We believe your family doctor is your healthcare partner. At The Doctors Tauranga, 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 Tauranga, your doctor can also draw on a large 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.


We also have a great team of allied health professionals e.g. Physiotherapists, Radiologists, Pharmacists, and a skilled medical laboratory team all operating within our premises. We all share your interest in shaping a healthy future, and managing any health issues you have.

Rose Longhurst

Rose Longhurstedit



Rose completed her Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery from the University of Otago in 2013. She grew up locally and is enjoying working back in the Tauranga region. She spent three years in Bay of Plenty hospitals prior to starting her career in General Practice. Special interests include women’s health and paediatrics.

Dipankar Saha

Dipankar Sahaedit


MBBS, BSc, MRCGP(UK) - Currently in a position to welcome new patients
Dipankar ‘Dip’ Saha is a UK trained GP.  Having first qualified from The Royal Free and University College Medical School in London in 2003,  he then spent several years undergoing Basic Surgical Training in the North of England as he initially wanted to be a surgeon. However, over time he came to realise that his true calling was not surgery but instead General Practice and being a family physician.  He entered GP training in the UK in 2008 and qualified as a GP in 2011, and in his own words “he hasn’t looked back since”.  Dipankar imigrated to New Zealand in mid 2015 with his Kiwi wife and beautiful baby daughter.  He joined the team at Centralmed in early 2016 as a full time GP.  Dipankar believes that his previous surgical background combined with his GP training makes him a truly general General Practioner with a broad knowledge base in both medicine and surgery.  Whilst thoroughly professional but also completely approachable in equal measure, as well as being happy to discuss his patients’ problems, conditions and diagnosis with them at depth (being a great believer in improving health through improving individual patients’ health education and knowledge of their conditions), he is also equally happy to discuss the finer points of blues/rock guitar playing, Formula One racing, the lastest John Grisham novel or just why in his opinion the HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy is the greatest book ever written.                       
Bhuwan Poudel

Bhuwan Poudeledit


Bhuwan joined CentralMed in 2014 from Gisborne where he had been practicing for the last 3 years. Bhuwan is vocationally Registered with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
David J O’Connor

David J O’Connoredit


David has been practising as a Family General Practitioner in Tauranga since 1984. His interests outside of family practice include running a small farm and a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities golf, motor sport and following family sporting and other endeavours. His biggest achievement so far, apart from family, is being involved in the establishment of Aquinas College in Pyes Pa, and the development of Centralmed Health. Medical interests include internal medicine and immigration medicals.
Neil BJ Matson

Neil BJ Matsonedit


B Sc MBChB (Otago), DipObs (Otago), DipSportMed (Auck), FRNZCGP
Neil has been in General Practice in Tauranga since December 1981. He has a longstanding interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine. This has seen Neil involved in team doctoring for Tauranga Sports Rugby, and occasionally for the BOP rugby team, over the last 18 years. Current secretary of the BOP Division of NZMA, Neil was a GP Registrar trainer for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice in early/mid 1990s and has been a Fellow of the College since 1998. Neil was President of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise for the 2002/03 year. Neil has been involved in marathon clinics, recreational triathlons and touch rugby in the past and is now slowly improving his golf handicap.
Santi Lala

Santi Lalaedit


Santi was born in Te Aroha (Waikato) and trained at Otago Medical School. She has been in General Practice for over 29 years and enjoys seeing the babies she delivered now leaving school. Her special medical interests include women and children’s health, pre-preganancy care, contraception, infertility management and menopause. Santi and her family of 3 children and partner Laurie, are keen on outdoor activities, particularly tramping, cycling, skiing and kayaking.
Shiva Koirala

Shiva Koiralaedit


Shiva is Dr Bhuwans’ wife. Shiva joined the team at CentralMed in 2014. Shiva has worked at Whakatane and Gisborne Hospitals before joining General Practice in Gisborne during 2011. Shiva has a special interest in paediatrics and general skin conditions.
Ken Belton

Ken Beltonedit


MD. University of British Columbia, Dip Obs (Akl), Dip Child Health Otago
Ken gained his medical degree at the University of British Columbia as well as training in Wellington and Taranaki. He has worked in a variety of roles which include Clinical Instructor at UBC faculty of Medicine for many years, Hospitalist in Vancouver and also had his own family practice for 20 years in Canada prior to returning permanently to live in New Zealand..
Peter Tomkins

Peter Tomkinsedit


Peter has been working as a General Practitioner in the Bay of Plenty since the mid 1980’s. Having previously been a solo GP for many years, he has been part of the team at CentralMed since September 2012 which he has found to be a new and challenging experience. He finds the “one stop shop” set-up at CentralMed with services such as x-ray and Pathlab all on site, very helpful in providing timely and effective patient care. He cannot lay claim to any particular sporting prowess, however he is keen on the arts in general along with having a go at growing the occasional avocado.
Morné du Plessis

Morné du Plessisedit


Morné completed his medical degree in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 1997.

He worked initially as a registrar doing mainly surgery and orthopaedics at Whakatane and Tauranga Hospitals. He then worked in family medicine for Te Manu Hauora, providing primary healthcare for Maori in the Bay of Plenty. Morné’s special interests are surgery, orthopaedics and sports medicine and injuries. His special interest is mainly skin cancer. Morné has a contract with the WBOP PHO for skin cancer surgery up to Advanced plus level. He also has a certificate and diploma in dermatoscopy. Morné is a keen triathlete and has completed 3 half ironman events as well as IronMAN NZ on 1 March 2014.

Andrew Corin

Andrew Corinedit


MBChB, FRNZCGP, BSc Dip Paeds, (Designated Dive Doctor)
Andrew, a New Zealand trained doctor, has been working in General Practice in Tauranga since 1997 and completed his Fellowship for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2001. Special interest areas include child health, dive medicine, respiratory medicine, and specialist surgery for snoring conditions. He has had medical experience in Ireland, Kenya and the Philippines, including working for emergency relief and mission organisations.

He has been an owner and director of medical practices in New Zealand since 2000, and has extensive experience in governance roles for health and community organisations. Andrew is on the Pharmac Respiratory subcommittee for PTAC, is a medical advisor to Asthma and Respiratory Management Bay of Plenty, and is a founder of the clinical trials centre Clinical Horizons. Outside of work hours you will find Andrew growing avocados on his orchard and trying his hand at most outdoor pursuits

Séan Barklie

Séan Barklieedit


BSc MBChB (UCT), FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med (NZSF)
Séan trained in Zoology Botany, Oceanography and having worked on the ocean decided to return to the University of Capetown to study medicine. He was born and bred in Zimbabwe. He was conscripted into the army there which in the end assisted him in immigrating to New Zealand and being employed by the NZ Defence Force for a few years. He coached the NZ Army rugby team in Waiouru and travelled extensively within New Zealand before settling in Tauranga.

He has worked in the past in the UK, Canada and South Africa but is now firmly settled in New Zealand. His current interests are sports medicine which included Team Doctor for provincial rugby team, sleep medicine and skin surgery but also thoroughly enjoys being a General Practitioner and has not given up any aspects of family medicine. Sean’s interests are broad and varied and he would love to share those with any new patients.