Meet the team

At Apollonia House Dental & Healthcare 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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Adrian Bennett

Adrian Bennett

Dentist
BDS (BRISTOL) 2000, MSC (ORTHODONTICS), MPHIL, MJDF RCS (ENG)
GDC NO. 77667

Adrian qualified from the University of Bristol in 2000 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery winning awards in Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Oral Medicine. He was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in 2004 from the University of Manchester for research into tooth coloured filling materials.

In 2010 he was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF RCS Eng)

In 2015 he has been awarded a Masters Degree (MSc) with Distinction, in Orthodontics from the University of Warwick.

He has a Special Interest in Orthodontics and is a member of the British Orthodontic Society and has worked almost exclusively with the Damon Braces system for over ten years. Adrian accepts referrals for children and adults and is able to treat complex cases e.g. Impacted canines, functional appliances and cases requiring additional restorative and/ or implants etc.

Adrian is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and supervises MSc students.

Adrian is also Director of the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Faculty of General Dental Practice’s NW-division.

Andy Lane

Andrew Lane

Dentist
BDS (Bristol) 1978, MPhil (Manchester) 2001, DGDP (UK) 1993
GDC No. 52428

Andrew qualified from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1978, followed by the Diploma in General Dental Practice, Royal College of Surgeons, UK in 1993 and a Master of Philosophy in 1999 for research into dental materials at the University of Manchester.

He won the SmithKline Beecham Dental Practice Innovation award in 1995 and the Manchester Postgraduate Dental Society Award for research in 1999. Andrew is the Head of Stockport Dental Seminars.

He was a founder of the British Society of Occlusal Studies in 1986 and as secretary for 10 years, organised almost 30 postgraduate training courses. Other positions held include Dental Vocational Training Advisor in General Dental Practice, UK Chairman of the American Equilibration Society, Chairman of Dental Relief for Romania Appeal, leader writer for Dentistry Monthly magazine and editor of Biological Dentistry newsletter.

Andrew Legg

Andrew Legg

Dentist
BDS, MFDS, RCD Ed PGDip Imp Pros
GDC No. 79203

Andrew began his postgraduate training in Oral Surgery & Implant Dentistry in 2004 and has since undertaken countless hours of training including an 18 month Clinical Certificate in Implantology at the University of Sheffield and Advanced Surgical Training at the Royal College of Surgeons. Andrew has experience with several of the major implant systems including Straumann and Nobel Biocare.

Andrew has previously worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in Oral Surgery at the University of Manchester. He has been a lecturer for Nobel Biocare and was the clinical lead for the Tipton Training implant courses. He is now in partnership with Colin Campbell and together they run the Campbell Academy: An implant teaching company dedicated to raising the standards in implant treatment in the UK. Andrew also accepts referrals for Oral Surgery.

Sunil Panchmatia

Sunil K. Panchmatia

Dentist
BDS (Manc), MFGDP (UK), DPDS (Bristol), Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng), FFGDP (UK)
GDC No. 55867

Dr. Sunil. K. Panchmatia has extensive experience in general dentistry, having owned a Practice in Denton Manchester for nearly 28 years, and has been involved in education and training of dentists and dental care professionals both in practice and various institutions.

He was a tutor for 8 years until 2010 for the MJDF qualification appointed by the NW Division of the FGDP, Royal College of Surgeons fro England. He currently leads the study group in the North West for dentists wishing to take the Fellowship of Faculty of General Dental Practice, Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He has an interest in all aspects of restorative dentistry.

Laura Rice

Laura Rice

BChD MFDS RCSEd
GDC No. 113980

Laura BChD MFDS RCSEd qualified from Leeds University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, gaining an award in Clinical Dentistry.

She has since been awarded a Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and recently received a Certificate in Practical Restorative Dentistry from the Tipton Dental Training Academy. Laura has attended a British Society of Occlusal Studies course and is an active member of the British Dental Association.

Laura is a caring and enthusiastic dentist who has a natural ability to treat more nervous patients and children.

She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Ioannis Spyropoulos

Ioannis Spyropoulos

GDC No. 204536

Ioannis qualified in Athens, Greece in 2010, he then moved over to Manchester as a General Dental Practitioner.

In 2015 he completed a MSc in Endodontics at Manchester Dental Hospital.

Since May 2017 Ioannis has been  teaching post-graduate students at the University of Manchester.

