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Meet the Team

Gareth Davies

Principal Specialist Orthodontist

BDS MSc (Lond) 1994, LDS FDS RCS (Eng), MOrth RCS (Edin)
GDC: 59843

BORING STUFF: I’m Gareth Davies and I’m the Principal and senior Orthodontic Specialist at Colchester Orthodontic Centre. I qualified from The Royal London Hospital as a Dentist in 1984 and subsequently as an Orthodontic Specialist from Guys Hospital, London in 1997. Before commencing my specialist training, I gained experience in many areas of hospital and general practice based dentistry, from both home and abroad. Following completion of a Masters Degree in Orthodontics, and being accepted onto the General Dental Council specialist register as an Orthodontic specialist, I moved with my family to Essex. Colchester Orthodontic Center was established in its current site in 2006 and now provides orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

EXCITING STUFF: I lead a superb team of orthodontic specialists, orthodontic therapists, treatment coordinators, nurses and admin staff, who all combine to help our patients achieve the fantastic smiles they’ve always wanted. By keeping up to date with the fast paced advances in technology, techniques and materials my team and I are able to provide orthodontic solutions to the most complex clinical problems using the most efficient and aesthetic treatment options available. The huge positive changes that orthodontic treatment makes to an individual’s confidence and self-esteem is overwhelming and provides the greatest possible job satisfaction. I’m extremely proud of my team and the service we’re able to provide.

FUN STUFF: When not straightening teeth and creating wonderful smiles, I enjoy the great outdoors and all that goes with busy family life. I love music and many sports. I’m an avid cyclist, rugby nut, skier and guitar collector. When not squeezing into cycling lycra I’ll be found listening to music or playing in the Suffolk/Essex based band, The Remoras. Make sure you come to see one of our gigs. Finally, I’m kept on my toes by three children and I’m walked daily by two dogs.

Keegan Gowans

Specialist Orthodontist

BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng), MSc, MClinDent, MOrth RCS (Eng).
GDC: 244140

Keegan qualified as a dentist in 2013 from the University of Manchester. He also has a Masters in Primary Dental Care from the University of Kent. He completed his specialist orthodontist training at the Eastman Dental Hospital. During his time at University, Keegan was involved with a national research project investigating the improvement in quality of life that orthodontic treatment can provide. Noticing the change in a patient’s confidence as their treatment progresses is one of the aspects which he finds most rewarding. Keegan has recently got married and moved back to the area having grown up near Colchester. He is enjoying being closer to his friends and family. Although his main professional interest is creating wonderful smiles, in his spare time Keegan likes listening to audio books and cooking for his friends.

Bev Wilson

Business Manager

Bev joined the team in 2009 and has overall responsibility for the outcomes of strategic planning, financial management, resource management, marketing, services and sales. Bev has over 30 years of senior management experience, both in the public and private sector, and within various multidisciplinary organisations. In her spare time, Bev enjoys teaching yoga and meditation, mountain walking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Karina Fogarty

Practice Manager

Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership (ILM)

Karina joined the team in April 2019 and has responsibility for all areas of HR support and customer services. Having worked in other NHS/Private general dental practices, Karina is equipped with a vast amount of experience and knowledge in all areas of managing a dental practice. In 1994 she passed her NEBDN (National Exam for dental nurses) and then completed her SAAD, sedation for dental nurses course, followed by an oral health education course. After being promoted to Practice Manager In 2009, she went on to successfully complete the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership.

With over 25 years of experience with patient care, Karina continues to be passionate about all areas of day to day practice management. Always wearing a smile, with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, Karina is excited about her future at Colchester Orthodontic Centre, and is looking forward to supporting and leading the team from the front. Having experienced fixed orthodontics herself, she understands what a difference it makes when your treatment is completed. In her spare time, Karina enjoys cruises, spending time with her husband and daughter, Sunday worship and salsa dancing.

Laura Shewbridge

Lead Treatment Coordinator

Laura joined the Colchester Orthodontic team in September 2019. Laura spent 10 years as a wedding planner and also has experience working in digital marketing and at a sports nutrition company. Laura really enjoys building a good rapport with patients and helping them start their treatment journey. When she’s not at work Laura can be found running, coaching a small group of adults and guiding a blind runner. She has run the London marathon raising money for a number of charities and has completed over 100 Parkruns.

Fiona Carter

Orthodontic Therapist

Dip Orth Therapy RCS (Eng)
GDC: 120249

Fiona became one of the first Orthodontic Therapists in the country after completing the South Wales Orthodontic Therapy course and qualifying in 2009. Fiona gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1980 & became an Orthodontic Dental Nurse in 2003. She has gained National Certificates in Oral Health Education and Orthodontic Nursing. Fiona is married with two grown-up sons and in her spare time, she enjoys country walks, running and shopping for vintage items.

Ceri Davies

Orthodontic Therapist

Dip. Orth Ther RCSEd
GDC: 234438

Ceri has worked in dentistry since 2010, starting in general and went purely into orthodontics in 2011. Ceri started off as a trainee dental nurse qualifying in 2012 then progressed onto gaining her radiography qualification in 2013 and orthodontic nursing in 2014. In July 2014 Ceri went to UCLAN University in Preston, Lancashire where she trained and became a qualified Orthodontic Therapist in 2015. Ceri now teaches at the university where she trained helping student orthodontic therapist gain the knowledge they need to pass their required examinations. As well as teaching she will be publishing a textbook called ‘Textbook for Orthodontic Therapists’ which will be used across the universities in the country teaching the diploma in orthodontic therapy. The aim of this is to help students and qualified orthodontic therapists gain and maintain their knowledge.

