Meet The *Pain Free Dental Team
at Cherrybank Dental Spa
Every member of the Cherrybank Dental team is devoted to ensuring that their skills and knowledge remain at the forefront of dentistry, so we can deliver the best *pain free dentistry in Edinburgh.
Many first-time dentistry patients to Cherrybank are amazed and reassured by our approach. We often have patients tell us that they have a feeling their previous dentist experiences of quick visits for a ‘check-up’ are taking a ‘patch-up’ approach to their mouths, which may not be the best in the long-term.
Technology and preventive science have come a long way in dentistry.
* Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 76410
Chris qualified from Dundee Dental School in 1999. He joined The Cherrybank team in 2007. His goal is simply to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible whilst under his care.
His passion for cosmetic dentistry has led him to undertake countless professional development courses both in the UK and around the world, to keep up with the everchanging face of modern dentistry.
Some of these are as follows : * Master’s Certificate in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry from the Rosenthal Institute New York, *Six Months Smiles Certification, *Invisalign Certification, *Dental Implantology from Cambridge Academy of Implantology, *The AO4 Concept with the Malo Clinic Portugal.
He also has a special interest in Endodontics (root canal treatment) for which he uses the latest operating microscope and rotary instruments.
He is a member of :
- The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The British Endodontic Society
- The International Team for Implantology ITI
- The Association of Dental Implantology
* Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 207753
Ignacio (known as Nacho) studied dentistry in Valencia, Spain, where he completed his degree in 2009. He has been working in Scotland since 2011, having moved to Scotland after completing the 1 year course “Introduction to implant dentistry” with Biomet 3i, in Madrid (Spain).
After completing this course, Nacho knew he wanted to learn and get more training in implants and restorative dentistry, so he decided to start a 2-year Master’s degree in Implantology and Biomaterials at the University of Toulouse, France. He’s been working with implants ever since.
Nacho is very interested in aesthetics and implant dentistry and he has attended numerous courses across the years, such as Digital Smile Design in 2016, where he met Dr. Elaine Halley.
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Umair graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Dundee University in 2010 and shortly after moved to Edinburgh to begin his dental career.
After two years of further training in a busy general practice, as well as in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy he travelled to Australia to continue his professional development, returning to Edinburgh a year later.
Umair is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MFDS RCS Edi). He also has a postgraduate certificate in Sports Dentistry from the UCL Dental Institute Eastman (London) and will be the first cohort of students to commence the prestigious MSc Sports Dentistry programme at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London in September 2019.
Umair is affiliated with Edinburgh and Scotland Rugby, Cricket Scotland and Heart of Midlothian Football Club, providing a helping hand on match days and ensuring players remain dentally fit and addressing any dental concerns that the athletes have.
Umair’s main area of interest within dentistry is to provide minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry and is trained to provide popular cosmetic orthodontic systems from Invisalign, Quick Straight Teeth and Cfast.
Away from dentistry Umair is married and has recently had his first child in June 2019. A keen cricketer, he has represented Scotland gaining two caps. He continues to play and is captain of Forfarshire Cricket Club.“Discover What Umair Can Do To Enhance Your Smile”
*Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 67791
Dr. Elaine Halley is a highly trained and experienced general and cosmetic dentist who attracts patients from Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Dundee, and all over Scotland. In order to maintain her knowledge of the very latest in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and spa treatments, she is a member of:
- British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry – Accredited Member
- The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- British Dental Association
- Association of Dental Implantology (UK)
- British Dental Health Foundation
Dr. Elaine Halley has completed master’s level work in advanced cosmetic dentistry as taught at the Rosenthal Institute in New York – the first cosmetic dentist in Scotland to have done so. She is also an instructor of advanced cosmetic dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London.
Dr. Halley is also the only dentist in Scotland to achieve Accreditation to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Currently, there are only a handful of clinicians country-wide who have managed to attain this prestigious award, making Dr Halley’s achievement all the more exceptional.
Dr. Halley is in demand not only as a cosmetic dentist in Scotland, but also internationally as a lecturer, both to dentists and to business owners. She serves on the Editorial Board for the national dental journals Private Dentistry and Aesthetic Dentistry and she is a judge for the Private Dentistry annual awards.
*Pain Free Dentist. GDC No. 268460
Dr Vourakis special interest and main qualification is in Oral Implantology while he has wide experience in all forms of dentistry.
Nik has been a practicing dental surgeon since 2005 after graduating from the prestigious Military Academy Medical School at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece.For 2 years undertook training at Oral and Maxillofacial Department in 401 Military Hospital in Athens. As a military dental surgeon, he then went on to serve as a team leader in a field hospital in Afghanistan from 2006-2007 -an experience which shaped his commitment and dedication to his chosen field.
On returning to Greece, opened his own private dental practice which he ran with great success from 2007 -2016, specializing in oral surgery implants and aesthetic dentistry. Since early 2017Nik is practicing oral surgery in private clinics in Edinburgh and London.
