You will find our dedicated York dental team friendly, flexible and approachable. We will listen to your needs.
Dr Zareen Ashraff qualified in 1996 at Leeds and enjoys all aspects of dentistry, including Endodontics (root canal treatments). Earlier this year, she attended a Postgraduate course in periodontology (gum disease) and in 2013 completed a Postgraduate Training Course in advanced endodontic techniques and appropriate use of specialist equipment and materials. Zareen makes the most of her leisure time, enjoying cycling, fitness training and tap dancing. She has taken part in several races to raise money for charities, such as The Great North Run for Asthma U.K., Castle Howard 10k for Cancer Research and Tapathons for Children in Need. She loves listening to music, especially guitar based rock, plays piano and drums and enjoys the cinema. Her love of music has rubbed off on her two girls so she is now loving the opportunity to try out the clarinet, saxophone and cello!
Dr Mark Bentley qualified from Leeds University in 1997 and since then has worked at several family dental practices in North and East Yorkshire. Mark is an experienced general dental practitioner who enjoys all aspects of dentistry especially prevention and he has a special interest and diploma in Endodontics (root canal fillings). Mark is a member of the British Dental Association, British Endodontic Society and the Faculty of General Dental Practioners. He is married to Zareen and they have two daughters. Outside of work he loves spending time with the family and enjoys cooking, bread making, cycling and swimming and he recently discovered he likes running too. Mark’s other passion is Yoga, in which he holds a teaching diploma.
Neil qualified in 2009 from Dundee University and completed his vocational training in Kirkcaldy. He remained there for four years, enjoying his dentistry and building an excellent rapport with his patients. He continues to enjoy all aspects of dentistry but in particular advanced crown and bridge restorations. Outwith work Neil is a keen sportsman playing both hockey and cricket to a high level.
Emma Wood is qualified both Dental Hygiene and Therapy. She obtained her diploma from The University of Leeds in 2004. Emma has been with us since May 2011 as a Hygienist, although she actually trained with us over 15 years ago as a Dental Nurse. Emma has extensive experience in treating all stages of gum disease and is very passionate about her job. She routinely attends training courses to further her skills and knowledge. Emma also enjoys seeing children, she knows prevention and education is key to maintaining good oral health into adult life.
Emma is also trained in Facial Aesthetics, this means she offers muscle relaxing injections, fillers and skin care. She carried out her initial training with Derma Medical, who are one of the largest aesthetic training companies in the country, but she also trained on the prestigious Harley Street and at Guy’s Hospital London.
Emma lives in the small market town of Beverley with her husband Andrew, step children George and Henry and her mischievous cat Tabitha. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and baking cakes for friends and family
Kate originally joined the practice in 1989 when she trained and worked as a dental nurse. She then left to study Dental hygiene at Sheffield dental school before returning some years later. Kate is married to dentist Tim whom she met during her first stint with us in 1993. She has 2 lovely girls Lorna and Maisie. Kate’s interests include cake decorating, wood working and any arts and crafts. She also enjoys walking the family’s cocker spaniel ‘Dodge’.
Emma joined our hygienist team at the beginning of 2018 and has a diploma in dental hygiene and therapy gained at sheffield in 2009. She is originally from the local area and is another of our team that previously trained here as a dental nurse back in 2005.
Emma has worked at several practices in yorkshire over the years. She enjoys all aspects of dental hygiene and therapy and keeps up-to-date regularly going on courses.
Emma enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter going on days out and holidays. She enjoys trying to keep fit, being a regular at clubbercise exercise sessions in york and also swimming and running, taking part in some 5k/10k runs for charity. She also likes attending music concerts and festivals and going to the cinema.
Alison joined the practice in 2000 as a trainee dental nurse having previously worked in childcare. She has undertaken clinical nursing and reception duties over the years until in 2011 when she became the practice Manager at Dunnington. As Alison’s husband was a member of the Armed forces, she was fortunate to have lived in Germany for a number of years and various locations in the UK. Alison has three grown up children and two black Labradors called Bella and Isla. In her spare time, when she’s not in Scotland visiting relatives, she likes to catch up with friends.
