Warkworth Family Doctors Who Take The Time For You
Kowhai Surgery is a friendly, community-based medical centre. Your General Practitioner is there to provide comprehensive healthcare when you are ill, as well as advice and services to keep you healthy.
Who you will see when you visit the Kowhai Surgery Medical Centre in Warkworth…
Our General Practitioners
Dr Elspeth Dickson
MBChB(Hons), MRCP(UK) Dip Obst. FRNZCGP
I was born and brought up in Scotland and graduated with honours from the University of Glasgow in 1987.
After completing my postgraduate Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1990, I moved to New Zealand where I continued to work in the hospitals, initially as a Medical Registrar and latterly completing my Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, before moving into General Practice in 1994.
I joined Kowhai Surgery in 1995 and moved to Warkworth shortly after. Since 2011 I have been a teacher and supervisor of our postgraduate registrars in General Practice. I am passionate about maintaining the highest standards in our next generation of GPs.
I am married to another local GP and we have three adult children, Isla, Kirsty and Rory. I feel privileged to be living and working in such a great area and enjoy all the challenges that General Practice brings.
Elspeth joined as Principal in January 1995
Dr Steve Maric
MBChB; MRCGP(UK); Dip.Obst
I was born and raised in England (of Croatian/Irish stock) and graduated from Sheffield Medical School in 1988. In 1990 I arrived in New Zealand for a working holiday and stayed for 3 years. During that time I worked in a number of hospitals in Auckland and Hamilton and met my wife, Lianne.
We returned to the UK in 1993 where I completed my General Practice training. 10 years later we came back to New Zealand and now have 3 teenage children – Aidan, Elise and Nicholas.
I enjoy practising in the Warkworth area as the case load is varied, allowing me to pursue an holistic approach. I have recently started sharing registrar training duties which is rewarding. When I’m not at work I can (hopefully) be found playing sport or music.
Steve joined as Principal in May 2007
Dr Susanne Krueger
I was born in Germany but moved to New Zealand aged four and grew up in Warkworth. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Auckland and then moved up to Whangarei where I worked for a couple of years at Whangarei Base Hospital.
I took some time off to get married and travel around Europe for a few months before starting my General Practice training at the end of 2012, during which I worked at Kowhai Surgery and Wellsford Medical Centre for two half-year placements.
I enjoy the variety that General Practice brings and the opportunity to have an ongoing relationship with patients. Outside of work I like horse riding, gardening and enjoying the out-doors that this great area has to offer.
Susanne started as registrar and became full Principal in January 2014
Dr Sophie Lines
I was born in Auckland but grew up in Waikari, North Canterbury. I completed my medical degree at the University of Otago graduating in 2008.
After graduating I spent three years working in the Wellington Region in the hospital system and completed a Diploma of Child Health in 2011.
In 2012 my husband and I moved to Northern Territory in Australia. I completed my GP training in Australia in 2015, including a fellowship of advanced rural general practice. Although we enjoyed the adventurous lifestyle of the outback and tropics we returned to Auckland in 2016 to start a family. My husband Simon works as a pilot for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
I enjoy the challenge of working in rural general practice and I am enthusiastic about providing holistic and preventative care. I am currently studying part time to complete a masters in public health and diploma of travel medicine.
I took some time off in 2018 after having our son Hugo. We are excited to settle in Warkworth area where we are currently building a house on a 5 acre block of land. In my spare time I enjoy bush walking, swimming, gardening and spending time with family.
Sophie joined as a locum in 2019 and in 2020 became a principal
Dr. Nicolas Thorburn
BSC Hons, MBChB, DCH
Nicolas [Nico] graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016. Initially worked in Tauranga Hospital for 4 years before starting his career in General Practice in 2021 initially training in the North Auckland area and then consolidating skills in the Central Otago district.
He enjoys all aspects of primary care, but has a special interest in child and youth health, having completed the Diploma of Child Health through the University of Otago.
He has recently moved back to the area with his young family, to be closer to extended family. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running and mountain biking.
Dr Daniela Fernandes
degree in medicine from the University of Minho in 2015.
She is skilled in both general practice and urgent care and has
experience in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases,
work related injuries, maternal and child health, elderly care and
women’s health issues.
Daniela also achieved specialist credentials in 2021 while
working at a primary care unit prior to arriving in New Zealand
together with her partner last month.
In her spare time she finds joy in travel and sightseeing, has
a keen appetite for the latest movies and TV shows and can
always find room for one more plant in her ever growing
Needless-to-say she is eager to become part of our local
Warkworth community and explore everything New Zealand has
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PO Box 285,
Monday to Thursday
8am to 5.30pm
8am to 5pm
02 0480 0141717 00
8am to 12 noon Shared with Warkworth Medical Centre
After hours Phone Triage 24/7, call 09 425 7358