Practice Management

Jo Gilford MBA FCM

Practice Manager

Before joining Danetre Medical Practice in April 2012 I had had two previous careers. The first in the private sector as a Practice Manager in an accountancy firm in Northampton for 15 years and the other as a Corporate Manager at Daventry District Council for 13 years. In addition to being the Managing Partner at Danetre Medical Practice I also work for the Care Quality Commission undertaking inspections of other GP surgeries. The knowledge I gain undertaking these inspections along with my previous experience in the public and private sectors means that I am well placed to support the practice in the radical changes that happen within the NHS. My priorities for the practice are to carry out all of my duties in a friendly, sincere and open manner, promote the maintaining and improving the services in the challenging NHS climate, and ensure the practice provides expert and friendly healthcare for you and your family.

Sam Hall

Operations Manager


Dr Judith Viira

Qualified in London in 1991. Her medical interests include women’s health and care of the elderly. She is married with three young children. Her outside interests include keeping fit, travelling, drawing and painting.

Dr Lily Dobson

Following graduation from medical school in London in 2009, I gained experience in a number of different specialities (including Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Rheumatology) before embarking on the GP Training Programme in 2011. Having worked as a GP at another Northamptonshire practice for 7 years, I moved to Danetre in July 2021. I have an interest in lifestyle medicine and seek to provide holistic, supportive care to patients. I also have a passion for medical education and thoroughly enjoy overseeing the work of trainees and helping them to identify and address their learning needs. I am married with a young daughter and, as a family, we love camping and exploring new places together. I also enjoy reading.

Dr Amy Butler

I qualified in Liverpool in 2001 and then spent 3 years working in general medical hospital posts prior to my General Practice training. Preceding Danetre Medical Practice, I worked in a variety of different GP surgeries that included both inner city and rural practices. At Danetre, I am the Safeguarding Lead, Caldicott Guardian and Clinical Lead. I fit coils and insert the contraceptive implant. My main clinical interest, along with family planning and sexual health, is cancer and palliative care. To maintain my skills in this area I partake in regular ward rounds in Danetre hospital where we care for terminally ill patients, a service we at Danetre Medical Practice are very passionate about.

Dr Trudy Lewis

I qualified in 2005 from Liverpool where I went on to work in Southport and Ormskirk in General Medicine, General Surgery and Paediatrics. Having worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for a year at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital I made the decision to enter General Practice. My general practice training took me to inner city Liverpool where I trained in Gastroenterology, Family Planning, Women’s Health, Sexual Health and Mental Health. After completing my General Practice training I worked in the Liverpool out of hours service, rehabilitation units and as a locum GP in the city. I moved back home to Northampton in 2014 and soon joined the team here at Danetre. Since then I have become the lead in Training and Education within the practice. We welcome and support both GP trainees from the East Midlands Deanery and Medical Students from the University of Buckingham for 4 different parts of their course. I also provide the vasectomy service at the practice. I am married with 3 children and enjoy crafts and long country walks.

Dr David Digby

I qualified in York in 2012, before moving to London to work at St Thomas Hospital for my first year as a junior doctor. I am originally from Kent and moved back to live in Maidstone in 2013 where i worked at Maidstone Hospital for a year before starting the General Practice training scheme in Tunbridge Wells. After training I briefly continued to work as a locum GP before moving to the Midlands where my wife, who I met at medical school, is originally from. I quickly discovered Daventry and have worked at Danetre Medical Practice ever since moving to the Midlands. I have since started to provide Joint Injection Clinics at the practice, as well as becoming the Lead GP for Diabetes. Outside of work w have a new puppy to keep us busy. I also enjoy running and Formula One.

Dr Amarnath Balakrishnan

I qualified in 1992 from Madras, India and came to the UK in 1994 to undertake surgical training. I have worked in hospitals in England and Scotland in various surgical specialities but mostly in orthopaedics and Accident and Emergency before changing career to General Practice. I have been a GP since 2005. As a GP I have worked in different roles, as a salaried GP, Partner and Regional Clinical Lead and have worked in North Warwickshire, Coventry, Birmingham and Leicester. I enjoy teaching and my special interests are Joint Injections and Minor Surgery.

