- Our Team

We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of doctors and nurses at Amberley Medical Centre. Most of our team also live locally and appreciate the importance of a reliable rural medical service.

Our Team

Dr Rex Yule

Dr Rex Yule

I have lived and worked in Amberley for over 32 years and over this time, my wife Susan and I have had the pleasure of raising our three grown-up children in this wonderful community.


During my career, I have assisted medical research whilst working in Antarctica, worked frequently as a Locum in the Chatham Islands and Australia and also worked for the Flying Doctor Service in Australia.


I am passionate about providing excellent health care to our rural community and have specialist training in Paediatrics, Gynae and Obstetrics. I also have a special interest in Palliative Care & Emergency Medicine.


I have been teaching medical students, 3rd year, 6th year and Registrars for the last 25 years as part of their General Practice training and also act as Supervisor for overseas Doctors as part of their New Zealand registration requirements.


I love working in a medical centre with like-minded colleagues who are also committed to maintaining and developing coordinated health care services.


Dr Chris Vodde

Dr Chris Vodde

I was born and raised in Alkmaar, Holland and studied medicine in Belgium. I joined the Dutch Army in 2001 and served as an Army Doctor on a mission in Aghanistan in 2007. Following that I worked as a surgical and A&E Doctor.


From 2008 to 2010 I undertook training to become a General Practitioner and worked in Antwerp for Child and Family Health, mainly involving preventative checks and immunisation.


I moved to Amberley in 2012 with my wife Jungwha and our two young children. I am enjoying the rural lifestyle and my role as rural GP and PRIME responder in the Amberley Community.


Dr Clinton Newbury

Dr Clinton Newbury

After graduating from Unitec in 1994 with an associate degree in Architecture, I worked for Team New Zealand in their successful 1995 America’s Cup challenge as a draftsman and sailor. I then moved to San Diego for six years where I worked on the design of America’s Cup class yachts for Dennis Conner. During this period I also designed and sailed on several racing yachts including boats for Mr Disney, the owner of the Walt Disney Corporation. In 2009 a New Zealand owned 100 foot super maxi, Alfa Romeo, that I helped design won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.


In 2004 I moved back to New Zealand to study medicine at the University of Auckland where I graduated in 2009. During my training I also worked as a volunteer Paramedic with St John. After working as an ENT and Cardiothoracic Registrar in Wellington, I joined the GP training program. In 2012 I moved to Christchurch to be part of the re-build and now work as a GP Registrar at Moorhouse Medical as well as Amberley Medical Centre. I have a particular interest in Minor Surgery, Vasectomies and Dermoscopy.


In my spare time I am learning to play polo and enjoy getting out on my mountain bike, exploring the hills around Christchurch.


Dr Robert Boizard

Dr Robert Boizard – Doctor

Robert began his medical career in South Africa where he trained as a Nurse. During this time he included medicine in his studies and has now been practising as a GP for 28 years.

Robert moved to New Zealand and worked in Westport before setting up his own practice in Motueka seven years ago. He recently moved to North Canterbury after buying a lifestyle block near Rangiora.

Robert enjoys all parts of General Practice and has a particular interest in sports medicine, trauma and care of the elderly. He tells us that the Amberley Medical Centre is the best practice he's worked with! He particularly enjoys the collaborative relationship between the doctors and nurses and the excellent communication across the whole team.

Dr. Jaclyn Cooperrider

Dr. Jaclyn Cooperrider – Doctor

Jaclyn Cooperrider joins the Amberley Medical centre from Boise, Idaho in the United States. She has a foundation in family medicine as well as a fellowship in sports medicine. Jaclyn is specialty certified in sports medicine and is passionate about Women's Health, prenatal care, and pediatric health.

Jaclyn loves all aspects of family medicine due to the variety, constant challenge, and call for lifelong learning. Her favourite things about general practice include the patient interaction, working in a team environment, learning about the community and promoting healthy living.

Jaclyn comes to New Zealand with husband Will, an assistant winemaker, who will be working for a Waipara winery. Jaclyn enjoys tramping, trail running, yoga, knitting and travel in her downtime.

Dr. Owen Miller

Dr. Owen Miller – Doctor

Owen Miller has been practicing medicine since 2013, he enjoys the face to face contact with people and being part of the greater rural community. Owens passions are managing Chronic Illness, Palliative Care and Men's health.

Owen is a local lad, born and bred. After a stint in the UK he's returned with his wife and son to live back in North Canterbury.

