Our team 

At Walkden 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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Christian Hewitt

Christian Hewitt

Dentist
BDS (Glas) 1991
GDC No. 66646

My name is Christian Hewitt and was born in Salford,I attended Ellesmere park high school and the Eccles college, before going to study dentistry at Glasgow University.

I graduated in 1991 and joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 1993,and a couple of years later became principal dentist along with mike Higgins.over the year we developed the practice, adding more clinicians to our team and more specialisms. From then until present I have continued to enjoy helping our patients with all their dental needs and I hope providing an excellent standard of service and care.

Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins

Dentist
BDS (Sheff) 1988
GDC No. 63677

Joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 1990

Helped develop and expand the practice from a 4 surgery to an 8 surgery practice, expanding a range of services and offering latest technology and techniques.

Always willing to listen to patients and put them at their ease and provide the level of quality of treatment they deserve.

Member of the British Orthodontic Society and British Dental Association.

Outside dentistry I enjoy spending time with my family along with swimming, cycling and running.

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Simon Betts

Dentist
BDS (Lpool) 2001
GDC No. 209823

Simon Betts was educated at St Ambrose School in Manchester. His interest in dentistry began after sustaining a dental injury during a school rugby game. Simon studied Dentistry at Liverpool University and qualified in 2011. Following qualification Simon undertook further training in general dental practices in Leeds and Hull. During this time Simon gained invaluable experience in general dental work and a special interest in aesthetic dentistry and treating anxious patients.

Simon commenced work at The Walkden Dental Practice in 2016. He has very much enjoyed working at this practice which he has found to have excellent facilities and provide exceptionally good standards of dental care.

Simon has undertaken a wide range of postgraduate training and carries out all aspects of general dentistry including emergency assessments, crowns, veneers, white fillings, root canal treatment, tooth whitening and clear ‘Invisalign’ braces. He endeavors to provide an excellent level of care for all his patients, with a friendly, calming manner.

Away from the dental practice Simon continues to enjoy playing rugby for his local club and attending rugby fixtures at Sale Sharks. He likes keeping fit, competing in triathlons and going hill walking with his wife Bridie. In 2014 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and in 2016 he completed an Ironman Triathlon with one of his brothers.

Lucy Gooch

Lucy Gooch

Dentist
BDS (Leeds) 2013
GDC No. 244579

Lucy offers a calm and gentle approach to her dentistry, and her bubbly personality puts her patients at ease. She was the proud winner of ‘Young Dentist of the Year 2016’ Award for the North West category. She has an interest in cosmetic dentistry and enjoys offering her patients a range of treatments including Invisalign braces.

Interests: Keen ballet dancer and regularly attends her local academy of dance as well as spending time with friends and family.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Dentist
BDS (Sheff) 1996
GDC No. 63689

I have been at the Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic for twenty-four years joining in 1996

I enjoy all aspects of Family Dentistry particularly helping the younger members gettting used to coming for their care.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and trying new styles although as time goes on I try and avoid anything too hot.I also like to keep fit and will be an eternal White-belt in Jujitsu.I love spending time with the Family which includes two lazy cats and a daft dog

Jane Whittle

Jane Whittle

Dentist
BDS (Newc) 2004
GDC No. 83507

Born in Preston

Graduated: Newcastle 2004.

Joined WDP: 2014

Completed general professional training in the North East area, gaining Membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh during this time. Went on to become a Senior House Officer in Maxillofacial Surgery in Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Moved into general practice, and has worked in Preston and Chorley. Regularly attends courses and keeps up to date by reading journals, therefore continuing to expand knowledge base.

Member of the British Dental Association

Interests include: running, swimming, going to the gym and attempting to play golf. Has run the Manchester 10k for the past few years, raising money for charity.

Nicola Shenton

Dentist

MChD, BChD (Leeds) 2016
GDC No. 264946

Born in Manchester

Graduated: Leeds 2016 with Distinction

Nicola joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2019.

