Our Staff.

Great staff make for a great experience for you and ultimately better health because you get the service and the treatment you need. We have doctors, nurses, a physiotherapist, a dietitian and a fantastic admin and support team too.

Our Doctors

Dr Miriam Martin

MBChB, DCH, DipObst, DipCEM, MBA

Dr. Emilene Galvin

MB Bch Bao


Dr Isobel Platt



Dr Janine Close

MBChB (Otago), DipObst, FRNZCGP

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Dr Janine Searle

BSc, MBChB (Auckland), Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP

Dr Annette Walker



Jennifer Walker (DR)
Dr Jennifer Walker




Susan Saul, Dip. Phys. MNZSP; Dip, MT, Cred MDT

Susan comes to us from Arahura Health Centre and has postgraduate qualifications in Manipulative Physiotherapy and McKenzie training. This makes her an excellent first port of call for most musculoskeletal aches and pains. Have a look at the list below or ring our friendly receptionists if you are unsure.


Nursing Team Leader


Claire joins us from another busy surgery across town to take on the role of nursing team leader.

Claire settled in Christchurch in 2009, after emigrating from the UK with her husband and two children, and brings with her many years of experience in emergency nursing both in the UK and Christchurch.

Claire enjoys all aspects of practice nursing, especially the continuity of care that general practice provides, enabling close professional relationships to be built with patients and their families.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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Our Nurses

Ria 2

Ria – Practice Nurse


Sabina 2

Sabina – Practice Nurse


Health Care - Dietitian


NZ Registered Dietitian, MDiet, BSc

Leanne has recently graduated as a dietitian from the University of Otago and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the staff and patients of Village Health Lincoln Road. Born and bred in rural North Canterbury, Leanne loves getting outdoors, listening to music and visits to the beach.

Leanne is ready and able to address any dietary concerns including advice around weight and diabetes management, reduction of high blood pressure and cholesterol, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gastro-intestinal diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns Disease, food allergies and intolerances, pregnancy and paediatric nutrition.

Check out our monthly healthy eating tips here

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General Manager

Brendan Canton BSC, GradDipMgt

Brendan has vast experience in practice management and works to keep the whole ship sailing in the right direction. He most recently was awarded the "Practice Manager of the Year"by PMAANZ too. Brendan is also experienced in IT which means that he is pretty handy around the place. Brendan’s main job in the next couple of years is to help Village Health plan, build and move into our new building planned for 30 Lincoln Road. A big job to be sure, but we think he is up to it.