Ghyllmount Dental Team
John is an experienced, forward thinking dentist, committed to providing high quality dental care. As well as being exceptionally popular with his patients, he is a motivational team leader.
In Dentistry his special interests lie with dentures and adult orthodontics.
Outside of work he enjoys family time with his wife, a local GP and his three children. He also has a love of the fells and rowing.
Shiona joined us in 1999 and has made her name as a family dentist due to her caring nature. She is committed to professional development, regularly attending courses on aesthetic dentistry. She has a keen interest in facial aesthetics and Botox and has been personally trained by Dr Bob Khanna.
Shiona is married to a local vet and has provided advice for small animal dental cases. She is kept busy at home with two young children and enjoys rare peace in the garden.
We are delighted to welcome Leigh Walker to Ghyllmount.
Leigh is looking forward to practicing back in Penrith, he has special interest in Endodontics(root fillings) and is studying to complete a Masters in Endodontology with the University of Chester. He is also a member of the British Endodontic Society and able to take referrals to complete more complex endodontic treatments with the help of a dental operating microscope.
Leigh aims to make the dental visit as comfortable an experience as possible.
Out of working hours he is a keen cyclist with a bit of Scuba diving and mountain scrambling thrown in for good measure
We are delighted to welcome Ruben Martinez to Ghyllmount. Ruben has extensive restorative qualifications and will bring much needed skills to Cumbria. He has a particular interest in tooth wear cases, smile design, full mouth rehabilitation and managing TMJ problems. An established professional armed with extensive knowledge and experience in dental and oral healthcare. Ruben is bilingual in Spanish and English and has 9 years experience in the UK.
Outside of work, Ruben is a loving husband and father to a beautiful daughter Maia. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, travelling, and skiing in winter and scuba diving in the summer with his wife, who is also a dentist.
Since joining the practice in summer 2013, Dominic has enjoyed providing the highest standard of dental health care for all his patients in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Dominic’s area of special interest is in the treatment of gum disease and he has a Masters Degree in Periodontology.
This has given him the necessary knowledge and skill to help those with particularly severe gum disease, or gum disease which has not improved following treatment, and he now accepts referrals from other dental practices.
Dominic will work with you to improve your gums. They are not only the foundation of a healthy mouth, but also have beneficial effects on your general health.
In his spare time Dominic enjoys the outdoors and is a keen fell runner and climber.
Neil joined Ghyllmount in 2010, and is married to June with two children, Jack and Scarlet. Neil has been treating patients under conscious sedation since 1987. It is a fantastic technique for patients who are anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist and can be used alongside all types of dental treatment. Conscious sedation relaxes the patient so they can undergo the dental treatment without fear and worry.
Neil has extensive intra oral dental implant experience and has been placing dental implants since 1999. They are used to replace missing teeth and can also be used as connectors to dentures making the dentures firm and stable.
He has long experience of advanced restorative and aesthetic treatment and is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology.
Outside dentistry he enjoys watching rugby, walking over the fells and keeping fit at the gym.
Dr Neil Sampson is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist.
Anna graduated from Liverpool University in 1997 and returned to work in Cumbria in 2001, joining the Ghyllmount Team in January 2016.
She is an experienced and conscientious dentist committed to providing her patients with high quality dental care.
She leaves a group of patients whom have been with her for 14 years in her previous practice and she wants to care for her new patients at Ghyllmount with the same unwavering commitment to their dental health needs.
In her spare time she enjoys fell walking, running and cycling.
We are delighted to welcome Daniela Vargas to Ghyllmount.
Daniela grew up in Carlisle and has a first degree with honours in Forensic Science. She then qualified in Dentistry from Liverpool in 2011. She enjoys providing aesthetic restorative Dentistry with a preventative and caring approach for the whole family. She is also a Clinical Teacher at the Dental Education Centre in Carlisle for dental students studying at UCLan Dental School. Outside of Dentistry she is a keen supporter of several charities and loves spending time in the great outdoors. Interests include the Arts, organic produce and visiting her rescue donkeys.
Louise has worked with us since July 2003. She strives to give her patients a dazzling smile and healthy gums using the latest modern techniques.
Linda has many years experience in the dental field, first as a dental nurse before progressing to practice manager. She joined our team in January 2008 following her graduation from Liverpool University with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.
Her special interest is in Children's oral health and disease prevention.
Linda returned from The Dental Awards which were held in Birmingham in April 2015, winning BEST DENTAL THERAPIST (UK). We are all extremely proud of Linda’s achievements.
Charlotte joined our team in January 2015 following her graduation from Liverpool University with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy and quickly became a valuable member of the team.
She enjoys getting to know her patients individually to provide high quality dental care.
We are very proud of the team spirit at Ghyllmount. We all strive to achieve the best possible care for all our patients. Day to day running of the practice is overseen by our Business manager Karon Kirkland, ably assisted by Practice manager Eleanor Mounsey.
Through their determination and drive Ghyllmount Dental is proud to have been awarded numerous national awards including Best Practice in the UK (Small town category)
The Nursing Team
Leanne Ridley GDC 189492 (2010)
Helen Brown GDC 113406 (2007)
Jo-Anne Walker GDC 218684 (2011)
Rachel Emmerson GDC 246335
Terri Longson GDC 258937
Hannah Jackson GDC 255043
Laura Bowman (Training)
Gemma Taylor GDC 279712 (2018)
Amy Prescott GDC 279817(2018) Francesca Tunstall (Training)
Front Of House
Lucy Branthwaite , Angela Wilson and Rachel Emmerson make up our front of house team. They are the faces that will greet you on your arrival at the practice and they will be there to help you as best they can and make your visit as stress free as possible.
General Dental Council
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