GP Doctors
in Stoke and Nelson

We are an experienced all-women GP team, with a diverse range of skills and specialities

Experienced, caring, and positive

We all share the values of kindness, empathy, integrity, family and fun. Our core purpose is to care and advocate for your wellbeing – thank you for placing your trust in us. 

Doctor Debbie Harrison

Doctor Debbie Harrison

MBBS, MRCGP (distinction), FRNZCGP

I am born and bred in the North of England and completed my medical degree in Newcastle in 1996. After working in hospitals for 4 years I moved back to Yorkshire to train as a GP and became a member of the Royal College of GPs in 2005. I moved to New Zealand with my husband and 3 young children in 2008 and Nelson has become our home. In 2010 I became a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. I love the diversity of working in general practice and especially enjoy the relationships developed over time. I feel that being a GP is a privilege- to be able to help people through all aspects of their life journey. I have a special interest in youth health and respiratory medicine and I am a forensic medical examiner. My interests outside of work revolve around my family, running, exercising and my dog.

Doctor Rebecca Velluppillai

Doctor Rebecca Velluppillai

MBChB, FRNZCGP, PG Dip Paeds, PG Cert WHlth

I grew up in Southland with Kiwi-American parents and spent some time studying in the USA. I completed my medical degree at Otago University and worked as a junior doctor at Nelson Hospital, a general practice in Wanaka and at Middlemore and Starship hospitals in Auckland. Here I fed my enthusiasm for children’s heath by completing a post-graduate diploma in paediatrics. My husband and I moved to Nelson in 2006 and love that we get the opportunity to raise our four energetic young children in this beautiful corner of New Zealand.

I am interested in people and our varied experience of life and count it a privilege to walk life’s journey with my patients. I completed my GP training here in Nelson and a post-graduate certificate in women’s health. My other interests include older person’s health, palliative care and the psychological aspects of health.

Doctor Claire Thurlow

Doctor Claire Thurlow

MBChb, Dip Obs Gyn, FRNZCGP

I grew up on a sheep farm in Central Otago and studied medicine at University of Otago and Wellington. In 2005 I completed a diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nelson Hospital. Since 2009 I have worked as a GP here in Nelson. 

I have delivered many babies and Reproductive Medicine is still one of my current areas of interest. My other special interests include family medicine, women’s health, male and female sexual health, youth health and LGQTI issues. I also work as a forensic medical examiner caring for victims of sexual assault. I have a large amount of experience in contraception, fertility and menopause. 

I also enjoy travel medicine and in 2011 and 2012, I did volunteer work in remote islands in Vanuatu. I have returned from maternity leave after my second child. I am a keen cyclist, commuting with my family as well as mountain biking. I also enjoy gardening and spending time with family.

Doctor Lisa McIllwraith


I have been working as a GP for more than 10 years. I undertook my under graduate Medical Training in Auckland before working as a junior Doctor in Rotorua for 2 years where I completed a Post graduate Diploma of Paediatrics. 

I then spent 9 years living and working in Scotland and completed by Vocational training in General Practice  and  a Post graduate diploma of Reproductive Medicine and Sexual Health.  In 2009 I returned to New Zealand and became a fellow of the New Zealand Royal College of General Practice. I have also have done extensive training in Psychiatry. I bring a diverse range of experience to General Practice. I believe community based Health Care is the cornerstone of healthy communities and that patients’ having a strong relationship with a general practice team is invaluable. 

Doctor Kae Bennetts


Kae is a wonderful GP and a great addition to our team.

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