Dr Gunawardena qualified from the University of Manchester in 2004. He completed his hospital training in Preston, Chorley and Blackpool and qualified as a GP in 2010. He has previously worked as a GP in Wigan and Chester prior to joining Ashfields.
Dr Wignall qualified from the University of Manchester in 2005. Prior to joining Ashfields as a salaried GP in September 2010, she worked as a registrar both at North Manchester General Hospital and a medical centre in Manchester.
Dr Brocklebank qualified from Liverpool in 2003. She worked at Leighton and Macclesfield, doing training jobs in general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, pyschiatry and A&E. She joined Ashfields as a registrar in 2006 and became an associate doctor in 2007.
Dr Bengtson graduated in 1999 from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He successfully completed his National Service where he worked within a small team of doctors providing essential medical care for surgical, medical and obstetric patients in a rural South African hospital.
In 2001, he emigrated to the UK and gained extensive experience in multiple specialities including medicine, surgery, A&E and psychiatry before settling into a staff grade post in psychiatry at Leighton Hospital in 2004.
His varied clinical practice made him ideally suited to enter the GP training programme in 2007 where he rotated through attachments in A&E, cardiology, obstetrics, paediatrics and urology. Following successful completion of his training, he obtained a GP partnership in Crewe where he worked for five years before joint Ashfields in 2016.
His interest are in psychiatry, joint injection and musculoskeletal medicine.
Dr Dickinson qualified in Leeds in 1991. Her training posts were in geriatrics, dermatology, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and casualty. After completing her GP training in Huddersfield, she worked as a GP Partner in Leicestershire for 15 years before relocating to Cheshire with her family, where she worked in Crewe for four years.
Dr Gowda qualified from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. After spending time in hospital posts he enrolled on the GP training scheme and joined Ashfields as a full time salaried doctor in 2009. His interests include joint injections, community surgery including vasectomy, cancer and medical education.
He is the organiser of evening educational meetings at Ashfields. He is a GP tutor and mentor for medical students on placement at the practice as well as an OSCE and FPO examiner for the University of Manchester. He contributes clinical articles to GP magazine and is the author of iMCQs in General Surgery, a downloadable educational app which is aimed at medical students and junior doctors. In 2019, Dr Gowda became the CQC registered manager for the practice.
Dr Kelsall qualified from Aberdeen University in June 2002. She worked in hospitals in Inverness and Macclesfield before joining Ashfields in 2007.
Dr Whittaker qualified from Sheffield University Medical School in 2001. She worked in a number of hospitals in Sheffield, the last being Sheffield Children’s Hospital, before joining Ashfields in 2007.
Dr Wilson graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Pharmacy before undertaking practical training as a hospital pharmacist. He obtained a master of philosophy degree in the area of neuropharmacology after two years research work. Following this, he studied medicine at the University of Birmingham graduating in 1996.
Since becoming a GP he has developed varied clinical interests including musculoskeletal medicine and has sat on various committees for the local Primary Care Trust. Dr Wilson is a GP trainer. Dr Wilson came up with the idea for iTennisElbow – an iPhone app.
After qualifying in Liverpool in 1995 and completing posts in general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and renal medicine she joined The Commons in 1999. She works full time and has special interests in paediatrics and women’s health and management of chronic disease.