Meet the team

The Wessex Dental Specialist Centre is proud of its reputation for providing clinical excellence with an exceptional level of patient care. Every member of our team plays an important role in achieving and continuing this reputation.

Our team are committed to ongoing, post graduate education, ensuring that the treatments we offer are the best available, performed to the highest standards.

This means that we are highly qualified, with substantial experience to offer you the very best dental care.

The Clinical Team

Stephen Taylor

Specialist in Oral Surgery (GDC Number - 50619) MSc BDS FDS RCSEd MSurgDent RCSEd

Stephen qualified from Guy's Hospital Dental School in 1976 and whilst still a student, was commissioned by the Royal Navy. On qualifying he remained at Guy's Hospital for six months undertaking a House Officers position in Oral Surgery. 

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Benedict Davies

Specialist in Oral Surgery (GDC Number - 76115) BDS MSc FDS RCS Ed M Surg Dent MFDS RCS Eng MFGDP(UK)

Ben splits his work at the Wessex with his NHS role as a Specialist in Oral Surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. He qualified from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and spent his early career as an Army Dental Officer.

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Rajiv Anand

Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (GDC Number - 64967) BDS MBBS FDSRCS FRCS FRCS(OMFS)

Rajiv is UK trained and qualified in both Dentistry and Medicine at The Royal London Hospital. After completing these he then went onto the prestigious South Coast programme for general surgical training and specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Training.

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Michael Thomas

Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC Number - 65063) MSc BDS MRD RCS DGDP(UK) LDS RCS

Specialist in Prosthodontics, Michael qualified from Guy's Dental Hospital in December 1989. Following six months as a Dental House Officer and Senior House Officer he joined the Royal Naval Dental Services for a five year commission. He then returned to London in 1997 to study a Masters programme in Conservative Dentistry whilst working part-time in General Dental Practice. In April 2000 he gained his Membership in Restorative Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was registered as a Specialist in Prosthodontics by the General Dental Council in July 2000.  Michael is a Senior Clinical Teacher at the Dental Institute of King’s College London where he teaches Clinical Dentistry to the dental undergraduates and is the Deputy Programme Director for the Advanced Minimal Intervention MSc by Distance Learning. He also teaches and assesses for the Distance Learning programmes in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry. He has previously been a Board Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has been shortlisted twice for Dental Teacher of the Year, in 2007 and 2008 and is a member of several professional organisations including the UK Association of Dental Implantology, The British Society of Restorative Dentistry and the Chicago Dental Society.  At the Wessex Dental Specialist Centre, Michael provides fixed and removable solutions for worn, broken and missing teeth. He aims to restore teeth adopting a Minimum Intervention approach wherever possible, to preserve existing tooth structure. Michael works in close collaboration with Mark Patterson and the team of dental technicians from the in-house dental laboratory. Michael is also pleased to accept referrals from colleagues for the management of dental caries, snoring appliances and for assistance in care planning for a variety of dental needs.

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Conor Mulcahy

Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC Number - 61625) BA BDent Sci MSc

Conor qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1986.  He started his career in general practice in the Oxford area and it was during a clinical assistant post at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford that he developed his interest in prosthodontics.

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Neil Thorburn

Prosthodontist (GDC Number - 53871) BDS Hons MSc MGDS RCS (Ed)

Neil was a Dental Officer in the Royal Air Force for seventeen years. During his service time, Neil completed his Masters Degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute and his Membership in General Dental Surgery (MGDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

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Alistair Bunting

Prosthodontics (GDC Number - 76476) BDS MSc MFGDP (UK)

Alistair graduated from Kings College London in 1999. Following which he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps where he enjoyed a varied career serving in Germany, Cyprus and throughout the UK with operational deployments to Iraq and the Balkans. 

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Sirisha Ponduri

Specialist & Consultant in Orthodontics (GDC Number - 76042) BDS MFDS RCS (Eng), DDS MOrth FDS RCS (Ed)

Sirisha qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1999.  Following a year in vocational training, she completed her General Professional Training in Wales working in the Dental hospitals, gaining her Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons in 2002. 

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Richard Snoad

Specialist in Periodontics (GDC Number - 54159) MSc FDS RCS BDS MGDS RCS

Richard qualified as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Dundee University in 1980. After a decade in general dental practice he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. On his return from Service as an Anaesthetics Support Officer in the first Gulf War, he gained his Membership in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS (Ed.)) in 1992.  

