Onewa Doctors is an icon in Birkenhead. The practice was originally established by Dr Holgate in 1930 in Northcote. He eventually bought a piece of land at 225 Onewa Road, Birkenhead, and built a purpose-built art deco doctor’s surgery in front with a doctor’s residence at the back. Dr Holgate was succeeded by Dr Davies in 1968. Dr Davies decided to go back home to South Africa and sold the property to Mrs Smith who eventually rented the premises. In 1971, a budding doctor Dr Gary Johnstone wanted to build his own practice who was then locuming for Dr Stevens in Glenfield. Then he purchased the building and built a very successful practice until his retirement on 28th February 2006. Dr Prakash Appanna took over from him. In July 2014, Dr Elvie Nario-Anderson took over from Dr Appanna. She rebuilt the practice and after 2 years has increased enrolment needing more space for increasing client list. Then bought a unit at 162 Mokoia Road, Chatswood. The building was originally a pub, restaurant and hotel complex which eventually got converted into commercial offices now more popularly known as Chelsea Business Park.
Dr Elvie’s husband renovated the unit into its current state of the art General Practice Center that has potential for consulting rooms, one theater, specialist rooms, dispensary, and 2 bed recovery room and a nurse’s room.
Elvie studied Biological Sciences then completed her Medical school degree at the University of The Philippines. She has background training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Philippine General Hospital. She arrived in New Zealand in 1990 – loving the lifestyle, decided to make this her permanent home. She has trained in internal medicine in New Zealand with an interest in geriatric medicine and adolescent health. Elvie was a New Zealand representative to the adolescent health committee for the Royal Australia College of Physicians for 2 years. She has now completed fellowships at the Royal New Zealand College of GP and the Royal Australian College of GP. Elvie looks after retirement villages, rest homes and private hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. She is also a locum for air ambulance companies based in New Zealand and Australia. Elvie enjoys travelling, sailing and fishing.
Dr Virgil Beltran
Dr Beltran is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and has made NZ his home for the past 16 years. He is a 3rd year GP registrar affiliated with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He has been practicing at the Hibiscus Coast in particular the Whangaparoa area for the past year. He developed interest in the pursuit of musculo-skeletal medicine early this year as he has encountered numerous patients with varied presentation of musculoskeletal injuries ranging from work related injuries related to manual work as well as degenerative conditions with pain management issues. He believes that pursuing this qualification will equip him in managing various musculo- skeletal conditions, as this will give him better understanding in the management, reducing referral needs, improve recovery and manage chronic pain efficiently. He is hoping to gain entry in this post graduate qualification as this will provide a great contribution to overall general health endeavours in the area he is practicing. His interests include: travelling off the beaten path, beaches over mountains and staying with his wacky friends. His values and ethics coincide with Onewa Doctors stand on professionalism, patient centred care and excellent medical knowledge.
Dr Marta Piszel
Marta is originally from Poland, where she completed her medical degree (Wroclaw Medical University) in 2005. After that she worked in the UK for 4 years where she started a specialist training in Paediatrics. She came to New Zealand in 2009 but left hospital medicine after a few years to pursue a career in General Practice - she had worked in Auckland, New Plymouth and Napier. She is currently participating in the Royal New Zealand College of GP training programme as a Year 3 Registrar and hopes to obtain her Fellowship within the next 2 years. Her main interests are Paediatrics and Mental Health. Marta has 3 young daughters and loves spending time with her family. In her free time she enjoys cycling and oil painting.
Evangeline Durney – Practice Nurse
Ana Murray – Receptionist
Sharon Torres – Receptionist
Ryle Dela Cruz – Receptionist