Beechlawn Medical Centre – Our Team
A forward-looking, modern, teaching practice, closely linked with Trinity College Dublin, our aim is to provide compassionate, personalised and evidence-based medical care for all ages in a comforting, inclusive environment.
Dr. Penny J. Bleakley
Dr. Karl Kavanagh
Dr. Kate O’Leary
Dr. Sarah Brookes
Dr. Kevin Neylon
Dr Mike McDonnell
Dr Penny J. Bleakley
Penny, who grew up locally, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1988.
After completing her GP training in Dublin, she joined the practice in 1991. Penny is actively involved in undergraduate medical education with Trinity College Dublin.
Her clinical interests include women’s health (including mirena/Implanon insertion) and Care of the Elderly. When not working Penny enjoys singing with her local choir and outdoor activities, especially walking.
Dr Karl Kavanagh
Karl from Foxrock, Co Dublin, graduated from UCD in 1989 and completed his GP training with Trinity College Dublin.
He joined the practice at Beechlawn Medical Centre in 1994. A strong advocate of medical education, Karl has been a trainer on the TCD/HSE Specialist Training Programme in General Practice since 2003.
Clinical interests include minor surgery procedures, occupational health and mens health. Outside of work, Karl enjoys rugby and bee-keeping.
Dr Kate O’Leary
Kate grew up locally. She graduated from UCD in 1997 and completed her GP training with Trinity College Dublin in 2001.
She then worked abroad as a volunteer doctor in South Africa and subsequently as a GP in New Zealand for a year. On her return to Ireland she joined the team at Beechlawn Medical Centre in 2004.
Kate’s clinical interests include Women’s health ( including Mirena and Implanon insertion) and Paediatrics. She balances her role as a GP with a busy family life and enjoys all forms of outdoor activities particularly hillwalking and is also an keen reader.
Dr Sarah Brookes
Sarah, whose father Donald was an original founding partner of Beechlawn Medical Centre, graduated from RCSI, Dublin in 2000.
She subsequently completed her General Practice training in Edinburgh in 2004, before returning to Dublin and joining the practice in 2012. She is a longstanding medical advisor to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution station in Dun Laoghaire.
Sarah’s special clinical interests include Child Health, dermatology and Care of the Elderly. Outside of medicine, and when not running around after her two small children, Sarah loves the great outdoors; hill walking, swimming and surfing.
Dr Kevin Neylon
Kevin, originally from Co Kildare, graduated from UCD in 2006. Initially considering a career in surgery, he completed Basic Surgical Training Scheme before making the move to General Practice and completing the UCD/Mid Leinster GP Training Scheme in 2014.
A four year sojourn in New York City, afforded him the opportunity to complete a Masters in Sport and Exercise Medicine and he returned to Ireland to join the practice at Beechlawn Medical Centre in 2018.
Kevin’s clinical interests include sexual health, sport and preventative medicine and Child Health. He has three small, noisy children who take up most of his attention outside of the practice but also enjoys rugby, running and reading when he gets the time.
Dr Mike McDonnell
Mike’s bio is coming soon
Anthea’s bio is coming soon.
Rachel’s bio is coming soon.