Papatoetoe Family Doctors
We are an independently owned family orientated general practice located in the heart of old Papatoetoe. We belong to the Procare PHO and RNZCGP Conerstone accredited practice. Our team of doctors and nurses are passionate about providing quality healthcare that is affordable and tailored to each individuals health needs.
We prefer to see patients by appointments but can see patients urgently if needed. Our team is complimented by physio, hand therapy and midwives.
Plenty parking available at the New World carpark.
Contact us to discuss how we can meet your health needs today.
Dr Karl Cole
MB Chb FRNZCGP PGDip Healinfo
Currently a Chief Clinical Information officer at HealthAlliance , as well as working 5/10’s clinical practice at Papatoetoe Family Doctors. Truely passionate about patient enablement and supporting self-care.
Karl has won the Procare GP leadership award for work in Patient centred design, including advocating for the benefits of Patient portals - giving patients secure online access to their own notes. Active in Clinical informatics, as a founding Fellow of the Health Informatics NZ.
He has 15 years as NZ Army Medical officer and gained a NZ Army Commendation for service and TTCP program award for human factors research, involving deployments to East Timor, Bali and others. As such he gained experience in tropical medicine, well health checks, military occupational and diving medicine as well as family medicine.
He gained fellowship with the Royal NZ College GPs in 2004. He is married has three children.
Dr Diane Leach
MB BCh FRNZCGP
Diane is a fellow of the NZ College of Gp’s , she graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1991. She and her cardiologist husband emigrated to NZ in 1996.
She worked for a number of years as a pediatric registrar in South Africa prior to coming to NZ and then spent time at Starship Hospital as a registrar . She has worked in general practice for the past 23 years
She joined the Papatoetoe practice in 1997. She loves all aspects of general practice and has enjoyed watching her patients grow up and now start their own families, she continues to have a special interest in paediatrics and looking after the elderly.
She is also very involved in women’s health and cardiovascular health assessment and prevention. Outside of work she has 3 boys who keep her very busy with all their activities.
Dr Randall Sturm
MB ChB 1995 Auckland; FRACGP 2000; FRNZCGP 2001
I am a New Zealand born and educated General Practitioner passionate about the health and welfare of our community.
After completion of medical training in Auckland, I initially spent time in rural Australia and obtained the Australian GP Fellowship. I gained the NZ GP Fellowship in 2000 upon our return to NZ and have been in a South Auckland General Practice ever since.
I am married and have three children. My other interests include keeping fit, following my children’s sporting interests and business with an MBA completed in 2003.
Dr Tej Tangirala
MB BS 2012 RGUHS
DR Samantha King
MB ChB 1987 Otago; FRNZCGP 2001
Dr Lira Lecias
MD 2003 Philippines
Alora joined our growing and busy practice in April 2019. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree back in 1989. She is NZ Nursing Council Registered and has 18 years of experience in general practice.
She is a certified smear taker and independent immunisation vaccinator. She is also a busy mother who loves cheering her son at his sporting events.
Sharon Vandana is a registered nurse who qualified with a Diploma in General and Obstetric Nursing in Fiji in 2007. She moved to New Zealand in 2008 and has worked in general practice and urgent care settings since then. Sharon gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing from the University of Auckland in 2013. Sharon joined the Doctors Onehunga in 2011 and was appointed to the role of Nurse Manager.
Her interest lies in women’s health and she has over 6 years’ experience in smear taking. She has special interest in women who have fears of getting their cervical smears done. Sharon is passionate about breaking this barrier and making the experience less stressful for women.
In her spare time Sharon enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family and spending quality time with her kids.