Meet our team

At Pure Dental & Implant Clinic, 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. 

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


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Greg O'Brien

BDS (Melbourne) 1984
GDC NO. 63131

Greg O’Brien qualified in 1984 at Melbourne University in his native Australia and has been living in the West Country for a number of years. Greg regularly attends post graduate meetings and is also a member of the British Dental Association and he has recently completed a year long aesthetic dentistry diploma with prestigious Paul Tipton Training in St Annes Square, Manchester. Greg’s hobbies are walking on Dartmoor, Photography, and Greg is currently “trying” to learn German.

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Azud Irshad

GDC NO. 229712

Azud started out working as a nurse in hospital and in Dental Access Centres across South Devon, and also worked as an auditor and operations assistant in the out of hour’s service. He has been privileged enough have worked with many dentists locally and nationally. Alongside general and cosmetic dentistry, Azud is also able to provide facial aesthetic and rejuvenation therapies such as wrinkle reduction and regaining volume. He is conscientious and understanding of dental anxiety/phobia and prides himself on being able to work with his patients to allay their previous concerns and regain trust in the dental profession. While aiming to deliver the highest clinical standards, he also provides a warm, welcoming and reassuring experience for all of his patients.

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James Critchley

GDC NO. 82246

James qualified from the University of Manchester in 2003 and has worked here at Pure Dental Care since relocating to Devon in 2010. James loves his job and enjoys the constant challenges that he faces. James is keen on expanding his knowledge within the field of dentistry and he has recently completed a 2 year course in advanced restorative dentistry (British Academy of Restorative Dentistry). James is also interested in the field of forensics and am a member of the British Association of Forensic Odontology. He hopes to pursue this and eventually become qualified to work in criminal investigations. Outside of dentistry, James likes to keep active and has many hobbies. He enjoys mountain biking and walking and has recently taken up fencing. James is also a keen snowboarder and tries to hit the slopes each winter.

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Guru Bangari

BDS (INDIA) 2003
GDC NO. 163892

Dr Guru Bangari qualified in India in 2003 and is a full GDC member. He completed his Masters in Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University Essex in 2010. Guru has relocated to the West Country from London. He has considerable experience in hospital, community and general dentistry and has a special interest in oral surgery. Guru tries his upmost to ensure that visits are relaxed and comfortable as possible.

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Rebecca Gifford

GDC NO. 77516

Rebecca has over 10 years experience in general dental practice and has further hospital experience in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and in Community Dentistry. She is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Rebecca has a keen interest in the treatment of nervous patients and holds a Diploma in conscious sedation from Newcastle. Due to frequent requests by patients, she is introducing a sedation clinic within the group. Recently Rebecca attended Acupuncture courses related to dental treatments, which offers an alternative treatment option for various dental related treatments. Rebecca is a very conscientious and caring dental professional with a relaxed manner, and makes every effort to put patients at their ease throughout consultation and treatment. Rebecca lives with her husband and two children near Totnes. She is a keen runner and has recently turned her training towards triathlons.

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Louise Kneafsey

GDC NO. 75922

Louise qualified from Bristol University in 1999. She completed her postgraduate training and masters degree in orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London and qualified as an orthodontic specialist in 2006. She was awarded the JK Williams gold medal for the MOrth examination. She gained her Fellowship in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014. She works both in specialist practice and as a consultant orthodontist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust. When not straightening teeth I’ll be found roaming around the great outdoors with my family! I think the best thing about being an orthodontist is when patients enjoy their new smile and seeing their confidence grow.

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Sian Etoe

GDC NO. 128681

Sian has over 10 years of experience in the dental field. Originally starting out as a dental nurse in 2001, she progressed to studying for her Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy qualification at Eastman Dental Hospital in London. After qualifying in 2007, Sian joined us at Pure Dental Care as a Hygienist and has spent some time working at both Dartvale and Moor. Sian has a keen focus on preventative dental care and especially enjoys treating patients with more advanced periodontal cases. She also works as a Dental Therapist which involves treating patients for simple fillings and extractions.

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Laura McCarthy

GDC NO. 140398

Laura first joined the team in 2007 as a dental nurse, but went on to do further study to become a dental therapist. In 2014 she qualified from Teesside University with BSc Hons Degree in Dental Hygiene & Therapy. She holds a caring, gentle and sympathetic manner and is a strong believer in preventative dentistry. Laura is known to her colleagues as a perfectionist and for her upbeat and bubbly personality.

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Katie Marshall


GDC No. 114473

Katie qualified as a dental hygienist from the Eastman dental hospital in 2007, and has worked in some high quality dental practices in London Bath and Devon. Katie has a wealth of experience and joined us in the practice here at Pure in 2017. she is very passionate about preventative dentistry and her role treating every patient as an individual tailoring treatment to there needs. Katie has a kind and gentle approach when treating patients. Outside of work Katie enjoys spending time with her loving family.

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