Our Clinical Directors
About Dr. Danny Allen
Clinical Director - Adults, Addictions and Neurodevelopment
Danny is an adult psychiatrist by training, with a wide range of experience in both the NHS and private practice. He is passionate about improving the patient experience and providing an excellent service to patients.
About Dr. Martine Stoffels
Clinical Director - Older Adults, and Acquired Brain Injury
I graduated from medical school in Belgium over 20 years ago and subsequently worked in Ireland and the UK. I have been a consultant at Phoenix Mental Health Services since 2009. In that time, I have developed some very unique services, which generally have not been available on the NHS.
What our patients say
I have never felt so comfortable, open and honest with a psychiatrist before
Dr Allen has true expertise; he is authoritative but quietly unassuming in his approach. Dr Allen establishes a strong and genuinely empathic doctor-patient relationship that is based on mutual trust. I have never felt so comfortable, open and honest with a psychiatrist before.
Dr Allen is also extremely patient, almost subtle in his approach. Patients are rarely surprised when they are first diagnosed - after all, it is your life history - but then what? Mental illness is a difficult thing to accept because it trespasses on your (subjective) perspective of who you are. Acceptance means coming to terms with the objective prognostic nature of the diagnosis and its treatment. It took me years to get to that stage.
Dr Allen maintained his patience and he acted as the voice of reason - that is no small comfort during a transitional period when you cannot always trust your thoughts. Bipolar disorder did not define me; but I accepted it at last.
Finally, the search for the most appropriate treatment(s). This can be a frustrating process - we are all different and there is no substitute for trial and error. Dr Allen communicated his strategy clearly and he was only too happy to involve me in the decision making process, which included making appropriate dosage adjustments based on my feedback as a medication-sensitive individual. Not only is that degree of personalised care a rarity, it was also very clever: it empowered me; it gave me some degree of control over my treatment; I willingly complied and my condition improved markedly as a result.
I have never looked back and I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Martine Stoffles always makes you feel comfortable and at ease
Her abilities allow her to work with patients of all ages and her effectiveness knows no age bracket. Martine always makes time for her colleagues to listen, give advice or answer any questions. She is approachable and always makes you feel comfortable and at ease. It gives me great joy to highly recommend Dr Martine Stoffels.
I cannot thank Dr. Allen enough
Dr Allen’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment has been nothing short of life-changing
Dr. Allen has had the biggest impact on my health and well-being
I feel I can carry on with my life again
Dr. Stoffels is exceptionally kind and supportive
A highly respected expert in her field
Appointments are now available online via a fully secure platform - and thus accessible to all.
In my professional opinion, a safer pair of hands in the specialist field of psychiatry and mental health, especially in our shared special interests of acquired brain injury, dementia and neurobehavioral disorders, would be very tricky to find. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Dr Stoffels, especially at this current time when the need for this type of expert care is so great.
Martine Stoffels is an absolute pleasure to work with
The feedback I got from patients treated by Dr. Stoffels was always positive and glowing
I was always very impressed with Dr.Stoffels's ability to handle stressful situations and get patients to relax when others could not. Her professional approach,ethos and passion definitely helped to increase the hospital 'success rate.
Dr.Stoffels has an exceptional sense of responsibility and that has caused her to spend consecutive days here at the hospital caring for patients. Her medical experience and clinical knowledge allowed her to work with patients of all ages and all neurological conditions and her effectiveness knows no bracket. The feedback I got from patients treated by Dr.Stoffels was always positive and glowing.
Dr Stoffels’ positivity has enabled real successes to be achieved for her Patients
Dr Stoffels positivity has enabled real successes to be achieved for her Patients largely in line with their wishes and always in their best interests. Dr Stoffels in my experience is both a credit to herself and the Mental Health / Acquired Brain Injury Profession.
I look forward to Advocating for Dr Stoffels Patients long into the future.