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.

Doctors & Practice Manager

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 works a regular gynaecology outpatient hospital clinic.

Dr Don Simmers

General Practitioner/Partner

Don is a couch burner graduate from Otago University Medical School in Dunedin and followed graduation with work at Dunedin Public Hospital, then general practice at Arrowtown and Queenstown moving to Wellington in 2002. Don has a particular interest in treating long term chronic conditions and minor surgery including vasectomies. He has retired from the NZ Medical Association board after 10 years during which time he worked on the Statement on Health Equity and the Policy Briefing Paper on Obesity. Currently Don is on the Compass Health board which is the local PHO funding and directing health care in the region.

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 Terry Quirke

General Practitioner

Terry is a graduate of St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London, England. He worked first as a GP in South-West London then the Midlands of England before moving to New Zealand with his family in 2003. A Fellow of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, Terry worked in other practices in the Wellington area prior to joining Newtown Medical Centre in 2012. Terry’s sporting activity is now mostly confined to running.

Dr Stephen Kuzmich

General Practitioner

Wellington born Stephen Kuzmich is a graduate in medicine from Auckland University and has been in general practice since 1995 and working at Newtown Medical Centre since 2001. Stephen is married with two teenage children. His interests include golf, tennis and swimming.

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!

Mike Northmore

Practice Manager

Mike qualified in Business Administration and Work Study in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and three sons. Mike then worked in manufacturing and exporting before spending several years in problem account management for a bank and then in business consulting, improving productivity and profitability in a wide variety of businesses in New Zealand and overseas including many years in tourism before becoming involved in health practice management. Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and former chair of the Administrators Association of NZ and a member of a number of national health committees. He joined Newtown Medical Centre in early 2014.

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

Briar Riddell

Krysia Ravla

Reception and Administration Team

Rose Hall

Anne-Marie Goodwin

Varsha Mistry

Moira Kennerley

Janet Wall

Health Care 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 John Delahunt

Dr Bev Lawton

Dr Jill Shepherd

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