Katie is Personal Assistant to Professor Lees and will normally be your first point of contact. She deals with telephone calls, post and emails. Katie has been a medical secretary since 2014 and has considerable experience dealing with cosmetic and non-cosmetic patients including cancer patients. Katie has worked in the private healthcare sector for over 12 years and has gained extensive knowledge of private insurance companies and their contracts.
Her further skills/qualifications include 18 years bookkeeping knowledge, customer services diploma, human biology diploma and AMSPAR medical terminology level 2 diploma. With an empathetic and caring nature, Katie aims to ensure that a patients journey with us is as pleasant and straightforward as possible.
Staff Nurse Alison Holmes has worked as Practice Nurse for Professor Lees since 2000. She qualified as Burns & Plastic Surgery Nurse in 1994 whilst serving in the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. Since leaving the Corps in 1999 she has worked at BMI Alexandra Hospital as well as working in cosmetic clinics so has extensive experience in the range of treatments which the practice offers. She is expert in wound management as well as having trained in a range of non-surgical treatments. She is usually with Professor Lees in clinic.
Dr Adam Dobson is a Consultant Anaesthetist and the current Clinical Director of Anaesthesia at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. He studied at Liverpool University where he qualified in medicine in 1986. He subsequently undertook his training in anaesthesia in Manchester, and, was appointed as a Consultant in 1999. His major areas of specialist interest are paediatric anaesthesia, anaesthesia for plastic micro-surgery and anaesthesia for complex ear, nose and throat surgery. Dr Dobson also has considerable experience with cosmetic surgery practice.
Prior to taking on the role of Clinical Director, Dr Dobson was the lead anaesthetist for paediatric anaesthesia for several years. He is an Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor, and regularly provides his services to Operation Smile, a charity providing cleft lip and palate surgery to children in countries where resources are limited. Dr Dobson has three children and, when time allows, enjoys windsurfing, cycling and playing golf.
Dr Douglas Greig, Consultant Anaesthetist, studied Medicine at St. Andrews and Manchester Universities, qualifying in 1987. He trained in anaesthesia in Manchester and the North West. He was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1997. He works at the Wythenshawe and BMI Alexandra Hospitals where his major interests include paediatric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, anaesthesia for burns and plastic surgery and anaesthesia for head and neck surgery. Dr Greig is a member of the Association of Burns and Reconstructive Anaesthetists. He is the Difficult Airway Lead and also Chair of the Sedation Group at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Indeewar Kapila is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and qualified in 1990. After initial training in the major teaching hospitals in Glasgow he decided to specialise in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Leicester and Manchester. He was appointed to the post of consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at University Hospital of South Manchester and at The Christie Hospital in Manchester in 2000. His major interests include intensive care medicine at both NHS hospitals, anaesthesia for plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, orthopaedic and trauma surgery and the application of regional anaesthesia to the above specialities. He has NHS commitments to South Manchester University Hospital NHS trust and Christie Hospital NHS Trust. He also works at the Alexandra and Spire hospitals in Manchester.
Mr Ash Pawade is a retired Consultant Paediatric Cardiac surgeon who formerly worked at Bristol Children’s Hospital and was responsible for turning around the children’s heart unit in the wake of the Bristol Heart Scandal. He runs two charities including Hands for Life dedicated to providing hand surgery to a rural Indian community. He enjoys wildlife photography. He assists in managing the practice and acts as a point of contact and is pleased to offer an out of hours answering service for our patients out of hours (07.00-22.00 hours). In addition to his medical qualification he holds Master Business Administration and further qualification in medical law and ethics.
Denise O’Brien Dip.C.O.T. BSc(Hons)
Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC)
College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
Member British Association of Hand Therapists
Denise qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1985. She gained BSc (Hons) in Healthcare and Welfare (Biomechanics, physiology and development and re-education of human movement). Denise has specialised in hand therapy since 1987, setting up and developing Stockport’s hand Occupational Therapy service and subsequently Trafford’s hand service. She now works at University Hospitals South Manchester where she works as Senior Hand Therapist in the regional plastic surgery unit treating a wide range of elective and traumatic conditions of the hand. Denise is a regular attender of accredited courses with British Association of Hand Therapists.
Denise treats the breadth of hand surgery conditions and has a special interest in sensory problems including nerve injury and sensory re-education, complex regional pain syndrome, osteoarthritis of the thumb, joint replacement, congenital hands and functional rehabilitation. Denise offers specialist splinting skills and adopts a holistic, integrated and individualized approach.
Clinical Specialist Hand Therapy
Rachel specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of both acute injury and elective surgery to the hand and wrist. She is Honorary Senior lecturer at Salford University and also lectures on the hand module at Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool University. She has published extensively on joint replacement in the hand. Member of British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)
Rachel qualified as an Occupational therapist in 1990 and specialised in Hand Therapy since 1993. Rachel worked in the NHS at Wrightington for over 20 years.
Rachel provides specialist assessment and rehabilitation programmes following surgery for both chronic and traumatic conditions of the hand. She has a notable interest in sports injury including the treatment of the elite athlete allowing them to return to training and competing.
Clinical Specialist Hand Therapy
Lindsey has successfully developed the hand service at The Alexandra Hospital over the past 6 years. She has worked exclusively in hand therapy since qualification in 1997 and progressed quickly to become a Clinical Specialist OT, with an extended scope role at a Northwest Regional Centre for Burns and Plastics.
Lindsey holds a post-graduate certificate in hand therapy and continues to develop clinical skills with regular CPD. More recently she has worked at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she built on specialist skills in paediatric hand therapy.
Lindsey has extensive experience and expertise in orthopaedics, hand therapy, paediatrics, rehabilitation and splinting. She has established excellent working relationships with all the hand surgeons who work in the hospital. Lindsey is dedicated and passionate about the hand service at The Alexandra hospital and strives to provide timely, effective and quality care.