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.



Dr Carol Dewhurst

Dentist with an interest in Restorative Dentistry
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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Michael Dodd

BSc (Hons) MSc. BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS (Edin)
GDC No. 176912

Mike graduated with honours from the Liverpool University Dental School in 2009 with several prizes including the University Prize in Dental Surgery for finishing top of his year. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has undertaken hospitals posts in general duties and restorative dentistry as well as general practice and has published papers in a number of fields. His main focus has always been in restorative dentistry and in particular endodontics and he was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at Liverpool University Dental Hospital in April 2013 and then as a Speciality Registrar in Endodontics in September 2014. This year he has completed his final year of specialist training, sedation training and his studies for a doctorate, researching CBCT in difficult endodontic cases.

In addition to his training Mike spends much of his time teaching undergraduates, dental core trainees and generalists as well as giving presentations and lectures at local, regional and national events. This year he ran two well received workshops at the BDA conference on simplifying endodontic treatment for the general dentist and lectured on post endodontic restorations at the My Dentist conference in Birmingham.

Mike has been part of the team at Whitby Dental for the past two years, undertaking in house referrals for endodontics as well as small amount of external referral work. He is now keen to invite referrals from external referring dentists and is happy to offer advice on endodontic cases. He accepts referrals for all aspects of endodontic treatment, including diagnosis, primary RCT, re-treatment cases, removal of posts and instruments, perforation repair, open apex/trauma cases and endodontic surgery including apical surgery and surgical repair of resorption defects. He also maintains an interest in the restorative aspects of endodontically treated teeth and can provide post, cores and indirect restorations upon request.

Adrian Bennett

Dr Adrian Bennett

BDS (Bristol) 2000, MSC (Orthodontics), MPHIL, 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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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 Clinical Lead for North at Portman Health Care and Director of Mellow Sedation Training Services.

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Dr Stephen Kelso

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.

Dr Emma Varga

Dentist - Specialist Oral Surgeon
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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Clare Brown

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 194157

Pdc0164 Whitby Jay Mc Gill

Jay McGill

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 262837

Pdc0164 Whitby Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Hygiene Therapist
GDC No. 6336

Pdc0164 Whitby Laurine Le Faux

Laurine LeFaux

Head Dental Nurse
GDC No. 209201

Pdc0164 Whitby Marissa Cassidy

Marissa Cassidy

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 149857

Mandy Young

GDC No. 3949

Pdc0164 Whitby Stacy Clegg

Stacy Clegg

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 246102

Pdc0164 Whitby Sammi Jarvis

Sammi Jarvis

Reception Lead
GDC No. 249708

Prince Thomas


GCD Number 101065

Emma Burnell

Dental Nurse

GCD Number 260963

Leah Thorogood

GDC Number 272868

Katy Dean


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