Please choose from the list below to view their clinicians. You may also view our list of outreach nurses.
Dr Marc Epstein – Male, MBBS MRCP MRCGP
Born and raised in North London Dr Epstein, a graduate from the Royal Free Hospital, was somewhat surprised to find himself working as a GP in rural Norfolk in 2009. He started at Cringleford Surgery in 2014 and has now fully adapted to Norfolk life, putting down his roots with his wife and children. When time allows he dabbles in a bit of photography, banjo and guitar strumming.
Dr Hannah Oxley – Female, MBBS BSc MRCGP
Dr Oxley qualified from The Royal Free and University College Medical School and initially remained in London to work before returning to her native Norfolk to complete her GP training. She joined the Humbleyard Practice in 2017. Dr Oxley lives in rural South Norfolk with her young family and enjoys painting and gardening when time allows.
Dr Katie Birks – Female
“Having been a partner with the practice for 13 years, I reduced my hours in general practice so I could have time to explore other clinical interests. I have been appointed as an honorary senior clinical lecturer at UEA and teach medical students within the practice. It is really exciting and invigorating to host these students and I am most grateful to those patients in the practice who have contributed to the development of the next generation of doctors. I also work as a speciality doctor in palliative care at Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospice. However, I am very fortunate to be able to continue at the practice as well, doing a couple of clinical sessions a week.
When not working, I am kept busy by my 2 young sons. As a family we have continued my and my husband’s love of worldwide travel, being very fortunate to spend 6 weeks in Borneo in 2019. However, just as special are the weekends in our dilapidated caravan exploring the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Running is an essential way for me to maintain a little ‘headspace’ as well as balancing my love of chocolate or cake with a cup of coffee!”
Dr Bhavesh Dhorajwala – Male, MBBS (UEA 2008) MRCGP
Dr Bav grew up in beautiful Derbyshire and the peak district but came to Norfolk when he started his medical degree at UEA. The charms of the region were too strong and having completed various hospital jobs in the region ranging from Cambridgeshire to Great Yarmouth, he decided to become a GP. He joined the practice in December 2013 as a partner, after having taken 5 months off to travel across America, Africa and India. Travelling is a real passion of his.He has also managed to visit Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a quick stop in New Zealand. He lives with his wife Louise, who is a pharmacist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and they have two very active little boys and a tabby cat.
Dr Bav likes to keep close links with UEA and is a regular examiner for the medical school. He has a particular interest in minor surgery, cryotherapy, joint injections and ophthalmology. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and has just taken up making his own pasta. He is also a keen runner.
Dr Punit Makwana – Male MRCGP
Dr Makwana grew up in South London and studied at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical Schools in London. After qualifying in 2010 he did his medical placements across the South-East of England as well as a year in Perth, Western Australia before starting GP training in Surrey. Dr Makwana joined the practice in December 2021. His interests involve ophthalmology, dermatology, joint injections and minor surgery. He came to the area after being introduced to the wonders of Norfolk life through his wife who was born and raised here. He spends his spare time chasing after his two young children and enjoys playing cricket, tennis and brewing fine coffee.
Dr Akram studied MBBS from Dalian Medical University China in 2011 then I returned to Pakistan his home country for his foundation years. Dr Akram started working in London from 2015 then finally came to Norwich during his GP training and since then he fell in love with the area and people and decided to stay in Norwich with my family after completing his training. Dr Akram loves playing cricket and tennis and exploring Norfolk.
Dr Hugh Wilson – Male
Dr Wilson was lucky to enter medicine via a graduate scheme and qualified in Wales, coming to Norfolk for an academic post initially, before moving to general practice. Dr Wilson has worked in a couple of surgeries around Norfolk. He has also teachs at the UEA and on the faculty at Norwich Medical School, particularly teaching musculoskeletal medicine. Outside medicine, Dr Wilson enjoys spending time in nature, canoeing, music and reading – when family commitments allow! Having studied history and being a music scholar at Cambridge, Dr Wilson worked in archaeology, teaching, the environment agency and even a monastery, Dr Wilson turned to medicine in Swansea with the view to becoming a neurologist. Dr Wilson came to Norfolk with a job in academic stroke medicine and managed to publish a few papers which were well received; but wanting some clinical variety and to allow my family to settle and a love of the Norfolk coast led him to becoming a GP instead! Dr Wilson has taught medical students from Cambridge, Brighton, UEA, Kings, SGU and PA students from UEA and he is on faculty at UEA now.
