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Meet our team in Edinburgh and Belfast

Experienced dentists in full-arch dental implants and cosmetic dentistry in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Meet our Edinburgh team

Dr. Daniel Benson

Dental Surgeon

DMD, MOM, MSc implantology and Dental Surgery
GDC: 116018

Dr Benson received his undergraduate dental degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary in 2006. After graduation Daniel completed a 3-year full-time residency in Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Daniel’s thirst for knowledge led him to a Master of Science(M.Sc.) degree in Implantology and Dental Surgery at the International Medical College, University of Muenster in Germany. He is a registered dentist in the UK, Ireland, and Hungary.

As a private practice associate and visiting implant surgeon his practice is limited to surgical and restorative implant treatments, cosmetic surgical and aesthetic restorative procedures.

Daniel first moved to Edinburgh in 2009. Since 2012 he is only practicing in private practices.

His eye for details and passion for excellence in dentistry is well known amongst his colleagues and he regularly treat patients needing advanced rehabilitation on referral basis.

Daniel brings a strong sense of purpose and responsibility including a voice as a mentor through leading example. Daniel believes in fairness, diversity and hard work. As a team player he likes to help bringing work colleagues closer together through his workshops and and courses. He is a recognized speaker on the topics of dental implantology, bone and soft tissue management and dental photography.

Daniel’s passion is to work with his patients closely to give back their smile and through that improve quality of their lives.

“I feel blessed to be able to help my patients realize their dental dream. So often we see life-changing transformations when patients self-esteem, confidence and overall well-being improves sometimes overnight. In a relatively short timeframe. My favourite part is the moment when we take our final photos with the patients. That really makes our day!”

Apart from work his young family keeping him busy to achieve a great work-life balance. Daniel likes espresso with no sugar. He likes outdoor activities like cycling, and sea kayaking. His favourite animals are dogs and polar bears.

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Dr. Gregor McIntosh

Cosmetic Dentist

BDS(Dund) MFDS RCS(Edin) DipImpDent RCS(Eng)
GDC: 209016

Gregor qualified from the University of Dundee in 2011. Shortly after this he gained membership to the Royal college of surgeons in Edinburgh.

Gregor is committed to furthering his knowledge and has undergone a number of post graduate courses to ensure he can provide his patients with the smile they desire. He is able to provide short term orthodontic solutions and is certified to provide Inman aligners, Clear aligners and Cfast.

Gregor has a special interest in implant dentistry. He is currently undergoing further training to carry out implant placements and is working towards gaining a diploma in the area.

Outside dentistry, he enjoys all sports including rugby, golf and football. He also likes spending time with family and friends.

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Dr. Arvind Sharma


BDS, MSc (Endodontology), MJDF RCS, MFDS RCPS
GDC: 72097

Dr. Arvind Sharma qualified in 1996 from the University of Dundee. Arvind has completed a Master’s degree in Endodontology at the University of Central Lancashire, passing with Merit and has gained membership through examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2012 and Glasgow in 2016.

Having worked many years in general practice he has now limited his work to Endodontics providing his services in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Using contemporary equipment, (including a microscope), materials and techniques.

Arvind accepts referrals for all aspects of non-surgical endodontic treatments from first primary treatments to re-treatments and includes management of cases with complex anatomy, sclerosis, open apices, perforation repair and removal/retrieval of fractured posts and separated instruments.

Arvind is committed to education, providing post-graduate lectures and training for NHS Education for Scotland. He is an active member of the British Endodontic Society, The Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland and is a Certified Dentsply Maillefer Trainer.

In addition to his clinical role within the clinic, Dr Sharma will also provide a range of courses for general dental practitioners wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and skill.

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Rob Leggett

Head Clinical Dental Technician
(Director New Life Teeth, Scottish Denture Clinic, New Life Teeth Lab)

GDC: 116479

Rob qualified as a dental technician in 1997 from Edinburgh's Telford College. He has worked in a mixture of the private and public sector spending 10 years working in the NHS including Glasgow Dental Hospital and Edinburgh's Dental Institute before founding New Life Teeth and Scottish Denture Clinic.

