Meet the team

At No. 65 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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Paul Baker Dentist

Paul Baker

Dentist

BDS

GDC No. 68603

Paul qualified as a dentist from Guy’s Hospital London in 1992, after which he lived for 3 years in Australia where he gained invaluable experience practicing dentistry for the Aboriginal Medical service, which was challenging but incredibly rewarding.

He has been the principle dentist at No.65 The Dental Surgery since 1998 and was delighted to welcome Mark Durnall as his partner at the practice in 2010. Throughout the course of his career, Paul has become highly experienced in all aspects of dentistry and continuously seeks to further his learning with advanced techniques and ongoing training with industry experts in both the UK and abroad.

He is passionate about providing an excellent standard of dental care, and has a strong belief that teeth should be kept for life. He believes that the patient-dentist relationship is extremely important and uses an intraoral camera and the latest digital X-rays to help patients understand their teeth and explain any necessary treatment.

Paul’s particular interests are in implant and cosmetic dentistry, which can radically transform a patient’s smile.

He has been placing implants since 2004 and finds this aspect of dentistry particularly rewarding because of the profound benefits implants can have on a patient’s self-confidence and quite simply their ability to enjoy food again! As a member of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI), he has gained a vast amount of experience and ensures his skills and knowledge are cutting-edge by regularly attending advanced training courses in the UK, as well as further afield in Europe, South Africa and America. Paul is also highly experienced in the more complex grafting procedures that are sometimes required to place implants successfully.

Paul is highly experienced with implant dentistry, and uses various systems such as Dentium, Ankylos and Bicon. He has a special interest in the advantages of the Bicon short implant system. These are ultra short implants that require a minimally-invasive technique which is beneficial to the patient. Paul’s knowledge of the different implant systems enables him to select the appropriate one to suit each particular patient’s needs.

In 2013 he completed the Dawson Academy Core Curriculum which is an advanced American treatment philosophy based on occlusion (the way teeth fit together). This deepened his understanding and practice of the principles and skills for complete care in dental occlusion, the treatment of temporomandibular joint disfuntion ( jaw-joint problems) and comprehensive aesthetic restorative dentistry.

Paul is currently studying for a European Diploma in Implantology which is a 3 year course taught by some of the World’s leading experts on dental implants and will ensure that Paul has the widest possible knowledge base.

Paul embraces developments in new technology and deploys cutting-edge equipment such as dental lasers and 3D scanners which he uses to deliver the highest standards of treatment for his patients.

Aside from dentistry, Paul is a keen surfer, boatman and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons.

Education & Qualifications

  • BDS (Guy’s London) 1992
  • Association of Dental Implantology Member
Mark Durnall Dentist

Mark Durnall

Dentist

BDS DPDS

GDC No. 77678

Mark moved to Cornwall with his wife Stella in January 2008, so that they could raise their young family in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. He cycled from lands end to john O’groats in 2009 for MNDA and has not been on a bike since, you are more likely to find him on a golf course or spending time with his family.

Mark has always said that Dentistry is his hobby, he loves his job! He is passionate about dentistry, and hopes that this shows in his work. He is continually pushing himself to advance his skills and keep up with the latest technologies, as you can read below.

Mark believes that trust is the cornerstone to building relationship with his clients and uses digital imagery, 3D CT scans and bespoke models to help build this trust quickly.

Mark graduated from Bristol University in 2000. In 2005 he became one of the first practitioners in the UK of Clearstep the invisible brace and continues to provide clear aligner braces. In 2006 he completed a three-year diploma in postgraduate dental studies, which had special interests in oral surgery, sedation and prosthetics.

2008 he became a full member of the BACD, the British Association of Cosmetic Dentists. This means Mark has to maintain the highest standard of cosmetic dentistry skills to maintain his membership. Also in 2008, he finished the General Implant Forum and Training (GIFT) implant course run by Warwick University.

In 2009 he began his studies into occlusion (the way we bite) with the Dawson clinic from the United States. Mark continued advancing his skills in occlusion at the European Dawson Clinic. He has attended advanced level occlusion courses enabling him to treat complex dental issues like tooth wear and TMJ dysfunction. He uses unique treatments for TMJD. He works closely with his wife Stella who is a spinal specialist physiotherapist in the treatment of complex facial pain.

