Meet The Team - The MPC

Our Specialists

Dr Neeraj Sareen

Consultant Psychiatrist/ Co-Founder

Dr Sareen is a Consultant Psychiatrist and fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK.

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Dr Bharat Saluja

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Saluja is an experienced senior consultant psychiatrist with a passion for providing excellent care to his patients. He is an empathetic doctor who takes pride in providing recovery and evidence-based practice both in public and private practice.

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Dr Umesh Babu

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Umesh Babu is trained in Psychiatry with sub-specialty experience in Developmental Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. His initial training was at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), a centre of excellence in mind & brain sciences in India. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 2002 and has worked in senior consultant position in teaching hospitals for the past two decades.

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Dr Laurene Goh

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Laurene Goh is a psychiatrist with expertise in the mental health of older people, including mood, anxiety, psychotic and cognitive disorders.

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Our Allied Health/ TMS Clinicians

Malika Verma

Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Malika Verma is trained in the British psychoanalytic tradition from the renowned Tavistock Clinic in London. She completed her professional training in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India in 2001. Subsequently she went on to work in the NHS in London, UK and then co-founded Tara Clinic in Kerala, India. Malika has over two decades of experience in the field. She is currently in private practice in Melbourne, Australia.

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Hugo Fernandez

Counsellor/ Mental Health Clinician

Hugo is a warm and approachable counsellor with more than ten yearsof experience providing a safe and supportive therapeuticspace for his clients. Hugo completed his training in psychology at Universidad Austral de Chile in 2009 and arrived in Australia in 2016 through the skilled migration program, as a psychotherapist.

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Katherine Lee

Mental Health Clinician/ TMS Clinician

Katherine is working as a Mental Health Clinican/ Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinician at the MPC. She is registered as a Provisional Psychologist and recently completed her postgraduate studies, she now supports patients through their mental health journeys at the MPC.

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Nisha Sharma


Nisha is a Psychologist at The Melbourne Psychiatry Centre. She is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Nisha holds a Masters of Professional Psychology, Masters of Science (Psychology) and Bachelors of Arts (Psychology).

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Emma Bourke

Mental Health Clinician

Emma is a Mental Health Clinician at the MPC. Emma is a qualified Counsellor and a Member of the Australian Counselling Association. Emma previously worked as a Patient Coordinator at the MPC where she supported patients to navigate their journey through the mental healthcare system.

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Annette Woods

Mental Health Nurse/ TMS Clinician

Annette is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. She has earned her qualification in Dublin, Ireland. She has a special interest in Neurostimulation, and has worked in this field for 18 years.

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Our Management

Aparana Sareen

Co-founder/ Practice Manager

Aparana is the Co-founder and practice manager of the MPC. She is a member of the AAPM. Having completed her Masters in Business Administration from Heriot Watt University, UK she has worked in the marketing, banking and finance sectors.

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Our Office/ Admin

Alexandra Harkins

Medical Secretary

Alexandra is working as a Medical Secretary for The Melbourne Psychiatry Centre. She has over 7 years experience in the Medical Industry and has worked in a variety of different settings from general practice to hospital administration and allied health.

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Kristie Viney

Medical Receptionist

Kristie, who currently serves as a Medical Receptionist at The Melbourne Psychiatry Centre, blends her passion for psychology with an undergraduate degree in Management from Deakin University. She is actively pursuing a graduate diploma in psychology at Swinburne University. Her objective is to provide reliable and compassionate administrative support, creating a welcoming atmosphere for clients while efficiently overseeing clinic operations.

Aparna Lal

Patient Journey Coordinator

Aparna Lal is a Patient Journey Coordinator for The Melbourne Psychiatry Centre. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Electronic Science from Pune University, India. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in IT from Monash University Melbourne.

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