About Us

Devonport Family Medicine offer patients affordable and accessible medical care. Our boutique style medical centre allows us to be there for you when you need us most by offering both same-day and advance appointments. Our focus is on providing patients with a personalised and co-ordinated care approach through maintaining doctor-patient continuity.

Dr Pieter Veenhuijsen

General Practitioner

Welcome to my practice

I am a dedicated general practitioner who has worked for over 25 years with patients and their families within a variety of communities in Auckland. I love working in primary health care where I can establish long term relationships with patients assisting in all aspects of their health.


My focus is on providing consistency of care by being readily available to see my patients.


I originally trained in Amsterdam. My next six years were spent working and training in the United Kingdom where I obtained Membership of General Practitioners and completed Diplomas in Child Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I am a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.


In addition to my private practice, I tutor medical students, facilitate senior registrars in general practice and work for the Medical Council.


I am fluent in English and Dutch and speak some French and German.


I am married and now that our children have grown up and are pursuing their own careers, we have more time to focus on the things we love doing. For me, these are playing music, yoga, gardening and tackling small building projects.


I value and respect the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa.


This is a beautiful harakeke proverb reflecting the Māori reference to the harakeke plant as whanau.


“Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei whea to kōmako e kō?
Ki mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Maku e kī atu,
he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata…”

If the heart of the harakeke was removed,
where would the bellbird sing?
If I was asked what was the most important thing in the world
I would be compelled to reply,
it is people, it is people, it is people

Our People

Dr Miriam Brown / General Practitioner

I am a UK trained GP with a passion for family medicine and interests in all aspects of adult health and well being as well as mental health and addiction. I also have experience in paediatrics – a field I very much enjoy. I believe strongly in placing my patients at the steering wheel of their health choices and recovery. I have lived in NZ for 15 years and love it. I enjoy walks along the East and West Coast beaches with my partner and holidays exploring all this beautiful country has to offer.

My hobbies include yoga and movie watching as well as enjoying the company of my three now young adult children.

I am looking forward to working in Devonport and plan to cycle to the quay side and hop on a ferry!

Aletta Staal / Receptionist / Accounts Administrator

I was born in The Netherlands where I lived most of my life until moving to New Zealand recently with my husband and two sons. Over 25 years working within both the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry I have held several different roles in The Netherlands and New Zealand.

I am very happy to live and work in Devonport and enjoy being part of its community.

LeeAnn Lewis / Receptionist

LeeAnn has worked in the medical field for most of her working life. She lives in Belmont and is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.

Deanna Barton / Nurse

I was born in Calgary Alberta Canada and did my basic training as a nurse in Vancouver working in a small paediatric adult hospital to start out with. I then went on to specialise in neonatal intensive care nursing which I thoroughly enjoyed. After some time working at the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, I went back to do a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, majoring in Public Health and Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. I moved to New Zealand in 1994 to take up a role in the neonatal intensive care unit at Middlemore Hospital. From there I moved into research in the sexual health field at Auckland Hospital. Working in research rekindled my desire to work in the public health field, where I got a position working for the communicable disease control team and the child and family team within public health.

I have always given family-centred care when nursing and my love of people has always made my nursing career such a joy.

For the past 23 years I have lived locally on the Shore with my Kiwi husband who was born and raised in Bayswater. We have four beautiful children from the ages of 13 – 21 years old, who have enjoyed an idyllic childhood sailing, surfing, skiing and enjoying tramping and exploring the many amazing beaches around the country.

Karyn White / Nurse

I’ve been nursing for the past 40 years now, most of my nursing has been in primary health and well child. I’ve recently returned home to NZ from Australia where I worked for the past 5 years in rural and remote areas of Australia as a registered nurse & midwife. I enjoyed the challenges of country nursing as well as working autonomously and gained so much more experience having done so. Now I’m back home I’m looking forward to having a routine in general practice where I can utilise my vast nursing skills & experiences to benefit the local community. 

Golda Nyemecz / Nurse

I studied nursing in Auckland where I was born and grew up. Following my nursing training, I moved to Perth, Australia to complete a post graduate diploma in cosmetic nursing. I enjoy working in primary care because you get to know patients and their families over time. I also enjoy working as a cosmetic nurse in my own business when I’m not working at Devonport Family Medicine.