Emergency Care Practitioner
Emergency care practitioners (ECPs) provide the Practice with an extended range of Paramedic skills. An ECP can deal with advanced patient assessment for first presentation of majority of medical presentations including minor injury/illness with referral rights to hospital to all specialities.
John Bakewell – Male, Emergency Care Practitioner
John joined the East of England Ambulance Service as a Paramedic after a previous career as Helicopter Observer/Navigator in the Royal Navy. After 6 years front line he studied at the UEA to become an Emergency Care Practitioner. He was mentored at Hethersett by Dr Press during this training. For a while he was a clinical operations manager for the Out of Hours in Norfolk before joining general practice in 2015. He continues to work in the OOH arena in Suffolk at the weekends. Married with 4 children, he divides his spare time between the family and cycling. He recently cycled non-stop from Aberystwyth to Lowestoft in a day.
Dr Tom Markham – Male, MBBS MRCGP
Dr Markham was born in Norfolk and went to school in Norwich. He qualified from University College London in 2006 and completed his hospital jobs in Norfolk. He then commenced GP training after a year of surgical speciality training at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He worked initially as a salaried GP at Hoveton and Wroxham Medical Centre, before joining the practice as a full time partner.
Dr Markham is a very keen sportsman and enjoys various hobbies to stay fit including cycling, running and kitesurfing. He also has 3 labradors and very much enjoys working with them. He has a very productive smallholding growing fruit and veg.
Dr Katie Cohen – Female, MBBS Bsc MRCGP
Originally from Norfolk, Dr Cohen trained at Kings College London Medical School, returning to Norfolk in 2008 to complete her GP training. She joined the practice in August 2014. She lives with her husband and growing family and loves family days out exploring the Norfolk countryside with them.
Dr Asha James – Female, MD, MRCP, MRCGP, Dip Dermatology, Sp Cert in Dermatology
Originally from India, Dr James moved to England 22 years ago and has been living in Norfolk for 16 years.She initially worked in Dermatology for 10 years abroad as well as in the U.K before deciding to become a GP. She worked as a GP locum prior to becoming a partner in 2019. Dr James works 3 days a week at the practice and 3 clinical sessions in dermatology. Her husband is a Rheumatologist and they have 1 daughter. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gardening and classical Indian dancing.
Dr Hayley Bowron – Female, BSc OT, MBBS, MRCGP
Born and raised in South Africa, Dr Bowron worked as an Occupational therapist in South Africa and London before she came to study medicine in Norwich. She graduated from UEA medical School in 2011.
Prior to starting at the Humbleyard Surgeries in October 2020 she spent several years as a doctor at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, James Paget Hospital and other local GP practices in Norfolk.
She loves living in Norfolk and has settled well here in this beautiful part of the country with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys playing tennis, doing outdoor activities and spending time with her family here and in South Africa.
Dr Crystelle Asseman – Female
Dr Asseman was born and bred in France, the northern part to be precise. Dr Asseman completed a PhD in Immunology in Lille, I decided to cross the Channel and experience the English way of life.
The crossing of the sea via the newly built tunnel sous la Manche brought Dr Asseman to Oxford where she researched the role of memory regulatory cells in auto-immune diseases. Oxford was lovely but wet, so after five years, Dr Asseman moved to San Diego to do some more research on the above, but this time facing the Pacific Ocean and with some much needed sunshine.
5 years on it was time to reconnect with our European roots. We moved to NorwichTo be truthful, we initially decided to set camp in the UK for its strategic location. A year later, our daughter was born and it soon became clear that Norfolk would be the place where she was also going to grow up. I started my medical training at UEA in 2006, graduated in 2011 and completed my GP training in 2017.It is a pleasure to be back working with the team at the Humbleyard practice.