We are a large practice over three sites with over 22,000 registered patient. Select an option below to find out more about the team members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure patient care can be delivered.
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Dr Bhavesh Dhorajwala MBBS (UEA 2008) MRCGP GP Partner
Dr Bav grew up in beautiful Derbyshire and the peak district but came to Norfolk when he started his medical degree at UEA.
The charms of the region were too strong and having completed various hospital jobs in the region ranging from Cambridgeshire to Great Yarmouth, he decided to become a GP. He joined the practice in December 2013 as a partner, after having taken 5 months off to travel across America, Africa and India.
Travelling is a real passion of his.He has also managed to visit Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a quick stop in New Zealand. He lives with his wife Louise, who is a pharmacist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and they have two very active little boys and a tabby cat.
Dr Bav likes to keep close links with UEA and is a regular examiner for the medical school.
He has a particular interest in minor surgery, cryotherapy, joint injections and ophthalmology. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and has just taken up making his own pasta. He is also a keen runner.
Dr Tom Markham MBBS MRCGP GP Partner
Dr Markham was born in Norfolk and went to school in Norwich. He qualified from University College London in 2006 and completed his hospital jobs in Norfolk.
He then commenced GP training after a year of surgical speciality training at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He worked initially as a salaried GP at Hoveton and Wroxham Medical Centre, before joining the practice as a full time partner.
Dr Markham is a very keen sportsman and enjoys various hobbies to stay fit including cycling, running and kitesurfing. He also has 3 labradors and very much enjoys working with them.
He has a very productive smallholding growing fruit and veg.
Dr Marc Epstein MBBS BSc MRCP MRCGP GP Partner
Born and raised in North London Dr Epstein, a graduate from the Royal Free Hospital, was somewhat surprised to find himself working as a GP in rural Norfolk in 2009.
He started at Cringleford Surgery in 2014 and has now fully adapted to Norfolk life, putting down his roots with his wife and children. When time allows he dabbles in a bit of photography, banjo and guitar strumming.
Dr Katie Cohen MBBS Bsc MRCGP GP Partner
Originally from Norfolk, Dr Cohen trained at King’s College London Medical School, returning to Norfolk in 2008 to complete her GP training.
She joined the practice in August 2014. She lives with her husband and growing family and loves family days out exploring the Norfolk countryside with them.
Dr Asha James MD, MRCP, MRCGP, Dip Derm, Sp Cert in Derm, GP Partner
Originally from India, Dr James moved to England 22 years ago and has been living in Norfolk for 16 years.
She initially worked in Dermatology for 10 years abroad as well as in the U.K before deciding to become a GP.
She worked as a GP locum prior to becoming a partner in 2019. Dr James works 3 days a week at the practice and 3 clinical sessions in dermatology.
Her husband is a Rheumatologist and they have 1 daughter. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gardening and classical Indian dancing.
Dr Punit Makwana MRCGP GP Partner
Dr Makwana grew up in South London and studied at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical Schools in London.
After qualifying in 2010 he did his medical placements across the South-East of England as well as a year in Perth, Western Australia before starting GP training in Surrey. Dr Makwana joined the practice in December 2021.
His interests involve ophthalmology, dermatology, joint injections and minor surgery. He came to the area after being introduced to the wonders of Norfolk life through his wife who was born and raised here.
He spends his spare time chasing after his two young children and enjoys playing cricket, tennis and brewing fine coffee.
Dr Hugh Wilson GP Partner
Dr Wilson was lucky to enter medicine via a graduate scheme and qualified in Wales, coming to Norfolk for an academic post initially, before moving to general practice.
Dr Wilson has worked in a couple of surgeries around Norfolk. He has also teaches at the UEA and on the faculty at Norwich Medical School, particularly teaching musculoskeletal medicine. Outside medicine, Dr Wilson enjoys spending time in nature, canoeing, music and reading – when family commitments allow!
Having studied history and being a music scholar at Cambridge, Dr Wilson worked in archaeology, teaching, the environment agency and even a monastery, Dr Wilson turned to medicine in Swansea with the view to becoming a neurologist.
Dr Wilson came to Norfolk with a job in academic stroke medicine and managed to publish a few papers which were well received; but wanting some clinical variety and to allow my family to settle and a love of the Norfolk coast led him to becoming a GP instead!
Dr Wilson has taught medical students from Cambridge, Brighton, UEA, Kings, SGU and PA students from UEA and he is on faculty at UEA now.
Dr Hayley Bowron BSc OT, MBBS, MRCGP, GP Partner
Born and raised in South Africa, Dr Bowron worked as an Occupational therapist in South Africa and London before she came to study medicine in Norwich. She graduated from UEA medical School in 2011.
Prior to starting at the Humbleyard Surgeries in October 2020 she spent several years as a doctor at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, James Paget Hospital and other local GP practices in Norfolk.
She loves living in Norfolk and has settled well here in this beautiful part of the country with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys playing tennis, doing outdoor activities and spending time with her family here and in South Africa.
Dr Hannah Oxley MBBS BSc MRCGP
Dr Oxley qualified from The Royal Free and University College Medical School and initially remained in London to work before returning to her native Norfolk to complete her GP training.
