Team

circle

Meet our wonderful team – highly experienced and dedicated to putting our patients first

We’re so proud of our team at St.James Dental. We are all highly qualified and keep up to date with the latest training and dental developments, striving to give all our patients the best experience possible. Our aim is to create a friendly, approachable environment, helping every patient feel at ease.

Get in touch

Dentists

Gordon Carey Dentist
79269

Gordon Carey

Dentist
79269

Dr Gordon Carey has been practising private dentistry at St.James Dental since 2004 and brings that experience to providing high-quality care in all aspects of dental treatment.

Working closely with his colleagues if necessary, Gordon is able to guide patients through their dental care pathway in a well-informed, pain-free and kind manner. From complex treatment programmes to more simple procedures, Gordon has the experience to help patients choose what is right for them.

Gordon came to dentistry after completing a degree in Biology and has always enjoyed the academic aspect of medical science. This helped him win the Dentsply National Student Clinician Award in his final year of dental school.

Gordon has been a vocational trainer at St.James Dental and continues to keep up-to-date with his postgraduate studies. He completed the Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice from the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in 2011 and his postgraduate studies have led to a keen interest in sleep medicine. Gordon is now a registered Somnowell Practitioner, enabling him to provide his patients with the market-leading intraoral device that reduces sleep apnoea and snoring. His success with Somnowell has led to him achieving Platinum status in 2014.

Gordon lives in Dursley with his wife Lindsay and their five children. The whole family is very involved in their local cricket club. Gordon is often seen in the summer months fretting about the weather!

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology (University of Bristol) BSc Hons 1989
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (University of Bristol) BDS 2001
  • Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) 2011
  • Registered Somnowell Practitioner 2013

Memberships

  • Gloucestershire Independent Dentists
  • British Dental Association
  • British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Somnowell

Appointment availability

Monday
08.30 – 19.00
Tuesday
09.00 – 17.30
Wednesday
Appointment by request
Thursday
08.30 – 17.30
Friday
08.30 – 17.00
Saturday
08.30 – 12.30 (1:4)

Patient Testimonials

“From the first night, I was able to wear it without any problems.”

“Has resulted in persistently better night’s sleep for me and my partner.”

Christopher Marston Dentist
178523

Christopher Marston

Dentist
178523

Dr Christopher Marston joined us in 2016 from a private practice in Buckinghamshire.

Originally from Nottingham, Chris completed his undergraduate training in Leeds and graduated in the class of 2009 alongside Ollie. After completing vocational training in Yorkshire, Chris spent time working in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He then moved to London in 2012 with his wife, who is a GP, to work in General Dental Practice.

Chris enjoys advancing his skills and is currently halfway through completing his masters degree in Advanced Restorative Dentistry at the highly regarded Eastman Dental Institute.

Chris is a seventh generation Dentist – his dentistry ancestors go back to a Barber Dentist in the mid 1800s! Chris’ mum is a Dental Hygienist and having been brought up in family dentistry, Chris now enjoys seeing families and treating adults and children with the same dedication to care and attention. Chris creates a relaxed atmosphere for his patients and takes pride in involving his patients in their treatment from start to finish.

Chris lives locally in Cheltenham with his wife, two sons and daughter. He enjoys being active, particularly with running and swimming.

Chris enjoys watching rugby at both international and club level. He regularly follows Leicester Tigers and is looking forward to watching them play Gloucester at the Kingsholm stadium. He won’t go as far to say that his allegiance will change anytime soon though!

Qualifications

  • B.C.h.D 2009 (Leeds)
  • MSc (Hons) Restorative Dental – Eastman 2021
  • PGCert Orthodontics- Cardiff 2021

Appointment availability

Monday
Appointment by request
Tuesday
8.30 – 19.00
Wednesday
8.30 – 19.00
Thursday
8.30 – 17.00
Friday
8.30 – 17.00
Saturday
8.30 – 13.00 (1:4)
Alana Mathewson Dentist
210728

Alana Mathewson

Dentist
210728

Dr Alana Mathewson completed her Foundation Training year in General Dental practice in Caldicot after qualifying from Cardiff Dental School in 2011

She continued in Foundation Training, splitting the year to work in both a community post caring for children and vulnerable adults and a hospital post in Oral Surgery.

