Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre

Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre

Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 4JX

Current time is 15:05 - We're open


Telephone: 01323 833535


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Practice Staff


Dr John Simmons

Dr Simmons trained at UCL, graduating in 1996. After initially pursuing a career in Pediatrics he moved to Sussex to become a General Practitioner. Dr Simmons has trained in Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Cardiac Coherence, pursuing a more integrative approach to health care. He has four children, is passionate about environmental issues and sustainable living, loves walking his dog, watching football (he has always supported the best team in London) , traveling and meditating.

Dr Catherine Dodge - Trained Chaperone

Dr Dodge trained at King's College London and Westminster Medical School and qualified in 1986. She did her GP training on the Cleveland Scheme in Middlesborough, then was a Partner in Durham for 7 years. Dr Dodge joined Herstmonceux Health Centre in 1998. She has undertaken additional training in memory assessment and dementia care. Her other medical interests include dermatology and gynaecology.
Dr Dodge has four daughters and enjoys family activities, gardening and walking.

Dr Sarah Andersen - Trained Chaperone

Dr Andersen trained at UCL, alongside Dr Simmons, qualifying in 1997. While at UCL she also enjoyed completing a degree.
in the history of medicine which included life drawing at the Slade art school. She then worked in psychiatry in tropical Queensland before training as a GP in Sussex. Paediatrics, elderly care medicine and mental health are her areas of special interest. She has always been interested in the holistic aspects of healthcare, and would like to focus on health more than disease, and ability morethan disability. In 2017 she finished a Masters degree in Global Health at Sussex
University and had the chance to do some research into the potential health benefits of singing. She has been known to prescribe singing as we do have a choir at the practice. She lives in Brighton and enjoys walking on the downs with her partner, two children and loyal ( if a bit neurotic) cockapoo, Herbie.
Secret skill: hoola-hooping whilst rollerskating
Favourite podcast: Outrage and Optimism

Dr Andrew Sikorski

MBBS, MRGCP, JCPTGP, MFHom, DFFP Dr Sikorski qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School London 1998. Dr Sikorski has continued studying holistic medicine and applying effective healing therapies in his usual NHS practice since attending his first course in Medical Acupuncture in 1992. He is Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and has recently been elected deputy chair of the BMA South East Coastal Regional Council and chair of the British Holistic Medical Association.

Dr Rachel Harrison - Trained Chaperone

Dr Harrison trained at Cambridge University and then Oxford medical school, graduating in 1999. After working in Acute & General medicine in Brighton for a few years and Oncology at the Royal Marsden, she spent time in New Zealand before training to become a General Practitioner. Dr Harrison has worked as a GP in Brighton since 2010. She has 3 children and enjoys cycling , running, yoga, and singing. She is passionate about sustainable living and holistic health care.

Dr Michael Ghalamcis GP Trainee

I am Dr Michael Ghalamcis and I gained my medical degree (MBBCh) from Egypt. I then worked in critical care and gained my master degree before I decided to join General Practice. I have also had some experience in the United States before moving to the United Kingdom. I aim to complete my Membership of the Royal College of Physicians alongside my qualifications for General practice whilst I am at Herstmonceux Surgery in this my third year of GP training. My medical and clinical areas of interest are: Care of the elderly, general medicine and urgent care. On a personal note I love travelling, walking, watching football and music and I am fascinated with History.

Nursing Team

Debbie Hart - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

I have been nursing in some form since 1986, starting as a Nursing Auxiliary at Princess Alice Hospital in Eastbourne.
Completed my training in Oct 2000, Dip HE, RGN, working at EDGH in general surgery & trauma orthopaedics. To gain more experience went out into the community as a staff nurse initially.
Gained by District Nursing degree after a year in this area and gained my BSc (Hons).
Applied to work as a Community Matron in Brighton where I worked for 18months; then took up the same job nearer to home, gaining a PG Dip in Advanced Nurse Practice, this pathway included physical assessment skills and prescribing. I have now been at Herstmonceux Integrative health centre for around 3 years.
Debbie likes to walk her dog Mr Binx, looking after her grandaughter. Cooking for her family, gardening, reading, easily hooked on box sets on the TV, theatre and concerts are a must.

Lizzie Ripley - Lead Nurse - Trained Chaperone

Lizzie qualified as a general adult Nurse in September 2005, starting her career as a District Nurse. Lizzie went on to become the Lead Nurse at the largest practice in Lewes managing a team of 12 Nurses. During her time in Primary care she has completed her Masters modules in wound care, diabetic management, physical health assessment, pharmacology and nurse prescribing. When Lizzie is not working she can be found with her family, dog walking, watching karate and rugby or roller booting!!!

Lola Strom - Nurse

Specialising in Asthma, COPD & Smoking cessation clinic. Lola qualified in 1982 from Harefield and Mount Vernon Hospitals School of Nursing and started working in General Practice in December 2002. Lola is proud to have been the only staff member to attend Wembley on the 30th July 1966

Sally Smith - Health Care Assistant - Trained Chaperone

Prior to joining the NHS in 1998 I was a serving police officer. I have been qualified as an HCA Level 3 since 2003. I have 3 children and 1 grandson. My spare time is spent gardening with my 10 stone german shepherd -Ernie and I have a weakness for colourful Dr Marten boots.

