Dr Tony Farrell
Tony has now been with the Mount Medical Centre for 24 years and continues to enjoy treating patients in the local community. He has a personable, relaxed style and works hard to maintain positive therapeutic relationships with his patients. He is involved with teaching young doctors and is the clinical director of the addiction services that operate out of our medical centre. Tony has a Fellowship in addiction medicine, and you may see him from time to time in the paper advocating for better alcohol regulation, and for reducing harm from drugs.
Tony is interested in all aspects of family health care and believes in continuity for patients from the cradle to the grave. He has a good network of clinicians at his disposal and works very hard to get his clients the best treatment for their health issues in a timely manner. Tony is currently working on a Ministry of Health project aiming to rid the country of Hepatitis C infection. He serves on the P.H.O. mental health committee and is a trustee of Hamner Clinic. Tony is also a trustee for Parenting and Life Skills for men, a community initiative designed to reduce family violence and assist young fathers to do their best for their children.
His hobbies include woodworking and guitar but feels he is a novice at both and likely to stay that way for some time. He has a lovely wife, Donna and 3 children fast-moving through their 20’s.
Dr Jessica Ryan (Payne)
Jess is originally from South Auckland and went to Marist College in Mount Albert, then Auckland Medical School. After university, she worked in Whakatane Hospital before moving to the Mount after meeting her husband.
Jess loves the Mount Lifestyle and enjoys yoga, camping, painting and all watersports.
Jess also specialises in Travel Medicine.
Dr James Peckett
James was born and raised in the South Auckland town of Papakura, where he attended Rosehill College and studied Medicine at the University of Auckland.
He moved to Tauranga with his wife Renee, also a GP at Mount Medical, about 10 years ago and has enjoyed settling into the Bay lifestyle.
His medical scope is general, and interests include aviation medicine, skin cancer surgery, travel medicine and men’s health. He is a Fellow of the College of General Practitioners.
In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his 3 children, and watching/playing a wide range of sports. You can also find him regularly out on the water jet-skiing.
Dr Jordan Thompson
Jordan grew up Auckland, graduating from the University of Auckland Medical School in 2012. He made the move to Mount Maunganui the following year where he spent three years working at Tauranga Hospital before deciding to work in primary health care. Jordan has completed a post graduate diploma in Paediatrics and is working towards a Certificate in Travel Medicine. While interested in all aspects of medicine he has also taken time to travel overseas which remains a passion of his. Jordan enjoys most outdoor activities and you may find him out mountain biking or surfing in his spare time.
Dr Renee Peckett
Renee graduated medicine from the University of Auckland. After her further years of work and training in Auckland and Tauranga, she is pleased to join us at Mount Medical Centre as a Consultant GP. She has broad interests in primary care, from child health to older age care. She also has a growing interest in women’s health. When not at work, Renee’s time is filled with raising her three children with her husband James.
Dr Ram Naidu
Ram is a fellow with the NZ College of General Practitioners. He also has a special interest in skin cancer medicine and is an accredited doctor with the Skin cancer college of Australasia and has been credentialed Advanced Plus with the Western BOP PHO skin lesion service. Musculoskeletal medicine is his other area of interest after having worked as an Orthopaedic registrar for several years.
Dr Lia Brugha-Butler
Lia grew up in the UK & Ireland and graduated from Oxford University Medical School in 2008. She spent two years early in her career working as a House Surgeon in NZ before returning to London to complete GP training. Lia has an interest in women’s health and the prevention of disease and enjoys empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health. In her spare time, Lia enjoys keeping active and enjoying the wonderful lifestyle of the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
Dr Gillian Hulme
Gillian grew up in the UK, studied at University College London and moved to NZ with her husband and two kids 2 years ago. Gillian has an interest in women’s health, family planning, sexual health and paediatrics. As well as enjoying the beach life and everything the Mount has to offer, the Hulmes also like to get out for a hike.
Dr Michelle Rietbergen
Michelle was born and raised in The Netherlands and studied at Groningen University. She did her PhD in head and neck cancer at the Amsterdam Medical Centre. Before starting her career as a GP she specialised a few years in general medicine and ENT.
She came to NZ with her husband and three kids in 2021. She is enjoying the beach life, (kite) surfing, and travelling around the beautiful country with the campervan.
Currently, she is further specialising as a skin doctor.
Dr Lara Cubison
Lara grew up in England and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011. She moved to Mount Maunganui in 2013, where she completed her GP training with a special interest in Palliative Medicine. Her other interests include Children’s Health and Women’s Health. Since completing her training, Lara spent time working in Auckland and the UK before returning to Mount Maunganui.
Lara loves the relaxed lifestyle of the Mount and in her spare time spends time with her young children, or out running or surfing.
Dr Wai Tze Cheng
My name is Wai Tze and I trained and qualified as a doctor in 2007 at Imperial college London.
In addition to being a qualified GP, I worked as a menopause specialist in a London hospital for 5 years. I also have a Diploma in Child Health.
I am very happy to be joining the team at Mount Medical Centre and being in the beautiful Mount. Outside of work I love to travel, going for beach walks and playing badminton.
Practice Manager – Karilyn Lowe
Administration – Dorothy Crane
Nurse Team Leaders – Tracy Snow and Leone Wiggins
Nurses – Hannah Castle, Karen Laidlaw, Ruth Stringer, Rochelle Davey, Natasha Harris
Receptionists – Amanda Bisley, Karen Moorby, Anna Fly, Anna Phillips, Lorna MacMillan, Leanne Nightingale
Healthcare Assistant – Monique Kotze
Health Improvement Practitioner – Charmaine McGillan
Health Coach – Liz Kriel