About Us

Dr Leon Dittrich

General Practitioner

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Kate Stark

Nurse Practitioner

With 33 years nursing experience, Kate became a Nurse Practitioner in rural primary health care in 2016. She is also an experienced PRIME Practitioner with 15 years of experience.

She has worked at Roxburgh since July 2020 and does 3 days per week in clinic and on call as and when required.

Kate’s special interest is acute care and trauma but as a Nurse Practitioner she is able to manage most conditions that the doctors can manage and has prescribing rights for your medications.

Kate works Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays currently.

Frans Theewis

Practice Nurse

I am a Dunedin (Hospital) trained RGON and worked in Dunedin hospital for over 30 years.

My connection with Roxburgh started in 1997 working as a weekend on-call PRIME Nurse.

In 2014 I was offered a job as Practice Nurse.

Initially wasn’t sure if I would (or could) take the physical leap by moving away from friends in

Dunedin and starting afresh as a Practice Nurse in Central.  But I did and I love it.

The work is stimulating and the people are wonderful.

I plan to stay for plenty more years.

Glenda Rickerby

Practice Nurse

I started nursing in 1975 and have worked in a variety of places including ICU, coronary care, general medical and gastroenterology.  My roles have included  floor supervision, education, health advisory role and Practice Nursing.

I have also provided CPR instructing for many years at an advanced level as well as for the general public. 

I still love nursing and am thankful for the opportunity I have to continue with this in the community.

Outside work, I am an active church member, play guitar, sing, hang out with family and friends. I am learning piano - slowly. I enjoy reading and sewing. To support physical fitness, I love chopping wood. I also enjoy cycling, walking & swimming. 

Michelle Shortall

District Nurse

Following her graduation in 2011, Michelle acquired a job with the Roxburgh Medical Services Trust and have been here ever since.

Michelle works as the Rural District and Practice Nurse. 

Her special interests are palliative care, wound care and women’s health.

Rural health proves many challenges but she is enthusiastic about improving the quality of life for the individuals within our community.

Jane Ellison

District Nurse

Kia Ora,

My name is Jane and I have been a registered nurse since graduating in Dunedin in 1986.

 I have worked in Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Practice Nursing before coming to Roxburgh in 2000 and starting a job here as a District Nurse. 

 Over the last 20 years I have really enjoyed being part of the nursing team at Roxburgh Medical Centre and working alongside with Michelle Shortall with whom I share the District Nursing role.

I live in Roxburgh with my husband Daniel and our two girls and I also have three lovely older children who have now left home. Recently I have been lucky to welcome our first grandchild, a little girl called Rita. I enjoy biking and walking our dogs and spending time around Central Otago with my family.


Practice Nurse

 I began at Roxburgh Medical Centre in April 2021 and feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and work such an awesome team.

My background is in emergency nursing, consisting of five years in New Zealand and Australia. However, rural health has always been my passion so it’s wonderful to finally be working in this area.

Administration and Reception

Sarah Kelly

Roseanne Keeler

Practice Manager

Joan Anderson