Our Team

Meet the clinical and management team behind 543 Dental Centre

David Ward

David Ward

Clinical Director

BDS MBA, GDC Reg No. 61783

David qualified from Sheffield University in 1986 and worked at 543 Dental Centre for 10 years as an associate. In 1996, he opened his own practice in the Sheffield area while still working for 543 on a part-time basis, carrying out oral surgery under sedation and as part of the Paediatric General Anaesthesia team at Hull Royal Infirmary.

David has been a non-executive director of 543 Dental Centre Limited since October 2006. In March 2008, he was appointed as Clinical Director.

His hobbies include gardening and following cricket.

Faiza Anjum

Foundation Dentist

GDC number 296160

Faiza joined the practice as a Foundation Dentist in September 2021.
She enjoys reading, cooking, travelling and spending time with her family on weekends. Faiza also looks forward to exploring Hull more during her time here.

Rizwaan Choudhry


GDC number 254986

Rizwaan is born and bred in Yorkshire and graduated in 2014 from Manchester as a dental technician and spent a year working at Manchester Dental Hospital as an associate technician, specialising in Prosthetics and Chrome Dentures. In 2020 he graduated from Leeds as a dentist. In 2019 he was awarded “The Most Commendable Dental Student” by Toothwise.

In his spare time he enjoys playing and following cricket, swimming to keep fit and listening to 90’s music.

Emily Clauge

Emily Clague


BChD Leeds, GDC Reg No. 103778

Emily graduated in July 2006 and is now a part-time associate at 543 Dental Centre. Outside work she likes to travel, go to the gym and read. Emily is from Hull and East Yorkshire and before university studied at South Hunsley School.

Russell Davies

Russell Davies


GDC Reg. No. 62838

Russell qualified from Sheffield in 1987. He has many year’s experience in dentistry, we are delighted that Russell is joining us so we can now provide a service dedicated to patients requiring dentures where a downstairs surgery is used and patients with mobility issues can easily access.

Russell loves making comfortable and lifelike dentures for both NHS and private patients and has worked for many years in Hull providing dentures for house bound patients and in residential care homes. Along with his nurse Sharon and our denture technician Alan they make a formidable team to sort out your denture concerns!

Russell lives in Beverley with his wife, teenage daughter and son and his 8 year old autistic boy. He is a keen Hull City fan and loves cycling, swimming and long walks with his youngest son. He has worked previously at Bransholme health centre.

Isobel El Jassar - Dentist

Isobel El Jassar


GDC Reg. No. 285258

Isobel qualified in Valencia, Spain in 2019 and also studied in Stockholm, Sweden.

Isobel is now back in her family home in East Yorkshire after a short spell working in Wales.

Isobel provides all aspects of dentistry and she likes to make patients feel relaxed and calm so that dental care is provided in a gentle, caring manner.

In her spare time Isobel keeps fit by running and walking her gorgeous black Labrador Luna and as you can see from her studies she also loves to travel!!

Pilar Gaitan Fukushima, dentist

Pilar Gaitan Fukushima


GDC Reg. No. 266009

We are delighted to welcome Pilar to our team at 543. She was born and raised in Argentina and studied dentistry in Spain and Germany. After graduation in 2015, Pilar moved to the UK and has now lived and worked here for the last 2 years.

Pilar has an interest in providing cosmetic dentistry and has studied in both Spain and the US to develop her skills in this area. She particularly enjoys treating anxious patients who want to overcome their fears and improve their smiles and self confidence!

In her spare time, Pilar heads off to Cleethorpes to go kite surfing, weather permitting! Pilar is fluent in Spanish, Italian and German, as well as English of course!

Henry Furbank


GDC Reg No. 277317

BDS UCLan 2018

543 is pleased to welcome Henry to our team. Henry qualified from the Central Lancashire University based in Preston. He loves to help rebuild people’s confidence with kind, caring dentistry with an emphasis on restoring natural appearance through cosmetic dentistry.

Henry fits in perfectly in Hull as he loves to play Rugby and at weekends you will find him biking and hiking through the Yorkshire Wolds.

Tara Kelly

Tara Kelly


GDC Reg. 67698 (June 1992)

Tara was brought up in Northern Ireland and recently moved to Hull to work with us. She previously worked in Ireland after studying dentistry in Cardiff, and also worked in London for 13 years.

She particularly likes treating children and her patience also lends itself to caring for our elderly patients. Some of Tara’s work with us involves travelling to see patients who cannot make it to see us and provide denture care in their own homes.

Tara loves to travel and enjoys simple pleasures like cooking and rambling. She brings a bit of Irish laughter and blarney to 543!

Noemi Rodriguez

Noemí Rodríguez Lobo


Lic Odont Seville 2007
GDC Reg No.165730

Noemi is from Spain and qualified in Seville in 2007. She has worked in the UK since 2009, including in Salford and King’s Lynn. She has done further studying in gum disease, root fillings and dental public health.