In February 2009 Rob returned to study a diploma in Clinical Dental Technology which was the first CDT course to be run in the UK, qualifying through the Royal College of Surgeons in December 2009.

Rob is an elected council member of the Dental Technologist’s Association and sits on the council for Dental Care Professionals at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

In his spare time Rob spends time with his young family and two Spaniels. Rob also enjoys running and cycling.

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Rosa Garcia

Dental Technician

HND Dental Technology, RDT
GDC: 124969

Rosa finished her HND in 2006 in Edinburgh's Telford College. After qualifying with excellent results, she was offered a position at the college itself. She then completed a Vocational Training for Dental Technicians, where she had the opportunity to work alongside patients in Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Following Rosa's development as Dental Technician she worked for Private Dental Laboratory, strengthening her learning in all disciplines in the field. Motivated by her willingness to be trained in the construction of Cosmetics dentures, Rosa started working for a private practice in Fife where she soon stood out for her attention to detail and neat work. In 2013 she moved on to work with Rob and his team of technicians.

Rosa enjoys travelling, in particular going back to see her family in Spain.

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Dr. Paul Devine

Dental Surgeon

BDS(Dund) MFDS RCS(Edin) DipImpDent RCS(Eng)
GDC: 208791

Paul qualified with commendation from the University of Dundee in 2011. He then completed a 2 year postgraduate training which exposed him to a variety of different settings including restorative and paediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, special needs and anxiety management. During this time, he also gained membership to the Royal College of surgeons in Edinburgh.

Paul’s main interest lies in the field of implant dentistry. He has completed postgraduate training and is able to place and restore dental implants to replace missing teeth. He is currently a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, International Team for Implantology and holds a Diploma in Dental Implants from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in London.

Paul travels regularly to attend courses to pursue his passion for postgraduate learning and is pleased to be able to offer these advanced implant and restorative treatments to his patients. He accepts referrals from other dentists and has been involved in dental implant mentoring. In addition to this, Paul has a close relationship with some of the best technicians in Europe and strives to deliver the most aesthetic and long lasting outcome for every case.

Outside of work, Paul has a passion for fitness and travel. He trains regularly in CrossFit and is also interested in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting.

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Dr. John Clydesdale

Dental Surgeon

GDC: 79601

John graduated from Queens University of Belfast, with a distinction in the practice of dentistry in 2001. John then moved to Edinburgh to continue his career and has worked in the Edinburgh area since 2001. Over the years John has pursued an intensive post graduate education completing and passing the required examinations and coursework to become a member of the joint dental faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, as well as a member of the faculty of dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

John's main area of interest is implant dentistry and he has completed the Royal College of Surgeons of England implant diploma course; this allows John to provide patients with more complex predictable dental implant treatment. Further to this John completed his fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is regularly involved with the training and education with teaching of other dentists.

John particularly enjoys providing immediate full arch implants with same day teeth. Dr Clydesdale works closely with other colleagues and he referrals from a number of dentists from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

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Debbie Sherriff

Dental Nurse

GDC: 240332

Debbie obtained her Level 3 SQV in oral health care dental nursing qualification in 2013 at Dundee. She later completed her Sedation qualification with SAAD (The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry ) in London in 2014. Radiography qualification in 2016 with the BDA, intravenous cannulation techniques in 2018 as well as completing her qualification in impression taking in 2019. Debbie has 6 years’ experience with complex implant cases, sedation and other areas of specialist dentistry. She thoroughly enjoys Oral Surgery aspect of Dentistry.

Debbie has experience working in NHS/Private/specialist dentistry.

