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.
Sarah has been working for us since February 2016. She completed her GP training in 2013. She has an interest in skin cancer medicine, minor surgery and lifestyle medicine. Sarah has completed the Certificate of Dermoscopy (Skin Cancer College of Australasia), and is doing further training in dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine. She has also completed a post graduate paper in Applied Nutrition and Exercise Science through AUT. Sarah is married with 3 primary school aged children. Qualifications: BSc, BA(hons), MBChB, FRNZCGP
Frith started working at Tahunanui Medical Centre on a long term basis in November 2016 after completing her GP registration practice here. Prior to this she has worked on the West coast and in Queenstown with the rural medicine training programme and travelled widely, including a period working in Nepal. She is interested in travel medicine, women’s and children’s health, and encouraging a holistic approach to improving our wellbeing. Outside of work she is kept busy with two young children and enjoys tramping, outdoor adventures, trying new activities, reading, mountain biking and skiing. Qualifications: MBChB, FRNZCGP
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.
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.