Doctors and ANPs
- Dr Jacqui Orme – Female
Dr Orme has an interest in Domestic Violence and Respiratory Conditions
I have been a GP now for nearly four years, but graduated as a Doctor in 2007 from Cardiff University then completed further medical training before embarking on a career in general practise. In the Aspen centre I take a special interest in patient with Respiratory disease and who have been or are going through domestic violence. On my days off I have been volunteering for a Bristol-based charity called Unseen who specialise in looking after victims of modern day slavery and increasing awareness of this topic in the UK. I live with my wonderful husband in Cheltenham where we attend and are actively involved in our local church. We enjoy time with family and friends in order to relax which often involves eating!
- Dr Reita Kanan – Female
I graduated from Aberdeen and slowly made my way south doing various medical hospital jobs before completing general practice training in Swindon. In my spare time I try my best to entertain my young daughter and love exploring the countryside.
- Dr Claudia Kempfen – Female
Dr Kempfen is interested in Menopause, Complementary Health and non-pharmacological interventions
I am originally from Germany and came to this country in 1998 where I lived mostly in Liverpool until I moved to Stroud in 2012 where I am very happy. I have been working as a GP for 17 years. Areas of special interest include cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, mental health, wellbeing of young people and menopausal women. I am also open to advice re complementary approaches.
- Dr Sam Holdcroft – Female
Dr Holdcroft has an interest in Child Health, Perinatal health and Women’s Health
I graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and completed my GP training in Gloucestershire. I am particularly interested in paediatrics including children’s behavioural issues, perinatal mental health and palliative care. I work part time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I spend most of my spare time running after my very energetic two boys and enjoy having a chance to sit down with a nice cup of tea!
- Dr Jennifer McNiece – Female
Dr McNeice has an interest in Dermatology, Women’s Health, Mental Health and non-pharmacological treatment options
I graduated from St Mary’s School of Medicine at Imperial College in 2001 and qualified as a GP in 2006. My areas of interest are Dermatology, Women’s and Children’s Health, and I have a growing interest in mental health. Being a mum keeps me busy outside of work, so I try to practice mindfulness when I can, and enjoy music, reading, and travel.
- Dr Fauzia Zafar – Female
Dr Zafar has an interest in Child Health
I trained in Orthopaedics in Oxford deanery, but soon realised it wasn’t great for my back! (Trying to put back dislocated hips) Switched to general practice and have loved it ever since — more so when the computers aren’t working as then I can actually chat with my patients (one of my favourite things to do!) It also helps that I can speak different languages, mainly Urdu/Punjabi/Hindi, and a bit of Arabic. My son is currently trying to, unsuccessfully, teach me Japanese as well. I started my GP training in the West Midlands Deanery and then moved to Wessex Deanery and settled in Berkshire. I’ve recently moved to Gloucestershire. A true generalist, I love all aspects of general practice but must say I’m a bit partial to musculoskeletal issues. I am fond of most outdoor activities as well as gardening and DIY. Travelling is also a passion. I was the captain of my school cricket team, now restricting myself to playing with my three children and husband, who is luckily not that good anymore.
- Dr Mungo Morris – Male
Dr Morris has an interest in Men’s Health
I grew up on the seaside in Scotland where a lifelong obsession with the sea, wind and environment began. I went on to become a wind turbine consultant before realising that interacting with humans held my interest more than machines or computers. I studied medicine at Edinburgh, graduating in 2010, and have never looked back. Every day brings new challenges and I love getting to know the person behind the illness. In addition to my work at AMC I perform vasectomies one day a week for Portsmouth Sexual Health Services, and have also previously provided out-of-hours cover for a local hospice. I have a special in interest in Ear, Nose and Throat medicine having done a post-graduate diploma in this field. I have also completed post-graduate studies in palliative care and find providing care at the end of life particularly rewarding. When not working I can be found surfing, paragliding, gardening or baking…
- Dr Alexandra Hanlon – Female
Dr Hanlon is interested in Child Health and has a degree in Tropical Medicine.
