01305 263 492 The Gardens Dental Practice, 18 Cornwall Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RU

The Team

Dr Matthew Higginson BSc (Hons), BDS, PGDip, PGCert Implantology

Principal Dentist (GDC no. 150205)

I qualified as a dentist in Newcastle with merit in both clinical and academic dentistry.

I constantly strive to maintain the highest professional, technical and artistic standards, keeping at the forefront of modern techniques.
I have particular interests in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry and endodontics (root canal treatment) for which I recently received a prestigious national award.

I have developed an excellent reputation for my gentle, calm, and understanding approach to patient care and it is my aim to ensure that every patient receives the personalised care and attention needed to make each visit to our practice an enjoyable experience.

I’m very much a family man and at weekends can be found either on the beach or exploring the countryside with my wife and three young children, Madeleine, Isabella and Hugo. I also love racing my sailing dinghy around Poole Harbour

Dr Will Gough BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)

Associate Dentist (GDC no. 103469)

Will graduated from Cardiff Dental School in 2006 and began his career with the Royal Army Dental Corps, achieving the rank of Major. He served all over the world and gained a wealth of experience; not only through the provision of general dental care to soldiers and their families but also providing care when deployed on operations in many challenging environments.

Will returned home and settled into general practice where he is thriving. He has successfully gained Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties; a postgraduate qualification that proves the attainment of a high level of the skills and knowledge needed by a general dentist. Will loves to learn and attends lots of courses to ensure he is always at the forefront of modern dentistry.

Not only is Will an excellent all-around dentist, he is also a very kind, friendly and gentle person who can put even the most anxious patient at ease. Will loves the variety of general dental practice and particularly enjoys providing a personal level of care and building a close professional relationship with his patients over time. Continuity of care is really important.

Outside of work Will is a keen rugby player; he has even had the honour of playing in the Army 1st XV. He also enjoys mountaineering, tennis and photography. He lives locally with his wife Laura who is a GP.

Dr Philip McCauley BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS ED. FICOI

Dentist with Special Interest in Oral Surgery and Implants (GDC no. 76491)

Philip graduated from Queen’s University Belfast Dental School in 1999.
After a year in general practice, Philip moved to the Oral Surgery Department at Poole Hospital and progressed to a senior level before moving into specialist private practice.

Philip is now one of the most eminent and well-respected Oral Surgeons on the South Coast of England. As a valued member of our team he offers his skill and experience to provide an outstanding level of care to patients at The Gardens Dental Practice.

Whilst Philip enjoys and thrives at all aspects of oral surgery including complex extractions and soft tissue surgery, dental implants are a particular passion of Philip’s. Having successfully placed and restored around 4000 implants since 2002 Philip can certainly be regarded as an expert in implantology. Indeed, he has been awarded the coveted Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Philip carries out all aspects of implant dentistry including multiple implant cases, full mouth rehabilitation on implants, bone augmentation and bone grafting. He has a special interest in the field of immediate loading of dental implants for single, multiple, full arch and full mouth implant cases.

More recently Philip has been to Bologna, Italy, to learn the application of cutting-edge technology to help in the rehabilitation of immediately placed implants, using the Weld-One intra-oral resistance spot welding device. This is a very exciting new field in implant dentistry!

Cheryl Tanner RDT RDH Cert OHE

Therapist/Hygienist (GDC no. 6550)

Cheryl started out in Dentistry in 1992 as a Dental Nurse and went on to qualify as a Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist in 2004 from Cardiff University.

As a Dental Therapist Cheryl takes pride in helping patients through routine dental fillings and treatment to stabilise gum disease. She has also completed further training to provide cosmetic tooth whitening.

Elaine Allford

Hygienist (GDC no. 4078)

Qualifications: EB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1991

Elaine is a very experienced hygienist, having first qualified in 1991.
Elaine has since enjoyed a very varied and distinguished career which has encompassed work in both private practice and specialist clinics throughout Europe.

Elaine has undergone continued and extensive post-graduate training during her career which has equipped her with a unique and valuable set of knowledge and skills. This ensures a capability to help patients with even the most advanced level of need.

With a gentle touch, such a friendly, reassuring and sympathetic manner and a sensitive and caring approach to patient care, patients form a strong, trusting relationship with Elaine. This forms the basis for better treatment outcomes and so improved oral health, happy patients and a happy hygienist!

We consider ourselves very lucky to have Elaine on our team!

Sue Swingewood

Hygienist (GDC no. 1554)

Qualifications: CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1977

We are very lucky to have an excellent hygienist at the practice, Sue Swingewood. She qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Cardiff University Dental Hospital in 1977 and obtained the Certificate of Health Education in 1980. She has worked for a number of Health Authorities carrying out clinical duties and Dental Health Education in schools. She has worked in practice since 1982 and is very experienced in all aspects of gum care and maintenance and is able to offer excellent advice on good dental health and the prevention of oral disease.

Joanne Higginson

Practice Manager

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Environmental Health

Joanne qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in Leeds in 1994. On graduating she moved to the North East where she was called upon to deal with many weird and wonderful situations in her duties. Following a career break to have children Joanne is now enjoying her new role as practice manager.

Jackie Hoddinott

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 136510)

Jackie has been with the practice as a receptionist and nurse since 1979 and so is very familiar with all of our patients and their individual needs. She is often your first point of contact with the team either by telephone or in person and she always does all that she can to make your time with us a most pleasant and enjoyable experience. When not caring for patients Jackie enjoys playing golf, going to the gym and socialising with friends.

Lisa Jansz

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 117575)

Lisa began her career at a large NHS/private practice in Clapham, London where she worked for 14 years. She then moved on to work with a renowned general dentist and also an oral surgeon on Harley Street with whom she was involved in oral surgery and implant procedures. Lisa also worked at St.Thomas’ Hospital before moving to Dorset in 2001 and joining The Gardens Dental Practice in 2003.

Lisa really enjoys working as part of our friendly and highly professional team. She always strives to give excellent patient care and with her broad experience is always happy to answer questions on any dental matter.

Helen Loach

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 110023)

Helen began her career as a dental nurse 16 years ago in Nottingham. After a period working in Wiltshire, she’s now settled in Weymouth. She’s very much enjoying life by the coast where she loves walking her dog on the beach, cycling and running. Most recently she has taken up playing skittles.

Helen began work at The Gardens Dental Practice in February, 2016 and her kind, gentle and patient manner is already making her very popular with patients.

Shannon Kinnersley

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 273686)

Shannon is a local girl who joined our team in December 2017 after completing her professional qualification in Dental Nursing with top marks!

Shannon is a fast learner, she’s efficient and well organised and is already proving to be a valuable asset to the team. Her friendly, kind and caring nature is also making her very popular with our patients! Shannon says that what she enjoys most about her job is to see patients smile with confidence and happy with the treatment they have received.

When not at work, Shannon spends her free time taking exercise classes such as Zumba, she is learning ballroom dancing and is also interested in website development.

Teresa Reed

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 257462)

Teresa has been a dental nurse since the age of 19 and has since enjoyed a very varied, interesting and successful career. Teresa ran a successful Locum Dental Nurse business and worked at numerous prestigious dental practices both along the South Coast of England and also the East Coast of Australia before joining The Gardens Dental Practice team.

Teresa’s extensive experience in private practice makes her a great all-rounder and she is equally at home as part of the reception team or assisting in the surgery. Teresa works with great skill, enthusiasm and conscientiousness; but always with a big smile on her face!

Teresa loves walking her dogs in the beautiful West Dorset countryside, cooking and is also an avid gardener. However, Teresa’s greatest passion is treading the boards in local amateur theatre productions.


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