Meet the Doctors
Dr Nick Burdett (Partner)
I joined Pathfields in December 2016 having worked in a small GP practice in Plymouth as a GP partner since year 2000. I started my GP training back in 1994 on the local vocational GP scheme in Plymouth and have stayed in the area since then as I love working in this area. I originally trained in London and have been qualified 25 years qualifying as a doctor from the Royal Free Medical School in London.
Armada surgery merged with Pathfields in late 2016 to become now one of the biggest practices in Plymouth. I very much welcome the challenges of working in a much bigger organisation. I have a special interest in adult mental health having worked for Devon Partnership Trust for a number of years as a staff grade specialist part time whilst also doing my GP work at that time. I have now left this organisation but will continue to maintain my interest in the diagnosis and treatment of adult mental health disorders working with my colleagues in both primary and secondary care locally alongside my usual day to day GP work.
When I am not at work I enjoy relaxing with my family walking our dogs on the moors or spending time in our caravan in Cornwall near a local surfing beach
Dr Jillian Denovan (Partner)
I was born and raised in Scotland and graduated from Dundee University in 1998. I moved to the Southwest and undertook my GP training completing this in Plymouth .I joined Pathfields Practice as a GP Partner in 2008. I have also spent time working abroad in Australia and New Zealand.
I am passionate about patient care and safety. I am a patient safety officer for the South West Academic Health Network and a member of the Q community for patient safety. I am the prescribing lead for the practice and overview our quality improvement work.
I am a keen educator and currently supervise the training of medical students and newly qualified doctors.
I enjoy working as a family GP for the variety and the relationships built up over time with patients and their families. My specialist interests are Women’s Health, Care of Older People and End of Life Care .
Dr Gerard ‘t Hart (Partner)
I studied at Maastricht, The Netherlands in 1995. I then went on to train in Great Yarmouth, completing my training in 1999. I then worked as a civilian in the Royal Navy before joining Pathfields in 2002 as a GP Partner.
I have a special interest in Dermatology, Diabetes and Functional Illnesses. I enjoy training medical students within the Practice and occasionally run Minor Op clinics and administer muscle based injections.
I am a big football fan, and also enjoy reading, walking and history.
Dr Maria Williams (Partner) (She/her)
I qualified from Peninsula Medical School in 2007 before training and working in Plymouth and surrounding areas.
I completed my GP training in 2016 and have worked at Beaumont Villa Surgery since then.
At work I enjoy supporting my colleagues with their health and wellbeing. I have a growing interest in supporting our Transgender patients and am passionate about levelling up health care for our more vulnerable and marginalised patient groups.
I enjoy a hectic home life with 3 children and a number of pets including a dog, 4 cats and a Bearded Dragon!
Dr Melissa Lemon (Partner)
I qualified as a Doctor in 2005 from Southampton University. I worked in Portsmouth as a Junior Doctor for 5 years before I decided to return home to Devon, where I grew up. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have a specialist interest in women’s health and family planning. I am also in the process of becoming a GP trainer.
Dr Michelle Earley (Partner)
Originally from Portsmouth, I attended Birmingham medical school graduating in 1996. I worked in the West Midlands and Australia before settling in Plymouth. I have joined Pathfields since 2001.
I am interested in staff and practice
Dr James Boorer (Partner) (he/him/his)
I qualified from Bristol University in 2003 and initially embarked on a surgical career spending time in some major London hospitals and teaching at Oxford University. I moved to the South West in 2007 for higher surgical training. Soon after I met my wife who was a GP trainee and she convinced me to change my career direction – something I’ve never regretted.
I believe that a good GP listens to their patients and understands their concerns and worries. A good GP then works with their patients on shared understanding towards a diagnosis and management plan. Patient’s rarely leave my consulting room without some paper work explaining their condition so they can understand what the problem is and how it’s managed.
I have a real interest in functional disorders and chronic pain and I believe that by and large these conditions are best managed non-medically. If you have an open mind and are interested in reducing your pain whilst also reducing your morphine based medications please do book in to see me. You may be interested to watch my favourite YouTube video first – it’s about pain and how tricky the mind can be when it comes to pain – the chap who presents it is a professor of neuropsychology and a real hero of mine! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Dr David Attwood (Partner)
I am a GP with a specialist interest in Older People, particularly in change management surrounding their proactive and unplanned care. I have worked as a GP in the hospital, community services and primary care and have a deep appreciation of the need for novel solutions, transcending all health providers, built around the needs of older people.
I am a senior board member at the British Geriatrics Society, a national body that produces some excellent policy work on older people.
I am also a bit of a computer geek – we GP’s have a great IT system and I like playing around with it so that we can offer our patients the best possible care. We are currently using to good effect in patients living in care homes and (with the patient’s permission) creating care plans and sharing them with out of hours teams. This means that if there are ever any problems – even in the middle of the night – our patients will be well known to the teams involved and can receive the best possible care.
This is just one of lots of interesting developments going on in our surgery so watch this space! So if you, or someone you know are over 65 years of age and suffering with memory problems, are slowing up, or just feeling a bit lonely, please get in contact- we want to support you to be as happy and healthy as you can be in older life!
Dr Tony Golding-Cook (he/him/his)
After initially training as a scientist, I qualified from the University Of Southampton Medical School in 1988.
Now, after many years as a GP partner, I am a semi-retired / part-time associate within the Practice.
My main roles are educating and encouraging doctors who are training to be GPs, primary care surgery and joint injections, although I do still undertake some clinics and on-line consultations.
I also have a particular interest in pre-hospital emergency medicine and respond with the Ambulance Service to assist in the care of critically ill and injured patients.
Details can be found at www.basics-devon.org.uk
I live with my wife on Dartmoor, where my passions include wild-swimming, walking, meditation and tai chi.
