Meet the Botany Junction team

Meet our amazing Botany team of multicultural doctors, registered nurses, medical centre assistants and customer service people. You’ll benefit from being able to select a GP who can meet a variety of health needs. 

So, you can choose a family doctor, a female doctor, or an Arabic or Chinese doctor. Within the Botany doctor’s clinic, 10 different languages are spoken. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have a preferred language. Furthermore, our excellent, friendly GPs have a variety of health specialisations. 

Our clinical team

At Botany Junction Medical, we aim to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing by providing expert, compassionate care. Rest assured, our multicultural doctors and registered nurses will listen and work with you to improve your health. Now, it’s easy to enrol online!

Dr Wen Chen
General Practitioner
Fluent in English and Mandarin. Dr Chen graduated from the Fujian Medical University of China.
Dr Yimin Wang
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, Mandarin and Shanghaine. Dr. Wang is graduate from The Anhui Medical University of China in 1988.
Dr Jayani Kannangara
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, and Sinhalese. Dr Kannangara has an MBChB from the University of Otago.
Dr Ahmed Kareem
General Practitioner
Fluent in English and Arabic. Dr Kareem graduated in 2007 and has a post-graduate diploma from the University of Auckland.
Dr Therese Khella
General Practitioner
Fluent in English and Arabic. Holds postgraduate Diplomas in Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology from The University of Auckland.
Dr Carlos Lam Yang
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, and Cantonese A graduate of the University of Otago, 2008. A dual Fellow of the Royal New Zealand Colleges of General Practice and Urgent Care.
Dr Sonia Kamdar
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, Gujarati and Hindi. Dr Kamdar is a Fellow of the RNZCGP and a graduate of the National University of Ireland (UCD).
Dr Sara Jayne Pietersen
General Practitioner
Fluent in English. A graduate from the University of Auckland. She has completed her fellowship with the RNZCGP and has a postgraduate diploma in Paediatrics.
Dr Daniel Calder
Group Clinical Director
Fluent in English and Norwegian. Dr Daniel Calder has graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008. MBCHB, BSC (HONS) DIP DERM, FRNZCGP.
Dr Preetam Durshanapally
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, Telugu, Hindi and can understand some Punjabi Dr. Durshanapally graduated from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India and migrated to New Zealand in 2012.
Colleen Bowring
Group Nursing Director
Fluent in English. Colleen has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and is trained in clinical education with a postgraduate long term condition management.
Claire Bidois
HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PRACTITIONER
Fluent in English. Claire graduated as a comprehensive nurse in 1991. Her background is mainly in practice nursing and urgent care nursing.
Cassie Wilson
Nurse
Fluent in English. Cassie graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Manukau Institute of Technology in 2013.
Rozena Watson
Nurse
Fluent in English. Rozie graduated with a Bachelor of Health science, Nursing.
Letisia Lesa
Nurse
Fluent in Samoan and English. Letisia graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing Pacific in 2013 and completed a Post-graduate diploma in Health Science specialised in Advanced Nursing in 2017.
Akanksha Sethi
Nurse
Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi. Akanksha graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing and has a Postgrad Certificate in Advanced Nursing from University of Auckland.
Deepika Nand
Nurse
Fluent in English and Hindi. Deepika completed her high school in Dunedin and Bachelor of Nursing at the Manukau Institute of Technology.
Mei Liu
Nurse
Fluent in English and Mandarin. Mei is an overseas nurse and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences from the University of Auckland in 2008
Taryn-Lee Deverick
Nurse
Fluent in English and Afrikaans. Taryn-lee graduate from Manukau Institute of Technology in 2021 and is passionate about working on improving community health.
Cheryl Harris
Nurse
Fluent in English. Cheryl completed a Comprehensive Nursing Diploma in 1995.
Rashika Devi
Nurse
Fluent in English and Hindi. Rashika has a Bachelors degree in Nursing, Manukau Insititute of Technology.
Nerice Fourie
Nurse
Fluent in English and Afrikaans. Nerice completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2018 and is completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science.
Lynn Alontave
Medical Centre Assistant
Fluent in English, Tagalog and Kapampangan. Lynn has a BA (Political Science) from the Philippines and a Certificate in Business Administration (Medical) from MIT in NZ.
Ann Iftimie
Medical Centre Assistant
Fluent in English, Bicol and Tagalog. Ann was born in the Philippines and migrated to NZ in 2011.

Our customer services team

Introducing our friendly customer service team. Naturally, we take pride in helping you and your family. Phone or email us with any enquiries. We are always happy to assist you.

Ayesha Singh
Customer Service
Fluent in English, Hindi and can understand some Punjabi. Ayesha has completed a Bachelors and Postgraduate degree in Health Science.
Kemberley Lin
Customer Service
Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Kemberley was a dental assistant before she joined Botany Junction Medical.
Joy Puepuemai
Customer Service
Fluent in English and Samoan. Joy has over 10 years customer service experience in various industries.
Shirley Lano
Customer Service
Fluent in English, Niuean and understands Samoan. Shirley has a certificate in Travel and Tourism Airlines and a Diploma in Travel and Tourism in Hospitality and Management.
Delia Strauss
Team Lead
Fluent in English and Afrikaans. She has over 10 years customer service experience in various industries, most of which was in private hospitals in the United Kingdom.
Fatai Tuitavuki
Service Manager
Fluent in English and Tongan. Fatai started his General Practice journey in 2016 as a Medical Administrator and later became a Practice Manager in Mangere and Mt Wellington clinics.
Dave Nicholls
Business Manager
Dave speaks English. Dave has a background in ED nursing and is passionate about delivering business solutions that ensure patients get the best care available for the best price possible.
Lucy Hall
General Manager
Trained in Leadership and management. Lucy leads Practice Services for Botany Junction. She has a Diploma in Physiotherapy from the University of Otago.

Our values

We’re here to listen, understand, reassure and care for all of our patients. Discover how our professional, therapeutic partnership, can enhance your wellbeing.

Our why

First and foremost, our clinic is here to support the health of our community. Hence, we have created a safe place where you and your whānau feel valued. Know you can be heard, understood, reassured, and be treated with respect and care at our clinic.

Living our vision

Above all,  we strive to be recognized as leaders in providing high-quality, compassionate, and innovative health care for our East Tamaki community.

A heartfelt promise to our patients

Quite simply, we will listen to you and do everything we can to support your holistic wellbeing.

Core values

Caring – Manaakitanga for the strength and wellbeing of your whānau is our highest priority. Our team put aroha and respect into all of their work.

Expertise – our healthcare professionals are highly qualified and proficient. Many of our mulitcultural GPs are FRNZCGP members. Also, we follow the Te Whare Tapa Whā model.

Team – working towards improving our communities health as a team (Whakaiti)

Can-do – we have a positive approach to finding long term solutions for your health journeys (Tāria te wā and kaitiakitanga)

Trust – your privacy, safety and wellbeing are our highest priority

Better – we work with you to create better health outcomes, as we value Kotahitanga (togetherness)