Our GP / NP Team
Greenwood Health has a large clinical team comprising permanent and locums GPs, Nurse Practitioners, including an Urgent Care Practitioner and a large Nursing and Health Care Assistant Team who, alongside our Administrative Team provide excellent care for our patients.
Our GP/NP Team work together in pairs, trios or groups to provide continuity of care for our patients
Our doctors are all Fellows of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners or are working towards this qualification
Gusta van Zwieten
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I graduated as a medical doctor in 2014 at Maastricht University. Afterwards, I proceeded to qualify as a GP and completed a PhD research degree in ear, nose and throat medicine and neuroscience. During these years I was fortunate to have worked in several different countries, such as UK, Canada, Nepal and Ghana.
My job as a GP provides a unique position to care for patients of all age groups, help and guide them with their specific needs, and build a trusting relationship over time. I find this variety of medical practice very stimulating and rewarding.
In October 2021 my partner Jan and I moved to this beautiful part of the world. We feel inspired by the Kiwi lifestyle and especially love to explore the outdoors, whether it be climbing, mountain biking or tramping. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the team at Greenwood health and am looking forward to meeting you.
I was born and raised mainly in the centre of the Netherlands. With all types of nature close to each other, it is a great place to grow up. After years of education and gaining some working experience abroad, I finished my GP training in 2020.
My interests are broad and I would describe myself as an all-round GP. I enjoy all aspects of general practice. My focus is to help and guide patients further with their symptoms, questions or uncertainties. I find it desirable to incorporate diverse aspects of life in the evaluation and treatment of diagnoses. For me, it is important to appreciate the complexity of the human body and I strive to identify the most impactful causes of the presented request for help.
Besides work I enjoy quality time with my family and friends, baking cake/bread and being in the outdoors; where you will find me jogging, scuba diving or climbing some hill.
I grew up on the Otago Peninsula and graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 2008. After moving from Dunedin with my young family, I joined the team at Greenwood Health in 2013 and became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2015.
I enjoy all aspects of general practice, particularly children’s health and mental health. I am passionate about providing quality healthcare to the people of our region.
I love living in Motueka. I feel proud to be part of a practice that is actively involved in the training of the next generation of doctors and that is also solely locally owned and operated.
I was born in the Netherlands, where I completed my GP training and a specialisation in tropical medicine. Before my family and I found our home in Motueka in 2012, I worked in Columbia, providing medical aid to indigenous communities.
I am passionate about getting to know people, learning about their backgrounds, motives and aspirations. While I enjoy all aspects of rural general practice, my special interests are travel medicine, rheumatology and woman’s health. I am a certified Yellow Fever vaccinator and I also work in the public rheumatology clinic twice a month.
Outside of work, I love spending time in the outdoors and with my young family.
I have been in the Nelson Region since graduating from Otago University in 2002. My wife and I love the region so much that we have never left. We have three young children and enjoy the wonderful environment that Motueka offers to raise a family. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice. With a special interest in allergies, musculoskeletal medicine, and providing healthcare for children. I have completed extra paediatric training via a Diploma in Child Health at Otago and also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Allergic Disease from the University of Western Sydney.
Having completed my medical training at the University of CapeTown, South Africa, I have worked in South Africa, England and Wellington as a GP. Since 2006, I have been fortunate to be able to call Motueka home and to be part of the team at Greenwood Health. I enjoy all aspects of primary health and have a particular interest in Paediatrics, having a diploma in Child Health. My other areas of interest are in Women’s Health and Care of the Elderly.
I grew up in North Canterbury, but Motueka has lured me in and now I don’t want to leave! I love to get out on my bike or in my kayak, to explore all our local surrounds. Motueka provides the best work/lifestyle balance imaginable. I am happiest when my husband and I are out in the bush or on the water with no cellphone and a block of chocolate. I have a particular interest in Paediatrics and Women’s Health, doing postgraduate study in both during 2015. I look forward to meeting you as I continue my journey at Greenwood Health.
Born in Taranaki my family soon moved to the South Island and really this is where I have remained. I graduated from Otago University in 1983 and started general practice in Motueka in 1991, initially in Riwaka, then Pah St and on to Greenwood in 2008.
From 2018 for 2 ½ years I left Greenwood to experience work in different places. The highlight of this time was having the privilege to work as a volunteer in Vanuatu and Nepal.
