Meet the Team

Kevin has built a highly skilled and experienced team to support and care for all our patients. You can be assured of a warm welcome by all of our team who are happy to assist with any questions you may have.

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Our Team in Daresbury

We are a dedicated team of dental professionals that provide excellence in all areas of dental care.

We take pride in our reputation for putting our patients needs first.

You will be treated in an unhurried, relaxed environment. We like to involve our patients closely in their treatment planning and place great emphasis on your personal circumstances.

Find out more about our team:


    Dr Kevin Dobbs

    Dr Kevin Dobbs

    Clinical Director

    BDS (VU MANc.), MFGDP (UK)

    GDC 59457

    Dr Kevin Dobbs graduated from the Turner Dental Hospital of Manchester in 1984.

    He became a member of the faculty of the Royal College of General Dental practitioners on 13th January 1994.

    Dr Dobbs has maintained a Practice in Cheshire since 1986 and has maintained a fully Private Dental Referral Practice in his current location in Daresbury Cheshire since 1999.

    He has been a member of the Association of Dental implantology from its inauguration, the American Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Royal College of General Dental Practitioners.

    The Dental Academy in Daresbury Cheshire accepts referrals from over two hundred Professional Colleagues across the North West of England for all the major Dental Specialities ranging from, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and advanced restorative dentistry to dental implantology. To enable the Academy to service the needs of the referring Professional Dr Dobbs has assembled a highly qualified and experienced team of Practitioners each with a particular interest in an aspect of dental care.

    Dr Dobbs main areas of interest are in Dental Implantology and restoration of the severely compromised dentition through the use of multidisciplinary team care. In addition, acting as Clinical Director of the Academy he works to ensure that the highest standards of clinical and personal care are maintained throughout the Academy.

    Dr Dobbs first became involved in the field of Dental Implantology when the concept of dental implants were first introduced into the UK in the late 1980’s. At that time he travelled extensively to the United States to see and work alongside some of the pioneers in implant dentistry. He has continued that educational aspect of his implant career and most years sees him travelling world wide to maintain his position as being amongst the vanguard of implant practitioners in the UK. Most recently he has just returned form an opinion leaders meeting held at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden where the concepts of modern dental implantology were first developed.

    As a well respected implant dentist he was recruited by Boots PLC to assist in the development of one of their dental implant services across their fifty dental practices. In addition he acted as a clinical mentor for Biomet who are one of the leading suppliers of dental implants worldwide. He is currently working with Biomet to provide a personal mentoring service to practitioners looking to improve their clinical implant dentistry.

    Dr Antony Mc Garr

    Dr Antony McGarr

    General Dentist

    BDS (Manc)

    GDC 72127

    I studied Dentistry at the University of Manchester, gaining my degree in 1996. Whilst studying in Manchester I became interested in aesthetic dentistry through the teaching of Professor Trevor Burke. This interest developed further after graduating, to become a career-long interest in aesthetic restorative dentistry; helping people to achieve great smiles is an amazing thing to do. I also provide family dental care in my role as a General Dentist.

    I held a teaching post at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester for a number of years, teaching Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I made the move into private practice in 2001, working with Boots in their new dental practices. Boots exited from dentistry in 2005 so I moved on to hold various private practice positions in the North West of England, until joining the Dental Academy Team in 2007.

    I have studied for further qualifications in restorative and aesthetic dentistry under the guidance of one of today's most influential dentists. This gave me a great opportunity to listen to, talk to and learn from some of the best restorative and aesthetic dentists in dentistry.

    The quality of your smile is a mirror of your confidence, so with a combination of tooth whitening, tooth coloured fillings and bonded porcelain restorations, such as crowns, inlays and veneers, we can craft new and confident smiles and really get you smiling again.

    Dr Ricahrd Tones

    Dr Richard Tones

    Special Interest in Restorative Dentistry

    BDS (Newcastle)

    GDC 81875

    Richard Tones has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Surgery gained at Newcastle University. He achieved a Distinction in Restorative Technique and won the Sopworth prize for Restorative Technique during his training. He has attended numerous prestigious courses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry in order to be able to offer patients cutting edge techniques based on sound evidence-based principals which have been underpinned by current thinking.

