- Dr Raj Mapara – MBBS (London 1983) DCH DRCOG MRCGP
I was born in Uganda, East Africa and arrived in the UK as a refugee in 1972 following the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. Following secondary education in Harrow, I attended Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London and graduated with double distinction in 1983. Subsequently, I trained at Ealing Hospital in West London and passed my MRCGP exam with honours.. I became a partner at Fernville Surgery in 1987. I have been a GP trainer since 1998 and have trained over thirty GP Registrars. I also appraise other GPs in the locality as a part of the re-validation process. My areas of clinical interest include cardiovascular medicine, diabetes and prescribing. I perform shoulder and knee injections.My hobbies include sport, mainly golf, cricket and badminton. I have two grown up children, one is a trainee surgeon and other is studying law. My wife works locally as a prescribing pharmacist.
- Dr Ann Shipley Rowe – MBChB (Manchester 1984)
I was born and raised in Rochdale, Lancashire, which is responsible for my straightforward 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 – MBBS (London 2004) BSc (Hons) DRCOG nMRCGP
I have only ever known the Fernville way, and was delighted to become a partner in 2015 having started as a trainee here in 2013. I moved from Birmingham to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine, during which I also undertook a BSc degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at King’s College, London following an interest in the links between diet and disease. My GP training was also completed on the Watford/Hemel Hempstead VTS Scheme. My interests have always been in child health. In 2016, I was selected to become the Named Children’s Safeguarding GP for Dacorum where my main duties were to support locality practices in their Safeguarding policies and educational updates on how to recognise child abuse in its many forms. This has been as equally rewarding as my main role in primary care. I also have interests in Dermatology, mental health and education. I am the practice lead for adults and children’s safeguarding, including learning difficulties. I train junior doctors. I live in Rickmansworth with my husband, who is a local dentist, 2 children and 2 parrots. Dancing and home improvements are my interests outside of work.
- Dr Shish 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 – 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 Olivia Versluys – MBChB (Sheffield 2011) MRCGPDFSRH MRCGPDFSRH nMRCGP
After attending medical school in Sheffield, I worked in hospitals and GP surgeries around Liverpool and Cambridge, before completing my GP training in Hertfordshire. Having settled in the area with my husband, I joined Fernville Surgery as a salaried GP in August 2016. Outside work I enjoy keeping fit with exercise classes, cooking and exploring the Hertfordshire countryside.
- 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 clinical interests include family planning, having completed the certification for contraceptive implants in 2014. I have a passion for improving cancer care and in Sept 2018 I took up role as a Macmillan GP. As a result, I devote one day per week to work with Macmillan and primary healthcare teams to make a recognisable improvement to cancer care across Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group. My role as a Macmillan GP spans the whole care pathway including work on early diagnosis as well as supporting people living with and beyond cancer. My time outside work is spent juggling motherhood and running a busy household. Spending time with family is of utmost importance to me.
- Dr Frances Waite – MBChB (Leeds 2012) MRCGP DFSRH
I graduated from Leeds Medical School with honours and moved to London after a couple of years to start GP training. I have worked across London and West Essex but am delighted to now find myself living in West London and working at Fernville. I enjoy the challenges of working in general practice and getting to know my patients well. I particularly enjoy family planning and am trained to fit coils and implants. I am originally from Manchester so spend a lot of time travelling up and down the West and East Coast train lines seeing friends and family. I also enjoy running (I try and attend Parkrun every Saturday morning when I am not working) and I attend a pilates class regularly.
- Dr Aliya Razaaq – MBChB (Leeds 2010) MRCGP DRCOG
I grew up in West Yorkshire and studied medicine at Leeds University. I did my initial hospital jobs in Harrogate and Bradford, before moving to the South for my GP training. I completed my GP training on the Luton VTS which I graduated from in 2015. I have worked on a freelance basis since then, and came to Fernville last year as a maternity locum. I have found Fernville to be a very welcoming place with an enthusiastic and flexible team. I enjoy the variety of the profession, and would like to develop more special interests in the future. I feel the holistic approach to patient care is very important. In future I would like to develop further in women’s health and dermatology. At medical school I became quite involved in medical journalism and was awarded the Clegg Scholarship with the British Medical Journal. I would also like to combine this interest with general practice in the long term. Outside of work, I enjoy working out, I love to travel and am a passionate ‘foodie’. I live in North London with my husband and am currently enjoying the fast paced London life!