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Meet The Team

Bromley Emergency Courses Staff

Dr Ian Stell

DIRECTOR

Ian was an ED consultant for 17 years until 2016, and Clinical Director for eight of those. He has also worked in clinical research, in General Practice, in a wide range of UK specialties, and for three years in Zimbabwe. He started Bromley Emergency Courses in 2005. He directs the company and writes a lot of the teaching material. He has a certificate in education and postgraduate diplomas from seven medical royal colleges and faculties. He is married with four children, is a waterpolo goalkeeper (when pools are running!) and has been a beekeeper for many years.

Karyn Collison

MANAGER

Originally from New Zealand, Karyn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Karyn came to the UK in 2010 and joined the Bromley Emergency Courses team in 2015. Karyn is responsible for the main organisation of all of the courses along with a variety of other tasks. When not at work Karyn enjoys walking, reading and visiting new places (when allowed).

Mary Lindsay

ASSISTANT MANAGER & FACULTY COORDINATOR

Mary’s main role at Bromley is co-ordinating faculty, along with helping on courses and general administration. Before joining this team, Mary worked in a variety of roles – paid and unpaid.  These have included recruitment, administration, school governor, full-time mum (to 3, now grown-up children), Christmas tree distributor and seamstress! Outside of work she enjoys gardening, crafting, cooking, playing tennis and skiing. She is always happiest entertaining round a table with family and friends.

Aga Melcer

DEPUTY MANAGER

Aga is originally from Poland where she used to be a teacher. Came to UK about 12 years ago and since then has gone through various admin & customer related jobs in a variety of industries including construction, entertainment and media & publishing. In her free time she runs a movie blog, enjoys old school roller skating and photography.

 

Mark Kretschmann

SENIOR VIDEO EDITOR

Mark is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a Masters degree in English Literature and worked for many years as a tutor and lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg. In 2014 he moved to London and worked in central government for a few years before retraining as a video editor and videographer. He has worked both full-time and freelance as an editor and joined Bromley Emergency Courses in early 2021. In his spare time, Mark can be found at music gigs (when allowed) or at home making music videos for his friends’ bands.

Louise Cook

HOSPITALITY & CATERING

Matt Downing

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT

Sam Marshall

VIDEO EDITOR

Some of our Faculty

Dr Priyan Tantrige

BSc MBBS FRCR EBIR

Priyan is a consultant interventional radiologist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior clinical lecturer at King’s College London. He completed his undergraduate training at Imperial College London and Foundation training at the South Thames Foundation School. Prior to starting his specialty training at the London School of Radiology, he attended the level one ultrasound course with Bromley Emergency Courses, which he saw as a great introduction to clinical ultrasound, a tool he now uses daily in his diagnostic and procedural work. His academic interests are centred on imaging and artificial intelligence and he has twice been awarded Teacher of the Year by King’s College London. He lives in Bromley with his wife and children, and enjoys obstacle course racing in his spare time.

Dr Alice Cook

MBBS FRCEM

After training as a GP and working for a short time in General Practice, Alice went back into hospital medicine and did 2 years of anaesthetics, followed by the Diploma in Tropical Medicine in London. She then worked in West Africa for 14 years and after a break with young children, went back into Emergency Medicine part-time. After 12+ years in ED and gaining FRCEM, she works as an Associate Specialist at The Royal Surrey in Guildford, where She is POCUS lead for the department. She supervises and teaches Ultrasound to junior doctors on a daily basis, when working, which she finds very rewarding. Outside work she loves hill walking, swimming, playing guitar and singing.

Dr Ruth Sneep

Ruth came over to the UK in 2018 after finishing her training in Emergency Medicine in the Netherlands. Her love for ultrasound was sparked early on by a very skilled supervisor and she has been trying to gain skills and knowledge ever since. It combines perfectly with another passion of hers: teaching. Her particular interest is coming up with visual metaphors and/or auditory signs (read: noises) to help understand and memorise the wonders of medicine and ultrasound.

