Meet the team

At Whitby Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


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Dr Roy Bennett

BDS (Liverpool) 1987, MFGDP (UK), DipDentSCi DipFOD
GDC No. 62785

Roy qualified from Liverpool University in 1987. His career has focused on aesthetic dentistry & sedation techniques. He completed postgraduate training in Conscious Sedation (2002) and then MFGDP(UK) 2006 and a Diploma in Dental Science (2008). He is an accredited IACSD course organiser & teacher in clinical sedation with over 20 years experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He is a member and mentor of both the Dental Sedation Teacher Group (DSTG) and SAAD. He frequently helps local colleagues by accepting sedation referrals and supporting other dental practices in the North West.

Roy is also Director of Mellow Sedation Training Services.

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Dr Kathryn Dunning

BDS (Lond) 1991
GDC No. 67399

Kathryn Dunning has 25 years of experience of providing Private Dentistry in all disciplines of General Dentistry. She has extensive postgraduate training in Occlusion and uses a comprehensive approach to assess the bite (occlusion), soft tissues and tooth surfaces to diagnose bite problems which can lead to tooth wear, tooth fracture, unstable bites, jaw joint problems, facial pain, headaches. If left untreated bite problems can prematurely age teeth.

Kathryn has a Postgraduate Certificate in Orthodontics from Warwick Medical School and has several years experience in the use of Invisalign, Clear Smile Aligners and Damon Orthodontic Braces. She has been a Dental Advisor to the NHS inspecting Dental practices on their standards of cross infection while also being a Dental Tutor at Liverpool Dental School and a Facilitator of Undergraduate Dental Students at the Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth. Also becoming an Educational Supervisor of newly Qualified Dentists in General Dental Practice for 6 years.

Currently she is studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry.

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Dr Nicholas Longridge

Specialist Endodontist
BSc (Hons) 2008, BDS (Hons) 2013, MFDS RCS(Ed) 2015, MEndo RCS(Ed) 2019, DDSc 2020
GDC No. 243963

Dr Nick Longridge is a specialist endodontist working at Whitby dental practice. Nick works exclusively with a dental operating microscope to provide root canal treatment and root canal retreatment. His primary aim is to prolong the life of teeth that have become compromised through decay, trauma, dental abscesses or previous treatment. This may include removal of old crowns, assessment of tooth restorability, tooth decay management, post-crown removal, post-crown placement, management of dental trauma and management of facial swellings or dental abscesses.

Nick graduated with Honours from the University of Liverpool with distinctions in Restorative Dentistry, Oral Diseases and Oral Health. He has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Anatomy and Human Biology and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Nick initially continued his postgraduate training with various house officer jobs in Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry at Aintree University Hospital Regional Head and Neck Department, Alder Hey Paediatric Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital.

In 2016, Nick was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow/Specialty Registrar in Endodontics at Liverpool University Dental Hospital, which culminated in him successfully passing his Membership in Endodontics Exam in 2019. Nick now works as a clinical lecturer in restorative dentistry at Liverpool teaching the next generation of dentists. He completed his professional doctorate in Endodontics in 2020, with his current research themes in pulp biology and regeneration.

Outside of Dentistry, Nick enjoys watching various sports including football and rugby. He is a keen athlete with regular running, swimming and cycling. Aside from sport, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife and two children.

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Dr Emma Varga

Specialist Oral Surgeon
Accredited by GDC in 2001
DMD (Budapest) 1970, LDSRCS (England) 1975, MDS (Lpool) 1996
GDC No. 49206

Dr Varga is an oral surgeon with an untarnished record of clinical expertise, conscientiously gleaned from over 40 years' experience. She has worked in hospital and NHS settings, as well as in both primary and private care. As a Clinical Lecturer, she has also taught oral surgery, oral medicine and sedation to dental undergraduates, postgraduates and General Dental Practitioners.

