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I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in 2012 and since then have worked between a mixture of NHS and private practices with a range of nursing and reception experience. In 2014 I gained an additional plaque and debris scoring qualification. I joined lostwithiel in February 2017 and I am keen for develop my knowledge in facial aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry. I take a lot of pride in my work and really enjoy working in friendly team environment.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my two lively springers on long walks and spending quality time with friends and family.
I started working at Lostwithiel dental surgery in February 2015 and began my dental nursing training soon after. In July 2017 I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing
I really enjoy all aspects of dentistry & generally love working with people, especially due to my background in customer service. My favourite areas in dentistry are surgical but mostly aesthetics as I like to see the difference it makes in the patients happiness & to watch their confidence boost due to the improvement made to their smile. Recently I have taken an interested in the facial aesthetic side of dentistry especially now the industry is growing & with my knowledge of beauty from previous qualifications.
Recently I have taken an interested in the facial aesthetic within the practice ,before my career in dentistry I have previously gained a level 3 VTCT in beauty therapy as well and an NVQ level 3 diploma in customer services.
My hobbies outside of work consist of keeping fit & healthy & socialising with family & friends.
I started working at the practice in May 2012 and gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in 2014, Soon after I started working alongside Fin, assisting in complex treatment such as implants and minor oral surgery as I have a practical interest in these types of dentistry. In the past few years I have gained additional qualifications in sedation nursing , implant nursing and minor oral surgery. I am also now one of the practice first aiders.
My hobbies outside work include baking , going to the gym as well as exploring the countryside with my two beagles.
I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in 2012 and joined Lostwithiel Dental surgery in 2013 , over the past few years I have seen my role develop within the practice and have now taken on the role of treatment co-ordinator as well as over seeing reception and administrative duties which I really enjoy.
I am extremely organised and passionate about what I do , seeing the positive effect that a new smile can give someone makes all the hard work so worthwhile.
Working closely with Finley Bason , I enjoy taking a patient right the way through from booking that first appointment to completion of treatment.
In my spare time you will find me spending time with my fiancé , socializing with friends and doing a fair amount of retail therapy!
After graduating from Leeds Dental Institute in 1998 Ali worked in general practice and private clinics in oxford and London before joining us at the Carriage Works 5 years ago.
She has worked for more than 15 years in fantastic practices of varying sizes in Oxford, London and now in Cornwall and is passionate about treating patients with periodontal conditions. Ali firmly believes that we can make a difference to patients with periodontal conditions by treatment given at the surgery but more importantly by motivating patients to take interest in their own dental health. Ali’s patients are aware that periodontal disease is an ongoing problem but can be stabilized and managed effectively. This will have a positive impact on the patient’s dental heath and well being.
Those of you that have met Ali will know that her professionalism , attention to detail and patient care is second to none which is why we are delighted that she will now be working alongside Finley Bason providing facial aesthetics.
Ali has spent the last few years studying dermatology , skin remodelling to MSc level and injectables.
Ali is also able to offer treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) with a simple procedure lasting up to 6 months.
I joined Lostwithiel Dental in September 2012 and gained my NEBDN Dental nurse qualification in February 2015.
My next aim is to complete the NEBDN Dental Sedation Qualification which I have recently started.
I am very passionate about my job and I am extremely committed to giving our patient’s a high standard of care. I am particularly interested in specialist treatments such as conscious sedation when treating nervous patients , orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.
Outside of work I enjoy socialising and keeping fit.
I am getting married this year in Italy so that takes up a lot of my spare time at the moment!
Dai Jones BDS
Dai gained his B.D.S. from Bristol University in 1983. This was followed by maxillofacial hospital posts. In 1994 Dai gained his F.D.S. from the Royal College of Surgeons in London. Over the years Dai has been an Associate, a Partner, and a Practice Owner as well as being a both a Trainer for foundation dentists and has been a Clinical Supervisor at the Peninsula Dental School. Dai has a special interest in Orthodontics and Implantology and has been placing implants since the mid 1990’s.
Neil was born and grew up in Truro. He qualified from Cardiff in 2003 and subsequently completed his vocational training and a number of house officer jobs gaining experience in sedation, oral surgery, restorative dentistry and prosthetics. Neil returned home in 2007 to work in a private practice in the west of Cornwall. Since then Neil has completed a MSc in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry and has been a clinical supervisor at Peninsula Dental School. Neil also provides Invisalign at the practice.
Away from Dentistry Neil is kept busy by his wife and four children. In his spare time, Neil enjoys running, cycling and open water swimming.
Finley Bason BDS (Hons)
Finley qualified from Liverpool University in 1997 with honours and spent a number of years working in hospital based oral and facial surgery departments. After a year working in New Zealand at University of Otago Dental school and in private practice Finley moved to Cornwall in 2002 and has been practice owner/principle dentist since 2006. Since then he has put considerable investment into the future of the practice by relocating to larger premises in 2011 and in 2017, completing the expansion to include a new private and referral suite due to the high demand over the past few years.
Finley has extensive oral surgery and advanced restorative and cosmetic dental experience. He has been placing and restoring dental implants since 2002 and providing facial aesthetic solutions since 2004 and orthodontic treatments since 2012. He regularly attends training seminars nationally and internationally to update his skills.
Since 2011 Finley has been an approved Foundation Dentist trainer where he has been keen to share his experience as a mentor for newly qualified dentists with the practice proudly helping them in the first stages of their careers.
Finley is also actively serving on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Dental Committee and is a dental advisor to NHS England (Southwest) where he supports colleagues and is helping to secure and develop NHS services in the region.
His special interests are Implants, Sedation, Alignment solutions , Oral surgery, Facial and Dental aesthetics.
If Finley gets time away from the practice, his hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, walking his dogs, spending time with his wife Nikki and chasing around after his 3 children, Lauren, Alfie and Arlo!
Specialist in Periodontics
Dr Hilary Cooke has over 25 years experience as a dentist treating gum disease. In 2000, Hilary registered as a Specialist in periodontics with the General Dental Council, London.
Hilary has lectured widely in the UK and South Africa. Currently Hilary is a clinical supervisor at the Plymouth University Peninsula School of dentistry, and is involved with teaching the Postgraduate MSc Periodontics program at the University.
Hilary has a passion for treating patients with advanced periodontal conditions and will be over seeing the hygiene team at the Carriage works. She is a member of the British Society of Periodontology, an International Member of the American Academy of Periodontology and a Member of European Federation of Periodontology.
In her spare time, Hilary enjoys scuba diving, running, reading and learning Spanish.
Natalie Dunn BDS 2007 (Birm), MJDF RCS (Eng) 2014, MSc Endo (UCL Eastman) 2017
Special Interest in Endodontics
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- British Endodontic Society
- Cornwall Independent Dental Practitioners Group
Since qualifying from Birmingham University in 2007, Natalie has gained experience working in NHS and private practices throughout Cornwall, as well as working as a Clinical Supervisor at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry in Truro.
After working with us as a locum in 2016, we are pleased to welcome Natalie back to the team after completing her Masters Degree in Endodontics.
During her time at university, Natalie developed an interest in endodontics and after gaining experience in practice, Natalie has gone on to complete her MSc at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London.
Natalie has a very calming way with her patients and she keeps up-to-date with the latest techniques in order to give her patients the highest quality care.
Outside of work Natalie enjoys paddle boarding, coasteering, sea swimming, cycling and yoga.