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Dr Ian James MA BChD MFGDP(UK)

(University of Leeds, UK, 1993) MFGDP(UK) (Royal College of Surgeons of England). GDC Registration Number 69610.

Ian ProfileIan qualified from the University of Leeds in 1993 and has a post graduate dental qualification. As such he is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeon’s Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK).  Ian and Suzy took over Whyman House Dental Practice in 2012 and since then have grown the practice through a reputation of caring dentistry in a professional, but relaxed environment. Ian and Suzy are proud that their Practice is family owned and run, as it maximises the opportunity to put patients care at the centre of everything they do.

Prior to Whyman House, Ian was a Dental Officer in the Royal Navy and ‘retired’ in 2012 as a Surgeon Commander.  He had an extremely varied career which included deployments to the Persian Gulf in HM Ships Manchester and Gloucester, 3 years at Taunton’s 40 Commando Royal Marines and was the Senior Dental Surgeon at both the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and lastly at the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton.  He also deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, the later of which was in 2010-11, where he was the Deputy Medical Commander for all Coalition Forces throughout Afghanistan.

Away from dentistry Ian is a keen, but very amateur cyclist and has cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charity. He is a member of both the Somerset RC Triathlon Club and Taunton and Pickeridge Gold Club and still occasionally wields a hockey stick.

Dr Suzy James BChD

(University of Leeds, UK, 1993).
GDC Registration Number 69629.

Suzy qualified from the University of Leeds in 1993 and then undertook vocational dental training at a family practice in Sandbach, Cheshire.

She moved to Taunton in 1997 and worked at North Petherton Dental Practice and Shepton Mallet for 7 years. She then moved to Yarde House Dental Practice in Taunton and practised there for 8 years.

Suzy has a family ethos to her dentistry and has many generations of families under her care.  In addition to general dentistry, Suzy has a special interest in making dentures, both partial and full. She is very experienced in this area.

Suzy enjoys cooking, gardening, pilates, learning to play golf (unsuccessfully) and travelling. Suzy and Ian have 2 children, Tom and Maddie.

Karen Bellis. Dental Hygienist and Therapist

Karen

GDC Registration Number 174143

Karen qualified from Bristol in 2009 as a dental therapist and dental hygienist.

Karen works both in practice, community and also teaches dental nurses an extended duty course on fluoride application.

She has produced a Mencap fact sheet for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PLMD) and their oral health.

Karen particularly enjoys treating dental phobic patients.

In her limited spare time she enjoys the gym, dog walking and spending time with her family.

Dr Sarah Gibbs BDS

Sarah-GibbsUniversity of Bristol, UK, 1990. GDC Registration Number 66128

We are delighted to announce that Sarah has joined our team at Whyman House and started seeing patients from March 2017.

She has primarily been working in our spacious downstairs surgery on Wednesdays and in our beautifully appointment upstairs surgery on Friday. This is convenient for elderly patients and those with disabilities. There is also a large ground-floor disabled toilet.

Sarah is experienced at treating people who would like to improve their dental health or the appearance of their teeth but are anxious about visiting the dentist. She favours treatment that preserves as much sound tooth as possible.

Sarah has benefited from regular attendance at Gloucester Independent Dentists Postgraduate meetings, which host some of the top international dental speakers.

She worked in Yarde House Dental Practice in Taunton  for the 17 years. Prior to that she worked in Dulverton, Exmoor.

Sarah lives in Taunton with her husband and daughter Ella. Her interests include sewing and walking in the countryside. She is a Parent Governor at the Taunton Academy.

Bev Hudson. Dental Nurse

GDC Registration Number 136778

Bev has been back at Whyman House since 2014, having worked for the previous owner between 2006-2011, she generally works with Ian and Karen and with Sarah on Wednesdays. Bev is very calming and hence is good with patients, especially nervous ones.

Emma Gunn. Dental Nurse

Emma GunnWe are very pleased to have been able to secure the services of Emma, another experienced and highly professional Dental Nurse. She will be predominantly working with Suzy and Sarah and will be on reception for Kate’s day off.

Lotte Yarde. Dental Nurse

lottieGDC registration number 224092

Lotte joined the practice in 2015. She qualified as a dental nurse in 2012 and has qualifications in dental radiography and fluoride application.

Lotte primarily nurses for Suzy 2 days a week and works on reception on a Friday afternoon.

Lotte works part-time as she has a young son. She enjoys socialising and spending time with her large extended family.

Kate Liscombe. Receptionist

Kate LiscombeKate is our very experienced and professional receptionist. Nothing will be too much trouble for her and she will deal with your enquires to the highest standard.  Kate has been at Whyman House Dental Practice since 2010 and knows all the patients personally.