John trained in the UK (St Andrews and Manchester), qualifying in 1991. He worked in NZ as a junior doctor from 1993 – 1995 (including 3 months as a House Surgeon at Masterton Hospital).
He returned to Scotland to complete his GP training and, after a brief spell working in rural South Africa, he was a partner in a large GP practice just outside Edinburgh, until the end of 2011.
He enjoys the wide variety that comes when working in general practice, and has a special interest in dementia. He brings to NZ a wife and 4 children, and loves almost any sport. He is never happier than when whacking a tennis ball or strumming a few tunes on his guitar.
Matt’s approach to life is lighthearted but he takes medicine very seriously.
Originally from the Waikato, Matt graduated from Otago University, gained a Diploma in Obstetrics, before arriving in Masterton in the early 1990s.
With 30 per cent of his general practice involving occupational health, Matt spends a lot of his time consulting with staff and management in the work and factory environment. He also works as a police medical officer.
As a busy doctor, and father of six, Matt has little time for much else except gardening in his five acre section.
“We’re just 10 minutes from town and have this amazing place with great views, and there’s always something to do outdoors – but the best thing about the Wairarapa is there’s no traffic lights!”
Rob’s approach to doctoring involves assessment of the physical, the psychological and the spiritual aspects of a person’s life.
Born and bred in Masterton, and a graduate of Otago University, Rob combines his traditional medical training with the philosophy and methods arising from Dr Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science known as Anthroposophical Medicine.
“Steiner’s teachings require looking at the processes working in Nature to gain understanding of human functions and disease processes. From this broad knowledge of the relationships between human’s and the world of Nature the use of medicines derived from the natural world can be deduced.” says Rob
“Having worked for many years as a GP in Hawkes Bay and now in Masterton, I have been able to put these theories into practice and discover what can work for us in the New Zealand environment.” There is a colleaguial network of serveral thousand Anthroposphic doctors working throughout the world enabling the practical knowlege of medicines and their application to human illnesses to be strengthened and refined. Working together on a referral basis with therapists and nurses amplifies what medicines and good nutrition can do to improve an individual’s health.
Rob plays guitar and the harmonica in a blues band, but says his first love is being a GP.
“I’m still as passionate about being a doctor as when I first started practicing medicine in the mid 1970’s.”
Although Tony was born in Invercargill he was raised in Upper Hutt so he almost considers himself a local.
Following an academic history which included a Masters of Science in Zoology and Biology and a Diploma in Finance, Tony turned his sights to medicine and has never looked back.
After training at Wellington Hospital he spent 10 years working half time at Masterton ED and half time job sharing with his wife Cath in general practice before finally taking up GP work fulltime.
Tony says it’s his GP work that he enjoys the most on a personal level.
“It’s a great atmosphere here, and it makes such a difference having that continuity of care with patients, and building relationships over time – it makes you realise health care is not all about medicine.”
Tony is a Fellow of the RNZCGP.
His days are now split between General Practice, his work as Clinical Director of Masterton Medical and his job as GP Clinical Lead for the Wairarapa.
Tony enjoys fishing, tramping, cycling and travel.