care for 20 years
care for all
specialised dental surgeons in the
North West of England.
achieve a healthy,
orthodontic technology and 20 years of experience
experienced ‘Dental Implantologists’ in this
specialist field. He has placed to-date over
4000 dental implants.
Welcome to St Annes Dental Clinic
We are a well established Dental Clinic based in the Fylde Coast, provides high quality NHS Dental Care and offers a private referral facility to other dentists in the North West for specialist dental treatments including Dental Implants, Orthodontics, Periodontics (gum treatments) and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dental team consists of 6 dentists that have a variety of skills including some of the most qualified and specialised dental surgeons in the North West of England.
Excellent Caring Practice For Nervous Patients
I am a very nervous patient, but not anymore after visiting the St Annes Dental Clinic, St Annes, Lancashire. This visit was an emergency visit as I was not registered with a dentist, but from the moment I arrived, I was put at ease by the dental nurses and the Dentist was just amazing. He talked me through everything on the Xray that had just been taken and totally put my mind at ease by explaining what was going to happen in a caring, kind, professional manner. I had to have my tooth extracted as it had cracked all the way to the root. I never felt a thing – Thank you so much St Annes Dental Clinic. There is no need to be nervous here – Highly recommend 100%
“I feel I must again praise the staff of the St Annes Dental Clinic for their pleasantness, professionalism, care, attentiveness – I could go on, for they exhibit many competencies in looking after patients, Ladies well done.
On a personal note I also praise Gary (with apologies to the other Dental Staff I have not met), I feel Gary appreciates my concerns about Dentistry as I must feature high on the “Dentists – No Chance” list.
I’ve been very lucky in my few visits at age 9, 23, 46, 62 to 67, the sixties being with Gary and only this week my Daughter commented “I never thought I’d hear you wishing for your appointment,”
I had split a tooth and I still have the fear of knowing what’s happening so Gary sedates me, maybe I’m a coward but he treats me with concern, we manage a laugh and the next thing I know I’m back in the waiting room, saying I’m fine I’m off now, but Oh No not until the ladies check with Gary I’m good to go. With my friend who accompanied me and two ladies to escort me to our car. Absolutely First Class.”
“All reception staff and dental nurses are so obliging and helpful and the “bandleader” himself Gary Hills, very impressive!
I was recently treated at your clinic as a new patient for a general check up and scale and polish.
I just wanted to extend my thanks to the reception staff for making it a pleasant experience and their professionalism.
Most of all I wanted to extend thanks to the clinician (Manesh) that treated me, mainly because I have suffered with a cosmetic problem and was desperate for a scale and polish and he did a fantastic job. This has been an issue for me for years of having “dirty teeth” and just that 15 minute session has literally improved my day to day life significantly, because I can actually smile without worrying about it. So I just wanted to let you guys know how much a basic appointment can make a difference to someone!!
“Mr Lad is great, I travel over 80 miles to see him, I would always recommend him. Me and my daughters continue to come because we have built up a great relationship with him and he always makes time to fit me in knowing how far we have come, thanks”
“Very obliging well run practice. Mr Lad is a very reassuring pleasant and capable dentist who I would recommend to anybody”
Dear Mr Hills, I would like to thank you very much for the fitting of my implant supported bridge. The care and attention over the last few months by you has been exemplary and I’m delighted with the finished result. Please thank your lovely staff too . . .
Dear Gary, Just to say thank you so much. The over denture you fitted is absolutely marvellous, you have given me my quality of life back. In addition I cannot praise yourself and your staff enough for the quality of care and attention I have received during the process. Once again thank you.
The decision to have teeth implants has been the best ever – every day I feel grateful for them. Not only does it mean I am able to eat and enjoy any food I like but also I am able to meet and greet my family and friends with much more confidence than before.
Hello Neil, I just wanted to thank you and your lovely staff for your excellent work and for taking care of me in the shaky, blood drenched moments! My teeth feel and look fabulous, all thanks to you, what a pro!
