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Meet The Team

Our Practice

Health Te Aroha started in the late 1990’s. Tertius Coetzer and Paul Henry amalgamated three of the four solo practices in Te Aroha into one practice and named it Health Te Aroha. This practice moved into a purpose built building in 2001 where it has stayed until today.

During this time we brought pharmacy, pathlab, physio and the dentist into the building. We also offer specialist appointments,… a midwife and diabetes nurse specialist.

In 2005 Brendon Eade joined the practice and Health Te Aroha was first given CORNERSTONE accreditation the year after in 2006.

Hayley Scott then joined the practice as a GP in 2007, becoming a director in 2010.

In 2012 we became one of the first privately owned practices in Midlands Health Network to adopt the Health Care Home. This change is now well embedded in the practice.

In December 2016 we said farewell to Paul Henry as he retired from the practice, and Melissa Titterton who joined us as a GP in 2014, stepped up to full time to take over his patients.

We currently have 5500 patients and we offer care to the local community, covering the local rest homes, the community trust hospital and also college clinics.

Since 2006 the practice has been active in teaching. We take fourth and sixth year medical students and also have registrars engaged in their education at the practice.

We are a practice that is quality focused and enjoys innovation and being at the forefront of general practice.

The practice has prided itself on performing well in the quality plan with Midlands Health. In 2016 we achieved first place in the PHO for our quality performance.

Our Team

  • Dr Tertius Coetzer


    Born and bred in South Africa, I obtained a BSc degree [Physiology] during 1968. This was then followed with my MbChB degree in 1975, both at the University of Pretoria.

    I was fortunate to immigrate to New Zealand in 1994 and have lived in Te Aroha for the past 20 years. I am a member of our local RSA and take a keen interest in our local theatre where I have previously had an acting role. I am happily married to Jo-Anne and have four children.

    On 3 October 1994, I bought the medical centre from GP Dick Lawrence and started working in my own solo practice. Three years later I was joined by GP Paul Henry and together we were later instrumental in building Te Aroha's first medical centre, which has now grown from two doctors to four full time doctors and one part time doctor. We work in a friendly and supportive environment and are proud of our well trained and friendly staff.

    My special interests are treating trauma, minor surgery and palliative care.

    My hobby is photography and I do wedding photography in my spare time.

    I have two dogs called Zazu and Toto, who keep me sane.

  • Dr Brendon Eade


    I was born and bred in Waikato and underwent my medical training at the University of Auckland. In the late 1990s, I travelled to Scotland, where I underwent post graduate training in general practice. On my return to NZ in 2004, I undertook further study and completed my Fellowship to the NZ College of General Practice in 2006. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, including family medicine, minor surgery, school clinics, emergency medicine and elderly care.

    I am actively involved in teaching and enjoy working with trainee interns, PGY House surgeons and GP registrars. I am active in the oversight of Quality plans for general practices in the central North Island, through involvement with Midlands Health Network. I began work initially as a locum for Health Te Aroha in 2004, becoming a partner in 2005, joining GPs Tertius and Paul.

    Outside the medical centre, my interests include fitness (gym work, running, cycling) and music. I am a New Zealand Champion Bagpiper, currently active in competing, performing, judging and teaching all aspects of this instrument. I was Pipe Major of the Hamilton Caledonian Society's pipe band from 2007-2009. I have won numerous prestigious prizes competing in Scotland in international events. I am married to Meleana, a talented piper in her own right. We have two children.

  • Dr Hayley Scott

    MBChB, FRNZCGP, dip Paeds, post grad cert Women's Health

    I grew up in Taupo and went to Otago Medical School. I have always had an interest in general practice, and it was always my intention to become a GP once I was trained. After qualifying as a GP, I worked in Tauranga for a few years, until I met my husband Richard who was dairy farming at the time. This prompted a move to Te Aroha and rural medicine, and I joined the practice in 2006. I became a partner in 2010 after having my children and have worked full time since then.

    As a female GP, I have developed an interest in women's health and have a post graduate certificate in this subject from Otago. I also has a diploma in child health. Additionally, I have worked in the area of smoking cessation and am passionate about helping people stop smoking and live healthier lives.

    I have two children who keep me and my husband busy at home. I also have a passion for patchwork, and my husband is involved in agility training of our fox terriers.

  • Dr Melissa Titterton

    MBchB, FRNZCGP 2017

    Born in Auckland, I completed my medical training at the University of Auckland, Graduating in 2007. From there I moved around Taranaki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty to complete postgraduate years. I have been working as a General Practitioner since 2011; I have been at Health Te Aroha since 2014 and completed my fellowship RNZCGP in 2017. My interests include family medicine, women’s health and school clinics.

    When I'm not at work, I can either be found in the garden or perched on a rock, fishing with my Husband and two boys.

  • Dr Keegan Edwardson


    Keegan grew up in Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty. He completed his degree at Auckland Medical School.
    Keegan enjoys all aspects of being a GP and being able to help all those who come through the practice. Outside of work Keegan has a keen interest in the gym and almost all sports especially rugby and touch rugby.

  • Dr Cheryl Pittar


    Born and breed in Tauranga. Cheryl studied medicine at Auckland University. Outside of work Cheryl has a 19 year old son and is a keen runner.