Don't judge another (wo)man until you have walked a mile in their moccasins "

(American First Nation proverb)

Mr. David Deardon BM MD FRCS FRCS(Ed)

Chief Executive / General Surgeon & Endoscopist

Areas of expertise

UK Trained Consultant General and Transplant Surgeon, now providing day case General Surgery and Surgical Gastroenterology to SMC


Education and professional training

Trained at Southampton Medical School (BM) 1984. Became a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed) in 1989. Completed EU Surgical Training in 1990 and UK Surgical Training in 1996. Completed my Doctorate at Manchester University in 1999


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Over 20 published scientific papers in peer reviewed journals Presented and co-authored a number of scientific presentations at international congresses in Japan, Europe, India, USA and the UK. Accredited as a specialist in General Surgery in 1997 and joined the GMC’s specialist register.


Professional experience

Held consultant posts in Plymouth (Senior Lecturer /Associate Professor), Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals London, Oxford Radcliffe (Honorary Tutor to Green College and involved in the initial development of the highly successful Oxford Pancreas and Non-heart beating kidney transplant programmes), the Western Infirmary, Glasgow (reintroduced the


Languages spoken

English


Interests

Doing exciting things with my family, travelling (to explore cultures and geography); philately, jigsaws and skiing.


Chana Michels

Chief Operating Officer

Areas of expertise

Strategic leadership. Business acumen. Change management. Driving performance measures


Education and professional training

Liverpool John Moores. University Universidad de Granada


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Degree in International Business and Spanish. Master's in Strategic Leadership and Management


Professional experience

I am responsible for leading and growing the organisation, delivering our strategy and ensuring we provide excellent care for our patients. More than 13 years' experience as a senior leader with an excellent track record of leading organisations to focus on the people they support. My career has been in delivering health related services where I have focused on outcomes- delivering compassionate, safe, effective care and an outstanding experience for patients.


Languages spoken

English and Spanish


Interests

Sports. Reading. Travel


In life you'll generally regret the things you don't do, not the things you've done"

Karen Bolt

Client Services Manager

Areas of expertise

Trained as a Registered General Nurse in the UK, working as a ward sister prior to leaving the UK in 2001. Have lived in Gibraltar since then, working in the Specialist Medical Clinic since 2008 and being Clinic Manager since 2010.


Education and professional training

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

RGN, MITI, ITI certified translator, Spanish to English


Professional experience

15 years in the UK as a Registered General Nurse, mainly working in the area of Respiratory Medicine and Neurology. Experience as Clinic Manager throughout each expansion of the Specialist Medical Clinic since the clinic opened.


Languages spoken

English and Spanish


Interests

Family, travel, languages.


"An Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.""

Benjamin Franklin.

Amy Jane Solczak

Financial Controller

Areas of expertise

Experienced Finance Manager and Business Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Skilled in, Customer Service, Accounting, Customer Satisfaction, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) As well as Development of core businesses practices to optimise Business Profit and growth .


Education and professional training

University of Wales St Trinity David, Gibraltar University and Lincoln College.


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Finance, AAT, Financial Bookkeeping


Professional experience

Studied in Leisure and Business Management. In 2016 I came to Gibraltar as a Business Operations Manager, focusing on expanding profit and growth for small businesses. I joined the Specialist Medical Clinic in 2018 as Finance and Clinical Manager, before being promoted to Financial Controller.


Languages spoken

English


Interests

Surfing, Old films, music, sport, travel.


Within each of us, lies the ability to achieve the impossible""

Nicole Asquez

Surgical Care Coordinator

Areas of expertise

Beauty and Massage Therapy, Nursing Administration and Secretarial


Education and professional training

Westside School, Gibraltar College of further education, Manchester School of Massage


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Qualified Beauty and Massage Therapist RSA typing and secretarial studies including audio typing Nursing Assistant Diploma


Professional experience

After working in the beauty industry for 10 years, I changed career and went into administration. I joined the Specialist Medical Clinic in 2014 as a Receptionist/ Administrator, then became Team Leader, Nursing Assistant to Senior Nursing Assistant. I am now a Surgical Care Coordinator which entails liaising with patients and doctors to organise all procedures and surgeries in the Gibraltar Clinic and in Spain.


Languages spoken

English Spanish


Interests

Cooking, painting, travelling and music concerts


When you can't control what's happening challenge yourself to control the way you respond, that's where the power is!"

Maria Dolores Castano-Molina (Dip)

Insurance Claims Coordinator

Areas of expertise

Bilingual and experienced teacher with good organisational skills. Assertive with exceptional attention to detail


Education and professional training

4 year Diploma in Spanish at the Open University


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Initially I worked as a member of the Reception Department. I have grown with the clinic as the clinic has expanded and am now a senior member of the team. I now work closely with the Accounting Department as an insurance Claims Coordinator dealing with Private Medical Insurance, inputting remittances and invoices.


Professional experience

I worked at a secondary school for the SEN Dept for 12 years and taught small groups of year 7 to year 11 Literacy and Spanish GCSE. In addition I was a tutor for 7 years and taught PSHE.


Languages spoken

Fluent in English and Spanish


Interests

I am an avid reader, love cross stitching, embroidery and diamond painting along with any other craft/ sewing project.


"Onwards and Upwards" "

Secondary School moto that stuck.

Lucy Fairbairn

PA to Dr David Deardon

Areas of expertise

Dedicated to organizational management, ensuring a seamless working daily schedule for Dr. Deardon. A solution sourcing attitude is extended to the clinic team with a hands-on approach to ensure that things do get done. Being a people person and an ability to work under pressure means that I can readily adapt to deal with what is required for the moment.


Professional experience

Over 20 years of professional experience spanning Office Management, Recruitment and Human Resources, Spanish Real Estate as well as previously being a PA within a top London Brand House.


Languages spoken

English


Interests

Reading or catching up with a series when possible, respite and reset. I absolutely enjoy my "rugby and dance mum" Saturdays too.