Doctors Pakuranga Medical


Dr. Barbara Schafer

Dr. Barbara Schafer



I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to immigrant parents and have thus spoken English, French and German from an early age. I attended Montreal’s McGill University, obtaining B.Sc. and M.D. degrees. While doing my internship (the equivalent to the NZ house surgeon year) in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, I met my husband.


We emigrated to NZ in 1985. Our 3 children were born in Auckland. They are now young adults living in NZ and abroad.


I started working as a general practitioner in Pakuranga in 1989 and became a FRNZCGP in 2001. I have been privileged to have long term relationships with many patients and to be of help to them.  I continue to enjoy the challenges of medicine and the opportunity to attend frequent continuing medical education sessions and to read varied publications.


I also enjoy socialising with new and old friends, cycling, exploring NZ and further afield, reading, gardening and viewing art.

Dr. Bushra Kadhim

Dr. Bushra Kadhim

MBChB Baghdad Medical School 1987, FRNZCGP 2007.


I have been working in general practice in Auckland since 1998 in different suburbs including South Auckland, Panmure, Howick and Pakuranga. I enjoy working with different age group patients and in multi cultural environments as I have a mixture of patients (European, Russian, Middle Eastern).


I speak three languages, Russian, English, and Arabic.


My special interests include womens health, child health, elderly people, and migrants.

I have two Children  and an elderly mother living with me.

Dr. Denis Lee

Dr. Denis Lee

MbChB Dip Obs Dip Av Med FRNZCGP, Honorary Senior Lecturer in General Practice Auckland University


Having been born in Dunedin, I spent my childhood in Mangere Bridge and then later in Pakuranga.  Medical training then took to back to Dunedin and after some time I returned back to Pakuranga to work with my father.


We have 3 sons wo are or have been overseas in 3 continents.


Family medicine continues to interest me especially with the care of the new born, the care of older people and those terminally ill.  I also have an interest in minor surgery.


I am a Medical Examiner grade 1 for CAA NZ and a DME for CASA.


I spend some time on health governance as Chair of East Health Trust PHO and as a member of a number of other related organisations.  Whilst challenging, it is equally rewarding when there are gains made for improving health and welfare of our local community.


Golf continues to be my favourite pastime away from work along with walking, gardening and travelling overseas.


Dr. Eileen Sables

Dr. Eileen Sables

MBBS (UK), MRCGP (UK), FRNZCGP (NZ), Honarary Senior Lecturer in General Practice Auckland University


Born and educated in Newcastle upon Tyne, until graduation from University in 1985, I then trained as a GP in the Northeast of England.


I moved to New Zealand with my husband and 2 children and have been working in general practice in Auckland since.  I have also been involved in training of medical students from Auckland University for many years.


I am interested in all aspects of medical care for patients of all ages, and have special interests in women's health, sexual health and mental health.  I particularly like looking after serveral generations of the same family because I feel that knowing a family well leads to better quality care.  I also love being part of a sizeable team of doctors, nurses and administrative staff because I get the opportunity to see how other people work and get to share their knowledge - we learn a lot from each other.


Away from work I like to be out in the Hauraki Gulf boating, fishing or swiming, or just soaking up a little piece of Godzone!

Dr. Ken Chin

Dr. Ken Chin



I completed my Medical Degree at Auckland University Medical School in 1998. I then trained  in surgery, specifically in Urology in the various hospitals across the Auckland Region.


In 2004, I moved into general practice/accident and medical.


I enjoy all areas of general and family medical care.


I have a specialty in Travel Medicine.  I am a World Health Organisation International Health Regulations approved vaccinator.  This includes Yellow Fever vaccination.  As a travel doctor, my focus is to optimise traveller health and reduce health risks while travelling.


I also have a special interest in urological medicine and the surgical removal of skin cancers. 


I was born in Malaysia and moved to New Zealand as a teenager. I completed my high school education at St Kentigern College (Dux, 1991), before attending Auckland University Medical School. I live locally in East Auckland, and enjoy a busy family life with my wife and two fun filled daughters.

