Affiliated Doctors

Dr Matty Moore

Dr Matty Moore grew up in Austin, Texas. He started his medical career in the US, working as a rural GP and then opening his own practice. Matty and his family moved to Queensland in 2010 where he worked in an Emergency Department. Matty and his family then moved to WA where he’s now the SMO (Senior Medical Officer) in Busselton Emergency Department and a GP at Dunsborough Medical Centre.

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His interest in medicinal cannabis stems from the movement and acceptance of it’s properties in the United States and around the world. He was looking for alternative treatments for several conditions whose management became quite stagnant and frustrating.

After Government legislation in 2016 which allowed GP’s to prescribe cannabis, Matty began to educate himself on the history of cannabis, the cannabis plant, and the endocannabinoid system.

When he’s not caring for patients you can find Matty riding his mountain bike or spending time with his family in a serene outdoor environment.


Dr Shamistra Barathan

Dr. Shamistra Barathan graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in London in 2000 and worked in the United Kingdom and New Zealand before settling here in Melbourne. She has over 20 years of experience in practising medicine and has specialised in nutritional and environmental by completing a degree with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM).

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Dr. Shami is passionate about the holistic approach to healthcare. She has seen patients transform their health beliefs by managing their stress levels, eating a whole food diet, managing nutrient deficiencies, supporting their gut health, exercising more, and addressing their inner needs in life. This results in long-term, sustainable results.

She soon realised that this requires a team approach. So, she found like-minded practitioners to join Usawa and has never looked back. She works with a dietitian, counsellor and hypnotherapist, yoga therapist, and mindset coach. The practitioners work together to help the patient achieve their health goals.

Dr. Shami practises what she preaches! She meditates daily, plays the piano, practises yoga, is a mountaineer, a traveller, and is involved in charity work in her spare time.

Areas of interest: Gut Symptoms e.g. bloating, constipation, IBS, Mental health e.g. Anxiety and Depression, Weight gain, Female Hormones e.g. Endometriosis and PCOS, Thyroid disorders.

Dr Shamistra Barathan is currently the Vice President of ACNEM.

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Dr Cristina Cooper

Dr Cristina Cooper has a passion for vibrant health and helping people create sustainable life changes. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 and made Australia her home 9 years ago.   She specialised in nutritional and environmental medicine and techniques to re-pattern the subconscious mind and connect with the wisdom of the body. 

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She loves to foster self-empowerment in a space of non-judgement; to help folks come home to themselves and move beyond shame and illness into possibility.  Dr Cristina is also a certified sex and pleasure coach.

Key areas of interest:

Embodiment, Medicinal Cannabis,  Gut health, fatigue, nutritional approaches to mental healthautism and ADHDbio-identical hormones, menopause, andropause, remediating environmental toxicity, adrenal and thyroid health, stress management, nutritional supplements (including intramuscular and intravenous vitamins and compounded formulas for adults and children)

She is trauma-informed and is LBGQIT+ friendly.

Dr James Connell

Dr James Connell (MBBS, FRACGP) aka Dr Jim is an Australian RACGP accredited General Practitioner and currently the President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. He is passionate about people and individualised medical care. He is sociable and enjoys getting to know his patients; taking the time to hear their stories. 

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While growing up on a farm on the Murray River in NSW, he discovered a love of being outdoors and playing sport. Dr Jim is married and has a happy and energetic two-year-old daughter.

When he is not with his patients or working on his latest ‘big idea’ he will be foraging in nature with his family. Dr Jim and his wife named their medical practice Forage Medicine & Lifestyleafter after watching their daughter collect items while exploring nature to make ‘medicines’ for her teddies.

Dr Connell is committed to finding the most suited treatments to provide relief for his patients so they can live the life they most enjoy. His patients often comment on his exceptional bedside manner, his kindness, and the way he always greets you with a smile.

Dr Jennifer Rothfield

Dr Jennifer Rothfield is a General Practitioner at NEXT Practice in Prahran.  With a passion for helping patients achieve better health outcomes by treating patients as a whole person, Dr Rothfield practices preventative and conventional medicine.

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In particular, Dr Rothfield incorporates the use of cannabis based medicines into her therapeutic practice for indications such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, cancer pain and inflammatory disorders. 

Dr Rothfield has over 35 years of medical experience with a heavy focus on chronic pain and mood disorders.

Her areas of special interests include preventative health, women’s health, travel medicine, sports medicine, fertility medicine and mental health.

Dr Tamara Nation

Tamara graduated from the University of Melbourne medical school in 2002. She then spent a number of years working at St Vincent’s hospital and the Royal Children’s hospital, Melbourne. She completed a PhD at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in 2011, further developing her special interest in paediatrics.

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Tamara then went on to undertake general practice training and became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

She is experienced in women’s health and has a certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health with Family Planning Victoria. She is also an antenatal shared-care provider with the Mercy Hospital for Women and a member of the Australian Menopause Society. She is also an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Tamara believes that good health lays the foundation to a good life and loves sharing her knowledge and skills with clients.

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