Meet Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr John Ferguson MB BCh BAO MICGP B Med Sci
General Practitioner

Dr. John Ferguson studied medicine at University College Dublin and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Surgery and Obstetrics and Bachelor of Medical Science. He then went on to complete his GP training graduating from the Trinity GP Training Scheme in 2002. This training included working in the hospital settings at the Mater, St. Columcilles Loughlinstown, Navan General, Temple Street, St. Patricks, St. James, and Tallaght.

Following GP training John worked as a GP assistant in Skerries before he co-founded the Bracken Clinic on Dublin Street in Balbriggan in June 2005. This later became the Bracken Family Practice in the summer of 2017 with the move to our new premises.

John’s professional interests include general health, paediatrics, preventative medicine, men’s health, mental health and managing methadone patients. John also holds a Diploma in Practice Management and was a board member and treasurer in Nurture Health from 2015-2018. Nurture provides comprehensive counselling services to women pre, during and post pregnancy.

In his spare time, John enjoys golf and is a member of Skerries Golf Club where he has played since his teens. He enjoys watching all sports but especially soccer, golf and rugby.

Dr Yvonne Sayers, MB BCh BAO MICGP DME DCP
General Practitioner

Dr Yvonne Sayers joined the Bracken Family Practice in 2016. Originally from Kerry, she graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2000 and completed her vocational training in general practice in the Donegal General Practice training scheme. In 2005, she was fortunate to work in a rural surgery in Victoria, Australia for several months.  This experience was of immense benefit to her both professionally and personally, while also providing her with deep insight into working in a different health care system.

Yvonne enjoys every aspect of her role as a general practitioner.  Her special interests are in the areas of women’s health, family planning, contraception, she inserts both coils and implanon devices, paediatrics, preventative medicine and mental health. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Medicine, of Surgery and of Obstetrics, Yvonne also holds a Diploma in Clinical Psychology, a Certificate in Family Planning, a Diploma in Medicine of the Elderly and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Clinical Primary Care). She is also a member of the specialist division of the Irish College of General Practitioners.

In her spare time, when she is not busy running after her three children, Yvonne enjoys the theatre, music, exercise and watching any type of sport.  She is also a fluent Irish speaker.

Dr Sarah King, MB BCh BAO MICGP DCH DME DRCOG
General Practitioner

Dr Sarah King graduated from University College Dublin in 2006 and qualified as a GP in 2012 after completing her four-year GP training scheme in the midlands. Prior to joining the Bracken Family Practice, she had wide ranging experience from completing an internship in the Mater Hospital, and St Johns in Limerick, to working in Sydney Australia in emergency medicine. She has also worked in hospital settings throughout Ireland including general medicine in Tullamore, obstetrics and paediatrics in Portlaoise and Psychiatry in Mullingar.

Sarah enjoys all aspects of family medicine and has special interests in women’s health, antenatal care, paediatrics and mental health. She offers specialist experience in coil insertion, Implanon, and large joint injections.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Medicine, of Surgery and of Obstetrics, a Diploma in Children’s Health, a Diploma in Medicine for the Elderly, and a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys tennis and coaching GAA.

Dr Paul McElhinney, MB BCh BAO MICGP BA (Hons) Sch
General Practitioner

Dr Paul McElhinney graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Medicine, of Surgery and of Obstetrics in 2012, and from the Trinity GP training scheme in 2017. He is a Scholar of Trinity College (2009) achieving first in his class, and won university medals for anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology.

Prior to joining the Bracken Family Practice, Paul worked in general practice in Clonee and Summerhill (Co Meath) and also in hospital settings in the Mater, St James, Coombe, St Pats and Tallaght. Since 2016, he has been a committee member and webmaster of the Primary Care Surgical Association.

Paul is dedicated to helping people with comprehensive care in the community and has special interests in community surgery, ENT, women’s health and contraception and joint injections. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience through teaching, both of medical students and by teaching surgery to registrars. In his spare time, Paul enjoys rock climbing and open water swimming.

