Dr Shivanthi (Shivi) Rayar
M.B.B.S; M.Sports Physiotherapy; B.App.Sc.(Physiotherapy); F.R.A.C.G.P; M.A.C.N.E.M
Qualifications and memberships
Dr Rayar is a General Practitioner (GP) who attended high school in Perth and first studied physiotherapy and practiced as a Physiotherapist for many years, before deciding to further her interest in health to study medicine. Dr Rayar graduated in medicine from the University of Western Australia in 2011 and worked at Royal Perth Hospital, Armadale Hospital and King Edwards Memorial Hospital after graduating, in various areas of general medicine, emergency, women’s health (obstetrics and gynaecology), psychiatry and surgery. She completed her fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2016 and has been working as a GP since then.
Prior to becoming a GP, Dr Rayar completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) in 1999 at Curtin University in Perth, and worked as a physiotherapist at various hospitals, primarily Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, before going onto further study and completing a Master of Sports Physiotherapy in Queensland in 2003. She then worked as a sports physiotherapist in private practice, as well as teaching musculoskeletal physiotherapy to physiotherapy students at an outpatient clinic at Curtin University as an associate lecturer.
Dr Rayar is a fully registered General Practitioner, giving patients the ability to claim a Medicare rebate on their consultations..
Areas of specialty and approach to treatment
In her role as both a GP and a Physiotherapist, Dr Rayar has worked in a wide variety of areas involving management of respiratory, neurology, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal conditions. She has a special interest in preventative health, women’s health, digestive health, brain health, cardiovascular health, fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety and weight issues. She has an interest in how nutrition and other lifestyle factors can prevent disease such as cardiovascular health issues, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal illness, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, working to bring awareness of the preventative approach to health with all her patients during their consultations.
Dr Rayar assesses each patient as an individual, assessing their unique lifestyle factors and physiology that have contributed to their current health status/issues. This then allows her to provide a treatment regime that is tailored specifically for the individual, incorporating both a treatment and preventative approach.
Dr Rayar is passionate about empowering people to live life to their fullest potential by addressing the areas of their life that need additional attention and care. She uses an interdisciplinary approach, enlisting other health professionals to be involved in the care of an individual, so that the individual is treated as a whole, rather than just for the symptoms they present with. She believes in treating the underlying (root) cause of symptoms to help to create more long-term health changes in an individual, which often involves addressing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of an individual’s health.
Dr Rayar takes a detailed history and performs thorough patient examination/s if appropriate, as well as ordering relevant investigations, before formulating a treatment plan that is patient focused and involves a functional medicine and lifestyle- based approach to provide the best patient outcomes. With her background in physiotherapy, she is able to provide additional strategies to assist people in making lifestyle changes and she has a strong focus on exercise, nutrition, sleep, mood and stress management. Her consultations are longer than standard GP consultations giving her the time necessary to understand, assess, investigate and manage an individual’s health concerns to her fullest potential.
Dr Rayar is passionate about patient education and has created free preventative health podcasts on various topics of health which include interviews with different health professionals on topics such as: cardiovascular health, sleep, mood, nutrition and gut health and many more.
Dr Rayar balances the joys and challenges of her many life roles as a doctor, mother (of a beautiful 2-year-old), wife, daughter, sister, friend and she loves spending time outdoors, cooking and dancing (at home with her daughter!) when she is not treating patients. She loves incorporating the latest research into creating a mind-body balance to her best ability in her own life. Her incredible skill set combined with her positive, inspiring and caring approach makes her a valuable addition to the Remède practitioner team.