About Us

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Luckens Road Medical Centre began operating on Luckens Road, West Harbour, in 1979. On the 11th of April 2016, it became Hobsonville Family Doctors at its new location on 124 Hobsonville Road. We are easy to find on 124 Hobsonville Road, on the first floor of the new building in front of the new Countdown. 

Our clinic features 5 GP clinic rooms and 3 nursing areas. There is a Pharmacy, Physiotherapist and Podiatrist conveniently located in the same building. There is a big lift, mobility access and disabled parking at our front door, and plenty of free parking available outside.

Doctors

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Dr Paul Nicholls

MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, DipMSM, FRNZCGP

He / Him

Paul joined the practice in 1988, after moving from the UK. He trained as a General Practitioner in Brighton. He has a post-graduate qualification and special interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Over the last 32 years Paul has enjoyed working alongside a skilled team and provide the highest quality services to the local community.

Paul's regular hours are Monday all day, and sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Dr Torrance Merkle

MBChB (Auckland), PGCertMedSc, FRNZCGP

He / Him

Torrance joined as a full time GP in December 2015. He was born and bred in Auckland and studied Medicine at Auckland University, before working in all 4 of the hospitals in Auckland. Torrance's interests include Youth, Sexual and LGBT+ Health, Diabetes and other long term conditions, and Sleep and Mental Health.

Torrance is experienced prescribing PrEP for the prevention of HIV (read more here). He offers video consultations for existing patients (for follow-up or ongoing management of existing conditions). 

Torrance's regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and all day Fridays. Torrance's late night session is Thursdays until 7pm.

Torrance 's books are closed and he is no longer taking new patients. 

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Dr Julyan Lawry

BHB, MBChB, DipPaed, DipObstMedGyn, FRNZCGP

She / Her

Julyan has been with Luckens Road Medical Centre since 1998. She is a mother to twin girls and enjoys all aspects of General Practice. 

Julyan works part-time, and her regular hours are Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons, and Thursday mornings. 

Julyan is no longer seeing new patients. 

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Dr Joanne Shooter

MBChB, FRNZCGP

She / Her

Joanne has been with Luckens Road Medical Centre since 2003. She is also a mother of twins, with three boys altogether. She trained in Paediatrics before moving to General Practice.

Joanne works Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

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Dr Halima Nati (Maternity Leave)

MBChB (Auckland), FRNZCGP

She / Her

Halima grew up locally attending Colwill Primary School and then Massey High School, before going on to study Medicine at the University of Auckland. 

She takes great pride working in the same area that she grew up, and has been at Hobsonville Family Doctors since 2018. Halima enjoys all aspects of General Practice. 

Her current hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays all day, and Thursday mornings.

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Dr Cole Rudolph

MBChB, DipPaed, FRNZCGP

He / Him

Cole joined us full time in June 2019. ​Cole grew up in Whangarei and has settled into Auckland life with his wife who is also a General Practitioner.  Cole particularly enjoys working with children having worked in paediatrics in each of the hospitals in Auckland and having also completed his Diploma in Paediatrics. He has an interest in Skin Cancer medicine and has obtained a Certificate in Skin Cancer from the Skin Cancer College Australasia.

Cole is enthusiastic about the outdoors, sports and travelling. 

His current hours are all day Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoons (late night session until 7pm), and all day Friday

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Dr Canaan Aumua

MBChB (Auckland)

He / Him

Canaan joined us part-time in October 2019. He will be working Saturday mornings while he completes his Master of Public Health.

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Dr Gretchen Laubscher

MBChB, FRNZCGP

She / Her

Gretchen joined us in February 2020. Originally from South Africa, Gretchen studied at the University of Pretoria, where she also met her husband.

 

They moved to New Zealand in 2007 where Gretchen initially worked in Accident and Medical clinics in Whangarei and Auckland, before completing her GP specialist training. Gretchen enjoys all aspects of general practice, the variety and complexity, and the privilege of building relationships with patients and their families over the years.

