BDS (Lond) 1988, MSc (Lond) 1992, MClinDent (Lon) 2004
GDC No. 64014
I qualified from King’s College London in 1988 and then spent a year as a House Officer gaining further experience in Oral Surgery and Children’s dentistry. Following that I worked in Oral Pathology at The Royal London Hospital for several years, studying dental disease and gaining an MSc in the subject. However I decided that academia was not for me and that I would rather spend my time treating and helping patients. So I moved into practice where I have remained since, starting in London, moving to Surrey and ultimately up to Yorkshire.
I thoroughly enjoy the more advanced side of restoring people’s mouths and therefore undertook another Masters whilst working in practice, again through King’s. I gained a distinction in my Master of Clinical Dentistry in 2004, in addition to a much greater understanding of various treatments available. This, I believe, allows me to consider all options for my patients, rather than being narrowly focused.
Away from work, when I am not busy with my family, I have always enjoyed trying to keep fit. I spent several years with Wetherby Runners, however having rowed in the dim and distant past, I have recently started up again. I joined York City Rowing Club last year and thoroughly enjoy getting out on the river again; I should never have stopped although I should have remembered how much training is involved!
Specialist in Oral Surgery
BDS (Newc) 1990, FDS RCS (Edin) 1994
GDC No. 65422
I qualified from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Dental School more years ago than I choose to remember. I spent the first 10 years post qualification, in higher training, working in Oral Surgery in a variety of hospitals and Dental Hospitals in Newcastle and Leeds. I met and married my husband in the North East, but our jobs have allowed us to remain settled in Yorkshire.
I had the fantastic opportunity to work in Toronto for a year in 1998. Here, I worked with the internationally renowned implantologist, George Zarb. On returning to the UK, I have spent a good portion of my clinical time performing implants.
Returning to Yorkshire, I worked in an NHS practice as a general Dentist, and Oral Surgeon. For the last 14 years has I have been part of the great team at Ashby Dental, in Wetherby, where I have built my own book, caring for people under my care, and providing a full service of dentistry, as well as Oral Surgery and Implant work, by referral.
When not at work, I can be found out with my horse, Mirah. We enjoy a whole range of horse activities, and are members of Harewood Combined Training Group, and I am keen to start moving up the grades with Le Trec, our local group is White Horse Trec.
Running and cycling are other favourite ways to get out & about and enjoy some fresh air, in stunning countryside.
MChD, BChD, BSC (2017)
GDC NO: 270960
I qualified from Leeds Dental School in 2017, and spent a year working in a busy NHS practice.
I then went into Hospital dentistry and worked at Leeds General Infirmary and Pinderfields Hospital for a couple of years in the Oral and Maxillofacial surgery department, treating head and neck trauma in A&E and head and neck cancer. Alongside hospital work, I worked privately in Leeds treating toothaches and carrying out oral surgery.
I then moved into private dentistry full time and have never looked back! I also regularly carried out domiciliary visits for those unable to travel to dental practice in addition to charity work for the Dentaid charity. I enjoy caring for patients and getting to know all about them and seeing families grow!! I get on well with patients and have built a loyal patient base over the years.
I feel with dentistry, you never stop learning and I love learning new skills and continually developing. I am currently undergoing a 2 year post graduate diploma in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry, and a post graduate course in Implant Dentistry.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son and husband and spend a lot of time walking. I also enjoy keeping fit at the gym and trampolining!
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 2000
GDC no. 5682
Hello I’m Sally and I’m part of the hygienist team at Ashby Dental Practice. I have worked in dentistry since 1990, firstly as a dental nurse then as a hygienist from 2000.
I am a member of the BSDHT, keeping my knowledge up to date.
I have worked at Ashby Dental Practice since 2006. My job is very satisfying, meeting lots of people and working with a fantastic team. My work enables me to meet lots of patients, putting them at ease, overcoming any fears and hopefully giving them a great smile at the end of their hygienist treatment.
Outside of work, I am kept busy with my family, husband Mike and 2 boys William and Henry. Not forgetting our little dog Indie.
I enjoy mountain biking, water sports, walking and pottering in my garden.
