Our Team

If you are choosing a doctor or have a specific type of complaint, it may be helpful to look at our doctor’s profiles.

We have a highly skilled nursing team, any one of whom can competently meet your health needs. There are a number of roles that our nurses rotate through over the week, but we will ensure continuity with all aspects of your care.

Our Doctors:

Dr. Mary-Anne Bellamy

Mary-Anne joined the Hoon Hay Medical Centre over 25 years ago. She enjoys all aspects of the comprehensive and continuing care involved with family medicine, with a particular interest in women’s health, minor skin surgery and the healthcare of children. Mary-Anne has attended the Burwood Hospital Outpatient Plastic Surgery Clinic to further upskill in surgical procedures and she is trained in and performs a number of women’s health procedures.

Mary-Anne is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Apart from her work, her passion is hockey and fitness. She has two adult sons.

Dr. Rod Kirkwood

Rod qualified from Glasgow University in 1986 from the same year as Dr Liz Johnson.  He first worked in NZ in 1989 and moved here permanently in 1992 and joined Hoon Hay Medical Centre when Dr Keith Gibb retired in 1997.  His early interests were in Paediatrics and General Medicine but he has more recently developed his interest in Older Persons Health, skin cancer recognition and minor surgery.  He carries out dermoscopy clinics for melanoma recognition and surveillance and attended Burwood plastic surgical outpatients to upskill in surgical procedures.  As a sports enthusiast he is also very interested in musculo-skeletal injuries.  He enjoys the varied aspects of General Practice and has gained fellowship of both the British and NZ colleges of GPs.

His wife, Margaret, is from Christchurch and they have 3 boys who share their love of the outdoors.  His main interest outside of family and work has always been the mountains;  climbing, skiing, hiking or biking.  In 1994 he climbed Mt Everest.

Dr. Caroline Gibb

Dr. Caroline Gibb grew up in Christchurch and went to Otago University for her medical training. Since graduating in 1987 she has worked in several hospitals around New Zealand as well as working for 3 years in the UK. She completed her general practice training in Auckland in 1994 and moved back to Christchurch in 1997. She has been practising at Hoon Hay Medical Centre since then and finds it a wonderful place to work.  She enjoys family medicine and has a special interest in women’s health, minor surgery and child health.  She is married with 2 children, 2 cats and a dog.

Dr. Liz Johnson

Dr. Liz Johnson trained at Glasgow University and graduated 1986. She always wanted to be a GP and focused her training around this. She has now been in practice for 24 years, the last 12 of which have been in NZ.  She is married with 3 daughters and are proudly all NZ citizens since 2011 and coming to NZ in early 2002 has been the best thing they have ever done as a family. She has a special interest in child health and mental health. She feels very happy to be working as part of the team at Hoon Hay. Things she loves most other than her husband and weans are reading, fighting my flab, art, outdoors and being here!

Dr. Julie Gilmore

Dr Julie Gilmore graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1999 and completed GP vocational training in 2003 in Scotland.  She moved to Christchurch in 2005 and has never looked back. She and her family love living in Christchurch and enjoy making the most of the outdoor opportunities Canterbury has to offer. Julie is kept busy by 2 year old Heather and an energetic dog, but when time allows she enjoys mountain biking, running, tramping and skiing. Julie enjoys all aspects of General Practice but has a special interest in Women’s Health and looking after young families.

Dr. Sarah Barnes

Dr. Sarah Barnes was born in Yorkshire, England, immigrating to New Zealand in 2001. Following hospital roles around New Zealand, Sarah came to settle in Christchurch in 2005. Following the completion of her post-graduate diplomas in Child Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sarah worked locally in a Selwyn General Practice from 2012 until recently. Sarah particularly enjoys the continuity of care that working within General Practice allows.  Sarah is a busy mum to two young children. She enjoys biking, gardening and the outdoor life that New Zealand has to offer.

Dr. Damian Wilkinson

Dr Damian Wilkinson graduated from University of Aberdeen in 2001, and completed General Practice training in Sheffield in 2008, by way of a variety of medical jobs including Emergency Medicine training, ICU, Respiratory Medicine, and a brief stint as a Ship Doctor.  He first worked in NZ in Dunedin in 2002, but moved here permanently to Christchurch in 2011.

His medical interests within GP are Chronic Disease management, Respiratory medicine, and Musculoskeletal medicine.

Outside medicine he is usually to be found exploring the great outdoors in a variety of ways: climbing, mountain biking, skiing and tramping.


Our Nurses:

Linda McFarlane

With over 30 years of Practice Nurse experience I have a passion for patient education. My special areas of interest include Child Health, Diabetes and Older Persons Health. I enjoy being part of the Hoon Hay Team and believe it an honour to provide health support to your family, throughout all stages of life. Happily married to Ross, our own children are now independent adults allowing me time to indulge in my favourite activities, one of which is recording and researching our early Canterbury history. I also enjoy gardening, photography, and supporting my local community.