She joined the Humbleyard Practice in 2017. Dr Oxley lives in rural South Norfolk with her young family and enjoys painting and gardening when time allow
Dr Crystelle Asseman
Dr Asseman was born in northern France and initially trained as a scientist.
After completing a PhD in Immunology at Pasteur Institute where she studied vaccination, Dr Asseman went to Oxford to research the role of the immune system in autoimmune diseases. She then moved to San Diego CA, to study immune responses to viruses.
In 2006, Dr Asseman returned to the UK and applied to the newly opened School of Medicine at UEA, redirecting her years of medical research to medical training. She graduated in 2011 and completed her GP training in 2017.
Dr Katie Birks
“Having been a partner with the practice for 13 years, I reduced my hours in general practice so I could have time to explore other clinical interests. I have been appointed as an honorary senior clinical lecturer at UEA and teach medical students within the practice.
It is really exciting and invigorating to host these students and I am most grateful to those patients in the practice who have contributed to the development of the next generation of doctors.
I also work as a speciality doctor in palliative care at Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospice. However, I am very fortunate to be able to continue at the practice as well, doing a couple of clinical sessions a week.
When not working, I am kept busy by my 2 young sons. As a family we have continued my and my husband’s love of worldwide travel, being very fortunate to spend 6 weeks in Borneo in 2019.
However, just as special are the weekends in our dilapidated caravan exploring the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Running is an essential way for me to maintain a little ‘headspace’ as well as balancing my love of chocolate or cake with a cup of coffee!”
Dr Miray Morcos
Dr Morcos trained at the National University of Ireland, Galway graduating in 2011. She then moved to Liverpool with her family.
She has been in Norfolk since 2021 and has already fallen in love with the beautiful area.
She enjoys meeting patients from all walks of life and strongly believes in continuity of care.
She enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and 2 children.
Dr Hannah Lee
Dr Lee joined the practice in 2022
John Bakewell, Emergency Care Practitioner
John joined the East of England Ambulance Service as a Paramedic after a previous career as Helicopter Observer/Navigator in the Royal Navy.
After 6 years front line he studied at the UEA to become an Emergency Care Practitioner. He was mentored at Hethersett by Dr Press during this training.
For a while he was a clinical operations manager for the Out of Hours in Norfolk before joining general practice in 2015. He continues to work in the OOH arena in Suffolk at the weekends.
Married with 4 children, he divides his spare time between the family and cycling. He recently cycled non-stop from Aberystwyth to Lowestoft in a day.
Teresa Rush, Physicians Associate
Teresa has lived in Norwich for almost 10 years. Teresa has a Biological Sciences degree from the University of East Anglia. After her undergrad she went straight into doing a masters studying for a further 2 years to become a Physician Associate.
After qualifying in March, Teresa was accepted into a post for the PCN and her working sites is for the Humbleyard Practice. This is Teresa’s first role as a qualified PA.
Teresa has a son who keeps her busy while she is not at work, They love the outdoors, whether that be walks around Norfolk or climbing and hiking mountains like Snowdon.
It is Teresa’s dream to one day climb Kilimanjaro! She also has a passion for baking and decorating cakes having made 3 of her friend’s wedding cakes already.
Laura Buckenham, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Laura completed her BSc (Hons) Nursing in 2009 at UEA. She spent the next 10 years at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital working in the Accident & Emergency Department; where she took a Deputy sister post for the last 6 years.
She loved this varied, diverse role and working in a large supportive team in a sometimes hectic environment.
She completed her Advanced Professional Practice Msc in 2023. Areas of interest include minor illness/injury and clinical assessment skills.
Laura has two young children who keep her busy at home. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Eden Ross, Outreach Team
Eden qualified as a Nurse in 2017 from the UEA. She worked in Accident and Emergency at the NNUH and then went on to work with people with neurological conditions which gave her a wide range of nursing skills.
She loved the varied nature of her role in A&E which led her to Outreach Nursing where she can use her assessment and triage skills.
Particular areas of interest include minor illness/ injury and clinical assessment. Eden lives with her boyfriend and rescue dog just outside of Norwich. In her spare time Eden loves holidays, food and yoga!
Willow Tarsley, Outreach Team
Willow works as part of the practice outreach team
Dr Reem Fahad GP Registrar
Dr Fahad in the current GP Registrar and will be with the practice until August 2023
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Joanna Horne, Nurse Manager
Joanna has lived in Norfolk almost all of her life and was clear from a young age that her career would be nursing. Joanna qualified as a registered nurse in 1990, completing her training at the Ipswich Hospital School of Nursing.
Joanna enjoyed a portfolio nursing career gaining experience in children’s medical, recovery, infectious disease, peritoneal dialysis and clinical investigations and working on the Medical Admissions Unit at Ipswich Hospital.
Joanna joined the newly formed NHS Direct in Norwich as a nurse advisor and then I then in 2004 she embarked on a primary care career as a Practice Nurse in Norwich.
Joanna then gained extended qualifications in respiratory and diabetes care during this time. In recent years Joanna has been a lead nurse/ nurse manager at a busy three site Norwich practice.
