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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!
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.
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 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 and always aims to ensure that the treatment process is as comfortable as possible.
“My MSc year was undoubtedly the most challenging year of my life, but also the most rewarding. We would spend hours in the lab perfecting our endodontic techniques on extracted teeth, as well as analysing the endodontic literature, treating patients and completing research of our own. The UCL Eastman Endodontics programme has a world-renowned reputation and it was a privilege having the opportunity to learn from the best, in such a small group. I am passionate about providing the best possible endodontic treatment for my patients at Carriage Works, following an evidence-based approach and using the most up-to-date equipment. I look forward to working with local dentists to provide high quality endodontic care for patients in Lostwithiel.”
Providing dental care is very much a team effort and in the surgery, Natalie works alongside dental nurses Tamii, Lois and Ashley. Their working days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Outside of work Natalie enjoys running, swimming, paddle boarding, scuba diving, yoga and anything to do with plants!
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.
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.
Khalid Hussein Special Interest in Periodontics
Khalid joined the Carriage Works Team in October 2022. Khalid qualified from Cairo University (Egypt) in 2008 and then went on the complete a Masters degree in Periodontology in 2016.
During his career in Egypt Khalid has been a lecturer assistant of periodontology and also co-owner of 2 practices. Khalid relocated to the UK and registered with the GDC in 2020.
Khalid is accepting periodontal referrals from GDP’s and direct access periodontal consultations
Surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment available
Hygienist and Dental Therapists
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.
Jade Campbell Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy 2016
Jade started her dental career as a dental nurse in 2008 before qualifying as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist in 2016 from the University of Sheffield. Her career has included working for the Royal Navy, supervising students at the university of Plymouth, working in both NHS and private dental practices and she is also on the committee for the British Society of Dental hygiene and Therapy for the South west.
Jade particularly enjoys motivating patients to improve their oral hygiene and is passionate about treating periodontal disease (Gum disease). As a dental therapist she is also able to carry out restorative work and cover a range of Paediatric treatments.
In her free time Jade likes to walk her three dogs and enjoys multiple activities such as CrossFit, running and hiking.
Oyara Da Costa Santos De Mello
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.
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.
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.
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 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/Sedation Nurse
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.
Beth completed her SAAD National Course in Conscious Sedation for Dental Nurses December 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 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
Sarah Bartlett Dental Nurse
I gained my NEBDN qualification in dental nursing in January 2010 and I joined Lostwithiel Dental Surgery in July 2018. I enjoy all the different areas of dentistry so you will find me helping in the surgery on reception and in the central sterilisation room. In my spare time I enjoy baking and spending time with my husband, little girl and family/friends.
I started here in the practice in November 2019 as a trainee dental nurse. I’ve always been interested in working in a clinical environment, and I’m looking forward to learning all aspects of dental nursing. I take pride in working hard, and with previous experience in customer service I understand how important it is to treat everybody how you would like to be treated.
In my spare time I like socialising with my friends and also walking my German Pointer.
Lois completed her dental nurse qualification in May 2022.
After working within varying customer service roles over the past 10 years as well as completing my BSc Hons degree in 2016 . I started at Lostwithiel Dental as a trainee dental nurse in November 2019. I am very excited for this new career venture and am keen to develop my knowledge within dental nursing at this fantastic practice.
In my spare time I am an avid horse rider with a flare for eventing , I also enjoy the coast and paddle boarding , spending time with my partner , friends and family.
Robyn passed her dental nurse exam in April 2022
Cath joined the team in June 2021 as a trainee dental nurse. In February 2023 Cath passed her NEBDN dental nurse qualification and will be registering with the GDC.
Ashley joined the team in June 2021 as a trainee dental nurse. In February 2023 Ashley passed her NEBDN dental nurse qualification and will be registering with the GDC.
Trainee Dental Nurse
I joined Carriage Works Dental in February 2022 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. In 2020, I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Human Biosciences and then went on to work in a COVID testing laboratory. Since moving back to lovely Looe, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in Dental Nursing, allowing me to combine my love of human biology and working with people of all backgrounds. I am looking forward to continuing my training and expanding my knowledge of dentistry and patient-centred care.
In my spare time I enjoy yoga, going to the gym, drawing, and spending time with my family and friends.
Zoe joined the practice in March 2022 as a trainee dental nurse.
In March 2023 Zoe passed her dental nursing qualification
Trainee Dental Nurse
Zoe joined the Carriage Works team in March 2022 and is currently working towards achieving her dental nursing qualification
Lucy Geal Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2022
Administration and Reception Team
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) and ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management (2019)
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 .
India joined the Carriage Works Team in June 2022
‘After working in hospitality for the last 10 years, I know the importance of giving a high level of customer service and treating every one with a smile and an understanding attitude. I am excited to now be starting in a new career, I really enjoy being on reception and interacting with lots of new people and within such a lovely team of staff.
In my spare time I really enjoy exploring Cornwall with my boyfriend and family, and finding lots of new places to eat out.’
Samara joined the reception team in September 2022
‘I’ve worked in hospitality since I was 16 and decided it’s time for a career change. However I have many skills that I knew I could bring along with me into this new role of Dental Receptionist. Can’t wait to see how my skills list can grow here at Carriage Works’
I’m so pleased to join the amazing team at Carriageworks. I come from a Banking & Dental reception background- too many years to mention 😊 – now looking forward to sharing my passion for customer service with you all.
On a personal note – I live totally off grid in a cabin in woodland with my partner Lee & lots of lovely rescue animals – so we have Nubian goats – Ant & Dec, sheep – Thelma & Louise, mini Shetland pony, plus chickens & scary territorial geese! & Bea the lurcher.
Have 2 grown up daughters & a step-son who I’m so proud of.
Oh & I love to cook, especially cakes & walk Bea on our beautiful Cornish beaches with hopefully a pub & lunch at the end !
Sally Murdoch Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
Dental Nurse/Treatment Co-ordinator