Dr. David Finlay
MBChB FRNZCGP Dip Obst DIH DCH
Local lad who discovered the “Good Life” tending his acres, wife, and four children.%% Other interests include motorcycle restoration, playing guitar, and astronomy.
Family doctor with a special interest in industrial health and diabetes.
Dr. Denis Dumaine
MD (Paris) Dip Occ Med, Dip Nucl Med, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago
Denis migrated from Paris, France in mid-2010. He settled in Lincoln and love the community!
Denis genuinely cares about his patients. He tries to listen to all their symptoms in a manner both warm and professional to make his patients feel comfortable.
He enjoys all aspects of medicine especially skin cancer detection with full skin check and dermoscopy (30mn appointment), minor surgeries, intra-articular joint injections. Denis also puts a special emphasis on men’s health and taking care of children.
(Denis is happy to see patients from 7:30am if necessary.)
Dr. Jenny Lawrenson
MBChB, BSc, PGcertEM, PGcertWomHealth, FRNZCGP
Jenny is originally from England where she completed both her degrees in Pharmacology and Medicine. She moved to Christchurch in 2011 and has loved every minute since. Initially, she worked in the Public Hospital across a range of specialities including paediatrics, women’s health, and emergency medicine before undertaking her GP training in 2014. Christchurch has allowed Jenny to indulge many of her sporting interests which currently involve training for a half iron man. Otherwise, Jenny can be found attempting DIY and working on her house.
General practice has always been her passion, allowing her to work across all areas of medicine and have follow-up and continuity with patients. Not currently enrolling new patients.
(Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday all day and Wednesday afternoons.)
Dr. Zita Descalzo
MD, DCH, FRNZCGP
With over ten years of experience working as a GP in Christchurch, Zita has worked at the Christchurch Public Hospital in General Medicine, General surgery, Paediatrics, Orthpaedics, and Plastic Surgery.
(Available Thursdays and Fridays.)
Nurse Practitioner / Matanga Tapuhi
Originally from the UK, George migrated to Christchurch 16 years ago, and enjoys the Kiwi lifestyle with her husband and teenage children. George qualified as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department here in Christchurch in 2020, after 25 years of nursing. Her nursing career has mostly been in emergency care, and she has also worked at the Pegasus 24hr Surgery. George is moving to primary care as she would like to provide continuing care to patients, helping them to manage their long-term health, and stay well.
Jo has worked as a nurse practitioner since 2014. She fully qualified to investigate and prescribe for the patients she sees. She has a particular interest in emergency and children’s health. On the weekends she works rurally as PRIME and is solely responsible for covering areas such as Twizel, Akaroa and North Canterbury. She also has various advisory roles for Canterbury Care Network and Pegasus Health.
Dr. Sau Kai Lee
Sau is originally from Malaysia, but has called New Zealand home since 1998. After graduating from Otago University, he moved to Christchurch and worked at the Christchurch public hospital for over 10 years before becoming a GP. Sau enjoys all aspects of general practice, and outside of work he enjoys travelling and reading.
Dr Andy Verpoorten
Dr Andy Verpoorten is originally from South Wales and completed his Medical degree and GP training in Cardiff. Andy and his wife have now been in Canterbury for 10 years, he has worked in the central city and also rurally.
He has developed his skills in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, musculoskeletal medicine (able to request mri through acc advanced imaging pathway) and general dermatology.
He performs full body skin checks using a dermatoscope and can perform an array of minor surgeries and musculoskeletal joint injections.
Free time is largely spent walking with his dogs or gardening.
Dr. Catherine Smart
Catherine was born and raised in Christchurch. She has a passion for women’s health and has completed the Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gyneacology. She enjoys helping women through all stages of their life, including period problems, early pregnancy, menopause, and everything in between. Catherine can do a range of procedures including luCD/minera insertion or removal, pipelle biopsies, and minor surgeries.
Dr. Eric Cho
Eric is originally from South Korea. He moved to NZ in 2002 to Christchurch and completed medical school at Otago University.
After graduating, he has worked in many %% different hospitals around NZ. He is interested in further developing his skills in Women’s health after his experience in Obs & Gynae at Southland Hospital. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling with his family, board games, dogs, and a good coffee.