In Debbie's spare time she enjoys the gym, socialising with friends and planning her next adventure to a sunny destination

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Duncan Robertson

Lead Dental Technician

GDC: 104990

Duncan qualified as a master ceramic technician in 2003 from Edinburgh’s Telford College specialising in fixed prosthodontics and ceramics.

He has over 15 years of experience in the dental industry working in public & private sectors and has also worked as a lecturer at Edinburgh’s Telford College delivering the dental technology course to all levels.

Duncan has a keen interest in aesthetics and porcelain work and continually looks to strengthen his knowledge and skills. He is always looking to learn new techniques and likes to keep up with the latest systems and materials.

Away from work Duncan enjoys climbing mountains, rugby, snowboarding and looking for the next adrenaline rush.

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Jade Ritch

Trainee Dental Technician

GDC: 253842

Jade grew up in the Orkney Islands where she trained as a Dental Nurse. Working in practice since 2012, she has a keen interest in Implant Surgery and restorative dentistry. This interest brought her to Edinburgh in 2016 where began studying Dental Technology.

Jade enjoys being able to learn from our highly trained technicians, and also being able to see the results in surgery.

As Jade is relatively new to Edinburgh, in her spare time she enjoys exploring the city and finding new places to socialise with friends. She also likes to travel back to Orkney to spend time on the family farm.

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Kamila Sipowska

Dental Technician

GDC: 234452

Kamila is qualified and registered with GDC as a Dental Technician after completing her HNC in 2012.

In 2017, she successfully completed a Straumann Bespoke Overdenture course that allowed her to become a Straumann Platinum Dental Technician.

Her aim is to produce work of the highest standard and to build up a strong knowledge in the digital dental field. She also has a particular interest in implant retained hybrids bars and overdentures.

When Kamila is not in Laboratory, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and loves to travel.

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Elizabeth (Libby) Hendry

Dental Hygienist RDH

GDC: 2011

Libby qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Dundee Dental Hospital in 1980.

She has worked in many different environments, charity and military hospital, NHS and private practices in various countries and cities. Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, London and Edinburgh.

She has plenty of experience in the dental field due to her maturity but strives to always be well informed by attending many Dental course.

She continues to work because she loves what she does.

In her down time she enjoys time with her daughter and Portuguese Water Dog.

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Lauren Griffin

Registered Dental Nurse

GDC: 246644

Lauren obtained her National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN in 2013, she has continued to develop her skills over the years, gaining another qualification in Radiology and currently working towards her Sedation qualification.  Lauren began working at New Life Teeth in September 2019 and is a skilled endodontic and implant nurse, mainly assisting our in house Endodontist Dr Sharma.

In her spare time she enjoys playing and walking her new boxer puppy Stella!

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Alison Hercus

Front Desk Coordinator/Dental Nurse

GDC: 247626

Alison obtained her National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN in 2013 at Edinburgh’s Telford College. She joined the practice in 2019 as a Dental Nurse and has since taken on more of an administrative role including accounts management which she has discovered a passion for.

Outside of work Alison enjoys socialising with friends, cooking, reading and going on trips away, both home and abroad.

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Claire McNeill

Dental Nurse



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Kayleigh Robinson

Treatment Coordinator


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Meet our Belfast team

Dr Stuart Lutton

Dental Implant Surgeon

BDS MJDF MSc Implant Dentistry
GDC: 77775

Stuart qualified from Sheffield University in 2000 and has practised in Edinburgh and Belfast since then.

Stuart has a particular focus on dental implants and specifically the ground-breaking full arch dental implant procedure (often referred to as ‘All on 4’ or ‘Same Day Teeth’). He was awarded a Masters degree in Implantology in 2012 under the personal tutelage of Professor Edward Lynch - one of the most highly respected names in UK dentistry and head of dentistry at the University of Warwick.

In 2016 Stuart opened a new practice in Belfast. His practice is limited to implant dentistry and he now splits his time between the state-of-the-art clinics in Edinburgh and Belfast.

