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martin-chanMartin F. W-Y Chan

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry,
Specialist in Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry

BDS, MDSc., FDS (Rest Dent) RCPS (Glasg), DRD, MRD, RCSEd.

GDC Number: 59783

Martin Chan was born and brought up in Lancashire. He studied dentistry at the Royal Dental Hospital of London and graduated from the University of London:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (University of London)

He completed a number of junior hospital posts in London, Merseyside and South Wales before travelling overseas. He was appointed to teaching posts at the University of Otago Dental School in New Zealand and then at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Dentistry. Upon returning to the U.K. he passed the Royal College Dental Fellowship examinations:

  • Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow)

Mr Chan underwent specialist training at the Leeds Dental Hospital and the Liverpool University Dental Hospital. During this time he was awarded the:

  • Master of Dental Science Degree (University of Leeds)
  • Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)
  • Membership Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)
  • Intercollegiate Specialty Assessment in Restorative Dentistry (from the four Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland)

He also gained registration on four of the General Dental Council’s specialist lists:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics

Mr Chan undertook further periods of elective study in the Netherlands and the USA prior to being appointed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) in 1997.

Mr Chan’s main passion and focus remains on the specialist treatment of patients with complex and challenging needs. He is clinical lead for the dental implant programme and until recently was head of the Restorative department at the Leeds Dental Institute, for over 10 years. He also lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate dental students at the University of Leeds. He is active in both general and specialist training of dentists and was a long serving Training Programme Director in Restorative Dentistry for the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery.

He has had numerous publications in both national and international dental journals, and has lectured at a variety of national dental conferences and international meetings.

He has previously served as Honorary Secretary to the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry, member of the Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons and Regional Specialty Advisor in Restorative Dentistry. He has also been a specialist examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons.

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kathryn-dureyKathryn Durey

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Specialist in Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry

BDS, MFDS RCSEd, MSc ClinDent (Rest), FDS (Rest Dent) RCSEd

GDC Number: 103327

Kathryn graduated from Newcastle University with Distinction in Clinical Dentistry and then completed 2 years of General Professional Training in Edinburgh. During this time she gained experience in general dental practice, the hospital and community salaried dental service. She was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh).

Following this she was appointed to Restorative Dentistry training posts in Aberdeen and London (Eastman Dental Hospital), before relocating to West Yorkshire to embark upon a 5 year specialist training programme in Restorative Dentistry, at the Leeds Dental Institute.

During specialist training she completed a Masters degree in Clinical Dentistry (Restorative Dentistry) at the University of Leeds, which was awarded with Merit. She completed the Intercollegiate Specialist Examination in Restorative Dentistry in 2013 and was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) in 2014. She has completed further periods of elective study at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the Masterclass in Regenerative and Plastic-Aesthetic Periodontal Surgery at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Dr Durey is registered on the General Dental Council’s specialist lists in:
• Restorative Dentistry
• Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
• Periodontics
• Endodontics

She was appointed as Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) in 2014 and was clinical lead for Periodontics until recently. Other special interests include the restorative treatment of patients with developmental dental problems and cleft lip and palate patients.

Dr Durey contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in periodontics, implant dentistry and fixed prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry (University of Leeds). She provides clinical training for junior dentists, including those training to be specialists and consultants. She has published numerous articles and presented posters at national and international conferences.

Dr Durey is happy to accept referrals for Periodontics, Restorative Dentistry and implant dentistry.

james-chestermanJames Chesterman

GDC Number: 210523

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry
Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics

BDS, MFDS RCSEd, MSc, MPerio RCSEd, FDS (Rest) RCSEd.

James graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Clinical Distinction in 2011. Following this, he completed a year in NHS general dental practice in Nottingham and two years in hospital training posts in Maxillofacial surgery and Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. During this time, he was awarded the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (Royal College of Surgeons, England). Subsequently, James worked in private general dental practice and as a hospital speciality dentist in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute.

In 2015, James began a 5-year training programme in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute. This encompassed the disciplines of Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry. During this time, he was awarded the following:

  • Master of Dental Science (By Research) – Distinction (University of Leeds)
  • Membership Examination in Periodontology (MPerio) (Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)
  • Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examination in Restorative Dentistry (Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)

James was awarded a competitive Clinical Fellowship by the British Society of Periodontology to complete further elective training at the University of Bern, Switzerland. This included attendance to the Masterclass in Regenerative and Plastic-Aesthetic Periodontal Surgery and visiting the specialist Prosthodontic and Oral surgery departments.

Recently, James was appointed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute and is the clinical lead in Periodontics. His areas of interest include periodontal surgery and rehabilitation for patients with toothwear and trauma. James continues to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Periodontics, toothwear and implant dentistry. He has published numerous articles and presented at national meetings. In addition, he also sits on the councils for the Speciality Registrars in Restorative Dentistry Group and the British Society of Restorative Dentistry.

Outside of dentistry James enjoys playing squash (badly), hiking and travelling with his wife.

