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 Carol Dewhurst

Dentist
BDS (Liverpool) 1981, MFGDP (UK) 1992, M.Clin.Dent.Prost
GDC No. 55879

Dr Carol Dewhurst qualified from Liverpool University in 1981. After working at the Liverpool Dental Hospital she went to general dental practice on the Wirral. She was the founder partner at Whitby Dental Practice in 1986, developing it from a large successful NHS practice into the private general and Specialist centre it is today.

She was awarded the DGP(UK) in 1992 and the MFGDP in 1994. After a four year degree course in restorative dentistry at Guys, Kings, and St Thomas Hospitals in London, she obtained her Masters degree in clinical dentistry in 2002, specialising in fixed and removable prosthodontics. She has 19 years teaching experience in restorative dentistry at the Liverpool Dental School, and more recently has been working with Chester University on their masters programmes in Endodontics and Restorative dentistry .

Dr Dewhurst has been an advocate of Dental nurse education all her career and was an instigator of one of the first degree courses in Oral Health Sciences for their profession at Chester University.

She gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

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Dr Roy Bennett

Dentist
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 Clinical Lead for North at Portman Health Care and Director of Mellow Sedation Training Services.

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Dr Kathryn Dunning

Dentist
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), BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), MEndo RCS(Ed)

GDC No. 243963

Dr Nicholas Longridge graduated with Honours from the University of Liverpool with distinctions in all three examined components – 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. His current research themes are pulp regeneration and additive manufacturing in dentistry.

Nick works exclusively with a dental operating microscope to provide root canal treatment and revision root canal treatment. 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.

Outside of Dentistry, Nick enjoys a wide range of sports including football, rugby, cricket and golf. 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
LDS RCS (Eng) 1975 DMD (Budapest) 1995 MDS (Lpool) 1996
GDC No. 49206

Dr Varga has both worked and taught at the Liverpool Dental school for many years, and is on the specialist list for oral surgery. We like to provide a holistic complete dental service and an internal referral to Dr Varga prevents our patients waiting too long on hospital lists for their treatment.

We can also guarantee an expert but sensitive and caring approach with a known team to anyone needing surgical care. To complete our care, she is also qualified in medical hypnosis.

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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.

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Dr Addys Del Rio Peon

Dentist with special interest in endodontics
LIC ODONT (MADRID) 2010, MSc Endo
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.


Dario

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
BDS MFDS RCPS
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 Liam McGrath

Dentist with a special interest in dental implants
BDS (Lpool) 1999, D Imp Dent RCS Ed.
GDC No. 76322

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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.

Adrian Bennett

Dr Adrian Bennett

Dentist with a special interest in orthodontics
BDS (Bris) 2000, MPhil (Manc) 2004, MSc-Ortho (War) 2015, with Distinction - Master of Science MJDF RCS Eng
GDC No. 77667

Adrian qualified from the University of Bristol in 2000 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery winning awards in Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Oral Medicine. He was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in 2004 from the University of Manchester for research into tooth coloured filling materials. In 2010 he was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF RCS Eng)

In 2015 he has been awarded a Master Degree (MSc) with Distinction in Orthodontics from the University of Warwick.

He has a Special Interest in Orthodontics and is a member of the British Orthodontic Society. He has worked almost exclusively with the Damon Braces system for over ten years and accepts referrals for children and adults and is able to treat complex cases e.g. Impacted canines and cases requiring additional restorative and/ or implants etc.

Adrian is also Director of the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Faculty of General Dental Practice’s NW-division.Adrian is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and supervises MSc students.

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Julie Jones

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 6336

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Clare Brown

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 194157

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Danielle Davis

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 6312

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Mandy Young

Hygienist
GDC No. 3949

Emma Poole 2019

Emma Poole

CQC Registered Practice Manager

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Sammi Jarvis

Practice Manager
GDC No. 249708

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Stacy Clegg

Lead Dental Nurse
GDC No. 246102

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Jay McGill

Treatment Co-ordinator
GDC No. 262837

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Marissa Cassidy

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 149857

Sarah Lloyd-Birchall

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 262801

Jade Berry

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 261431

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Emma Burnell

Dental Nurse
GDC Number 260963

Leah Thorogood

Dental Nurse
GDC Number 272868

Katy Dean

Receptionist

Elsie

Elsie Edwards

Receptionist

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