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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, RCSEd, 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, 1997-2021).

During his time at the Leeds Dental Institute Mr Chan completed an exhaustive training programme in Comprehensive Implantology, at the Tatum Institute in 2002/2003. This encompassed the science, theory and advanced “hands-on” surgical training in dental implantology. Subsequently, he developed the Dental Implant Programme at The Leeds Dental Institute and was clinical lead for this, as well as head of the Restorative Dentistry department for many years.

He has regularly lectured to both undergraduate and postgraduate dental students at the University of Leeds, School of Dentistry. He has been very 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.

Mr Chan 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.

Mr Chan’s main passion and focus remains on the specialist treatment of patients with complex and challenging needs. He has been in private specialist practice for over 20 years and now practices exclusively at Specialist Dental Care in Ilkley.

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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.

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Hannah BeddisHannah Beddis

GDC Number: 85468

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry,
Specialist in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

BChD, MJDF RCSEng, MSc, MPros RCSEd, FDS (Rest Dent) RCSEd.

Hannah graduated from the University of Leeds with a merit in Dentistry in 2005 and then worked in NHS and mixed general dental practice in Yorkshire until 2010. During this time, she was awarded Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (Royal College of Surgeons of London). Hannah spent two years in hospital training posts in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute and the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, and in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in North Manchester.

In 2012, Hannah began a 5-year specialty training programme in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute. During this time, she completed a Masters by Research at the University of Leeds where her research involved temporomandibular disorders and bruxism (tooth grinding). Hannah passed the Membership examination in Prosthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was awarded the medal for the highest performing candidate. She was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) in 2016 and gained entry to the General Dental Council specialist lists in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

Hannah was awarded the British Society for Prosthodontics ‘In-training Award’ which funded an educational visit to the University Dental School in Amsterdam (ACTA) to learn more about the management of temporomandibular disorders in 2017. She has also attended two Masterclasses in Regenerative and Plastic-Aesthetic Periodontal Surgery and the Prevention and Management of Aesthetic Implant Failures at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

In 2017 Hannah was appointed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) and is Training Programme Director for Restorative Dentistry responsible for those training to be specialists and consultants. Her clinical interests include the Restorative treatment of patients with tooth wear, developmental dental problems and periodontics.

During her career, Hannah has published multiple articles in professional journals and presented at national and international meetings.

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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.

alice-milnerRebecca Waterhouse

GDC Number: 101347

Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Rebecca initially trained and worked as a dental nurse at the Leeds Dental Institute (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust). Subsequently, she continued her studies and graduated with a dual qualification in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy in 2005.

She has worked in a variety of different general dental practices in various locations and also with the Ministry of Defence. She has gained extensive experience in periodontal work and restorative treatment.

Rebecca has a passion for helping patients improve their oral hygiene, so that they can maintain a good level of oral health. She takes part in the promotion of national smile month and is keen on improving the education for children on better oral hygiene practices.

ikrah-shafiqIkrah Shafiq

GDC Number: 264327

Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Ikrah graduated with a BSc degree in Dental hygiene and therapy from the University of Birmingham in 2016. She then went on to do her Foundation Therapy Training as part of the West Midlands scheme and spent a year in a small town near Stoke-on-Trent.

Since qualifying, she has worked across a number of different NHS and private general dental practices in the West Yorkshire area and has now joined our team at Specialist Dental Care. Ikrah loves working with people to help improve their oral hygiene and increase their knowledge with respect to their oral health and condition. She especially loves working with anxious patients, and finds treating these patients and putting them at ease, very rewarding.

In her spare time, she loves to go on walks and hikes. She enjoys painting as a form of stress relief, especially after a busy week at work.

Caroline SmithCaroline Smith

GDC Number: 106321
Practice Manager

Caroline qualified as a dental nurse in 1994 and gained further qualifications in Dental Radiography at the University of Leeds and Oral Health Education. She has also been awarded a City and Guilds, Professional Recognition Award: Licentiateship in Dentistry. Caroline has worked in a number of private general dental practices, in various roles, and has over 25 years’ experience in the dentistry business.

Caroline joined Specialist Dental Care in November 2020 as Practice Manager and is responsible for the smooth day to day running of the Practice.

Outside of dentistry she enjoys walking her dog, keeping fit, cooking and travelling.

leza-atheyLeza Athey

GDC Number: 113420
Lead Dental Nurse
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 back in 2005 and has provided dental nursing assistance and administrative support for all the Consultant Specialists, hygienists and therapists in the specialist treatment of their patients. Leza is our Lead Nurse at Specialist Dental Care and is a key member of the team ensuring the clinical service runs smoothly and to the highest standards.

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, endodontic 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 administrative support for the practice and brings to the team her boundless energy and enthusiasm!

Jessica has also recently joined the Covid-19 vaccination team in Leeds on hospital redeployment. Thank you, Jessica!

Nicola HarrisonNicola Harrison

GDC Number: 109862
Dental Nurse & Lead Decontamination Nurse

Nik qualified as a dental nurse in 2003 and has worked in a number of NHS and private general dental practices in the Bradford area. She has gained further qualifications in Dental Radiography, Impression Taking, Fluoride Varnish Application and Oral Health Education and has also completed a course in Infection Control Lead. She has extensive experience in general dental procedures and as a lead nurse, but really enjoys the clinical interface with patients.

Nicola joined the team in February 2021 as Lead Decontamination Nurse and she also provides administrative support throughout the practice and is happy to help patients in any way she can.

Nicola HarrisonLeah Vaughan

GDC Number: 285994
Dental Nurse

After several years working in the retail and hospitality sector, Leah started an apprenticeship in dental nursing and qualified in 2019. She obtained a distinction in her Dental Nursing Level 3 course. Leah gained a further qualification in Impression Taking and has experience in private general dental practice and also in implant surgical procedures.

Leah joined the team in November 2021 and has become a much-valued team member.

Outside of work she likes spending time with her young family and loves to keep fit and socialise with family and friends.

Heather lockwoodHeather lockwood

Dental receptionist and administrator

Heather began her career as a Personal Assistant in the Housing Sector. Subsequently, she spent many years travelling across the UK whilst working for various sales, marketing & advertising businesses. These included Yellow Pages, Leeds Bradford International and East Midlands Airports. Then, choosing to work nearer to home, in order to spend time with her young family, Heather worked as a Receptionist in an NHS and Private Orthodontic dental practice.

Heather recently joined Specialist Dental Care as our new Receptionist and supports the practice with her wealth of administration skills and friendly personality.

Outside of work, Heather has two teenage daughters that keep her and her husband busy. They enjoy their holidays and socialising with family and friends.

Rachael ColdwellRachael Coldwell

Practice Secretary

Rachael began her career within the legal profession and has worked as a legal secretary for law firms in both Bradford and Leeds for many years.

Subsequently, she changed direction and became a medical secretary at a local private hospital, The Yorkshire Clinic in Bingley. She continues to work within the surgical specialities there on a part time basis.

In September 2020, Rachael joined the team at SDC providing secretarial support and is a very welcome addition to our team.