Enjoying the hospital setting, Alana undertook further advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, taking up a post as a Senior House Officer in Morriston Hospital in Swansea, a position she held for 3 and half years. In February 2017, she decided to pursue her main interest in dentistry, taking up her final hospital post as a locum specialty doctor in Orthodontics, again in Morriston Hospital.

Following a year-long break to start a family with her husband, Alana returned to St. James in October 2019 to provide orthodontic treatment and children’s general dentistry. Alana is currently completing her Master’s degree in Orthodontics at the University of Warwick.

In her spare time Alana enjoys time outdoors with her family, exploring all the Welsh coastline has to offer on their doorstep in Mumbles, Swansea.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, (Honours) Wales 2011
  • Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties, London (MJDF RCS Eng 2013)

Memberships

  • Member of Royal College of Surgeons London

Appointment availability

Monday
Appointment by request
Tuesday
9.00 – 19.00
Wednesday
Appointment by request
Thursday
Appointment by request
Friday
Appointment by request
Saturday
Appointment by request
Alix Mathewson Practice Director
211107

Alix Mathewson

Practice Director
211107

Dr Alix Mathewson is an excellent communicator and provides a relaxed and caring approach to contemporary dentistry.

Since qualifying from Leeds in 2011, Alix has worked in practices in York and Gloucester before moving to St.James Dental.

Alix now particularly enjoys treating young adults and children. Her natural calming manner helps patients of all ages through their time at St. James Dental. Alix’s gentle approach allows anxious patients and children to overcome their fears of dentistry and complete their treatment with confidence.

Alix also has a passion for facial aesthetics and in combination with her dental training offers a unique approach to botox, facial fillers, thread lifting and dermaroller skin rejuvenation. Alix has undergone extensive training with Dr Bob Khanna, one of Europe’s leading experts, to develop the most contemporary and reliable techniques to manage all of your cosmetic concerns such as resolving acne scarring, preventing the development of future wrinkles or turning back the clock with facial fillers and threadlifting.

Alix lives locally with her husband, two sons Arthur and Edward and wirehaired Vizslas Penny and Winnie. Alix is a keen Crossfit athlete and skier.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Leeds (BChD 2011)
  • Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties, London (MJDF RCS Eng 2013)

Memberships

  • Member of Gloucestershire Independent Dentists
  • Member of Royal College of Surgeons London

Appointment availability

Monday
14.00 – 17.00
Tuesday
Appointment by request
Wednesday
14:00 – 17:00
Thursday
14:00 – 17:00
Friday
Appointment by request
Saturday
Appointment by request
Chavdar Nikolov Dentist
197116

Chavdar Nikolov

Dentist
197116

Dr Chavdar Nikolov qualified from the Medical University of Sofia in Bulgaria in 2007, and practiced in the capital for 4 years.

He then moved to the UK in 2011 where he continued his career at a private practice in Warwickshire.

He is passionate about dentistry and providing exceptional patient care. Chavdar has continued with his professional development by undertaking numerous postgraduate courses in the areas of Aesthetic Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics and has a certificate in Evidence Based Implant and Restorative Dentistry from the British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry.

