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Our Team

At The Burghwood Clinic, our experienced staff lead by Apelles Econs (the Registered Manager on top of his clinical responsibilities) and the admin staff are available to help with any problems or queries, Monday to Friday (note that Clinic is closed on Fridays).

There are two registered nurses who perform intradermal skin testing (for neutralisation) and carry out or assist with the administration of IV nutritional therapies.

We have two laboratory technicians, who are responsible for the maintenance of immunotherapy testing dilutions and support Dr Econs in the production of vaccines.

When you call the clinic you will talk to one of our four part-time administrators/receptionists, who will either deal with your enquiry, make a booking or pass you over to another department as appropriate.

Dr Apelles Econs MRCS, LRCP

Medical Director

Dr Econs studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, where he graduated in 1976. After working in a number of hospital posts, he entered NHS general practice, where he spent 22 years as a principal, also operating as a part-time allergy specialist since 1992. He has a wide ranging experience with management of dietary problems, the treatment of intestinal parasites, the use of oral and intravenous nutrition, dealing with chemically sensitive people and the use of all the modern methods of immunotherapy including the Enzyme Potentiated method (EPD), the Low-dose method (LDI) and the more “conventional” sub-lingual immunotherapy (SLIT).


PA to Dr Econs / Senior Administrator

Stella is Dr Econs’ PA and joined the Clinic in March 2020. Her role is diverse and includes supporting him in his responsibilities for compliance with healthcare regulations and to liaise with and coordinate the clinic staff. She brings with her experience from a career as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police for 12 years and from the health sector where she worked for South East Coast Ambulance Service and NHS Digital for 20 years. In her spare time she likes to keep fit with road bike cycling with her husband and loves to do the Park Run.


Senior Administrator

Donna’s role in the Airedale Allergy Centre is to provide administrative support to the doctors and nurses, making sure all aspects of the clinic run like clockwork and with the height of efficiency.

Donna worked for 20 years for the NHS in contraception and sexual health, so her experience with patients, knowing how important it is to show empathy and understanding when patients have concerns about their health, is an asset we appreciate in our clinics.

Claire, RGN

Allergy Nurse

After completing her nursing degree at Southampton University and qualifying as a RGN in 1997, Claire spent the next twelve years working in various medical and surgical areas, to include a year nursing in Brisbane. After various post graduate courses to include critical care and high dependency nursing her interest started to move towards naturopathy and a more holistic approach to healthcare. Claire returned to college and spent a year learning about naturopathy and naturopathic nutrition, and subsequently joined The Burghwood Clinic in 2009 where she continues to practice Low Dose Immunotherapy. Claire also administers intravenous therapies.

Carmen, RGN

IV Clinic Nurse

Carmen joined the clinic in August 2009. She has had over twenty years of hospital-based nursing experience. She is responsible for the supply of injectibles and administration of intravenous therapies.


Laboratory Technician

Sue started at the clinic in 1993 following twelve years working as a science technician with the Research & Development division of a multinational pharmaceutical company. Sue does venepuncture and has considerable in-house expertise of making up allergy skin testing solutions and neutralising vaccines. She is responsible for processing various tests and test results for our clients.


Laboratory Technician

Anna is familiar with and takes a keen interest in complementary healthcare. Along with the Laboratory Technician, she is responsible for maintaining testing dilutions used in low dose immunotherapy. A mother of three, Anna likes to keep fit and enjoys travelling.


Receptionist / Administrator

Rachel has worked for Dr Econs since 1998 in both a GP practice and latterly in the former Thames Allergy Centre. She moved over to The Burghwood Clinic in March 2014 when the two clinics amalgamated. In this time, Rachel has gained considerable in-house knowledge of diets and nutrition and about the treatments and prescriptions available.

Rachel's accountabilities include the provision of administration support and attendance guidance for existing and prospective clients. In addition she books clinic appointments and manages communications between patients and clinical personnel.

Her friendly expertise is both welcoming and reassuring for visitors to the clinic.


Receptionist / Administrator

Lesley started working at The Burghwood Clinic in 2005 and in this time has gained a great deal of knowledge of the treatments and prescriptions available.

Lesley is always on hand to deal with patient enquiries & queries and to manage communications between patients and clinical personnel. She also books clinic appointments and provides a great deal of administration support.

She has a warm & friendly manner and excels at creating a good rapport with new and existing patients.


Receptionist / Technician

Lauren joined the Clinic in early 2019 having gained experience in a large NHS hospital. She is involved in our Reception and in processing our test results.