Meet the Team

Our General Practice team is made up of skilled professionals bringing quality care to you and your family. Pictured above are members of our nursing team.


Dr Alistair Hayworth

General Practitioner/Partner

Born in Scotland and a Graduate of Aberdeen University, Alistair trained in a wide variety of hospital posts as a junior doctor. After working as a GP in a semi-rural part of Scotland he emigrated with his wife and 3 children to New Zealand and worked in Matamata, then Hamilton moving to Newtown Medical Centre in 2012. Alistair is a keen runner (2 marathons in last 4 years- no more!) and also plays proper football (soccer) in the Wellington Masters league. Alistair enjoys paediatrics and also previously worked a regular gynaecology out patient hospital clinic for many years.

Dr Jill Shepherd

General Practitioner/Partner

Jill was born in Taranaki, where she knew a number of nice cows, then migrated as far south as possible to university in Dunedin. Equipped with a degree in Zoology and a cello, and no prospect of a job she embarked on a medical degree. Jill travelled north again to The Best Little Capital in the World for her clinical years and then trained in General Practice. After a year out in Melbourne and Europe, a locum job at Newtown Medical Centre turned into a life’s sentence work. Jill has delivered a few thousand babies and now helps make them at Fertility Associates. She also helps women in the throes of menopause and in the course of the twenty years the Wellington Menopause Clinic has been running, has joined them herself. Jill’s passions are her four “puddy tats”, the International Arts Festival (three weeks holiday in March every second year) and, oh yes, cows.

Dr I-Pen Hsu

General Practitioner

I-pen Hsu is originally from Taiwan and has been working as a GP at Newtown Medical Centre since January 2013. I-pen was trained at Otago University, graduating in 2003, and completing her diploma in Paediatrics in 2006. She is passionate about providing good quality care in primary care.

I-pen has special interests in Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Youth and Sexual Health, and strives to continue her learning journey throughout her medical career, especially in areas of mental health, allergies and chronic conditions.

I-pen is fluent in Mandarin, and hopes to support members of the public who are from minority ethnic groups.

Dr James Parsons

General Practitioner

James was born Dunedin and grew up in Christchurch. He graduated from Otago University in 2010. Gaining experience in a wide variety of hospital specialties, he has worked his way around the country and has finally settled in Wellington at the Newtown Medical Centre.

James has a strong passion for general practice and enjoys working with families to make healthy living a focus in their lives.

Apart from general practice James has a particular interest in sports medicine, mainly built around his own experience as a marathon runner at national elite level and the associated injuries that entails!

Dr Lauren Richardson

General Practitioner

Lauren grew up in Scotland and completed her medical training in the sunny South West of England in 2007. She has worked in a variety of hospital and General Practice jobs. Having spent part of her elective in Tauranga Hospital in 2006, Lauren and husband made the permanent move to Wellington in 2018 to reunite with family already in New Zealand. Lauren has a particular interest in holistic and preventative medicine and Women’s Health. Outside of medicine, Lauren loves to travel, having worked in rural Tibet and helping establish women’s farms, nutritional training and infant weaning projects in rural Sierra Leone. She has also trained in therapeutic massage and is currently undertaking training in acupuncture.

Dr Tristan Gardiner

General Practitioner




Locum Doctors

Dr Julie Hardy

Dr Nina Sawicki

Practice Nurses

Our nurses are a team of six, some working part-time, who come from a broad range of specialities. These include paediatric and youth health, ED, surgical, cardiothoracic and ICU departments and hospital outpatient clinics, also midwifery, District Nursing and mental health. The nurses provide nurse specialist clinics as well as supporting the doctors in minor surgery and other activities

Working closely with Whitireia and Massey University we often have Bachelor of Nursing students working in the practice.

Anna Spelman

Leah Gordon

Susan Harvey

Karen Shonakan

Krysia Ravla

Practice Manager

Michelle Curel

Reception and Administration Team

Rose Hall

Anne-Marie Goodwin

Janet Wall

Alice Graham

Lisa Pouvalu

Amber Stone

Practice Assistant

Sue Lata

Wellington Menopause Clinic

This clinic is an evidence based scientific clinic which deals with women’s health issues, particularly during the menopausal years. For more information visit

Dr Bev Lawton

Dr Jill Shepherd

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