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Waterside Dental Team

A Team Approach

Getting your oral health back on-track and helping you to keep it that way is a team effort starting with you.

At Waterside Dentalcare we have a highly experienced and well qualified team to help you. Each member uses their own qualities and skills to get a great job done. We are proud of the service we offer to our patients and it relies on every cog on the wheel.

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Paul McGannity

Principle Dentist

BDS MFDS RCSEd MSc(Implant Dentistry) AFHEA

GDC number 77687

ITI Fellow             LinkedIn

Paul has been practicing dentistry since he qualified in 2000 and has developed expertise in the fields of restorative, surgical and implant dentistry. Since he left Bristol as a prize-winner he has spent much time gaining experience and furthering his skills in complex treatment of patients, both in hospital and dental practice.

Born and educated in the Westcountry, Paul now enjoys living and working full-time in Cornwall.  He has had a long association with Waterside Dentalcare and has had a valuable role in the development of the practice before becoming the Principal Dentist in 2011.  Paul continually strives to combine his special skills with a devotion to compassionate dental care. Paul graduated from the University of Bristol Dental School in 2000 and spent time in practice before joining the Oral and Facial Surgery team at Royal Cornwall Hospital.  Paul has many years experience in private practice and has taken a Masters Degree in Implant Dentistry at the internationally renowned UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which he passed with Distinction.

Paul enjoys his teaching, he is a Clinical Supervisor at the Peninsula Dental School in Truro, the Director of the Cornwall ITI Study Club, a Fellow and registered speaker for the International Team for Implantology.   Paul is also a committee member for the Cornwall Independent Dental Practitioner Group. He takes referrals for advanced restorative and implant dentistry as well as surgical dentistry and periodontal care. He is also happy to give advice on treatment planning.

Paul has operating priviledges at the Duchy Hospital, Truro, which means he can treat patients under a general anaesthetic should they require it.

Hannah McHugh



GDC number 103270

Hannah qualified as a dentist in 2006 at the University of Bristol.  She worked in general dental practice for a year before accepting a senior house officer position in the department of Oral and Facial Surgery at Royal Cornwall Hospital.  In 2010 Hannah completed a series of further post graduate examinations to become a member of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  In 2009 Hannah became a Speciality Doctor in Oral and Facial Surgery where she still works. In addition to this, Hannah returned to general dental practice in 2011.  Hannah enjoys treating patients who are particularly anxious.  In addition to a lovely chair-side manner she is proficient in the use of acupucture and conscious sedation techniques.

Hannah also takes referrals for orthodontic treatment using Invisalign aligners.

Natalie Read

Specialist Orthodontist

BChD (Hons) MClinDent MOrth RCSEng

GDC number 153618

Natalie graduated with honours from the University of Leeds Dental School in 2008. After working in General Practice, she gained experience in hospital, community and special care dentistry before undertaking her specialist training at the UCL Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute, London in 2011. During her training Natalie achieved Master Degree with Distinction. After qualifying as an orthodontist in 2014, she returned to Cornwall with her family.

Andrew Birnie

Consultant Oral Surgeon


GDC number 77987

Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew qualified from Dundee University in 2000. Since then, he has spent the majority of his career in Oral Surgery. He now works as a Consultant Oral Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Following graduation, he spent twelve months in general dental practice in Fife before spending a year living and working in Australia. He moved back to Dundee to take up a post as a Senior House Officer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and in 2003, Cornwall beckoned.

Initially working as a Senior House Officer and then progressing to Staff Grade in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Andrew completed his membership exam at the dental faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2004. After gaining further training and experience, he completed the tri-collegiate specialty exam in Oral Surgery in 2013. He has worked as a Consultant Oral Surgeon in Cornwall since 2016.

Andrew has considerable training and experience across the whole remit of oral surgery in both hospital and dental practice settings. He manages the implant clinic at the hospital for the dental rehabilitation of oncology/facial trauma patients. He also has a special interest in the surgical exposure/removal of impacted teeth as part of orthodontic treatment plans. Andrew understands that people are often anxious about surgical procedures but believes that they can be a positive experience for most patients. He runs a sedation clinic at the hospital designed for those who are nervous.

With a current departmental leadership role at the hospital and involvement in the Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for Oral Surgery in SW England, Andrew is well positioned at the cutting edge of Oral Surgery practice and policy.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time in the beautiful Cornish outdoors with his wife and four young children.

Tanya Lommerse

Specialist Oral Surgeon


GDC number 81858

Tanya is a Specialist Oral Surgeon and has spent most of her career, over 15 years, in Oral Surgery.  She graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 2003 and moved to Cornwall to complete her formal dental training, working for a year in General Dental Practice in Wadebridge.  With a strong preference for a career in Oral surgery, she accepted a post working as a Senior House Officer in the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.  This was soon followed by a Specialty Doctor post in early 2006.  She has continued to work in the department, having progressed to an Associate Specialist in 2018, recognising her inclusion on the Oral Surgery Specialist List and eligibility for Consultant position.

Whilst in this post, Tanya has continued her extensive training, gaining a wealth of experience in the full remit of oral surgery. This includes the provision of complex oral surgery procedures, the treatment of oral conditions and facial pain, treatment of patients under local anaesthesia, sedation and general anaesthesia in addition to hospital patient management.  As part of her training, Tanya completed postgraduate examinations to become a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2006.  She was admitted by the GDC to the Oral Surgery Specialist list in 2013.