Dr. Kerr Wright

Dr. Kerr Wright – Doctor

Kerr Wright is Scottish born and trained, he came to New Zealand in 1995 and has worked in a wide variety of settings including 8 years remote service and Aboriginal Health in The Kimberley, Northern Australia. Kerr has a passion for emergency medicine and child health.


Kerr enjoys the opportunities rural medicine offers and says he appreciates the family atmosphere of working within the Amberley Medical Centre team. He has moved to North Canterbury with his wife to be closer to their four grownup children and new grandchild.

Chris Long

Chris Long – Nurse Manager

I have lived and worked in the community for the last 25 years & love the scope and challenge that the delivery of rural primary health care brings to nursing practice. I have an enduring zest and enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer. Over a long and varied nursing career I have developed a huge interest in all aspects of health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in access to services for rural communities and respiratory health.


In 2013 I took the opportunity to become involved in the ownership of Amberley Medical Centre. As Director and Nurse Manager, I am enjoying the opportunity to develop nurse-led services and create a new model of collaborative service delivery to meet the needs of rural communities. At Amberley Medical Centre our philosophy is about working together to maximise the skills and resources of our Clinical team to ensure an excellent health service.


Mary Foster

Mary Foster – Practice Nurse

I am a long-time resident of the Hurunui District. My five children were born and raised in the area. I have a strong connection with the community having worked at Waikari Hospital and as a District Nurse and now as a Practice Nurse at Amberley Medical Centre.


I am passionate about providing a rural health service that meets the needs of rural people and this is why I have become involved in the ownership of Amberley Medical Centre.


Mental Health is of special interest to me and I have been training in a Diploma of Psychosythesis counselling over the last three years. This has complimented my nursing practice and also benefitted my own personal growth. I believe that physical, mental and emotional health are deeply entwined and need to be treated in an integrated and holistic manner and this is how I approach my practice as a nurse.


Katie Croft

Katie Croft – Practice Nurse

I am a country girl, having lived in the Hurunui most of my life. I live with my two young daughters and husband and as well as my role as Practice Nurse, I am also actively involved in life on our farm.


I have worked at Amberley Medical Centre for the past ten years and have a particular interest in Heart Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Diabetes Care. I developed our successful Cardiac Rehab group in Amberley in association with the Heart Foundation (Christchurch Hospital). This is a community based service supporting patients in the Hurunui District following their heart surgery and for those with heart disease.


Lesley Askin

Lesley Askin – Practice Nurse

I enjoy the many facets of the Practice Nurse role with every day being different. I have a particular interest in Mental Health and wellbeing and also skin lesions, wounds and their treatment.


The richness of family and friends keeps me on track in the triumphs and challenges of my life. My creative edge is satisfied by making music and performing and I also find great pleasure in good food and a great tasting beer after a long walk in our beautiful district.


Lucy Batchelor

Lucy Batchelor – Practice Nurse

I first started Practice Nursing in 1992 while living in Milton, South Otago for five years. When we moved to the Greta Valley in 1997 I took some time off nursing to raise our four young children. After completing a Return to Nursing course and then worked at the CACI Clinic in Christchurch for three years becoming an Advanced Appearance Medicine Nurse, working with Botox and Dermal Fillers and Laser Tattoo removal.


I was then lucky enough to begin working as a Casual Practice Nurse at Amberley which developed into a permanent role. I love all aspects of Primary Health Care; in particular Childhood Immunisations, Travel Vaccines and Women’s Health and Trauma Nursing.


Janet Murray

Janet Murray – Practice Nurse

I have lived and worked in this district most of my life. While farming is a big part of my life, I have worked in several medical practices including Christchurch and Waikari hospitals.

I am enjoying the team approach to rural healthcare at Amberley Medical Centre.

Kylie Robson

Kylie Robson – Registered Nurse

I’ve just moved back to New Zealand with my 10 year old son. We are both excited to be living in North Canterbury.

I’ve been nursing for the past 20 years and it has taken me across Australia. I’ve had many fantastic experiences; working in the Northern Territory, in Military Bases, with IVF Patients and for the past few years into a NSW super clinic.

I love all aspects of nursing and I look forward to being part of the Amberley Medical Centre team and the community.

Hannah Thiele

Hannah Thiele – Practice Nurse

Hannah Theile has been a qualified nurse for 3 years. She spent some time during her student years at the Amberley Medical Centre and has since been working in the Acute plastic surgery department at Christchurch Hospital.

Hannah is passionate about wounds - with an exclamation mark! Hannah loves the diversity and challenges that nursing brings, and aspires to assist people to make the most out of life regardless of their health status.

Hannah is due to marry fiancé Andy in February next year and loves summer sports - jet skiing, water skiing as well as retail therapy and travel.

Tracey McCowan

Tracey McCowan – Registered Nurse

Tracy has just graduated a Masters of Health Science endorsed within a Bachelor of Nursing. This is on top of her 22 years career as a qualified Paramedic.

Tracy’s goal is to support people to live well within their community. Her passion is in emergency care and triage and she would like to develop a support network for breast cancer survivors in the future.

The AMC is actually Tracy’s ‘other’ job, her usual job is working as a paramedic in Kaikoura with her husband. She enjoys spending her weekends on their lifestyle block in Kaikoura.

Admin Team

Denise Cope

Denise Cope – Practice Manager

Jennie McWhannell

Jennie McWhannell – Finance Administrator

Annie Coles

Annie Coles – Receptionist

Tania Meeten

Tania Meeten – Receptionist

Jayne Sidey

Jayne Sidey – Receptionist

Nicole Rhodes

Nicole Rhodes – Receptionist

Nicoles cheerful and friendly personality lend itself to the practice reception position. She has been working in the medical arena profession for four years and enjoys greeting and getting to know the patients.

Nicole loves the team environment at the Amberley Medical Centre. In her spare time she enjoyed time at home with her husband and two boys.

Annie Holmes

Annie Holmes – Receptionist

Jeanette Sharp

Jeanette Sharp – Receptionist

District Nursing Team

Nicki Greenwood

Nicki Greenwood – District Nurse

Nicki Greenwood wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl, now after more than 40 years in the job she’s just as enthusiastic. Nicki has been working with the District Nursing team for the past 13 years. She loves the variety of work and is passionate about working with the elderly.


Nicki’s other job is farming cattle and sheep with her husband Pete. She has three grown up children and loves experiencing new places & meeting new people.

Andree Boyce

Andree Boyce – District Nurse

Andree Boyce has been a nurse for over 25 years, she has been part of the District Nursing team for the past 6 years. Andree likes the freedom and personalised service District Nursing offers, she particularly enjoys seeing people getting better in their own home. Andree’s passion is wound care, she is also the IV link nurse for the district.

Andree enjoys sports and cooking and lives locally with her husband and two sons.

Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas – District Nurse

Liz Thomas is our longest serving District Nurse with 19 years’ service with Amuri Healthcare Limited. She started her District nursing career in the early 1980’s working in Greymouth and Haast on the West Coast. Liz says her passions are wound care and palliative nursing, she loves her job and does it “to make people’s lives better” and for the “new challenges everyday”.

Liz is married with two grown children and three grandchildren. She enjoys watching movies, reading and having fun with her grandchildren.

Jude Matson

Jude Matson – District Nurse

Jude Matson has a passion for nursing. Having started her career in 1974, Jude joined the Hurunui District Nurse team in 1980 after travelling overseas. Jude recommends nursing as “a great career - it’s a so rewarding”, with lots of variety. She enjoys the challenges that district nursing brings, the autonomy and particularly likes being able to help people in their own environment.

Jude lives in Amberley with her husband.

Complimentary Practice Services

Vera Setz Audiology

Vera Setz Audiology – Audiologist

Vera Setz Audiology is Amberley’s only full time audiology and hearing aid clinic.

Founder, Vera Setz was born and raised in North Canterbury and returned in 2014 with her husband and three children.

Vera gained her Masters degree in Audiology. Vera is well versed in both pediatric and adult audiology having worked extensively in both private practice and in emergency and hospital environments. Her customers benefit for her 20 years of knowledge and experience.

Vera is highly regarded in the field of audiology and is proud to be delivering better hearing healthcare to North Canterbury. Vera is passionate about positive impact that improved hearing can have on quality of life and looks forward to helping locals love their hearing again.

Kiera Joblin

Kiera Joblin – Nutritionist

Kiera Joblin is passionate about healthy bodies and healthy minds. She graduated in late 2017 and is determined to make a difference through creating positive behaviour and attitudes towards what we eat.

Kiera particularly loves working with women. Her aim is to take the focus off weight and teach them to change their language when it comes to food and their body, not just for themselves but for their kids and family.

Kiera lives with her partner and step daughter in Rangiora. She’s just finished a Personal Trainer course and enjoys painting, knitting and making candles in her spare time.