Our Nursing Team

For many of our patients, our nurses are the first point of contact for information and guidance about their health.

Consultations will incur a fee.

Clinical Nurse Manager

Dr Sally Dobbs  EdD RN

Sally trained in London UK and then spent 16 years as a nursing officer with the British Army. During this time she was deployed to Bosnia as deputy matron. She also provided education to nurses working in Cyprus, Germany, Ireland and throughout the UK.

Sally has worked in various education and primary health care roles in Nepal, Cyprus, Germany, Peru, Samoa and Tonga. She came to Invercargill in 2008 to take employment as a nurse educator at Southern Institute of Technology and became the Head of the Nursing School for 9 years. Sally is committed to high quality patient care through nurse education. Throughout her time at SIT, she maintained a commitment to primary care and health education. She is also a reservist nursing officer for the New Zealand Defence Force and has been lucky enough to represent the NZDF at the centennial commemorations at Chunuk Bair in 2015, as well as being part of a US lead mission to Samoa and Tonga. She has special interests in travel medicine, sports injuries and women’s health. In her spare time she likes running and keeping fit, photography and enjoys travel to various places throughout the world with her husband.



Bridie Agate

Bridie originates from Tapanui. She qualified from Otago Polytechnic in 2004 with a Batchelor of Nursing, and has worked in a variety of hospitals, predominately in emergency departments, as well as nursing up skifields and on a super yacht.

Bridie has completed a post graduate in Emergency Nursing.

She has worked in primary health care since 2015 and has particular interest in sexual health & women’s health.


Sara Corbin

Sara is originally from the seaside town of Riverton. She studied in Southland at SIT completing the Bachelor of Nursing. Her Nursing background is within the Aged Care Sector.

Sara enjoys community nursing and promoting positive health outcomes. As part of her role she manages the patient notice board and monthly health focus.

In her free time she can be found spending time on the farm running dogs, surfing or horse riding.


Karen  Russell

Karen is a Registered Nurse and has recently joined us at Waihopai Health Services. She is a born and bred Southlander.

Karen has previous clinical nursing experience in various areas including; medical, emergency, critical care and most recently neonatal care. She enjoys the change and challenge of primary healthcare nursing and strives to give a personal and professional service.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading, concerts and tramping.


Pam Meredith

Pam is our Enrolled Nurse. A support nurse for whoever needs help. Often found assisting with minor surgery or removing your sutures post surgery. Checking your observations and doing ECG’s. She may be called to chaperone and is often informing you of what you have overdue. If you haven’t had your flu vaccine she will be looking for you to protect you for the upcoming winters.

Occasionally she will be found in reception to allow the receptionists time to have their meetings. She will be ordering stock, setting up the rooms and sending out letters to you.


Polly Hanson – Friend

Polly originates from England however now considers herself a Southlander through and through. As the newest member of the nursing team, Polly graduated from the Southland Institute of Technology with her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2019. Along the way through her studies, she developed a passion for primary health care and promoting healthy lifestyles. She is enthusiastic to help and learn, but appreciates your patience when faced with new things.

When not at work, Polly will be found running after her dogs out at Sandy Point or peacefully scrapbooking.