Team

Our Management Team

Labtests Management Team come from a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Full details about each of the key members of our Management Team can be found below.

Mike Norriss – General Manager

Mike comes to Labtests with over 40 years of experience in both the science and management of pathology.

A returning Kiwi after 30 years in Australia, Mike has worked in both public and private sectors, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Dorevitch Pathology, Healthscope Victoria and Bendigo Health. He has considerable experience in both the operational and executive roles in large scale laboratories serving wide geographical areas. 

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Dr Arlo Upton - Medical Director

Dr Upton is a graduate fo the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Auckland. She then completed her training with a two-year research fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, USA. Dr Upton has been with Labtests since its inception in 2009 and has been medical director since October 2015.

In addition to being Medical Director of Labtests and Northland Pathology Laboratory, Dr Upton works eight tenths at Labtests as a clinical microbiologist and two tenths at Middlemore Hospital where she has a viral hepatitis clinic. Dr Upton's interests include viral hepatitis, the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, medical education and health economics.

Dr Upton holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Clinical Microbiology).

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 Cheryle Dyson - Laboratory Operations Manager

Cheryle Dyson has nearly 40 years work experience in the health sector working for diagnostic laboratories, LabPLUS and the New Zealand Blood service, in a number of laboratory and management roles. 

Cheryle came to Labtests in 2013 in a project management role.  At the successful conclusion of her project she moved into the role of Head of Department Logistics, transitioning to Laboratory Operations Manager late in 2016.

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Wayne Dawn - Business Development Manager

Wayne is an ex pat UK nurse, who has been in NZ since 1999. He has worked in numerous clinical and non clinical areas within the NZ health sector, including project management, facilities modernisation and sales and marketing.

Prior to moving to Labtests, Wayne was working at CMDHB under the quality Improvement directorate.

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Gale Wieland - Business Manager Collection Services

Gale came to New Zealand from South Africa 20 years ago.  She was born in the United Kingdom and  also lived in the Caribbean for some time.

On arrival in New Zealand Gale continued her career in retail property management and development.  In the early 2000's she moved into the private health sector, later joining Labtests in 2012.  Gale has a marketing and operations management background which serves her well as the head of Labtests Patient Services Department.  She has overall responsibility for more than 250 staff, maintaining all operational aspects of Labtests collection services.


Chemical Pathologists

Our specialist pathologists are available to provide expert advice to practitioners. Many of our pathologists also have District Health Board appointments. Our team can be contacted to discuss urgent or clinically significant results as required. Practitioners wishing to discuss test results with one of our pathologists can contact us or call 09 574 7399.

Dr Charles Ng

Dr Ng is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, and trained in Chemical Pathology at the Prince of Wales, Queen Mary and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Labtests, he worked in the Department of Chemical Pathology at Hong Kong's Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Ng is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a member of the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry.

Contact: Dr Charles Ng

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Dr Samarina Musaad

Dr Musaad is a graduate of Khartoum University, Sudan. She trained in Chemical Pathology in Auckland. Prior to settling in New Zealand, she had started basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the North of England which she continued for some time at National Women's Hospital in Auckland before entering Pathology.

Dr Musaad is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and a Fellow of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB). She also serves as a member of the Chemical Pathology advisory committee of the RCPA and examiner in the College. Dr Musaad has a special interest in Point of Care testing and is a member of the New Zealand Point of Care Advisory Group. Dr Musaad is also Chairperson of the New Zealand branch of the AACB and is the Chemical Pathology representative in the NZ Society of Pathologists.

Contact: Dr Samarina Musaad

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Dr Cam Kyle

Dr Kyle graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1980 and received his specialist pathology (FRCPA) qualification in Chemical Pathology in 1993. During his training he also completed a PhD degree at the University of Utah in Physiology (with emphasis in Endocrinology and Genetics).

Dr Kyle has been involved in the provision of community pathology services in Auckland since 1993, first as Director of Biochemistry at Medlab (1993-1999), then as Co-Director and later Director of Biochemistry/Immunology at Diagnostic Medlab from 1999 to 2013. He has also been employed as a part time Chemical Pathologist at LabPlus since 2010. He has been a visiting specialist in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology within ADHB since 1992; has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine with the University of Auckland since 1995 and involved with provision of pathology education nationally through BPAC since 2005.

Contact: Dr Cam Kyle

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Haematology Pathologists

Dr Fransisca De Silva

Dr De Silva is a graduate of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Faculty of Medicine. In 2003 Dr De Silva completed Post-Graduate training in General Pathology at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, obtaining her Diploma in General Pathology.