Noemi enjoys all aspects of general dentistry because it gives her the chance to help people who are often worried and anxious about having treatment done. She prides herself in being able to relax people and provide treatment in a kind, gentle manner.

Noemi likes to keep active in her leisure time by biking, rollerblading, dancing and painting. She is looking forward to spending weekends walking in Yorkshire and eating out in the best places in Hull.


Dale Martin


BChD Leeds
GDC Reg No 251678

Originally from Northern Ireland, Dale qualified as a dentist from the University of Leeds in 2014 and has worked in Hull ever since.

Dale enjoys the challenge of dealing with anxious patients who need time and sympathetic care to restore their dental health.

He is an Educational Supervisor, providing support and guidance to a newly qualified dentist in the practice each year. Dale is currently developing his restorative abilities.

Outside of work, Dale enjoys travel, walking his dogs and, for the last few years, has been learning to play the piano and clarinet.

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy


B.D.S. Liverpool 1998
GDC Reg No 74922

543 is delighted to welcome Joseph Murphy to our team. He is from Liverpool and has a special interest in the care of patients in their own home. This is a growing area of our work as, happily, we are living longer and keeping more of our own teeth!

Joseph has two almost grown up children and likes to keep fit through cycling, running and swimming. He is a member of Liverpool Mercury Cycling Club and in the summer he teaches children how to cycle safely and is a British Cycling Level 1 Coach. He is also a very keen follower of Liverpool football club.

Valeriu Osoianu

Valeriu Osoianu


GDC Reg. no 168840

Vali earned his degree at Ovidius University, Romania in 2005 and is fluent in 3 languages, Romanian, Spanish and English. He has attended a Postgraduate 1-year implant course in Spain. In addition to this, a diploma in Restorative Dentistry at Royal College of Surgeons in London, and numerous advanced implant related courses in the UK and overseas.

Vali has a very outgoing and friendly personality. He has an empathetic approach with his patients as he understands how stressful a visit to the dentist can be for some people.

He is passionate about his work and finds it rewarding when completing a plan for a patient and restoring their confidence in their smile. He keeps his knowledge up to date, providing evidence-based care to all his patients. He is an active member of the ADI (Association of Dental Implantology). He has been involved with implant placement and restoring procedures since 2008 and he uses advanced implant technology and techniques such as sinus lifts, bone and soft tissue grafts.

Vali uses the ALL ON X and Computer Guided Surgery systems to build the perfect and precise foundation for his patients' new smiles.

Vali is father to a young boy and in his free time he loves spending time with his son and partner. He also is a keen golfer when he can find the spare time.

Payman Shapassand

Payman Shahipassand


D.D.S. Tandlakare, Gothenburg
GDC Reg No. 72760

Payman graduated in 1993 and is especially interested in cosmetic dentistry. He has developed skills using tooth whitening, implants and tooth straightening to give great smiles to his patients. He's also qualified to work with a variety of implant and denture systems to deliver long lasting solutions to any cosmetic or denture problems.

Away from dentistry, Payman has a keen interest in football, going to the gym and enjoys spending time with his family.

Faye Stamatiou

Faye Stamatiou


DDS (Thessalonniki) April 2012 GDC Reg No 241704

543 are pleased to welcome Faye to our team. Originally from Greece, Faye has worked for four years in NHS dentistry in Scotland and now starts a new phase of life in Hull with her husband, a structural engineer. She loves to treat children and is passionate about getting good habits adopted early to ensure healthy teeth throughout life.

Outside of dentistry Faye is a keen music lover. Her favourite band is Depeche Mode who some of us may remember from the 80s. She also loves travelling and animals and has two cats!

Jennie Ward

Jennie Ward


B.D.S. MMed.Sci F.D.S. R.C.P.S. P.h.D.
GDC Reg No. 64830

Jennie is a visiting consultant who specialises in restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. She qualified from Sheffield University in 1989 and gained her MMed.Sci in 1993, her PhD in 2001 and her FDS RCPS in 2004.

Her hobbies include interior design. Jennie is married to David Ward, our Clinical Director, and is a non-executive director of 543 Dental Centre Limited.

Ellie Fox Dental Therapist

Ellie Fox

Dental Therapist

GDC Reg No. 255985

Ellie had worked as a dental nurse for many years before deciding to do undertake further clinical training at Teesside University to become a dental therapist.

Dental therapists are highly trained to provide all forms of preventive care and advice in addition to providing all types of fillings. Ellie has a particular interest in treating children where her patient and caring approach can help to get work done on anxious children.

Ellie loves to spend her spare time walking and travelling. Her skills will help 543 deliver a wide range of services in a caring way!

Connie Theaker

Cornelia Theaker


GDC Reg No. 5871

Cornelia qualified from the School of Dental Hygiene, Aldershot, in 2001 and has been with 543 Dental Centre since 2003.

