General Practitioners
Dr Susanna Kent
BHB, MbChB, Dip Obs, Dip Clinical Nutrition, Dip Forensic Medicine, FRNZCGP

Susanna graduated in 1989 from Auckland Medical School. Following this, she worked in hospitals in Canterbury and on the West Coast and then did her General Practice training in Canterbury. This was interspersed with time travelling in Guatemala, Nepal and South America. She worked in a rural practice for 2 years before moving to Wellington. She has been at Manuka since 2001.

She believes in putting the “health” back in to “medicine”. This includes looking at health in a wider perspective including body, mind, family, environment and spirit. She pays tribute to one proposed Maori model of health which includes Te taha tinana , Te taha hinengaro, te taha whanau and te taha wairua.  Click here to view details.

Susanna has done training in NLP and Solution focused therapy. She has an interest in bioidentical hormones, women’s health and nutrition. For 20 years she has done sexual assault work and is currently on the Wellington area roster for the Sexual Assault and Treatment Service, as well as doing general Police forensic work.

Susanna has 3 children and a very patient husband.

Dr Jane Knight

Jane graduated from the Newcastle upon Tyne University medical school in 1995 and embarked upon General Practice training which she completed in in 2000 whilst living in Bristol, UK. Since then she has enjoyed working as a GP at many different practices, gaining a wide experience across the board. She achieved her membership of the British Royal college of GP's in 2001, and later Fellowship of the New Zealand College of General Practice in 2013. She also gained her diploma in Family Planning and a diploma with the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Over the years, Jane developed an interest in nutrition and integrated medicine, as she searched for an answer to a family member's eczema and allergy issues. This led her to complete training with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental medicine and the Institute of Functional Medicine. These skills have felt like the missing part of the jigsaw puzzle, and she now offers a more integrated approach to medicine, dovetailing traditional General Practice with nutrition and environmental medicine. She is also a Fitgenes Practitioner.

Jane believes in empowering people to take control of their health and focus on not just disease management but also on staying well in the modern world. She is passionate about spreading the word on healthy living and enjoys blogging about health and wellness on her website:

She lives in Wellington with her husband and two children and a dog. She enjoys photography and staying active in her free time.

Dr Andrew Dicks
BMedSci, BM, BS, MSc(2), DRCOG, DTM&H, DipMedHyp

Andrew graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1991 and completed his General Practice training in 1996. During this period he gained a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


After spending a year working near Brisbane he joined a partnership in London. While in London he pursued his eclectic interests and gained a Masters degree in Complementary Therapies and in Tropical Medicine. Furthering his interest in complementary therapies he also completed a diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy. More recently he has worked in rural practice in the UK and New Zealand.

Andrew is interested in holistic practice. His exposure to complementary therapies has allowed him to appreciate, and recognise, the role that these therapies have alongside traditional General Practice.

Within the the scope of General Practice Andrew is interested in men's health, long term conditions and palliative care.

He lives with his partner and two adorable dogs. He is an advocate of happy and healthy living.

Dr Vanessa Souter


Vanessa loves her work as a specialist general practitioner, providing primary care with a focus on evidence-based medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is an International Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician.


Prior to entering medicine Vanessa had a successful career as a professional musician. Her approach in medicine is to combine established and evolving evidence with her patient’s personal values and purpose to find a joyful approach to dealing with life’s challenges. Her belief is that everyone deserves to find their best health. Vanessa supports her patients without guilt or shame to make wise and healthy choices confidently.

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Practice Nurses
Kristen Birch (left)
Siobhan Williams (right)

Practice Manager  

Petra Simm          


Petra has worked in the health sector for over 20 years, starting in the private health sector as Administration Manager for Pacific Radiology, moving into Primary Care as a Business Manager for General Practices in 2017. She is an experienced manager who thinks strategically and is committed

to supporting her community.

Petra is passionate about listening to the voice of the patient, meeting patient expectations and delivering exceptional service. She believes in an Integrated approach to healthcare and is excited to be part of the team at Manuka Health Centre.

In her spare time, she loves to cook for her family, walk in the bush and if there is any time leftover, read a really good book!

Primary Care Practice Assistant

Janet Comeskey


I work as a Primary Care Practice Assistant or PCPA for short.  I have worked in various health care roles. Here at Manuka Health Centre I work across the clinical and administration team.


I originally trained as an Enrolled Nurse and then went on and trained at South Pacific College in Auckland as a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Therapeutic Massage. I like to use my life long skills to help motivate patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle where balance is the key to wellness. 


When I am not working I hiking the hills, mountain bike, swim and paddle board. I also love to find a sunny spot and curl up with a good book.

Reception and Admin Team

Rhonda Robinson (left)

Julia Bowditch (centre)

Vicki McMillan (right)