Our Team

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 Thursday.

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.

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 has continued her relationship with the Tongan people, returning a number of times 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 Kate McIntosh joined our team in June 2020.  Most recently Kate has worked in paediatrics in Tauranga Hospital. Moving into a general practice setting has enabled 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. Kate works every week day except for Friday.


Dr Jonathan Childs joined our team in February 2022.  Before moving to General Practice this year he worked in Whakatāne and Dunedin hospitals.  He is looking forward to seeing new patients to the practice as well as looking after Dr Stephanie’s patients.  Jono loves to try new things, particularly outdoor adventure sports.  He speaks conversational French and is learning Te Reo Māori.  Jono works Tuesday to Friday.


The rest of the team
Alana Gilchrist, Jo Dodd and Vicki Ward make up the practice nurse team. On reception is Rachel Lees and Christine Hill. 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.