When not working, Joanna enjoys gardening, long walks and riding her bike. Joanna has had a long time passion of being able to play the piano.
Jackie is one of our respiratory nurses
Elizabeth is originally from Durham and completed her nurse training in Leeds in 1981. She went on to obtain further qualifications in Neonatal Intensive Care in Nottingham and Adult Intensive Care in Oxford. After working as a nursing Sister at the Royal Free and Leicester Cardiac Intensive care she spent 3 years in Brussels and then found Norfolk in 2002 and never looked back! Having joined GP land she specialised in respiratory conditions, spirometry as well as the other varied practice work.
In her spare time she walk her dog (preferably by the coast!) and plays Pickleball. She also enjoys travel.
Helen is one of our respirator nurses
Jane runs a contraception clinic which includes coil fits
Carly qualified from UEA in 2017. She worked in recovery at the Norfolk and Norwich and particularly enjoyed the fast paced environment and critical care skills she gained.
After working in anaesthetics for two years a move to practice nursing has been a long-term nursing goal.
She has particular interest in health promotion and admission avoidance, working closely with care home residents to improve health access. In her spare time she has a keen interest in fitness, outdoor activities and travelling.
Helen is one of our respiratory nurses
Caile joined the practice in 2023
Yasmin is one of our diabetic nurses
Victoria is one of our diabetic nurses and is our lead research nurse
The Health Care Assistants carry out blood tests (phlebotomy), blood pressures checks, ECGs, weight checks and Health checks. The Practice also have advanced Health Care Assistants who are able to do B12 injections, wound dressings, flu immunisations, diabetic health checks and some children’s blood tests.
- Emily Gough
- Hanri Du-Plessis
Hanri joined Humbleyard Practice in 2020 after working at NNUH as Phlebotomist and Stroke Administrator.
She grew up in Oudtshoorn, South Africa and studied Events & Project Management at the University of Cape Town, before moving to the UK in 2014.
She enjoys outdoor activities like horse riding, running and cycling. She also loves animals and spending time with her family. She is hoping to become a Registered Nurse/ Physician Associate in the future.
- Lizzie Lyle
- Poppy Bradford
- Tracy Kerr
The management team ensure the smooth running of the practice, overseeing both the clinical and non-clinical staff.
- Rose Beggs – Practice Manager
- Debra Rumble – Surgery Manager (Cringleford)
- Hilary Taylor – Surgery Manager (Mulbarton)
- Shonrae Gay – Surgery Manager (Hethersett)
- Victoria Neophetou – Assistant Surgery Manager (Cringleford)
- Sarah Eagle – Assistant Surgery Manager (Mulbarton)
- Alex Beatty – Assistant Surgery Manager (Hethersett)
- Kelly Wrght – Operations Manager
- Ruth Whiting
Care Navigation / Admin Team
Our care navigation team is a very important part of the Practice and are the first point of contact for general enquiries. They are based across our three sites. When a patient contact the practice for an issue, the care navigators will ensure an appointment is made with the most appropriate member of the team.
Our administration team can provide basic information on recent test results, direct you to the correct clinician and help to answer any general questions you may have.
The team constantly strive to keep all the information in the surgery up to date and confidential.
We try to maintain a friendly and open team and are proud to be part of our local communities across the entire practice.
- Eloise M
- Michelle M
- Fiona M
- Emma I
- Emma S
- Katie O
- Danni S
The medical secretaries perform a range of administrative tasks including NHS referrals generated by the clinical teams to hospitals, community settings and District Nursing services.
- Karen W
- Kate H
- Kayleigh P
- Krissie F
This team provide a wide range of support for the Practice, including patient record deductions, safeguarding updates, research projects, audits, reports, clinical coding of records, hospital letters documentations and health screening invites.
- Belinda H
- Ceri E
- Janie L
- Kate A
- Sarah R
Clinical Care Co-ordinators
The clinical data help to co-ordinate care of patients, particularly those who have long term conditions
- Emma L
- Helen J
Medicine Management Team
The Dispensary team issue repeat prescriptions, dispense medication to dispensing patients or forward prescriptions on to relevant pharmacies. They also work alongside the GPs to deal with prescription queries and issue any medication from hospital letters.
- Amy L
- Annalie A
- Holly B
- Maria K
- Vicky C
The pharmacists are experts in medicine management and can deal with clinical problems and queries related to a patients medication. They review patients to optimise medication and ensure medicines are being taken properly.
- Emma (locum)
- Kasia P
- Liz Z
- Nicole C
- Vicky A (locum)
Mental Health Practitioners
We have in-house mental health practitioners, Adam and Stuart, who can offer help with a variety of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. They can see people over the age of 16.
- Adam Smith
- Stuart Clark
First Contact Physiotherapy
We have an in-house “first contact” physiotherapy team. Their role is to review patients with musculoskeletal problems without the need for you to see a GP first. This includes common issues such as back, hip, knee and neck pain.
- Mary Green
- Sam Hobdell
- Josh Harding
- Linda Long
- Polly McDaniel
- Michelle Roadley-Bath
- Toni Sturgeon
- Katrina Woodcock