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 four part-time doctors who work alongside our friendly nursing and administration team.
Dr Tim Smith
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
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
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
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
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.
Dr Narae Song
Narae graduated from Otago medical school and have worked in various different areas of medicine including internal medicine, orthopaedics, psychiatry, emergency medicine and oncology (among others) before starting her career in general practice. She enjoys both the variety and long-term care aspects of general practice – in other words, she enjoys getting to know her patients and seeing them through the thick and thin.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing and is a regular columnist for NZ Doctor magazine. She also speaks fluent Korean (should the need ever arise!)