DIVYA KESHANIMISS DIVYA KESHANI

GDC Number: 55840

Associate Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

BDS FDSRCS(Eng) MClinEd.

Divya Keshani graduated from the University of Manchester Dental School. Following a series of junior hospital posts around Greater Manchester she came to Yorkshire to take up the position of Trainee Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. On completion of this Divya was appointed as a Specialist Oral Surgeon and is now an Associate Specialist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she manages the Oral Surgery service.

Divya is passionate about training and education and has several roles in the Yorkshire region with Health Education England (HEE). Regionally, she is the Training Programme Director (TPD) for Specialty Training in Oral Surgery.

Within the hospital Oral and Maxillofacial unit she is responsible for the training of all the Junior Dentists. As a Postgraduate Dental Tutor, Divya organises the Multi-professional Education programme for the primary care dental teams in the West Yorkshire region.

Divya is also an examiner for the Membership of the Joint Faculties of Dental Surgery Examination held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She lectures and teaches on practical hands-on courses on Oral Surgery related topics.

Divya is a very experienced and expert clinician who is happy to accept referrals for oral surgery consultations and treatment.

Sara HartleySarah Hartley

GDC Number: 202754
Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Sarah initially qualified and worked as a Dental Technician, before training as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist at The Leeds Dental Institute, graduating in 2010. Since then Sarah has worked in a number of private general dental practices.

Sarah’s interests lie in all aspects of oral health education and preventative dentistry. She is committed to helping all her patients achieve the best oral health possible.

She is committed to postgraduate education and continually furthers her knowledge and skills. As a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy she attends regular courses and events, which enable her to provide the best possible treatment and care for her patients.

jessica-parnellJessica Parnell

GDC Number: 177237

Dental Hygienist & Therapist (BSc Hons)

Jessica was born and raised in Dorset. She qualified from Portsmouth Dental Academy in 2009, having been awarded the highest mark in the dental hygiene clinical case study presentation. Her qualification in Dental Therapy also certifies her to provide dental treatment for children and adults.

Before joining Specialist Dental Care, Jess has worked in the NHS, but primarily in private practices, including over ten years with a periodontal specialist. She loves her job and has a passion for helping patients to improve and maintain their oral health, whilst at the same time taking pride in her track record of patient satisfaction and professionalism.

Her enthusiastic approach endeavours to make every patient feel important, and Jess firmly believes that having a healthy mouth is an essential part in having a healthy lifestyle. She will work with you to find the easiest and most effective way of keeping your mouth clean and healthy.

Jess is always looking to develop her skills and knowledge through a diverse range of training, conferences and access to a strong network of fellow professionals and peers.

leza-atheyLeza Athey

GDC Number: 113420
Lead Nurse/Practice Manager
Leza qualified as a dental nurse in 1999 and worked in various general dental practices in Leeds for several years, before taking time out to start a family.

Leza originally joined the team at the Yorkshire Clinic in back in 2005 and has provided dental nursing assistance and administrative support for all the Consultant Specialists and hygienists and therapists in the specialist treatment of their patients. In 2015, Leza was appointed as Lead Nurse/Practice Manager at Specialist Dental Care and is a key member of the team ensuring everything runs smoothly and to the highest standards.

wendy-birchWendy Birch

GDC Number: 112185

Senior Dental Nurse

Wendy qualified as a dental nurse in 1988 and worked in general dental practice in Horsforth and then Menston for several years. After starting a family she joined the staff the Yorkshire Clinic in 1998, and assists all the consultant specialists and our hygienists and therapists in the specialist treatment of patients. Wendy also provides valuable administrative support and is now a part-time Senior Dental Nurse for Specialist Dental Care in Ilkley.

jessica-amnerJessica Amner

GDC Number: 200739

Senior Dental Nurse

Jessica qualified as a dental nurse in 2010 from the Leeds Dental Institute and has worked with junior dentists, specialist trainees and a variety of consultants in the Restorative Department in the hospital service. She has extensive experience of the full range of restorative, periodontal and implant surgical procedures. She has been trained to carry out extended duties, including impression taking and suture removal for patients.

Jessica joined Specialist Dental Care in September 2017 and works part-time with us, whilst still working at the Leeds Dental Institute for the rest of the week. She also provides secretarial support for the practice and brings to the team her boundless energy and enthusiasm!

nicola-hendersonNicola Henderson

GDC Number: 119083

Lead Nurse for Dental Implants & Decontamination

Nicola qualified as a dental nurse in 2005 and has worked in a number of general dental practices in Leeds. She has extensive experience in both general dental procedures and complex implant surgery, which she really enjoys.

She has gained further qualifications in Dental Radiography, CBCT scanning and Oral Health Education and has also completed a course in Infection Control Lead.

Nicola joined the team in February 2020 as Lead Decontamination Nurse and Lead Implant Nurse. She also provides administrative support throughout the practice and is happy to help patients in any way she can.