Our Team

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Dr. Jim Schimanski

BSc (Otago) BN BHB MBChB

My wife Madeleine and I live on a rocky lifestyle block with our seven kids. My time is divided between family, church, the Catholic College, and the Medical Centre - which keeps me busy enough.

My dream was always to practice in a small area, help young families prosper, and older people maintain their independence. My aim is to include the whole family unit as much as possible, as the essential building block of our society.

As a health worker with a Christian philosophy, I believe each person is created by God and it is my privilege to offer care, regardless of creed or nationality. I will take the utmost care of every one of our patients from conception to natural death.

I provide access to and support for education in Natural Family Planning, but do not provide abortion referrals or artificial birth control.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Denton


As a nurse I am passionate about providing quality, timely health care without judgement. If we cannot provide the care you require, I will be able to refer you to the service required. I have a strong physical and mental health focus along with an excellent knowledge of secondary services. I believe primary health care supports healthy families and healthy communities.

Personally, I am a born and bred Northlander who lives locally. I grew up in this community and moved away to study, but returned over 20 years ago now. I am married to Craig, also a local. We have a blended family with 7 grandchildren. When not with the moko, my leisure time is taken up with fishing, gardening, and quilting along with a nice glass of wine and a good laugh with family and friends.

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