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Our Doctors:

Dr Raj Mapara

Dr Raj Mapara MBBS (London 1983) DCH DRCOG MRCGP

I was born in Uganda, East Africa and arrived in the UK as a child, following of the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by the dictator Idi Amin.  I attended Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London and graduated with distinction in 1983.  Subsequently, I trained at Ealing Hospital in West London and, on completion of my training, became a partner at Fernville Surgery in 1987.  I have been a GP trainer since 1998 and have trained twelve GP Registrars.  Some of these doctors have settled in the area, including one who is still working with me and is now also a Partner at Fernville.

My hobbies include sport, mainly cricket and badminton, and I enjoy looking after my children.

Dr Ann Shipley-Rowe

Dr Ann Shipley Rowe MBChB (Manchester 1984)

I was born and raised in Rochdale, Lancashire, which is responsible for my straighforward approach and my sense of humour!  I graduated from Manchester University Medical School in 1984, and moved south to do my first hospital jobs in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.  Between 1985 and 1988, I undertook my hospital and practice based GP training in Buckinghamshire, eventually becoming a full time partner at Fernville in 1988.  I enjoy the variety of General Practice, but as a female practitioner I have inevitably acquired a lot of experience in women's health, sexual health, contraception, and children's health.

Over the years, I have been very involved in the management of the practice and in the wider health service at a local level.  I now work part-time to ensure I can fulfill my other role as a Mum.  I have now realised that it can be as exhausting parenting teenagers as toddlers. My hobbies are mainly centred on my family and fitness and these include walking, cycling, swimming.

Dr Meeta Duggal

Dr Meeta Duggal  MBBS (London 2004) BSc (Hons) DRCOG nMRCGP

I came to Fernville in August 2012 to finish my training in General Practice having trained on the Watford/Hemel Hempstead VTS scheme. I subsequently stayed on as a maternity locum for a year before becoming a permanent member of staff in January 2014.

Born in Essex and brought up in Birmingham, I made the move to the East End of London in 1997 to commence my medical training at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine. I also completed a BSc (hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics at Kings College, London, following an interest in the links between diet and disease. I started my career in the pursuit of Paediatrics before seeing the light and becoming a GP. My other interests include dermatology and education. I became a Partner at Fernville in July 2015.

I now live in leafy Chorleywood with my dentist husband and two children. Apart from being taxi driver mum, I enjoy Street, Ballet and Bollywood dancing, with a new found creative interest in make-up artistry. 

Dr Ashish Patel

Dr Ashish Patel MBChB (Eldoret 2003) nMRCGP DRCOG PGDip Clinical Dermatology PG Cert Med Education

I was born and brought up in Nairobi, and read medicine in Eldoret, Kenya. I then moved to the UK in 2004. I qualified as a GP in 2009, and have worked in different roles and capacities at different surgeries.

I am first and foremost a GP at heart, and enjoy the variety this profession brings when it comes to practising everyday medicine. I also have interests in Dermatology, Minor Surgery, Joint injections, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and Medical Education.

My hobbies are variable and often include something that will challenge me to move outside my comfort zones. I am currently learning bouldering and wall-climbing!

Dr Rebecca Asquith

Dr Rebecca Asquith BM (Southampton 2005) DRCOG DFSRH nMRCGP

Raised in Yorkshire, I attended medical school in Southampton and undertook my GP training in Portsmouth. I relocated to Hertfordshire with my husband in 2011 and joined Fernville as a salaried GP. My clinical interests include Family Planning, having completed the certification for coils and implants in 2014.

Outside work I am a busy mum and my free time involves attending multiple toddler groups and learning nursery rhymes! Beyond that I enjoy reading, cooking and baking when I have the time.

Dr Elfrieda Power

Dr Elfrieda Power MBChB (Bristol 2009) DRCOG DFSRH MRCGP

I am new to Hertfordshire, relocating from Derby with my Geologist husband and young daughter. I graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School with honours in 2009 and moved to Derbyshire to undertake my GP Training. During my placements I developed an interest in mental health and family planning.

Originally from the Lake District, I am a country girl at heart and am looking forward to country walks and pub lunches as well as exploring London with my family during the weekends.

Both my husband and I are climbers so much of our spare time involves the outdoors with sore fingers and a bouldering mat on our backs! My other interests include the arts and playing netball so I hope to join a local squad.

I joined Fernville in March 2016 as a maternity cover GP and am thrilled to be joining a fantastic team.

Dr Olivia Versluys

Dr Olivia Versluys MBChB (Sheffield 2011) MRCGP

After attending medical school in Sheffield, I worked in hospitals and GP surgeries in Liverpool and Cambridge, before completing my GP training in Hertfordshire. Having settled in the area, I joined Fernville Surgery as a salaried GP in August 2016.

Outside work I enjoy keeping fit with exercise classes, swimming and exploring the Hertfordshire countryside.

Dr Cynda Britto

Dr Cynda Britto MBBS (London 2010) MRCGP

Dr Britto joined the Fernville Team in September 2016.

Dr Sonal Mapara

Dr Sonal Mapara MBBS (London 2009) BSc (Hons) DRCOG DFSRH MRCGP

I first walked through the doors of Fernville Surgery as an enthusiastic 15 year-old on work experience and I came away inspired. I went on to medical school at Imperial College London and subsequently worked in hospitals and GP surgeries around Oxfordshire and London. In October 2017, almost 18 years after I first set foot in Fernville Surgery, I was delighted to return as a salaried GP.

My time outside work is spent juggling motherhood and running a busy household. I occasionally make it to yoga or Pilates classes, and even more rarely I manage to go for a run (completing a marathon one day remains on my bucket list). My favourite pastime is sitting on a beach reading and listening to the waves whilst simultaneously watching my son and husband build fantastic sandcastles.

Dr Aeisha Aslam

Dr Aeisha Aslam MBBS (London 2006) BSc (Hons) DRCOG DCH DFSRH MRCGP

I am excited to join the team at Fernville, having worked as a GP locally in Watford for the past 5 years. I was born and brought up in Watford, and feel privileged to work in the local area. I have experience in a variety of specialities, and in particular am passionate about paediatrics as well as having a keen interest in medical education as an Associate Trainer.

Outside of work I enjoy cooking, unwinding at the gym by doing a spin class and planning my next travel destination with my husband.