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Our Doctors

Dr Kate Swanson

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After finishing my training at Otago medical school I went on to do general practice training in Southland. This included training in rural GP service which is an interest of mine. I then practiced for several years in Lumsden and Queenstown before moving with my family to the Nelson region. I enjoy the wide variety of experiences that General Practice provides.

Dr Geoff McAlpine

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I came to medicine late in life (30) having previously worked in many fields including building, marine conservation, deep sea fisheries, forestry. I completed my training in 1999 and worked for 5 years in hospital medicine (emergency and psychiatry). I completed my Fellowship in General Practice in 2010 and have been permanently at Richmond Health since 2009. I love all aspects of general practice but have special interests in minor surgery, men’s health and mental health. I’m married with two children and enjoy several outdoor activities (kitesurfing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting).

Dr Lucia Mitchell

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I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1981, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1983. I completed general practice training in Greymouth, gaining Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1998. We moved to Nelson in 1999. I believe that my work as a general practitioner grants me the privilege of sharing in other’s lives, and I immensely enjoy the wide variety of general practice, in particular Geriatrics, dementia care and palliative care. Pastimes outside of medicine include reading, music, walking and enjoying our beautiful Nelson region, and spending time with our daughters and grandchildren.

Dr Antonia Mead

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Originally from nearby Golden Bay, I spent time overseas before starting my tertiary studies. I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology at Victoria University, Wellington, and went on to study Medicine at the University of Otago. I spent my first clinical years at Christchurch Hospital and moved back to Nelson in 2012 to take up a position at Nelson Hospital. Thoroughly enjoying being back home in the Nelson region, I decided to stay and complete my general practice training here. I have a special interest in women’s health and have completed postgraduate training in this area via University of Otago. In my spare time I like to get outdoors as much as possible.

Dr Richard Thomas

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After completing my medical degree at Guys hospital in London, I worked in Christchurch in the late 1980s and subsequently have almost 20 years of general practice experience, both in the UK and in Tasman (having moved to this area 10 years ago.)

I have an ongoing enthusiasm for General Pracitice and when not working keep busy trying to keep up with my daughters and springer spaniel dog!

Dr Janine Bailey

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I grew up in Christchurch, where I finished my Otago training. After an OE in Britain, my husband and I settled in Lyttelton, where I spent time practicing hospital medicine, before buying a Practice in Motueka. I have worked in Richmond for over 10 years now, and value the relationships I have established here, as well as the ever-changing nature of General Practice. I have also taught General Practice at all levels, and have kept up my thirst for knowledge by a studying a variety of things from Acupuncture, to Neurolinguistics, Masters papers including Cardiology, Ethics, and advanced teaching and learning techniques, and more recently Bio and Neurofeedback. I have a keen interest in mind body medicine and enjoy the opportunity to incorporate this into patient care.

Dr Julie Martin

MBChB DipObst DipPaed FRNZCGP PGCertTravMed
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I grew up in Dunedin and obtained my medical degree from the University of Otago, but I have been living and working in Australia for over 20 years, including some time working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  I recently relocated to the Tasman region with my husband and daughter and I’m loving exploring all that this region has to offer.   I am particularly passionate about all aspects of women’s health and contraceptive management, including IUD insertions, having worked at Family Planning Queensland for a number of years. In 2017 I undertook further university study and now hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine.  I am a mad keen traveler myself and would love to help you prepare for your travels.  Outside of work I love photography and being in the great outdoors.  I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Dr Liz Narbey

FRNZCGP, MBChB (Otago), Dip Obst (Auckland)
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I am an Otago graduate and moved to Nelson in 1980 to complete my house surgeon years and Diploma in Obstetrics. After traveling overseas I entered the GP training programme in Nelson and have remained in general practice in the Nelson region since 1984. A passion for people is what fuels my enjoyment of general practice; I also like the variety of work and being able to offer continuity of care as part of a team. My particular interests are ‘whole person health’ and preventative health. My pastimes include walking , gardening, art and photography and singing in a community choir. I am married with two daughters.

Dr Mark Hatfull

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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 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.

Dr Richard Everts – Specialist Physician


Specialist Physician, Medical Microbiologist, Infectious Diseases Specialist. Special interests include respiratory disease, chronic fatigue, infectious disease.

I have experience and interest in a broad range of General Medicine conditions. I work at Nelson Hospital as a Medical Specialist and see private patients at Richmond Health Centre on referral from their GP.