GET TO KNOW US

Our Team of Qualified Health Care Providers

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DR. JENNIFER HUGHES

Specialist General Practitioner

Dr Jennifer hails from the UK but fell in love with Oakura on a working holiday and now calls Oakura home. Completing her medical training in the UK she has broad experience from General Medicine through to Paediatrics and completed her Specialty training with her Fellowship In General Practice in Raglan. She enjoys teaching and has been involved in training GP's over the last few years.  

In her spare time, she keeps herself busy herding her family from activity to activity and patching up her injury-prone husband. 

Dr Jennifer's Qualifications:

  • FRNZCGP

  • MBCHB

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DR. SHAUN BUTLER

Specialist General Practitioner

Dr Shaun comes from the proud training grounds of Taranaki's own Francis Douglas College via Otago University. After completing his time in Dunedin the allure of the shining peak, black sand beaches and yellow and gold drew Dr Shaun back home for his clinical years in Taranaki. Completing a Diploma in Paediatrics before embarking on his Specialist General Practice Fellowship he also enjoys Musculoskeletal medicine and is currently completing his training in Phlebology (Varicose Veins). 

With a family of 5, Shaun technically has no free time but somehow manages to get engaged with Medical Research and a range of other projects to his incredibly supportive wife's dismay.  

Dr Shauns Qualifications:

  • MBCHB Otago

  • FRNZCGP (Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners)

  • ​Diploma in Paediatrics (dip Paeds - Auckland University)

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DR BRENT ANDERSON

Specialist General Practitioner

As Oakuras' long serving General Practitioner Brent Anderson has a vast array of skills and experience to call on combined with an intimate knowledge of the services available and strong relationships with the hospital specialists. He loves Taranaki and the lifestyle it offers when he's not working hard in one of the practices he's likely found at one of the local surf breaks or on one of his horses.


Brents Qualifications Include.

  • MBCHM Otago 1980

  • FRNZCGP

  • Diploma Obstetrics / Gynecology 1986 

  • Fellow of NZSCM (NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine) 

  • Certificate of Phlebology and Member of the Australasian College of Phlebology 

  • Trained in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Assessment and Treatment

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DR. NICK LOVERIDGE-EASTHER

General Practitioner

If anyone loves the Oakura area more than Brent it would have to be Nick. Originally from sunny Nelson Nick moved to Taranaki in 2012 and has worked his way through the Taranaki Base Hospital before choosing the General Practice Pathway. When Nicks not working hard at one of the practices he can be found Surfing, Mountain biking or doing some other adventures around the Taranaki region. 

Nicks Qualifications Include:

  • MBCHB Otago

  • FRNZCGP

  • Diploma in Paediatrics (dip Paeds - Auckland University)

  • Certificate in Rural Hospital Medicine 

  • SCCA Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Human Physiology and Structural Anatomy)

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DR. NATALIE REID

General Practitioner

After biking to work on her first day... from Fitzroy, the rest of the team has given up trying to compete with Dr Natalie. An enthusiastic adventure sports hero Dr Natalie joins us as a locally trained GP with a special interest in Women's and Sexual Health and Rural Medicine. She really enjoys progressing her Te Reo Maori and will be working between Opunake and Oakura Medical Centres. 

Dr Natalie's Qualifications:

  • MBCHB Otago

  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Auckland

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COLLEEN RIDDOCK RN.

Registered Nurse

Trained at the New Plymouth school of nursing Colleen has over 20 years of experience in General Practice. She enjoys working in the community and is especially passionate about family health.


When not working at Oakura Medical Colleen can be found planning her next trip to swim one of the oceans of the world, climb a distant mountain or drinking wine in one of her favourite European countries. She is an active member of Back Bench Hecklers (BBH)and in her spare time likes to make life size tapestries, and finish her long overdue novel.

Colleens' Qualifications Include:

  • RNZCRN

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CANDICE DUNN

Registered Nurse

Joining us from the winterless Far North Candice has moved to the Taranaki for the sunshine hours and warm waters. Her family have moved with her and her other job is as a part-time taxi driver for her family who love sports and outdoor activities as much as she does.  


Candices' Qualifications Include:

  • RNZCRN

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ESME EASTMENT RN.

Registered Nurse

If you’re looking for kindness and compassion, then let Dr. Pat Jones manage your wellness and healthcare. From a basic consultation to diagnosing and treating ailments, stop by and see how Dr. Pat Jones can help you.

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PAULA THOMPSON

Administration Extraordinaire

Taranaki born and raised Paula has been part of Oakura Medical team for the past 15 years and knows more of the going ons in the Oakura community than the local hairdresser.

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MEAGAN BREEDVELD

Administration Extraordinaire

Meagan has been working at Oakura manning the front desk for many years now. She comes with a wealth of knowledge about the medical practice and local medical service and is keen to help in any way to make your medical journey as streamlined as possible.

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JOANNA FEARON

Administration Extraordinaire

International import to the Oakura medical admin team Joanna brings with her a history of experience in Medical Admin and HR. With a background in a specialist skin clinic in the UK she's here to help our clients receive the personalised care we value at Oakura medical. With her, she's brought a wonderful family to the local area who love the Taranaki lifestyle.

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MONIQUE BODDY

Practice Manager

Monique has her hands full ensuring Oakura Medical is running full steam ...especially when the surf is good. Originally from South Africa Monique has been in the Taranaki region for .... When not working hard coordinating the Oakura, Opunake and Skin on Forty Five practices Monique can be found running on the beach or .....