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Are you looking for a doctor with a wealth of experience, who you can trust to look after your primary healthcare needs in a professional and caring manner? Our team of highly qualified and experienced doctors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their range of interest areas are diverse and all doctors collaborate on a regular basis to share knowledge with each other.

To help you find a doctor that's right for you, please read their profiles below.

Dr Mahu AndersonDr Mahu Anderson

MBChB

Dr Mahu Anderson graduated from Otago University in 2009 and has since worked as a House Officer in North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland and more recently Rotorua hospitals. Mahu was exposed and able to gain experience in different specialities while in hospital. These are ENT, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Adult Medicine, Orthopaedics and General Surgery.

Mahu is very passionate about what she does and how she cares for people in all age groups and with all cultural backgrounds. Her special interests are childrens health, womens health, contraception/fertility issues, and minor surgeries such as Jadelle insertion or removal/insertion of IUCD and Mirena.

Mahu is very family orientated and resides in West Auckland with her husband and three children. She loves to cook and loves being involved in youth programmes. She enjoys a good read, playing social volleyball and is a big All Blacks fan.

Dr Anthony BurgessDr Anthony Burgess

BSc, BHB, MBChB, Dip Occ Med

Anthony was born in Auckland and is a graduate of Auckland Medical School. He has worked at all the Auckland hospitals in his junior doctor years, before working in England as an orthopaedic SHO. He returned to New Zealand to continue his training and raise his family. He has post graduate training in Occupational Medicine, which looks at the interactions between work and health and with the effect that health conditions can have on work. He has been involved in rehabilitation of injured patients and has a particular interest in Musculoskeletal medicine, management of acute injuries, and minor surgical procedures.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his partner who is a nurse and his young son and daughter, as well as home DIY and when time permits the occasional round of golf and jogging.

Dr Claire ChuDr Claire Chu

MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP

"I believe good medicine looks at treating an illness as well as the effects of the illness in a person as a whole."

Claire graduated from Otago University in 2004 and has since worked in all four hospitals in the Auckland region, with various experience in different specialties including Starship Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General/Respiratory/Renal medicine, Surgery and Geriatric medicine. In 2007, her enthusiasm in children's health prompted her completion of Diploma in Paediatrics and she is now a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice with updated knowledge and skills to provide a high quality of care.

Claire emigrated with her family from Taiwan and has been resident in NZ since 1996. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin. She enjoys working alongside her patients to improve their health. She cares for people in all age groups and with all cultural backgrounds. Her special interests are childrens health, womens health, contraception/fertility issues, family medicine, chronic care management and minor surgery.

Claire lives in central Auckland with her doctor husband Daniel. In her private time she enjoys jazz/hip hop/cultural dancing, outdoor sports, music and shopping.

Dr Malee EkanayakeDr Malee Ekanayake

MBBS, Dip MedSc

Malee is a Sri Lanka trained medical practitioner and has worked in many specialties including Paediatrics, Gynecology, General Medicine and General Surgery. She worked as a Senior Medical officer in Paediatrics for five years. She also has extensive experience in treating adults with chest diseases, gained while working in one of the busiest chest clinics in Sri Lanka. She holds postgraduate qualifications in respiratory diseases. Malee subsequently worked as a General Practitioner in the private sector, where she treated patients of all ages from different ethnicities and cultures.

After emigrating to NZ, Dr Ekanayake completed a Postgraduate qualification in Medical Science at the University of Auckland. She has a passion for General Practice and is continually updating her knowledge and expertise by participating in Continuing Medical Education.

Malee sees her greatest achievement in her career to date serving as a Lions Club volunteer in health camps in rural areas in Sri Lanka, where there were very limited health resources. She is passionate about working with people from all age groups and all cultural backgrounds.

Dr Ekanayake is a family person and enjoys spending free time with her husband and two loving daughters.

Dr Manuel FontanillaDr Manuel Fontanilla

BS, MD, FRNZCGP, FPOA, FPCS, PGDipMSM

Manuel is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the New Zealand Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He has a special interest and expertise in treating pain, deformities and disabilities resulting from infections, rheumatism, accidents, sports injuries and cancer of the bones, joints, muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

Manuel has more than twenty eight years of medical and orthopaedic surgical experience.He has taught and worked in University Hospitals in Sweden, New Zealand, Sultanate of Oman and the Philippines. These years in clinical practice, teaching and research has proven invaluable in potential problem analyses and evidence based decision making in the day to day care of his patients.

