The Doctors and Staff at Richmond Road Medical Centre
We would like to introduce our team. We work together to make your visits comfortable and ensure excellent and profesional care.
The Doctors at Richmond Road are specialists in General Practice care. Having a close relationship with your own Doctor has many benefits and we recommend this to all our patients. We want you to be happy with the Doctor you see more regularly so this may change as you needs change. We offer a range of specialist skills and may suggest you see another Doctor within the Practice. Referals can also be made, if required, within the wider medical community. This ensures your best care.
Our team also work in youth health clinics, hold teaching and assessment roles for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, are members of local and national advisory boards, contribute to research projects in primary care, provide rest home care, remote medical care to fishing boats and provide police support . These are ways we are able to contribute to the wider community and initiatives that help us remain in touch with our communities needs.
Dr Phyllida (Phyll) Cotton-Barker MBChB / BPhEd / MPhil / FRNZCGP /Dip A&E Med
Phyll enjoys all aspects of general practice and aims to work with patients of all ages to help maximise their health potential and support their ongoing health needs. She has all-round skills in general practice care and a special interest in the challenges that arise with mental health issues and ageing. She is also skilled in the areas of women’s, adolescent and child health. Phyll has postgraduate qualifications in emergency medicine and has been working at the Richmond Road Medical Center for over 25 years. Phyll loves spending time with friends and family, and enjoys swimming and cycling.
Dr Anthony Fraser MBChB / MRNZCGP
Anthony enjoys the range of work in general practice and has a special interest and postgraduate qualifications in dermoscopy, skin cancer surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. Anthony enjoys playing tennis, surfing and sailing.
Dr Connie Juhn ba/mb cHb
Languages spoken: English Korean
Born and raised in Seattle, Dr Connie Juhn first earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology and Evolution at Brown University in Rhode Island. She fell in love with New Zealand after tramping and snowboarding her way throughout the South Island in 2001. She then went on to gain her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Auckland. Her clinical knowledge expanded by working in a variety of specialties at Starship, Auckland, Middlemore, and North Shore Hospitals. Dr Juhn enjoys all aspects of general practice and is very passionate about women’s health, sexual health and skin cancer surgery. She empowers patients who suffer from mental health issues, domestic abuse, or sexual assault. She also works as a forensic doctor for the organisation MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa).
Connie and her partner stay busy by raising their four kids with the wonderful help of family and friends. If she has any free time after that, she likes to scuba dive, snowboard, or hang out on the beach.
Dr Cathy White MBChB /MRCGP
Cathy worked as a Haematology Registrar before completing her general practice training in Auckland. Cathy enjoys the long term relationships with patients that working in general practice enables. Her all round skills are complemented by special interest in travel, sport, women’s and sexual health medicine. She offers PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) assessment and management. Cathy curently shares the Medical Officer position for the NZ Equiestrian Team. She has competed nationally in a number of sport codes and is the proud mother of two.
Dr Paul Charlick MBChB / DipObsGyn / DipPaeds / FRNZCGP
Paul has practiced at the RRMC since 2008. His interests cover all aspects of family practice. Paul runs a school-based Youth Health Clinic, looks after patients in an Aged Care Facility and offers special skills in minor surgery. Paul is immersed in Samoan culture through his wife’s family. He has learnt much from his children that helps him in his general practice and he likes to play tennis.
Dr Sophie Fargher MBChB / MRNZCGP
Sophie joined the RRMC in 2016 and has a great rapport with patients, especially younger patients. Sophie grew up in rural Hawkes Bay and moved to Auckland in 2007 to study medicine at the University of Auckland. She worked in a range of medical and surgical positions throughout Northland and Auckland, before undertaking general practice training. As well as general practice, Sophie has special interest in travel medicine, mental health and long term condition management. She is currently working towards a Travel Medicine Diploma at the University of Otago.
Dr Neeta Haribhai MBChB / FRNZCGP/ Diploma of Anaesthetics
Neeta enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She is very experienced and was a senior partner in a Wellington general practice for 22 years before moving to Auckland in 2015. Along with her work at RRMC, Neeta works as a medical educator for the Royal College of General Practitioners and as a forensic doctor for the organisation MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa). She enjoys yoga and the gym.
Dr. Gene Dillman, MD/FRNZCGP
Gene trained at the University of Kentucky and practiced family medicine there for 18 years before coming to Auckland with his partner in 2013. He enjoys the variety and challenges of general practice as well as the wonderful opportunity to provide care to patients and their families over the whole life spectrum. Gene has special interests in wound care, minor surgery and long-term medical conditions. He enjoys downtime with his partner, reading, cooking, gardening, classical music and training at the gym.
