Graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1981 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and worked in the Adelaide Hospitals for about 4 years. Brian began private practice as a General Practitioner in 1986 in North Adelaide. He was involved with the Divisions of General Practice as Treasurer for 4 years for ACE Division until 2002.
Brian started Travel Bug in 1993 along-side his general practice. In 2004 he ceased general practice to allow the focus to be soley on travel medicine. He has a Certificate in Travel Health – 2005 – through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM). He currently runs Adelaide’s only pure travel medicine clinic, Travel Bug Vaccination Clinic, which is celebrating 25 years this year!
He is an intrepid traveller and has been to Peru – including hiking the Inca trail, Bolivia, Vanuatu, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong,Cambodia, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein and New Zealand
In 2015 he became the treasurer of the Himalayan Children’s Development Foundation. This organization is rebuilding a village in Nepal (Ghunsa) and Travel Bug matches the donations of it’s clients who contribute to this worthy cause.
Lani Ramsey is a graduate of Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1990.
She has worked passionately in Travel Health since 2002 and has been a part of creating new clinics and running them outside of the Greater Vancouver area. She moved to Australia in 2007 and has worked at the North Adelaide site since her arrival.
She completed a Masters of Nurse Practitioner through Flinders University in 2012 and is endorsed in South Australia.
For professional accountability, she has written the Certificate of Travel Health – CTH – 2005 through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM); has a Diploma of Travel Medicine – DTM 2007 through Glasgow’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; holds a professional certificate of Immunisation through Uni SA (2010) and is a Nurse Immuniser through the Department of SA Health.
Lani participates in Travel Medicine research in conjunction with the TMA – Travel Medicine Alliance. Two studies Travel bug has participated in have been Vivaxim in children 2-15 years and the 3MAT – Malaria study. She has co-created learning modules for Travel Health through GSK, AusMed and other nurse based teaching agencies.
Lani has travelled extensively to areas such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Japan, South East Asia, Europe/UK and South America – including hiking the Inca trail.
Catherine Pugh, Registered Nurse
Catherine has worked in Travel Medicine for 25 years.
For over 35 years Catherine has travelled to developing countries around the world including travelling through South America, driving from Kenya to Jordan, trekked in the Indian Himalayas and cruised to Papua New Guinea. Through her personal experiences she has a good appreciation of travellers and their risks and needs.
Her commitment to Travel Medicine has seen her extend her knowledge by completing Immunisation courses, a Masters in Public Health and currently is doing a Masters in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner in Travel Medicine.
Catherine believes that travel vaccinations are just one part of the Travel Medicine experience. She is passionate about educating her clients in safe travel practices and providing them with the tools to assist them in self-treatment of common travel related health problems, if necessary.
Renee – Office Manager/Reception
Renee’s focus in the final years of school was mathematics and the sciences. She moved directly into laboratory work at the Red Cross Blood Service in Adelaide after graduating. She started within the Blood Products laboratory and made her way into Immuno-Genetics where she gained knowledge and insight into the research involved. From the laboratory, she spent several years in an administration role until heading to Clinpath laboratories where she combined both her enjoyment of medical/clinical environments with her admin experience.
Prior to starting at Travel Bug early in 2014, Renee spent 6 years as Business Manager/Practice Manager for a speech pathology practice specialising in voice pathology.
She has done a little overseas travelling, though not as much as she’d like. She has explored the volcanoes in Hawaii, gone off the beaten track in China, marvelled the night lights in Hong Kong, scootered around Bali, saw the sights in the UK and had a fleeting but extraordinary visit to Paris. Her next adventures will be in New Zealand and throughout Europe.
Melanie – Reception
Mel has come from an Allied Health administration background.
Originally from New Zealand, she has made Australia her home for over 20 years.
She has great aspirations to travel abroad however with a large family plus her studies this will have to come in time!!
Cassie – Reception
Cassie is the newest addition to the Travel Bug team.
After completing school, Cassie went on to work in Childcare for 6 years before deciding on a career change.
She went on to complete her Certificate III in Health Administration and through her Tafe coordinator secured a position at Travel Bug where she has most definitely caught “The Travel Bug”……….