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21 Longsight, Bolton BL2 3HS

Meet our team

We are aided by a fantastic and highly qualified team of dentists, dental therapists, hygienists, and dental nurses, who all share our passion for creating a practice that’s welcoming, family-friendly and comfortable for you, our patients.

  • DIPESH PATEL
    BDS(Shef), MFDS RCS(Eng), DipDSed(UCL), MSc Prosth(Manc), MPhil Prosth(Manc)
    GDC number: 83642

    Dipesh, who is originally from the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, has gained a wide breadth of experience from working in several practices in the North West and also at Manchester Dental Hospital, where he has held posts teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.

    Since qualifying from Sheffield University in 2004 with clinical distinction, Dipesh’s enthusiasm for dentistry has led him to further his skills through a range of postgraduate qualifications. He holds membership with the Royal College of Surgeons England in recognition of further training within the hospital sector, a Diploma in Dental Sedation (for the treatment of anxious patients) and both clinical and research Masters degrees in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (restoration and replacement of teeth).

    As you can tell, Dipesh is very passionate about dentistry! It gives him immense satisfaction to help patients with their dental needs using a wide range of modern techniques and treatments. He particularly enjoys treating nervous patients and goes to great lengths to put everyone at ease to ensure a comfortable dental experience.

    Outside of work, Dipesh enjoys spending time with his two active daughters and keeping fit with regular gym sessions. He also enjoys travelling to warmer climates and sampling different cuisines from around the world.

    Dr Dipesh Patel is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist - click here to verify.

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  • VILAS PATEL
    BDS Hons (Shef), MJDF RCS(Eng), DipRestDent
    GDC number: 83622

    After leaving Sheffield University in 2004 with clinical distinction and honours, Vilas has worked at practices in Bolton, Manchester and Wigan. Vilas has also worked as an Educational Supervisor, helping to train newly qualified dentists in general dental practice. At Harwood Dental Care, Vilas provides routine general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental rehabilitation, and adult orthodontics. She is also trained to provide treatment under sedation for anxious patients. Vilas finds her job very rewarding and it gives her great pleasure to use her extensive skills to help people with their dental problems.

    Vilas’ enthusiasm for dentistry has led her to achieve several postgraduate qualifications. These include the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons England, enabling her to carry out many advanced dental treatments. She is also a Member of the Joint Dental Faculty of England to recognise her further training in General Dental Practice. Vilas is currently working towards her Fellowship of the General Dental Practice Examinations to further her advanced qualifications.

    Outside of work, Vilas is married to Dipesh and they have two beautiful girls, Avni and Naya. Both of whom keep them very busy!

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Our dental clinicians:

  • JONATHAN KENNAIR
    Dental Implantologist
    BDS(Ncl), MFDS RCS(Ed), MJDF RCS(Eng), MSc OMFS(Manc)
    GDC number: 103579

    Jonathan qualified from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and has achieved a Masters degree with distinction in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition Jonathan has received postgraduate training in conscious sedation allowing him to help anxious patients.

    He is passionate about the fields of implant dentistry and oral surgery and currently works in several practices in the North West providing dental implants and oral surgery services. He also teaches part time on the University of Manchester MSc in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery course.

    Jonathan has two young children and is married to a Helen. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys running, cycling and swimming as well as martial arts. Jonathan has a black belt in Karate and has recently completed a full Iron Man!

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  • ROB JACOBS
    Endodontist
    BDS(Ncl), MFDS RCPS(Glas)
    GDC number: 229695

    Rob graduated with BDS from Newcastle in 2012. Originally from Manchester, he returned to the North West to carry out his foundation training in Bolton and further study to gain Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

    Rob is currently completing his specialist training in Endodontics at Liverpool Dental Hospital, where he holds a Speciality Registrar post with undergraduate teaching commitments. Rob is also undertaking a professional doctorate qualification (DDSc), carrying out research on the quality of life for patients undergoing endodontic treatment.

    Rob attends numerous courses and conferences in the UK and internationally, and is a keen member of both the British Endodontic Society and European Society of Endodontology.

    Away from dentistry, Rob is a keen footballer, golfer and skier (when time allows!) and has been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford for many years. He enjoys travelling with his wife Monica and other friends and family.

