Dr Beale joined Cromwell Medical Centre 10 years ago and held the position of sole female doctor in Cromwell for a short while. Anya takes an active interest in women’s health by continuing her professional development in areas such as contraception and fertility. She also has an interest in travel medicine and has recently completed a Certificate in Travel Medicine.
Dr Beale enjoys her work and says that “the best thing is that it is so varied. In a single day I can be doing a six week check up for a baby and then I’m out seeing rest home patients in the late 90’s.”
Growing up in Auckland, Anya attended the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine and completed her GP training in Wellington. After a short stint in England she arrived in Central Otago about 22 years ago.
Having three teenage children, Anya believes that she has an empathy with families, the things they go through and the practicalities of bringing up children. She also understands that women put up with health worries unnecessarily. “Sometimes we think that nothing can be done or it is not important enough. We need to let women know that research and technology is always improving so revisiting a problem can be really helpful.”
In her spare time Anya enjoys a spot of gardening and getting out for a walk with her two dogs. She has competed in the swim leg of the Wanaka Challenge for the last 2 years.