The Team


Dr Doron Boone is the Medical Director of the Avon Vasectomy Service. He is well-known throughout the region for the excellent service he provides and the outstanding patient feedback he receives. He now dedicates his time to the vasectomy service following his retirement from General Practice in June 2014. Hitherto he was senior partner at the thriving and excellent medical practice based at St George Health Centre, Bristol.

Dr Boone trained at Guy’s Hospital London where he was awarded first class honours. After his internships at Guys and Greenwich, he completed a surgical training rotation in the Southwest before embarking on his career in General Practice. 

Dr Boone has performed in the region of 14,000 vasectomy procedures and is the most experienced vasectomy surgeon in the Southwest of England. He is regularly asked to perform vasectomy procedures on fellow medical colleagues such as hospital consultants and other GPs.

Dr Boone regularly audits his work and undergoes annual appraisal through NHS England/Bristol CCG. In May 2013, he was one of the first doctors in the Bristol area to be revalidated by the General Medical Council.


The Avon Vasectomy Service Team

Dr Karl Stainer is an excellent and highly experienced vasectomy surgeon who works from his own fully accredited and equipped NHS premises at Fallodon way Medical Centre and provides the service at St Georges Medical Centre, Weston super Mare. He has been an integral member of our team since 2001 and now takes-on the more complex cases.

Dr David Atherton, 

Dr Atherton is an experienced vasectomy surgeon who commenced working for the Avon Vasectomy Service in January 2018. He has followed a career in General Practice and has been an associate at Hanham Health in Bristol since 2016. He undertakes regular audits and appraisal of his work to ensure he maintains the highest standards and is a member of the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care. 

Vasectomy Clinic Secretary

Mrs Penny Hale is the dedicated vasectomy secretary and will be the first person with whom you will speak to when you contact the vasectomy service. Penny has worked for the vasectomy service for 13 years, since October 2001. She works tirelessly to ensure all patients get the best information and service possible. Penny’s hours are 9am till 1pm each day. Penny has heard just about every story relating to vasectomy and very little phases her. Penny runs our appointment booking and result system and maintains our database. She is extremely friendly and will always endeavour to accommodate your particular requirements.

Vasectomy Counsellor

Nikki has been our clinic counsellor for the past 12 years. She is very approachable and skilled at putting you at ease. She is very knowledgeable on vasectomy matters and will talk through your reasons to be sterilised to ensure you are comfortable with your decision to have a vasectomy. Her aim is to support you and answer any questions you may have about vasectomy rather than challenge your decision. She also provides aftercare details and advice on semen samples.

Debbie Clutterbuck is now the principal vasectomy counsellor at St George Health Centre.