Manuel is particularly good at the closed treatment of fractures and dislocations, joint manipulations, aspirations and injections. He is able to do minor surgeries to remove skin cancers and lumps and bumps. He plans to have dedicated Pain Clinics to help sufferers of neck, back and limb pains and will also conduct school screening for early detection of scoliosis and other spine deformities.

Career highlights: At the Royal Hospital in Oman, he teamed with paediatric surgeons in the successful separation of a pair of Siamese twins conjoined at the pelvis.He also performed complex corrective surgery for spinal deformities. In Sweden, he participated in the total removal of a patient’s sacrum due to cancer. In Christchurch Hospital, he did postgraduate studies in musculoskeletal medicine while working as a surgical registrar. He was later conferred the diploma from the University of Otago.

Dr Colin KatzenDr Colin Katzen

MD

Colin is a South African trained doctor that has been working in General Practice for the last 15 years. He was an AFS intercultural exchange student to the Unites States in 1983 and 1984. In addition, Dr Katzen was a keen athlete and was a South African Schools Champion in 800m and 1500m.

Colin has worked as a GP in South Africa, Australia, Ireland and Masterton during the last 15 years. He also worked as a remote site Medical officer for International SOS prior to relocating to NZ with his family. Dr Katzen’s interests are sports medicine, community development and diabetes care.

Colin was the team doctor for the Eagles Rugby Franchise in South Africa for six seasons. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, watching sports and getting involved in outdoor activities.

Dr Kwan LowDr Kwan Low

MBChB, Dip Obs, Certificate in Women's Health

"I believe in evidence based medicine and treating a person as a whole rather than just the illness."

Kwan is originally from Malaysia. He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2007 and has spent a few years working in major hospitals around New Zealand, gaining further experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics, General Surgery and General Medicine. He obtained a Certificate in Women's Health from the University of Otago in 2010 and an Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in University of Auckland in 2011. Dr Low is also a member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Kwan is a family person. He enjoys interacting with families and children, as well as seeing people from different backgrounds and of all ages.

Dr Low is able to perform minor surgeries such as Jadelle insertion or removal, Mirena insertion or removal, ingrown toenail removal, skin excisions and skin biopsies.

Dr Bill MackeyDr Bill Mackey

MBChB, DipObst, Dip Cosmetic Med, Dip Nutrition, FACAM

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bill Mackey has returned to General Practice at Henderson Medical Centre! While he may need no introduction to some of you, Dr Mackey has spent much of his medical career running his own busy General Practice in the heart of Henderson.

Over the last few years, Dr Mackey has worked in the field of medical supplies. In addition, he has gained further qualifications in appearance medicine. He has a Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and regularly performs Botox injections and other cosmetic procedures on-site.

Dr Mackey has returned to General Practice to help with the current nationwide GP shortage. This ensures that we have plenty of doctors available to accommodate all of our patient needs. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Henderson Medical Centre and acts as a mentor for our younger doctors.

Bill is enjoying being back and plans to stay with us for the forseeable future, offering both general practice and appearance medicine consultations and procedures. If you would like further information about the range of appearance medicine procedures available, please click here or make a free initial consultation with Dr Mackey through reception.

Dr Rodney MarksDr Rodney Marks

B.Sc (Hons), MBChB, DCH, FRNZCGP, Certificate in Advanced Dermoscopy and Histopathology

Dr Rodney Marks has been working in West Auckland as a General Practitioner since he came to New Zealand in 1994. Before that he was in private practice in South Africa for over 10 years. After qualifying there in 1981 he gained a Diploma in Child Health.

Rodney has a special interest in the  treatment of suspicious skin growths and he attends international courses on this subject. He uses Dermatoscopic assessment of individual skin growths or full body skin checks. If a full skin check is required, a photographic copy of the dermoscopic images  will be given for personal reference. Rodney will discuss your Dermatoscopic findings and the recommended treatment. Any  surgery that may be  required will be explained with the aid of diagrams and photographic images. Private medical insurance could be used to obtain a refund for the surgical procedures. Non-surgical treatment of benign or pre-cancerous skin growths can be carried out either by diathermy or cryotherapy.