Chavdar lives in Gloucester with his wife Maya, who is a pharmacist, and his young son Georgi. They all love to spend time outside in the parks, walking and riding their bikes as a family. Chavdar is a talented pianist and loves all kinds of sport. He likes to play football with his son and plays badminton weekly with his wife.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine Dentistry at Medical University of Sofia 2007
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Restorative Dentistry from the Tipton Training Institute

Memberships

  • Member of the British Dental Association
  • Member of the Association of Dental Implantology

Appointment availability

Monday
Appointment by request
Tuesday
09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday
09.00 – 19.00
Thursday
09:00 – 17:00
Friday
09:00 – 17:00
Jaymin Patel Dentist
265552

Jaymin Patel

Dentist
265552

Dr Jaymin Patel was brought up in London and completed his undergraduate training at Kings College London in 2016.

He then went on to complete his dental foundation training in Caerphilly, where he gained invaluable experience in NHS dentistry. Having completed his training in Wales, he moved to Bristol to join a private practice in Somerset.

Jaymin has been recognised for his gentle style of dentistry and centres his care on being as minimally invasive as possible. It is of importance to him that his patients feel comfortable and well informed about the treatment options available to them, and he does this in an empathetic and kind-natured manner. Jaymin has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign (tooth alignment), whitening and cosmetic fillings, allowing his patients to achieve the smile they have always wanted.

Outside of work, Jaymin enjoys a range of sports, including golf, cricket and football. In an attempt to look after his hands, he finds himself playing more golf at the moment. Jaymin also enjoys the art of cooking and is constantly trying new recipes from the many cookbooks he is working through.

Simi Robbins Dentist
73470

Simi Robbins

Dentist
73470

Dr Simi Robbins was brought up in Kent and London before studying at The Royal London Hospital School of Dentistry in 1992.

After five years of study, Simi graduated with distinction in Restorative Dentistry and was nominated for the London University Gold Medal.

Since qualifying, Simi has worked in NHS and Private practice in London and then for HM Government overseas. Simi joined St.James Dental in 2002 and soon gained a reputation for gentle, quality dentistry.

Simi currently provides intravenous (IV) sedation for anxious and phobic patients. She is passionate about making your dental experience as pleasant and as pain-free as possible. Dental Sedation enables even the most nervous of patients to accept their dental treatment in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Simi is married with 2 daughters. They have a couple of tortoises and 4 chickens. Simi is a proficient skier and keen gardener.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (The Royal Hospital School of Dentistry 1992)

Memberships

  • Gloucestershire Independent Dentists
  • SAAD Society for the advancement of anaesthesia in dentistry.

Appointment availability

Monday
Appointment by request
Tuesday
09.00 – 19.00
Wednesday
08.30 – 15.00
Thursday
08.30 – 17.00
Friday
08.30 – 15.00
Saturday
09.00 – 16.00 (1:4)

Patient Testimonials

“The whole process was great with Simi at St.James, from my first consultation through to my actual treatment. Simi was very kind and patient; she talked me through each stage to ensure I was relaxed and happy to go ahead with the treatment.”

“Simi gave me the confidence to book and come back for my second treatment. I would go as far as saying I was almost looking forward to it as it was such a relief to know I was in such good hands”

Ollie Stew Principal Dentist
178428

Ollie Stew

Principal Dentist
178428

Dr Ollie Stew qualified from Leeds University in 2009. Ollie has been dedicated to continual study, striving to excel in the field of dentistry.

Since qualifying from Leeds University in 2009, he has dedicated the last decade to continual study, striving to excel in the field of dentistry. He attained Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties in 2011, obtained his Master’s degree with Distinction in Restorative Dentistry and his Diploma degree with Merit in Endodontics from the highly regarded and world-renowned University College of London Eastman Dental Institute. Ollie has now embarked on another Master’s degree in Implantology at the University of Bristol and hopes to bring all these disciplines together in a unique approach to patient care. By striving for excellence, he hopes to achieve greatness, both for you and your smile. Dentistry is his passion, and you deserve the best.

Ollie aspires to bring the highest quality dentistry to all patients at St.James Dental. His postgraduate training offers the most dependable solutions to a wide range of dental disciplines including advanced tooth wear solutions, composite bonding, cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, implants, preventative care, dentures, crowns, veneers and bridgework.

