Meet the Mount Medical Centre Team

Dr Tony Farrell

tonyfarrelTony 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 do the 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)

jessicaryanlJess is currently taking new enrolments.

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 Rob Hilligan

  • MBChB, University of Rhodesia – 1979
  • LRCP, LRCS, University of Edinburgh & Glasgow – 1979
  • Diploma Tropical Medicine (with distinction), University of Witwatersgrand  RSA – 1985
  • Diploma in Public Health, University of Witwatersgrand  RSA – 1986
  • Diploma in Obstetrics, University of Auckland – 1988
  • FRNZCGP, Fellow Royal College GP’s New Zealand — 1996
  • Diploma in Advanced Skin Cancer and Medicine, University of Queensland — 2013

robSpecial Interest in Medicine

Travel Medicine

 Maritime NZ Medical Examiner

Skin Cancer Surgery.  As skin cancer is a huge component of our work at the Mount Medical Centre, Dr Hilligan has decided to take a special interest in this.  He has pursued his interest academically two diplomas in Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery and Medicine and in Dermoscopy.  He now can provide all skin cancer surgery including  flaps, skin grafts and staged surgery (waiting for confirmation from the lab, the cancer has been cured before wound closure).

Rob is also a tutor for the Diploma of Dermoscopy Course and is an affiliated with Southern Cross for Skin Cancer surgery and skin checks.  He is also an advanced plus skin cancer surgeon working for the Primary Healthcare Organisation providing DHB funded skin cancer surgery.

GP Registrar teacher

Rob is involved in the registrar training programme and mount Medical Centre has the pleasure of hosting registrars to work in the practice.  These young doctors are very well trained usually having spent 3 to 4 years in the hospital setting.

Recreational Interests

Private Pilot — aerobatic pilot, own a share in a YAK-52.

4 Wheel Driving — own a very old landcruiser (1992) 80 series with all the gear for 4wd.  Again this hobby has allowed us to visit amazing and beautiful places not normally accessed.

Mountain Biking — have just done the Alps to Ocean (300 klms) ride in the South Island which I am sure will be listed soon as one of the countries great rides.  It is mostly off road with dedicated trails and bridges built.  The scenery is tunning.


Married to Liz Davies , fellow GP working also at Mount Medical Centre.  I have 3 daughters who have all left home and have diverse professions, a journalist, doctor specialising in General Practice also and fashion consultant.

We immigrated to New Zelanad in January 1987 working initially for 18 years in the Hauraki Plains based in Ngatea before moving to Mount Maunganui in 2004.  Prior to moving to New Zealand we worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland

Dr Elizabeth Davies

elizabethdaviesI was born in Plymouth in England but educated in Rhodesia graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine in 1979. Internship rotation was through General Medicine, Paediatrics, General Surgery and Orthopaedics followed by Anaesthetics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology the following year.

I then joined a general practice in Kwekwe but soon it became time to emigrate from Zimbabwe. I worked in South Africa for gold mine, provincial and private hospitals mainly in anaesthesia and then in primary care in Swaziland for Commonwealth Development Corporation companies producing sugar, citrus and forestry.

In 1987 I came to New Zealand and spent 18yrs in Ngatea in rural general practice including Obstetrics and Anaesthesia at Thames Hospital.

After this I then joined the great team at Mount Medical Centre in beautiful Mount Maunganui.

I am a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practice and have a Diploma in Anaesthetics from University of South Africa and Diploma of Obstetrics from University of Auckland.

I am interested in all areas of primary care including fitting of long acting contraceptive devices

Dr James Peckett

jamespeckettJames 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 doctor, about 7 years ago and has enjoyed settling into the Bay lifestyle.

His medical scope is general, and interests include skin cancer surgery, travel medicine and men’s health. He recently obtained fellowship with the College of General Practitioners.

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his daughters, and watching/playing a wide range of sports. You can also find him regularly out on the water jet-skiing.

Dr Jordan Thompson

M.B.Ch.B  DipPaed

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 Ben Trist

Dr Ben TristBen was born and raised in Wellington and studied medicine at the University of Otago.  He moved to Mount Maunganui in 2006 and has been working at Mount Medical Centre since 2009  periodically.   Ben is a FRNZGP and has a post graduate diploma in musculoskeletal medicine.  His interests are musculoskeletal medicine and care of the elderly.




Practice Manager – Karilyn Lowe
Head Nurse – Kelly Mead
Nurses – Hannah Castle,  Tracy Snow,  Hania Lea-OConnor, Hannah De Rijk, Kathryn Sharples, Rikki-lee Carrington, Karolina Kelly, Leone Wiggins

Head Receptionist – Rae Keightley
Receptionists –  Julie Thomson, Amanda Bisley, Katrina Macrae,  Karen Moorby,  Marie De Vlieger, Anna Fly

Healthcare Assistant – Jacquie McKelvey,  Karen O’Neil