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Freemans Bay Medical Staff

Freemans Bay Medical Centre is a small, friendly practice. We believe it is important to be comfortable and familiar with your medical team, so please read a little about our Doctors below.


Christine Forster - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Christine Forster

MNZM, MBChB, FRNZCGP, PG Dip. Prof Ethics, PG Cert. Travel Medicine

Christine is the principal GP at Freemans Bay Medical Centre. She has been a general practitioner at this practice since 1987.

Prior to medical training, Christine was a researcher in the area of reproductive endocrinology and this interest has continued through her professional career. She was the deputy chair of the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Her former roles have included Chair of the Abortion Supervisory Committee for six years, NECAHR member and member of the Auckland Regional Ethics Committee.

Christine completed the Diploma in Professional Ethics in 2004, completed the International Certificate of Travel medicine in 2012, and post graduate certificate in Travel Medicine in 2013.

Christine has special interests in menopause, dermoscopy and travel medicine (has practical experience in all three). She regularly attends local and international updates in all these areas.

Alison Copland - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Alison Copland

MBChB, Dip. Obst/Gyn, Dip. GP

Alison has been working in General Practice in the Grey Lynn and Ponsonby area for more than twenty years and has a strong interest in the local community.

She has been at the Freemans Bay Medical Centre since 1997. Until 2006 Alison was active in General Practice obstetrics and still has an interest in antenatal care and in paediatrics.

She completed the Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Women's Hospital and extended her interest in these areas in the UK in 1999 when she spent a year of training and practice in adolescent and women's health clinics. In 2001 she completed the Diploma of General Practice (Otago).

Since the 1980s Alison has been involved with infectious disease medicine in the community and with sexual health, especially work with HIV infection.

Alison has a background in the arts and has continued to enjoy the visual arts and humanities. Her family life is rooted in the inner suburbs of Auckland.

Susie Moller - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Susie Moller

MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip. Obst/Gyn

Susie graduated with Honours in 1992. Despite that she still has a great sense of humour.

She enjoys the diversity of General Practice and is happy seeing all ages and stages. She says it is a privilege for her to be part of patients' lives. She has been part of Freemans Bay Medical Centre since 1998.

Her special interests include minor surgery e.g. removing moles and cysts and repairing ingrown toe nails. She keeps her surgical skills up to date with regular re-training. Susie has been trained in Dermoscopy by the Australian College of Skin Cancer Medicine.

A Dermoscope greatly magnifies skin lesions and improves accurate diagnosis. Susie offers comprehensive 30 minute skin cancer checks.

She loves seeing children and from experience understands the exhaustion of motherhood.

If you meet Susie, you may not recognise her from the above photograph, as she has refused to give an updated (10 years older) picture.

Barney Montgomery - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Barney Montgomery


Barney has been a practicing doctor for over 10 years after graduating from Otago Medical School. Since then he has worked in hospitals all around New Zealand, Australia and the UK in many different specialties and became a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2010.

He loves the variety of General Practice and is also involved in Clinical Research.

Special interest areas:

  • Minor surgery including removal of moles/skin lesions
  • Men's health
  • Cardiovascular health and reduction of risk of heart attacks and strokes-the leading causes of death in New Zealand
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine including joint injections

Barney is enthusiastic, enjoys all sports, being active and loves to spend time with his young family.

Penny Montgomery - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Penny Montgomery

MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip. Obst/Gyn

Penny graduated from Otago University in 2002, then completed her hospital training in Wellington, before travelling to the UK working in various hospitals around London. She mainly worked in emergency and oncology, before returning to Wellington and starting general practice training.

Penny became a fellow of the College of General Practice in 2010 and has worked in the Grey Lynn / Freemans Bay area since moving to Auckland in 2011. Penny enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a particular interest in women's health and paediatrics.

She is the mother of 3 young children and a crazy Labrador, and enjoys the juggle of work and family time - and the chaos that ensues!

Dr Maya Steeper - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Maya Steeper

BSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Obst/Gyne, Dip PallCare

Maya graduated from Otago University in 2004 and after completing her hospital training in Nelson she headed overseas to live in Ireland and Barcelona for a few years. She worked in the emergency department at The Mater Hospital in Dublin before returning to NZ and training as a GP. She has undertaken postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Medical Gynecology and in Palliative Care. Maya has worked as a GP in a variety of rural and city practices in the Auckland area and spent time working in Western Australia as a GP in remote outback hospitals.

Maya is also employed as an on call doctor for DSAC (Doctors for Sexual Assault Care). She has a special interest in women's health and enjoys seeing young children and adolescents. She also has experience in the insertion of IUCDs.

Maya lives in Central Auckland with her sports mad husband and their 3 young children.

Dr Maria Valadez - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Maria Valadez


Maria grew up and graduated from Medical School in Malaga, Spain and then headed to England. She worked extensively in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility and Family Planning before completing her Post Graduate training in General Practice. She then left England to practice as a rural GP in Queenstown, where she worked for 10 years.

Maria's special interests are women's health, fertility, family planning and children's health. She also has considerable experience with treating injuries after living and working in a ski / mountain biking resort for 10 years. Leaving Queenstown was a hard thing to do, but Auckland is very similar to Malaga (without the tapas!) and she and her family are enjoying the warmer weather and the beach. Maria is fluent in Spanish and offers consultations in both Spanish and English.


Dr Charlotte Dale - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Charlotte Dale

MB ChB, DipPaeds

Charlotte graduated for Auckland Medical School in 2007. She spent sometime in New Zealand and Australia working in a variety of specialties including Emergency Medicine, Sexual Heath, Orthopedics General Surgery, Urology and General Medicine.

On returning to New Zealand she worked as a paediatrics registrar for several years before deciding she was well suited to General Practice. She has completed a Diploma in General Pediatrics and a Certificate in Skin Cancer medicine. Outside of General Practice she works as a doctor for the sexual assault service.

Charlotte loves all aspects of General Practice and has a passion to achieve the best for her patients.

Dr Charlotte Rea - Freemans Bay DoctorDr Charlotte Rea

MBChB, PGDipObstMedGyn

Charlotte graduated from The University of Auckland in 2012, and has worked throughout New Zealand in a wide range of medical specialties; including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Older People’s Health and General Medicine.

Charlotte has a special interest in Women’s and Children’s health, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through The University of Auckland in 2015. She is particularly interested in contraception, early antenatal care and menopause. She is also interested in chronic disease management, and preventative medicine.

Charlotte is passionate about General Practice and the ability to work with patients to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Charlotte lives in Auckland with her medical husband.


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Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011
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