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The Western Skin Institute was established in 2015 to offer excellence in Skin Cancer management and Dermatologic Surgery. 

 

Western Skin Institute is a purpose-built clinic with three day-surgery theatres, and is the only Mohs unit in Western Victoria where the Mohs Surgeon has been accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS)

 

 

No one person's skin is identical and the Western Skin Institute, we strive to provide that individual care, to you.  

 

 

 

 

*Artwork by Pamela Sukhum


Dr. Eugene Tan is a Dermatologist, Mohs Micrographic surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Fellow of Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD). Prior to entry into dermatology advanced training, he was the dermatology research fellow at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. His research resulted in the implementation  of  virtual skin cancer clinic - the first of its kind, in any public hospital in New Zealand. He then completed four years of dermatology training both in New Zealand and Australia at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria and St.Vincent's  Melbourne. He was awarded the Brenan prize in Dermatopathology and a travelling award to San Diego, California.  Dr Tan then completed two further years of of fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery accredited by the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). He has experience in all specialties of general dermatology, dermatologic surgery and has published and presented internationally. He is currently the Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 

NicaNica Paola Pana is  registered as a Division 1 Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She holds a 4-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. After gaining initial nursing registration in her home country, she had experience in various nursing fields such as Medical - Surgical, Opthalomology, and Haemodialysis.
She then took Inital Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON) Program in La Trobe University, Bendigo upon entry to Australia. After meeting the  requirements set by AHPRA,  she started working in Primary Healthcare - Medical Practice, and has been doing Practice Nursing for almost 3 years. Nica believes in the holistic approach of the patient care. 
Nica is a registered dermatologic nurse at Western Skin Institute with a strong interest in dermatologic surgery.

SonyaSonya Prasad née Odhavji is an Australian medical scientist with over two decades of experience in histopathology and is presently specialising in Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Sonya holds the position of Mohs Senior Scientist at Ramsay Health Windsor and the Mohs co-ordinator at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria. She is the owner of SP Mohs Path Services which caters for the design, setup of Mohs laboratories, and recruits and trains Mohs scientists. 

 

Prior to Mohs she was the Anatomical Pathology Technical Manager for the Royal College Pathologist Australasia Quality Assurance Program for 7 years and was a speciality lecturer on Mohs Micrography and quality assurance for the final year Medical Science at RMIT University.

Mary Grace Manalo is a Registered Division 1 Nurse. She graduated from the Nursing Degree at Victoria University. She obtained her initial registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in January 2015.  Mary currently divides her time between the Errol Street Medical Centre, North Melbourne and Western Skin Institute. She has been part of the team at Western Skin Institute since September 2015. 

 


Hazel Vina Layco is the Receptionist at Western Skin Institute. She completed a four-year Bachelor Degree of Nursing in the Philippines. She worked as an administrative staff for over a year, and three years as a nurse in a tertiary hospital. Hazel decided to venture Australia in 2015 to pursue her interests in dermatology. She is currently working in Errol Street Medical Centre and Western Skin Institute. 

 

 

Paul HarmonPaul Harmon has been a medical scientist with over 15 years experience. He has been working both in the public and private laboratories. He has also been involved with Mohs micrographic surgery for  the last 4 years with extensive experience at several practices.