Our nurses provide a wide range of general practice services that include smear taking, accident care, chronic disease screening and immunisation management.
Nadia Gozon Nurse/NZGON
Nadia has special interests in youth, sexual, women’s, mental health and cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Nadia has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science- Advanced Nursing and working towards Postgraduate Diploma- Nurse Prescriber. She loves volleyball, netball, tramping and robotics.
Rebecca Kool NURSE/
Languages spoken: English Dutch
Rebecca is experienced in General Practice and Paliative Care. She enjoys helping people stay well. In addition to her nursing qualifications, Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (AK) and is able to offer specialist nutrition advice to patients.
Rebecca enjoys the outdoors and on those grey days creates customes for dancers.
Ruth Bernhardt - Nurse NZGON Postgrad. Cert. Health Sci.
Ruth enjoys all area of general practice care and has a special interest in the treatment of injury, women’s and sexual health. Ruth has experience in many areas of hospital medicine and emergency care. Her interests include touch, tramping, netball, attempting to surf and spending time with her family.
Ruth is currently on maternity leave.
Debbie Palmer - Practice Manager
Debbie has worked as our Practice Manager for over 23 years. She works hard to solve any problems, great or small. Debbie enjoys watching movies, reading, pilates, walking, the gym and spending time with her five grandchildren.
Gail Sayegh - Reception and Administration Team
Gail has worked across a number of fields in customer service roles. She enjoys spending time with whanau and friends, walking our West Coast beaches, swimming, theatre and a good novel.
Anna herrera- Personal assistant
Languages spoken: English Spanish Portuguese
Anna joined our team in 2018, Anna has considerable experience in customer services, IT and business support. Anna is working across the Practice. In addition to her PA role, Anna is training to be a Health Care Assistant.
Anna has completed a Bachelor of Business Administration ( STA University - Colombia) and a Diploma in Business in NZ.
Anna enjoys a number of creative interests , traveling, walking and swimming.
Joy Wells - Reception and Administration Team
Languages spoken: Sign
Joy has worked at the Richmond Road Medical Centre for four years. She came to work in the medical field following a career in teaching. Joy enjoys interacting with and helping people. She has a deaf child which has led her to work in supporting other children with disabilities.
Languages spoken: English Telugu Hindi
Sue joined our team in 2019. She has extensive experience in customer services. She loves working with people to facilitate their care. Sue graduated in India with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (JATU).
She enjoys time with family, cooking, dancing and badminton.
Kerry Skudder - Reception and Administration Team
Kerry has worked with our practice team for over 9 years. She has returned to university as an adult student and will complete her degree in psychology in 2019. Kerry enjoys the opportunity to connect with people in our community at the RRMC.
Welcome to the Richmond Road Medical Centre
We are a team that works with great care and respect to support and safeguard your health. Our staff offer a range of specialist skills and we all participate in postgraduate education programs that promote greater knowledge and vocational development.
The RRMC holds the highest standard of accreditation from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
The practice is well supported by local health practitioners and the wider medical community. These positive relationships provide a rich source of knowledge and practical help for our patients when needed.
RRMC has a long history of engagement with our local community. We have a long association with nearby schools, other local medical professionals and with the various ethnic groups in Grey Lynn.
The Richmond Road Medical Centre was founded by Drs Simon Cotton, James Beetham and Phyllida Cotton-Barker 1993. Simon had worked at as a GP in Putaruru moving to Auckland to join the Herne Bay Medical Center. Following a period working as a GP Specialist Geriatrician at Waitakere Hospital Simon returned to the Ponsonby area to work with Phyllida at Ponsonby Accident and Medical Center. James, having moved from Wellington with his family became the third partner of the Medical Center. Following Simons and then James retirement from General Practice Phyllida remains the sole owner of the Practice.
In 2017 Phyllida undertook a major renovation of the surgery. This has improved conditions for patients, enabled us to offer extended services, including minor surgery and travel medicine. The renovation is now complete and we have lovely and welcoming rooms and an increased capacity to meet the needs of the growing population within our community.
In April 2018, following the rebuild, the Richmond Road Medical Centre was reopened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honorable Jacinda Ardern.
To celebrate the re-opening our local kaumatua Taura Eruera composed, arranged and gifted the following waiata to our practice team. It defines our actions and our purpose.
Waiata for the Richmond Road Medical Centre
Composed by Taura Eruera 2018
Ko toku noho e
he ngaakau atawhai
ko toku rakau e
he tohu rongoa.
Ko toku kaupapa
he tino tiaki ia koe
he tino whai waka
rongoa tika mou.
Ko toku wawata
ka ora tonu kou tou
ko to whanau.
I sit inside
a heart of kindness
with my competence
is to care for you
and advocate for you.
is for you all
to be well
you and your whanau.