Dr Prabani Wood (GP / Director)

BA(Oxford), BMBCh(Oxford), MPH (1st Class Hon, Auck), FRNZCGP

I was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the UK. My medical degree is from Oxford University. I moved to New Zealand in 2005 with my husband, Andrew, an ENT surgeon at Waikato Hospital. I have a wide range of postgraduate medical experience and also a Masters in Public Health from the University of Auckland. I have two children and we have been proud Waikato residents since 2012.

Special interests: all aspects of general practice but particularly preventative health, women's health and chronic disease management.

I am passionate about providing the best possible care for my patients and I think it is my role as a GP to not only look after people when they are unwell, but also to support them to optimise their health and wellbeing.

I work at the practice on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Dr Tamatoa Blaiklock (GP)

MBChB (Auckland)

I was raised in Auckland and am of Samoan/NZ European descent. I studied medicine at the University of Auckland and finished my training at the Waikato Clinical School. My hospital experience includes paediatric medicine, rural medicine in Thames Hospital and two years as a
plastic surgery registrar.

I have worked as a general practitioner in Otara, Te Awamutu, and most recently in Hamilton.

My special interests are skin medicine and surgery. I have vast experience in the excision of lesions from all over the body, including facial lesions, and in flap and graft reconstruction.

I am married to a physiotherapist from Northern Ireland and have two young boys who keep us on our toes. Our family enjoy getting out into nature and playing music.

I look forward to caring for you and your family and working with you to optimise physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

I work at the practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I also have minor surgery clinics on alternate Thursday mornings.

Dr Luisa Arias (GP / Director)

MBChB, FRNZCGP

I am from originally from Colombia, South America. I did my medical training in its capital, Bogota. After graduating, I worked in Colombia as a GP for four years. I moved to New Zealand in 2006, and trained in General Medicine at Taranaki Base Hospital and Waikato Hospital. 

I have been working in general practice for the last five years and became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in July 2017. 


I am married to a New Zealander and have one child. We have been living in the Waikato for the last seven years and we love it here.

My special interest  is adult medicine and chronic long-term conditions.

I believe having a trustful and respectful relationship with my patients is very important. Every day I work to provide the best possible care for my patients. 

I work at the practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8.45am to 12.30pm, Thursday and Friday 

Erika Erece

Practice Nurse Manager

Kia Ora! I was born in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand when I was twelve years old. I live in Hamilton with my family and two pugs. I have been a nurse for five years and I am training to be a Nurse Practitioner. I have just completed my Nurse Prescriber training, which allows me to independently prescribe some medications. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and love getting to know my patients.

Rizalina Alcartado

Practice Nurse

I'm originally from the Philippines, and moved to New Zealand in 2009 and love living here. I completed my training in Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995. I worked as a Nurse at Waikato Hospital for two years prior to becoming a Practice Nurse in 2011. I love Practice Nursing as it allows me to develop good and longstanding relationships with individuals and their families. 

I am married with three children and my family keep me busy outside of work.

Debbie Clearwater

Practice Nurse

Debbie is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Advanced Nursing and has recently joined us, working a few mornings a week. Throughout Debbie's nursing career she has had a keen interest in Primary Care Nursing, and in more recent years, she has developed into the field of Appearance Medicine, also working outside of the practice as an Appearance Medicine Nurse in Cambridge. 

Debbie has a young family, a husband and two busy five year-old children. Her time outside of work is spent as a busy Mum and she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

I was born and raised in Cambridge and have been back here since returning from Australia, where I lived for fifteen years. I have been at Cambridge Family Health since it opened. 

I started as one of the receptionists but I have since qualified as a Primary Care Practice Assistant. I am loving my new role and enjoy assisting the doctors and nurses. I am passionate about delivering a high standard of customer service to all the patients. 

My husband and I have three boys who keep us very busy. We all enjoy spending time with family and friends and sport is a big part of our lives.


Receptionists

Our lovely receptionists are pictured below.

From left to right: Liz, Adele and Louisa.

Sue has extensive experience as a manager in primary care, and prior to that, in the hospital setting. She is a proud mother and grandmother. When not at Cambridge Family Health, she is likely to be found in her garden. She also enjoys cooking, playing tennis and supporting her grandchildren in their various sporting endeavours. She is the Chair of the Cambridge Garden Club and is also a very talented seamstress.
 

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