Donna Schembri

Donna Schembri

Hygienist
PGCert in Mentoring in Dentistry
GDC No. 4772

Donna Schembri is a Hygienist with over twenty years of experience, working clinically between two practices in Yorkshire and Lancashire

Trained as a professional Dental Mentor and one of only a few DCPs to hold the PGCert in Mentoring in Dentistry from the FGDP (RCS), Donna is trained to offer support and coaching to dental professionals at any stage in their careers,

Donna is a DCP board member for the FGDP Yorkshire division, an Editorial Advisory Board member for the DH&T journal and a judge for the DH&T (Dental Hygiene and Therapy) awards.  A Key Opinion Leader on professional care for various companies she lectures on hygiene and therapy related topics including implant care, clinical techniques, team working and personal development.

Gill

Gillian Mills

Hygienist
RDH
GDC No. 2819

Gill has been a hygienist for over 20 years now and has been a member of the Apollonia House team since April 2000. Gill resides in Huddersfield along with her husband Richard and daughters, Grace and Beatrice.

Gill’s interests include organising charity fund-raising events, she was blessed with a delightful singing voice and has been known to deliver an outstanding impersonation of Shirley Bassey at various functions.

Gill has a natural flare for writing poetry and often uses this skill to surprise other members of staff on special occasions with a personalised ditty or two.

Anne Marie Banks

Anne-Marie Banks

Hygienist
RDH, DHEFETC
GDC No. 2309

Anne-Marie has been a hygienist for 27 years and joined Apollonia House in 2004.

Married to Gary she lives in Springhead along with their daughter Jessica and son Joseph.

Family time is of great importance to Ann-Marie.

A regular fitness fanatic, Anne-Marie pays regular visits to the gym, swims and plays tennis.

Anne-Marie is an active and committed member of the North West B.S.D.H.T.

Kelly Chappell

Kelly Chappell

Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 1998
GDC No.159266

Kelly is one of most experienced nurses: She has worked in a wide variety of dental positions, including Manchester Dental Hospital.

She lives locally with her young son.

Claire Slicker

Dental Nurse
Qual- Cert in Dental SUrgery Assisting NEBDSA 1993
GDC No. 141780

Claire qualified as a Dental Nurse over 15 years ago, and started working at Apollonia House in Janury 2001.

She has a dog called Maddie and is always the life and soul of staff parties.

She lives locally with her husband and two children, Liam and Grace.

Ewa

Ewa Thompson

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008
GDC No. 181510

Ewa started nursing at the Practice in March 2007 as our second trainee nurse.

She was an exceptional student and is now fully qualified and a valued member of our nursing team

She enjoys cycling, walking and shopping and lives with her partner Charlie and their young daughter Florence who was born in 2008.

Gemma Broomhead

Gemma Broomhead

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008
GDC No. 163869

Gemma was Apollonia’s first trainee nurse and has been with us since 2006.

She passed with flying colours, also gaining 2 GCSEs!

She works part time since the birth of her son Taylor in 2007.

Chloe Turner

Chloe Turner

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2015
GDC No. 262172

Aiesha

Aiesha Karim

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC No. 256369

Hayley Collins

Hayley Collins

Trainee Dental Nurse

Helen Blanchard

Helen Blanchard

Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDBN 2002
GDC No.130466

Jess Knight

Jessica Knight

Treatment Co-Ordinator
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008
GDC No. 187286

Morgan Iball

Morgan Iball

Dental Nurse & Treatment Co-Ordinator
Diploma in Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2016
GDC No. 270712

Louise Irwin

Louise Irwin

Decontamination Nurse

Louise has been with us since 2008 and manages our Central-Sterilisation & Decontamination Room

She has recently passed her NVQ-Level 2 in Cross Infection Control

She is a vital member of our team helps with the smooth running of the practice.

Ben

Ben Stoneley

Decontamination Nurse

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett

Practice Manager

Natalie began her work at Apollonia House in June 2000, after reading Natural Sciences at The University of Bath and gaining a 2:1

She is married to Adrian, and they have two sons, Tom (4yrs) and Oliver (1yrs)

Natalie is also Andrew Lane’s daughter and has been working within a family-business environment since she was 15.

In her spare time, Natalie likes running and spending time with “the boys”.

Helen Dixon

Helen Dixon

Head Receptionist

Heidi Robertson

Heidi Robertson

Receptionist

Tiff Elgin

Tiffany Eglin

Receptionist

Vicky Broughton

Vicky Broughton

Facial Aesthetic Therapist

Vicky Griffiths

Vicky Griffiths

Remedial Massage Therapist
NAMM
11293

Vicky Griffiths is our resident Remedial Massage Therapist. Vicky trained at the acclaimed Northern Institute of Massage and is a member of NAMMT, the National Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists.

There can be many benefits of remedial massage as it affects many systems of the body. A healthy body is one which can move freely…freedom of movement requires good healthy muscles.

Many conditions including stress related disorders, lower back pain, neck and shoulder tension, sports and accidental injuries, plantar fascilitis and arthritis to name a few can benefit from massage therapy.

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