Nicola undertook further training in MaxilloFacial Surgery, Oral Surgery and Community/Special Care dentistry before moving to work in General Practice. She completed the MDFS post-graduate qualification with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

She enjoys the variety of different work that working in general dentistry offers. Her aim is to provide high quality work in a relaxing and calm environment incorporating each individual patient’s opinion and thoughts into their treatment plans.

Interests: Triathlon, hiking, musical theatre and travelling.

Andrea Alderton

Andrea Anderton

Hygienist
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1993
GDC no. 4506

I have worked in Dentistry for over 30 years. From school I worked as a Dental Nurse, then in 1993 I gained a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Liverpool Dental Hospital. I have worked in general practice in and around Manchester since then. I joined Walkden Dental in November 2018.

Long standing member British Society Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to play Golf and spend time walking in the countryside.

Rachel Gill

Rachel Gill

Therapist
Dip Dent Hygiene RCS Eng 2007, Dip Dent Therapy RCS Eng 2007
GDC no. 109771

Rachel qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist in 2007 and has been part of the team at Walkden since 2008. She works well with all patients, but she particularly enjoys trying to help those with dental anxiety to feel more comfortable and involved with their dental treatment.

Rachel is also a dental hygiene and therapy tutor at The Greater Manchester school for Dental Care Professionals.

She is a member of the BSDHT and BADT and keeps up to date with her professional development.

She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. She is a keen bread baker.

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Elizabeth Kilfoyle

Therapist
BSc (Hons) Dental Studies 2015, Diploma in Dental Hygiene 2012, Diploma in Dental Therapy 2012, NVQ level 3 Dental Nursing 2005
GDC no. 117306

I started my dental career in 2004 as a trainee dental nurse then graduated from The Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals in 2012. Since then I completed a BSc (Hons) in Dental Studies at UCLan.

I started working at Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in early 2013 and I also work at another practice part time which is both mixed private and NHS, providing a range of treatments for both adults and children.

Outside of work I like to try and keep fit and healthy by training at the gym and eating well, also spending time socialising with my family and friends.

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Jennifer Yousaf

Therapist
Dip Dent Hygiene RCS Eng 2007, Dip Dent Therapy RCS Eng 2007
GDC no. 109777

I am originally from Canada, moved to the UK in 2004. After qualifying in Canada as a dental assistant my passion was always to deliver oral health to patients. In 2005 I attended the Greater Manchester School for Professions Complementary to Dentistry gaining a diploma in dental hygiene (honours) and therapy. After working in both private, specialist and NHS settings I furthered my knowledge gaining a deeper understanding of the subjects earning a BSc (Hons) in Dental Studies from The University of Central Lancashire in 2013.

My passion is treating patients with mild to severe periodontal disease (gum disease) while helping them learn the importance of improving and maintaining their oral health. In particular, I enjoy treating those patients who have not attended the dentist in many years for various reasons including fear and anxiety. Through a personalised treatment plan I can help patients improve their gum health.

In my spare time she enjoys going on family holidays, running and scrapbooking.

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Chloe Bevin

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016
GDC no. 268443

I have been at Walkden Dental Practice for 5 years where I started my training towards becoming a Dental Nurse, I qualified in 2016 with a Level 3 NVQ in Dental Nursing.

I like to work with anxious children and have an interest in decontamination.

I like to spend time with my family and friends, going for walks with the dog. I also enjoy music, films and going on holidays.

I enjoy working at Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic all the team are lovely to work with.

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Caitlin Birley

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019
GDC no. 281806

I joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2018 after leaving college. Since being a WDP I have taken a interest into the Invisalign cases & cosmetic dentistry. I enjoy working at WDP as all the staff are really close friends & all our patients are always so lovely.

My interests are horse riding, I own / have owned pony’s & horses since 2006. I have been riding since 2005 and have been professionally trained in dressage for the last 7 years, I have represented the country on many occasions too. When I am not training with the horses I really enjoy climbing / walking up mountains with my boyfriend & friends.

