Important Information

Surgery Hours

8.00am to 5.00pm daily
Evening surgeries to 7.30 on Tuesday and Thursday.


Practice History

Our Practice has a long history. We all share the belief that the satisfaction of Family Medicine comes from continuity of care, looking after people over long periods of time.

The Practice was founded after the end of the Second World War in Morton St, Georgetown. It changed hands several times until Dr John Vercoe took over the practice in 1981. The new surgery buildings were opened at 82 Elles Road in 1994.

Dr Steve Brown joined the practice at the beginning of 1995.

Dr Jane Chalmers has worked part time with us since the early 1990’s.

Dr Amy Mullen has worked with us since 2010


Dr John Vercoe

Dr John Vercoe MBChB Dip Anaesthetics Dip Obs FRNZCGP.

I was born in Dunedin and grew up around Wyndham and Gore.

I trained in Medicine at the University of Otago. After 3 years Overseas Experience and two years further training returned to Southland to take up practice in 1981. My basic medical degree comes from the University of Otago with post graduate diplomas in Anaesthetics and Obstetrics, as well as holding a Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of General Practice.

I am married and have 4 daughters and lots of grandchildren.

I enjoy maintaining our 13 acres, tramping, sailing, travelling, motorbiking & anything that gets the wind in your face!

Dr Steve Brown

Dr Steve Brown MBChB Dip Obs BSc (Otago) FRNZCGP

Steve was born and received his schooling in Invercargill.

His basic medical degree comes from the University of Otago. He has a post graduate Diploma in Obstetrics also from the University of Otago.

He is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practice.

He was the the deputy chair of Te Ara Kewa Ltd our former Primary Health organisation. It ceased to function on October 1 2010 and has been absorbed into Wellsouth PHO.

Away from medicine Steve’s interests are his family, home, gardens, travel, digital photography, boating, diving and fishing. He has shares in a 15m launch based at Bluff from which he explores Southern New Zealand.

Dr Jane Chalmers MBChB MRCGP DRCOG

Jane was born in Scotland and trained at the University of Aberdeen.

She emigrated to NZ in 1987. Her Post Graduate qualifications include a Diploma in Obstetrics and she has additional training in Family Planning. Jane has a membership of the UK College of General Practice.

She is married with 2 children.

Dr Amy Mullen

Amy Mullen is American trained and is certified as a Family Medicine Physician and Surgeon in the State of California.

She has been living and working in New Zealand with her husband for the past few years. She has additional experience and training in Sports Medicine, Pre-hospital and Wilderness Medicine. Amy enjoys mountain biking, surfing, tramping, road biking, kayaking, sailing and other outdoor pursuits.

Amy and her husband enjoy world travel and culture. Her husband enjoys wildlife photography and fly-fishing in his free time. Her goal is to continue to provide the high quality care that you are used to receiving from the team at Vercoe and Brown.


Janelle Short Registered Nurse

I was born and raised in Southland. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm at the most southern point of New Zealand.

Prior to training as a nurse I worked for a local dentist as a dental assistant for over 8 years.

I am married and have a daughter and a two sons.

In my spare time I like to be with family, get out in my gum boots around the farm or paint the occasional picture.

I joined Vercoe Brown in 2013 to work as a Practice Nurse. I am delighted to be part of the team here at Vercoe & Brown

and look forward to meeting you.

Janelle is on maternity leave until 2018


Rhonda Wahren – Registered Nurse

Born in Invercargill, I completed my Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Southland Polytechnic , graduating in 2001. My previous nursing experience consists of ward nursing in hospitals overseas and here in Southland.

I am a mum to two young children and enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, as well as exercising, reading and have recently regained my skills with a crochet needle, something I was taught as a young girl.

I am very excited about my role as a practice nurse with Vercoe Brown & Associates.


 Theresa Cron- Registered Nurse

I was born in Dunedin and raised in Invercargill, left for Dunedin to study Zoology and then spent some time overseas working as an English teacher in South Korea.

I spent most of my twenties enjoying different jobs from nature guiding and hut wardening to vet nursing.  I was 28 when I went back to study to become a registered nurse and haven’t looked back.  My previous nursing experience was mainly hospital based and I am enjoying the change and challenge of  Primary Care Nursing.

I have an amazing fiance and three unique children who provide endless entertainment!

When I have a spare hour or two I enjoy running, squash, yoga and study.

I’m very excited about working at Vercoe Brown and Associates and look forward to meeting the patients.


Karen Williams – Registered Nurse

Karen is originally from the South East of England. She completed her Nurse training at Kingston and Longrove School of Nursing (London) and further studied at Queen Charlotte’s College of Health Care Studies.

Karen came to Southland in 1997 with her husband and two boys for a working holiday! During the past 20 years she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and has completed PG studies in Palliative Care.

In her spare time Karen loves to sing, hike and cook. She has a love of coffee. Karen is delighted to be part of the motivated team at Vercoe Brown during 2017.


Diane Edwards – Receptionist

Hi. I was born in Dunedin but consider myself a Southlander as I have lived here most of my life. I love this part of the country because of its wonderful forests, lakes and coastline.

After moving to the city fifteen years ago I have worked in various roles within the healthcare industry whilst studying toward my NZIM certificate in Management.

I have now found my niche here with the friendly team at Vercoe & Brown.

I am married and have two adult daughters. My interests include gardening, boating, fishing and going to the gym.


Bev Rabbidge – Receptionist

I am a local. My family farm a sheep, beef and dairy property at Glenham.

After a lifelong involvement in the Glenham School as a secretary and teacher aide it was time for a new challenge.

With a background in nursing, I trained as a registered General and Obstetric nurse at Southland Hospital, I saw the opportunity to work at Vercoe Brown and Associates as a welcome opportunity to be part of the medical profession again.

I like to support and encourage my 2 sons and daughter in their academic, sporting and extracurricular pursuits.

When its time to relax I spend time with friends and family. A daily walk or cycle for personal fitness and enjoyment is a must.


Sue Vercoe

Born and raised in Southland, and love it.

I have a degree from Otago University in Home Science (now Consumer & Applied Science) and have done further study in teaching adults and in Exercise & Nutrition.I run the Exercise & Nutrition Clinic in the surgery, along with administration work.

I really enjoy the Nutrition and Exercise Clinic. Doctors refer patients who are keen to lose weight, or have medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure & high blood fats.

We have 4 daughters, 4 sons-in-law, and 8 delightful grandchildren.

My interests are tramping, motorcycling, travel, gardening, swimming, yoga & reading.


Juliet Brown – Admin

We came to Southland in 1988 for a year – and we are still here. Southland has been a great place to live and bring up our children. I have an administrative and support role in the practice doing behind the scenes management stuff.

My background is as a Registered General and Obstetric nurse with special interest was with Mothers and their young children. After registering I worked on the wards for a year or so, then went back to the books, gained my Plunket Nurse qualifications,

subsequently a certificate in Early Childhood Learning and development through Massey.

I worked for the Plunket Society for over 20 years, the highlight was being involved with the establishment of and running the Plunket Family Unit in South Dunedin.

We have 2 daughters and 2 grand children.

My interests are family, friends, church, and travel.


Andrea Winter – Clinical Assistant

Hi I am Andrea. I am what you call a true Southlander, I was born and raised here in Invercargill and remained here ever since.

Since entering the workforce I have mainly worked in administrative roles. My previous employment included 8 years as a receptionist and office manager for Medical Laboratory.

I also worked as an assistant to the vet nurse in a local Veterinary Clinic.

In 2008 I joined the team here as a Clinical Assistant. I am married with two children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and enjoy doing a variety of handcrafts.

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