Our Doctors




Margaret has been at Papanui Medical Centre since 1983. She has enjoyed a long association with many families over that time. She likes to be punctual but is happy to spend the extra time with her patients when it is needed. If she is running late there is usually a good reason! For recreation she enjoys walking, gardening, travel, photography and reading. Margaret is married and helped bring up three stepsons. She likes to have a professional interest outside the practice and some of her Wednesdays away from the practice undertakes assessments of general practices for RNZCGP Cornerstone Accreditation.


MB, ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCHP, graduated Otago 1982

Paul joined as a partner in the Papanui Medical Centre in 1987, and works Monday to Thursday at the practice. Paul’s medical interests are in general medicine, geriatrics, cold weather and sports medicine. As well as a significant commitment in office-based general practice, Paul looks after many patients living in rest home and private hospitals. His interests in cold weather medicine have recently led to his appointment to Antarctica New Zealand as a medical assessor.


MB, ChB, DRCOG (Glasgow)

Linda joined Papanui Medical Centre as a part-time GP in 2005. After graduating in Scotland and undergoing general practice training in England she then emigrated to Gore in 1997. She worked in both Mataura and Gore before her shift to Christchurch, which she sees as her long-term home. Linda’s special medical interests are in child health, women’s health, cardiology, and nutrition (presently she does not do minor surgery operations). She has an NZ husband and family to whom she is committed for the rest of her time! Her outside interests are in tramping, circuit training and cycling. Linda works half-time, over four days a week, but normally not Tuesdays.


MB, ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP, graduated from Otago

Beth was born and raised in Canterbury. She joined Papanui Medical Centre in 1985 as a job-sharing arrangement with Dr Calder Botting. She now shares a room with Paula Hanley. She enjoys all areas of general practice, especially caring for three generations of some families. She also enjoys her elderly rest home patients, including caring for those with dementia. Beth is a mother of three, and is married to Allan, who is a full-time ophthalmology specialist, and she is a nana to Archer and Evelynn. She has completed a course in travel medicine and is very happy to see travellers to discuss their health needs. Outside of medicine she enjoys tramping and jogging and she also believes exercise is important for the health of her patients. Her Christianity is also important to her. Presently Beth does not work Mondays.



Karen trained at Otago Medical School and Christchurch Clinical School. She has been based in Christchurch since. She has diplomas in children’s and women’s health. She enjoys the range of general practice, especially children, family medicine, and women’s health. Outside of medicine, Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She is happily married and the mother to two boys, who keep her very busy. She enjoys the company of friends, keeping fit, the outdoors, skiing, travel and reading. Presently Karen does not work Fridays.



Paula has been working at Papanui Medical Centre as a partner since 2011. Paula attended Otago Medical School in Dunedin and then Wellington. Paula completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then a Diploma in Child Health. She recently completed a course in trauma management also attended Plastic Surgery Clinics at Burwood Hospital as part of a GP upskilling program. Paula is married and has three school aged children. She tries to structure her work hours to be available to both patients and family at convenient times.  Paula works Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoon.  She also visits rest home and palliative care patients in the community. 


Robyn joined Papanui Medical Centre in 2005 having worked for several years as a locum in the practice. Her interests are in orthopaedics, sports, and family medicine. Robyn enjoys getting to know people and treating the whole person. “Understanding the whole person helps me decide what medical advice will work best.” says Robyn.
Robyn lives with her partner and their dogs, parrots and varied other livestock. For relaxation she shows dogs and has an interest in photography.  She is interested in the martial arts, having practised Muay Thai and Karate.



Zoe trained in England, but has lived in New Zealand since 1992. She spent a few years in Palmerston North before moving to the West Coast in 2000 where she worked as a GP.

She then moved to Christchurch with her husband and two children.
She works at Papanui Medical Centre as a long term associate for 3 half-days per week.

She has a Diploma of Child Health and especially enjoys seeing children and families.

Outside of work her interests are tramping, skiing, music and writing.


MB, ChB, MRCP, Dip Clin Psych (Ireland), FRNZCGP

Colin is from Ireland, where he trained and qualified before coming to New Zealand in 2000. He met his partner, Sarah, here and they then lived in Ireland and London before returning to Christchurch with their young family in 2006. He completed his New Zealand GP Fellowship in 2010. Colin has broad experience and qualifications in hospital medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry. His interests are geriatrics, paediatrics and general medicine. He loves being a GP because of the privilege of getting to know the whole person and their family, together with using a more patient-centred approach to healthcare. His interests are music, sports, travel  and spending time with his wife and three young children. He works five days a week, which includes two half days where he is visiting rest home patients.





Vanessa is a friendly and efficient Doctor. She likes to run to time, but will spend time with you when you need it. She has a straight forward yet kind approach. Vanessa strongly values patient centred medicine.

Vanessa is a South Islander. She grew up in Marlborough and trained at Otago Medical School graduating in 2002. She has been at Papanui since 2011.

Maia Melbourne-Wilcox

Maia has worked as a part time associate at Papanui Medical Centre since moving to Christchurch with her family in 2015. She likes working as a GP and having the opportunity to get to know and work with patients and whānau in a patient-centred way. She enjoys working as a part of the wider team at PMC. Maia also works as a clinical lecturer in Hauora Māori at University of Otago Medical School in Christchurch. Outside of work Maia enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the beautiful places /sights that Te Waipounamu has to offer.


Harriet grew up in Christchurch and graduated from Otago Medical School in 2010. She started in General Practice in 2015 after gaining experience across a wide range of specialities in the hospital setting. Harriet enjoys all aspects of General Practice but has a special interest in Paediatrics and Women’s health. She has completed a Diploma in Paediatrics and a Certificate in Women’s Health. Outside of work Harriet enjoys reading, gardening and spending time in the outdoors with her partner Nick, taking particular interest in surfing, cycling and the mountains.