The team at Dr Lily Vrtik, Plastic Surgeon

At Dr Vrtik's practice, our friendly and understanding staff members are dedicated to providing you with the best care.

We are here to help you from your first consultation, to guide you through your preoperative preparation and to support you during your postoperative recovery.

We genuinely enjoy our work and are constantly looking for ways of improving our services. If you have any enquiries or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to our staff.

Meet Dr Lily Vrtik

Dr Lily Vrtik (previously known as Dr Lily Chen) graduated from the Medical Faculty of University of Western Australia in 1999. During her early years of surgical training, she worked at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as well as Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She completed her last two years of Plastic Surgery training in Queensland, at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women Hospital.

In 2002, she also spent 12 months working at the world-renowned Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan in their famous plastic and reconstructive unit. During these 12 months, she trained in acute and reconstructive burn surgery, craniofacial, hand and lower limb trauma plastic surgery, as well as cancer reconstructive surgery.

During her training years, she was also involved in various research projects, including the effect of smoking on microcirculation, outcomes of breast reconstruction, techniques on blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and reconstructive surgery in chronic burn scars as well as the use of skin cell cultures in burn injuries. In more recent years, she is heavily involved in academic pursuits in areas of Bioethics and Health Law, and has a Masters in Health Law from The University of Sydney.

Having spent most of her university life working as a music teacher, Lily continues her enthusiasm for teaching. She is regularly involved in educational session for other doctors of all specialties, as the founder for Classroom4Doctors. She also holds public consultant position at Princess Alexandra Hospital where she participates in the teaching of junior doctors, medical students, and nursing students. Lily has also been an active instructor and faculty member in nation-wide EMSB (Early Management in Severe Burns) courses for the over 15 years. Lily is also a specialist reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force providing regular clinical services for our defence personnel.

Lily enjoys her work immensely and has special interests in both cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, microsurgical reconstruction, as well as lower limb trauma surgery. She enjoys non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures and pays detailed attention to her results. Apart from being passionate about her work, Lily is well known for her sensitive, warm personality and approachable nature. In her consultations, she is frank in her discussions and gives honest opinions. Her caring nature enables her to create a balance between the clinical and personal aspects of patient care.

Lily may have little time for hobbies, but she has immense interest in various charities. As a student, Lily was a volunteer with Mission Australia; then as a young doctor, she worked as a volunteer doctor for various sporting and racing events for over 5 continuous years. In 2002 and 2003, she travelled with the Nordhoff Foundation Team to Cambodia, as part of the cleft lip & palate surgery team working to help local children. Lily and her husband have been UNICEF global parents for more than 15 years, and have sponsored more than 8 children over the last 20 years. She is currently on the executive committee for Queensland Medical Orchestra, a orchestra and choir of health professionals that perform to raise funds for local charities. One could say her favourite and most enjoyable pursuit is to find ways to make a difference.


Professional Affiliation

RACS Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
ASPS Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
ASAPS Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
ANZBA Australian New Zealand Burns Association
AMA Australian Medical Association


To see Dr Lily Vrtik in the previous media releases, click here


Hunnah Mayer (Practice Nurse)

Hunnah grew up in the country and moved to the Brisbane to complete her degree in nursing. She has been a nurse for 7 years. During this time she has worked in general practice and aged care in a variety of roles. Prior to this, she have spent 9 years in aged and disability care, working in the community support sector assisting clients and patients to achieve improvements in their daily activites and day-to-day life.

Hunnah loves bringing laughter, personalised and dedicated care to her patients across all spans and walks of life. In her spare time she enjoys exploring new experiences with family and friends, having adventures and getting back to nature.

'For me, it is important to be part of a fun, community focused team,  with  like-minded, compassionate people and I have found that in my current role .I would like to leave our patients with the feeling of comfort and trust in our specialized care.'


Rebekah Karasoff (Practice Nurse) 


Gemma Frost (Practice Manager)

Gemma joins us with extensive experience in management and medical secretarial roles across a number of specialities with a background across multi-disciplinary practices including a major health fund, in General Practice, Orthopaedics, Bariatrics, Nephrology and Urology. She brings an array of experience to ensure the functions of the practice operate in a smooth, efficient and professional manner.

As practice co-ordinator, Gemma specialises in the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into the surgery process, this includes liaising with the hospitals, anaesthetists and health funds to ensure surgery is a smooth and seamless process from beginning to end. As well as this, Gemma creates a warm and friendly environment which is felt by staff and patients alike.

As a mother of two primary school aged children and two puppies, Gemma leads a busy but fulfilling life. She loves to get away on weekends camping with the kids and, as a bit of a foodie, loves dining out and trying new restaurants.

Gemma takes great pride in ensuring our practice presents an efficient, kind and knowledgeable team. 

Jan Stinson (Reception/Medical Secretary)

Jan has had over 20 years' reception and administrative experience in various medical centres, in both general practice as well as specialist practices. Prior to this, she has also worked as an assistant nurse in Aged Care for more than 5 years, and the hospitality industry for over 10 years. For those of you who have had to contact our office, you would be familiar with Jan's voice and her friendly, helpful personality.

Jan lives at home with her husband and four children. When she is not mothering her children, she mothers everyone else in the office, including our patients! Jan's big heart has a very widespread reputation.

Jan is passionate about her job and the patients that we look after. She is well known for her compassion, patience, and going that extra mile to help others. She is definitely a favourite amongst our clients and a valuable asset to our team.

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