“I have been a patient of Torbay Medical Centre for many years and have been very happy with the attention I have received. I have found the staff there to be so helpful and caring.”

Phyl Petchel.    

“I have been a patient of Torbay Medical Centre for many years and have been very happy with the attention I have received. I have found the staff there to be so helpful and caring.”

Phyl Petchel.    

Our Practice

Torbay Medical Centre, founded in 1989 by Dr John Pollock, strives to be at the heart of a growing community and has now grown to cover Long Bay community.  Torbay and Long Bay Medical have 10 General Practitioners along with a dedicated team of nurses, healthcare assistants and administration staff.  We are committed to continue a long tradition of excellence.


Our focus is upholding genuine, caring, supportive relationships with our patients. We  have a long-standing history with many of our families being cared for throughout generations. This helps to provide continuity of care and gives a level of understanding that can only come with a long association. We look forward to building such relationships with our new patients.

We aim to meet the needs of the community through improved access to care for our patients.

Dr David Thompson - Partner

I have been in general practice for more than 30 years. I hope to bring that experience to the care of my patients. As a GP I have the privilege of being part of the lives of our patients and their families, helping where I can, sharing in their challenges and aspirations. I have extensive experience in tropical/travel medicine. I love seeing both older people and children in my practice, and while providing quality care, it is important to me that their experience be a positive one. When I get free time, I love mountain-biking, climbing, and being ‘Bob the Builder’! I have a wonderful, understanding wife and 2 daughters.

Dr Lynda Thwaites - Partner

I have been a GP for 16 years and am a partner of Torbay Medical Centre and Torbay Skin. I am passionate about skin cancer medicine and surgery. I believe in the value of ongoing study and skill development. My outside interests include spending time with family and friends. I love to travel, cook and I am a keen free diver.

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Dr Jenni Irvine 

My family immigrated to NZ in 2018 from South Africa. I studied medicine at the

University of Witwatersrand and then specialized as a GP in the UK and am a member of the RNZCGP. I have a diploma in Dermatology, Therapeutics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. When not working as a GP,  I am working in Appearance Medicine. I love that Medicine is an evolving science and we are always learning and improving the services and care we provide. I have always felt it is a privilege to be a GP. It’s a tough job but the rewards are enormous. I value the relationships we develop with our patients over time, the continuity of care we can provide and our involvement in your Whanau. I am married, have 3 children and one dog. My spare time is spent with my family and friends.

Dr Clare Dudding - Partner

I have been a partner at Torbay Medical Centre since 1993 and am proud to be part of a well-respected, modern general practice. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine and take great heart in having enduring relationships with my patients, in particular the care of women and children. I love all theatre – ballet, music, plays and movies. Being outdoors and regular exercise are an essential part of my life. I have three wonderful children and I love to travel.

Dr Rebecca Higgins - Partner

I grew up in Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 2010. I am a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners with a post graduate diploma in Paediatrics. My medical interests include paediatric and adolescent medicine. I am a mother and step mother to three girls and in my free time loves to spend time with family, enjoy a coffee with friends and travel.

Dr Sunee Kim 

After graduating Otago Medical School, with a background BSc degree in reproductive anatomy, I went on to practice medicine in Auckland hospitals and community clinics. I enjoy General Practice as it supports continuity of care and shared decision making with patients. As a mother of a school aged son with eczema, asthma and other allergies, I have been drawn to immunology and completed Postgraduate Certificate in Allergic Disease.  Outside of work, I teach Sunday school, enjoy camping, travelling and all the special moments with my family.

Dr Jess Joung - Partner

I graduated from Otago Medical School in 2005. I am a Fellow of Royal NZ College of GP and a GP registrar supervisor. A mum of two school-aged girls, I am passionate about medicine, love learning and value long-term relationships with my patients. 

I hold Postgraduate certification in Travel Medicine ( a NZ Travel Society Committee) and Skin Cancer.  

I speak fluent English and Korean. I also have a huge passion for children and adolescents’ education and a currently the chairperson of BOT of Harbour Montessori College in Browns Bay. I meditate, enjoy playing hockey/tennis. 

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Dr Michael Leong - Partner

Accepting New Patients

Originally from Malaysia. Since graduating at the Medical School of Auckland University in 2007, I have had the experience of working at various general hospitals in the Auckland region until. In 2019 I joined the College of GP. I thoroughly enjoy working as GP in the community, especially being able to provide the continuity of care to our patients. I live locally with my wife and 2 children. I am able to communicate with patients in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Malay. Outside work, I love to travel and try new food.

Dr David Lim 

Accepting New Patients

I was born in Korea and moved to New Zealand in 1995. I am a graduate of Auckland Medical School in 2012 and have been working as a GP since 2015 in Auckland.

I enjoy the broad scope of medicine that being a general practitioner brings, and I have a special interest in sports medicine.

I speak both English and Korean.

In my spare time, I enjoy sports and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Dr Padmaja Rayudu 

I grew up in South India and moved here after graduating in 2001 from Osmania Medical College, India. After a few years of working in hospitals in NZ and Australia, I did my GP training. I am a Fellow of RNZCGP with a Post graduate Diploma in Pediatrics from University of NSW and a Diploma in Sexual Reproductive Health from QLD Australia. I am currently advancing my skills in Dermoscopy and skin cancer surgery. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice particularly Woman's health. I speak fluent Telugu, Hindi and English. I am a mum of 2 lovely boys and in my spare time I spend time with my friends, I love gardening travelling and reading.