Meet our doctors

Your family doctor is your healthcare partner. At The Doctors Fred Thomas, your family doctor will provide you with all the day-to-day advice, information and support you expect from your GP. At The Doctors Fred Thomas, your doctor can also draw on a large team of doctors, each with specialist family medicine interests. We also have a great team of complementary health professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, radiologists, sonographers, CT Scanning, nuclear radiology, pharmacists, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, midwife and a skilled phlebotomy team. We all share your interest in shaping a healthy future – and managing any health issues you have.

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Dane Rua

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MB ChB (Auckland), GPEP2 Registrar

Dr Dane Rua is currently completing his vocational GP training at The Doctors Fred Thomas after working at North Shore and Starship hospitals. Dane has played competitive rugby and is a professional dancer/actor. He also enjoys extreme sports and exploring the world, whether in the air, on land or under the sea. These passions give him a unique insight and special interest in sports; youth and children's medicine. In the future he hopes to work closer with competitive sports teams, and pursue further training in skin care. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.

Upeksha Settinayake

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MB ChB (Auckland), PG Cert Women

Dr Upeksha Settinayake has special interests in family medicine, women's health, geriatrics and palliative care. She has also previously worked as a high school doctor and enjoys working with young people.  She obtained Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of GPs in 2016.  In her spare time she enjoys creative writing and travel.

Tracey Opperman

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MB ChB (Auckland), FRNZCGP Family Medicine
Dr Tracey Opperman has special interests in family health, children and women's health, and care of the elderly. Tracey has been in general practice since 2000 and is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. She has two primary school aged children and enjoys gardening and craft work in her spare time. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.
Beverley Howcroft

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MB BS (UK), DRCOG (UK), FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Minor Surgery, Travel Medicine, IUCD (Mirena) insertion
Dr Beverley Howcroft’s special interests include family medicine, women’s health, family planning, paediatrics, travel medicine, skin cancer surgery and care of the elderly. As well as being a GP, Beverley undertakes Fellowship Assessments for the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners and Performance Assessments for the Medical Council of NZ. This involves visiting general practitioners and medical practices throughout NZ. She is also an avid traveller and attempts to play golf in her spare time. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.
John Russell

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BSc, BMedSc, MB ChB (Otago), Dip Obst (Auckland), MBA (Massey) FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Skin Surgery, Vasectomy
Dr John Russell has special interests in family medicine, men’s health, sports medicine, travel medicine and minor surgery for skin cancer, vasectomy and neonatal circumcision. John is local to the Shore, born in Narrow Neck. He became a local GP 30 years ago and is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. When he is not seeing his patients he has a keen interest in viticulture, pressing olives from his olive grove and vintage cars. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.
Veronica Lamplough

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MB ChB (Auckland), Dip Obst (Auckland), FRNZCGP
Dr Veronica Lamplough has been in General Practice for 25 years and she is vocationally trained as a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. Her expertise is in all aspects of Family Medicine: women's health, paediatrics, care of the elderly and minor surgery. As well as being a GP, Veronica serves on Professional Conduct Committees convened by the Medical Council of NZ, and she is an examiner for the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. In her spare time Veronica is a keen gardener and enjoys Pilates and paddleboarding. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.
Rowan Waters

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MB ChB (Auckland), Dip Obst (Auckland), FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Geriatrics
Rowan is passionate about all aspects of family medicine with a special interest in care of the elderly. Rowan has practiced on the Shore for over 25years and she is a vocationally trained Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Rowan is a water sports devotee, loves her yoga and enjoys her time at the beach. Rowan is based solely at Fred Thomas Health. Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.