Dr Steve Ward-Booth
Dr Delphine Watwood
Dr Yukiko Gresswell
I studied medicine at King’s college London, qualifying in 2003. I worked in central London for 10 years and then Bristol for 3 years before moving to Plymouth. I enjoy all aspects of general practice with a particular interest in sports medicine, women’s health and fitting and removing coils and implant contraception’s.
Dr Jade Piper-Smith
I studied Medicine at Barts and The London, qualifying as a Doctor in 2008. I stayed in London for 5 years working as a junior doctor in various London hospitals, before relocating back to Devon to be closer to family. I began working at Beaumont Villa in 2013.
I enjoy all areas of General Practice, with a particular interest in Woman’s health and Paediatrics. When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two boys, and our black Labrador Macy!
Dr Christine Penny
Dr Daniel Korn – (he/him/his)
I completed my medical training at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2009. I then did a diploma in tropical medicine in East Africa and spent the next two years working in rural South Africa where I met my wife. We then travelled across Southern Africa in my yellow 4×4 to Malawi where we ran a remote clinic for a year before returning to the UK in 2015 to start GP training in Plymouth. I qualified as GP in 2019.
I have completed additional training in palliative care, and spent a year working in hospices in Plymouth and back in Malawi. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, teaching and have a particular interest in working on projects to improve delivery of healthcare for our most vulnerable populations. I also have additional roles developing projects to support recruitment and training in general practice, running programs in international primary care, and I am completing studies in medical education.
I live just outside Plymouth with my wife and young family and enjoy tennis, travelling and the outdoors.
Dr Daniel Loram
I studied medicine in York qualifying from the Hull and York medical school in 2011. I’ve trained in York, Hull, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, London and back in York again before finishing GP training in 2018. I worked in Yorkshire and Cumbria before moving to Devon in 2020. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have a particular interest in sports and exercise medicine.
Dr Debbie Chapman
I qualified as a Doctor in South Africa in 2000 and have been practicing medicine in the UK since 2002. After working in hospital medicine for a number of years, I qualified as a GP in 2008 and have been enjoying the variety and continuity of general practice care ever since.
I joined Pathfields Practice in 2021 and am delighted and privileged to work with such a compassionate, collaborative and committed team of people. My interests lie in children’s and women’s health (particularly menopause and HRT) and good chronic disease management. I am dedicated to improving the quality and longevity of our patients lives through supportive, shared patient-doctor decision making especially when it comes to long-term conditions.
I am a GP trainer, medical student supervisor and mentor to younger GPs, roles which significantly enhance my work enjoyment.
I live in the South Hams with beautiful walks including countryside, coastlines and beaches to enjoy with my family. The great outdoors is a source of inspiration, mental and physical wellbeing which I also greatly advocate to my patients.
Dr Kristina Head
I completed my medical training in 2011 from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I then underwent junior doctor rotations in the Gloucestershire area. I then decided to take a year out of NHS work and worked in Western Australia for 9 months, before coming back to Devon to complete my GP training.
Dr Nick Batten (he/him/his)
Dr Lucy Horsley
Dr Sian Barry
Dr Tania Longman
Having grown up in London, I graduated from Bristol University medical school in 2010 and worked in and around Bristol for three years before moving to Devon for GP training, which I completed at the end of 2019.
I have a strong interest in ‘whole person care’ – taking a broad approach to understanding patients’ health and helping them to appreciate the range of treatments and lifestyle changes available to them. I taught medical students at Bristol University for a number of years on the ‘Whole Person Care’ module. I also have a yoga teaching qualification and am currently undertaking a diploma in Applied Nutrition for Medics.
I have a particular interest in menopause and women’s health and am currently undertaking a fellowship looking into ways in which we can improve our care of menopausal patients.
I love spending time enjoying the Devon countryside with my son, partner and step-son and am an enthusiastic outdoor swimmer all- year round.
Dr Mwenya Kasomo
Dr Oluwatosin Ajao
Our Regular Locum Doctors
Dr Dawn Tierney
Dr Marc Epps
Dr Magdalena Damas
Clinicians / Nurse Practitioners
I have been a qualified nurse for 30 years and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Independent Prescriber for 7 years. I trained in Stockport originally and completed my ANP degree and PGcert in Advanced Practice at London South Bank University.
I have a special interest in women’s health and enjoy all aspects of my role with the fabulous Pathfields Team.
A Registered General Nurse by background for 23yrs. 22ys served in the Royal Navy as a QARNN with Operational experience in Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan. 16yrs Emergency Care experience and Advanced Clinical Practice for 6 years. Became a Registered Independent Prescriber in 2018. Started in Primary Care in 2021 and excited to be joining the great Pathfields Team. Have a very lovely wife and daughter and consider myself very lucky. Very keen on sport in general and play guitar in a local band. Think I am much funnier than I am and love a “Dad joke! “
Toni Hoare (Trainee Nurse Practitioner)
Pathfields Medical Group – A Training Practice
This Healthcare Organisation is working together with the University of Plymouth, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to host students (Medical, Dental and / or Physician Associate) to assist with their learning. You may be asked to talk to or be seen by a student either with the doctor or nurse or on their own. The student will introduce him or herself and ask to discuss your medical problem and examine you.
Students are supervised at all times by the placement supervisor and a health care professional, usually your doctor. Like qualified practitioners, the students guarantee your privacy and confidentiality. You may find helping students in their learning interesting and stimulating.
The students and the Faculty appreciate your contribution to the education of future doctors, dentists and physician associates. If you would like to make any comment or have further questions, please speak to a member of staff.
Do patients have to accept?
If at any stage you DO NOT wish to be seen by the Medical, Dental or Physician Associate student you may decline the offer. You DO NOT have to give a reason and your care will not be affected in any way.