Our Team


Dr Nathan Connelly completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Melbourne in 1995 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Nathan began his working career at The Austin Hospital in Heidelberg in 1996. Since then, Nathan has practiced as a specialist gastroenterologist and consultant physician, in both public and private practices.

In addition to consulting patients at his own clinic, Moonee Valley Specialist Centre, Nathan currently treats patients at Epworth Freemasons, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brunswick Private Hospital, and Warringal Private Hospital.

Dr Connelly performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy, polypectomy, haemorrhoid banding, flexible sigmoidoscopy, capsule endoscopy and also specialises in helping patients with inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease and liver disease.

As a Consultant Physician at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre – in conjunction with his wife, Nicole’s roles as Practice Manager, nurse and educator – both Nathan and Nicole care holistically for each patient visiting their clinic.


Nicole Starbuck-Connelly completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Latrobe University in 2001 and began her career as an emergency department nurse at The Northern Hospital. Nicole then moved into a role in the operating theatre at Vaucluse Private Hospital (now known as Brunswick Private Hospital) and was promoted to Associate Nurse Unit Manager. She then spent the following 8 years working as a Nurse Educator, Graduate Nurse Program Co-ordinator and Nurse Unit Manager.

Nicole has enjoyed working as a registered nurse in both public and private hospitals throughout Melbourne.

Nicole is the Director and Practice Manager of Moonee Valley Specialist Centre. Nicole ensures that patients are a number one priority and is always looking for opportunities to improve and expand the business to ensure patient satisfaction. Nicole dedicates her energy to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of medical care and treatment support.


Jody joined the team at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre in 2017 and has been amazing! Jody has always worked in various healthcare areas predominantly working in medical reception and cosmetic surgery, Jody has brought with her a professional and friendly demeanour.

Jody has many years’ experience in the medical field and provides patient support and liaison duties promptly and efficiently. She manages many parts of the practice and understands how to get things done in a timely manner and with excellence at all times. Jody also has the task of arranging all our theatre bookings.

Jody will liaise with Dr Connelly’s patients to arrange their procedures at our preferred hospitals. Any questions regarding any procedure’s Dr Connelly performs can be directed to her and she will be happy to help!


Dani joined our team at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre in 2018. Dani has been a medical receptionist for over 10 years, predominately part of the radiology industry and working closely with a variety of specialists as part of a private hospital administration team. Dani prides herself in providing an outstanding service from the first call for an appointment to the moment the patient leaves. Ensuring comfort, health and happiness will come first.


Luci joined the team at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre in 2019 and is now completing a Certificate in Business Administration with us. She is a loved and valued member of our team and is learning all the time. Luci graduate from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School in 2018 and is enjoying working in the medical field. She is bright and friendly and always willing to help. Make sure you say hi when you meet Luci at the front desk.

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