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Somayeh Modarres

Specialist in Endodontics (GDC Number - 83687) BDS, Dip Endo, MClinDent Endodontology, MEndo RCS Edinburgh

Somayeh is an endodontic (root canal) specialist with deep understanding and experience treating complex restorative problems patients may have. 

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Bernadette Shipley

Endodontist (GDC Number - 60562) GDC - 60562 -- BDS MSc Endo

Bernadette gained her MSc in Endodontics from Liverpool University in 1997. She works in general practice in Stubbington and for the local Community Dental Services as well as working here at the Wessex, where she sees patients for endodontic treatment (root canal treatment).

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Navid Saberi

Endodontics (GDC Number - 103230) BDS MFDS RCSEd MSc

Navid obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Manchester University and subsequently moved to Scotland to pursue his career in Endodontics. Whilst working in general, salaried and hospital dental services in Scotland, he acquired the membership of dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and graduated with distinction from the University of Glasgow with his masters in Endodontics. 

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Stephen Green

General Dentist (GDC Number - 64309) BDS Lpool 1989

Stephen qualified in Liverpool in 1987 and is an enthusiastic and dedicated Dentist. Awarded the Wirth International Scholarship, he studied at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in America, and continues to study widely both here and abroad.

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Christine Cheshire

General Dentist (GDC Number - 56062) BDS DPDS RCS

Christine qualified at Guys Hospital in 1981.  She then undertook a series of Oral Surgeon jobs and taught Minor Oral Surgery at Guys Hospital.  

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Debra Galanakis

Hygienist (GDC Number 2240) GDC - 2240 -- CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1994

Debra qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1981 in the WRNS. After serving in the Portsmouth and Plymouth areas for 12 years, she then went into General NHS and Private practices in Winchester and Hove, then Warsash and Wickham, before moving to the Wessex in 2004, with the ex-Navy Specialists that she had trained and been working with.  Since qualifying Debra has completed additional training in local anaesthetics, recementing temporary crowns, temporary fillings and impression taking.  Whilst in the Navy and at the Wessex she has been involved in pre and post graduate training and was Treasurer on the Southern Hygienist group committee for two years.  As well as working two days a week at the Wessex in the Periodontal Department, seeing patients from all of the Specialist departments, she also works one day a week in private practice.

 

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Tina Partington

Dental Hygienist (GDC Number 2683) GDC - 2683 -- CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1996

Tina qualified with the Royal Navy in 1983 and left the Navy in 1987.  She has lived in Fareham since then and started working with Stephen Green, one of our General Dentists in 1997.  Tina carries out routine hygiene appointments for Stephen and Christine's patients and is also available to see you for Direct Access hygiene appointments, please chat with our Reception Team for more information.  Tina enjoys travelling; in particular she enjoys cruises with her family.  She is also interested in football and currently follows Eastleigh football club.

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Linda Hague

Dental Nurse

Linda qualified as Dental Nurse on 19 May 1973 and has only ever had two jobs - her first job was for 32 years and she has been part of the Wessex Team since it opened in 2004. She is radiography trained and works in the Periodontal and Oral Surgery departments. Her hobbies include enjoy great outdoors, gardening, walking, photography and reading.

Amanda Smith

Dental Nurse

Amanda is a fully qualified and registered Dental Nurse since 2009 and has worked in both NHS and private practices as a clinical and administrative assistant. She has been part of the Wessex Team since March 2015, predominantly in Oral Surgery. She has recently (September 2015) passed and gained a Certificate in Radiography with IMECS. She will be attending the National Sedation Course commencing March 2016.

Rebecca Richmond

Dental Nurse

Rebecca has been a registered Dental Nurse since 2011. She is radiography trained and works in the Oral Surgery and Endodontic departments. She works mainly in Oral Surgery and Endodontics. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and camping.

Sheila Tickle

Dental Nurse

Sheila joined the Wessex Team in 2004 and is radiography trained. She trained at Cauldon College, Stoke-on-Trent and has been a Dental Nurse for 38 years. She joined the Womens Royal Naval Service in 1981, serving for five years and then worked in NHS, private and specialist practices.

Philippa Forsdyke

Dental Nurse

Pip has been part of the Wessex Team since 2012. She qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1998, is radiography trained and works in the Prosthodontic Team. Pip looks after patients in the surgery during their journey with us. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Penny Davies

Dental Nurse

Penny studied dental nursing at Portsmouth University. She enjoys meeting new people and spending time with her family.

Heidi Hobbs

Dental Nurse

Heidi is a Dental Nurse. She is radiography trained and works in the Oral Surgery Team.

