Practice Team

  • DR JULIA PIPER, BM BS BMedSci FRCGP DFFP DipOccMed DipMedAc

    General Practitioner

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    We are managed and owned by Dr Julia Piper BM BS B Med Sci  FRCGP DFFP DipOccMed  Dip Acc Med. Julia is passionate about the privilege of supporting you in body mind and spirit. She has been a GP for 34 years, working in functional medicine over the past 12 years, getting to the root of medical problems. She has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine in America, and  is the UK ambassador for the Metabolic Medical Institute in America and A4M. With Julia’s help, A4M have aligned their Fellowship in Functional Medicine with the Royal College of General  Practitioners in London. Julia is currently studying for her Fellowship in Functional Medicine and is one of the UK leading lights in Functional Medicine, supporting many patients who are chronically ill, to recover. She is a lecturer in Systems Biology Medicine, having presented in London and Antwerp over the past year.

    Julia is a member of the British medical Association, the General Medical Council, the Medical Protection Society, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Acupuncture Society, the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, the Royal Society of Occupational Medicine, the British Ecological Society for Medicine, and A4M in the USA. She previously worked for BUPA over a period of 20 years, helping to set some of their national protocols, was a previous NHS GP in for practices scattered around the country, was a Council member of the Independent Doctors Federation, chairing their IT development committee and subsequently the Professional Development Committee, thereafter becoming a Trustee for the IDF Education Trust.

    She runs her own Charity, the Foundation for Community Inspiration, supporting conditions of abject poverty. The charity has built a school in the bush in Ghana, also a medical clinic, has supported university training in Ghana; also women’s family planning in Ecuador, biodiversity and sustainability in the Amazon region and more recently a water borehole for a remote village in Ghana.

  • DR SIMON SINGH KHELA

    General Practitioner

    Dr Simon Singh K​hela graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013. He has a keen interest in Sports & Exercise Medicine & Occupational Health. He continues with Masters level research in Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation, and Nutrition & Metabolism at the University of Birmingham, with a view to moving into Football Medicine. He is qualified to perform cosmetic treatments, such as muscle relaxant treatments (Botox) and dermal fillers, and works as a medical assessor for DVLA.

  • Professor Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan

    CBD Specialist

    Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan is part of our extended virtual network. She received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology through basic and clinical research.  She was made Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2019.  She has over 40 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology.  Her specific interests are on the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines in cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Her research methodologies spanned from cellular and animal models, to human healthy volunteer studies, systematic reviews and early phase clinical trials. In 2016 she was named the International Cannabinoid Research Society Young Investigator of the Year. Saoirse now runs an independent consulting company called CanPharmaConsulting Ltd, and through this, acts as scientific advisor to Artelo Biosciences, CBDScience Group, Therapix Biosciences, FSDPharma, and Dragonfly Biosciences. She is the science lead for the Centre for Medicine Cannabis (CMC), a non-profit organisation working to shape the UK’s new medicinal cannabis regime in the interests of patient, and secretary to the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

  • LAURA KEOGH, RGN

    Practice Nurse

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    Laura works at the practice on a part time basis and joined us in February 2016.  She specialises in providing travel vaccinations, child and adult immunisations, medical health checks, blood tests and more.

  • DAVID ORTON

    Physiotherapist

  • KAREN STANLEY

    Office Manager

    Karen joined Private GP Services in November 2019 after spending the last 12 years living in Spain. Karen has many years’ experience working within an office environment and is responsible for the smooth running of the Practice as Office Manager.

  • ELLIE DICKENS

    Office Manager

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    Ellie started as an apprentice at the practice in 2014 and is now responsible for the smooth running of the Practice as the Office Manager. Ellie provides support to all staff here at Private GP Services and ensures that all patients receive an excellent standard of care.

  • LAURA HAYWOOD

    Medical Administrator

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    Laura has been with the Practice since 2016. As our patient test co-ordinator she ensures that the whole patient experience from booking an appointment to receiving test results is professional and efficient.

  • LIZ BROUGHTON

    Medical Administrator

    Liz has been with the practice since March 2018 and has a wealth of Customer Service and Administration experience. She is a wonderful addition to the Practice family.

  • SUE APPLEBEE

    Receptionist

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    Sue joined Private GP Services in November 2015, after spending the last 8 years working for a local NHS practice. Sue is responsible for providing the best first impression of the practice and dealing with patient enquiries directly in an efficient and effective manner.

  • ALAN FLETCHER

    Chairman

  • JIM READING

    Accounts and Finance

    Jim is our finance guru. An avid soccer player with a great sense of humour. He is a whiz at numbers and makes sure the books balance.

  • LIZETTE VORSTER

    Marketing Manager

    Lizette joined our team in August 2016 as a part-time employee. When she is not here managing our marketing and communications she is busy with her PhD in Marketing Management.

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