Our GP Team
Greenwood Health has a large team of GPs comprising 5 permanent GP pairs, who work together to provide continuity of care for our patients. Our 2 permanent locum GPs cover for any of our regular GPs when they are absent and a Nurse Practitioner who provides Urgent Care appointments. Our doctors are all Fellows of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners or are working towards this qualification.
I undertook my medical training at Nottingham University in England, graduating as a doctor in 1985. After many years working in research I moved to New Zealand with my husband and 3 children and started as a GP in Motueka in 2004. I was one of the founding GPs when Pah, Poole and Greenwood St surgeries amalgamated in 2008. My areas of special interest are women’s health, sexual health, family planning, adolescent health and skin conditions. I am also one of the GP trainers in the practice.
Having brought them up in this region, I now have 3 adult children. When not at work I enjoy playing competitive Seniors tennis and badminton and dabble in lots of other sports. I am also fluent in German.
Graduating as doctor in 2012, I began practising as a GP at the end of 2017 and have been with Greenwood Health since June 2018. I have postgraduate qualifications in emergency medicine, tropical medicine and women’s health, I also have a strong interest in mental health.
Originally from Ireland my partner Henry and I came to New Zealand in 2013 where my personal interests in growing veggies, tramping, yoga and mountain biking can be well satisfied. I also enjoy playing Irish music and have a strong interest in environmental activism.
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 health care 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 Richmond, and went to Medical school at Otago where I met my now wife. I initially started training in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, before making the switch to General Practice 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I have special interests in Acute Medicine, as well as skin cancer medicine, but enjoy all aspects of General Practice. I now live back in my hometown with my wife and two young children, and we spend our time enjoying all the outdoor activities the region has to offer.
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 cell phone 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 start my journey at Greenwood Health.
I am a UK trained GP with interests in asthma and chronic airways disease. I job share with Dr Colette Pienaar and have been working in Motueka since my arrival in NZ in 2002. I worship at Tasman Bible Church and my hobbies include physics, science fiction, music and photography. I am enjoying my newly acquired status of Grandfather.
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
From Nelson originally, I graduated from University of Otago as a doctor in 2012 and I have been at Greenwood Health since 2015.
I have special interests in women’s health including sexual/reproductive health, adolescent health, lifestyle medicine, and breastfeeding medicine. I have a postgraduate diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (PgDipOMG) and doing further training in breastfeeding medicine. I also follow a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to medicine.
I am a mother of 2 and enjoy gardening and cooking.
Having trained as a nurse in the UK, I have worked in both the UK and NZ. My career focused on Emergency Care, mainly working in emergency departments in public hospitals in both the UK and NZ. This is where I embarked on further training for the Nurse Practitioner qualification, which I have now held for the last 15 years.
Being a Nurse Practitioner enables me to independently provide a complete health care service to my patients, in the same way that a doctor does.
Having moved into urgent care in the community a few years ago, I have gained an additional love of looking after people within primary care. With my specialist interest in emergency and urgent care medicine, I have been providing exactly this service to the community and visitors to Motueka from Greenwood Health since 2017.
Away from work, the ability to bike, run, hike and tramp in the amazing part of NZ, plus basically sitting and chilling in this amazing place, gives me that perfect split of work and home life.
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 9yrs in neurosurgical, general surgical and peripheral vascular surgical specialities. 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 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.
Working in Motueka has been a lovely combination of midwifery (earlier on) and Practice Nursing. Meeting and caring for people is always interesting.
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. Fortnightly I run a Spirometry Clinic for patients with suspected COPD/asthma. 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 health care 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 person which I have loved. I’m excited to now rise to the challenge of practice nursing in my home community here in beautiful Motueka.
Born and raised in Motueka I had a brief stint away in Dunedin studying Physical Education and Science at the University of Otago. After graduating with this double degree in 2008 I moved back to Motueka and began working at Greenwood Health in the Admin team in 2010. In recognition of my knowledge and understanding of health and pharmacology I moved from Admin and became a Health Care Assistant, where I play a vital role for GPs, patients and nurses in the provision of repeat prescriptions. I also am one of Greenwood Health’s Child Protection Officers. Outside of my work at Greenwood I am a married busy Mum of 3 and work as an EMT for St John while I finish my 3rd year of a Paramedicine degree through Auckland University of Technology.
I started at Greenwood Health in 2017 as a member of the Admin team. After a brief stint away on the North Island, working with the greatest love of my life, horses, I returned and took up the position of Health Care Assistant, which I find challenging but immensely enjoyable. My favourite part of the job is when I assist the GPs with minor surgery. Outside of work my horses keep me busy and I enjoy spending time with them in this beautiful region.
I managed health programmes in Somalia for two years before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working in health service finance in the UK. During a round the world adventure with my family we fell in love with the Motueka area and I am delighted to have been helping deliver excellent, accessible, affordable, and convenient GP health care at Greenwood Health since 2008.
I have worked in administrative health care 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.
After graduating from Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney in 2009 I worked primarily in operating theatres until a holiday to New Zealand made me realise a move was definitely in order. With my management experience I was lucky enough to secure the position of Nurse Team Leader at Greenwood Health in 2016. Practice Nursing has been a very enjoyable challenge and a change from a time when most of my patients were asleep. In 2017 I took on the new role of Clinical Manager and after completing a certificate in Travel Medicine from Otago the role of Travel Nurse. When not at work I enjoy exploring this lovely region, a good book or some hands-on building work.
I completed my nurse training in the United Kingdom, qualifying in 1994. Subsequently, I travelled round Europe gaining a depth of experience, ending in London were I worked as a Discharge Nurse Specialist. In returning to NZ I have continued to enjoy nursing and look forward to developing my skills as a Practice Nurse in Motueka.
I work in finance and administration at Greenwood Health. Currently part time. Initially I worked for Dr Jackie Blunt having moving 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. My most acclaimed role is organising the GP roster.