Your Team

Set up in 2005, Keith Nicholl had the idea to gather together a team of like minded people who would deliver quality, informed care with a strong, family-centred basis.

With that mantra still driving the clinic today; here, at Keith Nicholl Medical Centre you will find some of the most experienced and friendly Doctors in the region who will provide you with the best possible medical care.


Beverley Palmer - Osteopath

  • 30 years’ experience
  • Structural and Cranial Osteopathy
  • Special interests in pregnancy and children
  • Sports, spinal and work related injuries
  • Member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
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    Beverley Palmer - Osteopath

    Beverley is a British Osteopath who graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London. Beverley moved to Dubai in 1990 and has been running her successful Osteopathic practice here ever since. She was one of the first Osteopaths in Dubai, having worked at General Medical Centre and Infinity Clinic before joining Keith Nicholl Medical Centre in 2010. She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council in the UK and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

    Beverley is passionate about the hands-on holistic approach Osteopathy provides. Her qualification gives her extensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine and musculoskeletal dysfunction enabling her to provide the best care and natural pain relief for her patients.

    Beverley has a broad range of Osteopathic skills in both structural techniques such as soft tissue release and joint mobilisation as well as the more gentle Cranial Sacral therapy which can be used to treat children and newborn babies. Also having had 5 children of her own, it is not surprising that Beverley has developed a keen interest in women’s health providing treatment to mothers both during and after pregnancy.

    Beverley also has a vast amount of experience in other areas such sports, work and recreational related injuries as well as neck, back and joint pain and stress. With her patient centred treatment approach designed to bring about an early resolution of symptoms, Beverley works in partnership with patients to enable them to understand and accomplish their goals.

    She thoroughly enjoys seeing you through every phase of the journey aiming to help you lead a healthy and pain-free life.

    If Beverley is not working, she is busy managing her team of children, which is a full-time job in itself!

    Dr Samaa El Abd - Psychiatrist

  • 20 years' experience as a Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatrist
  • Special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders
  • International lecturer and widely published.
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    Dr Samaa El Abd - Psychiatrist

    Dr Samaa El Abd is a British-Egyptian has been a practicing Child and Adolescent Consultant Neuropsychiatrist since 1998. After completing training in the UK she then went on to work at St George’s Hospital London, Maudsley Hospital and the Cromwell Hospital London. She has also worked at the University of Cairo and the University of Zurich, and has obtained degrees of MSc (ped) and MRCPsych (London) and has completed her CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) in London.

    Dr El Abd’s main emphasis is in empowering adults, maximizing the potential of children, adolescents and their parents - in particular those with special needs. She has a special interest in the interaction between developmental and behavioral disorders and the use of psychopharmacology.

    Alongside her clinical career, she is a researcher and combines her academic skills with day-to-day clinical work. She lectures at both national and international conferences and has been published widely. Dr El Abd is currently on the training committee of the Arab Board in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Dr El Abd has been a leading role in developing psych education groups for parents and undertaking parenting and teacher training - empowering parents and teachers through implementation of positive behavior management strategies to get the best behavior from the children and to help treat behavioral problems.

    Dr Keith Nicholl - Paediatrician

  • Over 30 years' experience
  • Director of the Keith Nicholl Medical Centre
  • Special interest in infectious disease
  • Founder Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK).
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    Dr Keith Nicholl - Paediatrician

    Keith is Director and Paediatrician at Keith Nicholl Medical Centre. He set up the clinic in 2005 with the idea of gathering together a team of like minded people who would deliver quality, informed care with a strong, family-centred basis. This continues to be our mantra.

    He was born in Northumberland, UK but has spent most of his life in the Tayside region of Scotland.

    After a career as an aeronautical engineer he decided to switch to medicine and qualified from the University of Dundee in 1980. He completed his postgraduate training in paediatrics in Scotland. He is a general paediatrician with a special interest in infectious disease.

    Whilst in the UK he combined his clinical work with teaching clinical paediatrics and has taught medical students, nurses and midwifes from most of the Scottish medical schools. This is carried on to the present where medical students from UK come to the clinic for their elective studies.

    Keith is a Founder Member of the Royal College of Paediatics and Child Health (UK) and holds the Diploma in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also a co-founder and member of the editorial board of the medical journal Middle East Paediatics.

    A keen sportsman (in his former years!) Keith played senior rugby in Cornwall, captained the Dundee University Medics and played for Sharjah Wanderers and Dubai Exiles, after moving to the UAE. Also, a keen long-distance runner, he has competed in many of the major marathons in the UK.


    Dr Céline Pons - Family Medicine

  • Nearly 20 years' experience
  • Medical advisor to the French and American Consulate in Dubai
  • Special interest in nutrition, psychology, travel medicine and tropical diseases.
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    Dr Céline Pons - Family Medicine

    Céline graduated from the Faculty of Medicine Cochin-Port Royal in Paris, France in 1999.

    She started her career as the physician for the French Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam where she was also a medical representative for the European Task Force on SARS and Avian Flu. Thereafter she joined International SOS and was based in various Asian countries including Singapore, China, Myanmar and Indonesia. She was also a disaster medical coordinator based in Phuket after the tragic tsunami that hit in 2004.

    Celine moved to Dubai with her husband in 2008 and currently works as a Family Medicine Specialist and medical advisor for the French and American Consulate in Dubai.

    Her vision of medicine is to treat the patient and their family in a holistic way and takes special interest for nutrition, psychology, travel medicine and tropical diseases.

    Celine is fluent in English and French. She enjoys down time with her husband and three boys (aged 9, 5 and 2) and cooking delicious French food for her family and friends.