Dr Peter Clemo
General Practitioner, Vocationally Registered, Qualifications: BCom, BHB, MBChB, DipObst, FRNZCGP
Peter grew up in Auckland and trained at the Auckland University School of Medicine, qualifying in 1981. He worked in the hospitals in Auckland before moving to general practice and finishing his postgraduate training to obtain his Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) in 1999. During his training years, Peter always intended to become a GP and he is pleased to say that he immensely enjoys his work as a GP since starting in Mission Bay in 1984.
Peter is interested in all aspects of general practice and enjoys seeing people young and old. His special interests include men’s health, preventing cardiovascular disease, older people’s health and using computers to improve medical care.
When Peter isn’t working, he enjoys walking his black labrador Otis, surfing, snowboarding, cycling, playing soccer, gardening and music (especially live gigs!). He escapes regularly to his holiday bach on Great Barrier Island. He has 2 grown up sons, a long-time partner Suzie, and a beautiful granddaughter, Georgia.
Dr Geraldine Poynter
General Practitioner, Vocationally Registered, Qualifications: BHB, MBCHB, DRCOG, MRCGP, FRNZCGP
Gerry was born in Auckland, growing up in Oratia before moving to Kumeu while studying medicine at Auckland University. Following graduation she worked in a wide range of specialities in Waikato Hospital and in hospitals in North East Yorkshire. She completed her specialist training with the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), and on returning to New Zealand she obtained her Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP).
Gerry enjoys all aspects of medicine which is why she chose General Practice. She is particularly interested in Women and Children’s medicine, psychiatric/psychological medicine, older people’s health and ENT.
Gerry lives with her Yorkshire husband, two young children and Monty the cat (from Bradford). She enjoys exercising with her family in the Eastern Bays and is a keen gardener and avid reader. She regularly travels to the UK to catch up with family there and loves escaping to the Pacific islands in the winter when she can.
Dr Ruth Bannister
General Practitioner, Qualifications: MBChB, DRCOG, DFSRH, MRCGP
Ruth is from the UK, having grown up near Birmingham, and completing her medical training in Yorkshire. Since graduating from Leeds Medical School in 2005, Ruth has worked in hospitals and practices all over the UK, completing her post graduate GP training in 2012. The wife of a Naval Officer, Ruth has travelled extensively, including time living in Sydney, and New Zealand in 2013, when she worked here with the practice here in St Heliers. Ruth has now relocated permanently to New Zealand with her family, and is delighted to have re-joined our team.
Ruth has experience in all areas of general practice, with particular interests in women’s health, family planning and sexual health. She also has extensive emergency care experience.
Ruth lives with her husband and 2 young sons. She is a very keen open water swimmer, and spends much of her spare time racing after her boys on mountain bike trails.
Dr Josef Schwarz
The year before he came to NZ Josef was a ship doctor on the cruise ship “AIDA” travelling around the world to Asia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Northern Europe.
He came to New Zealand in February 2018 where he started work as a rural GP in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay.
His main interests are mental health and elderly people. He is also open to a holistic approach to medical care, including alternatives.
Josef is a cosmopolitan person, enjoying meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. In his spare time Josef likes to listen to classical music, and play alpine string instruments like the zither and the dulcimer. He also enjoys walks on the beach and meditation.
He has a grown up daughter who is studying in Germany.