Dr Joost Breuk
MD 2002 Antwerp; Degree (Fam Med) 2004 Antwerpen
I come from the Netherlands and studied medicine and General Practice in Belgium, together with my wife Elvira. I then specialised in tropical medicine and worked for 2 years in Africa (Mozambique). We were teaching medical students at the university and working in the local hospital.
I had wanted to live in New Zealand for a long time, as I love the nature and adventure on the other side of the world. We came to Alexandra in 2010 and it has been a great choice. We have 3 children who love growing up here. We enjoy hiking and biking and I like to run as well. The people are fabulous in Alexandra and as we have opened our own practice in 2016, we are living here permanently.
We think it is important you always get to see your own doctor so that your doctor gets to know you and vice versa. I believe mutual trust is a keystone in the patient-doctor relationship. That is another reason for which we love working in this small rural family practice.
I specialised in skin cancer medicine (I did train in Australia and New Zealand). I am now an Accredited skin cancer specialist. Elvira and I started the training after noticing the huge amount of skin cancer locally and the long waiting times for surgery in Dunedin, or very high prices if done privately.
We can do total body skin checks and any skin cancer surgery at our own practice. I also have a special interest in cardiology.
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