Rodney also treats problematic snoring using the Snore-Op procedure. An  appointment can be made with Rodney to discuss snoring and the benefit of Snore-Op. Click here for further information.

Being a fitness enthusiast Rodney believes in regular exercise as a means of preventing health risk factors and slowing ageing.

Dr David RoweDr David Rowe

MBChB(NZ), BSc, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

David was born in 1950 in New Zealand. He attended Auckland Grammar School and Otago Medical School, followed by Postgraduate studies at Auckland Medical School.

David is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GP’s and has been in General Practice since 1978.

Before moving to West Auckland, David was the principal GP in one of New Zealand’s largest Family Practices, in Rotorua, where he delivered over 2,000 babies. His special interests include paediatrics, minor surgery and promoting general well being.

David has worked in West Auckland since 2000, firstly with Dr Rodney Marks at Glendene and now in Henderson Medical Centre. He enjoys all aspects of Family Practice and loves the close rapport he has with the patients - babies to grandparents - he cares for.

David is married to Deborah, a Nurse at The Mercy Hospice, and the couple have three children: Catherine, Elizabeth and Matthew.

After hours, David greatly enjoys the West coast beaches (the family have a house at Piha), reading, movies, going to the gym and his wife’s cooking.

Dr Vivian Santos-FontanillaDr Vivian Santos-Fontanilla

MD, FRNZCGP, FPCP, AFPCC

Vivian has been practicing as a physician for 38 years.  This includes practicing as a Consultant Cardiologist and Consultant in Internal Medicine in Sweden, Oman and the Philippines for three decades.

In her role as an Interventional Cardiologist she engaged in invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures.  She also readily participated in research and teaching opportunities. Vivian completed her Fellowship in Cardiology in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1983.  Her major career highlight was being appointed as the Personal Cardiologist to Her Majesty, the Queen Mother of the Sultanate of Oman.  In this prestigious role, she cared for the Queen Mother and members of the Royal Family.  Vivian also worked at The Royal Hospital, Sultanate of Oman in their Cardiology Department.

In New Zealand, Vivian worked in Christchurch Hospital before relocating to Auckland where she continues to work clinically as a General Practitioner.  Vivian is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.  More recently, Vivian has joined the team at Henderson Medical Centre where her husband Dr. Manuel Fontanilla also works.

Vivian has special interests in heart disease, women’s and children’s health.  She is passionate about her work as a physician and she is looking forward to working with individuals and their families/whanau in West Auckland.  Vivian attends regular professional development and training to ensure she provides evidence-based and culturally appropriate primary health care services.

Dr Robin SinghDr Robyn Singh

MD, FRNZCGP, Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine and Dermoscopy

Dr Singh is from India and has worked in wide variety of specialties, including working as a surgical registrar in India for approximately two years, and has a wide range of experience in General Practice.

Robin also has extensive experience in clinical research and has taken
part in major trials conducted in United States. He has passed the American Licensing Exams and is currently pursuing fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Dr Singh emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2008. Since then, he has worked in Rotorua Hospital in the areas of Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics and more.

Robin enjoys working with diverse population groups and appreciates the importance of cultural sensitivity in treatment. His interests are skin cancer, paediatrics, diabetes management and minor surgery.

In his spare time, Robin likes to spend time with his family, playing golf and watching movies.

Dr Dirk VenterDr Dirk Venter

FRNZCGP, MBBCh, DA(SA), Dip. Skin Cancer Med/Surg (SCCA), Dip. Dermoscopy (SCCA)

Dirk has been practicing in West Auckland since 1998 and is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. He aims to provide friendly and up-to-date personal healthcare to individuals and families. Dirk enjoys all aspects of General Practice, seeing patients of all ages.

Dr Venter has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer, and underwent further training in this area through the University of Queensland. He is a Member of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He has the latest dermoscopic equipment and uses this to help diagnose suspicious moles. Dr Venter regularly removes skin cancers (including complex, large lesions on the face) in one of our on-site surgical theatres. Visit www.moles.co.nz for further information.

Dirk is very experienced in the no-needle, no-scalpel method of vasectomy (also done on-site). Visit www.vasectomies.co.nz for further information.

Dr Venter is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society for vasectomies and skin lesion surgery.

He lives locally in West Auckland with his wife Becky, where family life is important to them both.

 

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