Ollie’s understanding of complex cases allows him to manage even the most broken down and deteriorated mouths using predictable and reliable methods. Ollie uses a patient-centred approach to guide you through your treatment in a friendly and approachable manner, helping to educate you throughout your time at St. James Dental, Quedgeley and achieve the results you are looking for.

Ollie brings a meticulous attention to detail to all aspects of dentistry, allowing him to provide the very finest restorative and cosmetic care. He takes great pride in the dentistry he delivers and this continues to fuel his appetite for further study. Ollie is now a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and working towards accreditation.

Ollie is fully certified to provide Mini Smile Makeovers, a same day smile transformation using composite resin to create stunning results. He can improve the appearance of worn or chipped teeth, restore black triangles, reshape peg laterals or reduce diastemas with zero or minimal tooth preparation, using a more cost-effective approach than traditional porcelain restorations.

Ollie works in partnership with the other dentists and members of staff at St.James Dental to ensure you receive the utmost attention and care during your visit.

Ollie lives locally with his wife, their 2 young boys, Arthur and Edward, and two very active wirehaired Vizslas, Penny and Winnie. Ollie has always been passionate about health and fitness and, when his work diary permits, tries to keep in shape with an early morning workout before work.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Leeds – BChD 2009
  • Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties, London – MJDF RCS (Eng) 2011
  • Masters Degree with Distinction in Restorative Dentistry, Eastman Dental Institute London – MSc (Restorative) 2016
  • Diploma Degree with Merit in Endodontics, Eastman Dental Institute London – PGDip (Endodontics) 2019
  • Cardiff University Bond Solon (Civil Expert Witness Accreditation)

Memberships

  • Member of Royal College of Surgeons London
  • Full Member of British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of British Endodontic Society
  • Member of the International Team for Implantology

Appointment availability

Monday
09.00 – 19.00
Tuesday
09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday
09.00 – 17.00
Thursday
09.00 – 19.00
Friday
Appointment by request
Saturday
09.00 – 16.00 (1:4)
Naomi Taylor Dentist
209514

Naomi Taylor

Dentist
209514

Dr Naomi Taylor qualified from the University of Bristol in 2011.

She worked as a dentist in the RAF for 8 years, treating military personnel and their families both in the UK and overseas before moving to St James Dental in 2019.

She was awarded Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons England in 2013 and was awarded a Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies at the University of Bristol in 2021.

Naomi has a relaxed and professional manner and is passionate about delivering high-quality dentistry for the whole family. With her caring and sympathetic nature, Naomi provides a friendly, stress-free environment for all of her patients. Naomi enjoys all aspects of general dentistry; she focuses on a preventative approach and is a strong advocate of minimally invasive techniques.

Naomi lives locally with her husband and young daughters. Outside the practice she enjoys the outdoors and keeping fit. She is a keen skier and is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery University of Bristol 2011
  • Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties, London – MJDF RCS (Eng) 2013
  • Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies University of Bristol 2021

Memberships

  • College of General Dentistry

Appointment availability

Monday
09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday
Appointment by request
Wednesday
Appointment by request
Thursday
09.00 – 19.00
Friday
09.00 – 17.00
Saturday
08.30 – 13.00 (1:4)
Helen Willis Dentist
63295

Helen Willis

Dentist
63295

Dr Helen Willis was born and brought up in Derby and qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1988.

She then worked in a Dental Practice in Stroud before moving to St.James Dental in 1990. Her part-time study at the University of Bristol over four years resulted in the award of a Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies in 1996.

Over the past 25 years in Quedgeley, Helen has built up a reputation for providing quality, gentle dental care for the whole family in a calm and friendly manner. She enjoys providing this continuity of care and has now treated several generations of many local families. Helen has a particular interest in preventative and minimally invasive dentistry.

