Find out about our doctors, healthcare practitioners,

administrators, and reception staff


It takes over 10 years to become a qualified GP. Our team of experienced GPs have a cumulative total of 175 years of medical experience between them, along with a wide range of additional specialisations.

Dr. John Astles

Senior partner


A Partner at our Practice and qualified from Liverpool University in 1978. I joined Willowbrook Medical in 1982.

I have an extremely high interest in sports. During my younger years, I played football, rugby and cricket. I also enjoy walking, listening to music, and watching sports.
Languages spoken: French, German 

Dr. Steve Borley

Practice partner


A GP partner, I have been at the Practice for over 30 years. Particular Interest in Musculoskeletal medicine and joint injections, Minor Surgery, Cryotherapy and Dermoscopy. I am now working part time, four sessions a week.

I enjoy playing golf, walking and travelling.

Dr. Nitin Joshi

Practice partner


I have been a GP with the Practice for 25 years, having joined in the early 80s.

I support the Leicester City Football Club and enjoy going to the Gym.

Languages spoken: Punjabi, Hindi, Gujarati

Prof Rishabh Prasad

Practice partner


I’m interested in the human side of medicine, and develop new end-of-life pathways and work closely with patient groups to improve care. I have also created humanities courses for doctors.

With three young girls, my interests in flying planes and reading have taken back seat to pink things and tantrums.

Languages spoken: Hindi, Magdhi

Dr. Vinay Gupta


I started my career as an accountant with a degree in Economics, then had a change of heart and decided to study medicine. I qualified as a GP in August 2016 and worked around Leicestershire before joining Willowbrook in August 2017.

 I am developing a strong interest in teaching medical students, musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology. I also go to see Leicester City FC.

Dr. Zahida Adam


I finished my medical training at The University of Oxford in 2007 and have been with Willowbrook since 2012. I am the GP Lead for NHS England’s East Midlands End of Life Network, sit on the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee at NICE, and teach local medical students & support trainee GPs.

I have a high interest in Mindfulness, helping doctors to stay healthy and avoid burnout. I enjoy long walks and going to the Theatre.

Dr. Catherine Ellis


I am a GP, I studied Medicine at Leicester Medical School. After six months in Australia doing Emergency Medicine, I returned to complete my GP training in Leicester. I qualified in 2007 and have been at Willowbrook since 2010.

I am a mother of two young children and in my own time enjoy attending church and keeping fit by going to exercise classes..

Healthcare practitioners

Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to improve value and outcomes from medicines and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medicines and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.

Practice nurses are highly experienced registered nurses. In addition to their core training, they have many additional qualifications to deliver chronic disease management services. For example, they run diabetes, asthma and COPD clinics.

Healthcare assistants are experienced non-registered practitioners who carry out a range of clinics such as NHS health checks, anti-coagulation, blood pressure measurement and new patient checks.

ANP (Advanced Nurse Practitioners) are healthcare professionals educated to Masters level in and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients. Our ANP runs a minor ailment service.

Phelbotomists are experienced technicians in drawing blood from veins for further testing.


Patricia Marriott

Lead Nurse RGN  RM Bsc (Hons)

I have been a Practice Nurse for the past 25 years, and have been Registered as a General Nurse (Dublin) and Midwife (London).

My special interests consist of spending time with my family and travelling.

Elizabeth Taylor

RGN RM Minor Illness Nurse

I carry out triage calls through the telephone & deal with patients in clinic for minor issues. I began Nursing in 1978, trained as a Midwife in 1984, and did that for 17 years. I then became a Practice Nurse, and am now a Nurse Practitioner and Prescriber.

I enjoy walking, reading, travelling and socialising with friends and family.

Jennifer Ross

Nurse Prescriber, RGN

I am a Nurse Prescriber and one of the three Practice Nurses within the Surgery. I qualified as a RGN in 1983 in Scotland. Initially, I worked in acute medicine, but then moved to General Practice in 1991, just after I moved to England.

I enjoy keeping fit, walking and looking after my granddaughter and upcycling furniture.

Jayesh Radia & Sandeep Patel


We work with individual patients to make sure the medicine they have been prescribed continue to benefit each individual. We also manage long term conditions such as asthma and hypertension.

Pharmacists provides advice to Doctors, Nurses and patients about which prescribing and using medicines.

Jacquie Underwood

Practice Nurse RGN

I am a Practice Nurse.  I started Nurse training 40 years ago, and have spent 27 years as a Practice Nurse. I have been a part of the team at Willowbrook for 20 years. I mainly specialise in Long Term Conditions.

I enjoy baking, walking and reading.

Manisha Chavda


I have the responsibility for supplies and clinical stock. I was previously employed at Glenfield Hospital and Clementine Churchill Hospital as a Phlebotomist and Medical Lab Assistant. I then spent a couple of years with the Leicester City PCT before coming to Willowbrook in February 2010.

