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Doctors

Dr Gemma Newman

Dr Newman has worked as a doctor since 2004 and is the Senior Partner at The Orchard Surgery. She studied at the University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked in many specialities as a doctor including elderly care, endocrinology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general surgery, urology, vascular surgery, rehabilitation medicine and General Practice. She gained additional qualifications in gynaecology and family planning. She has a specialist interest in plant based nutrition and gives nutrition and lifestyle advice to her patients, who have gained tremendous results using the power of their plate. As a broadcaster and writer she has been featured on television, including ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News Sunrise. She has contributed to articles for magazines including Glamour, Zest and Good Housekeeping. Her family lead a fully plant based lifestyle, following the extensive research she had done on the scientific literature on the health benefits associated with whole-food plant based nutrition. She is regularly invited to teach other doctors via training programmes and conferences about the benefits of plant-based nutrition. You can get in touch via Facebook Dr Gemma Newman, or follow her on Instagram @Plantpowerdoctor, or via plantbasedhealthprofessionals.com an organisation of which she is an advisory board member.

Dr Abid Ashouri

Dr Ashouri is a very experienced and well regarded male GP who has worked in the local area for more than 35 years. He joined our team in May 2013 and is an asset to the surgery.

Dr Withya Raja

Dr Raja joined our team in 2014, she grew up in London and studied medicine at the University College London. Dr Withya completed her training at Colchester and is doing a mixture of GP surgery based work and Urgent Care Centre work at the West Middlesex Hospital.

Dr Miriam Al-Kashi

M_Al-KashiDr. Al-Kashi grew up in West London and studied medicine at King’s College London GKT School of Medicine. She completed her junior doctor training in South East England before going to Reading to train as a GP where she worked for 13 years. She relocated and joined The Orchard Surgery in 2018.

Dr. Al-Kashi has an interest in Obesity and Diabetes and previously had a role in patient education for both. She championed the Safe and Healthy Fasting for Diabetics initiative in Reading.

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