Helen lives in Gloucester with her husband and has two grown-up children. She enjoys walking their two dogs in the countryside and can often be found in the Shed at Kingsholm supporting Gloucester Rugby Club.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery 1988 – University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies 1996 – University of Bristol

Memberships

  • Gloucester Independent Dentists

Appointment availability

Monday
09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday
09.00 – 19.00
Wednesday
Appointment by request
Thursday
14.00 – 19.00
Friday
09.00 – 17.00
Saturday
09.00 – 13.00 (1:4)

Patient Testimonial

“Thank you Helen once again for a very pleasant visit – like seeing old friends. Always a pleasure.”

“Please, can Helen be given a big thank you for her excellent work and care during my visits – Many thanks”

Hygienists

Karen Leighton Hygienist
6211

Karen Leighton

Hygienist
6211

Karen Leighton was born and brought up in Gloucester and left school at 17 to start her career in dentistry, by joining a dental practice in Cheltenham as a dental nurse.

She gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing during her time there.

Karen is passionate about her work and has a wealth of experience after many years working as a dental hygienist. Karen particularly enjoys the challenge of patients with advanced gum disease, dry mouth syndrome and sensitive teeth.

Qualifications

  • National Dental Nursing Certificate (1986)
  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2003)

Memberships

  • Gloucestershire Independent hygienists

Appointment availability

Monday
08.30 – 18.45
Tuesday
12.50 – 18.50
Wednesday
08.20 – 18.00
Thursday
08.30 – 18.50
Friday
Appointment by request
Saturday
08.50 – 15.50 (1:4)
Isobella Price Hygienist
269219

Isobella Price

Hygienist
269219

Isobella Price was born and raised in Gloucester.

Her career in dentistry began as a dental nurse, completing her National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2017. Following this, she decided to further her studies in London and trained as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist at Eastman Dental Hospital. She graduated with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2019 and Dental Therapy in 2020.

Isobella is passionate about educating her patients on the links between gum disease and their general health and well-being.

Outside of work, Isobella can be found catching up with friends and family and enjoys travelling when she can!

Ewa Skabek Hygienist
191460

Ewa Skabek

Hygienist
191460

Ewa Skabek was born in Poland and studied Dental Hygiene at the Anna Rydlowna Medical College in Jelenia Gora before qualifying in 2000.

After several years working as a dental hygienist in Poland, Ewa decided to travel. As her dental qualifications are recognised worldwide, she came to England in 2006 and joined St.James Dental initially as a Dental and Hygienist Nurse. Having completed her English Hygiene courses at The Bristol Dental Hospital and The King’s College in London, Ewa was successful in getting her qualifications fully accredited in the UK and re-established her clinical care career in June 2010. Ewa, who is married with one young son, joined St.James Dental as a Dental Hygienist in August 2012.

Her hobbies include travel, sport, foreign languages and music (playing an electric guitar). She also enjoys acting as our translator for Polish patients who attend St.James Dental.

Ewa will help you achieve a healthy mouth by giving the best possible hygiene treatment and advice in a relaxed, cheerful but above all caring environment.

Qualifications

  • ESOL – English Language – Gloucestershire College Gloscol
  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene
  • Higienistka Dentystyczna

Memberships

  • Gloucestershire Independent Dentists – Hygienists
  • British Dental Hygienists Association

Appointment availability

Monday
08.40 – 17.30
Tuesday
08.40 – 12.30
Wednesday
08.30 – 13.10
Thursday
08.40 – 19.00
Friday
09.10 – 13.10
Saturday
09.00 – 13.00 (1:4)

Patient Support

Andrea Pollard Practice Manager
33658

Andrea Pollard

Practice Manager
33658

Andrea Pollard was born and brought up in Gloucester and attended Severn Vale Secondary School.

She started her dental nursing career in 1991 and joined St.James Dental in 1993, where she went on to gain her National Certificate from the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses on 20 May 1995.

