General Practitioners – Partners
- Dr Jim Ropner – MB BS MRCGP BSc Dip Pal Med
Dr Ropner qualified from University College London in 2001 with degrees in Medicine and Psychology. Since then he has worked in hospitals ranging from Cheltenham and Gloucester, to Palmerston North in New Zealand. He gained a Distinction in his membership exam to the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2007, and joined Berkeley Place Surgery as a full time Partner in 2008. He has a special interest in Palliative Care, and has completed the Palliative Medicine Diploma from Cardiff University. He is the practice lead for Cardiology and Mental Health. He has a wife, two young girls, and a dog that keep him busy when not at work! In his spare time he enjoys photography, gardening and field sports. Dr Ropner’s surgeries are every day except Tuesday.
- Dr Olesya Atkinson – MB BChir (cantab) MRCP DFFP DRCOG MRCGP (distinct) MMedSci Med Ed (distinct)
Olesya qualified as a doctor from University of Cambridge in 2002. She worked as a hospital doctor in Nottingham until she changed her career direction into General Practice. Olesya has been a GP partner at Berkeley Place surgery in Cheltenham since 2014.
Olesya enjoys the wide range of clinical problems seen in primary care. She has special interest in General Medicine and Women’s Health including provision of contraceptive implants and coils.
Olesya recognizes the limitations of the traditional bio-medical model of care versus the psycho-social model to address the wider determinants of health. She is an advocate of the role of the Social Prescribing to improve people’s health and wellbeing in a non-medicalized way.
Olesya has extensive background in teaching and training at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She became actively involved in Primary Care Networks (PCN) at their onset, seeing PCNs as an opportunity to enhance primary care workforce and reduce health inequalities. Olesya is supporting all six practices in the Central Cheltenham PCN as a joint Clinical Director.
Olesya enjoys outdoors and spending time with her friends and young family.
- Dr Brian Smith – MB ChB MRCP DRCOG
Dr. Smith qualified from Birmingham University in 1987. He then spent some time working in hospital medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham while studying for the Membership exam of the Royal College of Physicians. After this he worked for a year in a small hospital on the outskirts of Sydney in Australia. After returning to the UK he decided to pursue a career in General Practice, finishing his training in Gloucestershire where he has lived since 1994. His medical interests are in the breadth of general practice though he has considerable experience in chronic disease management and in minor surgery. He is married and his hobbies include various sports, photography and cooking. Dr Smith’s surgeries are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Dr Georgia Woodburn – BM BS, B Med Sci, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP
Dr Woodburn qualified from Nottingham University in 2000 with degrees in Medical Sciences and Medicine & Surgery. Since then she has worked in hospitals ranging from Nottingham, Gloucester and Bath, to Hastings in New Zealand. She gained a merit in her membership exam to the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005, and joined Berkeley Place Surgery as a Salaried GP in February 2014. She has a special interest in Women’s Health and is fully trained in Nexplanon and IUCD insertion. Outside General Practice, her main interest is travel, exploring and living in such countries as Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. She is married with three young children and in her ‘spare time’ she enjoys playing classical guitar, cooking and playing squash and hockey. Dr Woodburn’s surgeries are on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Dr Simon Truckle – MBBS DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Truckle qualified at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel which is now amalgamated with Barts Hospital and after time spent working in A and E did his General Practice training in Brighton. He was then a partner in Bedfordshire for 8 years until deciding to move across to Gloucestershire to enjoy the outdoor life that the Cotswolds has to offer. He joined the practice in 2018. He enjoys traveling, outdoor pursuits and spending time with the family. He has an interest in all fields of general practice but a particular interest in dermatology and mental health. He is at the practice each weekday except for Wednesdays.
General Practitioners – Associate GPs
- Dr Laura Collier-Dyson –MRCGP DRCOG BNBS BMedSci
Dr Collier-Dyson qualified as a doctor from the University of Nottingham in 2007. Since then she has spent her junior doctor years in Cheltenham and Gloucester before completing her GP training in London. In 2014 she relocated back to the Cotswolds and joined Berkeley Place Surgery in 2016 as a salaried GP. She is married with a young son. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and going for long walks with her family. Dr Collier-Dyson’s surgeries are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.