Meet the team

At Durham City Smiles 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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Graeme Dentith

Graeme Dentith

Principal Dentist
GDC No. 60157

Although we’ve tried to keep the tone of this website light and casual, please be assured, when it comes to what we do with our patients, we take it very seriously indeed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Let’s face it, nobody likes coming to the dentist, so we try to make it as easy and friendly as possible. In fact, it has been said that the most disturbing thing about visiting us is my shirts!

As a team, we’ve worked together for many years, and we feel we bring a blend of expertise to the task in hand that is second to none. Our reputation is precious to us and so we are very keen to work closely with patients to see that their aims and desires are met. We consult our patients at every turn, so that they are fully involved in the decision making process.

As with so many things, the essence of good dentistry is communication at every level, and this is even more so in the field of Cosmetic Dentistry. We now have two very friendly faces running our reception, so patients are guaranteed a warm welcome.

Graeme qualified at Newcastle University Dental School in 1985 and started work at Bridge House Dental Surgery, Durham, July 1985. Graeme became partner in 1988 and completed a 12 month course in Advance Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle July 1997. Other achievements include:
Taught Restorative Dentistry to 4th and final year students, September 1997 to June 2006
Left Bridge House to set up Metcalfe House Dental Surgery, February 1998
Completed one year course in Implant and Restorative Dentistry at prestigious Harley St Centre for Implant and Restorative Dentistry, under internationally renowned Dr Ashok Sethi
Attended AstraTech International Implant Congress, New York City, April 2006
Completed one year course in Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry under Dr Dominic Hassall in Peterborough
Member of BACD, ADI, AACD, Denplan Excel accredited, and BUPA registered
Married – Lynne, kids – Jamie and Rebecca, and dogs – Moby and Archie
Hobbies – sailing, golf, walking in the Lakes, more sailing, cooking (including on boats), socialising with friends, eating out and sailing
Opened Durham City Smiles at the Crossgate Centre in August 2010

Stuart Cox

Stuart Cox

Associate Dentist
GDC No. 51555

Dr Stuart Cox qualified in 1977 from UCH London with BDS and subsequently passed the Licentiate in Dental Surgery (LDS).

I enjoy working in a happy and professional practice and look forward to coming to work. Reception and nursing support is second to none.

Having commenced working in 1978, I worked in my own general practice for 21 years.

I’ve also worked in a locum capacity in Saudi Arabia, and in restorative and periodontal dentistry at Newcastle Dental Hospital for 12 years.

My interests are skiing, wine, cars, travel and people!

Kevin Caruana

Kevin Caruana

Associate Dentist
GDC No. 84175

I am one of the lucky Dentists to have qualified from the University of Malta in 2003.  The first three years of my dental degree allowed me to merge with a Doctor of Medicine degree which allows me to have an in depth knowledge of medical conditions patients may present with when they attend for dental treatment.

I came to the UK in 2005 after being enticed by my lecturers and British expats in Malta. I initially worked as an NHS Dentist for a year and a half which gave me a great insight at the start of my career.  I have since been involved in full private dentistry since 2006. 

Dedicating my time to private dentistry allows me to spend quality time with the patient and as I progressed further, I found my time was spent helping patients with more complex treatment cases.  I then decided to invest to further my education to provide advanced dental care. In 2010 I achieved my Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons and in 2011 I was awarded a Distinction for a Master of Science in Clinical Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds.

It wasn’t long after this that I started to recognised there were more and more patients who wanted to consider dental implants as part of their complex restorative treatments.  I had already had considerable exposure to dental implants having worked with an experienced and highly respected Implantologist in Stockton On Tees.  Again I was keen to advance in Implantology and placed even further investment into my personal development and I trained in the placement of dental implants. I was then awarded a Diploma in Dental Implants by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; a degree which is well known by dentists to be hard to achieve. But a Diploma by itself isn’t really enough. I was lucky enough to have lots of input and guidance and I gained so much from my very experienced mentor himself who had around 28 years of experience under his belt!

