Doctors at Nelson Family Medicine

Dr Gillian Kearon MB BCh, BAO (Hons), PGCert WHlth.

Dr Gillian Kearon

I was born and bred in Dublin, Ireland. I obtained my degree from Trinity College in 2007 and completed my internship in Dublin before taking “a year out” to work and travel in New Zealand. 10 years later I’m still here and enjoying life in New Zealand which I am proud to call my second home.
I really enjoy all aspects of General practice and the variety it brings. It is a privilege to work as a GP and to assist patients to achieve their optimum health and happiness.

Dr Simon Harbinson MB ChB, MRCGP, DFSRH.

Dr Simon Harbinson

I grew up in N. Ireland and graduated from Aberdeen University in 1997.  
I moved permanently to lovely Nelson in 2013 with my wife (Susie) and our 3 boys. Prior to this, I owned a busy GP practice in Scotland for 5 years, worked in Western Australia and other areas of New Zealand.  I enjoy all aspects of general practice and find it a very rewarding job.  I have a particular interest in skin and minor surgery.
When I’m not working, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, playing and listening to music.

Dr Alannah Stockwell MB ChB, PGDip OMG, FRNZCGP.

Dr Alannah Stockwell

I am a Kiwi who grew up overseas. I completed my medical training through Otago University in 2005. I have post-graduate qualifications in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and General Practice.
I have worked in the Nelson/Tasman region as a GP since 2010. I really enjoy the variety of general practice and the relationships that you build up over time. My special interests are women's health and minor surgery. In my spare time I love being in the outdoors biking, walking and fishing.

Dr Andy Dawson MB ChB, FRNZCGP, PGCert TravMed.

Dr Andy Dawson

I grew up in Scotland and graduated from Aberdeen University in 1989. I trained in General Practice in the West Coast of Scotland and worked there as a rural GP, and in Africa prior to moving to New Zealand in 1993. I worked in Hamilton and Queenstown before settling in Nelson in 1996. I enjoy the variety that General Practice offers, and have additional experience in Travel Medicine and Occupational health.
I’m married to Fox and we have two daughters. Our family live on a lifestyle block where we keep Highland cattle. When I’m not busy looking after things there, I enjoy tramping, skiing and the outdoors.

Dr Hilary Burbidge MB ChB, PhD, PGDip GerMed, FRNZCGP.

Dr Hilary Burbidge

I am a NZ vocationally trained GP who moved to Nelson in 2006. I enjoy all aspects of general practice. I have a special interest in “over 65s” and urgent care and regularly locum in the services for the Elderly and the Emergency Department at Nelson hospital.
I have generally enjoyed a wide variety of experiences within the tapestry of life and wish my patients the same in their lives.

Dr Rachel Davidson BSc, MB ChB, DCH, FRNZCGP.

Dr Rachel Davidson

I grew up in Auckland and graduated from Otago Medical School in 2003. I have a Post Graduate Diploma  in Child Health. I moved to Nelson in 2005 and am now the proud mother of one young daughter. I am a keen mountain biker and enjoy all outdoor activities.

Dr Ed Johnson MB ChB(Hons), B.Sc(Clin Med), MA, MRCP, MRNZCGP.

Dr Ed Johnson

I was born in England and did my medical study in Glasgow Scotland, graduating in 2008. Having spent four years working in various UK hospitals I then moved with my young family to Gibraltar for a couple of years before taking the leap over to NZ in 2014. I started my GP fellowship training in Nelson in 2016.
I enjoy most sports and have loved getting back into football recently, and when not outside exploring in nature I will be training in the gym or playing with my two young boys.

Dr Cherry Laurenson BHB MBChB Dip Obs FRNZCGP.

Dr Cherry Laurenson

I graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1985. I worked as a GP in Northland and as a locum GP in various places in New Zealand. We moved to Nelson in 2011 and I continued locum work until this year (2019). I am very happy to settle into regular work at Nelson Family Medicine.
I enjoy all aspects of General Practice with no special interests. I have a grownup family and outside of work I like to spend time outdoors exploring.

Dr Dorren Kirkaldy MB ChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Obs.

Dr Dorren Kirkaldy

I graduated from Dundee University Medical School in 1986 and completed my General Practice training in Scotland. After working in rural and remote areas of Australia I moved to New Zealand in 1994 and have been in Nelson since 2002. I love General Practice and the wide range of challenges that it brings. My areas of interest are women’s health and child health. I have completed the Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand Colleges and hold a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
I have 2 children and my partner Mike works as an ENT Surgeon in Nelson. As a family we enjoy skiing, water-sports and lots of outdoor activities.

Dr Shaun McKenzie-Pollock BSc, MB ChB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP.

Dr Shaun McKenzie-Pollock

I am a NZ trained doctor with long links to Nelson, having done my junior doctor years at Nelson Hospital. I am a Specialist in General Practice (FRNZCGP) and have post-graduate training in Sports Medicine and Obstetrics. I enjoy working with sports people and have been involved with Sports Medicine up to national representative level. I am approved to do Maritime Medicals and Aviation Medicals. I see my prime focus as keeping people well and working with patients to achieve a positive approach to their own lifestyle and health.

Our nurses

Diane

Diane

I am interested in all aspects of individual and family health including health promotion, screening and education.
My special interest areas include chronic conditions (Diabetes, Heart, Respiratory), Travel Medicine, Women’s Health and extending the role of Practice Nurses. I’m proud to be a nurse – and caring is central to all aspects of my role.

Jodie

Jodie

I have been nursing since 2000, and have been a practice nurse at Nelson Family Medicine since 2006.
My background is medical / surgical. I enjoy working with the community and having the families and sometimes generations of the same families seeing me. I enjoy many aspects of nursing care, particularly cardiac, wound care and children.

Jacqui

Jacqui

I grew up in Auckland. After working in Surgical Ward and Intensive Care I moved to Queenstown to work as a Ski Area Nurse before settling back in Nelson.
I am interested in all aspects of family medicine and in particular Travel Medicine, Women's Health and Sexual Health.

Jayne

Jayne

I am formerly from Scotland, then Christchurch,before moving to Nelson.
I have worked predominately in Rural Community and Practice Nursing. My special interests at work are Women's and Sexual Health, Coeliac Disease and Endometriosis

Denise

Denise

My years of nursing in general practice have flown by. I have taken on specific roles in refugee health and venesection in addition to all the usual practice nurse roles.
I'm also a mother of three children, and enjoy keeping up with them, as well as tramping, skiing, playing my fiddle, and a newfound interest in sailing.

Bridget

Bridget

I completed my nursing diploma in Nelson, my home town. I travelled overseas and spent 5 years in the UK prior to coming back to New Zealand and meeting my partner. We have three lovely teenagers. I enjoy squash, swimming, walking our dog, movies, and spending time with family and friends.
I enjoy all the challenges and aspects of Primary Health Care. I particularly enjoy the continuity of care we can provide. Women’s health, children’s health and travel medicine are my special interests.

Anna

Anna

I have been nursing since 2003. I trained in Nelson and worked in Nelson Public Hospital, before moving to Christchurch for 8 years. My nursing background includes Medical, Geriatric and Plunket nursing. I really enjoy Primary Health Care especially working with children, women and families.
I have four children of my own and enjoy the outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Our receptionists

Jane

Jane

Helen

Helen

Megan

Megan

Nikki

Nikki

Faye

Faye

Julie-Ann

Julie-Ann

Karenne

Karenne

Our managers

Sharon

Jane

Nicky