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About Us



Dr John Brook graduated in medicine from The Royal London Hospital after first completing an honours degree in Biochemistry. Following junior hospital jobs in Ear, Nose and Throat, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, General Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, he went into General Practice in 1976, becoming a member of The Royal College of General Practitioners and obtaining Diplomas in Obstetrics and Paediatrics. Following almost 8 years working for the NHS and teaching both medical students and trainee General Practitioners, he left the National Health Service and has been in private practice since 1984.
Dr John Brook’s special interests have always been in preventative medicine, paediatrics and family care and he has always felt a talent for diagnosis and the practice of safe and caring medicine. He has been registered with the Care Quality Commission for the past 10 years and was revalidated (as required by law) following many years of annual Appraisals by the General Medical Council in 2013.



Dr Daniel Brook graduated from Imperial College, London, after completing his pre-clinical studies at Cambridge University.
He worked as a general physician in Central London, gaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003.
After choosing to move into General Practice he qualified with distinction becoming a member of the Royal College of General Practice in 2007.
Daniel enjoys the variety of General Practice and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with his patients. He is popular with young families, teenagers and has a number of elderly patients whom he visits in their own homes. He enjoys the challenge of diagnosis, and uses the added experience of his time as a physician to offer a comprehensive service in managing acute and chronic medical conditions.


Dr Lisa Setchell

Dr Lisa Setchell studied medicine at Nottingham University and after completing her training she worked in Nottingham and Derby, and then in London and Western Australia. After her initial grounding in General Medicine and Surgery she spent time working in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sexual Health. Her broad medical experience served as an ideal platform for the diverse needs of General Practice. She realised her passion was for treating a diverse range of illnesses in men, women and children, and following several years of GP training she became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005.
As a happy mother of four she works part time at the Brook Practice. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice and her special interests are in Women’s Heath and Paediatrics.
Dr Setchell really enjoys the opportunity to get to know her patients and their families well, and she sees this as one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. Her thorough, evidence based and sensitive manner makes her popular with patients and colleagues alike. Lisa will be offering Well Woman clinics alongside the other female doctors at the practice.


Dr Emily Simon

Dr Emily Simon graduated from the University of Manchester in 2003. She Started training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Barnet Hospital before switching to train in General Practice at the North Middlesex hospital. She gained Membership to the Royal College of GPs in 2009. She has since worked as an NHS GP in West Hampstead and Tottenham. She has a special interest in Womens health, and holds diplomas in both Gynaecology and in Sexual and Reproductive health, and is trained in all aspects of family planning. She has previously worked in a teenage sexual health clinic in Kentish Town. She is currently working part time in Community Gynaecology at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, and runs training sessions for GPs on sexual health. She loves all aspects of general practice, and finds it a privilege to manage people right through from birth to old age. Emily will be offering Well Woman clinics alongside the other female doctors at the practice.


Dr Bharat Pahilwani

Dr Bharat Pahilwani qualified from Imperial College London.  His training has included a diverse range of medical specialties in leading London teaching hospitals.  He has a specialist interest in paediatrics, having trained at the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital, as well as preventative and chronic disease management.  He has been awarded an honorary clinical lecturer position at Imperial College London and takes a keen interest in medical education and training the next generation of Doctors.  Dr Pahilwani enjoys practicing across a breadth of healthcare problems ranging from acute emergencies working in Accident and Emergency, as well as chronic disease management through his work in general practice.


Dr Amanda Simmons

Dr Simmons attained her medical degree from Leeds University Medical School in 2003 together with a BSc in ‘Genetics in relation to medicine’. Following graduation and her junior house officer positions, she worked in paediatrics in several London teaching hospitals obtaining her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2007. She went on to attain membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010 along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her work in general practice has given her experience with patients from a wide variety of cultural and economic groups. She enjoys the incredibly varied and rewarding work that general practice allows. Her areas of special interest remain paediatrics and women’s health but she enjoys all aspects of her clinical work. When not at work she enjoys exercising, spending time with her husband and trying to maintain calm as a mother to their three young children.


Dr Sonali Kinra

Dr Sonali Kinra graduated in 2001 in India and moved to United Kingdom in 2004. Her initial experience was working in hospital medical specialties such as Gastroenterology, Stroke medicine and Paediatrics. She received Membership of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)  England in 2007. She then went on to undertake General Practice training and obtained Membership of Royal college of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2009. She had been practising as a GP Partner in a large city NHS practice in Nottingham and in January 2020 moved to London. 

She brings with her expertise in continuity of care across all age groups with special interest in hepatology (Liver medicine) and Care of the Elderly. She offers patient-centred care and encourages shared decision making for managing acute and chronic disease. She has held key leadership roles in Nottingham in maternity and children service commissioning as well as strategic policy making. Her current appointment in the primary care team in NHS England and and as nationally elected council member with Royal College of General Practitioner, U.K. enables her to influence policy with respect to medical staff retention and enhancing patient experience within the NHS. Her efforts were recently recognised by a national award in 2021 for Professional Excellence by BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin). She is invited speaker at numerous national forums as she takes keen interest in encouraging, improving the working lives doctors and patients alike. Her husband who is a consultant cancer surgeon remains a strong motivating force in her life who encourages her to remain up to date with ongoing medical advancements. These remain subjects of intense debate at the dinner table for this medical couple balancing provision of primary and tertiary care across all healthcare spectrums


Dr Lavan Varathan

Dr Lavan Varathan qualified from King’s College London. His training has seen him working within several medical and surgical specialties where he has acquired a breadth of knowledge. He completed his GP training at Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and has since been working at a busy NHS practice in North West London. He has also taken on a clinical lead post at a leading practice known for innovation and forward thinking. Lavan is also incredibly keen on medical education, he has completed a postgraduate teaching certification from University College London and enjoys mentoring future generations of GP. He enjoys continuity, getting to know individuals and families and thinking about lifestyle in the wider picture of health. He is known for his diligence and comforting manner. In a busy society, he believes that health must be holistic and places weight on maintaining both physical and mental health.