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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 11 GPs and 10 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Dr Paul Powers

    Associate in Training RNZCGP - Medical Practitioner (1998, Warsaw, Poland); secondary qualifications - General Practitioner (2006, Poland)

    Born and trained in Poland, Paul worked as a GP in the United Kingdom for five years. He has been working as a GP in New Zealand since February 2012. Paul enjoys living in Waipa with his wife and three children.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

  • jo vipond

    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

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    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.

  • Justina Powers

    Dr Justina Powers

    Justina trained in Poland and practised in Scotland and England from 2005, before joining TAMC as a staff GP in 2013. She lives with her husband Dr Paul Powers and family in Cambridge, and enjoys being part of the TAMC team. 

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    Dr Rita MIddleton

    Qualified since the 1970s, Rita was a GP in Canada and the US before coming to NZ and practising for many years in Masterton. She now lives in Kihikihi and is enjoying her part time role on the TAMC team.

  • Hannah Shaw

    Dr Hannah Shaw

    Hannah came to TAMC as a Registrar in 2013, then joined our team as a staff doctor. She has since become a Director, taken parental leave, and returned as a part time staff doctor. Hannah and her family live in Cambridge and she loves working in Te Awamutu.

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    Tiffany Hodgson PA-C


    Tiffany is a physician associate from Alaska who relocated to New Zealand in 2010 after completing her medical training at Loma Linda University, California.  She worked in Hamilton until 2015 when she transferred to Te Awamutu Medical Centre. She loves living in the Waipa with her husband and two girls. She has special interests in wilderness medicine, children’s health, dermatology and whole-person care. Tiffany holds a Bachelor degree in Health Science, a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies and is board certified through the NCCPA in the United States.

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    Jackie Sartorius PA-C

    BSc, M Ed, MPAS

    Jackie moved from Lake Tahoe, California to NZ with her husband in December 2018. She has visited NZ in the past was thrilled at the opportunity to live and work here. In America she spent two years working in geriatrics and internal medicine, and three years in family medicine. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from the University of Newcastle, NSW, a Master’s in Education from University of California Santa Barbara, and Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University. She is nationally board certified through the NCCPA in the United States.