Dip Dent Hygiene (New) 2002
GDC no. 6147
I grew up in Leeds and only moved away to train as a Dental Hygienist.
I qualified as a Hygienist December 2002 then returned home. I was happy to be back though I did miss the friendly ‘Geordies’. I have since settled into two dental practices.
One since 2004 and I joined Ashby Dental the Spring of 2013.
I married my husband in 2004 and we have 2 children together. As a family we love to get out and explore. We have a motor home called ‘ Clara’ and enjoy travelling both home and abroad.
This allows us to pursue the outdoor lifestyle we love.
My role as a Hygienist allows me to meet many people.
Many of my patients look forward their appointments and an opportunity to catch up, others can be a little more apprehensive.
I work hard to put everyone at ease so the experience is as positive and comfortable as possible.
Dip DHDT (2012), BSc (Hons) Anatomy and Physiology (2009)
GDC no. 239199
I’m Laura and I’ve been a part of the Hygiene team here at Ashby since April 2022. I look forward to meeting our patients and helping them feel at ease whilst looking after the health of their teeth and gums.
Qualified in dental hygiene and therapy from the University of Sheffield in 2012, I have been working on NHS and Private dentistry for the past 10 years. Prior to working in dentistry, I obtained a degree in Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Leeds and used those skills working in various healthcare related roles.
Having lived in several different countries growing up I am happy to have put some roots down in Yorkshire and when I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and family.
GDC no. 248986
Hi, I’m Grace, and I’m part of the Hygiene team. I have been working in dentistry since the age of 19, where I started as a Dental Nurse. I qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2018, I then took 4 months to travel before starting my career as a Dental Hygiene and Therapist.
I live in Leeds with my partner and our two dogs. One crazy Cocker spaniel and a Labradoodle. I enjoy travelling to different parts of the world. We recently renovated a camper van, that we enjoy travelling around in with the dogs.
GDC No. 118475
I have been in dentistry for nearly 25 years and qualifying as a dental nurse at the age of 19.
Since qualifying, I have gone on to do Dental Radiography, Oral Health Education, Health and Safety and Dental Practice Management. I have been in management for over 15 years. My patients and my team are at the heart of everything I do. I strive to give my patients a 5-star service and support my team in any way possible to achieve this. In my spare time you will find me practicing Yoga with my daughter and spending quality time with my family.
Treatment coordinator & Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2010
NEBDN Certificate in Orthodontic Dental Nursing
GDC no. 196953
I have worked at Ashby since 2009 and have developed my career whist there, as a Dental Nurse with the National Qualification in 2010, and moving on to complete the National Qualification in Orthodontic Nursing not long after.
My role at the practice now is Treatment Coordinator. I am your first port of call when you are a new patient at the practice, and will endeavour to help you and any existing patients with any questions regarding your treatment, whatever that may be. No query is too complicated for me.
In my spare time I mainly like socialising with friends and family, travelling when possible and also enjoy cycling, swimming and going to the gym, but have recently developed a keen interest in gardening!
Qual- Dental Nurse 1993
I first started in Dentistry in 1979 and I knew from that first day that this was the job I wanted to do for the rest of my working life.
I moved to Wetherby in 1983 and started working for Cooke and Bradley Dental Practice in 1984 and in 2006 we moved to Ashby Dental on Deighton Road.
The most enjoyable part of my job is chatting to patients those I have known for some time and getting to know those who are new to our practice.
Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.
Hi my name is Rachel.
I have been a dental receptionist for 30 years now working in general dentistry and orthodontics.
Many things have changed over the years but I still enjoy my role very much and helping patients feel comfortable and at ease through their journey whilst having treatment and seeing the end results.
We have a fantastic team which I feel proud to be a part of here in Wetherby.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and my lovely cat Mary.
Head Dental Nurse & Decontamination lead
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2005
GDC No. 105080
I started out on my career as a dental nurse in 1980 at that time all the training was done “on the job" this form of training served me well until compulsory registration and qualification were introduced. So I took the plunge and sat the exam passing in 2005. Chair side involving patient care has always made up most of my daily work but dentistry has changed and this opened up a new avenue for me which involved compliance /health & safety legislation.