Over the last fifteen years, Tanya has completed numerous professional courses  including a Diploma in Pain Management Therapy, Acupuncture qualifications and extensive Botox training. She has also obtained an Award in Advanced Skin Science.

Tanya has developed a keen interest in supporting anxious patients and using acupuncture alongside conventional treatment to ease patient anxiety. She also uses acupuncture to treat those who suffer from dry mouth, particularly patients who have undergone head and neck radiotherapy, as well as those suffering from myo-fascial pain (TMD) in the head and neck region. To this end she runs a regular acupuncture clinic at Royal Cornwall Hospital. Tanya also specializes in the treatment of children who require orthodontic related extractions and works closely with the Orthodontic team.

Tanya enjoys teaching and is a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer at Peninsula Dental School, Truro.  She is also a Clinical Supervisor and the Educational Supervisor for Dental Core trainees at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

As Clinical Governance Lead for Oral and Facial Surgery, Tanya is committed to patient care and safety. She is also involved in the triaging of all oral surgery referrals at the referral management centre and is therefore well placed to ensure Oral surgery care for NHS patients is optimized.

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys the Cornish outdoors, either on land or out on the water with her husband and two children.

Waterside Oral Health Dental Hygienists

Karen Harry & Sarah Bobin, Dental Hygienists

Karen and Sarah are our fantastic dental hygienists and will help you to improve your oral health.  Their wonderful work, care and attention has helped hundreds of people win the fight over periodontal disease since the practice first opened in 2000.

Sarah Bobin R.D.H.

GDC number 3809

Sarah qualified as a dental hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital for Oral Health Care Sciences, London in 1989 having previously trained as a nursery nurse and dental health educator.

She has a special interest in the prevention of dental diseases in children and gained experience in developing preventive dental units for children in general practices in Surrey before moving to Cornwall in 1991.

Since then she worked closely with Karen Harry, Hannah McHugh and Paul McGannity to develop a programme for the treatment of periodontal disease which has been a source of inspiration for other dental teams.

Karen Harry R.D.H.

GDC number 3591

Karen qualified at the Royal London Hospital, where she gained experience over 3yrs in oral surgery, before being selected to study dental hygiene at Cardiff Dental School. She qualified in 1988 and was awarded the Oral B prize for Dental Health Education.

She then returned to her native Cornwall in 1991 where she has since worked closely with Sarah Bobin, Paul McGannity and Hannah McHugh.

Kate Williams

Practice Manager

Kate will often be your first point of contact with us.  Kate efficiently runs the administrative side of the practice and will usually be the one to greet you when you visit.  Kate’s warm smile and calm nature is just what we all need when visiting the practice whether you’re a patient or a member of the team.  We especially appreciate Kate not being dentally trained as she keeps things in perspective when it all gets a bit nerdy!

Emma Keen

Lead Dental Care Nurse

GDC number 183268

Emma leads the dental nursing team at Waterside Dentalcare.

Emma trained as a dental nurse with us starting in 2007 and qualified in 2009.  After registering with the General Dental Council she has looked to gain further qualifications in her scope of practice.  Emma is a qualified Dental Radiographer, Assistant in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry and has her Certificate in Oral Health Education, she can take impressions and plays a huge role in the ongoing audits at the practice.  In addition to these extra skills Emma’s care and compassion with patients makes her a fantastic member of the team.

Laura Clews

Dental Care Nurse

GDC number 128000

Laura has been working as a dental nurse since 2001 and qualified in 2005.  Laura has lots of experience working in private dental practice and has been with the team here at Waterside Dentalcare since 2009.  She is a stickler for a clean and tidy working environment and excels when arranging the finer details of dental care and treatment. Laura qualified as an assistant in conscious sedation in 2012 and is qualified to take dental impressions.  Her chair-side manner is quite unique, Cornish and wonderful.

Sharon Adams

Dental Care Nurse

GDC number 138128

Sharon joined us in January 2013.  After qualifiying as a dental nurse in 2007, Sharon gained lots of experience in private dental care.  In addition to her day to day commitments Sharon is qualified to take dental impressions and helps Paul to audit the the dental implant treatment at Waterside. Her attention to patient care won us over when she came for interview and we are really pleased that she chose to join us.

Tamsin Williams

Dental care nurse, Implant Coordinator

GDC number 255070

Tamsin joined us in January 2015 and we are so pleased she did!  Tamsin qualified in 2014 and has been keen to further her skill set and widen her scope of practice.

Tamsin has experience in providing care for the elderly and patients with complex medical problems.  Tamsin has undertaken extra training to take dental impressions as well as working with Paul and Hannah in assisting with conscious sedation.  She is a qualified Dental Radiographer and has her certificate in Oral Health Education.

Tamsin is a great dental nurse and is a natural at putting patients at ease.

Nicole Garvey

Dental care nurse

GDC number 267511

Nicole qualified as a dental nurse in 2016 and joined the team at Waterside in 2017. Nicole’s calm and caring approach puts patients at ease which we believe plays a huge role in obtaining optimal treatment outcomes.
Nicole is an integral member of the team, she is a whizz with our iTero digital intra-oral camera and is currently doing very well in her studies for her qualification in dental radiography, which will allow her to take dental x-rays under the prescription of a dentist.

Bernie Williams


Bernie is our fantastic housekeeper, she looks after Waterside Dentalcare as if it is her own home.  Bernie keeps the whole practice absolutely spotless and she is as fastidious about cleanliness as we are.

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