Family Health

We have 2 general practice locations providing quality healthcare to you and your family. To make an appointment you can call us on:

  • Counties Family Health: 09 299 9384
  • Takanini Family Health: 09 280 6202

You can also use the manage my health online patient portal.
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6-18 O'Shannessey Street
Auckland 2110

106 Great South Road
Auckland 2112


Your GP’s surgery is far more than a place to go when you are feeling unwell and needing a quick cure. The doctor who sees you has gone through extensive medical training to equip her or him to help children and adults of all ages with a range of physical and emotional difficulties. GPs are at the centre of the healthcare hub and will be aware of services and expertise that are available locally and further-a-field. GPs are also aware of the link that stress and unhappy life events have on physical health so know when to suggest a talking therapy rather than medication.

NOTE: This information has been provided by helping people better understand and use New Zealand health services.

  • Adult and child medical care
  • Cervical smears
  • ECG
  • Immunisations
  • Minor accident care
  • Repeat prescriptions
  • Travel advice / immunisations
  • Well child / Tamariki ora health checks

Our Team

Counties Medical is very proud of our team of dedicated General Practitioners, working across both sites at the Papakura and Takanini GP Clinics. They were happy to offer information about themselves and their interests – from this you will see why they are such a supportive and caring team, working together with our Practice Nurses and Receptionists for you and your family.

Dr Kannan Palaniappan

I am originally from Singapore. After completing my medical studies there, I worked in various departments in Singapore's main hospitals. After 6 years in the hospitals, I felt that working as a General Practitioner provided me a better opportunity to practice holistic medicine. I spent the next 8 years working in General Practice. During a visit to New Zealand back in 2016 my whole family became captivated by the beauty of the country the Kiwi lifestyle! We decided to make the move in 2017 and haven't looked back since. I was working as a General Practitioner in Tokoroa for a year prior to joining Counties Medical. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice and I am passionate about providing the best care to my patients. In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling. I also look forward to exploring more of New Zealand! Dr Kannan is here full days Monday to Thursday and a half day every Friday. We welcome him to our GP family.

Dr Marie Thomas

I am originally from Wales in the United Kingdom and studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s medical school in London. After qualifying I worked around the outskirts of London before moving to Bristol, I worked in specialties of emergency medicine, anaesthesia and internal medicine.

In 2008 my husband and I came to New Zealand where I worked in the hospital system as a medical registrar initially before becoming a general practitioner. I have a special interest in care of the elderly but I love the variety of general. It’s nice to return to Counties and become a member of the team having been a locum here over the past year. I have 2 kids; our little New Zealanders are 4 and 6 yrs old. In what little spare time I have, I run.

Dr Sviatlana (Lana) Sobaleva

I have just arrived to New Zealand from the UK and have been looking forward to joining the team at Counties Medical. I am originally from Belarus and speak fluent Russian, however I have lived in London for most of my life. I graduated from Kings College London in 2012 and completed my GP training in 2017. My medical interests include sexual health and women’s health, having completed a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health. I also immensely enjoy teaching and have worked in medical education for 6 months.

I love the great outdoors and hiking and am looking forward to exploring the beauty of New Zealand. I am also a huge animal lover and am currently happy to be living with 2 friendly cats and a dog :-) I look forward to seeing you and your family!"

Dr Nishi Alex

I grew up in Singapore and came to NZ in 1997 where I finished high school. I studied medicine in Melbourne and after graduation, worked in hospitals in Auckland and Adelaide with my primary focus being in paediatrics; I completed a Diploma of Paediatrics during this time. I then spent 3months doing voluntary missionary medical work in rural India through a church organisation. Following this I moved back to Auckland and have been working in General Practice in Auckland since 2010. I completed my fellowship in 2013. My current areas of interest are paediatrics, self-care and prevention of burnout as well as 3rd world health. I was part of a church medical mission group that provided free clinics in Tonga last year and I hope to be able to do more of this sort of work in the future. I currently also tutor medical students at the University of Auckland.'

Dr Angie Erhorn

I grew up in Europe and the United States and am licenced to practice in Europe, USA and NZ. After many years in surgery and orthopaedics in the big cities of the world, I moved with my family ( including dogs, cats and horses) to New Zealand and have been enjoying the country lifestyle ever since. I can speak several languages (English, German, French and some Italian) and have a special interest in orthopaedics, sports medicine, chronic care and emergency medicine. In my private time, I breed and ride horses and love anything to do with travelling and flying planes. At Counties Medical I work Wednesday to Friday and welcome meeting all my new patients.