I have been a GP in Rotorua since 1987, first with Westend Medical Centre before joining the Te Ngae team in 2004. Born in Rotorua, I trained at Auckland University graduating in 1984 and following this pursued postgraduate studies in Obstetrics and in Aviation Medicine through Otago University. I enjoy the breadth of General Practice – the highlight is caring for many generations within the same family/whanau. My special interests are in dermatology, minor surgery, and aviation and occupational medicine. I am passionate about quality and safety in primary care medicine and am involved in promoting patient safety initiatives and research in this field. Outside of medicine, I enjoy walking and cycling, and hold a Private Pilots Licence and a microlight licence.
I grew up in Auckland and trained at Auckland Medical School and first moved to Rotorua as a Junior Doctor at Rotorua hospital. I have been a part time GP at Te Ngae Medical Centre since 2001. I enjoy all aspects of family health care and I have a particular interest in Women’s health care. I also work at Waiariki Polytech as a visiting Doctor.
My husband is a Paramedic with St John Ambulance and we have 2 children. Outside of work I am often seen providing a taxi service to my children’s after school activities, which include soccer, Futsal, swimming and flippa ball. To relax, I like to mountain bike in the Whaka forest and to go tramping. I enjoy working at Te Ngae Medical Centre as we are a friendly team, with similar philosophies of providing high quality medical care for our patients. It is a pleasure to work within the same community in which I live and play.
I graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1984. After working in hospitals in NZ and the UK I did post graduate studies in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Occupational Health. I joined Te Ngae Medical Centre in 1998 and enjoy all aspects of General Practice. I also do aviation and commercial diving medicals. Outside of work I enjoy time with my family and doing a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, running and tramping.
I trained in Auckland, and have lived and worked in Rotorua since 1993, working part time while growing my own family. I joined Te Ngae Medical Centre in 2004 as I was keen to take a more active role in running a General Practice. I enjoy the varied mix of ages, social strata and ethnicity found at Te Ngae. I love getting to meet and know people through my work, advocating for them in their health needs and am interested in all areas of general practice. There is never a dull day in GP work and I value the Te Ngae Medical team which make each day amazing. When not at work I can be found at the gym, in the forest, learning bridge or just having quality time with those around me.
I grew up in Southern California, obtained a BA in History at UC Santa Cruz, and worked as a Paramedic in Oakland, California before attending medical school in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from the Family Medicine Residency Program in Klamath Falls, Oregon, I worked in Montana and Oregon as a rural Physician as well as the Medical Director for the local Emergency Medical Services and Hospice. In 2008 our family moved to Rotorua, New Zealand, and we are proud to now be New Zealand Citizens. Outside of enjoying the breadth of General Practice, I love spending time with my family, mountain biking, gardening and music.
I am a part time GP and been a GP since 2000, working at Te Ngae Medical Centre since 2007. I have completed my diplomas in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Outside of work I spend time with my family and enjoy the outdoors.