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The Team

Auckland Remuera

Dr Alessandra Canal – Surgeon

Born in Italy, to an Italian father and a Kiwi mother, she grew up in Auckland. Graduating from the University of Auckland School of Medicine, she then trained as a Plastic Surgeon achieving fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1999.

Alessandra underwent further training at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England. This was followed by Breast & Hand Reconstruction Fellowships in Paris, Belgium and America in MD Anderson Houston and Nashville Tenessee.

After working back in New Zealand she returned to Britain as a specialist plastic surgeon in the National Health Service at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. There she worked in both public and private Hospitals.  Returning in 2008 for family reasons she elected to work in public at Middlemore Hospital.

Alessandra has experience in a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures and her particular ares ofsubspecialization include aesthetic breast surgery, microsurgery ,breast reconstruction, hand surgery, skin cancer,  general plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery.

Alessandra Canal is an affiliated member the following associations of surgeons.

  • New Zealand College of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Patrichia van der Merwe – Practice Manager

Hi, my name is Patrichia Born and raised in South Africa, I have worked for a well‐known Pharmaceutical company who specialised in Slimming, sport and wellness supplementation in the Marketing department and the Wellness Clinic.

My family immigrated to New Zealand 9 years ago. I began my New Zealand career in the Retirement industry as the In‐house designer for Bupa, then served as Client Liaison and Medical receptionist at one of New Zealand’s top non‐surgicalcosmetic Clinics before taking the position at Auckland Plastic Surgical Centre as Practice Manager in January 2015.

Sheryl Flower – Practice Nurse (Auckland)

I am one of the Practice Nurses at Auckland Plastic Surgical Centre. I have worked with both Martin Rees and Tristan de Chalain in both the public and private sector for many years.

I have held the position of Practice Nurse for the last 11years. My role is to assist both surgeons in the rooms and in the operating theatre. One of the roles I enjoy most is to be a patient advocate and to build positive relationships with our patients. One of my goals is to provide the best care and support I can and to ensure our patients experience is a positive one. I enjoy working with the team at Rees and de Chalain and look forward to meeting and caring for you and your family.

Michelle Thompson – Registered  Nurse  –  Remuera

Hi  I  am  Michelle,  I  have  enjoyed  and  am  fortunate  to  have  had  a  wide  range   of  Nursing  experience,  starting  my career  in  Opotiki  Hospital  in  1991.

Before  moving  to  Auckland  this  year  I  have  worked  the  last  5  years  in  the Rehabilitation  Unit  in  Whakatane  Hospital  and  throughout  all  of  the  wards; Medical,  Surgical,  Orthopaedics,  Paediatric,  Maternity,  ICU  and  Emergency   Department.

I  Have  a  wide  range  of  knowledge  and  Nursing  skills  that  contribute  to  the   holistic  care  I  give  to  my  patients  and the  respect  they  require.

Summer Wang – Cosmedicine Nurse / Registered Nurse (Auckland)

COSMEDICINETM NURSE & TRANSLATOR
Wrinkle reduction treatments (Botox & Fillers)
Non‐surgical facial restoration and enhancement
Nose , Lip, Chin & Cheek Enhancements (Fillers)
Excessive sweating & Calf muscle reductions
Thicker, longer, darker lashes
Dermal Needling
PRP (Platelet‐Rich‐Plasma)
Vital Hydration Injection

Nickie White ­ Medical Receptionist & Client Liaison

Hi I’m Nickie, I am the friendly face who greets you when you come into our practice and the friendly voice on the phone when you call. I am passionate about health and fitness and enjoy running, swimming, sailing and getting to the gym when not at my desk. I joined the team last year and really enjoy the variety the position brings and the supportive nature of my colleagues, it’s a great place to work.

Lisa Bouwer ­ Southern Cross Administrator & Client Liaison

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am the Southern Cross administrator. Originally from South Africa my family immigrated to New Zealand two years ago; this was the best decision we have ever made ! I recently started working at Rees & de Chalain an enjoy being part of this dynamic Administration team.

Brenda Barnes – Medical Typist

Hello, my name is Brenda. I am one of the ‘behind the scenes’ administration staff. Primarily responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of patient’s case history and operation notes and that these are immediately stored into our computer system.

Stephanie Rogers – Medical Typist & Client Liaison (Remuera)

Hello my name is Stephanie Rogers, I am one of the medical typists here at Rees & de Chalain.

I come from a background in Sales and Marketing and more recently as a long haul flight attendant for Air New Zealand.

I am one of the more recent members of the team and love working with a very passionate and dynamic group of people; in my spare time I enjoy playing golf and boating.

Auckland Half Moon Bay

Alayne Rees- RN Half­moon Bay

Bio to come

Marianne Mahoney ­ RN Half­moon Bay

Bio to come

New Plymouth

Vicky Hughes – Practice Nurse (New Plymouth)

Hello. My name is Vicky and I will be looking after you at Martin Rees satellite clinic Paramount Plastic Surgery in New Plymouth. I am a NZ trained Registered nurse with 11 years experience, having worked both in wards, operating theaters and in the community prior to working with Mr Rees. I will be your point of contact to organize and arrange consultations, surgeries and complete any postoperative care for you. So in effect I am a whole clinic in one providing continuity of care with Mr Rees in New Plymouth.

Please give me a call 0274315152 and I look forward to being of assistance to you in the future.

Tauranga

Bex McAlley ­ Practice Nurse (Tauranga)

Hi I am Bex, graduated from Otago School of Nursing in 2001, and has specialised in the care of the post­op Surgical patient ever since. My eight years of nursing in the UK bought to the forefront my love of Cosmetic and Plastic reconstructive Surgery. I work closely with Tristan and the APSC nurses to tailor make and individualise their care once they return to Tauranga.