Wanaka Medical Centre has grown with the town for 31 years

The Wanaka Medical Centre was established by Drs Dennis Pezaro and David Allen in 1980. Wanaka was originally designated a “special health area”, a title given to a remote rural area which needed a doctor but did not have the population to financially support one. The doctors were paid a salary by the health department.

Dr Pezaro was the last of these salaried doctors before he was joined by Dr Allen and established the Wanaka Medical Centre. In the mid- 1980s they were joined by a third partner, Dr Andrew Mcleod.

The practise continued to expand, with services and staff numbers increasing. Wanaka’s population was growing rapidly at this time and visitor numbers expanded seasonally, especially with the establishment of the four ski areas.

In the early 2000′s Dr Linda Garrett and Dr Jo Millis joined the practise and two adjoining townhouses were purchased, which allowed space for visiting specialists and other new services as well as a general expansion of the practise.

On Dr Pezaro’s retirement in 2006 Dr Julian Pettit joined the centre as a partner.

“We’re all very excited about the move to the new centre,” said practise manager Jan Gillespie who added that all the doctors, including Drs Mark Feeney and Jenny Paton who joined the centre this year, will be moving to the new centre. The nursing team led by Maureen and the reception team led by Paula, are all looking forward to working in one building with more space so we will have the same great staff, the same phone number and same great friendly service”  “As a team,” Jan went on, “we’re appreciative of staff and patients’ tolerance and understanding as we have outgrown the rooms in Russel St and look forward to welcoming them and and visitors to the new rooms in Cardrona Valley Rd.”

“We also wish to acknowledge the enormous amount of time and energy Dr Mcleod has put in to the new Wanaka Lakes Health Centre on our behalf. It has been a huge undertaking, demanding both time and commitment.”

(from the ODT)

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