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Meet The Team

GPs

  • Dr Daniel Asquith

    I was an archaeologist before I decided to go into medicine. I trained in the UK at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified in 1997 having also carried out postgraduate research in immunology.

    I spent five years working in hospital and emergency medicine and qualified as a general practitioner in 2005 in Taunton, Somerset. At that point, I first came to Whitianga on a working holiday. My family and I liked it so much, we returned in 2007 and have been here since.

    I became a partner in the practice in 2011. My areas of interest include emergency medicine, paediatrics, general medicine and skin cancer surgery.

  • Dr Richard Gould

    Dr Richard Gould grew up in England, before moving to the USA in 1991. During his time in America, he quit his career in finance and moved to medicine.

    He finished his training in family medicine, qualifying in 2004. In 2005 he spent 6 months working in Waimate, NZ and has been looking to return to NZ ever since. In 2016, he finally took the plunge and moved permanently to New Zealand with his family.

    He looks forward to the unique challenges rural medicine offers saying "I try to assist the patient from their starting point, where they are in their vision of health and try to improve it Little pieces at a time."

  • Dr Hannah Walker

    I joined the team in December 2011. I grew up in Essex, United Kingdom and studied zoology and medicine at the University of Bristol.

    While in Tonga I met my husband, a Whitianga local. I moved to New Zealand to work in Middlemore Hospital and then to the Gold Coast to work in emergency medicine. I returned to New Zealand to complete general practice training which has led me to Whitianga where I now live with my husband, beautiful girls and 2 dogs!

    I became a partner in 2019 and am really looking forward to steering the ship! I am very motivated to improve women's, children's and adolescent health. I also enjoy the emergency medicine Whitianga chooses to throw at us.

  • Dr Nicolas Ribet

    I studied and worked as a GP and ED doctor in mainland France, Reunion Island and French Polynesia (Tahiti and its Islands) for over 12 years.

    I am now very happy to be working in Whitianga, my family's favourite place in New Zealand.

    I particularly enjoy Children's and Women's health and will be delighted to speak some French with you.

Nurses

  • Adele

    Nurse / Director

    I joined the medical centre as clinical lead nurse in 2014 after having worked in a variety of roles in medical, surgical, neonatal, community, occupational health, management and perioperative care in both the public and private sector.
    I have a keen interest in all outdoor activity and enjoy travelling. I became a partner in the practice in 2019.

  • Tracy

    I joined the Mercury Bay Medical Centre team as a Registered Nurse in 2016. I studied at Manukau Institute of technology in Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2004. I then went on to complete a Postgraduate programme with Counties Manukau District Healthboard at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. I have experience in a range of Medical and Surgical specialities including Operating Theatre, Orthopaedic and Plastics, General Surgery and Gynaecology. I have lived in Whitianga for the past 11 years and have two boys that attend the local school. I have a passion in Sexual Health, Wound Care and Infection Control. I enjoy the varied role of Practice Nursing and the challenges it provides. I enjoy working alongside the diverse cultures here in Whitianga and assisting people with all their health requirements.

  • Vanessa

    I became part of the team at Mercury Bay Medical Centre in 2012. I grew up in Australia in a small rural community in northwest NSW. I completed my nurses training at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, graduating in 1995. Following this, I completed a rural nurse post-graduate programme. I have varied experience in most disciplines of nursing due to the nature of rural Hospital work. I have a keen interest in women's health, accident and emergency care.
    I moved to New Zealand pre children and now have three teenagers attending Mercury Bay Area School. I relish living in Whitianga and the good life style it provides.
    I embrace the diversity of care offered at Mercury Bay Medical Centre and enjoy assisting patients with all their health needs.

  • Robin

    I started working at MBMC in my second year as a Registered nurse in 2014. With a background in the medical laboratory services both in New Zealand and overseas I have been able to provide expert knowledge around blood taking and sample collection. Outside of work I enjoy exploring the Coromandel at every opportunity.

