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Practice Team


    General Practitioner, Medical Director & Chief Executive Officer of Private GP Group


    We are managed and owned by Dr Julia Piper BM BS B Med Sci FRCGP DFFP DipOccMed  Dip Acc Med.  Julia is passionate about the privilege of supporting you in body mind and spirit. She has been a GP for 34 years, working in functional medicine over the past 12 years, getting to the root of medical problems. She has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine in America, and is the UK ambassador for the Metabolic Medical Institute in America and A4M. With Julia’s help, A4M have aligned their Fellowship in Functional Medicine with the Royal College of General  Practitioners in London. Julia is currently studying for her Fellowship in Functional Medicine and is one of the UK leading lights in Functional Medicine, supporting many patients who are chronically ill, to recover. She is a lecturer in Systems Biology Medicine, having presented in London and Antwerp over the past year.

    Julia is a member of the British medical Association, the General Medical Council, the Medical Protection Society, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Acupuncture Society, the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, the Royal Society of Occupational Medicine, the British Ecological Society for Medicine, and A4M in the USA. She previously worked for BUPA over a period of 20 years, helping to set some of their national protocols, was a previous NHS GP in for practices scattered around the country, was a Council member of the Independent Doctors Federation, chairing their IT development committee and subsequently the Professional Development Committee, thereafter becoming a Trustee for the IDF Education Trust.  As CEO of, Julia is an active member of the Board.

    She runs her own Charity, the Foundation for Community Inspiration, supporting conditions of abject poverty. The charity has built a school in the bush in Ghana, also a medical clinic, has supported university training in Ghana; also women’s family planning in Ecuador, biodiversity and sustainability in the Amazon region and more recently a water borehole for a remote village in Ghana.


    General Practitioner & Executive Director


    Dr Simon Khela is a deeply knowledgable GP who is fascinated by the concept of a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. He is passionate about helping patients heal from complex, chronic illnesses by utilising a full spectrum of healing methods and the most advanced therapies and protocols. To do this, he is currently studying for his Fellowship in Metabolic and Functional Medicine, representing a new professional identity in health care, adept and able to discuss systems biology and the role of technology.

    Simon also leads our digital healthcare vertical, Private GP Health Tests, which has been developed through his passion to transform healthcare by maximising the efficiency of care being provided, through advances in technology, which are invariably make their way into the field of medicine. He believes technology that help individuals understand how their lifestyle choices affect their wellbeing will be integral in making democratised healthcare a reality.



    Alan has joined us as the chairman of the Board and is a highly experienced non-executive director and pension trustee with wide experience in all aspects of corporate governance and investment management. He is a keen golfer and rugby supporter (Leicester Tigers of course). He will be a valuable member of the team and a guiding light in the journey ahead.


    CBD Specialist


    Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan is part of our extended virtual network. She received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology through basic and clinical research.  She was made Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2019.  She has over 40 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology.  Her specific interests are on the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines in cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Her research methodologies spanned from cellular and animal models, to human healthy volunteer studies, systematic reviews and early phase clinical trials. In 2016 she was named the International Cannabinoid Research Society Young Investigator of the Year. Saoirse now runs an independent consulting company called CanPharmaConsulting Ltd, and through this, acts as scientific advisor to Artelo Biosciences, CBDScience Group, Therapix Biosciences, FSDPharma, and Dragonfly Biosciences. She is the science lead for the Centre for Medicine Cannabis (CMC), a non-profit organisation working to shape the UK’s new medicinal cannabis regime in the interests of patient, and secretary to the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

  • DR ROBYN COOLEY, BSc (Hons) MSc DClinPsy CPsychol

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist


    Dr Robyn Cooley joins our mental health support team to provide psychological assessments and therapy to individuals across the life span, as well as couples and family systems. She has over 10 years experience supporting people with their distress, mental health, relationships, unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and work-related stress.

    Robyn brings a broad and extensive understanding of psychological theory to develop a formulation to make sense of a person’s presenting concerns. Her training in the delivery of multiple models of psychotherapy means she offers an integrative, evidence-based and clinically-informed intervention that is tailored to the individual.


