Dentists

  • Dr Chris Chisolm

    Dentist BDS MFDS (Bristol 2006) | GDC reg no. 106225

    Dr Christopher Chisholm graduated from the University of Bristol Dental School in 2006. Since then he has successfully completed the MFDS qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

    Having worked in the Maxillofacial Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Chris has always had a keen interest in oral surgery. The natural progression was to study implant dentistry and Chris is currently midway through completing a MSc in Implant Dentistry at the University of Warwick.

    Chris has studied both at home and abroad as part of his implant training including training at the Malo Clinic where the "All on 4" treatment was pioneered in Lisbon. In addition to this Chris is very experienced in short term orthodontics and is able to offer both clear aligners and "Six Months Smiles" treatments.

    Most recently Chris has trained with Dr Bob Khanna in facial aesthetics which is an additional treatment he is now able to offer his patients. Chris is always looking for new courses to go on to broaden his skills and provide solutions for his patients.

  • Dr Joachim Gruber

    Dentist BDS DR MED DENT. (Frankfurt 1999) | GDC reg no. 116600

    Dr Joachim Gruber graduated from the University of Frankfurt in Germany in 1999. After starting his career in an established practice in Frankfurt he started a PhD at the University in Frankfurt which he completed successfully after 4 years. He was awarded the academic title Dr. med. dent.

    After several years working in Germany he joined the practice, and has been with us since 2008.

    Joachim is committed to providing his patients with the highest standards of dental care using the latest technology and materials available. To ensure that he keeps abreast of the ever changing developments in dentistry he continues an ongoing program of professional development.

    He has developed a special interest in cosmetic and restorative treatment using modern innovative techniques and is well renowned for his gentle and caring chairside manner.

  • Dr Avis Da Costa

    Dentist BDS MFDS (Bangalore 2000) | GDC reg no. 84826

    Dr.Avis Da Costa comes from a family of dentists, obtained her first degree in 2000 from Bangalore university, one of the top universities in India. She went on to complete re-certification examinations to work in the UK by the General Dental Council. 

    Avis then completed her second qualification, the MFDS, at the royal college of surgeons in Edinburgh. She has worked in hospital, community and general practice in Scotland and has been with the team since 2008. Her love of dentistry keeps her learning and attending courses covering all aspects of dentistry and is currently pursuing a diploma in restorative dentistry carried out by royal college of surgeons, England.

    Her vast experience has enabled her to offer her patients the best available treatments in cosmetic, prosthetic and all other aspects of dentistry. She strongly believes that dental care should be catered to individual patient needs and is known for being a gentle dentist.

    When she is not practicing dentistry she is pursuing her other passions of gardening, art and looking after her twin daughters

  • Dr Fraser Tait

    Dentist BDS (Dundee 2011) | GDC reg no. 209003

    Dr Fraser Tait graduated from the University of Dundee Dental School in 2011. He is committed to providing general family dentistry on the NHS and on a private basis as well as cosmetic treatments. 

    He has undertaken further training in the restoring of dental implants and has developed a great relationship with the dental laboratory to provide patients with the most lifelike looking crowns, veneers and bridges.

    Fraser is a good communicator and likes to take the time to make sure patients understand the treatment they need and establish good preventative practices to make sure their oral health remains excellent.

  • Dr Ibikunle Aluko

    Dentist - Orthodontist BDS (Lagos 1994) | GDC reg no. 100360

    Dr Kunle Aluko qualified from the School of Dentistry at the University of  Lagos in 1994, where he was also awarded the Fellowship of the Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Orthodontics in 2004. He obtained full registration with the General Dental Council in the UK having passed the Statutory Examinations in 2005. 

    Kunle worked in the North West of England for seven years providing private orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry before moving to Scotland. His commitment to continuous professional development led him to complete the Orthodontic Masters degree course at the University of Edinburgh followed with the Membership in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

  • Dr Nadia Sheikh

    Dentist BDS (Glasgow 2007) | GDC reg no. 113756

    Dr Nadia Sheikh qualified from the University of Glasgow Dental School in 2007 (BDS) .After which she went straight into general dental practice. She joined Ivy Dental in June 2014, having worked at her previous practice for seven years. 

    Nadia has a particular interest in treating anxious patients, to this end she attained her SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry) qualifications in 2009 and has treated over 150 patients with conscious intravenous sedation using midazolam. 

    She has also developed her interest in facial aesthetics by gaining qualifications in providing both anti wrinkle (Botox) and filler treatments. This is a treatment she thoroughly enjoys providing.

    Nadia has a very friendly, caring and professional manner which has made her popular with her patients.  She enjoys keeping her knowledge and skills up to date and regularly attends courses and lectures to keep abreast of current developments in dentistry. This allows her to provide treatment to the high standards using the innovative techniques and materials.

    Outside of work Nadia enjoys keeping fit and regularly goes to outdoor boot camp. She is passionate about shopping, cooking and having a young family keeps her busy.