Marie

Marie Costello

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds 2009
GDC no. 182055

I started my journey as a Trainee Dental Nurse at Manchester Dental Hospital in 2008 and came to Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2015 as a part time dental nurse after having my daughter. I enjoy working with a fab team at such a well run practice . In my spare time I love spending time with family, catching up with friends and taking my border collie Jessie for long walks.

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Claire Hyland

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016,

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at work qualification (2019)
GDC no. 267013

First joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2015 as a trainee Dental Nurse and qualified in 2016.

Gained a Level 3 qualification in First Aid at work in 2019.

Keeps up to date with continuing professional development with taking online courses.

Has an interest in periodontics and orthodontics.

Enjoys working with anxious patients as finds watching their confidence grow each visit very rewarding.

Interests outside of work include; running, spinning, baking, spending time with friends and family, going on holidays abroad and taking her two cocker spaniels on long walks.

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Jamie Irving

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018
GDC no. 279586

I joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in January 2017 and completed training at The Central Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals.

I regularly take online courses to ensure continuing professional development is up to date.

I am also particulary interested in cosmetic dentistry and enjoys helping out with Invisalign cases.

Interests include spending time with family and friends, home renovations and long bike rides.

Camilla

Camilla Morrison

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019
GDC no. 286360

I joined the practice as a trainee in 2018 and went on to qualify as a dental nurse in 2019. I enjoy all aspects of the role and love being part of the Walkden Dental team.

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Rebecca Peters

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007
GDC no. 146099

I joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2003 and qualified in 2007.

I love making a difference to patients lives, giving them confidence and helping anxious patients feel at ease. I also really enjoy working alongside the Implantologist and seeing patients through there implant journey.

I have recently taken up floristry as a hobby and also in my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

Emma R

Emma Ross

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds 2009
GDC no. 186337

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Lauren Sharpe

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guild 2010
GDC no. 204888

Previously working full time in surgery along side both Mr Scott and Mr Hewitt. Now working along side practice manager Natalie using cross Infection Control role.

I take a lot of pride in my work and I am confident in my job role.

Regular training is carried out to maintain standards at the practice. I am good with people & children and work hard to make people feel at ease and comfortable particularly when having treatments. Interests include: spending time with my husband and children, socializing with family and friends, going on nice long walks, bike rides, cooking, shopping and holidays. We love our caravan holidays best!

I also love anything hair and makeup related.

I hope we can make your experience at Walkden Dental Practice as easy and pleasurable as possible.

Eli Davey

Eli-Davey Shryane

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC no. 256091

I qualified as a dental nurse in October 2014 after training at The school of Dental Care Professionals in Manchester. I went traveling for a year in 2017 around Australia – whilst traveling I worked at various practices across Sydney. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family going for walks and reading.

I joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in April 2019 and have enjoyed becoming part of the team!

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Lauren Wheeldon

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2009
GDC no. 184581

I first joined Walkden Dental practice in 2006

Regular CPD training is carried out by all staff, and yearly CPR training.

Spending time with my family and friends, going on day’s out, Baking, Family holidays abroad- usually to Turkey which myself and my family love.

I really enjoy working at Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic the staff are like family and all the patients are lovely.

Myself and the team wish to make your journey a calm, relaxed, stress free experience.

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Hayley Wild

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2011
GDC no. 207017

I first joined Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic in 2010 as a trainee dental nurse. I trained under the Dental Cadet Programme at Manchester School of Dental Nursing and qualified in March 2011.

I have a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and seeing the journey the patient goes on throughout their treatment. I also like to keep my continuing professional development up to date by doing regular courses online.

I enjoy working alongside both dental and reception teams and helping anxious and nervous patients throughout there dental journey. I find this a very rewarding part of my job.

Outside of work i spend most of my time with my two little boys, Fiance, family and friends. I enjoy being able to get out in the fresh air, going for family walks and taking the boys to the local parks. I also like going to the gym, shopping, eating out, holidays and socialising with friends.

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Julie Williams

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Centre: Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds
GDC no. 174233

Julie has been working at Walkden dental practice since 1998, qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2004 and is registered with the GDC.

