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Our comprehensive dermatology team includes consultant dermatologists, pharmacists specialising in dermatology, GPs, clinical researchers and formulation scientists. All of whom are also resources for your questions.
Profession
Dr Mary Sommerlad
UK
Dr Mary Sommerlad
Consultant Dermatologist
GMC number 7021281
Dr Mary Sommerlad is a Consultant Dermatologist working in East London. She sees children and adults in her substantive NHS post. She is devoted to creating holistic patient journeys. She obtained a First Class intercalated BSc in Immunology at UCL where she was awarded the British Society of Immunology Undergraduate Prize. She completed her MBBS at UCL graduating with a Merit in Clinical Practice. She undertook her specialist training in Dermatology within the prestigious Royal London and Royal Free rotation. During her training, Dr Mary was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine monthly registrar prize in 2013 and 2014 and the Hugh Wallace Junior Registrar Prize 2012- 2013. Her current interests are Acne, Pigmentation problems, Skin care, prevention of premature ageing, Rosacea and Eczema. Dr Mary also sees patients with suspected skin cancers and is able to perform mole checks and skin surgery. She has presented at national and international meetings and has several publications in leading academic journals including the British Journal of Dermatology. She is passionate about promoting patient and allied healthcare professional engagement and inclusivity. Dr Mary has given expert Dermatology advice on the BBC Series “Skin”, creating a GP Practice Nurse training programme and a series of patient education videos available on YouTube and she is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists BAME task force.
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Dr Sangeeta Punjabi
UK
Dr Sangeeta Punjabi
Consultant Dermatologist
GMC number 4662659
Dr Sangeeta Punjabi is an experienced Consultant Dermatologist having trained in the UK and Overseas (India). Dr Punjabi is registered fully with the GMC on the specialist register and is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, and a member of the contact dermatitis group. Her dermatological career spans from covering post-graduate studies in Dermatology in India to training and research in skin cancer (Basal Cell carcinoma) in the UK.
She specialises in all aspects of General dermatological disease with a particular interest in Asian skin and contact dermatitis. Having been attached to a premier institute at Imperial CollegeHealth Care NHS Trust, Hammersmith Hospital, has allowed her to strengthen her expertise in Dermatology including skin cancer, acne, acne scarring, pigmentation, and other dermatological problems.
She has been a very keen organiser of General Practice Skin Clubs and is involved regularly in teaching primary care both as lectures and supporting community clinics over the years. She is also involved in teaching medical students at the Imperial College and has carried out workshops for nurses and pharmacists in the community.
She is on the committee that monitors guidelines for various dermatological disease and is actively involved in updating patient information leaflets. She enjoys covering all aspects of Dermatology including moles and mole removals, laser treatments, acne scarring, botulinum toxin treatments, chemical peels, fillers.
She currently wishes to develop her interest further in Asian skin and skin allergies (contact dermatitis)
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Dr Marie-Louise Daly BSc, MB BChir, MPhil (Cantab), MRCP (London)
UK
Dr Marie-Louise Daly BSc, MB BChir, MPhil (Cantab), MRCP (London)
Consultant Dermatologist
GMC number 6128655
Dr Daly studied medicine and completed postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge and has worked at a number of Cambridge and London teaching hospitals (King’s College and Guy’s and St. Thomas’). Dr Daly has published numerous scientific papers, a Dermatology textbook and has presented at national and international conferences and continues to carry out clinical research. As a Consultant post holder at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Dr Daly has taken on roles in Departmental Management and Medical Education and is the lead for treating complex inflammatory skin disease in the Biologics clinic. Dr Daly enjoys building a rapport with patients, consults on all aspects of skin disease and can perform surgical procedures; in particular, she can help with conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections as well as moles and skin cancers.
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Dr Cherry Armstrong
UK
Dr Cherry Armstrong
GP, Special Interest Dermatology
GMC number 4306786
Dr Cherry Armstrong is a physician with over 20 years' extensive clinical experience in Acute and Family Medicine. Dr Armstrong was trained at the Royal Free Hospital, School of Medicine, University of London. With 8 years' of experience as a Clinical Director commissioning NHS services, she has set up Community Dermatology, Cardiology and MSK Clinics (2008-2016). She was a Clinical Lead for Community Services, including Dermatology, Cancer Services, Adult Mental Health and CAMHS (2008-2016). Dr Armstrong is Medical Advisor for L'Oreal and regularly gives presentations and teaches at GP and Nurses forums on common Dermatological pathologies in Primary Care.