Dr Fiqry Fadhlillah

BMedSci (Hons.) BMBS MSc DipIMC (RCSEd) MRCP (UK) MRCEM FRCEM 

Fiqry is a Specialty Registrar in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine. He holds an ultrasound qualification from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, as well as FICE (Focused Intensive Care Echocardiography; now known as FUSIC) from the Intensive Care Society. He has a deep interest in the use of point-of-care ultrasound and has been teaching at Bromley since 2019. In his spare time, you can find him playing ice hockey, skiing down a slope, cycling through central London or running.

Dr Rob Kalebka

Rob Kalebka is an emergency medicine consultant originally qualified in South Africa in 2011. He entered the speciality register in the UK through the CESR pathway in 2017. He has over 15 years of experience in emergency medicine and has been using ultrasound regularly for over 10 years. He is Level 1 accredited and teaches regularly on the Bromley Emergency Ultrasound course. Currently he is working on obtaining a Level 2 accreditation in ultrasound.

Dr Mehrad Ramazany

MD PLAB FRCEM / POCUS degrees: RCEM Level 1/ FUSIC Heart/ PGcert in Abdomen and DVT (final steps)

Mehrad was born and bred in Iran and worked there for a couple of years as a junior doctor, before moving to the UK in 2012. He did his EM Training in South London and Liverpool, before returning to St George’s hospital to start as consultant and the POCUS lead in 2020. Being Persian, he goes by the name of POCUS Prince. You will always find the ultrasound machine where Mehrad is, and he has not carried a stethoscope in over a year. He is also a rookie half-marathon runner.

Dr Gabin Mbanjumucyo

MBchB, MMED EMCC

Gabin Mbanjumucyo is an emergency medicine doctor from Rwanda, currently working in one of the UK’s busiest A&Es. He holds a fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound. His ultrasound skills were mostly based in low resources settings, where there is minimal radiology expertise and infrastructure, and bedside ultrasound was used to make life-saving decisions and interventions. He has done research on ultrasound, mainly in the application of ultrasound in diagnosis of tropical diseases. He hopes to advance studies in ultrasound and find new uses for it.

Dr Matt Blundell

Matt is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. He first picked up an ultrasound probe when undertaking an ‘F3’ job in South Africa in 2009 and was enthralled when he diagnosed a cardiac tamponade in his first patient. Matt firmly believes in the concept of ultrasound being the new stethoscope and is the co-lead for ultrasound in his department. He has additional qualifications including a PgCert in Medical Ultrasound and is undertaking the BSE Level 1 in Echocardiography. When not covered in ultrasound jelly, Matt can be found covered in sweat after a home gym workout or attempting/failing to recreate another dish from MasterChef!

 

Dr George Nada

Dr Valentina Casula

Valentina studied medicine and specialised in Italy, completing her postgraduate training in intensive care and anaesthesia. During her training in Italy, she received extensive experience and training in the use of ultrasound, which she then furthered with teaching roles in Italy. Ultrasound has since become a keen interest and passion of hers. She gained entry to the specialist register in the UK in 2018 and has been teaching with Bromley Emergency Courses since February 2020. This role gives her a great sense of satisfaction and allows her keen interest and knowledge to be passed on to better the outcome of patients and improve other care providers’ treatments and confidence. She lives in Sussex with her partner and enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, cooking, caring for her dogs, and planning adventures!

Africa in 2009 and was enthralled when he diagnosed a cardiac tamponade in his first patient. Matt firmly believes in the concept of ultrasound being the new stethoscope and is the co-lead for ultrasound in his department. He has additional qualifications including a PgCert in Medical Ultrasound and is undertaking the BSE Level 1 in Echocardiography. When not covered in ultrasound jelly, Matt can be found covered in sweat after a home gym workout or attempting/failing to recreate another dish from MasterChef!

 

Dr Dominic Craver

Dom is an Emergency Medicine trainee with a keen interest in ultrasound. Having been wooed by its potential whilst spending two years working in South Africa as an F3/4 in 2011, the piezoelectric probe has never left his side. Since that initial romance, he spent a further 2 years in South Africa on an OOPE honing his sonography skills, delivered bespoke ultrasound teaching to clinicians in Madagascar and is regularly found in South London emergency departments either doing a scan or teaching someone how to scan. In his free time, Dom likes to run, cook and dream about going away again, which COVID is making very difficult.

