ABOUT US - ALLERGY FIRST
Allergy First has been serving patients in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast area since 2017. Our Diagnostic Allergy Testing Center is staffed by highly skilled medical professionals who deeply value your health and well-being. We take great pride in providing our community with high quality allergy testing, patient-centered care and allergy health education.
Proactive and preventative measures help keep our community healthier, and we work with that idea in mind. Allergy First can help diagnose why you’re feeling itchy, sneezing or blocked, and has the treatments you need to help you get back to living life. Come in to get your allergies under control.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR ALLERGY FIRST
Professor Dan Chambers
MBBS MRCP FRACP MD
Specialist Thoracic Physician
Dan is a thoracic and transplant physician with special interests in immunology/allergy and interstitial lung disease. After graduation from The University of Queensland and an internship at the Mater Hospital he moved to the UK to complete an MD in the role of nitric oxide in asthma and allergy and further training in thoracic medicine and transplantation, gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He then spent 5 years in Perth where he co-founded the Western Australian Lung Transplant Program before returning to Queensland in 2008.
He is now Director of the World Lung and Heart-lung Transplant Registry – the first Australian to hold that position. He is co-chair of the Scientific and Education Committee of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand and sits on the Pulmonary and Programming Committees of the International Society for Cellular Therapy. He is head of Research in the Queensland Lung Transplant Program and a clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland.
Dan consults at Wallace Street Specialist Center.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR ALLERGY FIRST
Dr Aaron Chambers
BSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, Dip Child Health
Dr Chambers is a general practitioner with special interest in Allergy and Immunology.
Dr Chambers has worked in General Practice since 2006. He is passionate about family practice, including Allergy, Paediatrics, and Obstetric care. After completing his medical degree with honours at the University of Queensland, Dr Chambers served as an RAAF Doctor, conducting humanitarian missions and evacuating wounded servicemen from the Middle East. Dr Chambers consults at Canossa Hospital for inpatient rehabilitation, and at Canossa Allergy Clinic. He is also the Director of Grow Medical - community medical centres committed to lifelong connection between patient and doctor.
PRACTICE & QUALITY MANAGER ALLERGY FIRST
Evi has been working in the healthcare sector for the past 10 years. During his career , Evi has managed several hospitals at executive levels and led extensive quality improvement systems such as ISO 9001, ACHS, and (ACSQHC) national standards. Evi is an associate member of the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Evi is passionate about introducing quality, affordable and accessible allergy healthcare services to the community.
DIETITIAN ALLERGY FIRST
Linda is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with an interest in food allergy and intolerance. She graduated in 1983 and works in Private Practice. She currently consults to various nursing homes, private hospitals and community clients. Linda reviews menus and analyses recipes for nutritional adequacy, and for known allergens.
Accredited Practicing Dietitians have a role in the management of food allergies and food intolerances by educating on managing meals to avoid allergens. Linda has a passion for cooking, so has many hints on managing food allergies and using substitutions. Dietitians can monitor growth in children and maintain nutritional adequacy for development.
PAEDIATRIC & ALLERGY DIETITIAN ALLERGY FIRST
Dr Paula Smith-Brown
Dr Paula Smith-Brown is a PhD qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian with a specialist interest in infant and child nutrition and allergies and intolerances in all ages.
Paula has always loved food and considers dietetics her vocation. After qualifying as a Dietitian in 2002 (BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Kings College London, UK) she soon identified that her passion lay in helping children and their families and undertook further study to qualify as a Paediatric Dietitian in 2005/6. She has worked in multi-disciplinary allergy clinics in both the UK and Australia and is a member of ASCIA (Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy). Her PhD was awarded by the University of Queensland in 2017 and focused on the effects of breastfeeding and diet on growth and microbiota development in children.
Paula also consults at Grow Medical Highgate Hill
FOOD ALLERGY AND INTOLERANCE DIETITIAN ALLERGY FIRST
Amanda is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with considerable experience working with adult and children who have food allergies and intolerances. She completed a Master of Dietetics at Griffith University in 1999 and spent 15 years working in hospitals in a range of dietetic specialties before settling on food intolerances and food allergies. Amanda has worked with leading Australian allergists in Sydney before moving back to the Gold Coast for the beautiful outdoors lifestyle.
Amanda can provide clear and practical advice on food allergies or food intolerances. If your allergy test is negative, a food intolerance may explain your symptoms. Amanda believes managing food intolerances is both an art and science and it is only through over a decade of working with clients and her own children that she has been able to develop tried and tested approaches that are simple to incorporate into busy lives. Amanda consults from My Nutrition Clinic in Robina and can provide consultations via telephone and video conference for those who live further away.
ALLERGY NURSE ALLERGY FIRST
Cindy has been an Enrolled Endorsed Nurse for the past 4 years. Cindy is passionate about helping patients with allergies and asthma and she brings a wealth of health care experience to our team.
ALLERGY NURSE ALLERGY FIRST
Amy has been an Enrolled Endorsed Nurse for the past 10 years. Amy is passionate about working with allergic patients as she knows first hand what its like to care for a child with allergies.
ADMIN & MARKETING OFFICER
Janin has worked in customer service for the past 15 years and brings wealth of knowledge and experience. Janin is passionate about providing excellent service to the community. Janin has operated several successful businesses and is highly experienced in marketing and promotion.