 

In her spare time she enjoys baking, board games, entertaining friends and especially spending time with her husband and their 2 young daughters.

 

She currently works all day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. 

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Dr Carolyn Bulman

BSc, BSc (Med), MD, CCFP - Certification in the College of Family Physicians (Canada)

She / Her

Carolyn joined the practice in October of 2021 after relocating from Canada. She grew up in Winnipeg, which is where she completed her medical school training. She then completed her Family Medicine residency in Calgary, and practiced there for an additional five years. She moved to Auckland with her husband and two young daughters.

 

Carolyn enjoys all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in Women’s Health.'

 

Carolyn works full days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.

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Dr Zulaiha Ghazaly Giado

MBBS, FRNZCGP,  PGCertHsc - Women’s Health , PGCert - Skin Cancer Medicine 

She / Her

Zulaiha grew up in Sri Lanka and lived in Ireland prior to moving to  NZ as a fresh graduate in 2009. Before specialising in family medicine she worked at North Shore, Waitakere, and Auckland hospitals as a Medical registrar, which gave her a good foundation and experience in internal medicine and a variety of sub-specialties.

She has  a special interest in Women’s health and contraception and is very passionate about providing Women’s Health services. She is also an accredited LARC ( IUD/ Implant) provider for Waitemata. 

She currently works mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Dr Jann Singer (Retired)

MBChB, DCH, DipObst, FRNZCGP

Jann joined the practice in 1986, 7 years after Dr Stephen Chalcroft and his nurse Judy had started the practice. Over the last 34 years she has enjoyed working along side a team of doctors and nurses who have dedicated many years to the families in West Auckland. She enjoys all aspects of general practice and has done post graduate studies in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mental health and Adolescent medicine.

Jann retired in April 2021 although may be doing some locum cover at times. 

 

Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)

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Morgan Ely

Master of Social Work (MSW)

She / Her

Morgan joined the practice in September 2021.  She grew up in Texas and moved to New Zealand with her husband in 2008. She has practiced Social Work in Auckland since 2010 with a focus on children and families before completing specialist training as a Health Improvement Practitioner.  In this new role she focuses on helping people who are feeling the impact of stress, health issues or problems with daily living.  She can see people of any age for any issue affecting their health and general well-being.

When not at work, Morgan enjoys time with her two young children, building and crafts and generally being creative.

Consults with Morgan are fully funded, with no patient co-pay.  Sessions generally last 20-30 minutes and will look at pressing issues at the moment.  They will include goal setting or agreed plans for improvement.

Morgan’s hours of work are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 to 3pm.

Nurses

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Adrienne Coakley

BNurs, PGCert Advanced Nursing Practice

Adrienne has a Bachelor of Nursing and Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Primary Care), as well as being a cervical smear taker and trained phlebotomist (blood tests). Her nursing career spans over 30+ years in a variety of roles including laboratory nursing, maternity, accident and medical, and the Cardiac Cath lab at Auckland Hospital. She has done other other related work including working as a Field Officer for Multiple Sclerosis.

She has two grown sons and two grandchildren. When not with her family, she enjoys painting, travel, and long walks on the beach. Particular nursing interests are working with people with disabilities, women's health, and immunisations. 

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Sophie Joy

BHSc/BNurs, PGCert in Advanced Nursing Practice

Sophie joins the practice after working in the Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital and prior to that at North Shore Hospital on a medical ward. Sophie was born and raised on the North Shore but spent her years studying at Otago.

Sophie is passionate about providing well rounded care for patients and is particularly interested in skin cancer detection and prevention, health education and National Screening Programmes. She is trained in cardiac monitoring, resuscitation and triaging.

Sophie has been a Hobsonville Point local for the past 3 years and enjoys doing the coastal walking loop and spending time at the local cafes, markets and heading to the beach when ever possible.

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Melanie Shepherd

BHSc/BNurs

Melanie joined grew up and still lives in West Auckland. She joined Hobsonville Family Doctors in October 2019.