Sue Staniland

I completed hospital based General Obstetric nursing in 1980 in Christchurch then after spending a year post graduation in the hospital, my career  became community based. I am married with two teenage children and have worked in 5 general practices over the years, as well as working in England and Canada. I enjoy working in general practice as it encompasses a wide range of health issues which I find very rewarding.

Stephanie Down

I trained in Christchurch and graduated as a registered comprehensive nurse in 1978. After taking a break to raise five children, I returned to nursing and have been working at HHMC for 10 years. I am interested in all aspects of practice nursing, including before school checks, immunisations and as a smear taker.

Mary White – Nurse Co-ordinator

Originally from the West Coast, I came to Christchurch to embark on my nursing career, training at PMH. I am married and have two adult children. I started working at Hoon Hay Medical Centre in the early 1990s. I enjoy working with people through all stages of their lives – babies through to the elderly. An area of special interest for me is sleep and I am available for sleep assessments.

Kathy Cargill

I trained and worked at Hutt Hospital as a General and Obstetric nurse specialising in General Medical nursing and Coronary Care before moving to Christchurch with my husband in 1986.  After a short break I worked part time as a Practice Nurse before having my family. Eleven years ago I went back to nursing and have enjoyed working in Hospital and Rest-home Aged Care  specialising more recently in Dementia Care. Personally I love time with family, singing and pastoral care at church, as well as walking, gardening and knitting. It is a pleasure to now be working with the team at HHMC in Primary Care. I enjoy the interaction with people of all age groups and have a passion to see people healthy and well-cared for.


Our Receptionists:

Adie has worked for Hoon Hay Medical Centre since 2008, with Fiona joining the team in 2014. Kirsty came on board in 2015 and our newest team member, Katie, in 2016. Our team love to provide excellent customer service at Front Desk and telephony. With over 35 years combined experience as front of house medical receptionists, our team is available to answer your questions regarding appointments, invoices and general non-clinical enquiries.

Our Practice Manager:

Isabelle Stackhouse

Following a ten year management position to a ten doctor, twelve thousand patient General Practice in the United Kingdom, I emigrated with my husband, three children and two dogs in October 2005 to join Pegasus Health. I have enjoyed the transition from working within the English National Health Service to primary healthcare in New Zealand. I take pride in empowering practice teams to achieve excellent working structures with a focus on quality and communication. My interests include exploring my new home country, sampling fine New Zealand wines, swimming, walking, cooking, sailing and reading. My family and I are proud to have been accepted as New Zealand citizens in 2011.

Our Accounts Administrator:

Vicki Garner

More on Vicki soon …

The History of Hoon Hay Medical Centre

In 1976, Dr Keith Gibb who was working out of two surgeries at the time: one at the corner of Hoon Hay Road/Sparks Road and the other in Cracroft Shopping Centre, got together with Dr Frank Davie who was working out of a surgery attached to his house in Hoon Hay Road.  They decided the time was right to establish a local specifically designed Medical Centre and so purchased 122-124 Sparks Road.  Mr Doug Bellamy (Dr Mary-Annes’ father) was contracted to design and arrange construction.  Dr Gibb and Dr Davie then approached Dr Richard Edmond who was working as an associate at Barrington Medical Centre to join them.

The building was completed over the Christmas of 1976 and opened in early 1977.  Shortly after it opened Dr Peter Sharr joined as an Associate and became a full partner at the end of 1977.  Then in 1987 Dr Mary-Anne Bellamy started doing fill-in work and when Dr Davie retired on the 1st April 1991, Dr Mary-Anne Bellamy bought his Practice.  A few years later Dr Gibb retired in March 1997 and Dr Rod Kirkwood bought his Practice which is the same year Dr Caroline Gibb (Keith’s daughter) joined the practice as Dr Bellamy’s associate.

In January 2011 Dr Richard Edmond retired and his practice was taken over by his son Dr Mark Edmond.  Mr. Bellamy’s design proved incredibly robust throughout the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with hardly a urine pottle falling off the shelf thanks to the floating slab foundations (there was some debate about whether this extra expense was justified before it was built but it sure proved its worth).  The only damage was minor and was confined almost exclusively to the staff room extension which was added to the original design at a later date.

Dr Peter Sharr retired on 31st August 2013 as the last of the original 4 founders. Dr Mark Edmond relocated his family to Wanaka at the end of 2013. However, to ensure the best continuity of care for our patients, Drs Bellamy, Edmond and Kirkwood formed a new company, based on a team approach to care. Drs Bellamy and Kirkwood provide clinical leadership to our Associate doctors and nursing contingent, working in a wider team culture to improve patient care and efficiency. Dr Mark Edmond remains involved as a Director of the Medical Centre.