Dr. Lorraine Mckinstry

Dr. Lorraine Mckinstry



I completed my medical degree in Auckland, then worked for 2 years at Waikato Hospital. I returned to Auckland to do my GP training, then the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Womens’ Hospital. I worked as a GP locum in Auckland (including Pakuranga and Half Moon Bay) and England for 4 years before returning and joining Selwyn House Medical Centre in Howick. I was a partner in the practice there for 17 ½ years, before selling my practice in March 2007.


I enjoy the broad spectrum of general practice work, and maintain a special interest in women’s health.


I am married with two  daughters, and am enjoying having time to be more involved in their activities and family life.

Dr. Paul Beveridge

Dr. Paul Beveridge



I grew up in Ellerslie and qualified from Auckland University Medical School in 1976. I worked in the UK and returned to NZ in 1983 with my English wife, Gill, now a consultant radiologist at Middlemore Hospital.


We have three children , the older children are at university in the South Island . From 1984 , I trained in Public Health Medicine and worked in both Auckland and the UK. before returning to General Practice in 1992 at Reeves Rd Medical Centre .


I am interested in all aspects of family medical care with a special interest in care for the elderly and sports medicine. I am an “ageing” athlete who has become a “born again” road cyclist . I have enjoyed working, over the last six years , towards our new combined medical centre.

Dr. Richard Mercer

Dr. Richard Mercer

MBChB (Otago) Diploma Obstetrics(Auckland) FRNZCGP.


I have been working in General Practice since 1985 and enjoy the full range of work that it provides.   I am married with 3 children.


I graduated from Otago University in 1983 completing my General Practice training in 1985.  I also completed my Diploma Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Auckland Medical School in 1992.


I maintain interests in Men's and Women's Health (all ages), Children's Health, Minor Surgery and Dermatology, Sports Medicine and Mental Health.





Dr. Simon Russell

Dr. Simon Russell



I was born and grew up in West Auckland (a westie).  I graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1987 and in 1990 I completed the Family Medicine Training Programme.  In 1992 I became a partner in the Plaza Medical Centre Pakuranga for 16 years and then in 2008 became a founding partner in the Pakuranga Medcial Centre (so after 23 years could be an honorary eastie!!)


I am interested in all aspects of family medicine and general practice.  I really enjoy the continuity of care and the relationships built up with people and their families over time and generations.


Outside of medicine I am happily married and our 3 children are now youn adults allowing me now some spare time of my own!!

Dr. Teresa Booth

Dr. Teresa Booth

MBChB Otago 1989, Diploma Obstetrics. (Otago) Diploma Paediatrics (Auckland), FRNZCGP (1996)


I grew up in Auckland and graduated from Otago Medical School in 1989.  From there I went on to Wellington Hospital and completed my House Surgeon training and spent a year at Wellington Women's Hospital, completeing my diploma of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  I then spent two years as a Paediatric Registrar (Palmerston North Hospital and Counties Manukau), and then started my General Practice training in Auckland in 1995.  I have been fortunate enough to work as a General Practitioner for the last 20 years.


I have work as a GP in South Auckland and North Shore but have been in Pakuranga for the last 13 years.


As well as all aspects of Family Health Care I have developed a special interest in Eating Disorders and Adolescent Health.


Most of all I enjoy the continuity and relationships I have built with my patients over the years, which I see as an enormous privilege.


I have 3 daughters 18, 15 and 10.

Dr. Wan Yee Yeoh

Dr. Wan Yee Yeoh



I was born in Malaysia and came over to New Zealand to complete my medical education, graduating from Auckland University Medical School in 2004.  I worked a year in Waikato Hospital and returned to Auckland thereafter.  Following that, I enrolled under the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and trained for 3 years before entering into General Practice.  I am a member of RNZCGP and am working towards fellowship over the next few years.


I enjoy connecting with people and building relationships.  I find the diversity in General Practice fascinating and challenging at the same time.


My husband and I have three children who keep us on our toes.  In my free time (if ever), I enjoy reading, cooking, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family.



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