Dental Staff

At Pure Dental Care we provide a first class dental service. Here is a bit about our current Dentists and Hygienists.

Our Dentists

Greg O'Brien BDSGDC Number: 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. Like Justin, Greg has also been a trainer for 5 years, and they have been in partnership for 12 years.

Azud Irshad (BDS)GDC Number: 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.

James CritchleyGDC Number: 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.

Rebecca Gifford (BDS, MFDS, RCS London, Dip Con Sed)GDC Number: 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.

Tanya HenshawGDC NUMBER: 244754

Tanya qualified in 2013 from Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to that she worked in hospital as a Dietitian. Since qualifying Tanya has worked in general dental practice and at Derriford Hospital as an Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery Senior House Officer. Tanya has a kind, gentle and patient nature when treating patients. She is recently married and in her spare time enjoys Pilates, netball and photography.

Simon PoynerGDC NUMBER: 258263

Simon has recently joined the team at Pure and is excited about getting to know his new patients and building their trust and confidence. A local Devonian, Simon spent most of his life in North Devon before moving down to South Devon to study dentistry at Peninsula Dental School. He currently lives in Plymouth with his wife and plans to stay down here for some time. Simon is very enthusiastic and relishes all aspects of general dentistry, with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry – the “arty” side of dentistry. He is now studying for further qualifications that enable him to stay ahead of his field. Simon is a sports fanatic and loves playing tennis and golf. He likes to balance his work life with an active outdoor life and makes the most of all that this beautiful area has to offer.

Louise Kneafsey BDS MSc (Lon) MOrth RCS FDS RCSGDC Number: 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.

Our Hygienists

Sally Green (EDH)GDC Number: 2728

Sally studied to be a Dental Hygienist at Cardiff Dental School and qualified in March 1984. She joined the practice in 2010, after deciding to move down to Brixham from Herefordshire. Through her work in surgery, Sally has found that she particular enjoys working with children and helping patients who are nervous about treatment. She decided to become a hygienist to follow in her brother’s footsteps and has found that welcoming and meeting new patients is particularly rewarding.. She also enjoys cooking and travelling.

Sian Etoe (BDS)GDC Number: 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.

Hannah Mason-Mellish BScGDC Number: 156563

Hannah studied Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at University of Liverpool Dental school and qualified in 2013. Before this she enjoyed working as a dental nurse for 5 years. Hannah finds daily enjoyment and reward from being part of the dental health care profession, especially in such a relaxed and friendly practice. From her own experience at the dental practice she also believes that dental hygienists and therapists play a very important role in the overall dental health of all patients, particularly when monitoring them regularly and advising on their oral health. Working so closely with her patients gives Hannah the opportunity to follow, improve and maintain patients gum health. The additional rewards for Hannah are the added improvements in a patients appearance and confidence bought about by having a clean, fresh, and healthy mouth.

Our Practice Manager

Sarah Merrifield

Sarah has been the Practice Manager at Pure Dental Care since 2009 and worked as a dental nurse for 10 years before becoming Practice Manager. The combination of these careers means that she has a strong understanding of all aspects of the dental practice and managing the delivery of high quality dental care. Sarah lives near Kingsbridge with her husband and two young daughters. Sarah enjoys Crossfit and regularly partakes in competitions as well as spending time with her family.

Dental Nurse TeamHere to help and make you feel comfortable

Our dental nurse team are professional and caring making sure you feel comfortable and reassured in our practice.