  • Janine

    I was born and bred in Te Awamutu and moved to Whitianga in 1999 with my family after taking 12 months parental leave from my job with Corrections. As we loved living in Whitianga so much I resigned from my position and accepted a position with Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki as a Kaiawhina (Community Health Worker) where I worked for 7 years, before completing my Bachelor of Nursing at Wintec in 2009. I then joined the Medical Centre team and have been here since. I love nursing and I particularly enjoy the variety and challenge of rural health, as every day is different, and I learn something new everyday. For me, the highlight of my job is "the people" and being able to make a positive difference in their life.

  • Laura

    I grew up in the Waikato, completing my Bachelor of Nursing studies at WINTEC in 2007. I've nursed in various hospitals, and in many different roles including general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics and acute trauma. I relocated to Whitianga 6 years ago and joined the wonderful Mercury Bay Medical Centre team soon after. I love my part-time nursing role. When I'm not nursing I am raising my young son and enjoy being active outdoors.

  • Sandy

    I have worked at the medical centre for 13 years - first working in 1999, then again in 2006. I'm proud to call the Coromandel home and to work in this awesome team.
    I have a history of working in haemodialysis, but I love working in primary care and all the variety it brings. My interests focus on health - food, fitness and fun.

Clinical pharmacist

  • Corina

    I initially joined the medical centre in 2017 in a new role to support patients and the team with medicine-related queries. In the past 20+ years, I have worked in NZ and in the UK in community pharmacies, specialist services in hospitals and undertaken research. The times I have been most satisfied and happy in my job are when I have worked in the community so it was a conscious decision to move back into primary care. I have a special interest in mental health (where I worked for much of my career) and in promoting physical and mental wellbeing. I do this by providing you information to help improve your understanding of your health conditions, the role of your medicines and what you can do in your own life to improve health outcomes that are important to you. I enjoy the variety of my jobs, and the best thing is meeting and connecting with people

MCAs

  • Kerry

    I have lived in Whitianga for 39 years and started working at the practice 19 years ago. I have seen the practice grow and develop over that time.
    I started as a receptionist and now work as a medical centre assistant which I find interesting and varied.

    My interests are fishing, walking & cooking

  • Te Awhi

    Prior to coming to Whitianga I worked in a 24hr Medical centre in Sydney.
    My role here is, Medical Care Assistant which I enjoy immensely. It involves assisting the clinical team, doing ECG, Blood taking, sterilizing and other roles (too many to name).
    I meet patients from all walks of life which is very rewarding.
    We have a caring and dedicated team here which I love working alongside of.

  • Annie

    Hi, Im Annie, I have worked at the MBMC since 2014, working as MCA, and doing the phlebotomy (taking the blood).

    I am a Graduate of Otago University, I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrtion, as well as completing papers towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Nutrition and Physical Education.

    I thouroughly enjoy working at the medical centre...great team and busy atmosphere.

    My interests and hobbies: Horse Riding, Netball, Fishing, Water sports, Outdoor living and adventures.

Administration

  • Anthea

    Administration

    I have lived in the Whitianga area most of my life and have brought my family up here too. I enjoy supporting our team in providing the best possible care and service for our community and visitors. Helping our patients in navigating their medical care is very rewarding.

  • Ruth

    Reception

    I have lived in Whitianga for 40years

    For 37yrs I was employed as a practice nurse at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre

    I am now employed as a receptionist and am enjoying my new role as I still have contact with the patients in our practice helping to provide an excellent customer service and present a positive face of the company.

  • Helen

    With 30yrs as a medical receptionist I still love the vibe of greeting people and attending to their needs.
    Living in this town is a bonus to this job.

  • Yvonne

    I was born in Middlemarch South Island. I have had over 10yrs experience as a medical receptionist, Over 3yrs here at MBMC. I enjoy the family we have here looking after everyone that walks in the front door. I have various hobbies, golf, fishing, exercise and my family.

  • Chloe

    After seven years working and travelling overseas, I have moved permanently back to Whitianga. I am so glad to be part of the MBMC team.

  • Wendy

    I moved to Whitianga 4 years ago from Manchester in the UK.
    I recently started work here as a medical receptionist and I am enjoying working and living in this beautiful country. My interests include walking, swimming and reading.