Dr Brian Thomson General Practice, MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Brian, an ex Lynfield College student, ex Waikowhai Primary and Intermediate student, studied at Auckland Medical School. Completed his hospital training in the Auckland regions so is a true JAFA. He started in Blockhouse Bay in the General Practice training program in 1991, has briefly owned another practice in Royal Oak before returning to Blockhouse Bay. His practice has a strong family backing, having practiced obstetrics in the past. Interests include golf (Akarana), fishing – especially fresh, especially Taupo in winter & salt locally.

Dr Shanthi Selvakumar M.B.B.S., Dip.Obst. (Otago), FRNZCGP

Dr Shanthi Selvakumar has been the much loved female GP of Blockhouse Bay Medical Centre for over fifteen years. She did her basic medical training in Sri Lanka before moving to New Zealand with her husband, currently a GP in Manukau. She has completed her Diploma in Obstetric medicine from the University of Otago and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners in 2002. She has a special interest in Women’s health and minor dermatological surgical procedures such as mole excisions within the Practice.

Dr Shanthi is also a trained classical musician and proud mum to two daughters who are following her medical footsteps in medicine.


Dr Phil Ruge MBChB, B.Med.Sc, FRNZCGP

Dr Ruge has practiced here since the late 70s.
General Practice is his real passion evident by his loyal long standing practice base.

His other interests are complementary medicine and in the past, along with a local acupuncturist, he ran a musculoskeletal clinic.

His leisure time is spent on outdoor activities and of course his beloved dogs.


Dr. Pulasthi Mithraratne MBchB

Dr Pulasthi moved to New Zealand at age 10 and grew up in Mount Roskill with his parents. He undertook his medical training at the University of Auckland and has previously worked in both Middlemore and Whangarei Hospitals, where he completed a Diploma in Children’s Health. Having returned to Auckland to work in General Practice, he enjoys the continuity of care he can now provide his patients. In his spare time he enjoys hip hop dance, yoga and baking.

Ranjita Pratap BN, RcompN, PGDipHSc (Clinical manager)

Ranjita has been working as a practice nurse since 2000 after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing degree through Unitec. General practice has always been her passion and she really enjoys the challenges, diversity and the continuity of long term patient care. As a nurse/clinical manager, her aim is to strive for excellence in patient care and maintaining high standards of practice at all levels at our friendly medical centre. Some of her special nursing interests are women’s health, children’s health, diabetes/chronic condition management and sexual health. Career highlight: awarded Highly Commended Procare Practice Nurse of the Year in June 2011! And special mention award in 2015. Her personal interests are watching movies, travelling and spending time with her family.


Nileshnee Nand RN (Head nurse)

I graduated from Fiji School of Nursing as a General & Obstetric nurse in March, 2000. My previous work experience was in PICU/NICU and childrens ward followed by practice nursing since 2004.
I am running nurse led clinics, cardiovascular, diabetes check & smoke cessation.
Special interests – well women’s health, pediatrics & diabetes care.

Ann Johnston (Accounts Manager)

Many may remember Ann as a receptionist back in the late 1980s. She obtained her Practice Manager’s qualifications in 1998 and has been awarded two P.H.O awards since.
Ann strives to make the Centre patient-friendly and is always willing to listen. She and her husband Ian have two grown up children and three grandchildren.


Stacey Richards (Practice Nurse)

Born, bred and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the sunny Hawkes Bay.
Moved to Auckland in 2014 to begin Nursing Career. I have a passion for nursing in General Practice,  and aged care. I enjoy working closely with the people of the community and enjoy the diversity, challenges and rapport this practice brings on a day to day basis.

 Glenda Andrews (Receptionist)

I was born in Nelson and now live locally in Avondale.  It is so nice to work close to home and I really enjoy working with the team at Blockhouse Bay Medical Centre.  

I am married with two grown up children. My hobbies are walking and I love to kayak.  



Erin Wheeler (Receptionist)

I have lived in Blockhouse Bay for the last 30 years and been a patient at the Practice for the last 12 years.

I love living in The Bay and enjoy meeting the lovely local residents each day at Reception.