Our People, Our Doctors – Dr Pip Clearwater

Our People, Our Doctors is a way for you to get to know the doctors of Aspiring Medical Centre just that little bit better. Learn their favourite things about Wanaka, the best local scoop on what to do as well as their exclusive health tips. This week we give you the opportunity to learn more about Dr Pip Clearwater.


Doctor’s name: Pip Clearwater

Specialised area: Women’s health as well as the older generation

Medical Passion: Using the tools of modern medical science to help people live their best life. Whether this is by helping them through menopause or with periods, to managing long term conditions like blood pressure or memory trouble.

Personal Passions: Tramping, skiing, mountain biking – the usual Wanaka pursuits! I’ve been learning Te Reo Maori for the last 2 years and I’m enjoying that journey. And of course spending time with my husband Dan and our daughter Zoe – we are out in the hills whenever possible!

Did you always want to be a doctor: I flirted with the idea of medical research in neuroscience, but I’d rather be talking to people and hearing about their lives than in a lab.

How long have you lived in Wanaka: We moved here in December 2014, having lived in Palmerston North for 4 years, and Timaru before that.

What is the best thing about living here in Wanaka? New World on Christmas Eve and the new airport expansion! (just kidding). The fast and easy access to amazing outdoor places of course.

Favourite Wanaka activity or locals tip: You can’t beat a picnic dinner at the lakes edge at Eely Point.

If you could invite four famous people to dinner, who would you invite? Hilary Clinton, Tina Fey, Anika Moa and I’d invite Julie Biuso to do the cooking for all of us.

Once piece of health or general life advice: Figure out a way to move everyday – make it part of your life. Movement has so many benefits for our mental health, physical health and memory – far more effective than any drug!

You can see Pips full profile here.