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)


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

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, maritime medicals 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.

Dr Renee Peckett

Dr Renee Peckett - Mt MedicalRenee 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

Dr Ram Naidu - Mt MedicalRam will be joining Mount Medical Centre mid April 2021.

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.




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

Receptionists –   Amanda Bisley, Katrina Macrae,  Karen Moorby,  Marie De Vlieger, Anna Fly, Patricia Torlesse

Healthcare Assistant – Jacquie McKelvey,  Emma Walling