Tom Garvey – Managing Director

Tom completed a BA Hons in Financial Services in 2012 from DBS and commenced his career with Locumotion, part of Centric Health. He went on to work with TTM Healthcare in the UK recruiting nurses before moving back to help set up Spring Doc. In 2018,  Tom to set up Med Doc Healthcare and has seen the company become a prominent fixture in providing recruitment services to both the HSE, Department of Justice, Student Health, Out of Hours and GP practices across Ireland.  In 2019, Tom established Med Pharm who recruit pharmacist’s and pharmacy technicians for all aspects of community pharmacy in Ireland.

Get to know Tom

Where are you from?

I am a born and bred south Dublin ‘yaw’ and although my accent is ‘posh’ I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be and wouldn’t associate myself with the stereotype that comes with growing up in Dublin 6…yawn!

Why did you decide to set up a medical recruitment company?

I worked for some very well-known names in medical recruitment and learned a lot. I definitely wasn’t always the best at taking advice from others and always being highly motivated, didn’t really need much micro or macro management, I knew what and where I wanted to be (I am however eternally grateful to those who gave me the opportunity and you know who you are). I think I was always destined to be a lone-wolf and to date, I haven’t regretted it one bit. Setting up your own company as the cliché goes, is definitely not for the faint hearted, you need resilience, perseverance and sheer bloody determination. There’s two things you’re doing in life and that’s buying or selling, the common denominator is people and they can really test you.

What do you love about recruitment? 

I love the psychology aspect of recruitment, why people do what they do and why they do it. Dealing with both doctors and pharmacists at the best of times is challenging given their high IQ but in order to progress in life they say to surround yourself by those who are smarter than you. More recently I do take a lot of pride and joy being responsible for those I employ at Med Doc Healthcare and watching them grow. I’ll hold my hands up and say I haven’t always gotten it right but life is about learning and improving next time around.

Next or dream holiday destination?

A safari in Kenya (Masi Mara or Amboseli National Parks). Now more than ever those running volunteer organisations are really struggling. I’ve been so fortunate in life and thankful that I was reared in a good home, it would be nice to be able to spend my hard earned ‘fortunes’ on those who really need it and maybe meet David Attenborough. Plus who doesn’t like animals that could swallow you in one gulp.

What is your favourite hobby?

I love sports, rugby & football as well as other sports but what I love doing most is spending time with my German Shepherd Lola who is always a bundle of joy and great to come home to every day after a hard days work. With COVID-19 I have been doing some gardening and planting and even though Lola has decided to rip up my plants that have cost me a bomb, she’s still a gem!

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Fifa on the PS4 or Mario Kart – I was always half decent at both and would back myself to take on anyone, any time, any place. I’m also a dab hand (or so I think) at debating with a never say die attitude, I’ll just beat you into submission. Takers welcome…

What are three things on your bucket list? 

Travel the world (South America, part of Asia, parts of the USA, the Maldives and Bali. There is other destinations but I don’t want to bore you any further…

Go on a Lions Tour and/or watch Ireland win the Rugby World Cup (if we don’t bottle it each time we are tagged favourites)

Get a ticket on Elon Musk’s first flight to the moon. I wasn’t old enough when Concorde flew from London to New York in a record time of 3 hours 30mins which would have been pretty awesome. Yes, I have a need for speed.

Dr Hilary Garvey – Company Secretary

Hilary acts as company secretary for Med Doc Healthcare and ensures we meet all our legal and regulatory requirements in conjunction with both our legal team and finance team. Hilary is a dentist by trade and has over 40 years experience in her own private practice and with Centric Health. Hilary is always happy to provide advice and guidance on her experience in the healthcare field and is a real asset to Med Doc.

Jessica Vaughan – Compliance and Office Manager

Where are you from?

I was born and reared in Killiney, Dublin.

What attracted you to Med Doc & Med Pharm?

The fact Med Doc & Med Pharm is a start-up company with ambitious plans. As a start-up company the work you do is evident and I wanted to bring my previous knowledge and experience to help grow the company further. Working for a start-up offers you the chance to work as part of a small integrated team where teamwork and collaboration is everything. Also, the chance to work in a 360 role where I could learn about all aspects of the business was definitely something which really appealed to me and has proven to be the case thus far.

What do you love about recruitment? 

Working in recruitment can be both fun and challenging. I work better in a challenging role and my role in Compliance & Office Management in a sales environment really does just that.

Next or dream holiday destination?

Having arrived back from Australia at the end of last year, I wanted to return to see all my friends and family. But… as I was only there last year, this year I was planning a road trip across America. Unfortunately due to the global pandemic, my travel plans are out the window but it’ll be the first place I go once all restrictions have been lifted, whenever that might be.

What is your favourite hobby?

I have 4 dogs (I know!!!) and during this pandemic they have been a God send, they always put a smile on my face when our daily routines have been curbed significantly! I love bringing them on walks in the Wicklow Mountains or down the beach on my lunch break. It’s a great excuse for going out and getting some much needed fresh air.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Watching TV! Whether I am getting ready for a night out or cleaning the house I always have something on the box.

What are three things on your bucket list?

  1. USA road trip, I haven’t quiet worked out the plan yet but definitely want to visit Vegas and Nashville.
  2. Make a surprise visit back to Australia to see my friends. Hopefully they aren’t reading this!
  3. I came home from Australia with one goal set in mind that that was to BUY A HOUSE! This is definitely objective number 1 on my bucket list (even though I have put it as #3).

Raymond Collins – Account Manager

Where are you from?

I am from Castleknock in Dublin.

What attracted you to Med Doc?

The chance of progression, I was instantly attracted to Med Doc as there was a set in stone progression plan and great guidance the entire way. I love progression and I always look to try and further develop myself and at Med Doc I was given the chance to do so.

What do you love about recruitment? 

Since I was young I always wanted to be like a superhero, I always wanted to help people and make a difference. Recruitment with Med Doc is pretty much the same thing in my eyes. The work we do actually makes a difference to people’s lives and to be able to offer that on a daily basis is something great.

Next or dream holiday destination?

I had a big trip planned for May 2020 to go to America. It had been in the works since May 2019 and I was extremely excited about it with a countdown clock on my phone that once said 365 days to go. Sadly due to the pandemic I could not go on the trip but you best believe I have another countdown on my phone for next year.

What is your favourite hobby?

I love playing football. I do wish I was better at it but you’ve got to love a trier!

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Eating pizza for sure. I can pack away quite a lot of pizza with ease. Too bad I can’t head to the Olympics with that though….I’ve tried.

What are three things on your bucket list? 

  1. I am a huge roller coaster enthusiast and I would love to travel across the world to tick off all my bucket list roller-coasters.
  2. I want to travel to Tokyo. I have watched so many travel vlogs and one of the big ones would be to travel to that amazing city.
  3. To travel to the Land of Dog’s in Costa Rica, no wonder it’s the happiest place on the planet