DENTAL SURGEONS 

All staff qualifications listed below were gained in the UK. 
For more information about the General Dental Council or GDC registration contact The General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London www.gdc-uk.org. 
 

 Christopher Holden  BDS LDS RCS Eng DGDP (UK) (GDC No. 55706)  

 
Christopher is an experienced dentist having qualified from Sheffield University in 1981. He has worked in both the hospital services and general dental practice. Christopher provides most forms of general dentistry and has a particular interest in implants, oral rehabilitation of neglected mouths and cosmetic dentistry. He has undertaken postgraduate training both in the UK, and other countries including Sweden, Portugal and the USA. With a career long interest in pain and anxiety control, he regularly lectures and teaches on postgraduate courses to doctors and dentists in the field of conscious sedation techniques. He has taught widely in the UK and at major meetings in Europe, Africa and Australia. 
 
Christopher has produced two videos on the safe practice of intravenous sedation, one of which has been used in over 20 countries. He has a strong commitment to postgraduate education for the benefit of the patients, having served on professional committees within the Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and The Department of Health as well as locally.  
 
Part of Christopher's work is as an expert witness. He has given expert evidence in both civil and criminal cases in the UK and at the professional regulators, The General Medical Council, and The General Dental Council. He has also given expert evidence to courts in Ireland and New Zealand. 
 
Christopher is past president of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD), which is a registered charity, devoted to the teaching and advancement of pain and anxiety control in dentistry. SAAD is well known to dentists around the world. He is a past Board member of the Faculty Of General Dental Practitioners, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 
 
As a committee member of the Dental Sedation Teachers Group, Christopher joins representatives from all UK universities with a Dental School to encourage proper standards of education in the field. 
 
He is also past president of The International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies (IFDAS). This is the global grouping of national pain and anxiety control societies. The president of IFDAS has never been awarded to a United Kingdom practitioner before. 
 

 Anita Patel BDS MJDF DipDSed (GDC No. 70691)  

 
Anita joined the practice in 1996. She qualified from Sheffield University in 1995. Anita has a special interest in Conscious Sedation techniques and has been treating patients using sedation techniques for the last 20 years. 
 
Anita is committed to post graduate education and regularly attends courses all over the country to update and increase her skills. Anita holds the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Advanced Diploma in Sedation after training at Guys and St Thomas's London. 
 
Anita aims to provide a relaxed and friendly approach to dental treatment. She understands patient fears and anxieties and is keen to develop good communication with patients and empower them with a good knowledge and understanding of their treatment options so that each individual can make a personal choice. 
 
In her spare time, Anita enjoys running and is a keen skier. She has two sons which keeps her very busy. 
 

DENTAL TEAM 

 Denise Harcourt Practice Manager RDN (UK) Cert HE DPM (GDC No. 154974)  

 
Our Team is led by our practice manager, Denise Harcourt, A qualified dental nurse herself she has worked in general practice since 1993. This experience has given her a clear understanding of the needs of patients and the importance of continuing education for all the dental team in ensuring that we provide a quality assured service to all our patients. 
 
Denise explains how patients remain the main focus of the practice and its team: 
 
"I meet new patients all the time for whom fear of the dentist has had a crippling effect on their everyday life and their smile. Our practice can offer anxiety control and sedation techniques, and the support of a caring, well informed and professional team. This allows frightened patients, possibly for the first time, to undertake the dental treatment that they so desperately need. The change in a patient after the completion of such a course of dental treatment is often dramatic both in their general health and personal happiness. When patients visit the practice once and experience this level of professional care provided by the whole team here, they tend to stay for many years". 
 
As a practice we place a strong emphasis on continuing professional development for our nursing team. When trainee nurses join the practice they embark on a vigorous in-house and external training schedule. They initially work towards the level 3 Diploma in Oral Health/ Dental Nursing. 
A personal development plan is drawn up for everyone individually, and then ongoing training is tailored to meet the needs of individual team members, the team as a whole and most importantly our patients. 
 
Our nurses are therefore very knowledgeable. They keep up to date with modern techniques and materials and will be happy to answer questions you may have about the treatments we provide and any other aspect of your visits to the practice. 
 
The practice achieved Investor's in People recognition in October 2001 and Denplan Excel Accreditation each year since 2003. Denplan Excel is a gold standard quality assurance benchmark both approved by the dental profession and the Patients Society. This is a true reflection of how committed, professional and hard working our whole team is. 
 
Our nurses are friendly and approachable. They have an empathy with patients who are anxious or frightened and work very hard to ensure that your every visit to us is as stress-free as possible". 
 

 Alison Russell Dip Hyg (GDC No. 4428)  

 
Alison began working in dentistry in 1984. She qualified as a dental nurse in 1986 then trained to be a dental nursing tutor, teaching trainee dental nurses working towards their national qualification. 
 
Alison switched to dental hygiene and qualified as a Dental Hygienist at Guy's Hospital London in 1993. Alison has worked in general practice in the UK and America. She joined our practice in 2002 bringing the benefits of her experience in the USA to combine with her UK training. 
 
In her spare time Alison teaches ice skating. 
 
 

 Nicola Smith RDN (UK) (GDC No. 131519)  

 
Registered Dental Nurse Nicola Smith joined the practice in 2005 . She qualified as a RDN in 2007 and as Dental Sedation Nurse soon after. Most of our patients know Nicola and many build a close professional personal relationship with her. 
 
She explains how much we value our patients: 
"All of the nurses here appreciate the trust patients have in us and feel privileged to help provide treatment which changes people's lives. I have worked here for so long now that many of our regular patients feels like friends to me and i look forward to seeing them and hearing their news every time they come in”. 
 

   

 
 
 

 Rebecca Redford Dip Ther/Hyg (GDC No. 6206)  

 
Rebecca joined the dental practice as a trainee dental nurse in 1999. After completing her dental nursing training, Rebecca felt she would like the opportunity to interact more with patients. She, therefore, left the practice for two years to complete the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield. 
 
Rebecca qualified in June 2003 and returned to work at the practice as a Therapist and Hygienist. She is an experienced practitioner known by patients for her gentle and thorough approach. Rebecca enjoys working as part of our practice team and working together with patients to improve their dental health. 
 

 Leanne Hilton RDN RDN (UK) (GDC No. 138391)  

 
Registered Dental Nurse Leanne Hilton explains how every member of the practice team plays an important role in delivering quality care to patients: Leanne has considerable experience in nursing for advanced dental procedures including computer guded surgery. 
 
"I have been a dental nurse assisting with the provision of sedation to patients for many years. I enjoy the fact that I work with patients from when they nervously visit the practice for the first time through to when their treatment is complete and they are pain-free and see their new smile for the first time" 
 

  

 
 
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