Meet the team

At Clifton Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.

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Allan Pirie

Dental Practitioner
BDS DGDP(UK) RCS MSc Imp Dent
GDC No. 55591

Dr Allan Pirie qualified in dentistry in 1981 from Glasgow University and subsequently worked for a year in London at the Royal Dental Hospital and the Middlesex General Hospital Oral Surgery unit.

Since then the main focus of Dr Pirie’s dentistry and postgraduate education has been in the replacement of missing teeth using dental implants. He was awarded DGDP RCS in 1995 and gained an MSc in Implant Dentistry in 2006. He has taught many dentists implant dentistry and has been a tutor at both the University of Warwick and the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Dr Pirie has earned a reputation throughout Scotland for excellence in implant dentistry and numerous dentists, from the Orkneys and Shetlands to the borders, refer their patients for complex implant treatment.

Dr Pirie has been praised by both his peers and patients for his gentle manner and understanding approach to dental implant treatment. If you are nervous about implant dentistry then book a consultation with Dr Pirie to discuss your concerns today.

Helen Young

Helen Young

Dental practitioner with special interest in implants
BDS (Dund 1979)
GDC No. 53030

Helen qualified in 1979 from Dundee and spent 6 years working in various Oral and Maxillo-Facial Units, gaining much surgical experience. After several years travelling around the world, then living and working in Australia she returned to the UK and settled in Edinburgh.

Helen went fully into private practice in 2001 and has worked hard at extending and improving her restorative and cosmetic work at the same time keeping up with her surgical skills. After appropriate training she started restoring and placing dental implants 10 years ago and is now embracing the new digital work flow technology which as in many respects of life is the way things are moving.

Helen also is trained and registered in "Clear" and "Inman Aligner" cosmetic orthodontic alignment of front teeth. Helen has recently stopped working part time in Edinburgh and is now concentrating solely on her work here at Clifton Dental Clinic.

This leaves her with a bit more time to pursue the other things in life that are important to her, such as gardening, doing anything outdoors, diving and getting on her bike.

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Ross Henderson

Endodontist
BDS MSc (ENDO) 2003
GDC No. 82322

Dr Ross J Henderson qualified from Dundee University in 2003. He worked in general practice and went on to complete his Masters in Endodontics at St.Barts, London in 2013.

Dr Henderson has built up a private endodontic referral service and accepts referrals for all aspects of endodontic care, including both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr Henderson lectures on endodontic topics for general practitioners. Here at Clifton we have a dedicated endodontic suite with an operating microscope and can provide sedation if required for anxious patients.

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Mark Sorrentino

Dental practitioner with special interest in implants
BDS (Edin) MJDF RCS(Eng) Diploma in Primary Care (Edin)
GDC No. 66491

Mark Sorrentino graduated from Edinburgh university in 1991 subsequently completing Vocational Training and working in various maxillofacial positions across central Scotland.

He then owned and ran 5 busy practices between Ayrshire and Edinburgh before changing direction and developing a special interest in restorative dentistry and implant dentistry.

He has been placing implants for over 15 years and maintains a healthy record of keeping updated and attending courses.

Catriona Easton

Catriona Easton

Dental practitioner/
BDS (Glasgow) 2007, MFDS RCPS (Glasgow)
GDC: 114105

Catriona graduated from Glasgow University in 2007 and completed her VT in Anstruther in Fife. She then went on to spend the next 8 years splitting her time between dental practices and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery units in Glasgow, Livingston and Inverness.

Catriona brings considerable experience in both Sedation and Oral Surgery and is looking forward to developing a surgical referral service at Clifton Dental. In her free time Catriona is undertaking a Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

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Julie McMillan

Practice Manager
RDN (1995)
GDC No. 150624

Julie started working in Dentistry in 1988 & trained as a Dental Nurse, she gained her qualification as a RDN in 1995. Julie has worked in the private sector for over 20 years.

Julie has been a practice Manager now for 13 years & was very fortunate to have worked with Boots Dental Care & The Dental Clinic where she gained experience working with experienced clinicians from general dentistry to specialised treatments, endodontics, orthodontics, cosmetic & Implants. Julie was lucky to have the support from senior management which in turn gave her the knowledge that she now has to give patients an outstanding experience.

Julie took over as practice Manager 5 years ago and we have expanded the implant business from one implant surgeon to three.

Outside of the dental business Julie spends her time with her husband and 2 children.

Kerry Graham

Kerry Graham

Hygienist
Dip Dental Hygiene RCS Edin 2006
GDC No. 102936

Kerry joined our team of dental hygienists in 2012 and has many years of experience. She qualified at Edinburgh Dental Institute and has since trained in customer service with the American dental management group Jamieson Management.

