General Practitioners

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 come to consult with a doctor at Kowhai Surgery...

Doctors Auckland

Dr Elspeth Dickson 


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 Register 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 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
Giving Up Smoking

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
New Zealand Doctor

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
Quitting Smoking

Dr Llewyn Waters 

MB, BS, BSc(Hons), Dip Obst, FACRRM

I was born and raised in New Zealand but went to Australia in my late teens to work and travel ending up at the University of Sydney where I graduated with an Honours Science degree in 1975 and a Medical degree in in 1980.

After two years in Sydney hospitals and a post graduate course in Obstetrics at Auckland University, I commenced Rural General practice in NSW and remained there for 25 years becoming an inaugural Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in 1997.

After a brief rest and trial of city practice at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, I return to rural practice via FIFO locums and in 2013 eventually became the Medical Services Director Charleville Hospital in Western Queensland.

My Australian wife Greer, a kiwiophile with an aversion to heat, flies and red dust, encouraged our return to NZ settling in the beautiful Warkworth area where I intend to serve the community for the remaining years of my medical career.  Greer and I have two adult children, three grandchildren, numerous local relatives and one small dog who controls everything unfortunately.

Llewyn joined as Principal in January 2016

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