Our Team

Dr Zahra Assarian

Dr Zahra (MD, FRACGP, FACD) is an Australian-trained dermatologist and is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. She can converse fluently in English and Farsi.

During her training she worked at tertiary hospitals including The Austin Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, The Victorian Melanoma Service, The Royal Children Hospital, St Vincent Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Northern Hospital, and a variety of subspecialty clinics at the Skin Health Institute of Victoria.

Dr Zahra holds positions at the Northern Hospital and the biologics clinic at the Skin Health Institute as a consultant dermatologist. She has a broad range of interests within dermatology such as skin cancer, hair disorders, acne, psoriasis, eczema, hyperhidrosis, vulval dermatology and pigmentary disorders. 

Dr Zahra consults at Preston Dermatology on Thursdays.


Dr Harini Bala

Dr Harini Bala (MBBS, FACD, B Pharm) is a Melbourne trained Consultant Dermatologist and a fellow of The Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) who is committed to providing holistic care to patients.

She completed her training in leading tertiary hospitals in Melbourne including St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Austin Hospital. Dr Bala has also held positions at the Victorian Melanoma Service at the Alfred Hospital as well as worked in areas of contact dermatitis and transplant dermatology at the Skin Health Institute, Melbourne.

Dr Bala is passionate about research having published several papers both in national and international journals and was awarded the John Fewings Prize at the Australasian Scientific Meeting for her work in contact dermatitis.

Her interests include skin cancer management, hair and general dermatology.

Dr Bala consults at Preston Dermatology on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Dr Tim Rutherford

Dr Tim Rutherford (MBBS (Hons), FACD, FACMS) completed his dermatology training in Melbourne and Singapore and completed a fellowship in advanced cutaneous surgery, Mohs and laser surgery in Perth, Western Australia. He has extensive experience in surgery of the skin for both skin cancers and non cancerous cosmetic lesions as well as treatment for other forms of skin damage.

Dr Tim Rutherford is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, Australian Medical Association and is active within the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He also teaches dermatology trainees and medical students.

Dr Rutherford consults at Preston Dermatology on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Ms Sofia Jong

Our cosmetic & practice nurse Sofia is a registered nurse, with extensive experience in laser treatments for redness, pigment, scarring and hair removal. She endeavours to provide state-of-the art care to ensure client satisfaction. Sofia works closely with our specialist dermatologists to offer our patients the very best treatments with the Cutera Excel V laser, Candela Fraxpro, cosmetic injectables, microneedling, chemical peels, extractions, and other cosmetic treatments.

Sofia consults at Preston Dermatology and The Cosmetic Clinic by Preston Dermatology on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Meet Our Team




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