Throughout her career Kerry has worked in various sectors of dentistry including General Practice, Specialist Orthodontic Practice and was involved in smile make overs in a Cosmetic Dental Practice, she is therefore a very experienced member of our team.

Kerry's main focus now is on implant dentistry, she helps to maintain our implants here at Clifton. Kerry is very friendly and enjoys putting our patients at ease, creating a pleasant environment that her patients enjoy visiting.

Outside of work Kerry enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Susanne Agar

Hygienist
Education
GDC No. 2333

Since qualifying Susanne has worked for the NHS, commercial, private and hospital services.

Susanne also works in the hospital service in the specialist periodontal department and is involved in teaching Hygienist / Therapist students.

Susanne works for us part time.

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Johann Melly

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 2003
GDC No. 151867

Johann is a full time dental nurse. Johann qualified in 2006 and supports the endodontic and implant teams.

Johann's goals are to run a happy and efficient clinic welcoming all colleagues and patients.

Johann's hobbies are swimming, yoga and reading.

Susan Robertson

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 1988
GDC No. 148211

Susan qualified in 1987 in Glasgow as a dental nurse and worked in an NHS practice for 18 1/2 yrs.

She has worked with us for 14 years supporting Dr Allan Pirie as an implant nurse.

Susan has a supporting role as part of the implant team hosting restoration events and coordinating hands-on courses for dental colleagues keen to learn about implants as an alternative option for their own patients.

Looking to the future Susan is keen to expand her knowledge of developing dental technology/techniques whilst providing a caring and relaxing atmosphere for our patients.

In her spare time Susan relaxes with yoga classes, going to the cinema/concerts and reading.

Rachelle Casey

Dental Nurse
SVQ in Dental Nursing, 2017
GDC No. 276633

Rachelle is a newly qualified dental nurse and provides support wherever it is needed at the practice. Rachelle's focus is always the patients, ensuring they feel welcomed, never rushed and comfortable to ask any questions they may have.

Rachelle's main roles are within the clinical aspect of the practice, assisting the dentists in surgery and creating an aseptic environment for surgical procedures.

When not at work Rachelle likes to fill her weekends with family, friends, live music, camping, hosteling, hill walking and spending as much time as possible with her amazing husband Alan.

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Brian Young

Dental Nurse
SVQ in Dental Nursing, 2013
GDC No. 247189

Brian is a dental nurse working widely within a surgical setting at Clifton dental and implant clinic, where he enjoys being involved in dental implants, sedation, bone augmentations along with a host of other surgical and general treatments.

Brian has worked at Clifton for several years and since joining has gone on to complete courses and get qualifications in Intravenous sedation, phlebotomy, Intravenous-cannulation among others.

Brian enjoys working within our busy clinic and takes joy in building good rapor with patients in all aspects of the patient journey within the practice.

In his spare time Brian enjoys running, going to the gym and travel.

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Lesley Woods

Treatment Co-ordinator/Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 1998
GDC No. 143434

Lesley's role within the team, focuses on ensuring patients treatments run smoothly behind the scenes and developing relationships with referring dental practices.

In her free time Lesley enjoys swimming, but her main love is going out with friends, attending concerts and watching football & ice hockey (especially when her nephews are playing!).

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Implant Co-ordinator
NEBDN, 2000
GDC No. 201968

Michelle's job involves planning for implant surgery, setting up the implant suite prior to surgery,
decontamination of surgical instruments and providing both preoperative and postoperative patient care.

Michelle likes to ensure that patients are nurtured when they come to visit us.

Her interests are yoga, pilates & reading.

Julie Ford

Julie Ford

Receptionist/ Dental Nurse
GDC No. 134243

Julie has been a dental nurse for almost 24 years and enjoys her time working. The good thing about working with her colleagues is that she is gaining more experience in the field of Implants. Julie also looks after all the Referrals that come into Clifton.

Her interests are going to different countries on holiday, reading and spending quality time with her husband and 2 gorgeous girls.

Stephanie Neave

Stephanie Neave

Receptionist/ Dental Nurse
NVQ 3 Dental Nursing (2010), Topical Fluoride Application for Children (2010), National Certificate in Sedation Nursing (2013)
GDC No. 190806

Stephanie loves to spend her weekends exploring the beautiful countryside with her little boy Harris. Her hobbies also include cooking, reading and most importantly relaxing!

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Pauline Collins

Receptionist

Pauline has worked as a receptionist for 16 years. Pauline supports all colleagues within the business and takes accountability of all administration duties to help run an efficient reception desk.

When not at work Pauline likes going on holiday with her husband John and children; Jonathan and Christopher, she also enjoy going out for meals and movies with her husband.

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