Helen joined us at the end of June, has settled in well and is a real asset to the team. She started her dental nursing career in Leeds and qualified in January 2020 with The National Diploma. She also has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion and Business Management.
Fortunately for us, she has now moved back to York to live and work. Helen has a keen interest and experience in implant dentistry.
She enjoys keeping active doing yoga, spin and step classes. She also enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.
Having previously worked in a children’s nursery, Laura joined the practice in 2007 to train as a dental nurse, subsequently gaining her national certificate in dental nursing in 2009, she has undertaken further training in orthodontics.
Her interests include the gym, films, spending time with her rabbit Casper and her cat Willow. She particularly enjoys attending live concerts.
She has completed her sub aqua qualification and enjoys discovering the under water world on her holidays when she can.
Portia joined the practice in 2010 as a trainee Dental Nurse. She gained her National Dental Nursing examination at Leeds Dental Institute in 2012. She has previously studied Health and Social Care, Art and Psychology at A level. Her main duties are Dental Nursing and Reception.
In addition, Portia is in charge of keeping our Facebook page up to date with interesting and relevant oral health information. She is a valuable, experienced and helpful member of our team who continues to take on new tasks with confidence and competence.
In her spare time Portia cooks healthy meals, keeps fit and likes to socialise with her friends. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her family.
Charlotte is originally from Dunnington and had been a patient of the practice for many years. She is our longest serving member of staff having joined the practice as a trainee dental nurse in 1994. She qualified with a National Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1997.
In 2006 she became the Strensall Practice Manager, working closely with the Partners in meeting the requirements set by the Care Quality Commission and the criteria needed to meet Denplan Excel accreditation.
Charlotte achieved a level 5 Diploma in management in 2011.
She loves spending her spare time with her young family, enjoying days out with her husband Chris, sons William and Cameron. They love holidays and short breaks within the UK with a great fondness of the Isle of Man.
Hayley joined the practice in 2005 to train with us and she is now the named cross infection control nurse at Dunnington. She is also qualified to carry out extra duties such as impression taking and fluoride application.
Since joining she has become the a very busy Mum of two beautiful girls and when she is not being the ‘taxi of mum’ she enjoys spending her time baking, walking with her dog Bertie and when the opportunity arises she and her husband enjoy socialising with friends over a nice meal.
Lucy is an experienced member of the Dental Team who has been with us since 2004. She did her nursing training and qualification with the practice.
Lucy now works part-time spending her free time with her three young children. A lovely puppy is the latest addition to the family.
Jennifer joined us in 2005 having previously been qualified and worked in childcare. She had taken some time out to travel Australia before returning to train and qualify as a dental nurse with us. Jennifer is from Dunnington originally and is another very longstanding patient of the practice who came to work with us. She is a valuable and experienced member of the team who can turn her hand to most tasks within the practice as required.
Jennifer likes to spend time with her children Jake, Theo and Poppy and loves to socialise and exercise.
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018
Lily is a dental nurse who joined the practice in April 2017. She previously worked as a care assistant for 2 years and loves to care for others. She is really enjoying her new career and is glad to be part of the team. In her spare time Lily enjoys listening to music and socialising with her friends.
We are pleased to welcome Caroline to our team. She is an experienced dental nurse who has been dental nursing ever since she can remember. She is married with two grown up children and an adorable toddler Grandson.
She lives in Beverley and can often be spotted walking her beloved cocker spaniel Connie on Beverley Westwood.
When not working or looking after her grandchild, Caroline loves to read, potter in the garden and bake celebration cakes for family and friends (and from time to time colleagues, we hope!).