    Richard has been working with the Dental Academy since April 2013 and has a special interest in all aspects of restorative dentistry. He is currently completing an MSc in Implant Dentistry at the University of Warwick.

    Richard welcomes orthodontic referrals for ‘Invisalign’ and ‘Six Month Smiles’ which are new and revolutionary ways in which to speedily straighten teeth. These methods have become increasingly popular, as uneven and crooked teeth are a condition which individuals can be extremely conscious of. Invisalign does not use wires as is the case with conventional orthodontics and is the modern way to create the perfect smile if the condition being treated is appropriate for this approach to be used.

    Richard is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental treatment and patient care.

    Ryan Major Dentist

    Dr Ryan Major


    GDC 277916

    Dr Ryan Major qualified from Newcastle University in 2018 and was recognised with an array of University and National awards for exceptional performance in clinical and academic dentistry. Early in his career, Ryan gained extensive training in minor oral surgery, facial trauma and dealing with nervous patients. Ryan aims to provide a very high standard of patient care and dental treatment with a gentle, caring and forward-thinking approach. Ryan is currently in the process of attaining post-graduate certificates in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry, in addition further courses in composite bonding, digital smile design and Invisalign. Ryan was born in Warrington and has recently moved back to his hometown. Growing up Ryan represented Warrington Wolves Rugby League Service area for many years. He enjoys keeping fit through boxing and is learning to play the guitar, but most of all values spending time with his family and friends.

    Dr Lukas Javosrkis

    Dr Lukas Javorskis

    Special Interest in Endodontics

    D Dent Kaunas 2003

    GDC 110459

    I have obtained my Master of Dental Surgery degree from the Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania in 2003. During my undergraduate studies I had spent six months training in University of Helsinki, Finland where I first became interested in endodontics. My passion for root canal treatment grew even further during my vocational training. I had decided to dedicate my career to endodontics and in 2004 I have entered a full 3 year specialist training course in Endodontology which I successfully completed in 2007. I held various private practice positions in Lithuania and UK before I have joined Dental Academy in 2012.

    My expertise include root canal shaping and filling, re-treatment of failed root canal treatments, removal of broken instruments, posts, silver cones and various hard cement-type materials. I am particularly interested in the complex challenging cases, including those with complicated root canal anatomy, separated instruments and re-treatments.

    Modern endodontics are evolving at a very rapid rate so keeping your knowledge up to date is very important. You can always meet me in various international endodontic congresses all around the globe.

    I always strive to provide my patients with a first class painless and stress free clinical care together with excellent results.

    Dr William Lee

    Dr William Lee

    Specialist Orthodontist


    GDC 66056

    William is a highly regarded and dedicated member of the Dental Academy team, with significant expertise and experience in specialist orthodontic care, teaching and national assessment.

    William graduated from Liverpool University Dental School in 1990, before working in general dentistry for six years. In 1996, he purchased his own practice, during which time he was appointed by Mersey Post-Graduate Dental Deanery as a Foundation Dentist Trainer for newly qualified dentists. William also took up a position at Liverpool University Dental School, where he taught and supervised undergraduate dental students in emergency dental care.

    In 1999, he was awarded a place on the Orthodontic Specialist Training Programme at Liverpool University Dental School, qualifying as a specialist orthodontist in 2003.

    Other previous appointments include:

    - Associate Clinical Teaching Fellow for Warwick University Medical School – teaching, assessing and examining students on the Orthodontic Nursing Certificate Course, Orthodontic Therapist Course and Masters Degree in Orthodontics.

    - Examiner for the General Dental Council – examining for the Overseas Registration Examination for overseas dentists wishing to practice in the UK.

    - Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England – examining for the Membership in Joint Dental Faculties for dentists who have completed foundation years training.

    - Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England – examining for the Membership in General Dental Practice for dentists in general practice.

