Philip is the Managing General Practitioner and owner of Hataitai Medical Practice. He joined the practice in 1990 and took full management in 2004.
Philip graduated from Otago Medical School in 1984. Following medical posts in Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, he subsequently trained in General Practice in Wellington.
His special interest within the scope of General Practice is Dermatology.
He is a car enthusiast and a fitness fanatic into trail running and mountain biking.
Practice Manager Janice
Janice is the co-owner and Practice Manager of Hataitai Medical Practice. She is married to Philip.
Janice has a background in the travel and banking industry prior to joining the practice.
As the practice manager, she leads the team with diligence and care and was integral in helping the practice achieve Cornerstone Accreditation in 2014.
She makes it her business to keep the all-important engine room of the practice happy and healthy.
Dr Kristy Chong
Kristy was born in Malaysia and emigrated with her family to Perth, Australia at a young age. Trained as a doctor in Perth, she sojourned to Wellington for a holiday and was captivated to make the city her permanent home.
She is fluent in Cantonese and has experienced working as a doctor in Third World countries during her training and on a voluntary basis.
She has a special interest in general medicine and children's health.
Kristy is married with two children.
Dr Ramani Thiruchelvam
The return of popular Dr Ramani has brought us great delight. She obtained her medical degree from Otago University and also holds a diploma in Obstetrics. She has a keen interest in Women's health and fertility issues.
Having moved to New Zealand when she was just a toddler, she enjoys the Kiwi outdoors as an avid walker. She also enjoys reading and knitting.
Dr Ramani is married and has a son.
Nurse Lesley came to New Zealand looking for adventure and she has certainly come to the right place! When she isn’t busy flying fixed winged planes or skydiving, she keeps her feet on the ground by reading, cooking, tramping and caring for her newly adopted feline friend! Nurse Lesley joins the team at Hataitai Medical Practice with an impressive background in paediatric and emergency nursing. UK-born, she started her nursing career in England before moving to Christchurch and is now head over heels for how well we live in Wellington.
Nurse Ray (Locum)
Nurse Ray has been our locum nurse for the last 3 years.
Her great wealth of experience accummulated from working at various private practices and retirement villages has been invaluable.
She provides sound advice and carefully considered nursing care to many of our patients.
Lauren comes to us with an amazing background in sports, healthcare and hospitality. After completing a science degree in Human Nutrition, Lauren is now doing her Masters in Dietetics with a view to specialising in Sports Nutrition. What better way to make the most of her winning career in rugby, netball, lacrosse and equestrian? Sports-mad Lauren loves healthcare as much as she loves hospitality so she’ll be right at home here at HMP!