Her areas of special interest are children and periodontics. Connie’s extra-curricular interests are diverse – from windsurfing to reading.

Sarah Felt

Sara Feldt

Treatment Coordinator

GDC Reg No. 110950

Sara has worked with 543 for over 15 years now and has an in-depth knowledge of all dental procedures, treatments and options. Sara will meet you before your appointment with the dentist to discuss your hopes (and fears!) about your visit. This is for informative purposes only, it's not a dental examination or assessment for suitability. She will also help you to relax a little by taking you to the dental surgery and staying with you throughout your assessment.

Sara will then take the dentist’s recommendations and discuss all the options available to you to help us deliver the smile of your dreams. We know that it’s sometimes easier to talk about all the ins and outs of all the different options to someone who’s not a dentist. This way you get all your questions answered in a relaxing way with Sara.

Sara is married with two teenage children and enjoys hill walking, swimming and spending time with her friends.

Laura Marsham

Laura Marsham

Joint Head Nurse

GDC Reg No 110961

Laura has 22 years’ experience within the dental industry. Laura is joint Head Nurse with an interest in sedation and general anaesthetics. Her current role is varied and she enjoys the interaction with children and adults alike. She is also involved with Teeth Team and helps to deliver oral health advice.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Julie Fountain

Julie Fountain

Joint Head Nurse and Lead Oral Health Educator

GDC Reg No 110952

Julie has over 22 years’ experience within the dental profession. Her current role is to co-ordinate and put in place the various health initiatives employed within the practice. She works closely with many local schools and is heavily involved with Teeth Team.

Julie is married with one daughter. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and spending time with her family.

Surendra Naidoo

Clinical Dental Technician

GDC Reg. no 168840

Surendra has recently joined our team to help us provide excellence in denture provision and to develop our new on site denture laboratory. He has a wealth of experience both in England and overseas in South Africa and New York, working in dental schools and alongside professors.

Surendra loves to make life like dentures. As a clinical dental technician he sees patients and then makes the dentures himself incorporating patient requests and life like features to deliver the best quality dentures.

Surendra is married to another clinical dental technician and they have 2 children, the eldest of which is studying dentistry in Valencia, Spain. In his spare time Surendra plays snooker to a good standard and loved to play football in his younger days.

John Groombridge

John Groombridge


BDS, GDC Reg No. 44119

The Chairman of 543 Dental Centre graduated from Newcastle University in 1970 and returned to his home town after qualifying. He sits on the Local Dental Committee, as well as several other dental forums, and is a member of the British Dental Association.

With his in-depth knowledge in paediatric dentistry, he recently gave a paper on the future of paediatric dentistry under general anaesthesia in Scotland. This led to development and adoption of the latest regulations for Scotland. His special interests are oral medicine and dentures.

Outside work his main interests are anything sports related, in particular golf and tennis.

Chris Groombridge

Chris Groombridge

Joint Managing Director

Chris has worked at 543 Dental Centre since 2004.
Duncan Groombridge

Duncan Groombridge

Joint Managing Director

Duncan graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a LLB (Hons) in Law and was called to the Bar as a Barrister in 1998. Since then he has worked in two law firms, one in Leeds, Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard), and one in Hull, Andrew M Jackson & Co.

Duncan is married with three children. Outside of work he enjoys going to the gym and following both the rugby and boxing.

David Ward

David Ward

Clinical Director

BDS MBA, GDC Reg No. 61783

David qualified from Sheffield University in 1986 and worked at 543 Dental Centre for 10 years as an associate. In 1996, he opened his own practice in the Sheffield area while still working for 543 on a part-time basis, carrying out oral surgery under sedation and as part of the Paediatric General Anaesthesia team at Hull Royal Infirmary.

David has been a non-executive director of 543 Dental Centre Limited since October 2006. In March 2008, he was appointed as Clinical Director.

His hobbies include gardening and following cricket.

Melannie Gardener

Melanie Gardener

Practice Manager

Melanie joined 543 Dental Centre in 2005. Before that she was the senior dental nurse at Cottingham Dental Access Centre. She has 19 years’ experience as a dental nurse.

Melanie became the Practice Manager at 543 Dental Centre in October 2006. In 2008, she passed the Level 5 Diploma in Practice Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Outside of work Mel likes walking, shopping and seeing her grandchildren.

Amanda Young

Amanda Young

Deputy Practice Manager & Dencare/Finance Manager

Amanda was a dental nurse from 1986 and joined 543 in 1992. In 1996, Amanda moved over to working on reception. From 2000, Amanda’s role was a combination of receptionist and administrator, and in 2007 she joined the management of 543.

Outside of work and raising three children, Amanda enjoys reading, camping, walking and going to the cinema. In what spare time Amanda has left, she likes to see many of her favourite bands and artists performing at live concerts.

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