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  • LISA JOHNSON
    Dental Therapist
    GDC number: 188822

    After working as a dental nurse for a number of years Lisa then wanted to be more hands on and so qualified from The University of Liverpool Dental School in 2014 as a Dental Hygiene / Therapist.

    Now having over 10 years experience in dentistry Lisa possesses a genuine interest in the welfare of patients and is enthusiastic in helping patients achieve and maintain a high level of oral hygiene and dental fitness. 

    In her spare time Lisa is busy planning her wedding, enjoys long walks, cooking at home and eating out with family and friends. She has been to lots of holiday destinations but her favourite are the Greek islands.

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Our reception team:

  • CATH LOMAS
    Reception Coordinator

    Cath joined the team at Harwood Dental Care in 2014 and works as our practice manager. Cath enjoys meeting all our patients and provides a friendly welcome when you come into the practice. She enjoys being part of a modern practice which offers a variety of advanced dental treatments and enjoys helping to make patients feel at ease.

    Cath has worked in dentistry since 1978 and qualified as a dental nurse in 1986. Her role as a manager has developed since 1990. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with the whole team and after working in Dentistry for so long she has a lot to offer!

    To relax Cath enjoys walking, reading and gardening. She also likes to socialise with friends and family. She loves to cook at home and enjoys eating out. Her favourite food is anything Mediterranean. The South of France and the Greek Islands are her favourite choice for holidays but her ambition is to visit Italy.

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  • ELAINE GAFFNEY
    Practice Manager
    National Certificate in Dental Nursing & Dip DPM

    Elaine joined Harwood Dental Care in April 2016 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills acquired over a 30 year career in dentistry, from qualifying as dental nurse in 1995 and then as a practice manager in 2004.

    In her spare time Elaine is a keen fell walker and spends a lot of time in the Lake District with her husband Mark. Elaine also likes to travel and is often off to the Far East travelling around the different countries, her favourite being Vietnam; she says she loves the diversity of the country and the food is amazing.

    Elaine is also involved in the Dental Charity Bridge2Aid and travels out once a year for 2 weeks to help deliver a training programme to local health care workers in emergency dental access out in the rural areas of Tanzania. She is extremely passionate about her charity work and says doing this makes her realise how very fortunate she is in life.

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Our dental nurses:

  • KIMBERLEY BRUFFELL
    Dental Nurse
    Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016
    GDC number: 267234

    Kimberley is the newest member of the team, joining in May 2017. Prior to this Kim has assisted in dental practices in Manchester City Centre and Ramsbottom.

    Kim loves the variety of the job, but particularly enjoys cosmetic treatment such as teeth straightening as she finds it very rewarding seeing how happy patients are with the finished result.

    In Kim’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend and friends; whether is out walking her dog Blade the Cavapoo or catching up over food or even weekends away. Kim’s favourite food is a good roast dinner and her favourite holiday destination is anything which includes sunshine and a beach.

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  • VICKY JAMES
    Dental Nurse
    NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2010
    GDC number: 196097

    Vicky has worked in the dental industry for 10 years and gained her dental nursing qualification in 2010.

    With having an inquisitive mind, Vicky enjoys continually learning and developing new skills with her dynamic job role. Vicky particularly enjoys helping patients improve their oral health and feel more confident with their smiles.

    Outside of work Vicky has two young children who keep her very busy with lots of fun times.

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  • VICTORIA BLAKEMORE
    Dental Nurse

    Vicki has worked at the practice for 3 years. She joined in 2014 as a trainee Dental Nurse and completed her National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2016.

    Vicki has relished the chance to assist with the many advanced dental treatments offered at Harwood Dental Care and, in particular, enjoys working with cosmetic dentistry and dental implant cases due to the transformational changes these treatments can provide. Vicki is also currently training to become one of our sedation nurses and also assists with the making of our dental appliances.

    Always on the go, Vicki enjoys regular visits to the gym, endless shopping trips and travelling abroad. Her favourite holiday destination is Las Vegas, which suits her get up and go character to the ground!

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  • TRACY ROBB
    Dental Nurse
    NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007
    GDC number: 128622

    Tracy joined the team at Harwood Dental Care in 2016 and enjoys the varied roles of her job and assisting in the many advanced treatments offered at Harwood Dental Care.

    In her spare time Tracy enjoys walking, going to the cinema and socialising with her family and friends. Her favourite holiday destination is the Lake District and she loves Italian food.

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