Julia-PearsonDr Julia Pearson (MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, DFSRH) – with practice since 1988

Dr Pearson qualified from University College London and joined the Practice in 1988 after completing her GP training at Airedale General Hospital just over the border in Yorkshire. Her particular areas of interest are family planning, sexual health, diabetes and palliative care. She has also been an appraiser of other GPs since 2003.  She has also been a GP appraiser since 2003 and in the past has acted as educational supervisor for FY2 doctors and medical students.  Outside work she used to run half marathons but now finds golf a bit easier on the knees.  She also enjoys reading (Airedale GP’s reading group), holidaying in the South of France and trying to control her two hyperactive Dalmatian dogs.








Dr Rimon Chowdhury (MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, DRCOG, PGCertGPEd) – with practice since October 2005

Rimon was born and brought up in Yorkshire and trained in London.  He joined the practice as a registrar in 2004 though he originally began training in general medicine. His main clinical areas of interest are minor surgery and respiratory medicine. He is a GP trainer and, with his wife, has run courses in clinical skills assessment for the MRCGP.  Away from medicine he is cricket mad and is still unsure whether to change his Roses allegiance.







Stuart-BerryDr Stuart Berry (MBChB, MRCGP) – with practice since December 2005)

Prior to joining the Practice, Stuart was a GP in Bradford.  His particular clinical interests are hypertension and mental health and he oversees the drug misuse clinics at the Practice.  He is a GP trainer who looks after the registrars on innovative training posts.  He is also the business lead for the Practice and does practice development framework and IM&T visits to other practices for the PCT.  Outside work he enjoys cross country running and learning to play the piano.  He also enjoys practicing simple magic tricks and balloon modeling with his two young children.







Francis-AshworthDr Francis Ashworth (MBChB (Liverpool), MBCHB and Post Grad Dip Gen Prac) – with practice since July 2006

Dr Ashworth is from Burnley and was previously a partner in a practice in Littleborough after completing training firstly in Liverpool and then in Trawden.  He is a family man who enjoys playing the organ/piano and is musical director of an amateur big band.  He is a regular attender at Crow Wood Leisure Centre and is also an enthusiastic golfer.  His main clinical interests are coronary heart disease, minor surgery, dermatology and palliative care.  He also performs practice development review and IM&T visits for the PCT and is a GP trainer. 







Nabilah-ChowdhuryDr Nabilah Chowdhury (M.D, MRCGP, DFFP, LOCSDI, LOCIUD) – with practice since August 2008

Nabilah joined the practice in August 2008 and is the wife of Rimon.  Her main clinical areas of interest are child health, family planning and sexual health. She did her medical degree in Prague so that, as well as Urdu, she can speak Czech. This has proved very useful in looking after some of our Eastern European patients.  She has recently trained
to give botox injections.







Irfan-ChaudharyDr Irfan Chaudhary (MBChB, MRCGP)

Irfan was born in Burnley, and originally lived in Nelson for 18 years.  He attended the local schools and colleges before completing his Medical Undergraduate training in Birmingham.  Before general practice, Irfan undertook initial training in orthopaedic surgery.  His clinical interests include Musculoskeletal Medicine and Minor Surgery.  Away from medicine, Irfan places significant emphasis on family life, enjoys attending the gym and keeping fit.  He is also a huge football fan, enjoys playing on occasions and following his beloved Manchester United.







Karen-WhittakerDr Karen Whittaker (with practice since October 2013)

Karen was born and grew up in Brierfield. After graduating from Manchester University in1988 she worked around the north west before becoming a GP in Burnley. She left the UK in 2001 to move to Tenerife, where she continued to work as a GP until moving back here in 2013. Karen enjoys time with her dog and her main hobbies are cross-stitch and cooking.