Qualifying from Budapest's Semmelweis Medical School, Faculty of Dentistry in 1970, Dr Varga proceeded to come to England where she obtained her Licence in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons (LDSRCS) in 1975. In 1976, she was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine at The University of Liverpool Dental School.

She developed a special interest specifically focussed on the dental management of medically compromised and anxious patients relatively early on in her career, which led, after much research, her to later qualify as a Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), in Liverpool, in 1996.

From 1998, she held part-time appointments as a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and an Associate Specialist in Oral Surgery at the Liverpool Dental Hospital.

In 2016 she was offered, and accepted, the post of Locum Consultant in Oral Medicine, which she continued to do until her fairly recent retirement from both academic and hospital careers.

Although her work continues to motivate and inspire her, Dr Varga's new love has become her grandchildren, to whom, along with her interest in the cultural arts, she now most enjoys devoting her spare time.

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Dr Andy Pitt

Dentist with a special interest in endodontics
BChD (Leeds) 2006, MSc Endo (Chester)
GDC no. 104099

Andy qualified from Leeds University in 2006 and has since worked as both a general dental practitioner and a dentist with special interest in Endodontics, going on to complete his Masters in Endodontology at the University of Chester. Andy has many years of experience saving teeth that are challenging to repair, and which require advanced care and specialised techniques.


Dr Addys Del Rio Peon

Dentist with special interest in endodontics
GDC No. 236514

Addys, originally from Cuba, graduated in dentistry at the European University of Madrid in 2010. She worked with an NGO helping people who couldn’t afford dental treatment, after this she decided to move to the UK where she has been working since.

She has achieved great experience in general dentistry working in Gobowen, Penrhyndeudreth, Mold and Colwyn Bay.

Addys finished in July 2019 a 2 year World recognized Masters Degree in Endodontics in Madrid, Spain.

This Masters has given her skills and knowledge to achieve satisfactorily multiple complex cases such as treatment in single and multi-rooted teeth, root canal revascularization, apicoformation with bioceramic materials, calcified canals, re-treatments, treatment of perforations, periapical surgery, treatment of teeth with complex anatomy including: entomolaris, curved canals and multiple canals, training in all different rotatory files systems, microscope and CBCT scan, treatment of dental trauma, training with different obturation techniques.

Her Masters thesis was an investigation in Fracture Resistance of teeth obturated with different techniques.

Over these years Addys has been upgrading her skills and knowledge attending different courses in different areas of dentistry. For example:

In 2014 she went back to Cuba to attend a surgical residency where she learnt to surgically extract wisdom teeth and retained roots.

In 2015 she finished a one year Masters in Occlusion and Prosthodontics in the European School of Oral Rehabilitation, Implantology and Biomaterials (ESORIB). This masters included 10 theoretical and practical modules that made Addys improve her skills from small to big oral rehabilitations both in the functional and aesthetic aspect.

Since 2017 she has been a member of the Spanish Society of Endodontics (AEDE)

In her spare time Addys loves spending time with her family and her dog Max. She loves reading and traveling, she has visited more than forty countries.


Dr Dario Sales Llorett

Dentist with a special interest in periodontics
Lic Odont (Madrid) MSc Perio, Oral Surgery and Implants
GDC No. 22137

Dario is a Spanish dentist who graduated in dentistry at the European University of Madrid in 2011. When he finished his studies he went to Peru to cooperate with an NGO who helped to improve the oral hygiene of the local Community. In 2012 he moved to Chester where he has been living since.

He started working in a small practice in Chirk and then in 2014 he changed his job to work in a Bupa Practice in Colwyn Bay, both in North Wales. After working for a year in the new practice he became the Lead Dentist. In this role he worked creating a patient centered team in a nice working environment. Dario finished a 2 year Masters Degree in Periodontics, Dental Implants and Oral Surgery from the Mississippi Institution in Madrid Spain in September 2019. This Masters has given him skills and knowledge to achieve satisfactorily Simple and Complex Periodontal Treatment, Periodontal Surgery, Mucogingial Surgery, Abilty to place Dental Implants and also Compressive implants. He has learned and achieved bone grafting, sinus lifts and 3rd molar extractions. He has presented two posters in SEPA (Spanish Society of Periodontology an Osseointegration) congress in 2018 and 2019 where he is member.