Dr Sadia Khurram

I Qualified in 2004 and started working in 2007 at Luton and Dunstable Hospital where I covered general surgical, Trauma and orthopaedic and Obs and gynae. Following that I done one year training in the accident and emergency department. My other interests include gardening and oil painting.

Dr Laura Knight

I am originally from Surrey, but went to Nottingham University to study Medicine in 2005 and qualified in 2010. After this I worked as a junior doctor in Mansfield and Derby before moving to Northamptonshire to undertake my GP training, which I completed in 2015. Outside of work I enjoy rowing, and train 3-4 times/week with the club in Northampton. I also enjoy hillwalking in the Peak District and Lake District; reading and playing the piano.

Dr Awass Canna

I am originally from Mosul, Iraq and came to Scotland as part of a family of four in 1997. I grew up in Glasgow but went to Aberdeen University to study Medicine in 2006 and qualified in 2012. After this I worked as a junior doctor in various Glasgow hospitals before moving to Milton Keynes to be closer to my family who had already made the move down south. I started to pursue a career in surgery for 2 years initially before switching to General practice training in Northamptonshire which I completed in 2020. I started working at Danetre in September 2020 and have since bought a house in Coventry to settle alongside my wife. Outside of work, I am a sports fanatic. I enjoy playing football, cycling and weightlifting but I have a keen interest in watching various other sports. I am also a movie boff since a young age. What I enjoy most is spending quality time with family and friends.

Management Team

Melanie Kempster

Clinical Manager

I have worked at Danetre Medical Practice since 2007. I started as a Phlebotomist/HCA, with the support from the practice I went onto do my Nursing and became a qualified nurse in 2014. I returned to Danetre to embark on Practice Nursing and specialize in Diabetes. I am now the Clinical Manager and oversee the treatment room and MDT. I have a keen interest in Dogs and love being out walking them.

Emma O'Brien

Advanced Practitioner

Clinical Team Leader

Amy Haynes

Assistant Operations Manager

I have worked for Danetre Medical Practice since graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2011. I started here as a receptionist and have since worked as Team Leader for the Patient Services Team and now as Assistant Operations Manager. As Assistant Operations Manager my job consists of dealing with our Practice's Social Media, health and safety and helping to manage the clinical rotas. Outside of work I enjoy walking, travelling, especially to the coast, and reading.

Cheryl Suthers

Team Leader - Support Services

I moved to Daventry in 1994 from Hertfordshire when my husband was relocated with his work. I have worked at the practice for 20 years and am very committed and passionate about my job. Prior to working in Daventry I was the PA to a Corporate Manager at a National company. I joined Danetre Medical Practice as Medical Secretary and now manage the Support Services Team. Support Services consist of the medical secretaries/PA’s who work closely with the GP’s. Our work is very varied as we are the link between the patient and their Doctor/Consultant. Outside of work I am on the committee of a local “modern day” WI, I enjoy going to the gym and taking part in the weekly Park Run, travelling and spending time with my family.

Vicki Hill

Team Leader - Patient Services

I joined the Patient Services Team here in 2017 and am now the Team Leader. My work history varies from Receptionist, Sales Administrator, and PA to the Director of a Financial Advisor to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in an education setting. Outside of work I enjoy walking, travelling and spending time with my family.

Advanced Practitioners

Our Advanced Practitioners will help you with a variety of Minor Illness conditions including UTI's, Infections, Sore throat, Bites, Conjunctivitis, ear pain and many more.

Patsy Hatfield

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Treatment Room Nurses

Mandy Blackspoon

Practice Nurse

Raquel Garcia-Haro

Wendy Bolland

Practice Nurse

Healthcare Assistants

Katie Wilkins

Trainee Nurse Associate (TNA)

Denise Shingler


Natasha Davies


Pharmacy Team

Julie Hudson

Prescribing Technician

Remote Prescribing Technician Link Worker

Fatima Ahmad