Our Staff

Doctors

DR AMY LEE

I trained in London and York. I have been a partner at the practice since 2001 and my special interests at work are mental health, substance misuse, learning disabilities, safeguarding, care home work and team work. I live in Grange over Sands. My interests outside of work are family walks, bike rides and trips in an old campervan. I also enjoy Yoga and running Cartmel Beaver Scouts with my husband Paul.

DR EMMA JONES

I joined the practice in April 2013 and became a partner here in September 2014. I trained in Oxford and moved to Stockport for my early hospital jobs and initial GP training. I am involved in training the next generation of GPs and supervise our GP trainees. I find at the moment our young family tend to occupy most of my time!

DR SHAWN GIBSON

I Qualified from Newcastle University in 2007 and then worked in North Cumbria before moving to Australia for a couple of years. I then came back to the UK and worked in Manchester before moving back to Cumbria where I have family. I enjoy the variety of General Practice but particularly enjoy doing Minor Surgery and seeing Dermatology and ENT problems. Outside of work I enjoy Running and Mountain Biking and spending time with my young family.

DR RUTH BOWMAN

I joined the practice in 2015 having worked in several practices in the area. My specialist areas are Women’s Health (gynaecology and contraception) and Musculoskeletal Medicine (joint and soft tissue problems) including Sports Injuries and joint injections. This keeps me busy with so many active people living in Kendal enjoying the delights of the Lake District. I’m amongst them, you’ll often find me on a mountain bike, road bike or a windsurfer. I enjoy creativity, I’m as happy with a cement mixer as my potter’s wheel!

DR HEATHER WALKER

I joined Captain French Surgery in September 2018. I am Kendalian born and bred, I moved away for a while to attend medical school in Cardiff and completed the first part of my GP training in Hereford. I returned to Kendal in 2013 with my Welsh husband and we now have two daughters. My special interests are women’s health, contraception and sexual health. Outside of work, you’ll find me at my happiest when I’m swimming in a lake.

DR MELISSA LOVETT

I grew up in South Africa and studied medicine at The University of the Witwatersrand. I moved to the UK in 2010 and completed my GP training in Manchester and Kendal. I became a partner at Captain French in 2017. My special interests include women’s health, contraception and minor surgery. I live in Kendal with my husband, two young sons and our dog. When I get the chance I enjoy gardening, running, swimming and Pilates.

DR JESSICA CHRISTIANSEN

I grew up in Bradford and studied medicine at Newcastle. After graduating in 2015 I stayed in the North East to complete my GP training before moving across to Kendal in 2021. Alongside my GP role I work as a specialty doctor at St John’s Hospice 3 days a week, reflecting my interest in palliative care. Outside of work I enjoy running, netball, walking and spending time with my young family.

DR MUHAMMAD SOBAN

Soon after graduating, I moved to the UK in 2018 and worked initially in Emergency Medicine in London. I then switched over to General Practice training and moved up North in 2020. I trained at our very own Captain French Surgery and had a brilliant time. After qualifying as a GP in January 2023, I was very pleased to be able to continue working here. It's early days in my career and I'm looking to develop a special interest in minor surgery, joint injections, and aesthetic medicine. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, poetry, and outdoor activities.

Nurses

Our Practice Nurses can offer treatment or advice on Minor Illness (cough, colds, ears), Minor Injuries, Health Promotion and Dietary Advice, Routine Health Screening, Travel Advice and vaccinations, Immunisations, Cervical Smears, Contraceptive Advice including coils, implants, injections, pill (we do not dispense condoms in practice), Dressings, Spirometry.

Healthcare Assistants

Our Health Care Assistants can carry out Health Promotion, Routine Health Screening, Blood Tests, Blood Pressure Checks, Warfarin Monitoring, ECG Tests.

Practice Management

LINDA FARISH

Practice Business Manager

CATHERINE HOLLINRAKE

Operations Manager

Admin & Reception

Our receptionists, secretaries and administration staff are here to help you. They will often need to ask you further details when you telephone, this is to ensure that we assist you as effectively as possible. They are all bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses.

Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical Pharmacists are experts in the therapeutic use of medicines and are both qualified Independent Prescribers. They have knowledge of all things relating to medicines – from the right medicine for you and your condition, to how different medicines work in the body. They work closely with the practice teams to answer queries about medicines, and ensure medicines are being used appropriately to keep you safe.

JENNIFER DALZIEL

ANDREW MICHIE

Community Midwives

Midwives are based at Helme Chase Maternity Unit, Westmorland General Hospital. Once your pregnancy is confirmed the midwives will be involved in your ante natal care. If you have just found out you are pregnant please complete a Self-Referral form online at https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/maternity. If you need to speak to a member of their administration team or help completing your online referral please ring 01229 403838 Monday-Friday 09:00-16:30.

Community Nurses

District/Community Nurses are based at Enterprise House. You can reach them by telephone if needed on 01539 715200. All District/Community Nurses are identifiable by name and photograph on a Cumbria Primary Care Trust Identity Card. The service is available 24 hours a day; an evening and night team provides the service from 18:30 to 08:00. The District Nursing Team is not an emergency service. If you need urgent medical attention please contact your GP or the Accident and Emergency Department. The District Nursing Team specialise in providing individualised nursing care and support for housebound patients in their own home.

First Contact Physiotherapist

Simon Holliday and Kerry Robinson are Physiotherapists who have expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. They work with us all day every Friday. You can book an appointment with the physiotherapists online or by calling us on 01539720241. Their appointments are available as face to face or as a telephone appointment if preferred.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors are based at Kinta House, Helme Close, Kendal. You can reach them by telephone if needed on 01539 718155.