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About us

Providing medical care for families since 1970

Te Awamutu Medical Centre has been providing medical care for
Te Awamutu families since 1970.

At the practice, we have 14 GPs and 12 practice nurses. We also regularly have visiting specialists and other healthcare professionals on-site, so we can deliver comprehensive medical services to you.

We are an accredited Teaching Practice with the Royal New Zealand College for General Practitioners. This means that we will often have medical registrars on-site undergoing GP training. All registrars are fully supervised by one of our fully qualified GPs.

We are Cornerstone Accredited, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded by the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners.


Your general practitioners

Partner GPs

  • Dr Mary Ballantyne

    MBBS (Lond) DipObs (Auck) FRNZCGP

    Mary was born in the United Kingdom, and did her training there as well. She has been a GP in Te Awamutu since 1981.

    Mary has a special interest in women’s health. She is a member of the Australasian Menopause Society and runs a GP Gynaecology Clinic at Waikato Hospital.

    In her spare time Mary enjoys tramping and travel and spending time with family and friends.

  • Dr Henk Kroesbergen

    Medical Practitioner (2004, Nijmegen, Netherlands)

    Henk graduated from Nijmegen in 2004 and worked in a number of hospitals, and as a GP, in the Netherlands until 2011. He joined Te Awamutu Medical Centre that year as a locum after moving to New Zealand with his wife and children, and is now a permanent GP here.  He has a keen interest in fishing.

  • Dr Ernst Buhrs

    Ernst has been a GP in Liverpool, UK for over 20 years. He moved to NZ with his family in 2018 and is enjoying life in the Waipa. He is a trained acupuncturist and is interested in Eastern philosophies and Tai Chi. 

  • Dr Alison Glover


    Alison is a Scottish/English graduate, completing her medical degree in 1988 and moving to New Zealand in 1995.

    Alison is married with two teenage daughters. Before starting her family she travelled widely, and opened the Waikato Sport and Exercise Medicine Clinic in Hamilton.

    After spending a number of years at home with her children, in 2010 she renewed her GP qualifications prior to purchasing her practice. Alison’s strong interest in sport continues and now involves the whole family.

  • Dr Paul Kennedy


    Paul qualified in London and has been working as a GP in Te Awamutu since 1991.

    Paul has an interest in sports medicine and GP training. He has completed his diploma in sports medicine and works with Te Awamutu Sports Rugby Club and Waikato ITM teams. He also has GP registrars – doctors doing some General Practitioner training – attached to his practice on a six-monthly basis.

  • Dr Jo Vipond

    MBBS (Lond), FRNZCGP, PG Dip OMG (Otago)

    Jo did her training in London and moved to New Zealand in 2005. After she arrived, she worked in hospitals throughout New Zealand. In 2009 she completed her GP training in Christchurch. Jo enjoys all areas of General Practice, but has a particular interest in women’s health.

Staff GPs

  • Dr Amanda Henderson

    Amanda is UK trained and became a member of the Royal College of GPs (UK) in 2002. She has been a staff doctor at TAMC since 2014, and loves living in the Waipa.

  • Dr Ronan Smyth

    Ronan is a Registrar for both the Royal New Zealand College of GPs and the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. He is from Ireland and has worked here in the Waikato for the last 4 years. He is married and lives in Hamilton with his wife. In his spare time he enjoys all things outdoors such as cycling, swimming, surfing, tramping.

  • Dr Katie Reid

    Katie was born in Plymouth, UK, and grew up just outside London. After training as a GP, she worked around East London & Essex and then moved to New Zealand in 2013. Katie worked in various specialties at Waikato Hospital before moving into general practice. She and her husband live in the Waipa with their dog and an ever increasing number of chickens. Outside of work, Katie loves being on the beach and tending her vege garden.

  • Dr Frances Stringfellow

    Frances was born in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand in 2004. She completed her medical degree at University of Otago in 2014, then worked for 4 years in Tauranga Hospital, including 2 years as an Orthopaedic Registrar before arriving at TAMC in 2019. Frances is currently working towards her GP fellowship. She has a strong interest in sports/musculoskeletal medicine. Outside of work she is a keen long distance runner and has completed several marathons.

  • Dr Krishna Chatterjee

    MB ChB Manchester, BSc Medicine St Andrews, MRCGP Manchester, FRNZCGP, MUCCNZ, MIHS

    Krishna is a Fellow of the RNZCGP, and is a Member of the Urgent Care College of NZ working toward his fellowship in urgent care. He has a special interest in headaches and is a Member of the International Headache Society. Krishna works at TAMC part time, mostly on Mondays and Tuesdays.


  • Bridget Richards, NP

    Reg Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

    Bridget has been nursing for 35 years in the UK and in NZ, and was registered as a Nurse Practitioner in 2016. She is currently Chair of the College of Gerontology Nursing for the NZ Nurses Organisation. She has lived in Te Awamutu for 14 years, raising her family, learning hydroponic growing, and knitting for her grandkids.

  • Scott Deaton

    Physician Associate PA-C

    Scott is from the USA and completed his Physician Associate training there in 2005. He has worked in multiple places throughout the US as well as in Antarctica. He has a keen interest in Urgent Care and remote/rural medicine. He moved to New Zealand with his partner in 2021 and joined TAMC. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as tramping, climbing, & surfing.

  • Kate Griffin

    BPharm, PGDipClinPharm, MCAPA

    Kate was born and raised in the Waikato and after completing her degree at The University of Otago, has gradually made her way back. Kate has worked in a variety of pharmacy positions that have led her to a varied and exciting role in General Practice. She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and is a member of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association. Outside of work, Kate enjoys keeping active, cooking and spending time with her young family.