Meet the ZAVA Team


Clinical team

Dr Kathryn Basford - Doctor

IMC number: 429637

Dr Kathryn Basford graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London. Outside of work she enjoys baking and keeping active, running marathons, swimming, and triathlons.

Dr Sophie Albe-Ly - Doctor

IMC number: 425122

Sophie is an experienced GP, and has worked both in France and the UK. Sophie moved to online medicine in 2016 and finds this new way of practising very rewarding. She appreciates how practical it is for the patients, and believes it's a great way to address issues that can be embarrassing for patients to talk about face-to-face.

Dr Babak Ashrafi - Clinical Lead for Service Expansion

GMC number: 6077866

Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.

Babak has led in areas including cardiology, diabetes, and stroke medicine, as well as working for the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) as the Prescribing Lead. He has experience in both the NHS and the private sector, which has helped him gain unique insights into the future of healthcare.

Non-clinical team

David Meinertz

David Meinertz

David Meinertz - Chief Executive Officer

David co-founded ZAVA with a friend. Before launching ZAVA, David worked at a leading online healthcare company in London where he focused on international expansion. Before that, David invested in and helped build and re-build small and medium-sized companies in healthcare, electronics, and distribution sectors in Europe for about 10 years.

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