To Gary and all the ladies who attended me on 24/02/2017, you were all fantastic, from my initial visit some weeks ago I could not say I was looking forward to Friday. In the past ….. even my company dentist had to see me in the waiting room not his surgery. So yes I was extremely apprehensive. Ten O’clock arrived “Mr Croft” here we go. Injection – “you ok?” “yes fine” That was it! The next thing I knew I was in the waiting room trying to insist I was fine but the ladies knew better and would not release me until they were convinced I was ok to leave, even then I was escorted to my friend’s care. Brilliant from start to finish . . . . many many thanks
Gary performed two extractions and an implant yesterday for me.
Please let him know I have had no pain and all the bleeding ceased yesterday evening.
Really pleased with the work and all the staff I encountered.
Thank you for everything you’ve done. Couldn’t ask for anything more. I love my teeth now and I’m so glad I decided to get them done!
Lots of love,
Just wanted to say thanks very much for more excellent service today.
Not only did I get an appointment really quickly, but Dr Cookson was his usual lovely and professional self and wasn’t even mad that I didn’t book a follow up the last time like I was supposed to!
The girls on reception are alway really friendly and it makes what can be a scary experience much brighter. Thanks again for all round excellent service.
Girls, just wanted to say thank you very much for making my teeth look great!
The journey was tough, but I did it!
You’re all amazing and do a great job!
Lots of love and thanks,
Having qualified from Newcastle University in 1988, Gary has undertaken numerous postgraduate qualifications and obtained the Membership of General Dental Surgeons (MGDS RCS 1992), a Masters Degree in Periodontology 1995 (gum treatment), a Membership of Restorative Dentistry (MRD) from The Royal College of Surgeon 1999 and the Faculty of General Dental practitioners specialist Diplomas in Implant Dentistry 2005 and Restorative Dentistry 2010 (RCS). He is a registered specialist with the General Dental Council (GDC) in periodontology, one of only two specialists on the Fylde coast.
He is a recognised specialist for gum treatments and has placed over 4000 dental implants since 1989 both in private practice at various locations as a visiting specialist and at Manchester Dental Hospital.
Gary is a nationally recognised lecturer on dental Implants and gum treatment, having lectured both for the Dental training department in Manchester and internationally for the Royal College of Surgeons on the dental Implant diploma training program in Germany. He was also active in the initial foundation of The London Dental Implant Study Club that became the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).
Since starting St Annes Dental Clinic (Fylde Coast Dental Implant Centre) in 1996 the clinic has grown to one of the most recognised referral centres on the Fylde Coast for dentists wishing specialist treatment for their patients in aspects of dental implants and gum treatment. It is one of only a handful of local dental clinics that has multi trained dental specialists permanently based at one clinical site. Gary is also passionately committed to providing high quality National Health Service dentistry for local patients in the North West and thus the clinic has expanded from a single dentist in 1996 to 6 dental surgeons today.
In his spare time Gary likes to spend time with his family, play golf and commit himself to further study in all matters dental.
Dee qualified from Newcastle University in 1988 and following several years of postgraduate study gained a Masters Degree and Membership in Orthodontics (tooth straightening with braces) from Royal College of Edinburgh. Dee is a registered specialist in Orthodontics, with the General Dental Council and is a member of the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society. When Dee is away from the practice she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and running.
Joe is originally from County Durham
He qualified from The University of Manchester in 1987 and after working several years in different locations, he relocated to St Annes in 1990. Joe has been providing all aspects of general dentistry for over 20 years both NHS and Privately. Outside of dentistry Joe enjoys golf, travelling and spending time with his family, as well as being in demand as an amateur DIY and flat-pack assembler!
Neil qualified from Newcastle University in 1998 after which he completed his vocational training in the North East. For the last 14 years, he has practised at Great Eccleston Dental Surgery as lead dentist, undertaking a wide range of NHS and private Dental treatments, including restoring implants, removable orthodontics, using invisible trays and the Inman Aligner System.
Alongside his clinical practice, Neil has also undertaken a number of roles to support the professional development of other dentists and has worked as a Dental Appraiser for the Primary Care Trust.
