Doctor Lorraine Evans says working as a doctor has given her many highlights with members of the community.
Dr Evans' last day at work is Friday, November 29 after she started working in 1981, at the age of 23.
Dr Evans grew up in Sydney and worked in Newcastle and Darwin, before moving to the Camden Haven area.
The profession, Dr Evans has the potential to open up the world for people, with the opportunity to travel and work anywhere.
"It's especially a great career for women as it's so flexible," she said.
Over the last 30 years, Dr Evans has worked in the Camden Haven and Port Macquarie-Hastings areas.
Dr Evans worked closely with the late Dr Julie Knight, when she opened a practice under her house.
She said it was a bit of a challenge being just the two of them. They had to juggle holidays and were reliant on each other for support.
Dr Evans credited Dr Knight as being a very forward thinker when it came to advancing the health industry.
After working at practices in Port Macquarie and Laurieton, Dr Evans moved back to Lake Cathie when the medical centre opened.
"I have enjoyed being involved in Lake Cathie Medical Centre from its humble beginnings to the top quality centre it has become today," she said.
"I have Dr Sam Nelapati and Dr Nicole Lewis-Bain to thank after they invited me to join them in 2008.
"They make a great team and have been great to work with, making patient and staff welfare as a priority.
"It was a real pleasure to work alongside a team of such dedicated staff, with more than a modicum of humour shared around."
How Dr Evans practices her medicine hasn't changed over the decades.
She often warns her patients that she runs late, as she takes time with each person to get to the root of their health issues.
While a lot of her colleagues embraced the introduction of computers for medical records, Dr Evans said she was slow to adapt, as she was "old school".
Dr Evans' loyal following of patients have continued to return to her office. Some of first child patients have gone on to have their own children.
One of the highlights working at the Lake Cathie Medical Centre, Dr Evans said was when patient Amy Turnbull went into a surpise labour in her surgery room.
"It's my claim to fame that it happened in my room," she said.
Dr Evans raised three boys and her youngest is training to be a doctor in Sydney.
She said she is proud of all her boys and is looking forward to spending time with them and her two grandchildren in retirement.
Dr Evans is going to enjoy spending time at the beach and reading books.
She's also going travelling with her partner. They are going to do trekking at Nepal in December.
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