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Our Doctors

Dr Kate Swanson

FRNZCGP, MBChB, Dip Obs
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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

FRNZCGP, MBChB
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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 Richard Thomas

FRNZCGP, MB.BS, DRCOG, FPCert
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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 Lucia Mitchell

FRNZCGP, MBChB
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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 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

MBChB
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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 Julie Martin

MBChB DipObst DipPaed FRNZCGP PGCertTravMed
Book open for new patients (but limited)

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 Tom Currie

MBChB, Dip Child Health, FRNZCGP
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I completed my medical training at the University of Otago. I then worked in Christchurch public hospital in a number of areas of medicine.
Following this I moved into general practice. I completed GP specialty training while living and working in Hawkes Bay. Family roots have prompted our return to the Nelson region and we are excited for our next chapter commencing here. I enjoy all areas of general practice, the variety it brings on a daily basis and working with my local community. Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my young family and all things sport.

Dr Janine Bailey

FRNZCGP, MBChB
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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 Daniel Strange – Locum GP

MBChB, FRNZCGP

I grew up in Richmond and after completing my medical degree at Otago University I moved to Wellington to practice for the next 6 years. I recently decided to move back to my hometown and I am really enjoying being back. I am interested in food, travel and the outdoors. I enjoy the wide variety that general practice offers.

Dr Joost van Rens

Locum GP, FRNZCGP

I was born and grew up in the Netherlands, becoming a GP in 1989. I was motivated to do nonprofit work, and worked the next 18 years in The Hague in a health centre where the patients came from more than 30 countries; mostly refugees and immigrants.

My wife and I moved to NZ in 2009 after a year in Western Australia where I worked as a roving locum GP. We then lived near Kaitaia, Northland where I completed my NZ Fellowship in General Practice in 2013, while working there as a GP. We moved to Richmond in 2018 because we love the incredible natural beauty of the area,- the snow peaked mountains and the sea,- and appreciate the wide variety of social and cultural opportunities.

I enjoy the variety of people I meet working here as a GP, seeing every age group. One of my interests is mindfulness,- how to use this to deepen my experience of life, and my work as a GP. In my free time I enjoy fitness training at the gym, swimming and hiking. We participate in the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum: working to help our region move towards a sustainable future.

Dr Richard Everts – Specialist Physician

MBChB, FRACP, ABMM

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.