Meet the Team
Dr Mark Semler
MBChB MRCGP PG Dip Cardiology
Dr Mark Semler graduated from Leeds University Medical School in August 2000. After moving through a number of training specialties and then spending 4 years working in emergency medicine, Mark entered General Practice specialty training in 2007. After achieving MRCGP in 2009, Mark went on to work as a GP Partner in a busy Hertfordshire NHS GP practice. Mark attained a Post Graduate Diploma in cardiology and helped to run the Community Cardiology service for the Royal Free Hospital for 2 years - he also has a strong interest in urgent care services and spent 5 years working at the Royal Free Hospital's Urgent Care Centre. Mark also secured funding for and then set up the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund project in Hertfordshire providing extended 7 days GP access to over 100,000 patients – eventually resulting in a trip to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister! In early 2017, Mark decided to put all his energy into developing Private GP services and specifically EdgCARE – Private Community Family Doctors. He also works once a week in a local NHS GP practice. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his young family, religious study and playing the guitar.
Dr Sheryl Kaplan
MBBS BSc MRCGP DGM DRCOG DRSRH
Dr Sheryl Kaplan graduated from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in 2005. After her foundation training, she went on to complete her Specialty Training in General Practice in 2010. Sheryl has since been working as a GP in Burnt Oak and became a partner in her practice in 2014. Sheryl holds diplomas in Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. She has been trained in contraceptive procedures including coil and implant fittings. In her NHS practice, she is the joint lead for Women’s Health and has a keen interest in Dementia and Palliative Care as well. Sheryl enjoys working with her patients and has a holistic approach to her consultations. She has joined the EdgCARE team as the Women’s Health Lead. When Sheryl is not running around after her 2 young sons, she enjoys DIY, gardening and thinking about doing some exercise.
Dr Stacey Hoffman
Dr Stacey Hoffman is an experienced practitioner who qualified at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. After her studies, she completed her internship and community service at a number of busy and underprivileged hospitals in Johannesburg gaining invaluable experience in emergency medicine. However, once completed, general practice and the ability to form relationships with patients drew her to her first role as a General Practitioner in a Private Practice in Johannesburg where her focus was on women and children’s health. In 2008 Dr Hoffman emigrated to the United Kingdom with her husband and spent 2 years working in NHS hospitals until she joined a successful general practice in the city with a focus on health screens and corporate health. After several years she returned to work in North West London and found "her home" in EdgCARE focusing on health screening as well as GP work. Dr Hoffman has been described as a kind and nurturing doctor with a friendly and caring bedside manner. She prides herself in making sure patients feel heard and working on a management plan that is holistic. When not working, Dr Hoffman loves spending time with her 3 young kids, husband and friends and keeping fit by running and enjoying nature.
Dr Grant Pakter
Dr Arnoupe Jhass
Dr Arnoupe Jhass graduated from the University of Southampton Medical School in 2011. He entered general practice training in 2015, following a fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa working with their provincial Department of Health. Dr Jhass has also undertaken further degrees in Health Policy, at the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has been awarded two NIHR fellowships to develop as an academic GP and was based at UCL for his research training, where his interests included antibiotic stewardship. He continues to work as a clinical tutor with UCL medical students in his NHS practice.
RGN BSc(Hons) NMP
Heléna Krantz qualified from the Middlesex Hospital. Initially she worked in gastroenterology, and then ICU and cardiology. Heléna has been working in general practice since 1989 and enjoys partnering with patients to provide holistic care. She holds diplomas in Diabetes, Asthma and COPD and has additional clinical interest in travel medicine, sexual and reproductive health and health promotion. Heléna is also an independent prescriber. When not working, Heléna enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog, and is also working to complete a PG Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice.
Samantha Herszaft is our Secretary and lead for patient liaison. Samantha helped set up and run a Nursery School for 18 years before joining EdgCARE. Her main priority at EdgCARE is to our patients and their needs and requirements. You will find her on site in the afternoons and early evenings, greeting every patient with a smile and warm welcome, and responding to all the calls that come in. She is empathetic to everyone and passionate about providing a friendly, sensitive and knowledgeable service that puts patients’ needs above all else. When Samantha is not at EdgCARE she enjoys spending time with all her children and grandchildren.
Caroline Dembovsky is our Secretary who is our lead for NHS GP Liaison and Consultant Liaison. She has a degree in medieval history from London University and worked in design and journalism before devoting her energies to her family. She is passionate about delivering the kind of nurturing patient service that people should have the right to expect. When not spending time with the family, Caroline can be found up a ladder painting, or delving in to the world of Henry VIII.