I studied topical disease biology at Liverpool University before studying medicine at King’s College London. I moved to the west country after graduating in 2013, and worked in Cheltenham and Bourton-on-the-Water, before jointing Aspen in late 2018. My hobbies include long-distance hiking, travel and motorsport, and I am interested in all aspects of general practice, especially infectious disease and paediatrics.
- Dr Laura Quentin – Female
I graduated from the Hull York Medical School in 2009. I then completed my GP training in Birmingham where I worked as a salaried doctor before relocating to Gloucestershire with my husband and 3 children. I am particularly interested in mental health and women’s health. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors exploring the countryside, reading home and garden magazines, and socialising with friends.
- Dr Wali Islam – Male
Dr Islam has an interest in Dermatology and Minor Surgery
I graduated from Dhaka University in 2003. I completed my GP training in Glasgow and South Wales. I was a GP partner in South Wales before moving to Gloucestershire in 2013. My areas of special interest include dermatology, minor surgery and joint injections. I also work for the GP out of hours service. I live in Cheltenham with my wife and three children.
- Dr Charlotte Fisher – Female
Dr Fisher has a special interest in sexual and reproductive health and medical education
I trained at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2010. I stayed up in Leeds to work for a couple of years before moving down to London to complete my GP specialist training. I relocated with my husband and two children to settle in Gloucestershire and joined the practice in January 2020. I work Mondays and Thursdays currently. Outside of work I enjoy time with my family and open water swimming.
- Dr Isheanesu Mupfupi – Male
I grew up in Zimbabwe until the age of 15 and moved to the UK in 2003. I did my medical degree at the University of Bristol and graduated in 2013. I completed my GP training in Gloucestershire. I have an interest in tropical and humanitarian medicine and spent a year during my training working in a rural hospital in South Africa in 2018. I also have an interest in child health. I recently completed my GP training at the Aspen Medical Practice in January 2020 and joined the practice in March 2020. My interests are cycling, travelling, cars and reading.
- Dr Indira Sabanathan – Female
I studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. I completed a Masters in Medical Sciences before studying medicine and graduating from the University of East Anglia in 2010. I completed GP training in 2018 in Worcester. I gained a Postgraduate Certificate at the University of Worcester during my time as a Fellow in Medical Education. In my free time, I enjoy baking and gardening with my family.
- Dr Jacqui Orme – Female
We are a training practice and enjoy the energy that trainees bring to the practice. Trainees include Foundation Year 2 doctors, GP trainees, Physician Associate Students, Pharmacist graduates and also Medical Students.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
- Sarah Ron – Female
ANP Sarah Ron has an interest in Women’s Health, COPD, Asthma and Travel MedicineQualified as Registered General Nurse in 1986 and a Registered Midwife in 1988 where I practised for three years. I became interested in the newly emerging Practice Nurse role in the early ’90s, and was selected as one of five nurses to be the first in the UK to study a BA (Hons) degree in Community Health Studies and Practice Nursing. It was here that my passion for Practice Nursing began. Over the last 29 years my skills and qualifications have grown to match the development of the Practice Nurse role and, during this time, I have achieved numerous diplomas in specialised areas. In 2008 I attained my Masters as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This allows me to independently assess, diagnose, treat or refer patients accordingly. I currently work as an autonomous Advanced Nurse Practitioner alongside fellow GP colleagues, both here at the Aspen Centre and for the last 10 years in the Out of Hours service on the weekends. My specialised areas of work are women’s health, in particular the menopause, respiratory, travel, children, young people with social problems and vulnerable adults. I am a long-term member of the Festival Medical Services charity, where I am a medical volunteer for all the large UK festival events. In the past I was a member of Gloucestershire’s SARAID search and rescue team. I currently reside up on the Cotswold hills (which is a nightmare when it snows!) with my husband, and two sons who are sadly both off to university this autumn, and ‘the love of my life’ our nine-stone Russian Black Terrier.
- Cath Hofton – Female
I am an Emergency Care Practitioner who joined Aspen as a locum in 2019 as part of the duty team. I have spent many years racing around Gloucestershire as a paramedic before joining the county’s Rapid Response Team. I have a general interest in primary and urgent care with special interests in hospital admission avoidance and palliative care. I have a teenage daughter, enjoy netball and running having completed my first marathon in Cornwall last year!