Dario has been upgrading his skills and knowledge attending different courses in different areas of dentistry. For example: In 2014 he went to Cuba to attend a surgical residency where he learnt to extract surgically wisdom teeth and retained roots. In 2015 he finished a one year Expert Title in aesthetics from CEODONT in Madrid which included Porcelain veneers, composite in aesthetic sector, inlay and periodontal aesthetics.

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Dr Stephen Kelso

Dentist with a special interest in dental implants
GDC No. 73558

Dr Kelso qualified from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1997. He completed vocational training in Belfast before undertaking oral surgery experience at University Hospital, Aintree, Liverpool, and later on a part-time basis as a Hospital Practitioner in the oral surgery department at the Liverpool University Dental Hospital.

During this time, he gained his MFDS qualification and now practices solely within the General Dental Services with a special interest in oral surgery and implantology.

Dr Kelso has been trained to use several implant systems and currently favours the Straumann dental implant system. He is a mentor for Straumann training and keeps abreast of new and evidence based techniques both nationally and internationally. He has recently returned from the International Straumann Symposia in Switzerland and the USA

Dr Kelso has a keen interest in outdoor pursuits, plays hockey and has represented Ireland in this field.

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Dr Prince Thomas

Dentist with an interest in restorative dentistry
BDS, MDS (Prosthodontics, India), IQE, MFDS RCPS (Glasgow)
PG CERT ENDODONTICS (LONDON). Cert in Implantology (Sheffield)
GCD Number 101065

Prince qualified in 1995 with a University Gold medal in Conservative Dentistry and was a clinical tutor in the Department of Oral Surgery and later in Conservative dentistry.

In 2001 he completed his three year full time Masters degree in Prosthodontics, topping his batch and went on to start his own General Dental practice with special emphasis on advanced fixed and removable prosthodontics for seven years.

In 2012 he was awarded the MFDS by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. His continuous zeal for dentistry has driven him to acquire higher qualifications in Endodontics and has completed the 18 month one-to-one training program in implant dentistry from the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield University Dental School. His other commitments include practicing as a Speciality Dentist in Prosthodontics at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University. Prince enjoys sharing his expertise as a Part-time Clinical teacher in Restorative Dentistry at the Liverpool University Dental Hospital and is a member of the British society for the study of Prosthetic Dentistry.

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Adrian Bennett

Dentist with a special interest in Orthodontics
GDC NO. 77667

Adrian is an examiner, supervisor and honorary clinical teaching fellow at the University of Warwick on the Orthodontic MSc course and has given several presentations on multidisciplinary orthodontics in general practice. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the College of General Dentistry where he is an examiner for the orthodontic diploma.

He has been providing orthodontic treatments for children and adults in private general practice for over 18 years and is experienced in a wide range of fixed and removable appliances; incorporating orthodontics with advanced restorative and implant treatments.

He is an Elite Invisalign Go provider, an Elite Damon-System provider and an Accredited Incognito provider

In 2018 he was Portman Dental Group Clinician of the Year and provides orthodontic treatments on referral in five of their general private practices

In 2017 he won the British Orthodontic Society case presentation Award and was invited to present the case at the Winter Study Day in 2018

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Clare Brown

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 194157

Mandy Young

GDC No. 3949

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Stacy Clegg

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 246102

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Jay McGill

Treatment Co-ordinator
GDC No. 262837


Emma Burnell

Dental Nurse
GDC Number 260963

Amy Smith

Dental Nurse
GDC Number 272901

Bethany Bowes

Lead Dental Nurse
GDC Number 264349

Linsay Shipman

Dental Nurse
GDC Number 125405

Nicole Blackwell

GDC Number 290883


Sammi Jarvis

Practice Manager
GDC No. 249708

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