Nik has regularly and dedicatedly attended further education programs, seminars, workshops and courses both nationally and internationally. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Oral Implantology from Ethnikon Kapodistriakon University of Athens and a Master of Science Degree(MSc) in Oral Implantology from Goethe University of Frankfurt Germany. These masterclass courses involved a variety of procedures ranging from master courses in bone grafting and sinus surgery grafting procedures through soft tissue management to Implantology, prosthetics and dental aesthetics.
Since 2018 he has started a mentoring program for general dentists in Oral Implantology and he is an opinion leader for DENTSPLY Sirona. He is a registered ITI member. In 2018 he was a finalist for Dentist of the Year The Dental Awards UK.
Meet Your *Pain Free Support Team
Lauren - Dental Hygiene Therapist
Hi I’m Lauren, one of your Pain Free Dental Therapists at Cherrybank Dental Spa. I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2008 with a degree in Oral Health Sciences.
I most enjoy working with nervous patients so that they no longer fear coming to their dental appointments.
When I’m not at work I enjoy cooking and spending time with my 2 sons who keep me nice and busy!
Kirsty - Dental Hygiene Therapist
Hello, I’m Kirsty and I’m one of the Dental Hygiene Therapists here at Cherrybank. I’ve been working here for 4 and a half years and previously worked as a dental nurse.
I am extremely passionate about working with our patients, nervous or not, to gain and maintain great oral hygiene. I love travelling and going on holidays.
When at home I am a big foodie and love cooking. I studied Dramatic arts when I was younger and enjoy going to see films and performances at the theatre.
Julia - Practice Manager
Hi, I’m Julia, I am the Practice Manager here at Cherrybank Dental Spa Edinburgh. I joined the Practice in June 2018, and I have loved every minute of working here.
I am very passionate about high levels of patient care, as are the whole team at Cherrybank, making for the perfect fit.
I love going on holiday and travelling, when I am not bathing on a sunny beach, I enjoy going out for some good food and even better wine, with my mum and friends.
Paulina - Dental Nurse
Paulina is one of our dental nurses at Cherrybank dental spa, In her spare time she likes socialising with friends and planning her next weekend break!
Paulina studied dental nursing at Glasgow mentoring centre and qualified with a SVQ Level 3 Dental nursing and PDA in 2017.
Paulina has recently joined Cherrybank dental spa as she has always been interested working along side cosmetic and surgical procedures.
Nic - Front of house Coordinator
I’m Nic and I work as a Front of house Co-Ordinator here at Cherrybank Edinburgh. I’ve been with the company since April 2018. Prior to starting my job here I worked as a receptionist within the beauty industry.
My passion is music and I love going to gigs. I love Oasis, Liam Gallagher and The Stone Roses amongst others!!! I also enjoy weekends away, sunny holidays, fine dining and socialising with my friends!!!
Rhona - front desk coordinators
My name is Rhona, I have been one of the front desk coordinators here at Cherrybank dental Spa for 3 years. As the first point of contact at the practice I really enjoy meeting the patients and seeing them go through their journey from being very unhappy or nervous to having confident smiles.
In my spare time I love walking my two dogs a westie and a collie. Playing golf and socialising with friends and family.
Tammy - Smile Advisor
Hi, I’m Tammy and I’m one of the smile advisors here at Cherrybank. I’ve worked here for almost 6 years and previously worked on our front desk. I love helping nervous patients to gain the confidence to overcome any nerves or anxiety. There’s nothing better than seeing the transformation from start to finish!
I studied English Literature after leaving school, so love reading in my spare time. I also enjoy cooking, going out for food and drinks with my boyfriend and catching up with friends.
I’m originally from Northern Ireland and try to get back as much as possible to visit my family there.
Marta – Dental Nurse
After qualifying as a dental technician and working in an orthodontic laboratory, I decided to take on a new challenge and become a dental nurse.
I very much enjoy all aspects of the job, from meeting new patients to assisting the dentists. I am particularly interested in assisting with implant treatments and smile designs.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my friends, go to the gym, salsa classes and travelling.
Amy – Dental Nurse
Amy is one of our Dental Nurses here at Cherrybank Dental Spa, Edinburgh. Amy qualified in 2017 with a NEBDN certificate from Edinburgh College.
Amy likes nursing alongside our Pain Free Dentists reassuring patients throughout their journey in a relaxing environment, particularly orthodontics and aesthetics.
In Amy’s spare time she enjoys keeping active and keeping up to date with latest make up and fashion trends.
Miriam - Trainee Dental Nurse
Hi, my name is Miriam and I have recently joined the Cherrybank Dental Team. I am an apprentice dental nurse and am eager to learn the course in order to help others.
In my spare time I love to shop for new fashion trends, and spend as much time with family as possible.
Cherry Bank Dental spa is a great way for me to meet new people and to learn about the dentistry course in the process.