Ceri joined Colchester Orthodontic Centre in April 2019 and is looking forward to her future at the practice. Ceri feels as though the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the transformation in patients smiles from the beginning to the end. In her spare time Ceri likes going on city breaks, going to the gym and spending time with her family and friends.

Clair Brooks

Hygienist

GDC: 3489

Clair joined the Colchester Orthodontic Centre team in September 2017, we are excited to have her as part of our team to offer her expertise to our patients. Clair qualified as a hygienist from UCH London School of Hygiene in 1988. She has worked as a hygienist in the Colchester area ever since! In her spare time, Clair enjoys spending time with her grown-up sons and attends regular Zumba/Pilates sessions to keep fit!

Laurie Harper

Head Orthodontic Nurse

NEBDN
GDC: 180853

Laurie has worked in the dental profession since 2007. She joined our team in January 2012 and subsequently gained the National Certificate in Dental Radiography. Laurie is responsible for organising the smooth running of all clinics & for leading the nursing team. Laurie has a friendly and very approachable nature which makes her very popular with our younger patients. Outside of work, Laurie loves spending quality time with her family.

Natasha Hughes

Orthodontic Nurse

NEBDN
GDC: 162931

Natasha has been a part of our team since March 2015. She has fourteen years of dental nursing experience, the last ten having been spent in orthodontics. She obtained the National Certificate in Dental Nursing and in Radiography, and now has the NEBDN Orthodontic Nursing certificate! Natasha loves nursing and particularly enjoys interacting with the patients. Natasha loves spending time with her husband, daughter Annabelle and son Elliot.

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Gemma Gethen

Orthodontic Nurse

NEBDN
GDC: 153100

Gemma qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2008. She gained her Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2009 and completed the NEBDN Orthodontic Nursing Certificate in 2010. Gemma began working for Mr Davies in 2009 before leaving in 2012 to have her children Emily and James. Gemma was very excited to be returning to Colchester Orthodontic Centre in 2018.

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Vikki Spendlove

Orthodontic Nurse

NEBDN
GDC: 260043

Vikki has been a part of our team since November 2018. She has five years of dental nursing experience with the last three having been spent in orthodontics.

Vikki says that she loves nursing and particularly within Orthodontics following patients journey to see the changes from the beginning to the end. Vikki also loves spending time with her family, friends and especially her little daughter Andi.

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Abi French

Orthodontic Nurse

Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
GDC: 280786

Abi joined our team in May 2020 having already been a previous patient of ours! She trained at Colchester Institute and qualified in 2018 with a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. She particularly enjoys meeting new patients and helping them overcome any fears or concerns they may have about starting orthodontic treatment.

Abi spends her spare time going to the gym and helping on the family farm.

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Karen Greenleaf

Orthodontic Nurse


GDC: 145651

Karen trained at Colchester Institute and qualified in 1992. She has worked in general practice, Harley Street, London Community and with an oral surgeon. She joined the team at Colchester Orthodontic Centre in July 2020.

Karen enjoys interacting with the patients and seeing their treatment progress.

Karen has two teenagers which keeps her busy! She also enjoys walking along the river, cycling and reading.

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Charlotte Kemp

Orthodontic Nurse


GDC: 289461

Charlotte started at Colchester Orthodontic Centre in August 2020. She was familiar with the practice having been a previous patient of ours.

Charlotte began her training in 2016 and qualified in 2018 with a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. She says the best part of her job is seeing the transformation in a patient’s confidence. She noticed a change in her own confidence too as she would never smile in a photo until after her orthodontic treatment.

When she’s not at work Charlotte likes travelling, travelling and more travelling! So far she’s been to Thailand and to Iceland where she was able to see the Northern Lights.

Carmen May

Receptionist/Treatment Coordinator

Carmen joined us in October 2015 and has over eight years of dental reception experience. Carmen really enjoys her role as it allows her to get to know our patients and be part of their orthodontic journey. She has just completed her own course of orthodontic treatment and can therefore can give first-hand advice. In her spare time, Carmen loves spending time with her family.

Kirsty Page

Receptionist

Kirsty has been with the Colchester Orthodontic team since July 2019. She has joined our team after spending many years working in a hospitality background. Kirsty really enjoys working face to face with the public and building a good rapport with patients. While Kirsty is not at work, she enjoys days out with her daughter Effie and her fiancé Robin. She especially likes warm weekends when she can make use of her beach hut. In the evenings she enjoys taking her Bulldog Milo for a walk along the pier, cooking and watching films.

  • "Before I had my braces on, my teeth were horrendous. Every part of the process is explained to you and they make you feel so comfortable at Colchester Orthodontics."
    Rachel - Patient

  • "My confidence levels have just shot up since I have had my braces off. It is just brilliant here. They have helped me so much."
    Sophie - Patient

  • "At Colchester Ortho it is such a close-knit group of people from the secretaries, to the nurses to the orthodontists themselves such as Mr Davies."
    Ben - Patient

  • "I have no hesitation in recommending Colchester Orthodontic Centre to you for an excellent, professional clinical treatment service"

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