Meet our doctors

We believe your family doctor is your healthcare partner. At The Doctors Bureta, our clinical team will provide you with all the day-to-day advice, information and support you would expect from your General Practice. At The Doctors Bureta your doctor can also draw on a great team of doctors and nurses, each with extensive experience in family medicine and long term condition management along with a variety of special interest skills.





Maxine Bethamedit


MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), Bachelor Human Biology, Bachelor Nursing

Dr Maxine Beetham is originally from Tauranga, moving to Auckland to study medicine and then undertaking work as a doctor at Rotorua Hospital, Waikato Hospital in ICU, and back to her home town to work at Tauranga Hospital. Maxine has a special interest in maternity, paediatric and palliative care medicine.

Ngaire Ellisedit


FRNZCGP, MBChB, Dip Child Health, Dip Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Ngaire Ellis graduated from Otago University medical school in 1987. Since then Ngaire has worked in general practice, for 25 years, in both New Zealand and Australia, including 3 years as a clinical manager for a spine surgeon. Ngaire has a special interest in women's health, children's health, and asthma management.

Philippa Foxedit

Regional General Manager





Ginny McGowanedit


RNZCGP Fellowship, MBChB, Dip Child Health

Dr Virginia (Ginny) McGowan studied medicine at Otago University, Dunedin, graduating in 2002. She worked at Tauranga Hospital before going into general practice. Ginny has a special interest in women's and children's health, contraception and family general practice. 



RGN, NDN, CPT, Advanced diabetes paper

Karen has experience as a practice nurse, district nurse, clinical placement teacher and in orthopaedics. Her special interest lies in diabetes, women's health, education and assessment.

Robert Nicholas

Robert Nicholasedit


MBCHB, Diploma Obstetrics, FRNZCGP
Robert graduated from University of Otago in 1979 and has been in General Practice since 1986.  Robert is very experienced in all facets of General Practice. Robert is married with 3 adult children.

Gareth Blackshawedit


BA, MBChB, Dib Obs, Dip Practical Dermatology, Dip Dermoscopy, FRNZCGP

Gareth trained in Wellington and has worked overseas before moving to the Bay of Plenty in 1997 with his wife Jane and 3 daughters. Special interest areas include family medicine, care of the elderly, skin conditions and surgery.Gareth has been involved in medical education, training registrars and colleagues, and helped establish the BOP Clinical School. 

He has completed many multisport events, enjoys most outdoor activities, and spends his remaining time on the orchard and carrying musical equipment around for his daughters gigs.