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I joined the team in March 2016 to begin a career in dentistry , since then I have completed my training and gained my dental nurse qualification. Since gaining nursing experience I have developed a special interest in cosmetic dentistry , surgical procedures and periodontal treatment which is something I hope to continue learn more about in the future .
Before joining Lostwithiel Dental surgery I gained a health and social care NCFE and I have also worked in customer service industry so I have a lot of confidence with dealing with the public.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family , eating out and costal walks
I joined the surgery in October 2016 after working in another NHS practice for 6 months , I have now completed my NEBDN dental nursing qualification.
Since joining the practice I have getting lots of experience nursing with several of the clinicians improving my confidence and flexibility to nurse with different dentists.
I am now enrolled to start the SAAD National Course in Conscious Sedation for Dental Nurses start in 2022
I enjoying working in a team environment and feel one of my strengths is helping nervous patients feel more comfortable in the surgery.
Outside of work I enjoy clay pigeon shooting and spending quality time with family and friends.
I joined Lostwithiel Dental surgery in September 2012 and gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in January 2015.
I enjoy working in a caring environment, something I have gained a lot of experience in during my time working as a health care assistant at Mount Edgucombe hospice from 2010-2017
You will find me either nursing in surgery or helping out on reception.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my son Harrison swimming and spending time with my husband and family.
Dental Nurse/Treatement Coordinator
I began my career in dental nursing in 2009 and gained my NEBDN national qualification in dental nursing in 2010 . I joined the team in May 2017 after relocating back to Cornwall .
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two small children .
Dental Nurse/Sedation Nurse
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 my spare time, I enjoy long walks, being at the beach and spending quality time with my family and friends.
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.
Senior Dental Nurse/Sedation Nurse
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.
I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in 2012 and joined Lostwithiel Dental surgery in 2013 , over the years I have seen my role develop within the practice from dental nurse/receptionist to treatment coordinator and have now moved into the assistant manager role.
In January 2022 I completed my level 4 ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management.
I love working with a big team and seeing my colleagues meet their full potential.
Debbie qualified as a dental Nurse in 2005. She joined Lostwithiel Dental Surgery as practice manager in 2010. Since joining the team, the practice has put in a considerable investment into the future of the practice by relocating to larger premises in 2011 and expanding in 2017, to include a new private and referral suite.
Debbie is responsible for the day to day running of the practice and is the registered manager with the Care Quality Commission. Her aim is to ensure all patients and staff have a positive experience at the practice.
Qualification’s: BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Dental Practice Management (2013), CIEH Level 2 Award in Conflict Resolution and Personal Safety (2016)CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (2017),CIEH Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment(2018)
After completing her degree in Marine Biology, Demelza returned to her home town and retrained and qualified as a dental nurse in 2004 with Finley Bason. To further her career, Demelza went to study at Cardiff University and qualified as a hygienist and dental therapist in 2008, she then returned to work for Finley.
Demelza also works for the Community Dental group, working with children, dental phobics and special needs patients. Demelza has taught the (NEBDN) National Diploma in Dental Nursing in the past.
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.
Lead Sedation Nurse
I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in November 2011 joined Lostwithiel in 2014, Since then I have achieved additional qualifications in impression taking and plaque and debris scoring and sedation dental nursing.
When I’m not in surgery nursing you will often find me organising visits to and from local schools for educational sessions which include teaching correct tooth brushing techniques, oral hygiene and healthy eating.
In my spare time I enjoys walking my dogs with my husband, renovating our house and volunteering with St John Ambulance.
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.
In 2021 Dai increased his days to 3 days a week.
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 several 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/principal 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 and Facial Aesthetic clinic ‘Dermaworks Cornwall’.
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, Alignment solutions , Oral surgery, Facial and Dental aesthetics, Sedation. Finley has been treating phobic patients for many years. He is a dental phobia certified dentist.
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!
Natalie Dunn BDS (Birm), MJDF RCS (Eng), MSc Endo (UCL Eastman), AFHEA
Special Interest in Endodontics
- British Endodontic Society
- European Society of Endodontology
- British Society for Restorative Dentistry
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
Natalie is a dentist with Special Interest in Endodontics. Natalie qualified as a dentist from Birmingham University in 2007, where she won the James Youngson Prize for Introductory Clinical Dentistry and completed a voluntary special study module in endodontics. Following this, Natalie gained experience working in dental practices throughout Cornwall and during 2016-2017 went on to complete her MSc in endodontics at the prestigious UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London. Natalie presented her endodontics MSc research poster at the British Endodontic Society Spring Scientific Meeting in London in March 2018.