 

Africa in 2009 and was enthralled when he diagnosed a cardiac tamponade in his first patient. Matt firmly believes in the concept of ultrasound being the new stethoscope and is the co-lead for ultrasound in his department. He has additional qualifications including a PgCert in Medical Ultrasound and is undertaking the BSE Level 1 in Echocardiography. When not covered in ultrasound jelly, Matt can be found covered in sweat after a home gym workout or attempting/failing to recreate another dish from MasterChef!

 

Some of our Actors

Miranda Shrapnell

Miranda has been roleplaying since 2012 and has been with Bromley Emergency Courses since 2017. Her favourite thing about working here is getting to see candidates develop over their time on the course. As a professional actor, a large amount of her work has been on stage with credits including Subtitles (National Theatre Lithuania), offie nominated My Other Self (Cockpit Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (The Rose Playhouse). Her modelling work has featured in The Natural History Museum Magazine. Miranda has been training in static trapeze at the National Centre for Circus Arts and enjoys spending time with her mischievous cat, Figaro.

Francesca Anderson

Francesca is an actress and singer with an appetite for adventure and an even bigger appetite for cake! Francesca has worked on stage and screen and enjoys working in roleplay, as it challenges her improvisation skills. When not acting she spends her time messing about on the river on her narrowboat. 

Daniel Tiplady

Daniel graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2012. Since then he has worked in many areas of the industry, from bringing theatre to rural locations with Farnham Maltings in ‘Brilliance’, to feature films in ‘Misbehaviour’. He has enjoyed being part of the Bromley Emergency Courses team for 5 years and has extensive experience roleplaying within a variety of OSCE assessments. Additionally, Daniel utilizes his acting background to deliver drama-based training across various topics within business. Other than being interested in a range of sports, Daniel loves spending his time surrounded by nature and is always looking forward to the next opportunity to pitch his tent.

 

Sophie Steel

Sophie has been working with Bromley Emergency Courses for over ten years. She brings with her a wealth of experience acting on stage and screen, including drama and comedy, cabaret and puppetry and most recently a UK tour of the family show, Monstersaurus! She has worked as a roleplayer for many of the Medical College exams, including the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. When she is not acting, Sophie can be found in her garden shed, getting her fingers dirty running her printmaking business: Lino Print My Gram.

Laura Kirman

Laura trained at Rose Bruford College and is an associate artist of Mischief Theatre. Her theatre experience includes: 39 Steps (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Mischief Movie Night (Arts Theatre), Dido Queen of Carthage (RSC), Vice Versa (RSC), Waiting for Waiting for Godot (St James Theatre), The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK tour), Frida Hahlo of Penge West (Rosemary Branch), Lights! Camera! Improvise! (Edinburgh Fringe), Match Girls (Wilton’s Music Hall), Confetti (Last Refuge). She has also appeared in the BBC television series, Our Girl.

Ryan Woodcock

Ryan has worked with Bromley Emergency Courses since 2018. He graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2016 and has since worked for a variety of theatre companies touring the UK and parts of Europe. Aside from acting, he is a lover of all things sport – Cricket, Football and Swimming, in particular. Ryan has loved his time with Bromley and looks forward to his continuing work with the team.

Eleanor Toms

Eleanor has worked with the team since 2018 as a roleplay actor and ultrasound subject. She graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2016 and has worked extensively in theatre since then. Her credits include working at the New Vic Theatre, international and UK touring, The Minack and several repertory companies. She is also a musician and singer, working regularly as an actor musician. When not performing, Eleanor is an avid reader and lover of everything outdoors – having grown up in Cornwall how could she not!? She loves working with the team here and looks forward to meeting you all.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR COURSES

"Very helpful Course. Very valuable advice given, good exam tips, lots of practice. Faculty is excellent. Thanks!"

MRCEM Part C, January 2019

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"Enjoyable, informative and very useful course. Thanks to everyone/ faculty and actors who helped me to understand the requirements and giving opportunity to practice and practice. Thank you!"

MRCEM Part C, January 2019

Anonymous

"Fantastic course. Good exposure to variety of scenarios."

MRCEM Part C, January 2019

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