I enjoy listening to music, watching television and hold an interest in art as in the past, I used to create oil and fabric paintings.

Rachel Tuff

Healthcare Assistant

I am an Assistant Nurse Practitioner, and have been working for the NHS since 1997. I was originally at Leicester Royal Infirmary, which led me to Primary Care in 2006.

I enjoy socialising, meeting with new people, playing bingo and family time.

Clare Jinks

Healthcare Assistant and Phlebotomist

I am a Healthcare Assistant and Phlebotomist. I have worked as a Community HCA/Phlebotomist for the last 7 years with the local LPT.

I enjoy swimming and socialising with family and friends.


The Practice management staff organise and manage the facilities and staff.

Stephanie Wightman

Practice Manager

My role is as a Practice Manager here at Willowbrook Medical Centre. I have been a part of the NHS throughout my whole life and have been with Willowbrook over 19 years.

I hold particular interest in sewing, knitting, crafts and reading.

Maxine Spencer

Office manager

My role in Willowbrook is as the office manager. I have been working within the NHS since 2010.

I enjoy travelling and visiting the Theatre and Cinema with my friends and family.

Admin & Reception staff

Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice clinicians and they are your initial contact point for general enquiries.

They provide information on services and are experts at directing  you to the right person depending on your health issue or query.



I am an Administrator and Receptionist at the Practice. I have worked in the NHS for the past 10 years and have only been at the current practice since December 16.


I enjoy socialising with friends and family and going on walks.


My role in Willowbrook is as an Administrator and Receptionist. Previous to my role within the Surgery, I was a dancer for many years. However, once I had my children I began my work in the NHS.

My interests involve mostly dance as I enjoy teaching and performing myself.  My family is more of my priority aside from work and enjoy going on holidays with them.


My role in Willowbrook is as a Receptionist. I have been involved with the NHS and previously worked as a Care Worker. Beforehand, I was employed at Wetherspoons and worked as a Team Leader.

I enjoy socialising with friends and family time and love to swim, especially when I am away on a holiday.


My role in Willowbrook is as an afternoon Receptionist. I have been with Willowbrook for almost 10 years. Since leaving school, my career has involved administration roles. Before joining Willowbrook, I worked for the Leicester Mercury for 20 years.

I enjoy eating out, meeting with friends, gardening and exploring countries with hot weather.


I work from the Quality and outcomes framework by making sure all patients with ongoing chronic diseases are reviewed by the clinician accordingly. I have worked fr the practice at Willowbrook for 5 years and have covered almost all the admin-based duties which keep the practice running smoothly.

I enjoy reading spiritual, ancient and religious text, meditating, walking along the countryside, cooking world traditional cuisines, spas, and movies.


My role consists of mostly admin work, answering calls, booking appointments, dealing with basic queries and handling the post. I also help out on Reception when needed. Prior to my role within the NHS, I was working at a Law Firm in London.

I’m interested in music, whether singing, playing guitar and piano or listening. I adore animals and also enjoy athletics, travel, football and charity work.


I am a Receptionist. I answer patient queries, book appointments, scan documents onto the system and complete registration forms. I have been doing this role since early 2016 and beforehand completed my studies and graduated from University.

I enjoy walking, reading, travelling and particularly learning about different cultures and what they are about.


I am part of the prescriptions team and undertake other administration roles, working across both sites. I started working in GP surgeries doing basic reception roles and progressed to managing the prescriptions at Springfield Road in 2016

My interests are mostly travelling, site seeing, venturing new locations and countries. Although, I enjoy shopping and spending time with family and friends.


I am the secretary for the surgery and mostly deal with choose+book referrals, private referrals and medical reports. Previously, I worked at Spire Hospital for 10 years and moved to Willowbrook in 2010.

I enjoy travelling, cooking and spending time with my family.


I have been with the practice for over 20 years and now am part of the team of staff who manage the prescriptions.

I thoroughly enjoy painting, gardening and socialising with members of family and friends.


I am a Receptionist and Administrator at Willowbrook. I started off as an Apprentice after leaving School which helped me gain many skills and allowed me to expand my knowledge within Willowbrook.

My hobbies include regular sporting activities such as basketball, boxing and dancing. 


I have recently begun my role with Willowbrook as a Receptionist and Administrator. Before working in medicine, I worked with horses and other animals such as dogs, and I previously worked in a warehouse.

My interests mostly consist of animals and going on walks.


I have a long career in customer service and worked in retail for a high end designer label in London.

I enjoy spending time with family especially my very young son, dining out, and travel to foreign countries.


I have previously worked in recruitment, as a care worker and as an administrator in a GP surgery.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going bowling, cinema and watching football. I also love going to the temple on Sundays.



I have been at Willowbrook for over 13 years and hold responsibility of the Reception area two days a week, Monday-Tuesday. Prior to working at Willowbrook, I attended College to do A-Levels and worked part time in a curtain shop.

My hobbies are sewing and baking birthday cakes but, with two young children, don’t get much spare time.