Welcome to the Acne Specialist Clinic at Westside Laser Dermatology. Our team consists of some of the leading acne and acne scar specialists in Australia. We treat all types of acne from facial acne to bacne, in all ages. Our centre performs chemical peels, lasers and surgical procedures to treat acne scars. Our team members are highly trained – all our Specialists have obtained their Dermatology Fellowships in Australia; many have also had further training in the United States and United Kingdom.

Dr Shobhan Manoharan

  • Director – Westside Dermatology, Brisbane Skin, Sweat Free Clinics, The Psoriasis Institute and SkinByDerms
  • Consulting Dermatologist for L’Oréal Paris
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer at The University of Queensland and Griffith University
     

Dr Manoharan studied medicine at the University of Queensland, worked in the United Kingdom and Australia, has extensive surgical experience and has sub-specialised in laser and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr Manoharan is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatology, Foundation Member of the Australasian Society for Cosmetic Dermatology, member of the Australian Medical Association and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

He is co-convenor of the Australasian Society for Cosmetic Dermatology Conference in Perth in 2016.

Actively involved in the training of dermatology registrars, medical students, general practitioners and pharmacists in all aspects of dermatology, Dr Manoharan has published and presented extensively both locally and internationally over the last decade.

He has a special interest in acne and acne scar treatments, rejuvenation, hyperhidrosis treatments, pigmentation disorders and skin cancer management.

Dr Manoharan has established himself as a national expert in medical and cosmetic dermatology and is a regular expert contributor for Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. He has appeared in programs such as Today Tonight, Scope, as well as numerous radio stations including ABC and 4BC radio.

He is also medical and cosmetic dermatologist to numerous high profile celebrities, appearing in the memoirs of the English Cricket Team ’The Plan‘ and has performed skin checks for politicians including Barnaby Joyce and Peter Dutton.

In 2015, Dr Manoharan was appointed Consulting Dermatologist for L’Oréal Paris Skincare.

Dr Belle Cominos

  • MBBS (Hon), FACD
  • Senior Consultant Dermatologist
  • Acne in children, adult acne, hormonal acne

Dr. Belle Cominos graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 1985. She then went on to study dermatology both in the United Kingdom and Brisbane before obtaining her fellowship as a member of the Australian College of Dermatologists in 1994. Dr Cominos sub-speciality interest in paediatric acne, hormonal acne and acne rosacea. She has had over 12 years experience in VBeam vascular laser.

Dr Davin Lim

  • MBBS, FACD
  • Consultant Laser Dermatologist
  • Acne scar specialist

Dr Davin Lim is an aesthetic and Laser Dermatologist.  His undergraduate degree was from the University Of Queensland, post graduate Specialist training was undertaken in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the PA Hospital in Brisbane.  Further laser training was undertaken in the United States and in South East Asia. His specialty interest is in the field of acne scar revision. He performed over 3000 revision procedures and is an expert in all aspects of acne scar treatments. In 2016 he was awarded the Top 100 Real Self award- given to the top 1% of Specialist Worldwide. This was largely due to his clinical and research work on acne scarring.

Dr Lim is actively involved in the training of medical students and dermatology registrars. He is an associate lecturer with the Griffith School of Medicine. He also sits on a number of National laser boards, and lectures on acne scar revision techniques. . He is known Internationally for his work on acne scars.

Note: Dr Lim only treats acne scarring, and not acne treatments, as his work is entirely procedural. For acne treatment please see one of the Dermatologist in our team. If you require scar revision or would like to go on to a program, Dr Lim will assess and if you are suitable will tailor a treatment program.

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Dr Tania Zappala

  • MBBS, FACD
  • Consultant Dermatologist
  • Acne in children, adult acne, hormonal acne

Dr Tania Zappala studied undergraduate medicine at the University of New South Wales. She completed her postgraduate specialist training in Brisbane and the United Kingdom. She is published in international dermatology journals. Dr Zappala treats acne in all ages, including acne in children, hormonal acne and acne rosacea.

