Dr Steve Smith
I live in the country with my wife Rachel and a varying number of children depending on what their studies are doing. I love to ride my bike, any bike but in particular I love to ride on the back roads of New Zealand, preferably gravel. In winter you will find me Telemark Skiing with my friends and family.
I graduated from medical school in 1989. I pride myself in my ability to practically apply theoretical knowledge. I have worked in a number of specialty areas. Orthopaedics, cardiology, infectious diseases, renal and a renal and liver transplant unit. I was a medical registrar for a year as well.
I worked in Emergency departments, often as the senior doctor, from 1988 until 2017.
I love general practice. It is a difficult role. GP’s have the ability to look at people as a whole with a broad base of knowledge so they are able to make the right diagnosis and refer for treatment or not, as often is the case.
I have been involved in sport medicine since 1998. I looked after the Taranaki Men’s Rugby team for 19 years and 199 first class games. I am the regional provider for High Performance Sports NZ and am currently the Black Ferns Team Doctor. I am helping the Taranaki Whio (Women’s Rugby team) as well.
I believe in holistic care and follow the Te Whare Tapa Wha Model of health.
Taha Tenana Physical Health
Taha Wairua Spiritual Health
Taha Whanau Family Health
Taha Hinengaro Mental health
I will always try to do the best for my patients.