Meet The Team

Gary Hills

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…

Manesh Lad

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…

Neil Cookson

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…

Phil Bowden

With over 10 years of 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…

Daisy Singleton

Daisy gained a BSc degree in psychology and then an MSc degree in Medical Sciences from Newcastle University in 2016. She then went on to complete her BDS degree at the University of Central Lancashire, qualifying as a dentist in 2020. Daisy is about to undertake a course on composite bonding in London

Joe Alderson

Joe Alderson has decided to take early retirement from NHS dentistry to spend more time with his family. Although Mr Alderson is now retired, he is always happy to offer any dental advice if needed.

Dee Fox

Although Mrs Fox is now retired, she is always here to offer advice and help regarding your orthodontic treatment.

Lucy Smith

Lucy joined the team in July 2013. She has passed her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and has registered with the GDC. Lucy decided to go down the administrative/managerial path and has now gained the following qualifications – level 2 diploma in Business Administration, Dental Reception Lead, Level 3 Practice Management and Level 3…

Leigha Kelly

Leigha joined the clinic in 2014 and has worked her way up the dental nursing career path to become our clinical team lead. Leigha is highly qualified and after gaining her dental nursing certificate has achieved further qualifications in orthodontic nursing, radiography, and impression taking and recently passed a treatment co-ordinator course. Leigha mainly works…

Tasha Street

Tasha qualified as a dental nurse in 2015 and joined us at the practice in 2019. Tasha has recently achieved her certificate in dental radiography and has recently passed her sedation qualification. She loves being a part of the dental implant team.

Samantha Mortimer

Sam works mainly with the implant team and joined the practice in 2012 as a trainee dental nurse. She passed her national certificate in dental nursing and has registered with the GDC. Additionally, Sam has achieved her certificate in dental radiography, dental implant nursing, and sedation qualification with recently achieving her immediate life support in…

Lauren Hill

Lauren joined the practice in October 2019 as a trainee dental nurse, she went on to qualify as a registered dental nurse in November 2022 achieving her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. She recently passed her Dental Radiography qualification. Lauren went on to take on the role of practice trainer and is responsible for…

Kaisha Elliott

Kaisha is part of our dental staff and joined the practice in November 2019 as a trainee dental nurse. She has passed her Level 3 Diploma in dental nursing and has registered with the GDC. Kaisha mainly works with Mr Gary Hills and has recently passed her dental Implant qualification.

Natasha Wallace

Natasha joined the practice in October 2019 as a trainee dental nurse. She has recently passed her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and has registered with the GDC. Natasha has an interest in Invisalign and is working with our treatment coordinator, Leigha caring for Manesh and Daisy’s Invisalign patients.

Lucy Croft

Lucy joined the practice in January 2021 as a trainee dental nurse. She passed a level 3 in dental nursing diploma in summer 2023 and has recently taken on the role as our social media & marketing lead to regularly update our social media account and website. Lucy helps Lauren to train our new trainee…

Hannah Pickles

Hannah joined the practice in January 2021 as a trainee dental nurse. Hannah passed her level 3 diploma for dental nursing in 2023 and is now a fully qualified Dental Nurse. Hannah has a keen interest in implants and partly works with the implant team. She is currently working towards her Sedation qualification with recently…

Bethany Brown

Bethany joined the practice in July 2021 as a trainee Dental Nurse. She passed her level 3 diploma for dental nursing in Autumn 2023 and is now a fully qualified Dental Nurse. She is now working towards her Dental Radiography qualification. Bethany has a passion for delivering excellent patient care and creating a calm atmosphere….

Jennifer Best-Charlton

Jennifer joined the practice in January 2023 as a trainee dental nurse. She is currently working towards her dental nurse qualification. Jennifer loves working alongside our general NHS dentists and enjoys working alongside Manesh Lad during his private clinics. She enjoys assisting him in private dental work in composite bonding and Invisalign.

Katie Toman

Katie joined the practice in April 2023 as a trainee dental nurse. She is currently working towards her dental nurse qualification.