Shape My Health has brought together the Bay’s only dedicated group of physicians specialising in a broad range of health complaints. They’ll get to know you and your health well, advising on the right approach for your long-term wellbeing. This does require a GP referral.
Dr Colin Hutchison
Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor)
Dr Hutchison has extensive experience in caring for patients with early and severe kidney diseases. He is the Medical Director for Kidney Health NZ and is dedicated to empowering patients to own and understand their own health management.
Colin has a Medical degree from Leicester University, UK, PhD in kidney disease and Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Malcolm Arnold
Senior Gastroenterologist (Bowel Doctor)
Dr Arnold has many years experience in all aspects of care related to liver and bowel. He is involved in national leadership roles focusing on best practice in endoscopy.
Malcolm received his medical degree from Glasgow University. He also has Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and also the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has worked in Hawkes Bay since 2000.
Dr Rachel Leigh
Geriatrician (Aging Specialist)
Dr Leigh is very experienced with dealing with issues connected to frailty and aging. She is passionate about helping improving health in your ‘golden years’. Chronic pain, memory problems, stroke support, falls, Parkinson’s Disease, numerous medication use are all areas of medicine in which she can provide benefit. Dr Leigh is also happy to provide information and consultation regarding preparing an Advanced Directive so you can plan for end of life care.
Trained at University of Edinburgh and worked in hospitals in the UK and around NZ. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has a Diploma in Palliative Medicine.
Dr Steven Sawyers
Steven Sawyers is a rheumatologist from the Hawkes Bay, growing up and doing his schooling in Hastings. He attended Auckland University before working in Hastings and Christchurch Hospitals, completing his FRACP in Cairns, Australia.
Steven took up a public rheumatology post back in the Hawkes Bay in 2012. His rheumatological special interests include inflammatory arthritis including RA, crystal arthritis, point of care ultrasound and PMR/GCA. He currently sits on the executive committees of the New Zealand Rheumatology Association and the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology.
He enjoys getting on the bike, both on the tarmac and the dirt.
Dr Robert (Bob) Gerber
Bob Gerber is a Consultant Cardiologist currently working in Hawke's Bay DHB. He graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School which is part of King’s College London in 2000. He holds dual accreditation in Cardiology and General Internal.
Bob is an expert in the field of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guided stent implantation and is also trained in implanting pacemakers and implantable cardio-defibrillators (ICDs) as well as coronary stents. He has maintained his credentialing within New Zealand by performing these procedures on a regular basis. He has expertise in hypertension and heart failure as well as heart rhythm disturbances and dyslipidaemia.
He enjoys cycling, trail-running and time with the family who are living in Hawke's bay.
Dr Rob Leikis
Senior Physician and Endocrinologist (Hormones)
Dr Leikis has a wealth of experience in caring for patients with all forms of endocrine disease including diabetes, thyroid, adrenal and other rare endocrine disorders.
Rob trained at Auckland Medical School and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has worked in Hawke's Bay since 2000.
Dr Ana Braithwaite
Gastroenterologist (Bowel Doctor)
Ana specialises in providing personalised, evidence-based care for people with gastrointestinal conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), coeliac disease, liver disease and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
She provides endoscopy services including colonoscopy, gastroscopy and ERCP. She has expertise in bowel cancer screening, endoscopic resection of large colonic polyps, stricture dilatation, and stent placement.
Dr Braithwaite graduated from medical school in 2008 in Peru. Her gastroenterology training was undertaken in Spain, with subsequent interventional endoscopy fellowship years in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and The Alfred in Melbourne.
Having moved to Hawke's Bay in 2018, Dr Braithwaite is the Clinical Lead of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme at Hawke’s Bay DHB.
Dr Juber Hafiji
Dr Juber Hafiji is a UK trained Consultant Dermatologist and Specialist Dermatological Surgeon currently working in Hawkes Bay DHB. He completed his dermatology training in Cambridge, UK where he developed his interest in skin cancer and dermatological surgery and is accredited with the American College of Mohs Surgery.
Dr Hafiji is a leading expert in Mohs micrographic surgery – the Gold Standard treatment for treating many skin cancers which utilises a specialised technique using a microscope to ensure all the roots of a skin cancer are removed. Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rate following skin cancer removal and allows a cosmetically pleasing repair to be performed (as the hole to remove the cancer is kept as small as possible).
His main clinical interests are in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. His main research interests are in highlighting surgical techniques that provide patients with the best results.
Juber has moved to the Bay with his wife and 3 young children. He enjoys cycling, squash and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
From an early age Marieke has had a love for baking, especially the scientific reactions that occur when combining different ingredients. Learning more about the reactions of food in the body and the effects it can have on us as she grew up, Dietetics appealed as great career to pursue as it combined her love of food as well as her passion for helping people. After completing her Masters of Dietetics from University of Otago she has returned to her home town.
In her spare time she is very active, loves running, being outdoors or obviously in the kitchen baking and cooking.
Andrew is now a senior dietitian at Hawke’s Bay hospital where he has worked for 10 years gaining experience in all areas of nutrition and disease. He is currently the inpatient dietitian for ICU, Surgical and Medical wards at Hawkes Bay hospital. Andrew has also supported many patients through Bariatric surgery.
Craig is a physiotherapist with a wide range of training and experience. He trained at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and has over ten years hospital physiotherapy experience covering cardiology, respiratory, vestibular, and acute surgical care. Craig is currently working in the community with concussion, injury rehabilitation, and general musculoskeletal therapy clients. He is undertaking further training in the McKenzie method of physiotherapy.
Craig is available for fitness assessments, exercise prescription, vestibular assessment and treatment.