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.

Emily Clauge

Emily Clague

Dentist

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

Dentist

BSc, BDS
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.

Pilar Gaitan Fukushima, dentist

Pilar Gaitan Fukushima

Dentist

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!

Tara Kelly

Tara Kelly

Dentist

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

Dentist

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

Dale Martin

Dentist

BChD Leeds
GDC Reg No 251678

We are really pleased to welcome Dale Martin to our team at 543. He qualified in Leeds in 2014 and has since returned to Hull, where he was a student at Wilberforce College. He enjoys the challenge of dealing with anxious patients who need time and sympathetic care to restore their dental health. Dale speaks both Spanish & French and loves to relax by cooking and exercising in the gym. Dale also loves to travel, where his language skills are very useful.

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy

Dentist

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

Dentist

DMD OVIDIUS 2005
GDC Reg. no 168840

Valeriu qualified in Romania in 2005 and is also a qualified dental hygienist. He’s always very keen to give all his patients the advice they need to keep their own teeth for life. He has a very outgoing and friendly personality and he likes to put his patient at ease in the sometimes stressful surroundings of a dental surgery.

He’s always looking to keep his knowledge of new treatments up to date while giving evidence-based care to all his patients. Valeriu completed a six-month training in the use of dental implants in Madrid in 2008. He’s also undertaken further study into cosmetic treatments and ‘Invisalign’ tooth straightening.

He speaks fluent Spanish and Romanian and, of course, English.

Sergio Pavon

Sergio Pavon

Dentist

Lic Odont Seville 2010
GDC Reg No. 202285

Sergio qualified as a dentist in Seville, Spain in 2010. After qualifying, Sergio worked in a private practice in Spain and has worked in Hull since 2011. Sergio has a lovely warm personality and prides himself on making your visits to us as friendly and relaxing as possible.

With Sergio on our team we can now add fluent Spanish and French to the list of languages we speak.

He loves the outdoors, cinema and sports. Like many of our dentists he also has an interest in marine aquariums.

Laura Routledge

Laura Routledge

Foundation Dentist

GDC Reg No. 277818

We are delighted that Laura is coming to join our team. Laura has recently qualified from Leeds University and grew up in Sunderland.

She likes to visit the gym and loves cooking in her spare time. Laura also loves travelling and wishes to live in Barcelona one day! Laura loves dentistry as she gets to meet new people every day.

Faye Stamatiou

Faye Stamatiou

Dentist

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

Dentist

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.

Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham

Hygienist/Therapist

GDC Reg No. 150541

Rebecca graduated from Dundee Dental School in June 2008 and joined 543 Dental Centre in August 2008.

Outside of work she enjoys doing sport and exercise as well as reading and going to the cinema.

Connie Theaker

Cornelia Theaker

Hygienist

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. 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.

David Emery

David Emery

Clinical Dental Technician

GDC Reg No 127931

David has recently joined the Practice, having over 25 years experience as a Dental Technician! He can treat patients directly after a prescription from the dentist and you will currently see Dave as part of our domiciliary team.

Julie Fountain

Julie Fountain

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.

John Groombridge

John Groombridge

Chairman

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

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.

Hannah Sutton

Hannah Sutton

Deputy Practice Manager

Hannah joined 543 in 2009 as a receptionist and completed her Level 4 Diploma in Dental Practice Management in 2012.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing netball for a local team and socialising with her friends.

Louise Steele

Louise Steele

Accountant

Louise has been working in accountancy since she was eighteen, and has worked as an in-house accountant for 543 Dental Centre since May 2007.

In her spare time Louise goes to the gym, likes cross country walking, camping, reading and tending to her garden.

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