Meet the Team

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


Dr Denis Delany - General Practitioner

An old boy of Ngaio's Plunket and kindergarten, cub scouts, scouts, tennis and Onslow soccer and rugby, Denis grew up on the same street on which he now works. He has been in practice at Ngaio since 1983. Prior to that he worked in England mainly in the field of Obstetrics. For over two years he was the sole remaining general practitioner in Wellington delivering babies. In 1983 there were over 100 general practitioners overseeing births. Dr Delany believes that the cessation of this service which had lasted around 170 years is a tragedy for Wellington women. He and his wife have three daughters and twin boys.

Dr Joelon Hays - General Practitioner

I grew up in North Queensland and then Whakatane. After attending Otago Medical School and graduating in 1998, I initially worked at Dunedin Hospital but then had a stint overseas working in Cheltenham and then Canterbury in the UK. I returned to New Zealand in 2004 and completed my initial GP training in 2005 and attained fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs in 2008. I consider myself a generalist - I enjoy all aspects of the job equally!! When I'm not at work I am usually chasing around after my young family or trying to keep the garden at a manageable level.

Dr Carla Rockel - General Practitioner

I joined Ngaio Medical Centre in 2014 and am available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I enjoy the variety of general practice and have interests in travel medicine and the health of young people. When not working I might be found walking Wellington's hills, a great cardiovascular workout for all.

Dr Ramani Thiruchelvam - General Practitioner

Ramani Thiruchelvam joined the Ngaio Medical Centre in January 2015. Her usual surgery days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Dr Judith Laing - General Practitioner

Judith has been a general practitioner for about 23 years, graduating from Glasgow University (Scotland) in 1985. She finished her GP training in 1991. Along the way she obtained a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Membership of the Royal College of General Practice. In the few years before she left the UK she was involved with training undergraduate medical students. Since completing her training she has worked as a part-time GP. Now on a Tuesday and Thursday each week she works at Ngaio Medical Centre during school hours to fit with the demands of school. Judith and her husband (Joe) moved to New Zealand with their three children in January 2004. She states that they have really enjoyed their years in New Zealand and are looking forward to many more, especially in Wellington. 'It's a wonderful place to live, and we are so happy to have made the move. For myself I love my job - the variety, the surgery and of course the people. In my spare time (!!!) I enjoy walking, cooking, reading and gardening.'

Dr Jane Lawrence - General Practitioner

I trained at Auckland Medical School and spent 25 years as a partner in a general practice in Central Auckland. 8 years ago I moved to Wellington ( very good idea! ) so I could be available more easily to my parents. I did some locums around Wellington before working at the Student Health Service at Victoria University for 7 years. I missed general practice and am very glad to have joined Ngaio medical centre. I enjoy all aspects of general practice including women’s health, paediatrics, dermatology, travel medicine and minor surgery - including mole removals, IUD and Jardelle insertions.

I have 2 wonderful children - Charlotte 28 and Philip 26 . I sing in the Orpheus choir of Wellington and also enjoy gardening, walking and patchworking.

Practice Nurses / Management Team

Lucy Hollister - Practice Manager

In our highly bureaucratic health environment a large amount of organisational input is required. Lucy, who prefers being referred to as ‘The PM', is the staff member who keeps the machinery of the practice running although she feels that most of her time is spent ‘endeavouring to keep the crew under control'. Lucy, with the wonderful East England accent, enjoys tramping and swimming but her new found passion involves ‘much high speed action on a dance floor'. All other staff treat Lucy with absolute respect and deference.

Andrea Fowler - Nurse Manager

Andrea has been in the practice for 15 years. Educated in Wellington, she has lived in Ngaio for many years with her husband Mark and two adult children. She has previous experience working in California and at Wellington Hospital, mainly in orthopaedics and oncology. She hopes to return to the professional tennis circuit.

Issy Gordon - Nurse

Liz Owen - Nurse

Brigid Blundell - Nurse

Karen Fry - Nurse

Reception and Administration Team

Jo Ferner

Cheryll Sturmfels

Sarah McNaughtan

Rebecca Gibb-Carman

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