I am now back working in Greenwood trying to fill the fairly large shoes of Dr Martin Hudson, who retired in 2020.
I have post graduate qualifications in sexual health , travel medicine and gynaecology.
Outside of work I love the outdoors enjoying tramping, biking and caving.
I have 2 adult daughters, both of whom are living in Motueka, so this is clearly meant to be my home.
Trained at Pretoria University in South Africa, I qualified as a doctor in 1996. I worked in rural South Africa until we moved to Motueka in 2004. I attained my Fellowship with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2013. I am interested in all aspects of general practice, but I especially enjoy skin cancer medicine and women’s health. My husband, Willem, is a dentist and works in the dental wing of Greenwood Health. We have three children. I recharge by reading good books, enjoying long walks on the beach, having friends around for a meal and watching a good movie. In the community I am actively involved at Alive Church of Christ.
My motto when practising medicine is the following: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease” – William Osler
Born in Dannevirke in rural Tararua country I moved to the South Island for school and never left. I now consider myself a mainlander and have settled in sunny Tasman with my wife and children.
Prior to starting medicine I completed an honours degree in Molecular Biotechnology through Otago as well as a certificate in Outdoor Recreation through Tai Poutini Polytechnic on the West Coast.
I have been a doctor for over ten years, working in a number of hospitals in the South Island while completing my specialist training in Rural Hospital Medicine. I am currently splitting my time between a hospital job at Te Nikau in Greymouth and GP work at Greenwood. My interests in medicine include older person care, general internal medicine, cardiology, acute care and wilderness and remote medicine.
Outside of work I keep balance by enjoying the hills and beaches with my family.
We have a large team of Primary Health Nurses and Health Care Assistants who work alongside our GPs to provide excellent care to our registered patients and visitors. Our nurses are all registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council.
I have been Practice Nursing since 2006. Prior to that I worked as a theatre nurse for nine years. I enjoy working with patients to achieve health goals and in particular, acute nursing care.
After graduating from nursing in 1987, I worked at Wellington Hospital for 9yrs in neurosurgical, general surgical and peripheral vascular surgical specialties. Following a year off, when I looked after family, I returned to nursing as a Practice Nurse. I worked in Palmerston North for the next 2yrs, which included an after-hours service. My life as a Practice Nurse continued in Kerikeri until I had my own family, taking a break for 10 years to raise my 3 children. After a move to the South Island, I returned to Practice Nursing at Greenwood Health in 2011. I thoroughly enjoy living in this area and having the privilege of contributing to the health needs of people of all ages. I (also) take a particular interest in people with cardiac problems and the prevention of cardiac ill health.
I graduated from Massey University in 2008 and have been a Practice Nurse at Greenwood since 2015. I have two special interest areas – respiratory nursing and allergy/immunotherapy nursing. I live locally and have two young children who keep me busy outside of work.
I love being a practice nurse in the beautiful Motueka community. Having raised a large family, I am passionate about delivering friendly, efficient healthcare to local families
I started my nursing journey in 2007, qualifying in the UK. My first uniform was proudly worn on a Ward for Older People before moving on to Accident and Emergency. 2012 saw me hopping over to NZ to continue critical care nursing in Intensive Care. Now I get to wear my Practice Nurse hat and nurse in the beautiful Motueka area.
After training at Christchurch Polytechnic, I became a nurse in 2008. After a few years out of the region I joined Greenwood Health in 2018. I am married with two young boys. We love the outdoors, enjoying biking and tramping around the Tasman area. I also enjoy supporting my local community in the Upper Moutere, with events and evening cook ups for local families.
I have been a nurse since 1994. I trained in the UK and worked as an Emergency Nurse in London for 10 years before re-training as a midwife. Since 2009 I have been a Primary Health Nurse. I am passionate about providing holistic care to patients in a kind and friendly environment. I have lived in New Zealand since 2003, with my husband and 4 boys.
I began my nursing journey in 1997, after completing my degree in Nelson. I then moved to Australia to work in various medical, surgical and rehabilitation inpatient settings. The last 11 years I have been committed to working in mental health with the older persons, which I have loved. I’m excited to now rise to the challenge of practice nursing in my home community, here in beautiful Motueka.
I have been nursing since the 1990s in multiple different hospitals in several countries and have loved the excitement of all the travel opportunities it has provided. The world is one exciting place.
