Med centre mainstay on the move after 30 years
After 30 years of dedicated service in the Te Puke community Dr Ian Lord is leaving Te Puke Medical Centre.
Ian will be leaving at the end of September to do relief work as a locum.
He moved to Te Puke from Auckland and bought Dr Douglas Caird’s practice at Te Puke Medical Centre in 1988 to join business partners Drs Roy Harris, Roger Ward, and John Almond.
He was soon joined by his wife Anne and together they began their life in Te Puke raising three children — Sarah, Hannah and Robert.
Over the years Ian has seen a lot of changes within Te Puke Medical Centre, Te Puke township and the medical profession.
When he started there were four doctors and now there are nine, signs of a growing community.
Ian has commented on what a special privilege it has been, being a family doctor in a small community and caring for new born babies, seeing them grow up and now having their own children.
Staff at Te Puke Medical Centre wish Ian well for the future.
Dr Julea Dalley will take over from Ian and will join the centre on October 2.
She is a GP in training but has worked as a GP for a couple of years already.
Julea graduated from University of Auckland in 2009 and went down Obstetrics and Gynaecology training pathway for several years before she had her twin boys, who are now aged 3.
When they were 6 months old, Julea was the sole GP in Vava’u, Tonga, a remote group of islands a one-hour flight from the mainland. This was a great experience and cemented her decision to continue training as a GP.
Julea has worked part-time as a GP for the last two years in West Auckland and completed postgraduate training in dermatology before moving to the Bay of Plenty.
Her special interests are women’s health, sexual health and dermatology.
In her spare time Julea enjoys time with her whanau, fishing, swimming and painting.
Dr Ian Lord (left) is leaving Te Puke Medical Centre after 30 years of service at the end of the month and will be replaced by Dr Julea Dalley (right) on October 2.