After working as an intern at Fremantle Hospital he moved overseas, working in trauma and emergency medicine in Cork, Ireland, and then in Bristol and Cornwall in the UK. He then embarked on many diverse medical and travel experiences ranging from working with the Royal Australian Flying Doctor’s service in the Northern Territory with Indigenous communities to spending time ‘working’ in the Caribbean.
After nearly ten years of emergency work and travel between Ireland, Perth and Melbourne, Dr Jay spent a number of years in Fitzroy and Collingwood. He worked with the North Yarra Community Health Centre with a focus on complex social issues, refugee health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Jay soon swapped flat whites for fat rights and moved to the Surfcoast where he commenced collecting and restoring surfboards, chasing waves and reading daily swell charts. He joined the Karuna Maya Medicine team in Jan Juc in 2011. Aside from a passion for surfing and snowboarding Dr Jay has dedicated much of his life to the world of skateboarding doing everything from riding boards, consulting on skate park designs and writing articles on health and safety for ‘Australian Skateboarding Magazine.’
Jay has an immense interest and passion for medicine. “I value the importance of continuity in care and strive to see my patients on a regular basis as needed. I value the development of a doctor patient relationship. I believe in preventative medicine, and a holistic approach to health care in general.”
Dr Jay also has interests in providing advice in areas of travel medicine, mental health, men’s health and sports medicine. He has recently completed a qualification with the Australian Medical Acupuncture College. His interest in Cannabinoid Medicine arose in response to a community need for alternative pain relief and medication without the debilitating side effects of ‘conventional’ medicines. A lifelong interest and advocate of herbal and traditional medicine enabled him to now focus on medicinal cannabis as a viable and effective solution to issues such as pain, symptoms of cancer and its treatment, insomnia, anxiety and neurological disorders. Diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2009, he found the personal health benefits of Medicinal Cannabis too beneficial not to share while he is still able.
In 2021 he launched The Coastal Cannabis Clinic to specialise and focus on quality and personalised Cannabinoid Medicine to his Surfcoast community and beyond.