Dr Bodenstein was born in South Africa in a small mission hospital where her father was the only doctor, so it is not surprising that she always aspired to a career in medicine. However, she first did a BA degree, went on to study towards a diploma, then completed an Honours degree in Journalism.Her first job was as assistant editor of a computer magazine, which somehow led to a lateral career move to become a COBOL computer programmer.
She eventually felt herself drawn back to her roots, and returned to university to study medicine. After completing her internship in Cape Town, she headed off to London for what was supposed to be a year’s working holiday.
This turned into 9 busy years during which she worked in many hospitals around London, completed her GP training, met her husband and had 3 daughters. In 2003, they all moved to Australia to escape the English winters, and Dr B has been working in Lakes Entrance since 2004.
Her interests include women’s health and mental health. She also works at a local Aboriginal Co-operative health clinic for one session a week, and is involved in the East Gippsland Division of General Practice.
MBChB, BA, Hons-B (Journ)