Stuart is a member of the UK ADI Association of Dental Implantology; he has a close professional link with the leading national and international implant surgeons. Away from the practice, Stuart is married to Yasmin and has a young family that keeps him busy outside work.

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Dr. Mark Tarpey

Dental Implant Surgeon

GDC: 85940

Mark qualified from Queens University Belfast in 2005, where he was awarded the John Malone medal for best performance in Conservative Dentistry in his final year exams.

Since then, he has worked in the Belfast area providing general dental care, but with a special interest in implant dentistry.

Mark studied throughout the UK and Europe to further his knowledge and skills in the field of implant dentistry and aims to incorporate the most up-to-date techniques and technologies to ensure his patients are provided with the best possible care.

Mark has been registered and in good standing with the GDC since 2005 and is a member of the UK Association of Dental Implantology. He joined the New Life Teeth team in March 2017 and is delighted to be able to provide implant-based solutions for patients.

Most of his spare time is spent with family. Mark is married to Fiona, and they have two children, Ana and Ronan.

As a member of the Royal Lifesaving Society, Mark has represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Lifesaving Games in 2006. He enjoys playing football and golf, and in the last few years has developed an interest in growing his own fruit and vegetables.

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Dr. Jonathan Corkey


GDC: 257733

Jonathan qualified from Queens University Belfast in 2015. Since then he has been pursuing further post graduate training which included a year spent in the Maxillofacial Dept of the Ulster Hospital Belfast in which he gained experience in a wide range of surgical skills and complex patient management.

He has a keen interest in both aesthetic restorative dentistry as well as implant treatments and is currently working towards the prestigous Diploma in Implant Dentistry awarded by the FGDP.

Jonathan also has experience with sedation and is able to provide solutions for those who have particular anxiety about dental treatment or are having more demanding procedures.

When not working Jonathan enjoys the great outdoors and likes travelling to ski, kayak and snorkel when he can.

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Dr. Michael Rowland


GDC: 243972

Michael graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Distinction in Conservative Dentistry. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Dental Implantology with the Institute of Clinical Excellence in Manchester. On completion, he will have one of the highest qualifications available in the field of Dental Implants.

Michael has a passion for cosmetic dentistry including teeth straightening and smile makeovers. He is both an Invisalign provider and a senior provider of Six Month Smiles.

Gaining patients’ trust and confidence is ultimately very important to Michael, and he takes time to discuss all treatment options ensuring his patients are well informed to make the right choice. For more anxious patients Michael will work with them gradually to build their confidence, and can provide Conscious sedation to make procedures more comfortable.

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Dr Samaan James Vahid-Assr


GDC: 279637

Having studied between Liverpool and Riga, Samaan has obtained degrees’ in both dentistry & biomedical sciences.

He has a special interest in cosmetic & restorative dentistry having completed the world-renowned, Dr Chris Orr, Cosmetic & Aesthetic Restorative dentistry course in London.

As a certified Invisalign provider, Samaan uses the clear aligner system to straighten adult teeth and supplement minimally invasive smile makeovers.

Outside of dentistry Samaan enjoys CrossFit, travelling and spending time with family & friends.

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Dr Cathy Robinson


BDS (QUB) 1999
GDC: 76503

Cathy qualified with distinction in 1999, from Queens University Belfast. She then spent a decade working in private general dental practice in Dorset, England where she was able to build an impressive skill-set portfolio as well as integrate new dental technologies into her repertoire. She returned to Northern Ireland in 2009 to continue delivering high quality dental care closer to home.

Cathy’s particular interests in dentistry are periodontal therapy (the management of gum disease), minimally invasive dentistry (bleaching and bonding) and ICON™️ treatment (white spot treatment to mask unsightly blemishes on teeth). In 2018 she completed the Certificate in Sports Dentistry course run by the Eastman Dental Institute, London and offers her professional services to sports players throughout the Province.

