Dr Shastri Persad
Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Shastri moved to Ireland in 1998 to study medicine in Trinity College Dublin. After graduating from TCD in 2003, he worked in various specialties of surgery as part of the West of Ireland Basic Surgical Training Scheme before moving to General Practice and completing the Western Training Programme in GP.
During his surgical training, Shastri obtained Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and he also has Membership with the Irish College of General Practice.
As a result of his previous experience, Shastri has a special interest in Minor Surgery and performs a wide range of procedures including Excision of Skin Lesions, Joint and Tendon Injections, Vasectomy, Mirena Coil Insertion, and Implanon insertion.
Shastri has completed a number of postgraduate diplomas relevant to General Practice. He is also a registered smear taker with the National Cervical Screening Programme. He is registered in the Specialist Division of the Medical Council for General Practice. He is also an ICGP Tutor in Contraception and LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception).
Shastri is also a Cosmetic Practitioner with training in Botulinum Toxin Injection.
Shastri joined the practice in January 2016. He was based in the Salthill Medical Centre in Upper Salthill for over 3 and a half years before taking over from Dr Declan Larkin.
Nurse Helen Mathieson
Helen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1995 in London. She returned to Ireland in 1998 and has worked as a practice nurse for many years. Helen joined the team at at Knocknacarra Family Care in Sept 2020 bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise. She is a certified smear taker as part of the Cervical Check programme and also has a keen interest in the management of chronic diseases. Helen also runs the childhood immunisation programme at the surgery as well as screening and diagnostic services such as ECGs and 24-hour blood pressure monitoring