In 2018 Mark finished his study’s in a European Diploma in Implant Dentistry. This is a practical assessment carried out over 3 years by multiple European Universities. The course was run by world renowned dentists giving the broadest base of knowledge possible.

He is also a member of ITI International Team for Implantology, which sets the protocols for Implant dentistry worldwide. Along with being a member of the EAO, European Association of Osseo-integration. This is a none biased association that looks at all research world wise to do with implants dentistry. Mark uses several implant systems and has done many advanced courses in Implantology. This has enabled him to provide complex procedures such as ‘Teeth in a day’, bone grafting; sinus lifts and gum grafting other clinics cannot offer. Mark places and restores around 250 implants per year, making him one of the most experienced implantologists in the country. He also lectures nationally on implantology, enabling other clinicians to provide implants to their patients.

In 2019 Mark has developed a technique that allows him to deliver teeth in a day normally a 7-8 hr procedure, in under 4hrs. By using digital technology, new implant components and multiple techniques he has learnt over the years. He is the only clinician to be offering this in the country. Highlighting the fact that Mark is continuously pushing himself so that his patients can benefit for receiving world class dental care.

Education & Qualifications

  • BDS (U.Bristol) 2000
  • General Implant Forum and Training (GIFT)
  • International Team for Implantology (ITI)
  • Full Member of the BACD, (British Association of Cosmetic Dentists)
  • Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies (DPDS)
Sarah Bennett Practice Manager

Sarah Bennett

Practice Manager

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 135441

Sarah joined No.65 The Dental Surgery straight from school in 1987, and qualified as a dental nurse in 1989. Sarah has gained a wealth of experience over nearly 30 years at the practice and is a familiar face to many of our patients.

She has qualifications in dental radiography, conscious sedation, impression taking, a Diploma in Practice Management and is currently studying a teaching qualification so she can pass on her wealth of knowledge to others.

Sarah started out at the surgery as a trainee dental nurse after leaving school and soon became an integral part of the surgery, working with several different members of the team over the years.

With more than 20 years experience in this role she developed a wide range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of dentistry and the running the practice, and in 2008 became our practice manager, and is always happy to help by answering any questions that you may have about any aspect of your dental treatment, as well as dealing with the day to day smooth running of the practice.

When Sarah isn’t working at the surgery she can either be found ringing the bells at her local church for their services and of course for the frequent summer weddings, or tending to her bees which she keeps locally and she has even won prizes for her honey.

Education & Qualifications

  • Qualification National Certificate NEBDSA 1989
  • Foundation in Dental Sedation 2009
  • Bristol University Certificate in Dental Radiography for Dental Nurses 2000
  • South West Dental Deanery Postgraduate Department Certificate of Competence in Impression Taking 2012
  • ILM Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Management 2013


Anne Walby

Anne Walby

Dental Hygienist

GDC No. 1724

Anne trained at Cardiff School of Dental Hygiene. She worked first in Bristol before moving here to Cornwall. She has worked here at No.65 for over 26 years.

Anne has had a fair few years of experience behind her working 2 days a week at No.65 and also 2 days at another practice locally.

Anne is well known to most of the patients at No.65 and enjoys seeing returning patients and helping them with maintaining their gum health, Anne is also trained in laser technology which is used to treat advanced gum disease, and the results have been very encouraging from the patients who have had this relatively new treatment.

At home Anne is married, has 4 step children and 7 step granddaughters and also 5 dogs, in her spare time when she has some she and her husband enjoy walking their dogs and going cycling, and she also helps with the administration of her husband business.

Education & Qualifications

  • CEB Certificate in Dental Hygiene 1978
Rona Lebbern

Rona Lebburn

Dental Hygienist

GDC No. 4519

Having qualified as a Dental Hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1993, Rona have been actively involved in the Dental industry ever since. Continually updating and refreshing her skills and knowledge to always offer the highest standards of care. A lot of her time recently is taken up caring and helping an elderly relative. Any free time Rona has, she love’s long walks with her labrador.

