Meet The Team
The Clinical Team
The clinical team of Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) work on the bus in scheduled rotations.
Simon has been with the bus almost since it was first rolled out. Having the most experience means he is the go to guy for the other MRTS. He holds a heavy traffic license from the days when the MRTs used to drive the bus as well, and he still has a turn behind the wheel every now and again. He also works as a magnetic resonance imaging technologist in Private practice in Christchurch
James is a character and enjoys his role on the bus almost as much as he enjoys a good yarn. James also works for Christchurch Polytechnic as a tutor for the Bachelor of Medical Imaging Programme. He is also heavily involved in research and has undertaken research of ESWL practices.
Debbie joined the team early in 2018 as a MRT and enjoys the diversity of working on the bus. She also works for a private practice in Christchurch as a general MRT, PACs and application consultant.
As the newest clinical member on the bus Karen is enjoying the opportunity to diversify from working in an X-ray department environment to travelling around the country working on a bus. She has many years of experience as a Medical Radiation Technologist working both here and abroad. Karen also works as a Radiographer in private practice in Christchurch.
The Bus Team
Steerologists - We have three dedicated steerologists (also known as drivers) that alternate driving the bus. The driver’s job is not complete upon reaching their destination. The drivers are also responsible for the deployment and effective operation of the unit at each site.
Gavin has vast experience driving tour busses and heavy vehicles and has been doing so professionally since 1978. His role also involves being jointly responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the vehicle with Jim. Gavin and Jim also share a passion for sea fishing in their down time.
With extensive experience driving trucks and coaches on both sides of the Tasman, Jimmy joined the MMT team in 2001. Since then he has supported Gavin and Annette, driving the mobile lithotripsy and mobile surgical unit around the country.
Micky has been driving trucks since the early 80’s. He has a vast experience in logging, freight, bulk, and oversize loads. Also spending over ten years trucking in America hauling freight, produce, and owning his own business hauling cars. He joined Mobile Health in July 2016 and as the “newbie” has had to learn quickly a different aspect of truck driving, with the daily running of the onboard systems.
The Support Team
Dr Gowland is the visionary behind the Mobile Medical Technology Project (MMT). A Christchurch urologist and sometime member of the New Zealand Board of Surgery and Australasian Board of Urology, Dr Gowland was awarded the Queen's Service Order in the New Year's Honours list of 2001 for services to medical standards and rural health. His objective is to access the best medical care available for patients here through the global collaboration of clinicians via telepresence.
Mark has a Nursing background. He has been with MMT since 2007. Mark manages the team at MMT, as well as the relationship with the Ministry of Health and many of the DHBs throughout New Zealand.
Heather has been working for MMT for a year as an anaesthetic technician and has recently taken on the role of patient liaison coordinator. She comes to us with an extensive background in the medical field. Heather is responsible for providing occasional anaesthetic assistance on the bus and conducting patient follow up questionnaires for all patients treated on the Lithotripsy bus.
Dave is responsible for scheduling the lithotripsy vehicle, a role which includes booking all site visits, and liasing with specialists to book patient treatments. He also oversees all maintenance of the vehicles. Dave has worked at MMT since 2000, initially working in the IT department.
As the Accounting Manager, Pam takes care of our payments and receipts and provides accounting information to the Management and Board. Originally from South Africa and having qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK, Pam worked for various National Health Board organisations in Finance and in Management prior to immigrating to New Zealand. Pam claims not to know 'Suzie the Waitress'.