    Consultant Paediatrician & Allergy Specialist

    Dr Dinkar Bakshi is a Consultant in Child Health and Allergy.  Dr Bakshi has 25 years of experience as a clinician. He completed his specialist training in Paediatrics in the London Deanery and an MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London. Dr Bakshi is one of the few formally trained allergists in the UK.

    He has trained in the best teaching hospitals including Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and The Royal London Hospital. He was a Consultant Paediatrician and clinical lead for Children’s Allergy at Nottingham Children’s Hospital until 2018. Dr Bakshi has previously been an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. He is an expert in interpreting skin prick tests/ patch tests and allergen desensitisation (immunotherapy).

    Research interests
    • Adults and Children:

    • Food Allergy

    • Respiratory Allergy

    • Hives/ Urticaria

    • Eczema

    • Asthma

    • Wheat intolerance

    • Irritable bowel syndrome

    • Immunotherapy

    Dr Bakshi runs a popular and busy practice, Parents/patients have a warm relationship with him and are involved in decision making. Dr Bakshi accepts referrals for all acute and chronic problems in children. For allergy-related problems, he accepts referrals for both adults and children.

    ​Dr Bakshi has participated in many clinical trials, published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is an accredited examiner for the Diploma in Child Health Examination. He is the editor of The Online Journal of Clinical Audits. Dr Bakshi is frequently invited to deliver talks and chair meetings, both within the UK and in international conferences.

    Personal interests

    • All acute and chronic children’s problems

    • Constipation

    • Abdominal pain

    • Nutritional deficiency

    • Immunisation

    • ADHD, Autism

    • Seizures

    • Palpitations

    • Chronic fatigue syndrome

    Awards received

    Dr Bakshi was awarded a certificate of excellence for outstanding patient care in 2019, by the independent NHS accredited website

    Dr Bakshi was awarded a certificate of excellence by Doctify for outstanding patient care in 2020.

    Membership To Professional Bodies:

  • Dr Ashish Arora MD FRCPsych

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Dr Arora will endeavour to provide you with the personalised holistic care you deserve.  Dr Arora offers face to face as well as remote online/video/telephone consultations.

    Dr Arora has expertise in managing diverse psychiatric conditions including Anxiety and Stress related conditions, Mood Disorders including Depression and Bipolar disorder, Psychoses (Schizophrenia), PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorders, Substance Misuse, ADHD etc. After a comprehensive assessment, access to psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) can be arranged if required.




    Practice Nurse


    Laura works at the practice on a part time basis and joined us in February 2016.  She specialises in providing travel vaccinations, child and adult immunisations, medical health checks, blood tests, intravenous vitamin infusion and more.

  • Vicki Hewitt, SRN

    Practice Nurse

    Vicki Hewitt is our senior Practice Nurse. Vicki worked as a Practice Nurse in a local NHS Practice before joining Private General Practice Services. She now assists us with OH work, child and adult immunizations, travel vaccinations, medical health checks, blood tests, cervical smears and more. She is highly knowledgeable on our Cosmaceutical product NEOSTRATA and is higly experienced with our Gemini state of the art LASER.


    Office Manager

    Rebecca joined Private GP Services in March 2021. She has many years’ experience working within an office environment and is responsible for the smooth running of the Practice as Office Manager.


    Medical Administrator


    Liz has been with the practice since March 2018 and has a wealth of Customer Service and Administration experience. She is a wonderful addition to the Practice family.


    Medical Administrator


    Laura has been with the Practice since 2016. As our patient test co-ordinator she ensures that the whole patient experience from booking an appointment to receiving test results is professional and efficient.


    Medical Administrator

    Debbie joined our team in September 2019, after working in the NHS for 20 years.




    Sue joined Private GP Services in November 2015, after spending the last 8 years working for a local NHS practice. Sue is responsible for providing the best first impression of the practice and dealing with patient enquiries directly in an efficient and effective manner.


    Accounts and Finance

    Jim is our finance guru. An avid soccer player with a great sense of humour. He is a whiz at numbers and makes sure the books balance.

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