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Dr Leora Harverd (f)

MBBS (1992) DCH DRCOG DFFP MRCGP                        

Leora Harverd has been a Principal GP at the practice since 1998 working very closely with Dr Karen Grossmark.

'The systems in the NHS are forever changing but the essence of looking after our patients is what matters to us the most.  We are working through challenging times at present and value the support our patients give us.  The practice is busier than ever and we are very fortunate to work with an excellent management and reception team.  We take all feedback be it positive or negative from patients very seriously and aim to make improvements accordingly. I love coming to work everyday and hopefully have another 2 decades of fulfilling professional years still at Temple Fortune Health Centre.'

Dr Karen Grossmark (f)


Dr Karen Grossmark joined this practice in 1992. She has been a partner for the last twenty years.  She qualified at the Middlesex Hospital, London in 1987.

'The NHS has changed several times over the last two decades but the doctor patient relationship remains at the cornerstone of our profession.  I love my job and feel so privileged to have such wonderful colleagues and staff working with me.  In my spare time I look after my four children, enjoy dancing, swimming and recently taken up boxing lessons.'

Dr Sharon Roback (f)


'I qualified in Medicine at Manchester University in 1989 and I have been working as a Salaried GP at PHGH doctors since 1998.  I particularly enjoy continuity of care with my patients and watching their needs change through the years.  When not working I'm looking after my four children and taking my dogs for a walk on the heath.'


Dr Farzana Vanat (f)


'After qualifying as a doctor from University London Medical School, I completed my GP Training in Central and North London.  I went on to locum at various practices and have committed to a long-term position at PHGH doctors, where I have especially enjoyed working.  I love the variety of general practice and have a particular interest in women's health and local medical politics.'

Dr Tara Tricot (f)



I qualified as a GP in 2010 after completing my medical studies at UCL and training in hospitals and practices across London. I grew up in Hampstead, and it is a pleasure to bring the diversity of my clinical experience back with me to PHGH, where I have been a registered patient myself since birth. Alongside general practice medicine I have a special interest in dermatology, in which I have further qualifications and work one day a week in the Royal Free Community Dermatology Service. I also hold diplomas in family planning and women’s health, subjects I enjoy helping my patients navigate their way through. When I am not at work I can often be seen trying to keep up with my one-year-old daughter in the local parks and playgrounds.'

Dr Amanda Simmons (f)

'I am very excited to have joined the clinical team at PHGH since March 2016. It has always been my hope to make a long term contribution to a Practice within the community where I live. Special areas of interest to me are women's health and paediatric medicine. 

I studied at the University of Leeds Medical School, qualifying in 2003 together with an integrated degree in Genetics in Relation to Medicine. Having gained my postgraduate exams in paediatrics, I embarked on a career in General Practice where I thoroughly enjoy the variety of patients I see.

I have worked in numerous North London Practices as a Locum and as a salaried GP for five years in North East London. 

When I am not working I am with my three young children, trying to be as calm as possible. In my spare time I love exercising and dining....hopefully in the right proportions.'
Dr Nicola Renton (f)

I qualified from the Royal Free and UCL Medical school in 2008 having also gained an integrated degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from Birmingham University. 

I have always enjoyed the diversity and continuity of family medicine and after working as a junior doctor at UCLH I began GP training on the Barnet scheme. 

I have grown up in the area, having attended Kerem and Henrietta Barnett, and I feel very privileged to be working within our community. I am also involved in clinical education and quality improvement across Barnet. 


Dr Adrian Richardson (m)



I qualified from the Middlesex Hospital, University of London in 1980. After spending 6 years working in Specialist Emergency Medicine at University College, Whittington, Brompton, Hillingdon and Kings. I then moved into General Practice, becoming a partner in General Practice In Brent. I eventually, led a large practice, training and mentoring trainee doctors, and retaining my interest in Internal Medicine. I am now really excited to be part of PHGH, and working in the community I have lived in, for well over 30 years. My other role is Medical Director of the Islington GP Federation, which is working with the 10-year plan for the NHS. I have 3 children, with a teenage son still at home. I am a keen cyclist, into fitness, football and other intellectual pursuits.


Dr Abirame Sambasivan (f)



'I qualified from the University of Cambridge Medical School in 2005. I spent my initial years as a junior doctor in hospitals in North London, before completing my GP training on the Royal Free Hospital scheme.  I have been working at PHGH Doctors since May 2014 and really appreciate being part of such a friendly, dedicated and supportive team. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of work and continuity of care that comes with general practice. Moreover, I love the fact that I am able to work in the same area in which I grew up - I am an old girl of the Henrietta Barnett School.  I am married to a GP and have two young daughters who keep me very busy. I love to travel and eat good food but need to work on my culinary skills!'

Dr David Spitzer (m)

I studied at Barts and the London School of Medicine, and also have a degree in neuroscience from UCL.
After qualifying, I worked in several local hospitals as a junior doctor and decided to specialise in general practice. My specific medical interests include ophthalmology and emergency medicine (I also work shifts as an A&E doctor). I am also involved in medical education and enjoy teaching medical students. I currently work as a locum in practices all over North London, but have also settled into regular sessions at PHGH.

Dr Grant Pakter (m)
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