Meet the Team – 2

Edward M Ross BDS (Edin)

GDC no: 64265

Practice Partner/Owner at practice since 1992

Mr Ross qualified in 1989 at the now sadly departed Edinburgh Dental School. He was fortunate to be accepted as a Vocational Trainee when this was a voluntary scheme and feels he owes much of his interests and techniques to his then trainer and now practice partner Iain Stewart.

Outside (and inside of work) he loves to fix things and is never happier than when he has a drill in hand. Dentistry clearly is the profession for him! In his spare time Mr Ross also likes to travel, particularly anywhere that there are hills or water to keep him active.

Iain M Stewart BDS (Edin)

GDC no: 51979

Practice Partner/Owner at practice since 1999

Mr Stewart qualified in 1978 from Edinburgh Dental School, he has a keen interest in Temporomandibular (lower jaw) Joint Dysfunction and a large portion of his patients see him for this reason.

Mr Stewart is based in Skye so spends a fair bit of his time travelling to get to us, in his spare time he enjoys a well-deserved break! Sadly, for both us and his patients, Mr Stewart is planning to retire by Summer 2020, to spend time with his growing family as a doting Grandfather.

Julie A Smith BDS (Edin), MSc

GDC no: 64266

Associate dentist at practice since 2003

Julie qualified from Edinburgh Dental School in 1989, an elite year at Edinburgh clearly as her classmate was Mr Ross! Julie was inspired to study Dentistry by a female Army Dentist who made the career seem interesting and good fun. She didn’t make the Army but did make Dentistry! She has post graduate diplomas in Oral Medicine, Medical and Dental Hypnosis and Forensic Medicine. Julie spends her spare time looking after her boys and enjoys outdoor pursuits when time allows!

Sinead M Murray BDS (Cork)

GDC no: 156037

Associate dentist at practice since 2010

Sinead qualified with Honours from University College Cork in 2008. From a young age she had a burning desire to study Dentistry, coming from a Medical family she decided to rule this out early on! Two of Sinead’s siblings have now followed suit in to Dentistry, so she must be a good example. Sinead has a particular interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and has completed a Facial Aesthetic course in Anti-wrinkle injections. She is a mum to three active young boys, two of which are twins so her spare time is spent enjoying family life. She says she comes to work for a rest!

Shiona R Rees BDS (Glas), FDS RCPS (Glas), DDS (Glas)

GDC no: 66516

Associate dentist at practice since 2017

Shiona qualified from Glasgow Dental Hospital in 1991. At school she enjoyed doing miniature ceramic sculpture and found medicine interesting so she chose Dentistry as a career that might best combine both of these. She has a particular interest in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine and has a fellowship of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons (Glasg) and a doctorate in Oral Medicine.

In her spare time Shiona loves to garden, any green finger tips are much appreciated, and help out at her Church where her husband is the Minister.

Andrew Mulford BDS (Dundee), MFGDP, MGDSRCS (1), MA

GDC no: 59041

Karen Stainton

GDC no: 3539

Dental Hygienist at practice since Feb 2019

Karen qualified as a dental hygienist at Edinburgh Dental School in 1988. She chose Dental Hygiene because she wanted to do a hands-on job and work with people. She joined the team in February 2019 and is enjoying being part of our well-established team. In her spare time Karen likes to travel going on City Breaks and spending time with her friends and family.

Matthew Layton

GDC no: 281007

Dental Hygienist at practice since Feb 2019

Matthew qualified from Leeds University in 2018 after a career change from his first degree in Linguistics. After a friend showed him around a dental clinic, he realised this was the profession for him. He joined our team in February 2019 after recently moving to Edinburgh. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, reading and gaming.

Allison Whitlie

GDC no: 120922

Practice Manager

Allison started working at the practice back in 1992 when it was originally situated at 110 Whitehouse Loan before it moved in 1993 to 101 Whitehouse Loan and continued working at the practice until 1999 after she started a family. After a career break to raise her two boys she went back into the dental profession as a Practice Manager near to where she lived and then returned to Links Dental Practice in 2012 firstly as a dental nurse/receptionist and since 2017 she has been the Practice Manager. Allison qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1994, going onto achieve her Dental Radiography Qualification in 2015 and her Management Qualification in 2017. In her spare time Allison enjoys being an active member of her local church, travelling, running, baking and doing cross stitch embroidery. Her favourite TV programme is Grey’s Anatomy.

Claire Porter

GDC no: 157868

Clinical Support Manager

Claire’s mum is a Dental Hygienist so she helped at the practice when they were short staffed, that was 2006 and she has worked in the Dental profession since. Claire joined Links Dental Practice in 2017 coming with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2008 going onto achieve her Dental Radiography Qualification in 2010, then her Dental Administration qualification in 2015 and her Management Qualification in 2017 where she met Allison who invited her to join the team at Links. In her spare time Claire likes to spend time with friends and family. She also like to travel and would live to visit Hawaii but has yet to get there! She also likes to watch a good boxset on Netflix and enjoy a bit of binge watching!