Sue graduated from Otago Medical School in 1989 and joined Tahunanui Medical Centre in 1998. Sue’s areas of interest include children’s health, general medicine and mental health. Outside work Sue enjoys her family, drinking coffee, eating cake and arguing with her husband.
Qualifications: MBChB, Dip Ob’s, FRNZCGP
Steve is originally from the UK and trained at Nottingham University. Steve joined us in 2010 following GP training in Nelson. Steve has developed a special interest in rheumatology and has worked alongside Dr David Porter in supporting people with rheumatological conditions. Steve also has an interest in bowel health and undertakes sigmoidoscopies. Steve is married with 2 young children and likes to escape to the golf course.
Qualifications: MBChB, FRNZCGP
Jo graduated from Otago Medical School in 2004 and took over his father’s practice in October 2009. Jo’s interests lie in sports medicine, especially muskoskeletal conditions, as well as all aspects of family medicine. Jo has been very involved with the Tasman Makos and likes to be involved in other community sporting events such as Fight for Victory. Jo undertakes a variety of minor surgery. Jo is married with 3 young children who keep him busy when he is not at work or playing Frisbee.Qualifications: BCom, MBChB, FRNZCGP
Stephen joined the Tahunanui Medical Centre in 1997 and is interested in all aspects of medicine, Stephen has worked in Palliative Care and is the teacher for GP Registrars in the practice. Stephen is undertaking a post grad certificate in general practice and recently completed a Pain Management paper. Outside of work Stephen loves to spend time listening to his vinyl record collection, swimming, watching tennis and eclectic films.
Qualifications: MBChB, Dip Ob’s, FRNZCGP
Kirstie graduated from Otago Medical School in 1990 and has been working at Tahunanui Medical Centre since 1998. Kirstie enjoys all aspects of general practice but she has extensive experience in women’s health including family planning. Kirstie is our resident guru on menopause and long term contraceptive devices and also works at the Independent Nurses Medical Clinic. Kirstie and Stephen (Neas) have two grown up sons and Kirstie is a great cook.
Qualifications: MBChB, Dip Ob’s, FRNZCGP.
Katie graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2007. After working in Australia, Katie came to NZ and completed her GP training in 2012. Katie’s interests include maternal and child health (including breastfeeding issues), skin cancer medicine and minor surgery. Katie has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Women’s Health (University of Otago) and a Certificate in Dermoscopy (Skin Cancer College of Australasia). Outside of work Katie is busy with her two young children. Qualifications: MBBS Hons, FRNZCGP.
Sarah started to work for Tahunanui Medical Centre on a long term basis from 2 February 2016. Sarah completed her GP training in 2013. Sarah has 3 young children and is looking forward to working within her own community of Tahunanui. Qualifications: MBChB, MRNZCGP
Frith started working at Tahunanui Medical Centre on a long term basis in November 2016 after completing her GP registration practice here. Frith is currently on Maternity leave after the birth of her second child and we look forward to her return in March 2018.
We are very fortunate to be a teaching practice for doctors who are undertaking specialist training in general practice. Our GP Registrars are fully qualified doctors, they spend 6 months with us and receive teaching from our staff, led by Stephen Neas, as well as seeing patients. The GP Registrars bring a variety of experience, many have previously been senior doctors in other specialities such as Psychiatry, General Medicine. We see their input as extremely valuable to our practice.
Sue Driver (Nurse Team Leader), Emma Crook, Ann Russell, Deanna Vickers and Tammy Sinclair
Karenne is responsible for the running of the practice. Karenne has a background in early childhood education, she is dedicated to ensuring this practice provides a quality service. Any suggestions or concerns should be directed to her.
Tahunanui Medical Centre is a purpose built building in Nelson which was opened in 1980. The cedar cladding and unusual angles give it a relaxed non-medical feeling and allow it to fit into the beach-side environment of Tahunanui.
The carving spanning the driveway was commissioned by Dr Chris Knight and carved by the Wakatu Marae carvers. It was unveiled and blessed by local kaumatua, Mr Jack Kohe, in a dawn ceremony on October 18th 1980. The carving represents a gateway to health for all races. It depicts the traditional healing methods for spiritual, physical and mental health. The pillar which supports the carving represents the modern healing methods. Te Rapu Oranga can be translated as the place to seek health or to feel well.