Meet the Team

Our General Practice team is made up of skilled professionals bringing quality care to you and your family.

Practice Manager

Jo Grimstone


Dr. Anne-Marie Cullen

General Practitioner

Anne-Marie headed to the UK soon after completing her Otago medical degree. There she worked in acute medicine, did training in family planning, gaining a certificate in this and completed a year’s rotation in hospital and community paediatrics at Queen Marys hospital for children, London.

On returning to NZ she completed GP training and bought into the then small KMC in 1986. Expansion and development of the practice was an early priority and helped provide time to raise 4 children.

Anne-Marie is part of a special interest group which works in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. ADHD is the focus of this. She is however interested in all aspects of mental health and also the growing problem of allergies. She has been a medical forensics examiner, specialising in sexual assault.

Outside of work; tango dancing, family and a small olive grove keep her busy.

Dr. Alistair Young

General Practitioner

It’s about balance … That delicate equilibrium with the choices that life puts before us. Work/home, sleep/wake, well/unwell, prevention/cure. Balance is holistic – nothing in isolation. It is dynamic and adaptive. What suits you in one phase of your life may be less appropriate in the next. My role as a family doctor is to provide you the opportunity to find that balance in good health and communicate it to you in ways that have relevance to you and your family.

With a range of skills from here in New Zealand and the UK, I have a strong interest in internal medicine, particularly cardiology, paediatric/adult asthma and oncology. I have an active interest in interventional medicine spanning from joint injections to performing skin surgery. However it isn’t my speciality interests that are important, but my ability to practise and convey good general medicine.

And how do I find my own balance? With variety – ranging from snowboarding to sea kayaking, fishing to diving. With the tried and true interests, there is also the new, and so for me the fascination of cutting edge technology is never far away. Ask me about my 3d printers or my drone flights!

Dr. Penny Rowley

General Practitioner

Penny qualified in medicine at Otago University and then completed GP training in Wellington in 2003. She joined Khandallah Medical Centre at this stage and later became a Partner in the Practice. She likes the variety of family medicine and has a special interest in women’s health. She is also a designated doctor for Work and Income NZ.

Penny has two children and spends the winter months watching them play rugby and netball and in the summer, on the beach with surf life-saving.

Dr. Sally Talbot

General Practitioner

Sally qualified in Medicine at Otago University, and also has a Diploma in Obstetrics. She has been working at Khandallah Medical Centre since 1991 and has been a Partner since 1993. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine.

She has also worked with the Ministry of Health in the Respiratory Infectious Disease area and has experience in obesity surgery pre-assessments and Immigration screening.

Outside of medicine she likes spending time with her family, especially on the snow, or on the water.

Dr. Richard Hogg

General Practitioner

Richard graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1993 and worked at Waikato Hospital and then the UK as part of his O/E. He returned to Wellington in 1997 and over the next 2 years completed the post graduated diplomas in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Wellington Hospital. Since 1999 he has been working in General Practice and has been a partner at Khandallah Medical Centre since 2003. Richard enjoys all aspects of General Practice.

He is married with two daughters and enjoys swimming, biking and running to keep fit.

Dr. Felicity Smith

General Practitioner

Felicity graduated from Otago Medical School in 1995, following a year working in Christchurch, she travelled and worked overseas for three years. She completed the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1998. Coming home to NZ, she worked at the Travel Doctor for eight and a half years. She became a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs in 2012 and started at Khandallah Medical Centre in 2010. Felicity also teaches on the post graduate diploma of travel medicine for the University of Otago and is an approved Yellow Fever vaccinator by the Ministry of Health.

She is married with three children and enjoys swimming, off road running and being in the outdoors with her family.

Dr. Michael Buckley

General Practitioner

Michael graduated in medicine in 2002 and worked in different hospitals around the Wellington and Wairarapa regions for the next six years, gaining a Diploma in Paediatrics and experience in Adult Medicine, Accident and Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Michael has been a GP since 2008, completing his Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs in 2011. He began at Khandallah Medical Centre in 2012 and works part time to accommodate commitments in raising a young family. Khandallah is a great community to be part of.

Michael enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly paediatrics, general medicine and preventative health care. He likes helping people understand and harness the powerful mind/body connection and how it influences one’s health and wellness. He is interested in the overall determinants of what makes healthy people and healthy communities at both an individual and societal level.

Michael has wide life experiences, having worked in the hotel and hospitality industry prior to beginning medical training. He appreciates the importance of providing good service to patients and the community. Outside of work, his interests currently follow those of his young children and keeps fit by running and cycling. He enjoys tramping, kayaking and exploring parts of New Zealand that are off the beaten track.

Nursing Team

Our Nursing team includes: Bridget (Clinical Nurse Manager), Sue, Margaret, Sally-Anne, Julie.

Administration and Reception Team

Administration and Reception Team includes: Sue, Jamie, Barbara, Marie, Adam; with our Locum Staff: Tessa.

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