Nurses

18IMG_9982_1_1c Frances I joined the Te Ngae Medical Team in 2012 as a Practice Nurse, having recently relocated from my home of 30 years in the windy Manawatu. I enjoy the variety of work involved in General Practice and to work in a purpose built, brand new building is about as good as it gets!I love the outdoors and spend a lot of time wandering around the forests with my lovely chocolate Labrador and crazy English pointer! I am actively involved in gundog trialling and have found this to be a great way to keep fit and mix socially with like minded people. Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty has so much to offer-I can’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else!
20IMG_0055_1c Noreen Many of our patients will be aware that I originally come from Scotland due to my ‘funny’ accent. I emigrated to NZ in 1990 with my husband and three children. I am a New Zealand trained nurse completing my study at Waiariki polytechnic. After graduating I started my nursing career in the children’s ward at Rotorua Hospital. I completed further study during this time and gained a post graduate certificate in child and family nursing.I have now been a practice nurse at Te Ngae Medical Centre since 2008. I love my job, getting great satisfaction from helping people, their families and the community to meet their health needs. When not at work I love spending time with my family and traveling.
Ann chester,  small Ann I have recently joined the Te Ngae Medical team (March 2015). I have lived in Rotorua all my life and completed my nursing trainging here in 1997. I spend a lot of may spare time training my dogs for obedience competitions;I both compete and judge. My other hobbies are mosaicing and leadlighting – am working my way to leadlighting all the windows in my house. Among my more unuausl skills is Bellyancing. I pretend it is ofor excersie but really it allows me to indulge my weakness for some sparkle!
22IMG_9904_1_1c Philippa I have worked part time at Te Ngae since 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Waiariki Polytechnic. I have been a volunteer ambulance officer for 17 years and like to try to fit in a shift when not too busy working at Te Ngae Medical Centre. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and following my adult children around the country with their kayaking.
Natalie Heard, small Natalie I enjoy all aspects of practice nursing but have a special interest in working with patients with long term conditions such as diabetesOut of work I am a busy Mum with two lovely boys.
Achla _0038msmall Achla joined the nursing team earlier this year to cover while Natalie is away on maternity leave. Achla is very involved in the Rotorua community, when she is not at Te Ngae she can be found at Lakes Primecare or volunteering at Citizens Advice. Achla has three daughters and is also very busy helping on various committees.