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GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

Dealing with health issues can be a difficult situation. You shouldn’t have to go it alone. The Otorohanga Medical Centre team of certified, highly skilled, and experienced care providers always has our patients’ best interests and wellbeing at heart. Meet the faces that are running our Medical Center, and schedule an appointment today.

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DR. MICHAEL BECKER

Michael was born in Cape Town and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. 

He has studied and worked in London, San Diego, Cape Town and the Sunshine Coast. 

He moved to Hamilton in 1996 and worked at Waikato Hospital and Medlab Hamilton.  

His professional interests include GP work and Allergies.

Michael is married to Michelle from Elstow, near Te Aroha.  They have four children and live in the hills near Raglan.

Michael's hobbies mostly involve working his property and maintaining his house, beekeeping, drinking wine, enjoying his dogs, and persuading his boys to leave their rooms and do fun stuff outside.

He works on Fridays. 

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DR. RUSS FERNANDEZ

Russ is one of the three medical centre owners. Russ graduated in India in 1991 before doing more training in Ireland. 
His fellowship in General Surgery was completed in Scotland.  He trained in ear, nose and throat surgery for five years, then General Medicine and Paediatrics.  
He started a private practice in Ireland in 2006 and has also trained in cosmetic medicine and dermatology.
He works Mondays-Fridays.

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DR. JO ANN FRANCISCO

Jo Ann is one of the three GP-Owners in the medical centre.  Jo Ann moved to New Zealand from Florida.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine who completed her Family Medicine Residency training in Ohio.    She has special interests in Women's Health, Sports Medicine and Geriatrics.  She is also the Beattie Home Physician. Jo Ann started working in Levin in 2012 and then moved to Otorohanga in 2014.
She enjoys the friendly Otorohanga community and the New Zealand outdoors. She works Monday-Wednesdays and Fridays.

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DR. BHANU SIVAKUMAR

Bhanu studied medicine in India and is a qualified general and specialist anaesthetist with twenty years' experience, including in accident and emergency. 
She worked in public and private hospitals in India and overseas during this time. Bhanu also practised as a part time GP while in India for about 10 years.  After completing the Australian and New Zealand medical council registration examinations, she joined Otomed Ltd as a GP in 2013. 
Her special interests as a GP lie in counselling and practising a holistic approach to medicine. She is also keen about quality in health care having worked as a consumer liaison coordinator in the quality and safety department at Auckland Hospital for about two years.
Bhanu is married and is based in Auckland where she lives with her husband. She has a daughter who is a scientist in the USA.  Her hobbies are reading, music, watching movies, painting, travelling and walking in the great outdoors.  
She works Mondays-Thursdays.

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DR. CHERYL RUARAU

Cheryl was born and bred in Otorohanga.
She trained at Auckland University and has spent time at Auckland, Middlemore, Whangarei and Waikato Hospitals.
Cheryl has a special interest in Paediatrics and Women's Health.
She works Tuesdays and Fridays.

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DR. JOYCE WONG

Joyce is one of the three medical centre owners.  She graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 2003. 
After working in hospitals in Hamilton, Invercargill and Rotorua for five years, she moved to Otorohanga to try rural medicine in 2008 and has never left.
Joyce has a Diploma in Child Health.  She lives in Otorohanga with her husband Dave and their two children.