Dr Niamh Scanlan, MB BCh BAO MICGP BA (Hons) DLP
General Practitioner

Dr. Niamh Scanlan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Science specialising in Biochemistry and Immunology.  She spent a year travelling in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia before returning to Ireland to study medicine.   She graduated from University College Cork in 2012 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics.  She holds a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry and advanced certificates in contraception.  She completed the TCD GP training scheme in 2017.

Prior to joining the Bracken Family Practice in 2018. Niamh worked in a range of specialities at St. James and Beaumont Hospital, St Patricks MHS, Adelaide, Meath and National Children’s Hospital Tallaght, National Maternity Hospital and Our

Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.  She has worked in general practice in Kildare, Mulhuddart and Donabate.

Niamh has special interests in women’s health (contraception, menopause, pre/post-natal care and breastfeeding promotion), diabetes management, palliative care and health promotion.  She also offers expertise in cryotherapy, joint injections of the shoulder and knee, implanon and uterine coil fitting.  She is a clinical Tutor for Trinity College medical students.

In her spare time Niamh enjoys hiking, yoga, reading and is a mother of two.

Our Practice Manager

Allison Guildea
Practice Manager

Allison joined Bracken Family Practice in 2017 bringing with her 15 year experience in medical administration and practice management.

Our Nurses

Lisa Englishby
Practice Nurse

Lisa has been our practice nurse for almost 10 years. She trained in the UK in The Royal Free Hospital in London and qualified in 1999.
She gained a wealth of experience in London for years in different areas including Rheumatology, Theatre and the Pain clinic before returning to Ireland to begin a job in DDoc and then as a practice nurse in 2008.
Lisa runs a diabetic clinic in the practice, along with all the other nursing duties, including phlebotomy, ecg, ear irrigation, hpv screening, dressings removal of stitches , 24 blood pressure monitor, injections and baby vaccinations.

Kerrie Shannon
Practice Nurse

Kerrie qualified as a General nurse in 1998. Through her career in nursing she has worked predominantly in the primary care setting and exclusively as a General practice nurse since 2008. She’s been part of the Bracken family team since February 2020.

Our Phlebotomist

Daire Hassett
Phlebotomist / Admin

Daire has worked in the Bracken Family Practice for 14 years. She is qualified in GP Practice Management and Phlebotomy.  Daire is working as a Phlebotomist and in Administration.

Administration Staff, Support Staff & Practice Manager

Mary, Julie, Mary, Maeve, Sandra, Linda, Daire, Allison

Speciality Services

Martyn Robert Mulry
Hearing Aid Audiologist

Martin is dedicated to making a positive improvement in his patient’s lives through better hearing. As a Hearing Aid Audiologist, Martin provides patients with services such as hearing tests (including hearing tests for employment purposes), tympanometry (middle ear testing), microsuction (wax removal) and hearing protection devices. He offers patients expert advice to identify the right hearing aid for their needs, and also fits and services hearing devices.

Martin offers specialist expertise in testing and analysing hearing issues and is the first port of call for patients with concerns about their hearing. He provides tailored solutions for a variety of hearing conditions alongside referrals for further investigation and treatment when required.

Prior to joining the Bracken Family Practice, Martin was a Branch Manager for a large multi-national hearing company. He holds a degree in Hearing Aid Audiology FdSc HAA from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and is a member of the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (ISHAA).

Kevina Cardiff Ph.D.
Consultant Dietitian M.I.N.D.I.

Kevina is passionate about empowering people to improve their health and quality of life through nutrition. As a Consultant Dietitian Kevina is qualified to give accurate, scientific-based nutritional advice and information in both health and disease. She offers one-to-one appointments and personalised plans and advice to help people overcome specific health issues affected by nutrition.

Kevina’s professional areas of interest include eating disorders, gut health, coeliac disease, diabetes and heart health, obesity and weight management. She offers specialist expertise in guided self-help for eating disorders and is FODMAP trained for IBS.

Kevina was awarded her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Imperial College London in 1998. She worked for many years in biomedical research both in London and Dublin prior to qualifying (with Distinction) as a dietitian from The University of Ulster. Prior to setting up her private practice, Kevina worked as a dietitian in clinics at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Kevina is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, of Self Employed Dietitians of Ireland, and is CORU registered. She is also a busy mum to two children, enjoys getting out for a walk and as a coeliac, loves to bake all things gluten free.