Education & Qualifications

  • CEB Diploma Dental Hygiene 1993
Hannah Holmes Dental Therapist

Hannah Holmes

Dental Therapist / Hygienist

GDC No. 246826

Hannah qualified from Teeside University as a dental hygienist/therapist in 2013. Since qualifying she has gained experience in a number of different dental settings across Devon and Cornwall including NHS, private and community dental care.

Hannah has a passion and honest enthusiasm for all aspects of dentistry and is committed to providing a calm and stress-free experience to help you achieve optimum oral health. Hannah joined the team at No.65 in 2014 and thoroughly enjoys working with such an inspirational team of dentist’s and nurses.

Before qualifying as a dental therapist/hygienist Hannah worked as a professional dancer onboard P&O’s luxurious cruise ships where she toured the world, and London’s prestigious West End. In her spare time she teaches musical theatre and tap to children and adults of all ages.

Education & Qualifications

  • BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Teesside University 2013
Kate Chapman

Kate Champman

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 141369

Kate began working at No.65 in 2005 as a trainee dental nurse. Kate completed her training to become a dental nurse and fully qualified in 2007. Since then Kate has added to her skills and has gained qualifications in both dental radiography and dental impression taking.

Kate’s confidence has grown alongside the experience she has amounted over the 11 years that she has worked at No.65. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry from assisting in routine examinations to complex surgical procedures; Kate particularly enjoys working on cosmetic cases as she loves helping to give patients their smiles back.

Kate is married and has 2 young children, and enjoys spending her free time with her family, exploring the beautiful outdoors that North Cornwall has to offer.

Education & Qualifications

  • Qualification National Certificate NEBDN 2007
  • Foundation In Dental Sedation 2009
  • National Certificate NEBDN in Dental X-ray 2009
  • South West Dental Deanery Postgraduate Department Certificate of Competence in Impression Taking 2014
Rebecca Holland Dental Nurse

Rebecca Holland

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 131778

Becky joined No.65 in 2000 and qualified as a dental nurse 3 years later in 2003. Since then Becky has extended her skills and is also now qualified in taking dental impressions and has recently completed a course in dental sedation.

Becky enjoys all aspects of her work, but especially enjoys the process of full mouth reconstruction, as she feels there is nothing better than seeing a patient leaving the surgery with a full and happy smile! Becky prides herself of being a key member of the dental team and she always has a cheerful manner.

In Becky’s spare time she and her husband enjoy walking, cycling and watching their sons play football.

Education & Qualifications

  • Qualification National Certificate NEBDN 2003
  • South West Dental Deanery Postgraduate Department Certificate of Competence in Impression Taking 2012
Claire Simpson Dental Nurse

Claire Simpson

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 207218

Claire joined the dental team at No.65 back in 2008 and qualified as a dental nurse in 2009, since then Claire has continued with her training and is now trained to assist with complex procedures.

Claire has also achieved her certificate in Phlebotomy, Sedation training and is currently working towards her dental impression taking qualification. Claire’s favourite area of her job is nursing for implant placements and full mouth rehabilitations, she loves seeing the end result and the patient satisfaction.

When Claire is not at the practice she is busy looking after her 2 girls and likes to find the odd few hours for some retail therapy.

Education & Qualifications

  • Qualification National Certificate NEBDN 2010
  • Level 3 Phlebotomy Skills 2015
Julie Smith Dental Nurse

Julie Smith

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 143238

Julie has been working as a dental nurse and receptionist since leaving school and has over 35 years experience and still loves the job.

Julie is particularly good at re-assuring anxious patients having helped to set up a specialist clinic where she assisted with minor oral surgery procedures under general anaesthetic and sedation. Julie enjoys working in a family practice with returning patients rather than referred patients as she likes to get to know them better.

After a short period working as a locum Julie joined No.65 in June 2015 and has been impressed by the standard of care provided by the dentists, and easily fitted in as a member of the team.

Julie is married with 2 sons who live nearby. In her spare time she loves to walk her dogs on the beautiful beaches of Cornwall, but she also enjoys photography and calligraphy.

Education & Qualifications

  • Verified Competency in Dental Nursing

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