Andrea furthered her career in 2007 with a certificate in dental implant nursing and again in 2013, gaining her British Dental Association qualification in dental radiography.

Andrea was promoted to Practice Manager in January 2017. With over 25 years of nursing and managerial experience, Andrea fully understands the attention to detail that each patient has come to expect, deserve and that we as a practice aspire to. Andrea strives to deliver the very highest standards and care to patients, staff and suppliers of St.James Dental. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Qualifications

  • RDN
Robbie Curnock Reception Manager

Robbie Curnock

Reception Manager

Robbie Curnock was born on Canvey Island, Essex. She moved to Gloucester at a young age and was educated at The Winifred Cullis School for girls in Barnwood.

Robbie trained as a Pharmacy Technician at GK Chemist and remained in that environment for 10 years.

After a short career break to raise her family, Robbie then took a position as a part-time supervisor at Debenhams whilst continuing to study Information and Business Technology in the evenings at Gloucester College.

Robbie joined St.James in 2001 as a Patient Advisor and was promoted to Reception Manager in January 2013. Robbie is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.

Jaime Smyth Patient Co-ordinator
132614

Jaime Smyth

Patient Co-ordinator
132614

Jaime Smyth is the patient coordinator, think of Jaime as your ambassador from your very first enquiry to the very end of your treatment.

She is available to you at any time throughout your care, whether you are interested in prospective treatment on a private basis or wish to talk about our various care plans.

Jaime is caring, approachable and bubbly, and with over 15 years dental nursing experience she can talk you through any aspect of your treatment or treatment plan. With a breadth of knowledge from working with multiple dentists over the years, and undergoing cosmetic orthodontics herself with Nicki Steel, Jaime has the time to help you understand what you want or need to know.

Appointment availability

Monday
08.45 – 17.15
Tuesday
09.00 – 17.15
Wednesday
09.00 – 17.30
Thursday
appointments available on request
Friday
09.00 – 17.15
Saturday
appointments available on request
Kylie Impey Oral Health Educator
216337

Kylie Impey

Oral Health Educator
216337

Kylie Impey has been a qualified Dental Nurse for 8 years, joining St.James Dental in 2012.

During her time at St.James Dental, Kylie has gained valuable knowledge in different aspects of dental nursing, including dental implants, and completed the Oral Health Educators (OHE) training in April 2016, receiving the highest grade. Kylie uses her calm and professional manner to advise and encourage patients on improving their oral health.

Kylie is available to visit schools, clubs or social groups giving interesting and informative Oral Health Education talks. Please contact our Patient Coordinator to arrange.

Qualifications

  • NEBDN (2011) National Examining Board for Dental Nurses
  • Strauman Implant Training
Rachel Quinlan Oral Health Educator
243393

Rachel Quinlan

Oral Health Educator
243393

Rachel Quinlan joined St.James Dental in 2010 and qualified as a Registered Dental Nurse in 2012.

Rachel went on to complete her Radiography Qualification in 2014 and her Oral Health Educators (OHE) training in 2015. During her time at St.James, Rachel has worked alongside all of our dentists and our Orthodontist Nicola Steel, gaining proficient knowledge within all aspects of Orthodontics and general Dentistry.

Rachel studied Education at the University of Gloucestershire whilst working at St.James, where her passion for education can be used within a healthcare environment. Rachel prides herself on making oral health education a fun and enjoyable experience for children. Her advanced knowledge and understanding from within an educational setting, along with the time spent with children during her studies, has provided Rachel with the experience and skills to offer a unique approach to oral health education.

Qualifications

  • NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing
  • BDA certificate in Dental Radiography

Book an appointment with our friendly team

What our patients say

See all reviews

Send an email

  • Keep me informed of offers and useful practice information YES

    *By clicking ‘submit’ you are consenting to us replying, and storing your details. (see our privacy policy).

facebook icon instragram icon location icon St James', Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4WD email icon Reception@stjamesdental.com phone icon 01452 727 667