Dr Alice Butler
Qualified from St. Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1989. She spent a year working in Sydney, Australia before completing her own vocational training scheme in Warwickshire, London and Brighton. She spent six years working in General Practice before joining the practice in April 2002. Her clinical interests include women’s health, family planning and occupational medicine. She is responsible for the paediatric surveillance and immunisation clinics.
Dr Joana Monjardino
Graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 1997. She spent 4 years working in hospital medicine and mental health before moving into General Practice. She worked for 3 years as a GP in Hackney, East London before moving to Sussex with her husband and young children. Dr Monjardino worked as a locum at the practice before joining the partnership in September 2008. Clinical interests include adult medicine, elderly care and genito-urinary medicine and is the trainer for Registrars from the Worthing scheme.
Dr Monjardino speaks fluent Portuguese.
Dr Karen Rushton
Karen Rushton did her medical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, and then spent a year in Sydney, Australia, before embarking on general medical training at Worthing Hospital. She now lives in Hove with her husband and children. Her interests include family planning, women’s health and general medicine. She is also looking forward to being involved with medical student and GP registrar teaching.
Dr Stephen Pike
Qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1986. Having done his vocational training in the Medway towns, he was then a GP partner in Worthing for 22 years prior to joining Northbourne in 2013. His main clinical interest is prescribing and he is the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group clinical lead for medicines management, and has contributed to projects for the National Prescribing Centre, Drug Safety Research Unit and NICE. He has also been a visiting lecturer to Surrey University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Thomas Kirk
I was born and bred in Sussex and spent a decade in Yorkshire training, and I returned a few years ago to the area. I have interests in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Care of the Elderly (including dementia care), and Paediatrics. I enjoy general practice as it gives me a chance to see and care for the whole person, in health and illness, rather than just one aspect. I have diplomas in Child Health, Obstetrics, and am working on a diploma in Geriatrics
Dr Robert Swalwell
I grew up in the Worthing area but moved up to Scotland to study biomedical science at the University of St Andrews where I graduated with honours, before completing my medical degree at the University of Manchester. I worked in the northwest at the Royal Bolton Hospital for 2 years after graduation before moving to Brighton to complete my GP training. After this I worked in Mid Sussex for 3 years before moving down to Shoreham. I have a personal interest in sports medicine.
Dr Amy Dissanayake (known as Dr Amy)
Dr Amy Dissanayake (known as Dr Amy) trained in Leeds then worked in Norfolk before moving down to Sussex to complete her GP training. Dr Amy has also enjoyed working in hospices in both Norfolk and Sussex. If there was any time left from looking after her three young children she would be found swimming, visiting a gallery or listening to The Archers.
Dr Pippa Wilson
I graduated from Nottingham University in 1995 and became a GP in 2001. I am lucky to have worked in lots of different communities including in Sydney, Honduras, Pembrokeshire, Bethnal Green and Liverpool.
I love travelling and am passionate about animal welfare and taking care of our natural environment. The best experience I've had was volunteering as an Expedition Medical Officer for a charity surveying biodiversity in coral reefs in Central America. We gave the data to the locals to allow them to plan to protect their fish stocks as well as the health of the reef.
I have an interest in holistic medicine and interpersonal communication.
In my spare time you might find me gardening, walking or volunteering.
Dr Natalie Costa-Gomes
I trained at St George's University of London and qualified in 2008. I began my career in Greater London and Surrey, later moving to Sussex for my GP vocational training. My husband and I have 2 young children who we are bringing up bi-lingual as I also speak Portuguese. I enjoy dancing and baking, the two of which go very well together.