Dr Brad Jones

  • MBBS, FACD
  • Consultant Dermatologist
  • Acne in children, adult acne, scar management

Dr Brad Jones completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1994 followed by a masters in skin cancer research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. His subspecialty interests include management of acne in all ages, as well as laser therapy of vascular lesions, and acne scarring.

Dr Jennifer Wells

  • MBBS, FACD
  • Senior Consultant Dermatologist
  • Acne in children, adult acne, hormonal acne

Dr Wells has been within the field of dermatology in the Western Suburbs for over a decade. She completed her medical degree from the University of Queensland, and undertook further studies in dermatology in Scotland, completing her Fellowship in Brisbane. Dr Wells is an expert in treating all forms of acne including adult acne, hormonal acne, PCOS related skin issues and acne in children.

Dr Shiva Baghaei

  • MBBS, FACD
  • Senior Consultant Dermatologist
  • Acne in children, adult acne, hormonal acne

Dr Shiva has specialised in the field of dermatology for over 17 years and is one of Brisbane’s most experienced Consultant Dermatologists. She manages all forms of acne, including childhood acne, hormonal acne, as well as adult onset acne. Well respected both internationally and nationally, she provides an invaluable service to the Acne Specialist Clinic at Westside Dermatology.

Dr Paul Teng

  • BPharm, MBBS, FACD

Dr Paul Teng is a Consultant Dermatologist practising at Westside Dermatology.

Paul has spent the last year working at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and will practice at
Westside Dermatology from 2014. Bookings are now being taken.

Dr Paul Teng completed a postgraduate specialist training in Queensland and the United Kingdom.

Emily Hyde

  • RN
  • Acne Solutions Clinic Nurse
  • Chemical peel, laser and RF specialist nurse

Emily is a registered nurse and is one of Australia’s most experienced Radiofrequency device operators. She is a national trainer and co-researcher on the use of Radiofrequency for acne scarring and has performed over 1500 procedures. Emily works in close conjunction with the consultant dermatologists. She also performs chemical peels and vascular VBeam laser treatments for red acne scars.

Kristy Macpherson

  • RN
  • Acne Solutions Clinic Nurse
  • Chemical peel and laser specialist nurse

Kristy is a dual qualified practitioner and is both a laser nurse and aesthetician. She is an expert in the art of chemical peels for acne, and is a qualified Radiofrequency device operator. She also assists Dermatologists in scar revision procedures such as laser resurfacing and TCA peels.

Candace Macpherson

  • RN
  • Acne Solutions Clinic Nurse
  • Chemical peel, Radiofrequency and laser specialist nurse

Candace is a registered nurse with qualifications in laser procedures, chemical peels as well as Radiofrequency treatment for acne scars. She is an invaluable member of the Acne Solutions Team with a wealth of product and skin care knowledge. She is also a personal trainer by night - the energy of this girl is amazing!

Nigel Harris

  • RN, RP
  • Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Nigel Harris is one of Brisbane’s most experienced dermatology nurses, and is one of only two Dermatology Specialist Nurse Practitioners in Australia. He helps our Specialists with acne and scar assessment, prescriptions and patient reviews.

Krys Luszczek

  • RN
  • Cosmetic and Procedural Nurse
  • Filler and BTX Nurse

Krys has over 25 years nursing experience in facial cosmetic surgery. In the last 15 years Krys has focused on non-surgical procedures using injectable fillers. Fillers are occasionally used to treat atrophic acne scars.

Acne Solutions Clinic Team

Our nurses are in charge of the Acne Solutions Clinic. This clinic is ideal for patients with mild acne, or for those who would like to take the first step in clearing up their skin.

Assessment and treatment at the Acne Solutions Clinic does not require a referral. Our nurses perform acne chemical peels and various procedures such as blackhead and laser-drilled cyst extractions. They have a wealth of skin care knowledge and can advise on the very best skin care products for your skin type.