Meet the Team

Our General Practice team is made up of skilled professionals bringing quality care to you and your family.


Dr Ross Denton

General Practitioner

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

General Practitioner

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

General Practitioner

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 am a member 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

General Practitioner

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

General Practitioner


After completing my medical degree in England. I set off to travel the world.

Journeying through South America, India and Malaysia I somehow ended up working at Hutt hospital! A love of New Zealand grew and, after working as a GP for several years in the UK, I returned to NZ with my husband permanently back in 2009.

I love my job and the diversity it brings. I have a special interest in family planning and women's health and a passion for people and families of all cultures and constitutions. This has led to a hugely satisfying career in general practice.

Outside of work I can be found running, swimming and exploring the world and Wellington with my husband and two small children.

Dr Sharmila Dias

General Practitioner

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 Allie Fox

General Practitioner

Qualifications: RNZCGP and Postgraduate Diploma in Child Heath

I completed my medical degree at Otago University and after working in Christchurch and Blenheim I am now looking forward to being part of the great team at Tawa Medical. 
I enjoy the variety General Practice offers and like working with patients to maintain their own well-being and improve health outcomes. I have an interest in Child Health and have completed a post graduate Diploma in Child Health.  Outside of work I love to travel and enjoy tramping, mountain biking and snowboarding.

Practice Team

Reception Team

Our reception team includes pictured, Front Row: Yvette, Barbara. Back row: Hilda, Sophia, Linda, Katie.


Nurses Donna, Sue and Kate

Practice Manager Angela Wilson

Administrator Cathie

Nurse Manager Gaye

Nurse Team Leader Fliss Forrest

Outreach Nurse Dionne Delacey

  • Contact Us

    Ph :+64 4 232 7193
    Fax :+64 4 232 5081
  • Hours

    Monday, Tuesday & Friday : 8am - 5:30pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 8am - 7pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

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