Dr Christina Benson - GP
BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP (UK), DFFP, FRNZCGP
I was born and brought up in Scotland, completed my first degree in Physiology from the University of St Andrews and then went on to study Medicine at the University of Dundee graduating in 1999. In 2003 I completed my GP training and gained membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners. I have since then continued to work as a GP both in the UK and New Zealand.
My family and I first came to New Zealand in 2007, where we lived and worked in Hawkes Bay. We returned to the UK in 2011 but quickly concluded that New Zealand had left a lasting impression and was the best place to live and bring up our family. In 2017 we returned to the Waikato and have resided in Cambridge ever since. My husband Drew is Medical Director for Chronic Conditions and Cancer Medicine at Waikato Hospital, and we have 2 children who keep us very busy. My special areas of interest are, Women’s Health, in particular Family Planning - including IUD insertions and Mental Health.
I feel that as GPs we are very privileged to know our patients and their families for many years and that the care we provide must always be of the highest standard. It is important that the care provided should be holistic in nature considering all aspects of patients and their family’s needs.
Dr Benson works Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Dr Jeremy Baker - GP
Jeremy originates from the South coast of England. He qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School (London) in 1991; Member Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) in 1996.
In 1997 he spent at year at AHC Tauranga then returned to the UK and with his wife ran a small GP practice in Brighton for 18 years. In 2019 he moved back to NZ and was able to catch up with his sister who lives in Whakatane. He worked 3 years as a full time GP for the Tuhoe iwi medical centres at Kawerau and Taneatua before moving to Te Awamutu to be closer to his twin boys who are at St Peter's School Cambridge.
Jeremy says that in over 30 years as a GP he has had to be able to handle 'everything that comes through the door, ' but his interests tend towards 'diagnosis and management: general internal medicine'.
Dr Baker works Tuesday to Friday.
Tiffany Hodgson - Physician Associate
A Physician Associate from Alaska, I relocated to New Zealand in 2010 after completing my medical training at Loma Linda University in California. For the past decade I have enjoyed working in the Waikato in General Practice and Urgent Care.
I love living in the Cambridge area with my husband and two girls, and enjoys spending my free time outdoors. I have special interests in children’s health, urgent care, dermatology and whole-person care.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and I am board-certified through the NCCPA in the United States. I am also one of the pioneers of my profession in New Zealand, and continue to work with the Ministry of Health and the NZPA society to gain registration for Physician Associates in NZ.
N.B. as New Zealand is in the early stages of registering PAs as a medical profession, there are limitations on their scope of practice. All PAs’ work at Cambridge Family Health is checked and signed off by a GP.