Meet Our Doctors


f geoff 350Dr Geoffrey Thomas BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, FACRRM, Dip Obs, Dip Av Med

After 7 years hospital training and 8 years with the Royal Flying Dr Service Dr Thomas settled in beautiful Merimbula. Experience includes ayear at the Royal Children’s Hospital, 2 years of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care plus training in Infectious Diseases and Obstetrics. Dr Thomas has patient care rights at Pambula Hospital.

Interests include Anaesthetics, Aviation Medicine, Dive Medicine, Weight Loss and Skin Cancer.





f yin 350Dr Yin Lee MBBS DRANZCOG Dip of Child Health

Dr Yin Lee first came to our clinic as a student in 2010, and she returns to join us at the end of her GP training. She has completed additional training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with a Diploma in Women’s Health as well as a Diploma in Child Health. Dr Lee has a special interest in Women’s Health and works at the Bega Hospital Maternity Unit. She is experienced with antenatal care, pap smears, family planning; Mirena, Implanon insertions/removals and general gynaecology.

Her other interests include chronic disease management and preventative health.

Yin is also involved in teaching our medical students and GP registrars.




f pukar 350Dr Pukar Thapa

Dr Thapa has recently moved from Victoria after spending 3 years working in Warragul Hospital and Bass Coast Health. He has completed a Certificate in Emergency Medicine. Dr Thapa is keen to be involved in all aspects of General Practice, with particular interests in minor procedures including skin excisions and biopsies, emergency medicine and child health.






f richard 350 Dr Richard Cristofaro BSc MBBS

Dr Cristofaro is a very experienced GP from Traralgon in Victoria and is commencing with the clinic on Tuesday. Dr Cristofaro has special interests in aged care as well as family medicine.







dr ruth 350aDr Ruth Elmore MBBS

Dr Ruth Elmore obtained her undergraduate medical degree from Monash University in Melbourne. She rotated through several hospitals during her general practice training including Dandenong and District Hospital (Melbourne), Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne) and Hobson Park Psychiatric Hospital (Traralgon). She worked as a GP in Traralgon, Victoria, for over 30 years. Along with her husband Dr Richard Cristofaro, also a GP, she made the move recently to the south coast of NSW and is looking forward to providing general medical care to the local community as part of the team at Sapphire Clinic, Merimbula. Ruth has a special medical interest in women's health, particularly menopause. Ruth and Richard have 3 adult children. Ruth's hobbies include bushwalking, camping, reading and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.




dr reid 350aDr Kate Reid MBBS

Caring for the person, not just treating illness, best describes Kate’s relationship with her patients. Kate joins the Sapphire team from a busy practice in Queanbeyan where she specialised in Women's Health, Children's Health and wholistic care of Mental Health. She has worked in anaesthetics, emergency departments and is a course director for the NSW Resuscitation Council teaching advanced life support skills to doctors, nurses and paramedics. Her ability to put medicine into plain English has also seen her receive a teaching excellence award from the Australian National University Medical School. Rural practice has always been Kate’s dream and she is looking forward to being a part of the local community with her young family.