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Dr Minal Patel
UK
Dr Minal Patel
GP, Special Interest Dermatology
GMC number 7043297
Dr Patel studied medicine at Kings College London and has worked at a number of teaching hospitals in Sussex. Dr Patel has published articles and spoken at national and international dermatological conferences.
Dr Patel has a particular interest in inflammatory skin conditions and cosmetic dermatology, as well as acne and rosacea. Dr Patel has been involved in the medical education of her peers and colleagues.
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Dr Baldeep Syan
UK
Dr Baldeep Syan
GP, Special Interest Dermatology
GMC number 7149322
Dr Syan is a General Practitioner working in a GP surgery in West London, she has a special interest in Dermatology, she is undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology at the University of Cardiff.
Dr Syan gained her medical qualifications with honours from the University of Leicester, and moved to London to complete her foundation training. She trained on the Riverside Vocational Training scheme, where she qualified as a General Practitioner. Dr Syan is a member of both the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Syan has an active passion for Dermatology and skincare, she has undertaken multiple clinical attachments in Dermatology in the UK and Malta. One of the areas she enjoys the most is recommending effective skincare products and advice on how to maintain good skin through tailored skincare.
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Dr George Moncrieff FRCP FRCGP DCH DRCOG DPD
UK
Dr George Moncrieff FRCP FRCGP DCH DRCOG DPD
GP, Special Interest Dermatology
GMC number 2496326
Dr George Moncrieff was a GP principal in Bicester from 1985 until 2017 when he retired from his NHS practice. He, is the Clinical Lead for a Community Dermatology Service in South Birmingham run by SDS MyHealthCare Federation. He also works in a private practice in Oxford up to one day a week as well as doing locums in General Practices for local practices.
From 1999 until he retired he ran an Interface Dermatology Service, receiving direct referrals from around 50 GPs in North Oxfordshire.
He was the RCGP Dermatology Curriculum Guardian from 2010 until 2014, Chair of The Dermatology Council for England from 2014 until July 2018 and a PCDS Committee Member from 2005 until 2018. He remains the Primary Care Advisor to the National Eczema Society.
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Dr Tim Jollyman
UK
Dr Tim Jollyman
Clinical Lead
GMC number 4017376
Dr Tim Jollyman qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1993 and worked in the NHS, predominantly as a general practitioner, until 2020. During that time, he has provided leadership in clinical governance, quality improvement, pathways and service development in many different spheres. He continues his passion for clinical work and innovation, combining general practice at a leading investment bank in the City of London together with his role at HeliosX. He has been committed to providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare to patients throughout his career and is delighted to be part of a team delivering these principles at HeliosX.
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Dr Bob Sangar
UK
Dr Bob Sangar
Clinical Lead
GMC number 4416401
Dr. Bob Sangar qualified at Barts and the London Medical School. Having worked in a variety of medical specialties in Hospital Medicine, he trained in General Practice With over 20 years of experience in General Practice, he brings a breadth of clinical experience and knowledge to Dermatica / HeliosX Group. He has worked extensively in the NHS and Private sectors providing consultancy on clinical governance, IT projects and service development. His passion for high quality, innovative and patient-focused care aligns perfectly with those of Dermatica / MedExpress / HeliosX group. Alongside his Clinical Lead role he works as a GP Locum and indulges his interest in Sports Medicine by working as the Club Doctor for a professional football team.
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Dr. Keri McFarlane Bentley, MD
US
Dr. Keri McFarlane Bentley, MD
Board Certified Family Physician
NPI number 1588688998

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Dr. Chet Allen Tharpe Jr., MD
US
Dr. Chet Allen Tharpe Jr., MD
Board Certified Physician
NPI number 1053541581
Dr. Chet Allen Tharpe Jr. is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician with an additional specialty in Allergy and Immunology. Chet completed medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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Laurie Lowe Nelson, APRN
US
Laurie Lowe Nelson, APRN
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
NPI number 1467595330
Laurie Nelson is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Dermatology services. Laurie received her Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenessee and has worked for various Dermatology clinics throughout the United States.
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Maria Mekas
US
Maria Mekas
Board certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
Maria Mekas is a board certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) who specializes in dermatology and plastic surgery in both clinical and research settings. She is a published researcher and certified cosmetic injector with a passion for skin care. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree and Drexel University with a Master of Science degree in adult health.
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Joleen Lake
US
Joleen Lake
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
NPI number 1922267467
Joleen Lake, APRN graduated from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska with her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2008 and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Joleen has worked in a variety of nursing fields including medical aesthetics, women’s health and as a college instructor.
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Avnish Patel
UK
Avnish Patel
Lead Formulation Scientist & Head of Compounding
GMC number 2079950
Superintendent pharmacist and head of compounding, Avnish has over eight years of experience as a registered pharmacist. Shortly after registering, he enrolled on a PhD fully funded by the EPSRC at the UCL School of Pharmacy, Skin and Buccal Drug Delivery Research Group. His PhD project involved rationally designing topical pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations, and determining their performance using in vitro human skin penetration studies and human in vivo confocal Raman spectroscopy. He continued working in this group for a further year as a postdoctoral research associate developing and refining spectroscopic analytical methods and experimental design to track the diffusion of excipients through human skin. He briefly lectured at London Metropolitan University where he taught undergraduate and masters students about pharmaceutical technology and processing. After this, he worked as a cross-departmental research scientist at Syngenta where he worked on an IVCC funded malaria prevention project. Avnish has a diverse scientific skillset that ranges from analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical milling, thermal analysis, nanotherapeutics to microscopy. His use of scientific knowledge drives and ensures patients receive the medicinal products of the highest possible quality.
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Mohini Patel
UK
Mohini Patel
Formulation Scientist
Mohini has almost 10 years experience in research and development in various scientific disciplines. Her interest in skincare science began shortly after graduating with a degree in chemistry with biochemistry, after which she continued studying and achieved a diploma in cosmetic science, allowing her to combine her passion for science and skincare.
Since then, she has been involved in the development of 100+ cosmetic products within the skin, hair and makeup categories. One of her biggest accomplishments in her career has been to develop award winning skincare products.
Mohini thrives on developing skincare that meets customer expectations on all levels from sensorial experience to efficacy based solutions. Driven to deliver high quality skincare means that she will always aim to ensure that each stage of the R&D process from beginning to end is mindful of quality, efficacy, sustainable solutions, ethics, safety and the environment.
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Liyya Patel
UK
Liyya Patel
Head of Pharmacy
GPhC number 2083287
Head of Pharmacy, Liyya has been involved in the launch and growth of Dermatica. Liyya has over seven years' experience working across a diverse array of disciplines and completed a postgraduate diploma in dermatology in clinical practice in 2018. This enabled her to develop a critical awareness of the evidence basis relating to the diagnosis and management of various skin conditions including acne, anti-ageing and pigmented skin. She is now completing a postgraduate certificate in non-medical prescribing so that she can apply her knowledge to managing Dermatica patients. She prides herself on ensuring her team deliver exceptional patient care at all times and works hard to consistently improve the service we offer at Dermatica.
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Yasmin Mahmmod
UK
Yasmin Mahmmod
Clinical Pharmacist
GPhC number 2204959
Clinical Pharmacist, Yasmin has strong work experience, healthcare background and solid foundation in pharmacy practice and advanced aesthetics. She has been very keen to keep her knowledge up to date by constantly attending aesthetic conferences and training. Her strength lies in clinical pharmacy, she was nominated for the pharmacist of the year award 2017 among approximately 300 pharmacists after a correct diagnosis of a heart attack which saved the patient's life. She takes satisfaction in making sure that all patients receive the best care possible.
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Ghalia Alrifai
UK
Ghalia Alrifai
Clinical Pharmacist
GPhC number 2219525
Ghalia is a qualified pharmacist with a special interest in Dermatology. She is committed to providing excellent skincare recommendations and personalized advice to patients. One of Ghalia’s priorities is to ensure all her patients receive the most suitable treatment for their skin concerns.
She has an outstanding academic record and was awarded a prize for the best clinical pharmacy knowledge at the University of Bath. Ghalia’s Master’s project focused on methods of delivering drugs transdermally. Ghalia works hard to ensure all patients receive a high quality personalized clinical service.
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Mary Ryan
UK
Mary Ryan
Pharmacist
GPhC number 2213341
Mary, a registered pharmacist in both the UK and Republic of Ireland, with over eight years experience, has a wealth of clinical knowledge having worked in the community pharmacy setting, palliative care environment and also the online pharmacy framework. She is particularly passionate about dermatology and to provide an excellent standard of care to her patients, she decided to further enhance her skills in dermatology by undergoing a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology from the University of South Wales. This involved examining a range of dermatology conditions including inflammatory dermatoses, skin infections and lesions at specific sites and has given Mary the skills to make evidence-based decisions in her practice.
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