Meet the Team


Dr Lisa Wain

MBChB (Otago), Diploma in Paediatrics

I graduated from Otago Medical School in 2014.   Since then I have been living in Mount Maunganui and working at Tauranga Hospital in a variety of roles.   I completed a Diploma in Paediatrics and because of this have an interest in Child Health within General Practice.   I am currently GPEP 2 and working towards my fellowship.

I spend most of my spare time at the beach, keeping active and enjoying time with my husband and young daughter.


Dr Scott Rieper

Originally from Lower Hutt, I graduated from Otago University in 2016. I worked in a variety of medical jobs at Tauranga Hospital before making the move to General Practice in 2019.
I want to help people to achieve their goals through education and healthy choices, and to be able to enjoy the benefits of good health. My interests include travel, rock climbing, mountain biking, golf and good food.

Dr Alex Leslie

I am a newly awarded Fellow of the Royal College of GPs having completed training in the Bay of Plenty area in 2018. Prior  to GP training  I worked in a variety of specialities and hospitals around New Zealand and Australia, including as a General Surgery and Paediatric doctor at Tauranga Hospital and as an Emergency doctor in rural Northern Territory.

Alongside GP I work at a local Urgent Care clinic  and as a Police Medical Officer. My interests are children’s health, men’s health, and acute medicine.

I grew up on a farm in rural Manawatu and moved to Mount Maunganui with my wife in 2012. We enjoy travelling and now have two kids under three. When I’m not wrangling kids I enjoy getting outdoors on board / bike / foot and flying Cessna light aircraft

Dr Stewart Montgomery

MBChB (Otago), Diploma in Paediatrics, FRNZCGP

I am originally from Gisborne.   I  graduated from Otago University in 2000.    I have worked in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia and gained a Diploma in Paediatrics in 2005 before commencing my GP training in 2006.   Following completion of my exams I worked in General Practice in Dublin, Ireland for 4 years where I gained great general experience.

I have been working at Te Puke Medical Centre since 2011 and have recently joined the Partnership.

I spend most of my spare time with my family and have two young children.    I also love surfing, golf and mountain biking.

Dr Kerry Neilson

MBChB, DipObst

I am from South Canterbury where I was a solo rural practitioner for many years. To keep some variety, I also worked at the local emergency department, the family planning clinic, the STI clinic, and for a while the youth health clinic & the marae clinic too.
I am passionate about women’s health, and have been active in community efforts to improve women’s health.
Out of work I enjoy pets, gardening, bicycling, motorcycling, and tramping.

Dr Elaine Pooler


I qualified from St.George’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1992. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1993, initially spending several years in Auckland and Invercargill, before settling in Tauranga in 2001. Since then I have worked, enjoying patient-centred family practice, at Te Puke Medical Centre.

Outside of work, I enjoy time spent with my partner and 2 young sons on beach walks, cycling and kayaking;  trying to keep the garden under control and beat the bugs to the fruit and veg.

Dr Brooke Vosper  

MBChB (Auckland), PGDipSurgAnat, MRNZCGP

I grew up in Tauranga and went to Tauranga Girls College finishing in 2003. I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2009 and then spent my first couple of years working in Auckland and Middlemore Hospitals.

I took some time off to travel around Africa and Europe before returning and doing some locum work at Timaru Hospital. I then came home to Tauranga Hospital where I spent nearly 3years as an Orthopaedic Registrar.

After spending some time working in the Northern territory of Australia and travelling around Asia, I returned to Tauranga and began the GP training. I passed my exams in 2016. I am now GPEP 2 and plan on completing my fellowship next year.

I have an interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

I enjoy keeping active and regularly play netball and enjoy sailing and softball in the summer months.