So here I am, after spending so much time and investment I am in a perfect position to treat complex cases.  I am passionate to do things right for each individual patient. I am honoured when patients can put their trust in me to help them make decisions to allow them to achieve the smile they have dreamt of.  For some patients the treatment I can provide can be life changing which makes everything so worthwhile. At the end of the day, if the patient is happy, I am happy, and I like being happy!

Away from the practice I am very much a family man. I am married to a gorgeous  British lady called Theresa and we are blessed with two gorgeous sons Rafael and Luca. I enjoy playing the guitar and like to tinker with anything that I can get my hands and brains into.

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Stuart Ray

Associate Dentist
GDC No. 76034

Stuart graduated from The University of Leeds in 1999.  He began his career with the NHS gaining 10 years of experience in this field.  During this time Stuart was a Foundation Trainer for 3 years training newly graduated dentists. Stuart progressed to work in a private and cosmetic practice to ensure he could provide the highest quality patient centred treatment. Stuart was a Clinical Director for Centre for Dentistry and while in this role, he became a clinical demonstrator on the Mini Smile Makeover course- an internationally recognised course in cosmetic dentistry.

Stuart lectures to the Foundation Training groups on dental photography. Stuart’s special interests are minimal invasive cosmetic dentistry, as well as providing high quality family dentistry.

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Melanie Dixon

Dental Hygienist
GDC No. 6695

Melanie Dixon is a qualified hygienist from Newcastle Dental Hospital and currently works Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I’m a real ‘book worm’ regularly seen with my Kindle!

Sarah Gill

Sarah Gill

Dental Hygienist
GDC No. 108740

I qualified from Newcastle University in 2012 in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. I like to go to see live music and festivals, and enjoy trips to the cinema and theatre.

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

Patient Care Advisor 
GDC No. 141706

Lisa joined the team as a Dental Nurse in December 2018. With over 20 years of dental experience, Lisa is passionate to deliver the very best patient care and recently has taken on the role of Patient Care Advisor.

Originally from the North West in Preston, Lisa re-located to the North East 2 years ago.

Away from the practice Lisa enjoys cooking, holidays in the sun and spending time with her husband Neil and 3 children.

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Vicky Copeland

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 133871

Charlea Braid

Trainee Dental Nurse

Charlea joined the team in June 2018 as a trainee dental nurse and hopes to qualify soon.

Sam Johnson

Trainee Dental Nurse

Sam joined the team in June 2018 after deciding to make the move to the world of dentistry, wanting a new challenge and a different approach to helping people after working on emergency ambulances for 2 years.

Sam has fitted into the role seamlessly and is enjoying her training.

When not at work Sam loves spending time with her husband, family and friends.

"I’m a bit of a ‘foody’ so I enjoy going out for meals. I like to relax by reading, mainly psychological thrillers.”

Gill Gimby

Gill Gimby

Receptionist

Gill Gimby, Receptionist and longtime patient of ours, offers a very sympathetic ear to patients as she’s been on the receiving end!

In my life BC (before children) I graduated with a BSc in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics in 1979 and then worked as an Analyst Programmer in Edinburgh and Durban.

I have been married to my long-suffering husband, Gordon, for over 30 years, and we have 4 wonderful children (An HR manager, an writer/performer, a newly qualified dentist and a recently qualified chiropractor) and a little west highland terrier!

I enjoy music, theatre, keep fit classes and family get-togethers.

Graeme has been our dentist since we moved to Durham over 20 years ago. Durham City Smiles is a great place to work, with a calm and friendly atmosphere. Since starting work here in August 2010 I have been lucky enough to get to know many interesting people; an aspect of the job which I really enjoy. We go out together as a team to celebrate birthdays and special occasions, and sometimes have a BBQ in the courtyard at work, weather permitting!

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