  • Dr John Thompson

    Dentist BDS (Belfast 2005) | GDC reg no. 86035

    Dr John Thompson graduated from the Queens University, Belfast in 2005. 

    He then completed his vocational training in the Scottish borders where he worked in both mixed and private practice for five years. John then took a sabbatical for 8 months to travel Asia Australia and New Zealand before working in practice in Australia for seven months.

    John then returned from travelling and joined the practice in Scotland and has been with the practice since 2012.

  • Dr Duncan Weir

    Dentist BDS (Glasgow 2007) (MFDS Edinburgh) | GDC reg no. 176892

    Graduated from Glasgow Dental School where he obtained the Board of Management prize for his work in relation to periodontal (gum) treatment.  He also completed his membership exams to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

    Duncan enjoys working with children as he worked in the Edinburgh Dental Institute as a paediatric dentist treating anxious children with complex dental conditions. This was followed by positions as both a Senior House officer in Oral and maxillofacial surgery and at  Birmingham Dental Hospital, where he worked and trained in restorative dentistry and advanced cosmetic dental procedures.

  • Dr Pedro Fiuza

    Dentist BDS (Lisbon 2007) | GDC reg no. 139247

Hygienists

  • Patricia Steele

    Hygienist CEB Dental Hygiene 1975 | GDC reg no. 1276

    Tricia relocated to Fife having lived and worked in Oxfordshire for over 20 years. She qualified whilst serving in the Royal Air Force in Buckinghamshire and joined the practice in 2010.

  • Janette Dunmore

    Hygienist CEB Dental Hygiene 1985 | GDC reg no. 2979

  • Lorraine Anderson

    Therapist Orthodontic Therapy (Eng 2009) | GDC reg no. 121706

Dental Nurses

  • Joelle Vazquez

    Dental Nurse Radiography (Edin 2015) | GDC 256987

    Joelle joined the practice in October 2014 as a trainee dental nurse, after a change in her career path.

    This certainly paid off when Joelle qualified in March 2015 and is loving being an important part of the team.

    Whether in the surgery or booking appointments, Joelle will be waiting to greet with her friendly smile and ensure the visit goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Natalie Milne

    Dental Nurse Dental Nursing NVQ (Edin 2012) | GDC reg no. 224367

    Natalie qualified as a dental nurse in 2011, and joined the practice in November 2013.

  • Mikela Polson

    Dental Nurse Nat Dip Dental Nursing (Edin 2013), BDA Radiography (2017) | GDC reg no. 254035

    Mikaela enjoys all aspects of Dental nursing and working on reception, and plays a vital role in making sure each visit is as pleasant as possible.

  • Rachel Prentice

    Dental Nurse NEBDN (Edin 2011) | GDC reg no. 242811

    Rachel joined the practice in 2006, originally in our decontamination unit, but Rachel soon realised that dental nursing would be a rewarding career.

    Rachel them embarked on her dental nursing training, and very admirably passed her national certificate, to become a much valued part of the nursing team.

  • Kelly Anne Doran

    Dental Nurse SVQ Dental Nursing (Edin 2009), BDA Radiography (Edin 2014) | GDC reg no. 129930

    Kelly qualified from Edinburgh Dental Institute and has been a registered dental nurse since 2006. Kelly joined the practice in March 2009 and has used her wealth of experience to recently gain her postgraduate qualification in radiography.

    Kelly brings her knowledge to both the NHS and private side of dentistry, with a special interest in the more advanced areas of dentistry.

  • Pamela Simpson

    Dental Nurse SVQ Dental Nursing (Edin 2010), BDA Radiography (Edin 2013) | GDC reg no. 190228

    Pamela has been a qualified dental nurse since 2010 and joined the team in 2011. She also holds a qualification in dental radiography, which she gained in September 2013

  • Katherine Cassells

    Dental Nurse NEBDN (Edin 2010), BDA Radiography (Edin 2013) | GDC reg no. 198297

  • Johann Knox

    Dental Nurse NEBDN (Edin 2007) | GDC reg no. 121679

Practice staff

  • Selina Alexander

    Practice Manager NEBDN (Edin1996), BDA Radiography (Edin 2006), IHC Level 9 Management (Glas 2015) | GDC reg no. 133549

    Selina has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. She started as a trainee dental nurse and over the years in dentistry has become qualified in dental nursing and a child smile nurse; she didn’t stop there and qualified in radiography too.

    Over the years Selina has worked her way up in dental practices and was General Manager for nine years before she moved to Ivy in January 2011 to become Clinical Manager then Business Manager.

    Selina works behind the scenes of the practice and along with the support of our Clinical Manager and Implant Coordinator they create the smooth day to day running for the team and patients.  Having a passion for constantly improving our services Selina ensures that her team keep up to date with their continuing professional development and help them improve with staff meetings and courses.

    When Selina is not working she likes to de-stress by going to boot camp and spending time with her friends and family. 

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