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About Us

Devonport Family Medicine offers affordable and accessible medical care for people of all ages. 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

Dr Kosar Kheirabi

Our Doctors

Dr Pieter Veenhuijsen

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

Dr Kosar Kheirabi

Dr. Kosar has been practicing medicine in New Zealand since 2018 and has experience in surgery, paediatrics, women’s health (obstetrics and gynaecology) and also supporting the health of older people. She speaks English, Farsi, and Turkish and lives locally with her young son and husband, who is an Ophthalmology specialist.

When not at work Kosar loves to engage in research and I enjoy travelling, swimming and outdoor activities.

Our team

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.

Golda Nyemecz / Practice 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.

Tetiana Chornovol / Healthcare Assistant

Dr Tetiana Chornovol has recently moved to New Zealand with her kiwi partner from her home country of Ukraine. Tetiana is trained as a Doctor of Neurology and had been practicing as a Neurologist in Odessa, Ukraine.  Tetiana is unable to practice as a Doctor in New Zealand as re-registration is required.  Her plan is to re-register as a medical professional in New Zealand and she is going to work towards this over the next couple of years. In the meantime we are very grateful to have Tetiana as part of our team as a healthcare assistant and receptionist.

Georgina Gymer, RN – Practice Nurse

Georgina is a registered nurse with many years experience both in the UK and New Zealand. Georgina has specialist knowledge and experience in paediatrics and worked for Great Ordmond St Children’s hospital in London.  Georgina is a trained vaccinator and can advise and adminster vaccinations for patients.

A long time Devonport resident Georgina is very committed to this community and loves to meet patients and provide quality care.

Aletta Staal / Assistant Business Manager

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.

Alex Wang / Practice Nurse

Alex is an experienced nurse who started his career in China with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing science. He continued his nursing journey in New Zealand, where he completed his Bachelor of nursing. Alex has worked as an emergency nurse at one of the busiest hospitals in Beijing and spent three years practicing Apheresis nursing at the New Zealand Blood Service. He then shifted his focus to primary care to deliver optimal health services to all patients. Alex is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Health Service Management, which is helping him gain a better understanding of New Zealand’s healthcare system. He plans to do a Master of Nursing to further his career as a Nurse Practitioner.  Outside of work, he enjoys going to the gym, watching movies, and trying new food experiences with friends. Alex is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Reece Danby / Practice Manager

Reece is an experienced health service management professional with a proven track record of leading successful teams. As our Practice Manager, Reece brings extensive expertise and leadership skills to our practice. Reece has a talent for effective communication and collaboration, providing his teams with the necessary resources and support to achieve success. He is passionate about delivering the highest level of care to our patients, ensuring our practice operates efficiently. In his free time, Reece enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family. We are confident that Reece’s experience and dedication will ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care.

PLEASE NOTE: Our bank account number has changed.  For invoices after 2 May 2022, the new bank account is: 06-0103-0798836-00
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