 

She has been working at the North Shore hospital and Waitakere hospital emergency departments for 16 years prior to her move to General Practice. She has also done work in the UK with refugees and district nursing. She is enthusiastic about gaining more knowledge in all aspects of Primary Care especially women's health, care of long term chronic conditions and wound care.

 

In between looking after her 3 daughters and working she enjoys DIY around the house and gardening.

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Ali Brady

BNurs, Certificate in allergy nursing

Ali has has had previous experience in General Paediatric's at Starship Children’s Hospital before moving into Private Allergy clinic nursing.

 

She is passionate about health promotion in particular children’s health and
immunisations. She is also interested in the prevention and management of mental health conditions.


In her spare time Ali loves looking after family and spending time at the beach
or boating.

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Jenizer Vega

BNurs

Jeni joined us in January 2021.  She has a background in ED/CDU and A&E.  She was also a NICU maternity nurse previously with a focus on wound care, surgery, womens health and vaccination.

She has two lovely children and enjoys Vlogging.

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Courtney-Lee Singh

BNurs, Certificate in advanced nursing practice

Courtney-lee worked in the Waitakere hospital emergency department before joining us. 

She really enjoys learning and has special interests in Assessment and Diagnostics. She would like to further develop her expertise in immunisations and wound care in primary care. 

 

She lives locally and loves to care for her family and friends. She enjoys being at home, cleaning, gardening and caring for her young children.  She loves the outdoors particularly BBQs and going to the beach.

 

Health Coach

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Andrew Williams

Certificates in Personal Training, Nutrition, Mental Health and Addiction

He / Him

Andrew joined the practice in November 2021 and has a background in Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching for the past 5 years. Andrew has also completed university studies in Mental Health and Addiction and continues to research and gain knowledge in these areas of well-being, with a particular interest in sleep and mindfulness and expertise in physical activity.

Andrew is a local to the Hobsonville area and was born and raised in West Auckland. His role at the clinic is to guide and empower people towards hauora. He is committed to working together and support people to understand and manage their long term conditions, while  taking control over their general well-being using physical activity, nutrition, stress and self management skills.

Outside of the clinic, Andrew might be found at the beach reading, playing sport, hanging out with friends and family, or kicking up his feet to play games or watch sports, movies and the latest t.v series. 

Consults with Andrew are fully funded, with no patient co-pay.  Sessions generally last 20-30 minutes and will focus on improving physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Appointments will include goal setting or agreed plans for improvement.

Andrew's hours of work are Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5pm, and Thursdays 12-4pm.

Reception

Practice Manager

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Shiree

Shiree comes to us with many years of Administration and Customer Service Management mainly in the travel and hospitality industry but interestingly also has a Diploma in Childbirth Education.

 

She has two children and loves to travel.

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Amy

Amy joined HFD a few years ago and is the perfect mix of caring and efficient. Her hobbies include travel, gardening and she loves a bit of DIY.

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Leverne

Leverne has joined us from a banking and financial background and has spent time working with children’s charity Cure Kids.  She is passionate about being able to help others.

 

She has three boys and enjoys following their never ending sports.

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Zoëy

Zoëy started us in Decemeber 2021. She is originally from England and moved to NZ in 2019.  She has a background in Sales, Customer Service and was previously a dental nurse .

 

Zoëy lives locally and enjoys spear fishing, interior design and travelling.

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Sheryn

Sheryn joined us in April 2021.  She joins us from a background in travel and enjoys movies, cooking and is an avid All Blacks supporter.

 

She has two children. 

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Linda

Linda joined us in August 2020.  She loves interacting with and assisting our patients in any way she can and has had a busy life raising 3 children.

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Lynne

We are proud to have Lynne as our latest recruit on reception.  She joins us from an administration/education background.

 

She has two grown boys living away from home, enjoys travel, gardening and is very crafty.

 
 
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Vacant position

New practice manager starting June 2022.