Natalie also works as a Clinical Supervisor at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry in Truro and as an MFDS examiner with the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dental Surgery in London. She has provided endodontic lectures and practical teaching to undergraduate dental students and general dental practitioners.
Natalie is passionate about providing the best possible endodontic care to her patients, attending conferences and reading journals in order to keep up-to-date with the latest research and techniques. She also has a very calming manner with her patients.
Outside of work Natalie enjoys paddle boarding, scuba diving, sea swimming, running and yoga and has recently taken up learning aerial silks and hoop, with a local circus group.
Adam Quirke BDS 2012
After graduating in 2012 from Birmingham University Adam worked in general practice in Exmouth for two years. Since then he has completed further training in orthodontics , dental implants and sedation . He was based in Newquay between 2014 and 2018, where he built on these skills, and has been a joint FD trainer at the practice along side Fin mentoring and supporting our foundation dentist.
Adam is part of our sedation team and can provide sedation for patients that have fears or anxieties of dental treatment.
Having moved to North Yorkshire after graduating from Bournemouth University in 2015, I began a career in Pharmacy where my passion of patient centred care began. I met my husband whilst living in North Yorkshire and would frequently visit family in St Austell and the surrounding areas. In 2019 we decided to finally move down to Cornwall and settle down.
The big move was also perfect for the change in career; I had always enjoyed learning about dentistry during my degree in Biological Anthropology and its implications into the analysis of human life, past and present and so was the perfect opportunity to combine my love of biological sciences, pharmacy science and dentistry. I started at Lostwithiel in February 2020 as a trainee dental nurse and in the short time I have been here, I have learnt so much and am excited to continue the development of my dental knowledge and to provide the best possible patient care.
Miklos qualified in Hungary from Semmelweis University Budapest in 2010 and started his career in private implant and TMJ practice where he worked for 7 years.
To deepen his knowledge and learn more about comprehensive and patient centred approach he finished a postgraduate specialist training as Conservative dentist and Prosthodontist and entered a Hungarian specialist register in 2017.
He is a great believer of minimal invasive dentistry, where highly aesthetic and functional smiles could be created with minimal amount of intervention. As it could be achieved only if the teeth are in a proper position and in a right angle, he has taken courses from all around the world in aesthetic teeth straightening and worked with systems such as Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, Fast Braces, Inman Aligners. Working with this systems he soon realized how easily achievable, small changes in smile could boost ones self-esteem and confidence, ability to socialize, smile on pictures, especially if done before special occasions such as weddings.
To be able to replace missing teeth and provide fixed and aesthetic solutions, restore the chewing function for those who would like to smile and enjoy food again without wearing dentures or without sacrificing healthy tooth material needed to fit a bridge, he certified as an implantologist from Cambridge in 2019. He decided to continue his studies in same academy and now he is doing a Postgraduate Diploma degree in implantology.
When not working you can find him jogging, riding his bike or doing water sports in summer and skiing in winter. Miklos is a great believer of an active and healthy lifestyle.
Jade Campbell Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy 2016
Gurvinder Bhirth BDS, MClinDent (Pros)
We are excited to announce that Dr Gurvinder Bhirth will be joining our team from May 2022!
Gurvinder qualified from Liverpool university is 1997 (Trained alongside Principal Dentist Fin and has remained friends ever since)
In 2018, he completed his Masters in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) in fixed and removable prosthodontics from King’s College London, passing with a distinction.
His special interests are in the prosthodontic aspect of implantology from a single tooth to full arch restorations, the restorative management and rehabilitation of tooth wear and minimal intervention cosmetic bonding.
In addition to his clinical work, he teaches and lectures on a national and international level on composite resin restorations, management of tooth wear and dental photography.
After falling in love with Cornwall during a holiday here last summer Guv has now decided to relocate to Cornwall with his wife and son for a new adventure and we couldn’t be happier that he has chosen to join our team.
Dr Gurvinder Bhirth diary is now open and is accepting restorative referrals.