Mark has worked at Church Court as a Dental Surgeon since 1999. He bought the practice and took over as Principal Dentist when the previous owner retired in Autumn 2009. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatment – looking after the long-term care of people of all ages.
Mark coordinates the organisation of individual patient care across the whole team, both within Church Court and in partnership with specialists and consultants across Scotland and Northern England. He is committed to preventive practice and to the continuing professional development of his whole team. His aim is to bring the best possible, well considered and affordable care to people here in Dumfries.
Mark is committed to continuing professional dental education and has continuously developed his own practice since qualifying in Edinburgh in 1987 (when he won the final year prize for orthodontics). He is interested in the full breadth of patient care and treatment.
In December 2012 Mark and his practice were awarded Denplan Excel Accreditation, this involved Mark voluntarily opening up his own clinical work and the whole Practice’s records to independent review. The Denplan Excel Accreditation Programme is the only independently validated clinical governance peer assessment programme available.
In November 2013 Mark and his team were the first ever to be awarded the prestigious Dental Protection/schülke Dental Practice of the Year Award. This national award recognises the hard work that goes into making a great practice – assessed on Ethics, Professionalism, Record keeping, Cross infection control, Team working, Consent, Communication and Health and safety.
In January 2016 Mark took on the Clinical Lead Role in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Dentistry in Dumfries & Galloway.
Mark continues to develop his own practice and the team that delivers care to his patients. In March 2014 the D&G Chamber of Commerce recognised Church Court’s Excellence in Customer Care in the 2014 Business Awards and nominated the practice for the Business Honours in Edinburgh in September 2014 where the practice was a finalist in the Growing Talent Category. He encourages all team members to develop their clinical and wider skills and learning in order to provide a truly holistic approach to care and to strengthen the team as a whole.
Before moving to Dumfries Mark worked at practices in Doncaster, Stockton-on-Tees, and County Durham.Close
Maria is an experienced Specialist in Periodontology and Implant Surgeon. She joined us at Church Court Dental Practice in November 2017 to develop our services in advanced gum care and to provide Specialist expertise in Dental Implant Placement and treatment planning.
Maria completed her first degree in dentistry in 2002 at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece which she followed with a further qualification on the Postgraduate Programme in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the same University Dental School.
Maria also has teaching and research experience as a clinical fellow from 2008-2012 at the University of Athens where she supervised 4th year undergraduate students during their clinical training, participating in forming their treatment planning and supervising the periodontal procedures. She also participated in the preclinical training of 3rd year undergraduate students.
She has worked in private dental and periodontal practices in Athens before setting up her own private referral practice there where she received referrals from other dentists in the city.
She moved to Dumfries in 2015 to join her husband who works as a Consultant at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Maria has also been published in a number of clinical journals for her work including articles and papers on therapy of peri-implantitis, maintenance of periodontal health, Oral Hygiene Therapy and periodontal plastic surgery for root coverage.
Duncan joined Church Court in Summer 2014 and works with Mark to provide a full restorative and implant service.
Duncan has been working in practice for 25 years, always placing high importance on the well-being and confidence of his patients. Over these years the focus of his practice has developed with an emphasis on Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Implant Dentistry, all of which he finds inspiring and interesting. Duncan has pursued implant training in this country and abroad, with a focus on complete patient care. He is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology and of the Academy of Osseointegration.Close
We are delighted that Maria joined the team at Church Court in June 2016.
Maria started with us initially to provide cover for Mark as he developed the regional pilot of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. She is now building up her own list of patients.
Maria grew up in Surrey and studied at Newcastle University. She joins us as she starts a new life here in Dumfries & Galloway with her husband Oscar and their babies Acacia and Leander.
She was previously the lead clinician at Ferryburn Dental Care, Edinburgh and was Vice Chair of the Young Dentists Committee for the British Dental Association (Lothian and Borders).
As well as general family dental care , Maria’s interests extend to surgical placement and restoration of implants, cosmetic tooth alignment and facial aesthetics.
She is a registered, professionally qualified facial aesthetics practitioner and has trained to an advanced level. She has been practising facial aesthetics for over 6 years, receiving certification in April 2011.
Maria has a passion for holistic wellbeing, encouraging nutritional, physical as well as dental health.
Adele has been an essential part of Church Court since 1995. Over the time she has been at the practice Adele has developed a very deep understanding of the true meaning of customer care and carries out vital management, customer service and administrative roles.
She also has a natural ability to convey her enthusiasm and attention to detail in providing continual individual care to our patients. Her leadership and genuine commitment is a huge support in developing the staff team which brings benefits to all our patients.Close
Julie is one of only a few but increasing number of dental therapists working in the profession. Her work makes a huge contribution to the practice and enables us to give more time to each patient, to focus our skills on each element of their dental care whilst being able to carry out whole courses of treatment without long waiting times. Julie was announced as one of only five therapists shortlisted for Best Dental Therapist (under 30) in the Dental Hygiene & Therapy Awards 2015, and was the only one to be ‘Highly Commended’ within the category at the ceremony in in London on 6th February 2015.
