Our Team

Dr Mairi Ferguson

Dr Ferguson is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs’ Surgeon. Dr Ferguson obtained her specialist medical and surgical dermatology training in Scotland and Ireland. Following this, she completed an intensive fellowship year in Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery and Skin Surgery at the prestigious Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Dr Ferguson is now an accredited Mohs’ Surgeon by the British Association of Dermatologists. She is also a fellow of the New Zealand Society of Mohs Surgery. Dr Ferguson has a special interest in skin cancer diagnosis and has undertaken extensive advanced training in dermoscopy, and has enjoyed teaching this on courses to other clinicians.

Dr Ferguson had the opportunity to spend a year in Takapuna in the North Shore of Auckland.  During this time she frequently visited the South Island of New Zealand and was amazed by the outstanding beauty of the island and friendliness of the people.  Her family, which includes three little kiwi kids, are delighted to call Christchurch home. 

Dr Cristina Mello

Dr Mello is a consultant dermatologist with more than 15 years of experience. She  obtained her specialist medical and surgical dermatology training at Campinas State University (UNICAMP) in Brazil. During the past decade she has been working with general dermatology with a special focus on Hair and Nail disorders. Until March 2022,Dr Mello was an associate Professor at Campinas State University, responsible for the Hair and Nail Clinic and supervising undergraduate medical students and Dermatology trainees. Dr Mello is currently finishing her Ph.D. studying Psoriasis. She is a Member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and part of its International Affairs Committee. Dr Mello is also a Member of the American Council for Nail Disorders and the European Nail Society. She moved to New Zealand with her family in April 2022 and is having a fantastic time in Aotearoa. Dr Mello is looking forward to working in Christchurch and helping my new community.

Dr Mello is not accepting new patients

Dr Terence Goh - dermatology associate

Dr Terence Goh came to NZ all the way back in 1994 and graduated from the University of Otago in 2010. He spent a couple of years in Timaru as a junior doctor with plenty of practical experience in general surgery. Dr Goh considered entering a surgical specialty and so carried on with some time as a junior doctor in Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgery. However, the broad scope of General Practice appealed and he then completed training as a GP in2018. Along the journey of training as a GP, Dr Goh found a good balance between General practice and surgery in the field of skin cancer medicine. In 2017, Dr Goh completed the Advanced clinical certificate in dermoscopy with distinction to improve his skill in detecting skin cancer.  He also achieved accreditation with the Skin cancer college of Australasia. In 2022, Dr Goh also completed the Advanced clinical certificate in skin cancer medicine and surgery to further his skillset. Dr Goh very much enjoys the work in skin cancer medicine and as a clinical lecturer for the University of Otago, he has passionately passed on what he has learnt in the field to medical students.
Dr Goh has been working as a skin cancer doctor in amongst General Practice but is delighted to have this opportunity to work alongside Mairi Clare Ferguson in a more dedicated setting. 

Dr Sarah Hughes - dermatology associate

After graduating from Aberdeen university in 2000, Sarah moved to New Zealand in 2001 and initially undertook training in anaesthetics. With the arrival of her children she switched to General Practice and completed fellowship in 2016. As part of her GP practice she completed the certificate in dermoscopy in 2018 and has been practising skin checks since then as part of her general practice. Sarah completed the advanced certificate in 2024, and now enjoys the chance to work in a dedicated skin clinic. 
Outside of medicine Sarah enjoys spending time in the outdoors - both the garden and further afield tramping and biking. She is also a cub scout leader and most importantly mother to two girls!

Dr Kate Matthews - dermatology associate

Kate graduated from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 2005. She worked in general internal medicine for 4 years, passing her physician’s exams, before undertaking further training in General Practice in her home county of Dorset, in the South West of England.

Kate moved to Christchurch in March 2018 with her husband, an ophthalmic surgeon, and two young daughters.

Kate has experience with acne treatments and has completed the advanced dermoscopy course.

In her spare time, Kate loves keeping active with regular Pilates, swimming with her children and cycling in Hagley Park. She finds that living in Christchurch provides a great opportunity to introduce her children to outdoor life and in winter can be found up at Mount Hutt helping them with their first efforts on the snow. She is a member of a book group with like-minded professional women but finds there is never as much time to read as she would like.

Andree Boyce - Medical Nurse

 Andree has been nursing for over 30 years. She trained in Invercargill at SouthlandHospital, before leaving NZ in 1995 to work in Australia and the UK. She met her husband when working in Edinburgh, so stayed another 15 years nursing overseas, mainly in Southern England working at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and district nursing in WestSussex.
Returning to NZ in 2009 with a husband, 2 boys and a dog, they settled in North Canterbury. Andree still works as a district nurse in Amberley part-time and joined Mohs and Skin Cancer specialist in May 2022. Her main interest is with wounds and is enjoying working and learning new skills relating to dermatology. Andree is planning on completing further study in Dermoscopy this year and is qualified in micro needling and performing skin pen treatments.

Mary Fitzsimmons - Medical Nurse

Mary is new to the team, she has been nursing for almost 10 years, having trained in Invercargill at Southern Institute of Technology. Her working history is mainly in district nursing and practice nursing, which has taken her around NZ and South Australia.
Mary now resides in Christchurch with her partner and their two young sons. 

She looks forward to increasing her skills and knowledge surrounding dermatology and all that is involved. 

Callie Foster - Practice Manager

Callie has extensive experience working within varied medical environments including Primary and secondary care and at the interface between the two.  She is passionate about the provision of high quality health care for all patients.  

In her spare time Callie enjoys time with family and friends and especially her young grandson.

Debbie Bartram - Secretary