Clinical Pharmacist

Alison Evans

I have worked as a pharmacist since 1992, making the move to Primary Care (from Boots the Chemist) in 2001. Since then I have gained extensive experience working with GP practices in East Sussex.

I am a real people person, and passionate that a holistic approach is taken with all patient reviews. The individual is the expert in their own health, and as such should be enabled to make the right decisions for them WITH the clinician.

I moved from a local NHS organisation in June 2019 to join the local GP Federation, SDHC.

As a result, I now work with the team at Herstmonceux for 20 hours a week, currently Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I enjoy working with the practice, and extensive training has enabled me to move into a more patient-facing role. I truly believe that medication is not always the best approach to a problem, but if it is necessary patients must be in agreement and be able to use it safely and as intended. Challenging but rewarding...

I am a busy mum to two teenagers, and love to spend time with the whole family. To relax, I escape to the garden and enjoy walking our new family dog. Trixie is a patterdale terrier, much pampered, who joined the family in June 2020.

First Contact Physiotherapist

Social Prescriber

Maria Graves

Management Team

Nicola Hone - Practice Manager - Trained Chaperone

I joined the practice in February 2019 having worked in Primary Care in one form or another for 28 years now. I started in General Practice in 1992 as a receptionist, moving up to office manager and then deputy practice manager and supported to complete my Diploma in Practice Management. In 2004 I joined the Primary Care Trust and Clinical Governance Facilitator and then in 1996 I started work for a national organisation providing training to commissioning organisations on Primary Care data quality and Information Governance among other areas. Since then I have set up and managed the two walk in centres, one in Eastbourne and one in Hastings. Just before joining the practice I was working in Primary Care contracting for the CCG and visited the practice for a contract review meeting and I fell in love with it. With the people, the ethos and the care they strive to deliver. Personally I love the outdoors and nature and I enjoy making time for myself and for my Guinea Pigs.

Melanie Ingham - Deputy Practice Manager - Trained Chaperone

Melanie moved to East Sussex in 2010, with her partner and two children, and joined us in 2013. She enjoys being by the sea, many genres of music and going to the theatre.

Michelle - Reception Supervisor - Trained Chaperone

Michelle is married with three children and enjoys reading, gardening and walking her black Labrador and Scottish Terrier

Admin Team

Joanna Head, Deputy Reception Supervisor - Trained Chaperone

I love my job, I love to help people when I can. My favourite thing to do outside of work is spend time with my gorgeous niece and nephews, making indoor camps, doing yoga with them and running around chasing bubbles in the garden. Doughnuts, Matt Damon and custard creams are my weakness and I enjoy a good old duvet day watching back to back episodes of Friends. I can’t run to save my life. I love to attempt playing tennis, only in the summer time, and even though I’m awful at it. I’m a terrible driver and I don’t see the point in the reverse gear on my car...backwards is not an option forwards is hard enough! My family are the best people on the planet and I love them dearly.

Liz Seed

I started work at Herstmonceux Health Centre in 2008. I have grown up in the area and still live locally. I have been married for 35 years and have two grown up children. We have recently been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter.
I have four Labradors which keep me fit. I enjoy country sports and being out with the dogs, whatever the weather.
I take care of our garden and we grow our own on a small veg patch.
Splitting my time between the family, the dogs, working and gardening there is not much time for anything else.

Gemma Taylor

I joined the Team at Herstmonceux in January 2021. I have 2 children. In my spare time I like to go for a walk with my dogs. I also enjoy going fishing in the warmer weather with my partner – not for the fishing though, I just like to relax with a book and enjoy the surroundings and the break away from everyday life

Lindsay Ellis

Lindsay is Sussex born and bred - a proud 'Battle' girl - and moved to Hailsham in 2000. She lives with her husband John and grown up daughter and son, Yazmyn and Samuel, together with a rather nutty 'patterjack' called Percy who barks at everything and nothing! Lindsay enjoys going to concerts and the theatre, walking Percy around the local area and along the beach and enjoys relaxing in her garden, when the weather allows!

Rebecca Simmons - Trained Chaperone

When not working at HIHC I can be found swimming in the sea, pretending to garden, or going on adventures in our campervan.

Dom Harding

I joined the surgery in 2020 as the Digital Media Support Officer. I enjoy playing video games, livestreaming and editing videos for social media like YouTube and Instagram. I also like playing basketball and airsoft!

Nicki Verrall

I joined HIHC in August 2021 as Medical Secretary and am thrilled to be a part of the admin team. An Essex girl born and bred I have spent most of my life in the local area. I have two grown up boys and live with my husband and two dogs; a lovable cockapoo called Teddy and a very fluffy chow chow called Sheng. I love motorcycles, hovercraft, boots (especially Dr.Martens), playing badminton, listening to live music, going to the theatre and eating out.

Elaine Acton

Jenny Huguenot


Verity Stannard

In my spare time I volunteer with a Duke of Edinburgh Award group and at a local windmill. I also enjoy climbing and am a keen astrophotographer.