Meet The Team

Dr.Tom Kennedy

MB, BCh, BAO, DRCOG, DFFP, DMS, MRCGP, Adv Dip Occ. Med.

Tom graduated from University College Cork and completed post-graduate training in general practice in England. He was an honorary clinical research fellow at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and then completed a NHS research training fellowship.

He was a clinical lecturer in general practice at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s Medical School in London. After that he was an executive with Lambeth Primary Care Trust and an honorary senior clinical research fellow at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s.

He commenced at Gorey Family Practice in 2005 where he is the senior clinician. He is a member of the Ireland East Hospital Group GP Advisory Committee and a GP Trainer on the Dublin Mid Leinster GP Training Scheme.

He has trained in Occupational Medicine at the University of Manchester.

Dr. Rob Williams

MB, BCh, MRCS (A&E).

Rob graduated from Edinburgh University and initially trained as a specialist in emergency medicine.

He then completed training in general practice and worked as a GP in the UK before joining Gorey Family Practice in 2007.

Dr. Miriam Birch

MB, BS, MRCP, MRCGP, DFFP.

Miriam graduated from the University of London and having first trained in hospital medicine then trained in general practice. She has additional training in Women’s health.

She worked with Dr. Terry Lyons at Coolgreany Surgery prior to joining Gorey Family Practice.

Dr. Colm O’Brien

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons), MICGP, MRCPI, P.Dip in Clinical Education.

Colm qualified with honours from University College Dublin in 2003 and joined the practice in 2012.

He spent time in Australia before returning to complete his GP training with the Trinity College GP Training Scheme. He also attained membership exams of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (MRCPI), a Diploma in Dermatology at UCD and a Certificate in Diabetes with the ICGP.

He recently completed a Diploma in Clinical Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a clinical tutor for undergraduates at The Royal College Of Surgeons Medical School in Dublin. He is also a tutor at University College Dublin.

Dr. Lize Du Toit

MB, BCh, DCH, LFOM, MICGP.

Lize graduated from the University of Pretoria. She worked as a GP in South Africa for a number of years before moving to Ireland. She has postgraduate qualifications in occupational health and in general practice.

Dr. Christine Ritter

MRCGP, DRCOG, MD.

Christine was born in Germany and qualified from Bonn University in 1994. She completed her training in Somerset and worked with her husband as a GP partner for 12 years. Christine also worked for 20 years as a doctor in the A&E department of the local District Hospital. She has a keen interest in women’s health, family planning (holding a current certificate for implanon/IUD/IUS fits), paediatrics and lifestyle medicine. As her two adult children are now more independent she is looking forward to a new challenge in beautiful Ireland with Gorey Family Practice.

Dr. John Brennan

MB,BCh,BAO (Hons), MICGP, FISQua.

Having variously held sports or academic scholarships while an undergraduate, John graduated with first class honours from UCD and was awarded first place for medicine.

He completed his General Practice training on the Dublin/Mid-Leinster GP Training Programme and then obtained a diploma in Quality Improvement in Healthcare and Patient Safety with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).

He is a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and has held a one year Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence award at the RCPI and ISQua from 2016. John currently works with the RCPI on their Quality Improvement and Patient Safety initiative. He is also the faculty lead for the RCPI/HSE Diploma in Leadership and Quality for Community Care and is the lead for the National COPD Improvement Collaborative.

John is particularly interested in person-centred and complex care and in developing patient and clinician leadership.

He is married to Marie, another GP, and has two children. When not at work (and not changing nappies!) you may find him running on the seafront or hitting a hockey ball.

Dr. Mairead Phelan

M.B., B.A.O. B.Ch, BA (Hons), MICGP.

Originally from Kilkenny, Mairead graduated with honours from Trinity College Dublin in 2013.

Having worked in various Dublin hospitals in the intervening years, she completed her GP Training on the South West GP Scheme in Kerry in 2020.

In her spare time Mairead enjoys playing Irish Traditional Music.

Emma-Kate Doyle

RGN, RM.

Emma graduated as a Midwife at Holles Street Hospital, Dublin. She is a midwife and practice nurse.

Marguerite Quirke

RNID, RGN.

Marguerite worked in general practice for several years before joining Gorey Family Practice. She has a special interest and training in diabetes mellitus, and in mental handicap.

Catherine Ryan

RGN.

Catherine is a practice nurse with special interests in asthma and cardiovascular disease.

All of the doctors and nurses are trained in family planning and contraception.