- Garrett Bright
I joined Aspen Medical Practice in June 2019 as a Nurse Practitioner. I grew up in Cheltenham and now live in Gloucester with my 2 dogs. I completed my specialist practitioner training in 2014. I had a health scare in December 2017, which has shaped my life to be better. I was a bit unfit and my consultant at the hospital sold the idea of Parkrun. Reluctantly, I started attending on Saturday mornings. Surprisingly, I found the Parkrun community to be supportive and encouraging as a beginner. I did the Cheltenham half marathon last year – made my mum proud.
- Marcus Tippins
I have been a paramedic since qualifying in 2002 and practising as an emergency care practitioner for the last 12 years after completing a BSc (hons). I have general interest in urgent care, admission avoidance and frailty. When not at the surgery I can be found at Gloucestershire’s Rapid Response Service or the out of hours GP service. What little time I have left I spend with my three children and developing my skills as a gardener and a cook.
- Julian Kingscote
I studied a Masters at Worcester University and recently completed my studies to become a Physician Associate. This relatively new profession is an exciting venture to support the diverse challenges of medicine within the NHS. It is a privilege to work as part of the dynamic, evolving medical team at Aspen Medical Centre.Prior to this I worked as an acupuncturist for almost twenty years, I did a degree in human biological sciences, I taught English as a foreign language in Bogota, Colombia, and learnt Spanish (after fiercely avoiding all languages at school). I studied osteopathy in London for two years, and even had a dabble at teaching science at secondary school.I am interested in personal growth, finding out what it means to be ‘human’, celebrating who we are, and developing a closer connection to our hearts. I also like to keep active with cycling, swimming, and hiking in the hills.
- Angela Amys – Female
I am an ANP with over 34 years nursing experience, predominantly spent in a general practice setting. I qualified as an SEN in Torquay 1988 and undertook the RGN conversion course in Gloucester in 1992. This was followed by a diploma in professional studies and the BSC Hons degree. I started practice nursing in the The Forest of Dean, then moved to Barnwood, Gloucester, concentrating on studies in minor illness/injury and triage. It was here I was awarded one of the first 13 Queen’s Nurse titles after the Queen reinstated the previous Queen mother’s award after 40 years, for outstanding care by community nurses. My father was particularly proud of me something I will never forget. Moving on to a nurse practitioner role in Cheltenham and taking the independent nurse prescribing course. Then running a new nurse-led general practice, the first new one to open in Gloucestershire for 30 years in Cheltenham. Finally the last 10 years I have worked as a self employed locum ANP all over the UK. My interests an ANP are very generalised. I love the diversity of general practice and all its challenges and rewards. It’s lovely now to have joined the staff and patients at this progressive and friendly practice two days a week, Leaving some days off for my family, friends and three dogs!
- Maria Puerta Calero – Female
I qualified in nursing in in 2006 in my home city of Granada (Spain). After that I moved to Murcia where I combined nursing with my studies in Anthropology and a Masters in Public Health. Seven years later I landed in Cambridge where I worked as Cardiothoracic Advanced Nurse Practitioner and recently I relocated with my husband to Gloucestershire. I love to travel and explore new places and cultures with Japan being my favourite. I consider myself a foodie and I really enjoy good food and drink (especially if it’s in a Michelin Star restaurant).
- Sarah Ron – Female
- Rachel Bucknell – Female
I qualified as RGN (Adult Nursing) in 2008 and achieved my qualification as a non-medical prescriber in 2014. I subsequently became a specialist practitioner in community nursing in 2016. As the community matron, my day-to-day role includes managing frail, complex patients at home. I play an active role in reviewing these patients’ medication and aim to de-prescribe unnecessary medication. My work involves a multi-disciplinary approach and collaborative working with a number of different agencies – with the patient as the primary focus. I am an avid Gloucester Rugby supporter and season ticket holder. I love skiing and road biking.
- Rachel Bucknell – Female