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Bedlington,   NE22 5AA
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Our Practice Team 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in dental healthcare. Our dental team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Professional Registration

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the regulatory body of the dental profession in the United Kingdom. Their address is 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8DQ and their telephone number is 020 7887 3800. Our dentists and staff adhere to the regulations governing the profession by the GDC as set out in their publication "Standards for the Dental Team". You can find out more about the GDC on their website

Joanne Duggan
Joanne Duggan
Principal Dental Surgeon
BchD (Leeds) Dip Con Sed
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 70714

Joanne qualified in Leeds in 1995 and came back to her native North East, where she has practiced ever since. Joanne has worked in general practice throughout this time and enjoys all aspects of dentistry. She has a special interest in treating nervous child and adult patients and gained a diploma in conscious sedation in dentistry from Newcastle University in 2010. Joanne has also been a foundation dentist trainer, being responsible for the training and mentoring of newly qualified dentists.

Robert Banks

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Sunderland Royal Hospital

Robert Banks, Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital is taking referrals for implant placement and other minor oral surgical procedures at Bedlingtonshire Dental Practice.

Robert is highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of implant dentistry and oral surgery as well as bone augmentation and sinus lifting.

Matthew L Shaw
GDC registration number: 81871

Matt qualified from Newcastle University Dental School in 2003 and has been working in General Practice since then. He is also an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle Dental Hospital. Matt's special interests are minimally invasive dental treatment, dental photography and the management of acute dental emergencies.

Matt has been heavily involved in post graduate dental education having successfully trained three newly qualified Foundation Dentists. His outside interests include rugby, cricket and music.

Matt will always provide you with the highest quality of care and has a friendly approach to keep you at ease during your visit.

Andrew B Ratsey
Andrew B Ratsey
BDS, Msc Endo
GDC registration number: 103342

Andy has joined our team to help specifically with endodontic, (root filling) treatments. Andy is particularly passionate about root fillings and has completed a postgraduate diploma in endodontics, and has been awarded a distinction in his MSc in Endodontics.

Zoe Barnfather
Dental Care Practitioners (DCPs)
Dental Therapist/Hygienist
GDC registration number: 187922

Mr Andrew Graham
Clinical Dental Technician
Dip Clin Dent Tech (RCS Eng 2013)
Country of issue: England
GDC registration number: 130089

Andrew is an experienced clinical dental technician and is taking referrals for all types of denture patients at Bedlingtonshire Dental Practice. Dentures can be difficult and he offers a fantastic personal service to those patients who require additional special care and detail. Andrew works directly with patients which allows him to see their full facial features before any denture is created. He talks to patients, discussing their needs, expectations and requirements, keeping them fully informed throughout the design stages. With this process, Andy can fulfil the patient's wishes by providing functional naturally looking dentures tailored to their needs. Examples of services offered: * Complete upper and/or lower dentures *Partial dentures *Valplast dentures *Cobalt chrome dentures *Implant retained dentures

Mrs Alyson Hedley
Mrs Alyson Hedley
Practice Manager
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 109043

Practice Manager and Dental Nurse, registered with the General Dental Council, I have been working in the practice since it started in 1995. I am responsible for the smooth and efficient administration of the practice. I also work clinically in the surgery on occasions which I find most rewarding. I continue my education in management and dental matters.

Mrs Allyson Straker
Mrs Allyson Straker
Dental Nurse
BADN certificate
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 108164

Ally has a wealth of dental knowledge having worked as a dental nurse for 25 years and she has also worked at NHS direct triaging dental emergencies. Ally is always a friendly face at the practice; being born and living in Bedlington all her life she enjoys working in the community. Ally not only is a qualified dental nurse, but last year gained an additional qualification as an Oral Health Educator, allowing her to teach us all how to achieve a healthy mouth. She is responsible for the lovely oral health displays you may see in the practice. We are delighted that Ally has gained an additional qualification in nursing in conscious sedation in dentistry. She is excellent in helping all our nervous patients feel at ease, and caring for all their needs.

Lisa Riley
Dental Nurse
GDC registration number: 130981

Lisa is a qualified nurse in conscious sedation in dentistry.

Miss Rachel Turner
Apprentice dental nurse

Rachel is currently studying at Newcastle College and will soon be a qualified dental nurse

Holly Napier
Dental Nurse
GDC registration number: 189085