Christie Bartholomew

Dental Nurse

Christie joined the Wessex Team in November 2015 and is a registered Dental Nurse and has been qualified for nine years.  She has previously worked at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth where she worked with many of our clinicians at the Wessex.

Rebecca Irish

Dental Nurse

Becky joined the Wessex Team in 2011 and has been a qualified Dental Nurse since 2006. She is radiography trained and works in general dentistry, having previously worked in private and NHS practices, giving her a wide variety of experience and knowledge. In her spare time Becky enjoys days out and socialising and spending time with her two children.

Marie Richards

Dental Nurse

Marie is a Dental Nurse and is currently on maternity leave (February 2016).

Charlotte Drewett

Dental Nurse

Charlotte is a Dental Nurse within the Centre

Julia Merrick

Dental Nurse

Julia started dental nursing in 1992 on the west coast of Scotland, moved to Gosport in 1997 and graduated from Portsmouth University in 2000, gaining a NEBDN qualification.  She has been part of the Wessex Team since August 2015 and works alongside Prosthodontist Neil Thorburn.  In December 2015 she gained a Certificate in Radiography with IMECS.

Alison King

Dental Nurse

Ali joined the Wessex Team approximately eight years and started working full time in the Oral Surgery Team. She then left to have two children and has returned, working two days a week in Prosthodontic Team. Ali is from Bognor Regis and has lived there for approximately 20 years.

Julie Traves

Decon Assistant

Julie joined the Wessex Team as a Decon Assistant and ordering and putting away the stock for the Centre.  Her current role is solely Decon Assistant due to the expansion of the Centre and the number of clinicians we now have!

The Support Team

Alice Stewart

Practice Manager

Alice is the Practice Manager and has been part of the Wessex Team since 2004. She is happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have and looks forward to welcoming you to the Centre. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her young family.

Kerry Tripp

Practice Co-ordinator

Kerry has worked as part of the Wessex Team since September 2007, with the exception of a one year break and started as part of the Reception Team. She then became Lead Receptionist and now her role is Practice Co-ordinator which she has been doing for the past year, dealing with all incoming private and NHS referrals, contacting referring dentists and making all patients consultation appointments. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog Bailey, attending boot camp with fellow Wessex employees and reading.

Pamela Symons

Patient Co-Ordinator

Pamela has been part of the Wessex Team since 2005 and is the Patient Co-ordinator/Senior Nurse. She is radiography trained and has been a registered Dental Nurse since 1988. Her role includes supporting patients, offering guidance through their dental treatment, including payment plans and explaining different procedures. She is also on hand to offer advice and liaise between the referring dentist and our dental team.

Catherine Murphy

Practice Administrator

Cath started in the Wessex Team in 2007 as part of the Reception Team. She then worked in both Reception and Secretarial Teams before becoming Practice Administrator. Her job role includes typing correspondence for all 17 clinicians, preparation of the Lead Clinician’s patient medical records and any ad-hoc administrative duties to ensure the Centre runs smoothly and efficiently. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, going to the theatre and cinema, eating out and holidays.

Jayne Smith

Practice Administrator

Jayne joined the Wessex Team in June 2015. Her duties are shared with the other Practice Administrator and she is here two days per week plus holiday cover. Her job role includes typing correspondence for all 17 clinicians, preparation of the Lead Clinician’s patient medical records and any ad-hoc administrative duties to ensure the Centre runs smoothly and efficiently.

She is a very happy person, enjoys her role in the company and looks forward to coming to work.

Sam Willis

Lead Receptionist

Sam has worked at Oasis since 2009, joining the Wessex Team in 2011 and is the Lead Receptionist. Her role includes running reception, meetings and organising tasks. She also supports the Reception Team where needed. She is a mum of two boys who love the outdoors and Sam also loves doing her bit for charity.

Lorraine Bryant

Receptionist

Lorraine has been part of the Wessex Team since 2013 and is part of the Reception Team. She enjoys interacting with patients and visitors and also organises our social activities!  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her husband driving his rally car.

Louise Clemens

Receptionist

Louise is part of the Reception Team.  She is due to go on maternity leave as her baby is due.

Zoe Searle

Receptionist

Zoe has been part of the Wessex Team since 2014 and is part of the Reception Team. She enjoys interacting with patients and visitors and providing excellent customer service. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Amy Smith

Receptionist

Amy joined the Wessex Team in January 2016 as part of the Reception Team.  She has two cats and a pet turtle and enjoys running and keeping fit.