    - Examiner for the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses – for NVQ2 Dental Nursing, National Certificate for Dental Nursing and Post-Qualified Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing.

    - Board Director for the Mersey region of the Faculty of General Dental Practice, The Royal College of Surgeons of England. Now the College of General Dentistry – encouraging and facilitating the advancement in Dental Education and Clinical Standards.

    - Extensive experience in Forensic Dentistry, in particular, the identification of human bodies through dental records.

    Victoria Howarth

    Victoria Howarth

    Dental Therapist

    DipHE 2010

    GDC 114759

    Qualified as a Dental Therapist in February 2010, Victoria was awarded a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy with Distinction from the University of Liverpool.

    Victoria’s role as a Dental Therapist encompasses all aspects of dental hygiene treatment; she prides herself on providing comprehensive oral hygiene instruction, which remains the cornerstone of all periodontal treatment.

    Victoria also undertakes restorations in both the deciduous and permanent dentition, on adults and children, and when necessary also preforms pulp therapy and extraction of the deciduous dentition.

    Victoria is committed to providing the highest quality of care.

    In her personal time Victoria devotes herself to her three children.

    Lisa Hyginist

    Lisa Wright

    Dental Hygienist

    Dip Dent Hyg RCSEd

    GDC 6659

    Lisa qualified as a Dental Hygienist in June 2005. She completed her training whilst in the Royal Navy at the tri-service establishment in Aldershot under the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. She served a total of eight and half years in the Navy and really enjoyed the challenges it offered and the unique skills learned as part of military life.

    Prior to working at The Dental Academy, Lisa worked in a variety of settings including military, NHS, private and hospital based care. After experiencing all of these roles she feels privileged to be a member of The Dental Academy and part of a team that offers excellent dental care to its patients.

    Lisa’s role as a Dental Hygienist covers all aspects of dental hygiene treatment, such as scaling and polishing of teeth and dental implants, periodontal therapy and cosmetic teeth whitening. She is very patient and understanding of nervous patients and will work with individuals to decide the best approach to their care. Lisa is committed to encouraging diligent oral hygiene routines to optimise patients dental health.

    Lisa has trained extensively in Facial Aesthetic treatments and loves being able to offer this in addition to her Dental Hygiene role. She offers solutions for facial rejuvenation, ranging from subtle, gradual enhancements to more defined full-face treatments. She believes that having the core knowledge of facial anatomy from her dental training along with the medical training required for the role puts her in the perfect position to carry out Facial Aesthetics. Lisa can also provide medical skin treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling and medical-grade skin care to treat a variety of skin conditions.

    Along with cosmetic treatments, she carries out treatment for teeth-grinding/clenching, gummy smile and excessive sweating.

    Lisa dedicates her personal time to looking after her three children.

    Emma Speed

    Emma Speed

    Dental Hygienist

    GDC 6699

    Emma lives in South Liverpool and loves her city with a passion. She has 2 dogs – a king Charles Spaniel and a Chihuahua who she loves taking for walks.

    Emma qualified from Liverpool University Dental Hospital in 2005 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Periodontics. Emma provides the very best care for her patients in supporting them to achieve and maintain good oral health. Emma particularly enjoys educating her patients on the benefits of good oral hygiene habits in a way that suits everyone and has a calm and gentle approach, which puts her patients at ease and boosts their confidence. Emma believes that good oral health is an integral part of overall health and happiness. As well as performing general scaling, polishing, teeth whitening, and cosmetic cleanings Emma is particularly experienced in treating periodontal (gum) disease. For example, providing non-surgical periodontal therapy and can also provide supportive hygiene care for patients who have had extensive restorative treatment such as implants, crown & bridge work.

    You can also see Emma via our Direct Access Service which means you don’t have to be registered with a dentist at the practice to access her services.

    Hayley Wilkinon

    Hayley Wilkinson

    Hygienist and Dental Therapist

    GDC 204986

    Hayley qualified in 2015 from the greater Manchester school for dental care professionals in both dental hygiene and therapy. She has worked in both a mixture of private practice and NHS settings providing her with vast experience and excellent patient care. She now works solely for the Daresbury Dental Academy and has a passion in particular for periodontal therapy.

