Meet Our Team

We are a caring and professional healthcare team for you and your family

Nursing Team

Our nurses have a large number of skills and they are able to provide a wide variety of services. They work alongside the doctors to provide education and support for long term conditions, acute care and injury management. We have nurses that specialise in diabetes and heart failure management, travel medicine and sleep assessment. This is alongside the provision of well-child checks, vaccinations, dressings and fracture management.

Reception Team

We have a team of friendly and approachable receptionists who can assist you with bookings and any payment enquiries you may have. They can also provide you with additional information about the practice if it is required.

Rachael Pickles

Practice Manager

Rachael has a background in nursing and health funding, having previously worked for the Waitaha PHO. Rachael has lived in the Waimakariri district for the last 15 years and enjoys all aspects of the rural lifestyle. Rachael is available to discuss any concerns regarding the practice systems, customer service, quality assurance, accounts or any other issues you may wish to raise.  

Dr Amanda Torkington

MBBS; FRNZCGP; BSC.( Physiology and Pharmacology).

Amanda grew up in Queensland, Australia, and completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2003. She completed her rural GP training in North Queensland, before moving to Rangiora and commencing work at Medical Corner Doctors in 2011. She is interested in all aspects of general practice and family medicine. She also enjoys teaching and is actively involved in small group learning with GP colleagues.


Dr Alvin Ling

MB ChB (Otago), PGDipTravMed (Distinction), Certificate of Dermoscopy

Alvin graduated from the University of Otago in 2007 and subsequently worked in Christchurch Hospital as a medical registrar in general medicine. He then began training to be a general practitioner and joined Medical Corner Doctors in 2014.

He has special interests in skin cancer medicine (including dermoscopy and skin lesion removal), minor surgery and travel medicine. He has completed the skin lesion biopsy course offered by Burwood hospital as well as the certificate of dermoscopy course offered by the Australasian Skin Cancer College. He had also completed the postgraduate diploma course in travel medicine which enables him to be an accredited yellow fever vaccinator. His interests outside work include hiking, badminton, fishing and golfing..


Dr Lorna Archer

MB BS BSc (physiol)

Lorna graduated from the London Hospital in 1982 and completed her GP training in South East London and also did a year in anaesthetics.  She worked for 13 years in rural general practice in Queenstown, where she dealt with a variety of trauma, both major and minor, as well as usual general practice.

She joined Medical Corner Doctors in 2003.  Her special interests are women’s health, including the fitting of Mirena and other intra-uterine devices, and children’s health.  She has also upskilled in minor surgery through working at the Burwood plastic surgery outpatient unit.

Lorna is also a panel physician for immigration medicals. Her main interests outside of work are natural history and the performing arts.


Dr Begoña Goyache

MBChB, PhD, member of the Society of Metabolic Health Professionals

I have a special interest in dietary management for weight loss and management of type 2 Diabetes. With the correct management there is the ability to reduce diabetes medications and for some individuals move pre Diabetes and Diabetes into remission. I run a private clinic for these sessions, please discuss with reception.


Dr Seamus Flynn



I was born in Seattle, Washington in the states and moved extensively as a child, hence the meandering accent. I attended a double bachelor’s in Premedical Studies, Biochemistry and Molecular Virology at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I worked for a stint at Seattle Children’s Hospital as an Anaesthetics Technician. I then attended medical school at the University College of Dublin graduating with a medical degree and an intercalated Master’s Degree in Bacterial Transcriptomics. My peri-medical special interests were Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. I attended an intern year in Cork and Kerry Ireland, locumed for a couple of years. I moved to Timaru in 2016 because I was offered a job and I had never heard of the place. I lived and worked as an RMO in Timaru for 2 years before moving to Greymouth where I met my wife. We moved to the North Island for her postgraduate education and then returned to the South Island where we settled in Oxford.

I am currently dual training in Urgent Care/Acute Medicine and General Practice. I have a special interest in trauma, clinical ultrasound, physical medicine and post-trauma/post operative rehabilitation.

On my free time, I run the dogs in the Waimak Gorge, work on projects on the house with my wife and spend as much waking time as possible with our son.


Dr David McTaggart


Joined the Medical Corner Team in 2022.


Dr Richard Griffiths

Details to come

Details to come

Dr Peter Brown


Peter completed his training with Medical corner in early 2022. We look forward to welcoming him back to the team in early 2023



Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)

Our HIP has the knowledge and skills to help you with

  • Managing thought, feeling and behaviours
  • Stress, anxiety, depression to feeling down
  • Coping with loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Family or relationship issues, domestic violence, parenting
  • Chronic pain
  • Living with the side-effects of illness and health conditions
  • Navigating gender identity, sexual orientation


Health Coach (HC)/Community Support Worker

The Health Coach can help you reach your health goals
They can:
Work with you to improve your eating habits and get more active
Teach you how to live well with

  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gout
  • Low Blood Pressure

Kimi can help you with

  • Improving sleep
  • Positive parenting
  • Tips for managing stress
  • Sorting transport plan

Getting help from others who can help with quitting smoking, housing, food or social connection