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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William Anderson

Will Anderson

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry

BSC BDS MFDS MPERIO FDS (REST DENT.) RCS ED

GDC No. 228727

Will is an NHS Consultant in Restorative Dentistry as part of the Maxillofacial team at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, serving Lancashire and South Cumbria. The major focus of his treatment there is Implant rehabilitation of patients with acquired (cancer / trauma) and congenital oro-facial defects.

Will has completed specialist training in both Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He has undergone years of extensive training all surgical and prosthetic aspects of Implant Dentistry. He finds the Implant rehabilitation of Head and Neck cancer patients the most rewarding aspect of his Hospital role. Will Qualified as a Dentist in 2012 in Aberdeen, and has been placing Implants since 2015. Will has a special interest in Periodontal and Bone regeneration and digital Implant planning. Outside of Dentistry he is a big sports fan and has played cricket to a high level. He has a young family which keep him very busy and he enjoys the outdoor life across rural Lancashire.

Will accepts referrals for

-Implant rehabilitation

-Management of Peri-implant disease.

-Management of Periodontal disease.

-Excessive gingival display (gummy smile)

-Gingival recession.

Simon Betts

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.

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.

Ulrike Jahr

Ulrike Jahr

Specialist Orthodontist

DMD (PhD) (Hamburg)

GDC No. 213338

Ulrike qualified from the Dental School of Leipzig University, Germany, in 2001.

In 2006 she obtained her orthodontic specialist qualification from Hamburg University, Germany and was awarded a doctoral degree (PHD) from the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery of Leipzig University, German in 2008.

Ulrike is on the General Dental Council’s specialist list in orthodontics.

She is member of the European Aligner Society (EAS) and regularly attends their meetings, which take place all over Europe. Ulrike is an expert in fixed braces (Damon, self-ligating braces, ceramic braces) but her passion is Invisalign, as demonstrated by her amazing treatment results.

Penny Melitou

Penny Melitou

Dentist

DDS, MSc in Endodontic Practice

GDC No. 262415

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Dentist
BDS (Sheffield) 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 getting 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.

Nicola Shenton

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.

Scott Singleton

Scott Singleton

Dentist

BSC BDS (Liverpool)

GDC No. 209611

I joined the team at Walkden Dental and Implant Clinic in 2022 after working as a General Dentist for over 10 years at a practice in Blackpool. Moving closer to home allows me to spend more time with my wife and two young daughters who are growing up very quickly!

I enjoy being a General Dentist as I like to get to know my patients and fully understand their treatment goals. I find being able to provide a wide range of options allows me to give the best care possible.

I understand that for some people a visit to the dentist can be daunting and I hope that my relaxed and friendly approach helps to put people at ease.

Away from work I love spending time with my family. Most evenings and weekends seem to be dedicated to some sort of kids after school club, class, lesson, society, party etc! I also try to keep myself active and regularly go swimming and running and take part in the occasional charity event. I am also a devoted Blackpool FC fan and go and watch them play whenever I get the chance.

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.

Andrea Anderton

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

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.

Elizabeth Kilfoyle

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.

Jennifer Yousaf

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.

Chloe Bevin

Chloe Bevin

Dental Nurse

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016

GDC no. 268443

Emily Charleston

Emily Charleston

Trainee Dental Nurse

Cory Mc Fadden

Cory McFadden

Dental Nurse

NVQ level 3 Dental Nursing and VRQ Level 3 Dental Nursing City and Guilds 2011

GDC No. 234128

Claire Hyland

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

Jamie Irving 2022

Jamie Irving

Dental Nurse

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification (2019)

GDC no. 279586

Kara Mc Gowan

Kara McGowan

Trainee Dental Nurse

Rebecca Peters

Rebecca Peters

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007

NEBDN Certificate in Dental Implant Nursing

GDC no. 146099

Stacey Rich

Stacey Rich

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 ORAL HEALTH CARE: DENTAL NURSING & INDP ASSES CITY & GUILDS 2006

GDC No. 153460

Emma Ross

Emma Ross

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2009

NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography

GDC no. 186337

Eli Davey Shryane

Eli-Davey Shryane

Dental Nurse

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014

GDC no. 256091

Rebecca Sutherland

Rebecca Sutherland

Trainee Dental Nurse

Alice Thomasson

Alice Thomasson

Trainee Dental Nurse

Lauren Wheeldon

Lauren Wheeldon

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2009

GDC no. 184581

Hayley Wild

Hayley Wild

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2011

GDC no. 207017

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Oral Health Centre: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds

GDC no. 174233

Victoria Henderson

Victoria Henderson

Dental Receptionist/Dental Nurse

GDC No. 141544

Leanne Kormoss

Leanne Kormoss

Dental Receptionist

Tracey Mc Gee

Tracey Mcgee

Head Receptionist

Naomi Russell Photograph 2

Naomi Russell

Dental Receptionist

Valerie Wheeldon

Valerie Wheeldon

Dental Receptionist

Jodie Wilkinson

Jodie Wilkinson

Dental Receptionist

NVQ level 3 in dental nursing in 2006

First Aid training in the workplace in 2019

Lauren Sharpe

Lauren Sharpe

Assistant Practice Manager/Dental Nurse

NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guild 2010

GDC no. 204888

Natalie Benson

Natalie Benson

Practice Manager

NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing 1998 & Diploma in Management 2008

GDC no. 156342

Portman Dental Care Awards

Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
Award Logo 2018
Fmc Logo 2019 Winner Oby M25
Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care
Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care