Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr Nicole Lowe

Bsc, BMBS (Hons), FRACGP

Dr Nicole Lowe co-founded The GP Clinic Bendigo in 2020. She studied a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University in South Australia and holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Nicole came to medicine in her 30’s, after working in the IT industry for 10 years. She has worked in Kyabram, Stanhope and Castlemaine and Bendigo since 2011. Nicole is a Specialist GP and has worked in various leadership roles in General practice including Clinical Director, Supervisor and Examiner of General Practice Registrars.

Nicole enjoys all aspects of general practice, however particular areas of interest include: management of complex patients, providing care for older persons and palliative care.

Nicole lives locally with her family. During her free time she enjoys reading military and political thrillers and training her groodle Louie to one day hopefully become the clinics therapy dog.

Dr Erica Penno


Dr Erica Penno grew up in Bendigo and has recently returned with her husband to bring up her 2 young children in this friendly regional city.

Erica is a Specialist GP. She studied a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University and holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has a special interest in Child Health with a Diploma of Child Health. She takes time to listen to her patients, providing careful examination, support, management and advocacy for their health concerns.

Erica also brings a diverse range of experience in the health sector working in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Rural Victoria in prosthetics and orthotics, health management, health economics, medical education policy and clinical governance.

Erica is enjoys participating in her local school, kinder and playgroup communities, local book club and parents’ groups

Dr Ashwini

Dr Ashwini Supperamohan

Dr. Supperamohan is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has completed her training while in Bendigo. She chose general practice as it gives her the opportunity to practise health education, preventative care and be more in touch with individual needs of each patient.

She is committed to working with her patients and colleagues at The GP Clinic to promote good community healthcare. She has special interests in women’s health and geriatric medicine. She enjoys reading, drawing and is open to learning a new skill every week.

Dr Brian Cole

Brian is a graduate of Melbourne University and holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He has spent most of his career in Rural and Regional Victoria working in both community and hospital settings as a clinician and in senior management positions.

Brian returned to Bendigo 5 years ago after living and working in Gippsland for 20 years. Since then he has focussed on General Practice and was very pleased to be able to join The GP Clinic. Whilst Brian enjoys the broad range of GP practice he has a particular interest in mental health and the challenges faced by older people in staying well and as independent as possible.

He has maintained an active role in teaching of medical students and doctors in training over many years and has a long-term interest in health service management and quality of care. Brian was a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, the national accreditation body for hospitals, which provided the opportunity to visit health services throughout rural Australia and to meet with people providing and receiving care in diverse locations.

Lorraine Nicholson

Consultant Psychologist

Lorraine has extensive experience working and training with the medical community, police force and Specialist communities.

Lorraine’s clinical interests include working with adults, children, teens, diagnostic assessments and addictions, as well as complex adults. She uses a broad range of cognitive behavioural and insight orientated techniques in the psychotherapy and counselling process.

She completed an undergraduate BSc in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University followed by graduate training in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne. She also has a Grad Dip in Education.

Lorraine has worked and taught in the UK and Australia. Lecturing and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team at Monash University and working with the UK police in the psychological training of specialist negotiators/firearms officers.
She has also has worked in the UK family courts in the assessment of individuals involved in complex legal and family issues.