Laura gained her NVQ Level 3 diploma in Dental Nursing, through an apprenticeship at another well-established dental practice in York. She has experience and a keen interest in Implants and Oral Surgery. Laura also has a BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design and likes to get creative in her spare time.
One of Laura’s passions is live music, often attending events in York and Leeds. She was lucky enough to attend Glastonbury Festival in 2014 and would love to go back.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and young son when she is not at work.
Sam graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with Merit and the prize for Dental Therapist of the year.
She has a wide range of experience in all aspects of dental hygiene and therapy and has worked at several well-established private practices over the years.
She has recently taken some time out to be with her baby daughter Connie. Sam enjoys spending time with and walking her dog, a Weimaraner called Bea. She also loves travelling and anything to do with Harry Potter.
Kirsty is one of our long standing dental nurses who joined the practice in 2006. She has a Qualification in orthodontic nursing, as well as being lead cross infection control nurse at Strensall.
Kirsty has keen interest and qualification in photography.
Kirsty likes to spend time with her two sons in her spare time, along with gardening and shopping.
David joined Pure Dental in November 2018 as a trainee dental nurse after finishing his MA in Theatre and Performance at York St John University.
He previously worked as a lighting technician for various small drama productions in York and as a waiter, where he learned the importance and value of excellent customer service.
David is very much enjoying his new career which is bringing out his caring nature. He is quick to pick up the skills required to be a good dental nurse and is already proving to be a valuable team member.
In his spare time, he enjoys visiting family and friends both in York and back home in Sunderland, as well as listening to music and cooking.
BDS University of Liverpool 2012
Jonathan joined the team in February 2019 and has taken over the majority of Mr Fisher’s patient list. He qualified in Liverpool in 2012 and has previously worked at The Smile rooms dental practice in Malton. He lives out in the countryside with his wife, who is a GP locally, his two small children and their two cats. In his spare time Jonathan likes to travel to exotic countries and is a keen cyclist. He also enjoys gardening, reading and is a big fan of spicy food, in particular Indian followed by the odd beer or cheeky gin to wash it down with.
FDS(Orth) Royal College of Surgeons Of England 2005
FDS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1998
BDS University of Manchester 1992
Mr Goh is an orthodontic consultant at York Hospital who works at the practice every other week. Following Mr Fisher’s retirement Mr Goh has taken over the care of our Orthodontic patients at the Dunnington Surgery. Mr Goh would describe himself as a “53 year old man who enjoys working out in all weather conditions. I love gardening and relishing the fruits of my labour. I enjoy walks – appreciating the views and fresh countryside smells. I am an energetic and experienced skier – taking in all the views and the challenges the mountain has to offer. To make up for the work out, I enjoy good food whenever the opportunity arises. I also love a good film – sometimes the artsy type, depending on my mood. My only problem is, there just isn’t enough time to do all that….”
We are pleased to welcome Ashleigh back over the summer period. She is hoping to start University in September 2020 to become a Dental Hygienist Therapist.
Lesley joined us earlier this year and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the practice. She has always kept her patients’ wellbeing at the heart of her professional life. In doing so, she continues to attend hygienist conferences and seminars so that she can combine the up to date knowledge with her experience.
She is married and has two grown up daughters. When not at work Lesley enjoys playing tennis, running, fitness and spending time with her dog. She also enjoys socialising with her friends and going out for meals.
Uma qualified as a dental hygienist/ dental therapist from Teesside University in 2020. She is very passionate about dentistry and always willing to progress further in the profession. She participates in continued professional development and training courses to keep abreast of new innovation and changes. She is always looking for opportunities to widen her knowledge and enhance her clinical skills in order to provide the best evidence-based oral care to the public.
She would love to help every single individual including children who are willing to boost their self-confidence with better oral health and an improved smile. She says “The most rewarding aspect of our profession would be helping people understand the importance of oral health with the provision of accurate and valid information”.
In her spare time, she loves to go out into nature to explore, hike and run. She also loves reading books and novels in her spare time.