Working with the hygienist means seeing patients on a more regular basis therefore creating a long term relationship with them. Once initial treatment is complete, maintenance visits become the norm and home care is key. Seeing improvements patients make away from practice is brilliant, knowing that In surgery you have helped them establish skills to perfect their oral health.Working with the hygienist means seeing patients on a more regular basis therefore creating a long term relationship with them.

Julie takes a lot of pride in her work and is very confident in her role. She enjoys a good chat with patients and is calming and reassuring towards nervous patients.

Outside of work, she is kept busy by her husband and their three children, Julie also very much enjoys gardening, long family walks and rustling up new dishes in the kitchen.

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Emma Leece

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2010
GDC no. 220482

Emma began her dental career in 2009 when she enrolled on the Btec NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing, qualifying in 2011. Emma has had experience both within the NHS and the Private sector, she has worked as a treatment coordinator in this time thus enjoying taking patients through their personal journey and helping them smile again. Emma is a very approachable and friendly person and is able to put all out patients at ease during their time at the practice.

Outside of work Emma has an active family life with two young children. Emma is also a horse owner which takes up a lot of her spare time but with any free time she enjoys to go hiking or biking.

Emma thinks the best thing about working at Walkden Dental & Implant Clinic is the sense of belonging and everyone is treated like family.

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Tracey Mcgee

Head receptionist

I have been a member of the reception team for 11 years now, I enjoy welcoming and getting to know our patients. I pride myself in keeping up to date with policies and attending regular meetings to ensure I work to the highest standard and put patients first. I enjoy the challenges that working in a fast paced environment brings.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going shopping and I love trying out new cruisines. I also enjoy going on holidays with my husband and daughter.

Leanne

Leanne Kormoss

Dental receptionist

I was welcomed by all at Walkden Dental Practice in 2016 where I joined the team as a receptionist. I have built good relationships with my colleagues and I love the family work environment the practice has.

My work experience has always been in a customer focussed environment and I enjoy building rapports with our patients ensuring they receive the best possible treatment whilst feeling welcome and at ease at our practice.

I am keen to develop my skills and knowledge in work so attend any relevant training/online courses required for my role within the practice.

Outside of work I love to spend quality time with my two young boys and family. I love to explore this country and I also like to travel abroad to enjoy and explore others. I enjoy cooking, baking, exploring my creative side and taking time out weekly to go swimming.

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Valerie Wheeldon

Dental receptionist

I have been a receptionist at Walkden dental practice for over 18 years, I have 1 son, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy going for days out and spending time with family and friends and also love being in the garden. I am a soap addict ( much to my husbands disgust) and love a good drama, not my own I might add on TV only and I love reading. During my time at Walkden dental practice I have met the most amazing patients who make every single working day an enjoyable one and now have a very large extended family. It comes natural to me to want to help people and put their needs first. I have been there long enough to recognize a lot of voices over the telephone and are able to put a name to the voice without being told which sometimes amazes the patients who ask “ how did you know?” “how did you do that?” which makes me smile. I have seen children grow up and have children of their own, and the feeling of being recognised and appreciated both inside and outside of work is heart warming and the biggest reward ever.

Jodie

Jodie Wilkinson

Dental receptionist
NVQ level 3 in dental nursing in 2006
First Aid training in the workplace in 2019

I worked as a trainee dental nurse after leaving school and qualified in 2006. I have 17 years of experience working in various dental practices as a dental nurse and receptionist. I Joined Walkden Dental Practice in 2015 as a receptionist and completed first aid training in the workplace in 2019.

I enjoy helping nervous adults and children feel at ease when coming to the dentist and In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, listening to music and going on long walks.

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Naomi Russell

Dental receptionist

With having over ten years experience in a customer facing role, Naomi is very well experienced in making you feel welcome and comfortable when visiting our practice.

She takes pride in being a happy, organized and helpful member of the team. Naomi moved up from Bristol in 2018 and is looking forward to becoming a first-time mum in the near future.

Natalie

Natalie Benson

Practice manager
GDC no. 156342

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