Dr De Silva worked at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital and the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka. She completed her MD (Haematology) in 2006 through the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Sri Lanka. She then moved to Australia where she completed her haematology training at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Dr De Silva is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Fransisca De Silva

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Dr George Chan

Dr Chan completed his medical degree at the University of Hong Kong, followed by training in haematology in the Department of Pathology (Haematology), University of Hong Kong. and was a Commonwealth Medical Fellow in Oxford, UK.  Dr Chan became a member of the Royal College of Pathologists of U.K. (MRCPath) in 1983, was elected Fellow (FRCPath) in 1995, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australiasia (FRCP) in 1985.  He was a Founder Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Pathologists (FHKCPath) when the College was established in 1991.  Dr Chan worked as a senior pathologist and Head of Haematology, Department of Pathology, University of Hong Kong and Consultant for Queen Mary Hospital Hong Kong.

In 1988 Dr Chan relocated to New Zealand and worked as a specialist haematologist and Head of Department at Green Lane and National Women's Hospitals then Auckland Hospital, becoming Clinical Head of Haematology, Laboratory Services (LabPLUS).

Dr Chan has acted in an advisory capacity on pathology related boards in both Hong Kong and New Zealand and has been an examiner for haematology specialist certification (NZIMLS and FRCPA).  He is active in the regional and international haematology networks including the international Council on Standardization in Haematology, the International Society for Laboratory Haematology and the RCPA External Quality Assurance Programme.  His work has included reviewing multiple journals and research grants and the organisation of pathology conferences.  Dr Chan has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and presentations.

In addition to working for Labtests Dr Chan continues as a laboratory and clinical haematologist at Auckland City Hospital and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer in molecular medicine and pathology with the University of Auckland.

 

Contact: Dr George Chan

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Dr Lochie Teague

Dr Teague is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School. He completed training and fellowships in Paediatrics and Haematology in Auckland with further post graduate training at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

He has been Paediatric Haematologist since 1992, and since 1998 been Clinical Director of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Unit at Starship Hospital. Dr Teague is a member and councillor of the Australia and New Zealand Children's Oncology Study Group (ANZCHOG), and Principal Investigator for Children's Oncology Group. Special interests include Paediatric Haematology, Stem Cell Transplantation and Haemophilia.

Dr Teague holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Lochie Teague

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Dr Nigel Patton

Dr Patton is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He undertook Haematology training in the West Midlands in the UK and worked as Research Fellow and University Lecturer in the Departments of Immunology and Haematology at the University of Birmingham. Dr Patton was subsequently appointed consultant haematologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Dr Patton then moved to Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand in 1994, where responsibilities included Directorship of a Bone Marrow Transplant Programme. He moved to the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide in 2008 before returning to New Zealand. Dr Patton is currently working at Auckland City Hospital and Labtests.

Dr Patton holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Nigel Patton

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Dr Lesley Overend

Dr Lesley Overend is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed training and fellowships in clinical and laboratory Haematology in Christchurch Hospital/Canterbury Health Laboratories and Middlemore hospital.

Special interests include Laboratory Haematology, Red cell disorders and Medical education.

Dr Lesley Overend holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Lesley Overend

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Microbiology Pathologists

Dr Arlo Upton - Medical Director

Dr Upton is a graduate fo the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Auckland. She then completed her training with a two-year research fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, USA. Dr Upton has been with Labtests since its inception in 2009 and has been medical director since October 2015.

In addition to being Medical Director of Labtests and Northland Pathology Laboratory, Dr Upton works eight tenths at Labtests as a clinical microbiologist and two tenths at Middlemore Hospital where she has a viral hepatitis clinic. Dr Upton's interests include viral hepatitis, the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, medical education and health economics.

Dr Upton holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Clinical Microbiology).

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Dr Gary McAuliffe

Dr McAuliffe is a graduate of Imperial College School of Medicine in the UK. He trained in Microbiology in Christchurch, Auckland and Darwin. Relevant clinical experience includes paediatrics, adult infections and tropical medicine.

In addition to working at Labtests, Dr McAuliffe also has positions in the microbiology and virology departments of LabPlus. His areas of special interest within microbiology include diagnostics and gastrointestinal infections.

Dr McAuliffe is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Gary McAuliffe

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Immunopathologist

Dr Miriam Hurst

Dr Hurst is a gradute from the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in Clinical and Laboratory Immunology.

Dr Hurst currently works part time at Labtests as well as part-time at Auckland City Hospital. She has a speciality interest in anaphlaxis an primary immunodeficiency. She holds joint fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Contact: Dr Miriam Hurst

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