Dr Murray Hay began Bethlehem Family Doctor in 1999. Alongside general practice work he is passionate about emergency medicine and has worked in the after hour settings for a number of years. Though not currently working here at BFD, Murray continues a keen interest in the activity of the practice. Outside of work Murray enjoys spending time with family and tending his large garden.
Dr Rob Shilston joined the practice in 2001, from Thames. He has been in general practice for more than 25 years and has a specific interest in family medicine. Outside of work Rob enjoys the great outdoors, music and looking after the menagerie of animals that make up the Shilston residence. Rob works every week day except Tuesday.
Dr Nigel Kim joined the BFD team, in December 2005. He has a hands-on approach, liaising with the Practice Manager and nursing staff over every-day decisions. Nigel has an affinity for the people of the Pacific Islands and as such has undertaken a number of short-term voluntary opportunities in the Pacific. Nigel is here every week day except Wednesday.
Dr Catherine Byrne joined Bethlehem Family Doctor in February 2005, having originally trained as a GP in the UK. She has a particular interest in care of the elderly, and spends 3 days a week working at Waipuna Hospice. Her role at the hospice enables other staff to utilize her knowledge in this area. Catherine has a love of music, enjoys running and playing the piano. Catherine works two days a week.
Dr Trish Zingel joined the practice in May 2011. She spent 10 years working as a general practitioner in Greerton, and in 2010 she and her family spent a year working in Tonga. She continues to return to Tonga once a year to do voluntary work with the Mango Tree Trust. Trish has a particular interest in food and nutrition and enjoys minor surgery procedures. Trish works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Dr Stephanie Kramer joined our team in January 2019, following a move from Northcote Pukete in Hamilton. Stephanie’s hobbies include sewing, Ultimate Frisbee and hiking and she has been slowly ticking off New Zealand’s Great Walks. In May 2020, Stephanie will be taking maternity leave and is planning to return to work in early 2021.
We are looking forward to welcoming Dr Kate McIntosh who will join our team towards the middle of the year. Most recently Kate has worked in paediatrics in Tauranga Hospital. Moving into a general practice setting will enable her to continue her interests, to focus on child & family health. Kate has a wide range of outside interests. She enjoys playing netball, volleyball & tennis, playing the piano, painting & travel.
The rest of the team
Libby Walker, Carolyn Fox and Alana Gilchrist make up the practice nurse team. On reception are Jocelyn Sutton and Rachel Lees, while Sheryl White provides support to both the clinical & administrative teams as a Healthcare Assistant. In the practice management role is Fiona Mears who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice.