Dartmouth Medical Practice

Tel: 01803 832212

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Meet the team

  • Doctors

    Dr Tony Anderson
    GP Principal – Male

    Dr Anderson is our senior partner. He is the ENT specialist GP in our practice and holds clinics in Dartmouth seeing a wide range of patients living within South Devon.

    Tony is a fan of extreme sports: if he's not biking on the moors or skiing in France he will be flying his plane over the South Hams coastline. 

    Dr Andrew Eynon-Lewis
    GP Principal – Male

    Andrew has been a GP in Dartmouth since 1989. His interests include quality improvement and education and training and he is currently Primary Care Dean in Health Education England south west region. He is married to Kate, who also works in the practice as a Health Care Assistant. They have five children.

    Dr Andy Freeman
    GP Principal – Male

    Andy joined the practice in 2012, having previously been a GP Partner up North. He considers himself fortunate to have such an interesting, varied job in which two days are never the same. Andy's experience of Primary Care has cemented his desire to be a true generalist, but within that he has some specific areas of interests: he performs a wide array of steroid injections as a treatment modality in musculoskeletal disease; dermatology; and end-of-life care. Andy is the practice Education Lead and enjoys introducing medical students to Primary Care and enabling trained doctors to become fully-fledged General Practitioners. 
    His 2 lads and 2 year old daughter keep him busy and ensure Andy will be working for a good few years yet. 

    Dr Sophia Hendy
    GP Principal – Female

    Sophia trained at St Thomas’ Hospital and completed training as a GP at Norton Brook before going freelance and then starting at DMP.
    She has worked for the Western Subcommittee of Devon LMC, been a GP Advisor on the Torbay and Southern Clinical Advisory Board and has expertise in sexual health. There have been considerable recent changes in general practice and this experience has helped us adapt to the challenges of the COVID crisis, helping our patients to get the best quality of care. Sophia enjoys playing her role in this. 

    Dr Richard Bell
    GP Principal – Male
    Richard studied medicine at Cardiff Medical School and spent several years working in hospitals around Wales before meeting his future wife and moving down to Devon. He finished his registrar training at Dartmouth Medical Practice and was both grateful and surprised to be asked to stay. He now spends his spare time on and sometimes in the Dart, and one day hopes to be a beekeeper and curmudgeon. 

    Dr Nikki Bain
    GP – Female

    Nikki was born and raised in The Netherlands. After studying medicine in London, she soon moved to the South West to complete her GP training. Alongside being a GP, Nikki returned to hospital work in acute medicine at Musgrove Park Hospital for a number of years - an area of medicine she enjoys. Nikki was introduced to the Dartmouth area by her partner. The job opportunity at DMP made moving and raising their family here a reality. Nikki now splits her time working at the surgery and being mum to twin boys. She can often be found enjoying the beach with her family, running on the coast path and more recently on a hockey pitch.

    Dr Karin Chopin 
    GP – Female
    Karin joined the Practice in 1998; her particular interests are Women’s Health & End of Life Care.  She trained in Bristol having previously read Modern Languages & had a career in the Foreign Office.  Karin & her husband run an organic farm in Slapton & she enjoys looking after her garden & her menagerie of animals.

    Dr Emily Cotton

    GP – Female

    Emily moved to Devon having done her medical training in Bristol. Her particular areas of interest are Women's Health including contraceptive implant and coil fitting and  she also performs regular ward rounds at our local care homes. Emily has two young sons and her husband is a teacher. When she is not at work, she enjoys strolling the Devon lanes with her family and swimming in the sea and river all year round!"

    Dr Melissa Gray

    GP – Female

    Having grown up in Devon and training at Peninsula Medical School, Melissa completed her foundation jobs in the South West. Melissa spent 2 years travelling and working in New Zealand before starting GP training at Torbay Hospital, completing her final year at Dartmouth Medical Practice in 2016. She was offered a job immediately and accepted! For career development she plans to start the sexual and reproductive health diploma this year. Pre-COVID she enjoyed netball and paddle board fitness. Melissa spends her spare time on toddler-paced walks and enjoys a bit of DIY home renovation. 

    Dr Tom Roe

    GP Locum - Male 

    Tom grew up in Dorset and came to medicine fairly late in life, having first pursued careers in academia and then commodity trading. The financial crash of 2008 set him free and he trained as a doctor in London, before moving to Devon with his wife and two young daughters to start his first jobs at Derriford and then Torbay hospitals. Tom is completing his final year of GP training at Dartmouth and looks forward to embarking on his career as a GP in the local area. Tom is 6'1", has a GSOH, enjoys going to the cinema, long walks in the country, and cosy nights in.



    Dr Claire Beirne

    GP - Female

    Claire grew up in Manchester and trained in Southampton. After working for a few years in Southampton she took a break from medicine to do a ski season in France. She then relocated to the South West 6 years ago, drawn by the coastal way of life. Claire has now completed her final year of GP training. When not at work she enjoys cycling the hilly lanes of the South Hams and going on mini adventures with her young son.




