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, graduating with my medical degree 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, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Auckland. I have two children, and as a family we have been proud Waikato residents since 2012.

I enjoy 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 make lifestyle choices to optimise their health and wellbeing.

Dr Luisa Arias - GP/Director

MBChB, FRNZCGP

Originally from Colombia, I did my medical training in its capital, Bogota. After graduating, I worked in Colombia as a GP for four years before moving to New Zealand in 2006, where I trained in General Medicine at both 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 proud Waikato residents for the last seven years and we love it here.

I have a special interest in 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.

Dr Jamie Ioane - GP

MBChB (Auckland) PGDipSci, BSc (Otago)

Born and raised in Christchurch, I completed a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Anatomy and Neuroscience at Otago University, before attending Auckland University for medical school.  I worked in New Plymouth as a house officer and then became the Psychiatry registrar for the region. Since then, I have had the pleasure of working in Wellington, Porirua and Lower Hutt hospitals before making the move to Waikato hospital where I worked as a locum. 

I am particularly interested in old-age mental health, neurodegenerative disorders, dementia, and the use of health technology. I live with my partner in Hamilton, a palliative care nurse, and in my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, paddle boarding and surfing. 

Every patient comes to us with their own unique set of needs.  My goal is to help patients reach their potential for the best outcomes possible.

Tiffany Hodgson - Physician Associate

A Physician Associate from Alaska, I relocated to New Zealand in 2010 after completing my medical training at Loma Linda University in California. For the past decade I have enjoyed working in the Waikato in General Practice and Urgent Care.

I love living in the Cambridge area with my husband and two girls, and enjoys spending my free time outdoors. I have special interests in children’s health, urgent care, dermatology and whole-person care.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and I am board-certified through the NCCPA in the United States. I am also one of the pioneers of my profession in New Zealand, and continue to work with the Ministry of Health and the NZPA society to gain registration for Physician Associates in NZ. 

N.B. as New Zealand is in the early stages of registering PAs as a medical profession, there are limitations on their scope of practice. All PAs’ work at Cambridge Family Health is checked and signed off by a GP.

Carla Mitchell-Davidson - Practice Manager

I was born and raised in Cambridge and returned here after living overseas for 15 years. I have been working at Cambridge Family Health since it opened in 2015.

I started as a receptionist and a few years later decided I wanted to further my skills so I studied to become a Primary Care Practice Assistant. This role was very fulfilling and I particularly enjoyed the patient care it involved and assisting the Doctors and Nurses. Recently, I stepped away from that role and became Practice Manager. I am looking forward to continuing to deliver a high standard of customer service and working alongside the amazing staff we have.  

My husband I have three boys who keep us very busy. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and love watching my children play sport. 

Nursing team

We have a lovely nursing team comprising: Kelly and Ami, our Registered Nurses, and Andrea and Carla, our PCPAs (Primary Care Practice Assistants). 

Kelly Lewthwaite - Senior Nurse

BA Nursing Science (James Cook), Graduate Nursing Programme (Mater Health Services)

I am an Australian who met a Cambridge local, making the move across the ditch in 2018. In Australia, I worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in remote primary healthcare for four years, running nurse led clinics in the bush. Prior to this, I was at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for 6 years, as well as earlier experience in adult nursing and women’s health.

I am passionate about healthcare being made available to all, and have had the honour of providing essential aid to West Africa and to Papua New Guinea to further this mission.

I believe in helping my patients to have a voice in their own care, so that we can work toward positive health goals together. 

Ami Hammond - Registered Nurse

RN, BN., PGDipNurs

I was born and raised in Northland and moved to the Waikato when I was 17 to pursue a career in nursing. After graduating university, I worked in General Medicine at Waikato Hospital before moving to Auckland where I worked at Starship Children’s Hospital in Paediatric Cardiology.

I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing through Massey University in 2019 and completed a Diabetes Management Paper in 2020. My next educational venture is completing the Registered Nurse Prescriber in Community Health programme.

I started in primary healthcare in 2018 and I haven’t looked back. I thoroughly enjoy the variety and autonomy that primary health nursing offers. My interests include childhood immunisation, cervical screening and wound management.
I currently live in Cambridge with my partner and our two cats. I am a keen candlemaker and in my spare time you will find me running my small candle making business. 

Carla - Primary Care Practice Assistant

Andrea - Primary Care Practice Assistant

Receptionists

We have three lovely Receptionists here at Cambridge Family Health.

From left to right: Jo, Adele and Sue.

 

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