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 passed the Certificate in Travel Health in Lisbon (ISTM) in 2005 and now owns and runs Adelaide’s only pure travel medicine clinic.
In his spare time Brian runs a small (6 acre) viticultural pursuit and makes award winning wines (Pinot, Chardonnay and Sparkling). He once entered a trail walker and walked 100km in 32 hours in the rain. He is also an intrepid traveller and has been to Peru, Bolivia, Vanuatu, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein and New Zealand, but not Bali.
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 completed a Masters of Advanced Clinical Practice/Nurse Practitioner in 2012 through Flinders University, SA and is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Australia.
Her primary scope of practice is Travel Medicine/Health and has a Certificate of Travel Health CTH(R) in 2005 through the International Society of Travel Medicine – ISTM. She has also completed a Diploma of Travel Medicine – DTM 2007 through Glasgow’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons offered by Health Protection Scotland – HPS. She has a professional certificate of immunisation through the University of South Australia (2010) and is a Nurse Immuniser through the Department of SA Health.
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 graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geography, specialising in Medical Geography.
In 1998 she completed a Diploma in Nursing from Kingston University/St Georges Hospital, London. During her time as a student nurse she was fortunate enough to undertake an exchange programme to Uganda where she worked in hospitals and community clinics in Kampala and Mbarara.
From 2004 to 2010 she was employed by Emirates Airline Medical Clinic in Dubai. In 2006 she completed a Diploma of Travel Medicine – DTM through Glasgow’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, offered by Health Protection Scotland – HPS.
She is a Nurse Immuniser through South Australia’s Department of Health and has completed the Certificate of Travel Health CTH(R) in 2014 through the International Society of Travel Medicine – ISTM. As of 2015, she is also a Nurse Practitioner candidate through Flinders University.
Catherine has travelled extensively through parts of Europe, Central America, the Middle East, East and Southern Africa, Japan and South East Asia.
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.
Shanni – Reception
Shanni was adopted from India at 9 weeks of age to an Australian family and was brought up in Adelaide, South Australia.
Her working background has varied over the years, serving extensively as Medical Receptionist, primarily in GP clinics. She has dabbled in several fields of study but settled into a Diploma of Practice Management. Her interests are music, health/fitness and playing a Canadian ice sport called Broomball.
Shanni has travelled extensively throughout Australia and has future aspirations to travel internationally. Given her new position these aspirations are building rapidly.
Melanie – Reception
Mel has come from an Allied Health administration background and joined our other two receptionists to complete the team.
Originally from New Zealand, she has made Australia her home for the last 20 years.
She has great aspirations to travel abroad however with a large, young family this will have to come in time!!