Mostly, I have specialised in Adult Critical Care, with a particular interest in Organ Transplants and Trauma.
Being a Practice Nurse is new role for me, but I thoroughly enjoy the challenges it brings and being part of the local community.
I am new to this region and love the weather and the outdoor life it provides, it’s definitely a special part of NZ.
I graduated as a registered Nurse in 2021.
I grew up in Motueka, so giving back to the community through providing healthcare is very rewarding to me. I love that I get to work with our diverse population and Whanau within our community.
Having had two beautiful babies throughout my studies, I have a strong passion in working to support our Mothers and Tamariki, to create positive health outcomes and experiences.
I did my initial nurse training in Cairns Base Hospital, Far North Queensland, graduating in 1991. I then had a break while I had my son and have been working in New Zealand since 1993. I have had a large variety of roles in both hospital and community settings, including Occupational Health. I enjoy meeting all sorts of people and helping them meet their healthcare needs.
My husband and I enjoy getting out to Abel Tasman on our launch and making the best of what this wonderful region has to offer.
Originally from Auckland, I am enjoying living in this beautiful part of NZ.
I have worked in the health industry for the past 12 years.
I thoroughly enjoy working in rural practices. My experience has created a diverse approach to providing each patient with their own warm friendly healthcare experience.
I’m so happy to have joined this amazing team at Greenwood Health.
Our Allied Health Team
I graduated as a Nurse in 2012 and moved into mental health nursing. It has always been my passion to one day work in Primary Care to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Fast forward to 2021 and the position of Health Improvement Practitioner exists. It is the most rewarding role I have ever had.
Outside of work I have a busy family and a large garden to keep me busy. I like to do yoga, weight training and to try new things as a challenge. I enjoy getting outside for walks at the beach and in the bush or catching up with friends for a cuppa.
Born in Canada, my family and I moved to New Zealand at a very young age. I was very lucky to have been raised in the Motueka region. After years of travelling, I’m very grateful to be back working in this community.
As someone who was raised in this beautiful town, I am very passionate about the wellbeing of our community.
My role is to be available to assist our local whanau in meeting their self-identified goals and creating a happy and healthy environment for their mokopuna.
I assist in making sure the right support is in place for people of all ages in our community, as well as supporting you with a range of things, including your mental and emotional wellbeing, managing long-term health conditions and connecting with your community.
IT and Finance
I work in finance and administration at Greenwood Health, currently part time. Initially, I worked for Dr Jackie Blunt having moved to Upper Moutere in 2001. My previous life involved theatre and fine arts in other cities. In 2011 I gained my Bachelor of Arts & Media from NMIT, Nelson.
After graduating with my degree in electrical engineering from the University of Canterbury in 2014 and working in that field in Christchurch, I moved to Motueka in 2016. While still working remotely as an engineer at the time, I began at Greenwood Health in 2019 as part of the excellent administration team to get involved in the community and out of my house!
After a year in administration, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position overseeing IT at the practice, which I enjoy immensely and where I’m constantly learning. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, music, video games and all things computers.
I have worked in administrative healthcare since 1989. Before our three Motueka practices merged into Greenwood Health, I was the Practice Manager at Poole Street Surgery. At Greenwood Health we have a wonderfully dedicated administration team, who are a privilege to lead. Outside of Greenwood Health I am married with 3 teenage children, who keep me busy. I enjoy spending time on our lifestyle property in the Moutere and you will often find me either judging at equestrian events or on the hockey pitch.
I am a Chartered Accountant (ex KPMG) with a commercially focused background, having worked in senior roles within retail, wholesale and construction. After 15 years living in central Nelson, my husband I, with our two young adult sons, moved to the beautiful Upper Moutere region in 2018. I am delighted to be embarking on a new journey as Business Manager for Greenwood Health. Outside of work, during summer, I love swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. In winter I like to get out on my bike and I’m an all-year-round dog walker with our energetic Wheaten Terrier.
Our Admin Team
We have a dedicated administrative team ready to meet your needs as a first point of contact, either by phone or in person at Greenwood Health. Our experienced team is always available to answer your queries, make appointments or direct your calls to a nurse or GP. If you have any questions about the services we can provide at Greenwood Health, please do not hesitate to ask any member of our team.