To provide a full and comprehensive service to our increasing number of patients, we have a number of doctors working a variety of days to accommodate your needs.

The Stoke Medical Centre Doctors are: 

Tom Currie

Dr Tom Currie

I am of local kiwi stock having been born brought up in Richmond. 

After training at Otago Medical School, I gained further clinical experience working in Hamilton and Wellington and enjoyed a 2 year OE based in London.  We moved to Nelson in 1999 and after working as a GP locum I joined Stoke Medical Practice in 2001. 

I really enjoying being part of the supportive team at SMC.

Rashad Zafafulla

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I joined the Stoke Medical Centre team in April 2018, having moved to New Zealand earlier in the year with my wife and our six month old baby boy. My wife grew up in Nelson and was of course happy to be returning home, but we also both realised the great benefits of raising children in this beautiful part of the world.

I grew up on the south coast of England in Brighton after my parents moved to the UK from Sri Lanka. I completed my medical degree at Imperial College in West London and my subsequent GP training in East London, both of which I reflect upon as invaluable experiences.

I have very much enjoyed settling in to Nelson life and feel proud to be serving such a welcoming and friendly community. I have really appreciated the great team ethos at Stoke Medical Centre as this creates a positive working environment that always seeks to improve the care of our patients.

Paul McLaughlin

Dr Paul McLaughlin

I grew up in West Auckland and trained at Auckland Medical School.  I married a Nelsonian and moved here in 1988.  Nelson is very much home. 

I feel lucky to be working with such a professional, caring and supportive team.  I enjoy many aspects of general practice and aim to be as thorough, approachable and up to date as possible.

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Dr Bryony (Bee) Hildick-Smith

Well I'm another Pommie; trained at St Thomas's Hospital in London. I moved to Nelson in 2006 because my husband Bev Nicolls loved it when we were here before.

I enjoy all aspects of General Practice but my main interests would be family planning/womens health, injecting joints for such conditions as arthritis, skin cancers and the minor surgery involved in removing skin lesions.

We have a great team here at Stoke Medical Centre making it a great place to work. We are also keen to promote training of the next generation of doctors and nurses so you may often see one or more 'trainees' around the place - great for keeping us on our toes and up-to-date which I'm sure our patients appreciate.

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Dr Kirsty Stewart

I'm a New Zealand trained GP, and grew up in Nelson.  I joined the team at Stoke Medical Centre in March 2016.  I enjoy working with a large group of people who are passionate about providing good quality care to our patients.

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Dr Glenda Barber

I grew up in Nelson and studied medicine at Otago University. I worked as a House Surgeon at Nelson Hospital, then in Adelaide Australia in Emergency medicine.

I have completed my vocational training in General Practice and also work in Occupational Medicine.  I am a designated doctor for Maritime Medicals.

I have worked as a General Practitioner at Stoke Medical Centre for over 15 years now.  I enjoy the diversity of the work and being able to provide continuing care to my patients.


Dr Nicola van Gelder-Horgan

I grew up in Christchurch, and attended Otago University for my medical training. My husband and I moved to Nelson from Christchurch in 2016 and now consider it home. We love living here as it provides great access to the hills for different adventures (though we do have to venture south each year for some consistent snow!)

 I joined the team at Stoke at the end of 2017, and really appreciate the supportive team environment. I have completed a post graduate diploma in medical obstetrics and gynaecology, but also enjoy paediatrics and promoting healthy lifestyles. I really enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and working with them on improving their health.


Dr Mark Hossain

Born and bred in the UK, I completed my medical training at Southampton Medical School in the UK. Since then, I have worked at various hospitals across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I trained for several years in General Surgery and Urology before deciding on becoming a General Practitioner.

Having been in New Zealand since 2008 and arriving in Nelson in 2012, my family and I are very proud to call this fantastic place our home.

I am proud to be part of the Stoke Medical Centre family - we have a fantastic team of clinical and administrative staff. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but I especially enjoy minor surgical procedures.

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Dr Naomi Whitehead 

I grew up on a farm in Southland, but now call Nelson home after living here for the past 6 years with my husband.  We both love getting out on adventures in the hills with friends, and Nelson is the perfect place for this with 3 National Parks on our doorstep!

I completed my Medical Degree at Otago University, and spent almost 4 years working as a House Surgeon in Nelson Hospital, prior to embarking on a career as a GP in 2013. While working in the hospital I also completed a Diploma of Child Health. 

I enjoy all aspects of General Practice, with my main interests being child health, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, and promoting healthy lifestyles. One of the things I enjoy most about being a GP is meeting people, getting to know them and hearing their stories. 

I feel extremely lucky to be working with such a supportive and professional team of people at Stoke Medical Centre.

Simon Phillips

Dr Simon Phillips

I am a Kiwi and initially trained as a Physiotherapist at Otago before working in Christchurch.  I then completed my medical degree in the UK before returning to Nelson in 2012.  I spent the next few years working at Nelson Hospital in jobs which included Paediatrics, General Surgery and Emergency Medicine before completing my General Practice training here in Nelson.

Since joining the team at Stoke, I have really enjoyed working with a very supportive team and getting to know my patients.  While all aspects of family medicine are rewarding I have a special interest in Paediatrics, Sports Medicine and Minor Surgery.

Outside of work my partner and I love getting into the outdoors whether it be mountain biking, trying to kite surf or hitting the beach.  You may also find me playing golf or on the tennis court where I play in the Nelson team.    

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Dr Taisia Cech

I grew up a stones throw away in the Nelson Lakes area. I completed a Bachelor in Human Anatomy at Otago University and went on to study medicine at the Otago University campus and Wellington hospital. I went on to work at Wellington and Nelson hospitals then completed my GP training here in Nelson. I have enjoyed completing a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition and postgraduate certificate in Women's Health. 


I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of New Zealand and spend my spare time tramping, snowboarding and mountain biking around the great terrain. My most recent adventure has been starting a family which has given me a new appreciation of family medicine and furthered my interest in paediatrics. I love working with the friendly enthusiastic team here at Stoke medical and enjoy getting to know my patients and their families

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Dr Sally Thomas

I am another relocated Pom!  I have lived in NZ-and in the Nelson region-for 17 years now and am proud to call it home.  I have two children, one very young when we came here, and one born in Nelson Hospital. I have worked part-time whilst they have been growing up. Enjoy all aspects of General Practice but particularly children's health. I am also currently studying Public Health Medicine, which is looking at the bigger picture in health, and this really does complement the work I do here. I like to think I'm a good listener and am very much just one part of a great team here at Stoke!