Outside of work I enjoy walking, cycling and travelling. During these foreign trips I always have a good crime novel with me feeding my fascination with forensic pathology and all things CSI.
Finally my motto in life is Work Hard – Travel Far.
Deputy Head Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2020
GDC no. 288260
My name is Katarzyna Kulis, also known as Kat by my colleague and friends. I started working at Ashby Dental clinic at the end of September 2017 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. Fully qualified as a Dental Nurse on 24 of January 2020. My registration number is: 288260. Before becoming Dental Nurse, I was working in hospitality industry for many years. I was always enjoying spending time with people and helping them, making them feel like at home and at ease. Although becoming Dental Nurse is completely different field, I believe that the heart of this profession is very similar. I hope I am helping my patients feeling as comfortable as possible and they know that they are in safe and professional hands, even in stressful situations.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening and spending time with my family. I like challenges and learning new things. I consider myself as a patient, kind and enthusiastic person who understands needs of other people.
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2012
GDC No. 240869
Hi my name is Sapphire. I started in dentistry as a receptionist in 2009. I then went on to train as a nurse, qualifying in the national dental nurse exam in 2012 and registering with the GDC.
I joined Ashby in 2016 looking to develop new skills and have since trained in orthodontics and implant work. I like to spend my spare time with friends and family socialising and travelling.
Verified competency in Dental Nursing
GDC No. 112675
Hello everyone , my name is Melanie . I have been a dental nurse since 1984, passed my National Certificate in 1989 and joined the Ashby team in 2012. I'm kind and caring by nature and enjoy meeting our patients and making them feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit.
I love coming to work every day and watching our patients gain confidence through their dental care and particularly enjoy family dentistry, cosmetic and orthodontics which can give a huge boost to self-confidence .
when not working I enjoy being outdoors, gardening,baking,bike riding,photography and spending time with my grandchildren.
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing& Indp Asses NEBDN 2005
GDC No. 119765
I started dental nursing in August 1982, during my time working at Kirkgate Dental Practice, I had a brief tome away to have my children, I then returned to Kirkgate Dental Practice in the mid 90’s and then to Ashby Dental 26.05.2009 to present day at Wetherby practice.
I have good skills in patient interaction, and a good calming manner, and putting patients at ease. I have up to date knowledge of working practices and policies, and also keep my skills up to date with courses and CPD training.
My interest are spending to me with family, gardening and walking.
City & Guides, Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
I’m Lucy, and I have been at Ashby since November 2020. I recently passed all of my exams and now happily say I am a fully qualified dental nurse as of October 2022 and got my registration in December 2022.
When I am not working. I love to spend time with my husband, go on long walks, and visit other family members. I am currently expecting my first child, which is due in April 2023!
I love working at Ashby, as we are like a family and with every day, we all get closer, striving to provide each patient with a stress-free experience and ultimately leaving the practice with a smile on their faces.
Trainee Dental Nurse
My name is Kerrie. I started working at Ashby in September 2022 as a trainee dental nurse, after working in the childcare sector for a number of years.
I wanted to return to the dental industry having worked in it briefly before having a family.
I believe that my experience in the childcare sector and life skills will help me on my path to becoming a dental nurse.
I am very much a team player, looking out for those I work with and being kindhearted and supportive of others is a big part of who I am and if I can help then I will.
In my spare time, I like to bake cakes, and cook. I also love socialising with friends, travelling and walking my dog Nya.
Trainee Dental Nurse
I’m Courtney, I started working at Ashby Dental as a Trainee in April 2022, and I’ve loved every minute so far!
I decided to come into Dentistry as I loved the clinical side of my previous job in a Vet and have always had a passion for science and biology. I always found Dentistry and teeth interesting from being young and love working daily with people, especially doing my best to make them feel comfortable and happy whilst in the practice.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and baking, and spending time with my family and friends.
Trainee Dental Nurse
Hi, I’m Liv, and I have been working at Ashby Dental since April 2023.
After working as a Barista for 7 years, I decided to join the world of Dentistry and I am so glad I did! I am learning more and more each day, and am fascinated by it all!
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and shopping for books. I also spend a lot of time with my family, and my dogs Alfie, Teddy and Bruce.
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