“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.    

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 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. 

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.

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Dr Michael Leong - Partner

Originally from Malaysia, I have been living in NZ for the past 15 years. 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 2017. I have mostly worked as a medical registrar across various medical specialties of cardiology, respiratory, renal, gastroenterology, geriatrics and internal medicine. I then joined the Royal college of NZGP since 2019 and I am currently working towards my fellowship. I thoroughly enjoy working as GP in the community, especially being able to provide the continuity of chronic care of our expanding elderly population. I live locally on the North Shore with my family and 2 young children. I am able to communicate with patients in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Malay. Outside work, I love to travel and explore new various type of foods around Auckland. 

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 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.

Dr Sunee Kim - Associate

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.

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Dr Jenni Irvine - Associate

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 and 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 David Lim - Associate

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.

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 9 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.