Wanaka Nurses
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Nurses & Phlebotomy

Our Nurses

Our nurses are trained in specialist roles. You can find out about our nurses, reception and management staff here…

Lynda

Lynda Davis


Nurse Manager

I trained at Wellington Hospital in the last intake of hospital trained nurses and have been a practice nurse for over twenty years. Prior to moving Wanaka I was Nurse Manager at Mana Clinic in Paraparaumu. I have trained as a diabetic nurse and also have special interests in nutrition and healthy lifestyle education. I am responsible for clinical standards and protocols and the ‘Cornerstone’ accreditation within the practice. I love living in Wanaka running a small farm, riding horses, tramping & enjoying the outdoors. I am married and have 2 daughters who are doing tertiary study.

Sue Profile

Sue Evans


Nursing Team Leader

I grew up speaking Welsh in West Wales. I trained as a nurse in Cardiff and later did my midwifery qualifications in Scotland. I lived and worked in Sydney for ten years as a nurse and midwife, before moving to Wanaka. I have worked as a practice nurse at AMC since 2002. I love the challenge of organizing doctors! I am trained as a nurse specialist in sexual health and work in the Wanaka Sexual Health Clinic.

Jackie Profile

Jackie Davidson

Nursing Team Leader

I grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where I completed my nursing training in 1992. I initially worked in the Orthopaedics Department, and later in operating theatres as an anaesthetic nurse.
I came to New Zealand in 2000 with my partner. I spent a year in Dunedin Public Hospital as an operating theatre nurse before moving to Wanaka and starting work at Aspiring Medical Centre as a practice nurse. I have since had two children – Flynn and Molly. I have a keen interest in adolescent health and women’s health and I help run the Wanaka Sexual Health Clinic.

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Polly Dickson


Practice Nurse

Imported from the UK in 1985, I worked as a chef in Wanaka for many years until re-training as a Registered Nurse at Otago Polytechnic 10 years ago. Before joining the team at Aspiring my experience included ski field nursing in Queenstown and Wanaka and time as an “on set” nurse in the film industry. I have two grown up children – Ella and Tom .

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Bernie Hewson


Practice Nurse

I was brought up and trained in Australia. My special interest is in wound management and I have spent a lot of my nursing career caring for children. As a practice nurse I am also qualified to take cervical smears and can prescribe the emergency contraceptive pill.
I am married to one of the Hewson boys and we live at Lake Hawea with our twins.

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Jonelle Cochrane


Practice Nurse

I grew up and trained as a Registered Nurse in Southland. My nursing experience includes working in Christchurch on the Medical Surgical Wards, Burwood Acute and Rehab Spinal Unit for 2 years and relief work at the Burwood Plastic surgery and Neuro wards.
I travelled to Canada in 1997 then on to England, where I was based at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead London and worked in the HIV, Organ Transport wards and A &E. I also did some work at the London Clinic Oncology unit.

I returned to Wanaka in 2000 to live and work with my husband on his farm and we now have three children. I am really loving being a Practice Nurse at AMC as I enjoy meeting people and putting my knowledge into practice.

Leigh

Leigh Cohen

Practice Nurse

An Otago girl, I grew up in Mosgiel and completed my training in Dunedin before landing in Colorado for 15 years.  I worked as a Registered Nurse in the areas of Family practice, Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Urology in Colorado, complemented by three seasons of ski field nursing here in Wanaka in between. Being back in Wanaka is a delight for me and my family. My husband Wes and children, Oliver and Mia keep life fun, as do my passions for skiing, running, biking and paddle boarding. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of practice nursing at Aspiring Medical Centre.