Meet the Team
Dr Roger Ward
B.Sc., MBChB.,Dip Obst.,Dip Aviation Med.,FRNZCGP.
Family medical practitioner – living near Te Puke on a smallblock farming a few alpacas. Widely experienced in rural general practice. I enjoy being part of our small community with the opportunity to provide ongoing care. Allergies and musculoskeletal injuries are special interests . Academic sub speciality in Aviation Medicine to a Medical Examiner Grade 1 standard.
Dr John Almond
MBChB(Otago), DA, Dip.Obst, PGCert.
I am a NZ trained GP and have been a Partner at the Te Puke Medical Centre since 1982. I am interested in all aspects of General Practice including skin cancer surgery, dive , travel and sports medicine. I am married with 3 adult children and my other interests include an organic kiwifruit orchard, skiing and tramping.
Dr Alex Leslie
MBChB (Otago), FRNZCGP
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 Christine Williams
MBChB (Otago), Dip. Obst, FRNZCGP
I have been working at Te Puke Medical Centre (TPMC) since 2005. I work 4-5 mornings a week at the Medical Centre and in the afternoons I either work on my Kiwifruit orchard or ride my horse.
I have been a GP since 1983. I came to Te Puke from Drury, where I had my own practice for 22 years. I now work as an Associate at TPMC. Half of my sessions are worked in the ‘Walk-In’ or Duty Clinic. In the rest I see my own patients. This means that when I am not available for my booked clinics, I can usually be seen in a walk-in, Duty Doctor clinic. The downside of this is that there is often a wait to see me if the walk-in clinic is overloaded.
I tend to run late for appointment times, as I feel it is important for every patient to be given the time they need to deal with an important issue, and don’t like to rush through important concerns. This does not suit everyone, and I am trying to minimise the wait by stressing to each patient that I may not have time to cover all the issues raised at each consultation, but that I will always give time when needed. This may sometimes mean a return visit, to cover other, perhaps less important issues. I hope my patients understand this.
I have 3 adult children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a horse.
I enjoy reading, horse riding, tramping, skiing and travel.
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 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 with our labradoodle, keeping active and enjoying time with family.
Dr Phoebe Shearman
MC ChB, BSc, Dip Paeds
I graduated from University of Otago in 2012 and worked in Hawkes Bay Hospital before relocating to the sunny Bay of Plenty. I am originally from Auckland. I spent several years in Tauranga hospital where I completed the Paediatric Diploma and developed an interest in children’s health. I made the switch to General Practise last year. I am currently a year two registrar and hope to complete my fellowship exams in two years time. I enjoy the variety GP brings as well as the opportunity to get to know patients and their families. Outside of General Practice I enjoy running, learning to surf and the outdoors.
Dr Julea Dalley
– We wish to inform you that sadly, Julea has left our practice due to family commitments. We wish her well.
Dr Alex Leslie has replaced Julea.
From left: Gill Hodgson; Rachel Bartley; Tanya Nicholson; Sue Corney (Nurse Manager)
From Left: Jolanda Smith; Lindsay Muir; Michele Rowe
Sue Corney – Nurse Manager
I graduated as a Registered Nurse at Hutt Hospital and then worked as a practice nurse in Upper Hutt prior to having my children.
I moved to Te Puke in 1987 with my family and we bought a kiwifruit orchard. I started work as a practice nurse at Te Puke Medical Centre in 1992 and as part of my ongoing education completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing in 2010.
I really enjoy living and working in Te Puke. Practice nursing is challenging but very rewarding as it gives me the chance to work with people to help improve and maintain their health and quality of life at all ages. The patients who were babies when I first started work here are now having babies of their own.
The staff at Te Puke Medical Centre work together to offer a full range of quality primary health care services and it is a pleasure to be a part of this team.
Jan Farquhar – Practice Manager
I have lived in Te Puke for most of my life, having moved from Rotorua when Mum and Dad brought the Ford franchise here in the mid 60’s.
Te Puke was booming then with kiwifruit putting our town on the world map “The Kiwifruit Capital of the World”. Te Puke is a thriving service town and with the Eastern Arterial Link now completed, we have our town back and this is giving us the opportunity for a fresh look and we will once again be a “destination tourist attraction”.
Te Puke Medical Centre has been my workplace for over 25 years now. I still love coming to work every day – there is always a challenge or two – and that is what I thrive on.
To work with such a great bunch of professionals is a privilege and makes it easy to come to work each day.
From left: Tanya Broomhead, Debbie Murray; Jo Edwards; Jan Farquhar (Practice Manager); Karen Addison; Heather Childerhouse; Gail Drennan