Our General Practice team is made up of skilled professionals bringing quality care to you and your family.
Dr Kevin Fitzsimons
Qualifications: B.Sc., M.B.,Ch.B., Dip Obst., FRNZCGP
I have loved being a family doctor in Tawa since the 1990’s and would not work anywhere else. It’s about providing high quality medical care to a wonderful community of people as part of a great team.
My particular interest is in families and I have loved the diversity of the people in our area. Obstetrics was a passion for me in my training and I really enjoy my involvement with young families starting out. But it is equally rewarding to know and care for families at all their different stages – from infants to the elderly. I have cared for up to five generations of some families.
I am experienced in delivering the full range of General Practice service.
The quality of doctors was high in Tawa when I joined. I am proud to have had a role in guarding and developing that standard since then to the excellence that we have in today’s doctors, nurses and receptionists at TMC. I have spent time on the Boards of the Medical Association, the Royal College of GP’s, and our local PHO.
I am married to Janet and we raised our own four children in Tawa, having involvement in schools, church and community. I love my sport and am a keen golfer.
Dr Ross Denton
Qualifications: RNZCGP and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Heath Care
I have a strong belief in teamwork being the best way forward in medicine, this includes patients and their preferred support persons with our nurses, receptionists and myself all working together long-term.
My main interests are Family Medicine and helping patients with all types of long term heath issues or disabilities thrive.
I am privileged to have taught at the Wellington School of Medicine for many years with my speciality being teaching ethics to Medical Students.
I enjoy visiting the less travelled countries of the world which have included Bhutan, Sardinia, Cuba and most recently Ethiopia. At home I am passionate about jet boating, a vintage motorbike and my family. My community interests include Plunket, Kindergartens and I am a volunteer guide at Zealandia.
Dr Steve Watson
Qualified in the UK.... M.A., M.B, B.Chir, M.R.C.G.P, D.C.H, D.R.C.O.G.
Worked in a number of post-graduate positions, in varied medical specialities in the UK, including 5 years as a partner in General Practice in Sussex.
I first came to New Zealand in the early 1980’s, for an “OE”, as a GP in Palmerston North, Wairarapa and Queenstown.
My wife and I loved New Zealand, especially Wellington, where we decided to settle permanently. I have been a partner at Tawa Medical Centre since 1990.
I am proud to be part of a close knit, friendly team at Tawa providing good medical care to our community.
I love family medicine in all its facets and enjoy the day to day interactions with my patients- young and old. Every day is different.
Dr Catherine Hallagan
Qualifications: BA, MBChB, Dip Obstetrics, FRNZCGP
I am an experienced General Practitioner who has worked in Wellington for 30 years. I love living and working in the "Coolest little Capital in the world!" I studied at Victoria and Auckland Universities and graduated with a Medical degree and a BA in Anthropology. I also have a Diploma in Obstetrics and I belong to the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. I've worked in Tanzania, Tonga, Thorndon and Tawa! I enjoy general practice with its fascinating array of patients of all ages and cultures. I have a special interest in medical ethics. I'm chair of the New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance and I sit on the Board of the New Zealand Medical Association. Married to Michael, we have two charming daughters. If ever I have a spare moment, I enjoy reading, swimming, walking and gardening. Life is good!
Dr Brandon Casserly
Qualifications: MBBCh, DRCOG, MRCGP (UK), FRNZCGP
I qualified in South Africa in 1999 and after a stint of rural medicine and research I travelled to the UK where I gained my Membership of the Royal College of GP’s (MRCGP) in 2007. I came to New Zealand later that year for a brief stay and never returned! This is now my home.
I have only ever worked at Tawa medical and I have no plans to leave. I’m very proud and grateful to work with a wonderful team in a great community. I have been a partner/director since January 2010 having started as a locum. I gained Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of GP’s (FRNZCGP) in 2011. I love the varied work and the human connection and have special interests in minor surgery/Dermoscopy and musculoskeletal medicine but enjoy all facets of General Practice.
I am a proud father of two young children and am happily married since 2010. I throw myself around on a mountainbike on the weekends and play guitar and sing the odd tune.
Dr Catherine Rourke
Qualification: MBChB MRCGP FRCNZGP DFFP DRCOG
Catherine set off to travel the world after completing her medical degree in England.Via South America, India and Malaysia she ended up working at Hutt hospital! A love of New Zealand grew and, after working as a GP for several years in the UK, she returned to NZ with her husband permanently in 2009.
Word of mouth led her to Tawa Medical Centre where she has worked ever since.
She loves her job and the diversity it brings. She has a special interest in family planning and women's health and a passion for people and families had led to a hugely satisfying career in general practice. Outside of work she can be found running, swimming and exploring the world and Wellington with her husband and two small children.
Dr Sharmila Dias
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MB BS, MRCPCH, DTM&H, MRCGP
After completing my medical degree in London, I went on to do various medical specialities before undertaking a postgraduate career in Paediatrics in Oxford, London and the South coast. After several years in Paediatrics I entered General Practice and worked in leafy Sussex before having a year out with my family in Wellington. Instantly enraptured by this breath-taking country and its wonderfully diverse people, we decided to emigrate and make this amazing city our home.
I feel privileged to have worked at Tawa Medical Centre for 5 years and am proud to be part of such a dedicated and cohesive team. Paediatrics is still my favourite field of medicine and I have an unashamed soft spot for our junior patients (having two small children of my own has only amplified my natural affection for this subject) but I relish all the varied, and often unpredictable, aspects of General Practice.
My spare time is occupied with having fun with my noisy, busy family. If I have a few leftover minutes in the day I fill them with pursuits such as reading, visiting the theatre, playing the piano, painting and running.
Dr Henry Hardy
Trained in the UK, I enjoy the depth and breadth that General Practice encompasses. It is essential as a GP to treat not only the disease, but also the patient who is suffering from it. This connection to people is what makes my job so enjoyable, and makes me want to come to work every morning. Having moved to New Zealand from a somewhat overcast and drizzly Bristol, I am enjoying not only the weather, but also the incredible scenery and wildlife that is so readily accessible over here.
I enjoy all aspects of medicine, and hold a particular interest in dermatology and minor surgery. I have a diploma in practical dermatology as well as having undertaken further training in dermoscopy, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine.
Dr Paula Cummings
Qualifications: BPharm, MBChB, FRENCGP
The practice welcomes back Dr Paula Cummings from a 2 year break in Christchurch.
Dr Sarah Li
Qualification: MBBS(HK), FNZCGP (2008), Certificate of Child health (Otago University), Certificate of gynaecology and family planning (Otago University), Dip Travel Medicine (Otago University), Dip Primary Health Care (Otago University)
I obtained my undergraduate medical training in Hong Kong, and came to NZ 20 years ago. I worked in Waikato Hospital for 4 years before I started my family and underwent my GP training from the Royal New Zealand College of GP. I have worked in various GP practices since 2001. I have 2 teenage boys and my husband also works in Wellington. I enjoy working in a team, and seeing patients with different cultural backgrounds. I have special interests in travel medicine, sexual health, women’s health and child health. My interests are travelling, craft and attending Gym work out. I am looking forward to working at Tawa Medical Centre and Linden Surgery, with their friendly teams.