Meet the team

At Laburnum Dental Care 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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Phil Forman

Dentist
BDS DPDS MSc (Clinical Periodontology)
GDC No. 51578

Phil qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital in London in 1977 and moved up to Manchester to open Laburnum dental practice in 1980.

Over the last 30 years, Phil has held various teaching posts based at the Manchester Dental Hospital and has been heavily involved in the training and development of newly qualified dentists during their vocational training year, both at Laburnum and other graduate training centres.

In 2003 Phil was awarded a further post graduate qualification following 3 years study in advanced general dentistry (DPDS). He was awarded post graduate certificates in restorative dentistry (cosmetic dentistry, crown and bridgework) and periodontology (advanced gum treatment).

Phil decided to further develop his skills in clinical periodontology and earlier last year (2017) Phil was awarded a Master of Science (MSc) in periodontology. Phil now works 4 days a week in his own practice at Laburnum but travels to two other private practices in Cheshire and Stafford on a Thursday, where he treats patients on referral from other dentists for advanced gum disease.

In his free time Phil loves spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys keeping fit so you might see him jogging through Handforth or Wilmslow at the weekends. Watch out though seeing Phil in a pair of shorts can be a shock. (Those of a nervous disposition should look away)

The thing Phil loves most about dentistry is the way one can both combine academic and practical clinical skills. The introduction of new technology and advances in the science of dentistry, always introduce new challenges and the need to develop new techniques, which he enjoys passing on to his ever growing band of patients.

Most importantly Phil believes that delivering the latest developments in dentistry to his patients allows them to receive the best care that dentistry can offer.

Dr Ian Charlesworth

Dentist
BDS (Manc) 1996
GDC No. 72113

Since graduating from Manchester University in 1996, Dr Ian Charlesworth takes pride in the high standards of practice to which he is committed, with patient care afforded the highest priority.

Continuing attendance at post-graduate courses and seminars ensures awareness of advancements in treatment techniques; at the same time stimulating thought on potential advancements and developments in specialist fields.

Over the years Dr Charlesworth has developed a particular and consummate interest in the speciality of endodontics: – the technique of root canal therapy.

Skills in this sub-speciality of dentistry have been honed by study and experience, driven by an absorbing interest, now recognised by fellow dental surgeons who submit referrals for this highly specialised treatment.

The atmosphere in his surgery is one of calm competence, generated by the application of care, coupled with a relaxed approach in explaining to the patient the remedial work or treatment required in terms which are readily understood.

Dr Charlesworth currently teaches post-graduate endodontics at the Manchester Dental Hospital, he is honorary secretary of a local endodontic study circle (NORWESC) and a committee member at the Local Dental Committee (LDC).

David Evans

Hygienist
CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1985
GDC No. 3092

I qualified as a dental hygienist in 1985 serving with the Royal Army Dental Corps.

Whilst serving I was a dental hygienist tutor for five years, supporting and mentoring trainee and newly qualified hygienist. I keep myself up to date by attending regular training courses and reading dental journals, and I have a special interest in periodontology.

I recently completed an academic BSc (hons)degree in Dental Studies with UCLAN.

I am passionate about my work ,and feel there is nothing more rewarding than being able to motivate my patients in making significant improvements to their oral health.

My hobbies include being a regular church participant and park running. I am also a supporter of Manchester United Football Club. Most of my spare time is spent with my extended family where I have fifteen grandchildren.

Helen Clay

Dentist
BDS (Manc) 1987
GDC No. 62576

Mrs Clay qualified in Manchester in 1987.

Initially she worked in Lancashire but moved to Cheshire in 1993. In addition to treating dental patients Helen has over 17 years of experience in specialist orthodontic practices where she has gained a wealth of experience treating patients requiring treatment with braces.

Throughout her career she has been a regular attended at post graduate courses aimed at keeping up to date with advancements in dentistry and orthodontics and has enjoyed training staff members.

Since joining Laburnum Helen has been enjoying meeting our patients to discuss their concerns about their "crooked" smiles and discussing short term orthodontic solutions which can be combined with restorative dentistry if necessary to create straighter smiles in as little as six months.

Outside work Helen enjoys walking her dogs and regular trips to Scotland and Italy.

Holly Lasch

Senior Dental Nurse
GDC No. 125392

Having left Wilmslow High school in 1997 after completing her GCSE's Holly has enjoyed working ever since. Having previously worked in the I.T. industry, Holly fancied the challenge of a complete change of career.

In 2006 she became a trainee dental nurse at Laburnum. After 18 months of hard work she passed her dental nursing exams in May 2007. An expert in putting nervous patients at ease and building confidence through positive experiences about how modern dentistry can improve their oral health and facial appearance. Holly has since gained further qualifications in oral health education, dental decontamination, customer service and management.

Out of work Holly loves spending time with her young family.

Niki Quinn

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 253443

After leaving school in 2006 I went on to complete my NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy whilst working part time . I decided I needed a new challenge and eventually joined Laburnum. It has been the best decision I made. It's the friendliest and rewarding practice I have worked at. I have been supported by the practice in my personal development and completed my NVQ level 3 in dental nursing and Level 3 certificate in Dental Decontamination.

In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my two dogs and spending time with my friends and family.

Suzy Creswell

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 129648

Suzy joined the practice in 2010 and has become a valued member of the team and is an extremely competent friendly nurse. She has a vast amount of experience within the dental field and is always very keen to put the patients at ease with her friendly and calming approach to customer care. In her spare time she spends time with her children and her two dogs.

Becky Leech

Dental Nurse & Patient Coordinator
GDC No. 122410

Becky is a qualified and registered dental nurse with 13 years’ experience. She has achieved an NVQ level 3 in oral healthcare in 2007 and continues to further her skills and knowledge in the dental field.

She has an interest in orthodontics and has undergone training to be able to  advice and support patients within the practice.

In her spare time Becky enjoys  spending time with her young family and taking regular trips to Wales.

Jill Rank

Business and Practice Manager
GDC No. 105037

Jill has been at the practice for the last 25 years. She qualified as a dental nurse in 1993, since then she had gone on to achieve higher qualifications in Dental Practice Management and also completed the NVQ Assessors award (A2) which allows her to train the nurses within the practice. In recent years Jill has completed a Degree in Business and Accounting Management at Manchester University.

She is passionate about her role as practice manager and is dedicated to providing a friendly and informative service for all our patients. Jill is totally committed to maintaining high standards of dental care at the practice and constantly strives to improve the quality of the patients experience from the moment they enter the practice to the time they have finished their appointment.

During the day Jill wears many hats and it is unusual to see her in one place for any length of time. Some of her many responsibilities include monitoring Health and Safety, Staff Management and training, Project Management, Accounts and all financial aspects of the practice.

Outside of work, Jill is married with two grown up children. Jill spends her spare time volunteering for Cheshire Search and Rescue which she is passionate about and enjoys long weekends walking in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Cornwall with her husband and dog poppy.

Kara Shaw

Senior Receptionist and Dental Nurse
GDC No. 206981

Kara is a qualified and registered member of staff with a NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing and has worked at the practice since 2009.

After 9 years at the practice she has worked towards achieving further skills and knowledge including a level 3 in customer service, marketing and human resources.

Kara is a well-motivated member of staff who is always looking to further her career skills and undertake new opportunities in-house to give patients a friendly and informative service.

In her spare time Kara enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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