Meet the Team

 Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Dr Jill McIlraith

Dr Jill McIlraith has been in general practice for 20 years, having studied medicine after a career in journalism in South Africa.  She was a founding partner of Aurora Health Centre and she is a director in the new Aurora Health Centre. Jill continues to enjoy the variety of general practice and working alongside a group of dedicated colleagues.  She also works at Dunedin Sexual Health Clinic and likes the vibrancy and challenges of working with adolescents. Outside of medicine, she enjoys her animals – including horses, goats, sheep and dogs – gardening, reading, writing, travelling and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Dr Janice Jensen

Dr Janice Jensen worked at Dunedin Hospital for three years before beginning her training as a GP.  She has been happily working at Aurora Health Centre  since 2005. Janice has two adult children. She attained her final qualifications as a GP in 2009 when she became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. In the small amount of leisure time she has, Janice enjoys movies, reading and travelling. Janice is a director of the Aurora Health Centre and looks forward to many future years of involvement with the practice.


Dr Sandy (A J F) Ross

Born and bred in Dunedin

Attended Otago University and Medical School

Post graduate spent 4 years in Christchurch Hospital specialising in medicine passing the part one FRACP. Then spent one year at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland in a general medicine and lymphoma unit before deciding that general practice was where I wanted to spend my life.

Returned to Dunedin to do a Diploma in Obstetrics before entering General Practice in South Dunedin at the end of 1980.

Since then I have been in General practice in South Dunedin around the Cargill’s Corner area initially with an interest in Obstetric but lately have become part of the Salvation Army's Bridge Programme for addictions.

South City Medical Centre amalgamated with The Aurora Health Centre and moved to its present site on Macandrew Road in February 2013. I am one of the 5 directors of the new Aurora Health Centre.

Sandy is married with 5 grown children.


Dr Susan Johns

Dr Susan Johns has been working in General Practice since 2006, where she enjoys the ability to work part-time and spend time with her three young children. In between caring for patients and her children, she also has a husband, a big dog, a vege garden and spends any free time hanging out with university students and young adults at Dunedin City Baptist Church. Susan is also a director of Aurora Health Centre.

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Dr Tree Cocks

Dr Tree Cocks qualified in London, but New Zealand has been her home for 30 years. Her father was in the RAF, so they moved around quite a bit as a family. Maybe related to this, she has worked in other parts of the world – Kenya, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She has a grown up family and amongst her interests are textiles, the outdoors and music.  She feels that laughter is some of the best medicine.  Tree was one of the original GPs that founded Aurora Health Centre in 1991.


Dr Aimee Rondel

Dr Aimee Rondel grew up in Dunedin and graduated from Otago Medical School in 2006. She spent several years at Dunedin hospital before joining the Aurora team in 2011. She loves the challenge and variety of general practice as well as the flexibility it gives her to further her interests in teaching and allowing time with her children. She is currently training to become a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. 

In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading, knitting and chasing the chickens out of her garden. 


Dr Ingrid Crawford

Dr Ingrid Crawford is a Dunedin local, graduating from the University of Otago School of Medicine in 2009 after completing her clinical years in Christchurch Hospital. She worked in both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals, and spent time travelling and volunteering in medical clinics in Guatemala and Panama before embarking on a career in General Practice, and is excited to be part of the fantastic team at Aurora.

Outside of work, she keeps busy dancing salsa competitively, reading, travelling, and rescuing her adventurous kitten from tall trees.


Dr Liz Williams

Dr Liz Williams grew up in Wanganui and moved to Dunedin in 2003 to train at the Otago Medical School. She graduated in 2009 and spent some time in Dunedin Hospital before joining the Aurora Health Centre.  Liz also works at the Sexual Health Clinic and has an interest in Women’s and Child Health.

Outside of medicine, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and dog as well as playing music and spending time outdoors.


Dr Reza Mofrad

Dr Reza Mofrad graduated from medical school in 1996.
He worked as a general practitioner before moving to Australia. He started his career in emergency medicine, for which he has 14 years of experience. In 2010 his journey in New Zealand began and he has found his home to be right here in Dunedin. He joined the friendly team in Aurora Health centre, last year.

He loves the community here and the Dunedin weather allows him to follow his passion in gardening. He is an avid reader and loves history. The most important aspect of Reza’s life is his family. Reza is happily married to his wife of 23 years. He has a son who is studying at Otago University.


Dr Lisa Kaan

A true-blue Dunedinite, Lisa was born and educated in the city and has retained her close links with her network of family and friends here. She graduated from the University of Otago School of Medicine in 2011. An elective in Germany and the UK, did not entice her away and she returned to Dunedin to work at the emergency department at the hospital for several years before seeing the light and training to be a GP. Outside of medicine, gardening, reading and travel are keen interests.