is a keen researcher with over 30 peer reviewed publications and he sits on the Editori- al Board of several journals. He regularly contributes to national and international meetings. Dan is the Australian representative for Fight Like a Man International – an international men’s health collaborative.His areas of special interest include Robotic Surgery, Prosthetic Urology, Uro-Oncology, Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy, Stone disease, Cosmetic Urology and General Urology.


Mark Richards
Mark Edwards is a registered psychologist with a wide range of psychological and relationship issue expertise.
He lectures at Flinders Medical School. He has over 30 years of clinical experience helping adults and teens with a wide range of psychological and relationship issues including:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression, Sadness and Loss of Enjoyment
    • School and Uni motivation issues
    • Work place issues
    • Relationship Counselling
    • Substance abuse and other addictions
    • Anger Management
    • Self-Esteem Issues
    • People Struggling and unable to change whatever the cause
Mark seeks long term positive results. He blends a wide range of classical and new psychological tools and techniques to help people with the complicated and frustrating issues of life. You will feel that from the first consultation.
Mark’s list of professional achievements include the following:
    • Roanoke College – Awarded Carl Beck Award for Excellence in Psychology
    • Ohio State University – Awarded National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship
    • Flinders University Medical School – Awarded Teacher of the Year, Division of General Practice
    • Australian Psychological Society (APS) Associate Member

Dr Paul Spizzo
Specialist gastroenterology services 
Dr Paul Spizzo is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Flinders Medical Centre, Tennyson Centre, Flinders Private Hospital and Calvary Adelaide Hospital. He has a special interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Dr Spizzo was born and raised in Adelaide. He graduated from medicine at the University of Adelaide in 2008. He trained in gastroenterology at Flinders Medical Centre and was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2015.
He completed a 3 year fellowship with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) and undertook a PhD in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. The focus of his PhD was investigating the impact of newer medical treatments on the course of IBD and improving the quality of life of patients with IBD.
Apart from inflammatory bowel disease, his other interests are general gastroenterology, including endoscopy and colonoscopy, bowel cancer prevention, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Dr Spizzo consults at Tennyson Centre, Flinders Private Hospital and Calvary Adelaide Hospital, and performs endoscopic procedures at the Tennyson Centre Day Hospital, Ashford Hospital and Flinders Private Hospital.

Rosie Haddad
Podiatrist – Foot and Sole Podiatry
Ms Rosie Haddad of Foot and Sole Podiatry is a friendly and passionate Podiatrist with extensive experience across all areas of Podiatry. Roseana’s experiences include assessment and management of patients with Diabetes and chronic disease; specialising in formulating care plans for the elderly; Paediatric Assessments; Sport related injuries; Nail surgery and general nail and skin care of the feet.
Roseana Haddad graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Podiatry degree with first class Honours in 2005. She is a fully qualified Podiatrist that has worked in various Podiatry settings between South Australia and Victoria including Private Practices, Community health centres, Multi-disciplinary allied health practices, Public Hospitals, outreach clinics and Residential Aged Care Facilities for the past 15 years.
Since returning to her hometown of Adelaide she has established a new boutique practice in the beautiful suburb of Torrensville, South Australia. Along with working at Foot & Sole Podiatry, Roseana provides services to various Aged Care Facilities and Retirement Villages around Metropolitan Adelaide.
Roseana enjoys mastering her skills and extending her knowledge base in all aspects of Podiatry. She is constantly seeking opportunities to diversify and refine her Podiatry skills by attending various conferences and Podiatry workshops around Australia and completing courses in dry needling, trigger point therapy, techniques in foot and ankle strengthening, prolotherapy, foot mobilisation and manipulation.
Roseana strives to make a difference in her patient’s everyday life. She looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goal whether it is reducing foot pain, improving the way the foot functions, prevent injury to the feet and generally making your feet more comfortable.

Associate Professor Nick Brook
Specialist Urological Surgeon

EastWest Urology


A/Prof Nick Brook is a consultant urologist with private practice at Calvary North Adelaide and Ashford Hospitals. Nick consults at North Adelaide, the Hills, and the South Coast, and undertakes Day Case lists at Glenelg and Seaford. He holds appointments at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (senior staff specialist) and at the University of Adelaide (Associate Professor in Surgery).
Nick undertook a urological cancer fellowship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 2008-2009, and was appointed as a consultant in Adelaide in 2009. He holds Fellowships of both the UK (FRCS Urol) and Australasian (FRACS Urol) Colleges of Surgeons, a Doctor of Medicine higher degree by research (MD) and has extensive basic science training (Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees).
He is trained in all aspects of adult urology and has a special interest in urological cancers. He has wide experience in the management of prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer, including minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. Nick recently spent a six-month, full-time sabbatical clinical fellowship in Europe undertaking advanced robotic prostate and kidney surgery.
Nick is also a high-volume robotic and open cancer surgeon, and performs high and low dose rate brachytherapy for prostate cancer, so is able to offer patients all current options for urology cancer treatment.
His research interests encompass novel treatments for prostate and kidney cancer, and he is the lead urologist on a number of clinical trials based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is the Director of Urological Cancer at the RAH Urology department, and is Chair of the urological cancer multidisciplinary team there.