    Hayley prides herself on building a great rapport with her patients, making them feel at ease and giving them confidence in her ability. She enjoys creating a personalised treatment plan for each of her patients and guiding them through their journey.

    Out of work Hayley enjoys spending time with her young son and husband.

    Pete Liversey Cdt

    Pete Livesey (CDT)

    Clinical Dental Technician

    GDC 266559

    Tracy Pm

    Tracy Ellam

    Practice Manager

    Jan Dobbs

    Janet E Dobbs

    Treatment Co-ordinator

    GDC 113811

    As Dental Implant Treatment Co-ordinator at the Dental Academy I have continued to develop my role. Along with a team of professionals I work hard to ensure that all patients are cared for and have the personal experience they expect when visiting an established dental implant practice. I spend a large proportion of my time with patients helping them understand their dental options so that they can make informed decisions and then guiding them through their treatment.

    I give clinical support to the implant team and to referring dentists who wish to restore the implants we place. I help with training in this field of dentistry to ensure our clinical team is educated to the highest standard giving patients and referring dentists added confidence.
    I continue to monitor the large numbers of patients and referring dentists who visit the Dental Academy to ensure that our practice runs smoothly and to the highest standard.

    My latest achievement to gain the certificate in Dental Implant Nursing has been extremely rewarding and gives me the formal qualification in the field of dentistry I most enjoy.

    Having qualified as a registered dental nurse in 1980 I was keen to develop my career. Following a number of years as a general and senior nurse I secured a position as a Dental Practice Manager in a large practice. I was able to develop the management role and achieve the Diploma in Practice Management in addition to working with a practitioner who wished to develop a dental implant clinic. I trained as a dental implant nurse with an experienced surgeon and his team and attended clinicians courses and study groups to increase my knowledge and allowing me to develop my role as treatment co-ordinator.

    My interest in dental implants led me to positions with two leading dental implant companies giving me a wide range of implant product knowledge which proved invaluable in my role as support to the Director of Implantology for the Boots group and through the remainder of my career as Dental Implant Treatment Co-ordinator.

    I was involved in the set up and opening of 12 Boots Specialist Centres, working as part of the Boots head office business development and marketing team. My role within the education team for dental clinicians and support staff provided the opportunity to develop my presentation skills giving me the confidence to present to the large groups who attended the dental implant program. Within practice I worked with the clinical teams giving surgical and restorative support and training.

    Melanie Nurse

    Melanie Nield

    Dental Nurse

    GDC 115428

    Beckie Nurse

    Rebecca Waterhouse

    Dental Nurse

    GDC 256288

    Alicia Nurse

    Alicia Turner

    Dental Nurse

    GDC 269562

    Sophie Wood Da

    Sophie Wood

    Dental Nurse
    GDC 115428

    Alina Nurse

    Alina Sandu Balan

    Dental Nurse

    GDC 257688

    Cerys Nurse

    Cerys Evans

    Dental Nurse

    GDC 291779

    Lydia Trainee Nurse

    Lydia Byrne

    Trainee Dental Nurse

    Libby Trainee Nurse

    Libby Morrell

    Trainee Dental Nurse

    Olivia Neil

    Trainee Dental Nurse

    Sarah Reception

    Sarah Wiggins


    Lyndsey Reception

    Lyndsey Hampson


    Justyna Spa Therapist

    Justyna Nizynska

    Spa Therapist

    I am a beauty therapist with over 15 years beauty and spa experience. Prior to being in the beauty industry I was a physiotherapist. I specialise in Body and Face treatments and enjoy ensuring my clients get the best experience catering to their individual needs. Over the years I’ve worked in spas across Poland and UK with amazing brands such as Dermalogica, ESPA, CACI, HD and Elemis. I’ve joined Image 28 at the Dental Academy in October 2021 and I love every minute here!

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