Julie completed her Combined Diploma with distinction and has worked at the Practice since February 2010. She has been through a rigorous and supportive training programme within the practice’s learning culture. Julie works with Mark providing many components of the care in the dental surgeon’s prescription. – including fillings, radiography, hygienist care, pulp therapy and extraction of deciduous teeth.
Since 1st May 2013 new guidelines have been agreed which allow dental therapists and hygienists to carry out the full scope of their registered role without necessarily needing the prescription of a dentist. As Julie and the rest of our preventive team have worked within our culture of good communication, monitoring and patient-centred care there is already a strong ethic of putting patient needs first and strong working relationships within the whole team.
To find out more about Julie and her role at the practice see our blog published 18th June 2013.Close
Lorraine has worked at Church Court since 2000. She leads the hygienist team, is highly experienced and plays a vital role amongst the staff at the Practice. Lorraine is committed to supporting the work of the dentists and specialists, caring for and monitoring our patients’ whole oral health, she is a key member of our preventive care team.
Since 1st May 2013 new guidelines have been agreed which allow dental therapists and hygienists to carry out the full scope of their registered role without necessarily needing the prescription of a dentist. As Lorraine and the rest of our preventive team have worked within our culture of good communication, monitoring and patient-centred care there is already a strong ethic of putting patient needs first and strong working relationships within the whole team.Close
Heather currently works part time at Church Court Dental Practice alongside an ‘Access to Medical Studies’ course at Glasgow Kelvin College. Having worked here as a Dental Nurse for eight years, she has decided to take her career to a higher level and this course will enable her to train as either a Dental Therapist or a Dental Surgeon.
Heather joined the Practice towards the end of 2010 with experience in general nursing. She is a qualified dental nurse, having trained and studied in our supportive environment. Her empathy with patients and ability to learn quickly with enthusiasm are clearly evident and very welcome. Heather successfully completed the National Certificate in Dental Nursing early in 2012 and has also her time with Adele on developing her skills at reception and contributing to good management and coordination of patient care. Having attended short courses in 2014 in British Sign Language and Forensic Dentistry, she is now looking forward to deciding which way to continue her study in order to expand the range and depth of the skills in the whole team.
Heather has also played a key role for Church Court in developing the regional pilot of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.Close
Victoria joined Church Court in August 2011 having previously worked as a dental nurse in Carlisle and at Dumfries Dental Centre. She makes a valuable contribution to our support team and is developing her skills with a great attention to detail and an enthusiasm for her work. Victoria passed the Certificate in Radiography for Nurses in February 2014, providing an invaluable additional service in taking x rays for patients and increasing the scope of the whole team. Victoria also holds certificates in Clinical Photography and Impression-Taking. She is currently enjoying an Extended Duties Dental Nurse Course which began in October 2016, once she receives the qualification Victoria will be able to provide oral health advice to our patients as well as some preventive treatments.
Victoria now works part-time at Church Court and is currently on maternity leave.Close
Meryl joined Church Court Dental Practice in September 2016 and has impressed the whole team with her calm enthusiasm as well as her desire to learn and develop – she is settling in very quickly and demonstrating a good understanding of the principles behind our work. She is studying towards an additional qualification in Radiography for Dental Nurses.
Before taking up her role with us, Meryl had four years of chairside experience having worked at a practice in Dumfries as both a student nurse and as a registered dental nurse after qualifying in 2014..Close
Clare joined the team at Church Court in December 2014. She is currently on maternity leave.
The customer care that Clare’s background in retail and hospitality management provides, together with her obvious love of dentistry and desire to learn is what makes us so pleased to have her as part of our team.
Clare previously worked for four years in a practice in Dumfries where she trained and enjoyed the experience and challenges of working with a number of different dentists. The team approach at Church Court brings new experiences, particularly in the preventive approach working with hygienists and our Therapist, Julie. The Dental Nurse’s role is pivotal at the practice and you can find out more about our team approach here.
Clare is currently on maternity leave.Close
Stacey has been part of our Practice for over 9 years and her excellent customer service skills, together with an understanding of the clinical philosophy at the Practice are a key part of organising care for our patients.
Stacey began her training as a dental nurse before having her first child and came back to work with us as a receptionist and administrator for a number of years. We are delighted that she decided to continue her studies and is a now a qualified Dental Nurse and an important member of our clinical support team.Close
Ailish joined Church Court Dental Practice as a Student Dental Nurse in August 2018 having previously worked as a Family Support Worker. She is training in our supportive environment at Church Court Dental Practice as part of her studies for an SVQ in Dental Nursing qualification.Close
Rebecca joined Church Court Dental Practice in September 2018 having previously worked in catering. She is training in our supportive environment at Church Court Dental Practice as part of her studies for an SVQ in Dental Nursing qualification.Close
Catherine is married to Mark and joined the Practice team to help take forward Mark’s plans for future development. She has experience in a number of fields and is committed to Mark’s philosophy of providing well-considered, individual patient care at the heart of everything within the Practice.
Before moving to Dumfries she was Marketing Director of an international orchestra and promoted the Newcastle International Concert Series. Since moving here she has brought up their two children and worked in research and as administrator of the Postgraduate Education Centre at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. She has also worked as marketing and events consultant/officer at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and DG One in Dumfries. She has been a Trustee of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and chairing their programme planning group. Catherine also works part-time for The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.Close