    Dr Jo Waldock

    GP - Female

    Jo trained in medicine at Sheffield University and then worked in New Zealand for two years, getting experience in different areas of medicine and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.  She returned to train as a GP in Wiltshire and has been working as a salaried GP since then in both Wiltshire and Bristol.  Jo has completed the Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and loves the variety that General Practice brings. Jo joined DMP in January after moving to the area from Bristol with her husband and three yound children.  When she is not in work she loves exploring the coast path, swimming in the sea all year round and playing on the beach with her family.


  • Advanced Practitioners

    Advanced Practitioners

    An Advanced Practitioner is a qualified registered nurse who has completed additional training, at Masters Level. They can assess, diagnose and treat patients autonomously within their own competence. This often involves prescribing medication, referring to other specialists and offering health promotion advice.

    Gavin Wollacott - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    BSc(Hon), RNA, Independent Nurse Prescriber.

    Having trained and worked in Nottingham as a registered nurse, Gavin relocated to the South Hams in 2015 where he continued to work in emergency care at Kingsbridge MIU prior to joining the surgery in 2016. Gavin works collaboratively within the urgent care team providing on the day care whilst having a focus on complex diabetic patients and more recently supporting our local care homes with ward rounds. When Gavin is not working, he enjoys time gardening and spending time out exploring the south hams with his two spaniels Frank and Trixie.

  • Nursing Team

    Connie Putt - Team Leader
    General Practice Nurse

    Carole Alexander
    General Practice Nurse

    Becky Nelson-Smith 
    General Practice Nurse

    Anna Sneyd
    General Practice Nurse

    Kim Forsyth
    Nurse Associate

    Kaz Nicholson
    Healthcare Assistant

    Kate Eynon-Lewis
    Healthcare Assistant

  • Administrative Team

    Practice Manager: Lisa Brinton
    Lisa has been working in Primary Care since 2006 and brings experience from many aspects to this position.  As Practice Manager it is Lisa's role to ensure the smooth running of the surgery, ensure systems are in place to provide high quality patient care whilst providing management support in developing the wider team.  Lisa has overall responsibility for financial aspects of the surgery.  You may contact Lisa about non-clinical aspects of your healthcare or if you wish to make a comment on your experience in the surgery.   

    Operations Manager: Jilly Tucker
    Jilly is responsible for a wide ranging number or roles, from rota planning to ensuring services are running appropriately.  

    Safety and Services Manager: Sam Lumley
    Sam also forms part of the management team for Dartmouth Medical Practice. By closely working with the staff and the partners she promotes and educates health and safety awareness to fellow employees. In developing and executing health and safety plans, Sam ensures the Practice complies with the relevant guidelines, in addition to establishing a culture of health and safety within the team. Policies and procedures create a safer work environment and thus are essential for the safety of our patients and our staff. 

    Reception Manager: Kerrie Webb
    Our receptionists are a pivitol part of the team. They are the members of staff every patient will interact with and who deal with a wide range of queries; not only from patients but from colleagues in other areas of the NHS, such as district nurses and hospitals. They work tirelessly each day taking up to 350 phone calls in any single day and dealing with sometimes 300 members of the public on the front desk. 

    Please bear in mind that receptionists are carrying out their duties as per their contract with the surgery. If a receptionist advises that she cannot help any further with your query, this is not because he/she does not want to, but because they are not allowed or do not have the means to help you any further. Receptionists, although having basic medical training, are not doctors and cannot tell you exactly what your blood test result means unless a GP has instructed them to do so.

    Administrative Team
    Our Admin Team is made up of Clerical, Secretarial & Administrative staff. Based in the building opposite the main surgery you will find them working behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. From typing letters, to entering clinical data, organising the doctors schedules to sending out the letters you receive.

    Secretarial Team
    Our Secretaries will deal with referrals, not only typing the letters from the doctors dictation, but also completing the referral pathways. They also deal with insurance companies, solicitors and courts alongside a huge variety of forms.

    In some cases the secretaries are responsible for organising external clinics which are run by our doctors with a specialist interest.

  • Registrars and Medical Students

    What is a GP Registrar?
    We are a training Practice, which means that fully-qualified doctors, who have usually completed their training in hospital medicine and then spend up to eighteen months working in a practice to develop their skills in general practice.

    We usually have at least one GP Registrar and you may be offered an appointment with him/her at the surgery.

    By the time you see a GP registrar they will have spent time at a medical school to qualify as a doctor. They will then have completed 2 years working in hospitals (previously known as “house jobs”. They will then start a 3-year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend 18 months in a training practice.

    GP Registrars work alongside the GPs in the practice and will always have a GP on hand should they feel they require a second opinion.

    Medical Students

    Medical Students usually spend 6-8 weeks at the surgery. These students are at the early stage of medical training and do not all go on to become GPs. Some will go on to become surgeons or other specialist clinicians. The time they spend in the surgery allows skills to be taught such as examination and history taking skills.

    Students spend a lot of their time sitting in on patient consultations with a GP. You will always be told when you arrive at the surgery that a Medical Student will be present in your consultation. You can, of course if you prefer, ask that the Medical Student is excused while you undergo your consultation if you should wish to. As a teaching practice we believe that having Medical Students on site is a benefit not only to the student, but the wider population who may go on to need the skills of the Medical Student in the future.