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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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.

Stuart Ray

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.

Tim North

Tim North

Associate Dentist
GDC No. 85945

Tim qualified from Newcastle University in 2005 and has spent time in both NHS and private practice. He has completed a certificate in advanced restorative dentistry and has a post-graduate diploma in endodontics. He is also trained in cosmetic orthodontics, facial aesthetics, and has enjoyed being a foundation trainer for the new dental graduates for nine years, after achieving a distinction certificate in teaching in professional practice. Tim is also a member of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry especially making anxious patients feel comfortable and strives to ensure all his patients are happy with the high level of care and attention they receive.

Melanie Dixon

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.

Vicky Copeland

Vicky Copeland

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 133871

Vicky joined the DCS team in April 2018, after a number of years in orthodontics.

She has been a dental nurse for over 20 years and has gained various extra qualifications in Oral Health Promotion, Fluoride Varnish Application, and Radiology.

Away from work, she loves the great outdoors and walking for miles with her two dogs.

Bethany Barrass

Bethany Barrass

Trainee Dental Nurse

Bethany joined the team in November 2020 and is working towards her qualification in dental nursing. In her spare time, she likes socialising with friends and travelling.

Gillian 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!

Victoria Maddison

Victoria Maddison

Receptionist
GDC no. 125205

Vicky qualified as a dental nurse in 1998 and has gained additional qualifications along the way, including impression taking and Oral Health Promotion.

She joined the team at DCS in 2019 where she currently works on reception. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Rachel Beckwith

Rachel Beckwirth

Practice Manager

Rachel joined the team in October 2019. After working as a dental nurse for 8 years, she moved into management in 2015.

Outside of the practice, Rachel loves to spend time with her family.

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