About Us

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We are Dr. Jodie Ask and Melissa Davies, the owners and directors of Sheaff's Rest Home.


We have been colleagues (and friends) since 2009,  Melissa is a Registered Nurse and Jodie is a practicing GP. Through working together we discovered a shared passion for using our medical expertise to help others and give back to our community.


In 2019 we were presented with the opportunity to join forces and take over Sheaff's Rest Home. It was important to us that Sheaff's remained a locally owned and operated rest home, and that we provide both the medical care residents may need, as well as a warm homely environment to live in.

Together with our team, we look to make a difference in the physical health and quality of life of our residents - treating them like family. Our caregivers are selected and trained to ensure we provide competent and timely care, and that our residents' needs are always met. Melissa's daughter and Jodie's son are involved in the home, as well as both Jodie and Melissa's husbands, all playing a role in making Sheaff's the homely residence that it is.

Sheaff's Management

Dr. Jodie Ask
Director & GP

Jodie holds a Medical Degree from St. George's, University of London and has worked as a GP for 20 years. Jodie's medical background enables her to provide the best care possible for Sheaff's residents. Jodie works as the GP on call for the rest home and is constantly monitoring the health of our residents.

Originally from Sheffield, England, Jodie has lived and worked in Whakatane for 17 years, now calling the Eastern Bay of Plenty, home. As a GP, Jodie has experience working with elderly and high dependency patients, understanding the importance of making patients feel that they are receiving quality medical attention.

Jodie loves getting involved in activities with the residents - from singalongs to painting classes, if Jodie has a free minute in between her responsibilities, she jumps in and gets involved.

Melissa Davies
Director & Resident Nurse

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Waikato Institute of Technology and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 18 years, Melissa uses her years of experience to ensure Sheaff's is providing the best care possible to it's residents.

Melissa has lived and worked in Whakatane for the past 13 years and knows how important having access to a locally owned facility that is approachable, warm and also has directors with medical expertise is for Whakatane.

Alongside her nursing role at Sheaff's you will often find her spinning a yarn with residents and helping out in the kitchen with meal preparation.

Judy McLauchlan
Assistant Manager

Judy’s background is in quality assurance, implementing business management, food safety, work health and safety, and environmental systems. She holds a Lead Auditor’s Certificate in Integrated Management Systems, alongside a Diploma in Quality Auditing.

Judy's 30 years of experience in the Quality Assurance industry gives Sheaff's the confidence that we are working within required operational parameters and that residents are receiving high standards of safety, care and wellbeing.

Having cared for a Kaumatua in the community for a number of years, Judy was drawn to Sheaff Rest Home's warm, friendly atmosphere, and decided to jump on board - a decision not regretted to this day!