Dr Cheryl Pittar 


I was born and raised in Tauranga. My family and extended family come from Te Puke. After training and working several years as a Nurse I enrolled at the University of Auckland and completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pharmacology and Psychology before entering my medical training at the Auckland School of Medicine. I spent my junior doctor years in a variety of Auckland Hospitals and then went onto start my GP training in 2010 . After living in Auckland for 17 years I returned home in 2011.
I am a fellow of the Royal NZ college of GPs having completed the GP specialist training. I enjoy being a generalist. I love the variety that general practice has. I have a variety of other roles outside of working two days a week as the duty doctor at Te Puke Medical which includes Urgent care work at Accident & Healthcare, School Doctor for Papamoa College & remote work from home – initially covid response work but now medical administration work.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my partner on the weekends. I have a 22 year old son who lives in Auckland. I enjoy running and am involved with my local Mount running club.

Dr Lauren Whitworth


I grew up in Whangamatā, in the Coromandel Peninsula. I moved to Auckland to study medicine and graduated in 2018. I worked in a variety of medical specialities at Tauranga Hospital, before completing my Diploma of Paediatrics through Otago University in 2021. I started my GP training in 2022 in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, which I now consider to be home.

I enjoy the continuity of care that being a GP provides as well as the variety. I am looking forward to working with the community of Te Puke. I spend time outside of work with family and friends, keeping active and enjoying good food. 

Dr Michelle Stewart


Kia ora koutou katoa, nō Tāmaki Makaurau ahau.  Ko Michelle tōku ingoa.

After growing up in Auckland, I headed south to Ōtepoti (Dunedin) to study medicine.  I spent my clinical years in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) before graduating in 2016 and moving to the sunny Tauranga Moana.  I spent 4 years working in a range of specialties in Tauranga Hospital gaining valuable experience in General Medicine and Paediatrics then completing my diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology.  I am passionate about Hauora Māori and I’m currently in my second year of studying Te Reo Māori at Toi Ohomai.

Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors; hiking, biking, diving, or skiing.

I started GP training in 2021 and I am working towards my fellowship.  I am looking forward to getting to know the community here in Te Puke.

Ngā mihi.

Tanya Nicholson – Nurse Practitioner   

As a registered nurse I have worked both in New Zealand and overseas and have experience in both hospital and community settings. I began Practice Nursing in 2010 and found that it was a good fit for my passion for community well-being, intertwined with my nursing knowledge and clinical skills.

I completed my Masters of Nursing in 2023, becoming a Nurse Practitioner. As a Nurse Practitioner, I bring valuable life skills and expertise to deliver comprehensive care to patients and their families across the lifespan for both acute and chronic conditions. I provide holistic, patient-focused, evidence-based nursing care which focuses on improving health outcomes.

I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Te Puke Community. My children have all completed their schooling here and are now studying or working in New Zealand and abroad. I enjoy all things, coffee, walking, the beach and spending time with my family.


Kelly Withers – Nurse Manager

Born in Christchurch and raised in Seattle, I transitioned from nearly two decades of teaching to follow my passion for healthcare. Since 2019, I embarked on a journey that led me to attain a Bachelor of Nursing. Proudly serving as a practice nurse in the Te Puke Medical Centre, I find joy in diverse interactions across all stages of life, focusing on empowering patients towards healthier lives through education.

My teaching background has provided me with valuable parallels between nursing and education, emphasing communication and empathy in guiding patient journeys. I aim to apply these skills to enhance individuals’ well-being.

Outside of work I cherish moments with my family and dog in the great outdoors. 


Chris Fyfe – Practice Manager

I grew up in Tauranga and left after school to study at Waikato University before travelling the world.

After returning to New Zealand and before taking on this role at Te Puke Medical Centre, I have worked in a similar role at a medical centre in Rotorua. I enjoy the challenges and variety this role brings and it is a privilege to be part of this team.

Outside work I enjoy the outdoors, particularly tramping, cycling, tennis, recently stand up paddle boarding and on a day off can be found at the beach. 



Left to Right: Lea Bayly; Brittany McDonnell; Kelly Withers (Nurse Manager),
Orna Chalmers, Paula Tanner, Sarah Hodgson (Health Care Assistant)

Absent: Gill Hodgson; Sue Corney

Admin Team

Left to Right: Tanya Broomhead; Gail Drennan; Debbie Murray; Jo Edwards;
Susanne Jones; Gill White