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
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

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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Matthew Brennand Roper

Restorative Specialist
GDC No.112806

Matthew qualified from the University of Bristol in 2007. In the following year he worked in general practice but his interests in further education saw him return to the hospital environment.

As a Senior House Officer, he worked at the Bristol Dental Hospital in restorative dentistry and oral surgery with subsequent posts at the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew's Hospital in oral & maxillofacial surgery. This included specific rotations in oncology, facial deformity and trauma. During this time he completed his membership exams for entry to the Faculties of Dental Surgery for both the Edinburgh and English Royal Surgical Colleges.

In 2010, He gained his specialty training post at the Edinburgh Dental Institute where he completed his Masters in Clinical Dentistry and his Membership in Prosthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Matthew continued as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he taught and supervised students on the Masters Degree in Prosthodontics.

Matthew subsequently gained a specialty training post in restorative dentistry in order to become a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. On passing his Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, he accepted a post as Locum Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Glasgow Dental Hospital. Matthew continues to be actively involved in research surrounding dental implants and implant related surgical periodontal therapies.

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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

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

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.

Brian Young

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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Jamie Lee Dunlop

Dental Nurse
SVQ in Dental Nursing, 2016
GDC No. 266875

Jamie qualified in 2016 with SVQ and then went on to complete IV sedation and cannulation courses. She worked within a large NHS clinic 7 years before joining Clifton Dental and Implant Clinic

Her main interest is in implant nursing and looks forward to progressing further in her dental nursing career.

Outside of work, Jamie loves to go on holidays with her partner and enjoys visiting new places each time.

She enjoys keeping fit by either doing workouts or going for walks and enjoys to spend time with her family and friends.

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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!).

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


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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