Outside of work Neil is very much a family man, enjoying spending time with his wife and two young children. He is a keen sportsman, both as a spectator and a player, an avid reader and experimental cook.
Manesh graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 and did his Vocational Dental Training at St Annes Dental Clinic straight after qualification. He has since worked as a senior house officer at the East Lancashire Healthcare Trust in the Medical Speciality of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His experience at the hospital helped him to gain membership at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
Outside of Dentistry, Manesh has a keen passion for travelling the world with his backpack! He also enjoys Scuba Diving, Football and Cinema. He is currently learning to play Golf in his spare time.
With over 10 years experience in all aspects of dentistry, we are delighted to introduce our new dentist, Phil Bowden, who joins the practice on 1st July 2021.
Phil graduated from Lancaster University in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Biological Sciences. He then had a year out during which he decided to explore the option of dentistry, which combined his love of working with his hands with the scientific grounding of his degree. He came to St Annes Dental Clinic in 2011 to observe Gary Hills in surgery which reaffirmed his decision to study dentistry.
Phil’s degree allowed him to enrol on the BDS programme locally in Preston, with clinics in Blackpool. He graduated with honours in 2015 and worked in general dentistry until he was personally head hunted by Gary Hills to join the clinic. He is very much looking forward to the next chapter of his career here at St Annes Dental Clinic. In his spare time, Phil likes to spend time in his garage tinkering with old cars, taking walks with his family and their three dogs and mountain biking.
Phil will be taking on new NHS patients from 1st July 2021, to book an appointment please click the “book online” link above and follow the online booking form.
Jenny joined the clinic in 2000 and has worked her way up the dental nursing career path to become our Clinical Team Lead. Jenny is highly qualified and after gaining her dental nursing certificate in July 2002 has achieved further qualifications in orthodontic nursing, oral health education, radiography and impression taking. In addition to her nursing and managerial duties, Jenny has her own clinical sessions in oral health education.
Sarah joined the practice in 2016 from an extensive background in medical administration. She has previously worked as a medical secretary to a Consultant Cardiologist and receptionist/secretary in both a GP practice and hospital.
Sarah manages the day to day administration of the clinic dealing with referrals, incoming emails and organising the dentists clinic sessions along with keeping the policies and procedures up to date and compliant. She has recently completed an ILM level 3 certificate in Leadership and Management. Sarah has also attended a Dental Medical Emergency course and is an appointed Emergency First Aider.
She works closely with Jenny the clinical lead and is responsible for the behind the scenes work that ensures the smooth running of the practice. Sarah is happy to answer any non-clinical queries you may have regarding your treatment at St Annes Dental Clinic.
Jenna joined the clinic in 2006 and qualified as a dental nurse in 2008. She has gained a qualification in Dental Radiography. Jenna has worked alongside Gary Hills for over 8 years now, and is one of our most highly skilled nurses. She has completed extra qualifications in Sedation nursing, Impression taking and carrying out CBCT scans. Jenna has also completed the Dental Implant Nursing qualification.
Jaime Lee has been with the practice since July 2010. She has passed her NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing and has gained her Dental Radiography qualification. Jaime is responsible for training any new employees that come into the practice. She also holds her own clinics in Oral Health Education having most recently gained this qualification.
Lucy joined the team in July 2013 as a Trainee Dental Nurse having just finished her AS Levels at College. She has passed her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and has registered with the GDC. Lucy is the reception lead and also carries out other admin tasks for the practice. She has a level 2 diploma in business administration and has recently completed a level 3 dental reception lead qualification.
Leigha joined the team in January 2014 as a Trainee Dental Nurse wanting an exciting new career. She has passed her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and has registered with the GDC. Leigha has achieved both her Certificate in Dental Radiography and Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing and works in the Orthodontic side of the practice.
Sophie joined the practice in August 2017 as a qualified dental nurse.
Tasha joined the Practice in March 2019 as a trained dental nurse.
Georgia joined the practice in June 2019 as a qualified dental nurse.
Natasha is one of our three new trainee dental nurses. She is currently attending college to complete her training.
Lauren is one of our three new trainee dental nurses. She is currently attending college to complete her training.