How long have you been a dermatologist? 

I have been working in Dermatology since 2010 and as a Consultant Dermatologist since 2019.

What inspired you to follow this career path?

I was inspired to study medicine by my mother and specifically Dermatology as the skin offers a great insight into human health. I find the spectrum of skin diseases fascinating and I find rare and genetic skin diseases of particular interest as I can build a strong and lasting connection with the individual affected and their family.

Why is being a dermatologist and researcher important to you?

Research in rare skin diseases is the only pathway for these individuals to get access to meaningful treatments. I have completed a PhD studying cell therapies for adults and children with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Conducting clinical research is an important part of my daily job.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

Getting treatments to patients as soon as possible.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My conversations with families.

Why did you become involved with the ISG?

I look after a lot of individuals with ichthyoses and I welcomed being part of the support group which tries to educate individuals and support their journey through getting a diagnosis and treatment.

How do you raise awareness and signpost people towards the ISG?

I encourage them to join the support group and engage in family events. Also to stay updated about research projects.

Outside of your role what are your interests and hobbies?

I spend time with my family. I love travelling, reading and walking.