I am a proud Northumbrian and I qualified in medicine from Nottingham university in 1994, having spent my elective working with indigenous communities of the cloud forests in Equador.
Following house jobs, I completed a surgical rotation involving general surgery, urology, gynaecology and obstetrics before deciding to change path to general practice.
Before embarking on GP training, I went to Queensland, Australia for a year to gain some experience in emergency medicine. This included being the “med super” in outback Augathella. I dealt with everything at the local hospital, including any sick pets!
I completed my GP training and having fallen in love with Australia, headed back to work again in the emergency department, this time in New South Wales. On my return I started work as a GP partner at an NHS GP surgery in Cheltenham and ended up staying for 20 years!
During this time I gained a diploma in medical law and have specialised in Women’s Health and Dermatology. I hold post graduate diplomas in both.
I really enjoy helping women with contraception and managing the menopause in the way that suits them best.
Over the last 10 years I have specialised in general practice dermatology and gained a distinction in my post graduate diploma of dermatology from Queen Marys, London. I have become skilled in the use of dermoscopy to diagnose skin cancers and regularly attend dermatology meetings both in the UK and abroad. I believe skin health is so important to wellbeing.
When not at work, I enjoy spending family time with my husband, 2 children and dog. I love playing the piano, yoga, skiing, growing veg and swimming. I would like to say I speak fluent Spanish and do triathlons…..perhaps one day!