Meet the Team

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

There are two full time doctors and three part-time doctors who work alongside our friendly nursing and administration team.


Dr Tim Smith

General Practitioner

Tim graduated from Otago University in 1984 then gained further qualifications in women’s health and child health prior to working overseas in Bangladesh and the UK. Tim has worked as a GP on the Kapiti Coast since 1991, and brings a natural interest for all elements of the general practice field.

He enjoys general practice and believes it has a lot to contribute to the community. He has helped train a range of emerging GPs and is dedicated to welcoming them to expand their knowledge and experience through working in the practice. Outside of work Tim and his wife enjoy their four children, being part of a local church and travelling.

Dr James Harman

General Practitioner

James graduated from Otago Medical School in 1991. While working in hospitals in NZ and the UK he gained additional diplomas in paediatrics and women's health. Since leaving the hospital system James has worked in Brunei (Borneo) and gained vocational qualification and registration in general practice and occupational medicine.

He has been living in Kapiti since 2008 where he is enjoying the interesting range of issues that present in general practice and the opportunity to become a part of people’s lives and contribute to their health and wellbeing.

James is kept busy keeping up with his three children and he enjoys running, biking and music among other pursuits.

Dr Alex Lyudin

General Practitioner

Alex graduated from Otago University and completed his clinical training in Dunedin hospital.

Alex enjoys a wide area of medicine and has a special interest in skin surgeries/minor procedures. He has completed a post graduate Diploma in Dermoscopy (identification of skin lesions). Alex has also completed a post graduate Diploma in Child Health as well as Obstetrics/Gynaecology.

Alex has worked as a GP in Dunedin, central Wellington and Lower Hutt. He has also enjoyed working in more rural settings in Southland and Central Otago, including providing obstetric cover there. Alex has two school aged children. He enjoys playing social sports and going for long walks with his family in his spare time.

Dr Nicki Pointing

General Practitioner

Nicki studied at Otago University, where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science (in dental therapy) prior to studying medicine.

Nicki enjoys all aspects of family medicine and the opportunity it brings to be involved in the care of the whole family. She has a special interest in women’s health and mental health. Nicki is currently completing a post graduate diploma in child and adolescent mental health and is also part of the ADHD special interest group. She has worked at practices in Wellington and Johnsonville prior to moving to Paraparaumu with her family. She has two school children.

Dr Elise Thibodeau

General Practitioner

Elise Thibodeau (Tea-bow-dough) trained as a Family Doctor in Montreal, Canada. Prior to this, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, specialized in operations management and international business. Her first language is French but she is fluent in English and at ease in Spanish.

She moved to New-Zealand with her husband in 2010 and they both fell in love with the country. They are now well established on the Kapiti Coast.

Elise enjoys the variety that general practice has to offer. She has a special interest in dermatology and skin cancer medicine. She completed 2 certificates with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and is currently registered to do a certificate in primary care dermatology with the Australian College of GPs.

Practice Nurses

Shona Dennett


Shona graduated from the Wellington Hospital School of Nursing in 1982. She worked mainly in orthopaedics, acute medical and aged care while her children were young then began practice nursing in 1997.

She has been with PMC since 1999, currently as senior nurse, and has been fortunate to develop long professional relationships with many of the patients. Shona enjoys the variety of work in the practice and appreciates the supportive team she is a part of.

Amanda Read


Amanda received her bachelor of Nursing Degree from Massey University in 2013. She has been working at PMC since March 2014.

She is currently working towards post-graduate qualifications. Amanda is interested in many areas of nursing and enjoys learning something new every day.

Vorrei Maher


Vorrei trained as a registered nurse at Greenlane Hospital and later did midwifery in England.

She has been a Practice Nurse since 1991. Vorrei enjoys the mix of patients she sees here with both acute and chronic conditions. She has a special interest in diabetes. Vorrei enjoys walking on the beach and in the bush, biking, gardening and reading.

Liffet Stewart


Liffet has been at Paraparaumu Medical centre since 2009 with time off to work in Timor Leste.

She is a Registered Nurse with a diploma in Tropical Diseases, BA and MEd and a special interest in nurses education having taught at Whitireia Polytechnic.

Liffet enjoys spending time with her three adult children, tramping and reforestation projects.

Denise Katz


Denise has been a nurse all of her adult life, starting in Wellington Hospital. She worked in coronary care, intensive care, accident and emergency departments and women’s health. As her family life changed she moved out into the community working with elderly, district nursing and eventually practice nursing.

She moved up the Kapiti Coast in 2000 and has worked for PMC on and off ever since. She loves caring for people, the feeling that her nursing can make a difference to people’s lives. Outside of nursing, she has been married for 38 years, has two grown up children and now two grandchildren.

Denise’s interests include tramping, skiing and traveling at any opportunity she gets. Life is good!

Shennan Brown


Maddie Tibble


Christine Tew


Healthcare Assistant

Billie Batchelor

Practice Manager

Anna Phipps

Reception and Administration

Jude Snow

Steph James

Claire Newton

Gina Barrell

  • Contact Us

    Ph :+64 4 902 8507
    Fax :+64 4 902 8510
  • Hours

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

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