Cathy is pleased offer our patients relaxed and empathetic treatment, and is principally involved in the maintenance of excellent gum health for our implant patients, via New Life Teeth’s implant warranty programme.

She has a daughter in further education, and an impressive array of pedigree cats. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, catching up with friends and breeding Maine Coon cats.

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Lisa Thompson

Dental Nurse

GDC: 240577

Lisa has experience of working in a busy NHS practice as well as in the clinic. She gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in May 2012 from Portadown Southern Regional College. Lisa particularly enjoys the surgical end of dentistry.

In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family and going to the gym.

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Claire Torrie

Dental Nurse

GDC: 145521

Claire enjoys helping patients with dental anxiety, through conscious sedation techniques. She qualified as a sedation Nurse in March 2017.

In her spare time she enjoys socialising, spending time with family and friends and is a keen cyclist.

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Susan Hunniford

Dental Nurse

GDC: 270202

Susan has completed a sedation course and has experience of working in a busy NHS practice. She gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in 2017 from Portadown Southern Regional College.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and has recently completed a half marathon. She also loves baking and cake decorating.

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Natasha Buchanan

Dental Nurse

GDC: 276877

Natasha has completed a sedation course and is very interested in the surgery side of dentistry. She gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in 2018 from Portadown Southern Regional College.

In her spare time, Natasha enjoys makeup artistry and spending time with her friends and family.

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Guaci Martel

Dental Nurse

GDC: 265907

Guaci is originally from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

Guaci has many years of experience working in the dental field as a dental nurse and in the front desk personnel. Her passion for this field gives her the ability to administer high quality dental care. Her kind and caring personality will make your dental visit a very pleasant experience.

In her spare time, Guaci loves to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys travelling particularly going back to see her family in Spain.

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Jolene Dobbs

Dental Nurse/Patient Co-ordinator

GDC: 271190

Jolene has worked in both Private & NHS Dental clinics across Belfast including a Dental Laboratory.

Having gained her Dental nursing qualification in 2017 at the Belfast Metropolitan College, she is keen to get more courses under her belt in the near future. With over 20 years experience working alongside the public, Jolene strives to bring the best continuity of care to patients.

In her spare time she likes to keep fit with running and the gym. She also loves spending quality time with family, friends and her pets.

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Clair Mclean

Dental Works Processor & Lab Coordinator

Clair has over 20 years’ experience as a Dental Ceramist. Following her role as Manager in her father’s laboratory, Clair went on to manage her own lab. She has a special interest in aesthetic cases and enjoys consulting personally with patients to discuss their expectations.

Clair is an accredited Counsellor and in her spare time, works in the voluntary sector to provide counselling to the community, which she has done for over 10 years.

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Sarah Adams

Practice Manager & Patient Coordinator

GDC: 207537

Sarah has worked in the dental industry for a number years, working in NHS as well as private clinics.

Sarah enjoys helping patients through their dental treatment journey and enjoys her role at New Life Teeth.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog 'Boris’. She is also a keen netball player and plays for the Seven Towers Netball Team.

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Kylie Wilson

Patient Coordinator

GDC: 265907

Kylie graduated from UUJ in Politics & Criminology. She has a young daughter called Naoise and a background in sales and hospitality with a keen interest in dentistry. Kylie loves working with people.

In her spare time, she enjoys the gym, travelling, and weekends away with friends.

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Yasmin Lutton

Finance Manager

Yasmin is our finance manager and has worked in management in the financial and education sectors.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Conor Gregory

Dental Technician

GDC: 247772

Conor recently qualified from the School of Dentistry in Dental Technology.

He enjoys working in the field of prosthetics and orthodontic technology.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing for his G.A.C team and keeping active.

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David Caulfield

Dental Technician

GDC: 147713

David is a GDC registered technician specialising in removable partial dentures. He has 13 years experience of working in a dental laboratory.

Outside of the lab he enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 young children and mini schnauzer “Alfie.” They love to spend their weekends exploring the country with their touring caravan.

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