Meet the team

At Lyme Bay 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. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

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


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Dr Philip Bennett

Dental Practitioner with Special interest in Dental Implants
BDS (London) 1978, LDS RCS (England) 1979
GDC No. 52604

Dr Philip Bennett is one of the UK’s most experienced implant surgeons, he has been placing and restoring implants since 1989 and has a wealth of knowledge in the field. Recognised as an opinion leader for several implant companies, he still teaches both nationally and internationally on the subject.

He is a former President and Director of Education of the Association of Implantology (UK).  He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Implantologists (USA), and an accredited “Expert in Implantology” from the European Dental Association.  He has been an invited speaker on many prestigious implant courses including the Royal College of Surgeons Implant Diploma and the University of Salford’s Implant MSc.

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Dr Georgios Margaritis

Dental Practitioner
DipDS (Thessaloniki) 2003
GDC No. 84030

Georgios Margaritis qualified in April 2003 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece. He began his professional career as a high ranking dental officer in the Dental Hospital of the Greek Army, whilst also working in Periodontology and Dental Implant practices. He has also started his MSc in Endodontics in 2014.

Since moving to England in 2004, he has under taken further studies in dental implantology, aesthetic and restorative dentistry. In recent years he has become interested in Endodontics and pain management. In 2011 he gained his Diploma in Clinical Endodontic Practice from the Queen Mary University, Royal London Hospital.

George shares Dr Philip Bennett’s vision of providing excellence at a high level and joined the team at Lyme Bay Dentistry providing a bespoke Endodontic referral service in Lyme Regis.

George lives in Poole where he enjoys cycling, kite surfing, running and studying. George married in August 2015 in his homeland of Greece.

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Dr Matthew Paterson

Dental Practitioner
BDS (Birmingham) 2004
GDC No. 83493

Originally from Nottingham, Dr. Matthew Paterson qualified at Birmingham University in 2004. He spent 4 years post-graduation providing high quality dentistry in the Nottingham and Newark area, when he completed a certificate in Advanced Restorative Dentistry.

In 2008, he decided to move to the beautiful west country and initially chose Somerset as his base. He has recently worked in private practice in the Beaminster area and most recently here at Lyme bay Dentistry where he has been practicing since 2014.

In 2015 he started a masters degree in Implantology at the University of Bristol, where he will develop not only his theoretical and academic knowledge, but will also obtain excellent practical clinical treatment both at the university and also at Lyme Bay.

Matthew shares the vision of Lyme Bay Dentistry and Portman Dental, where he will continue to strive to provide high standards of dentistry. He is frequently told he has a knack for putting nervous patients at ease and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist where his work is concerned.

Matthew is a member of the British Dental Association (BDA), the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).

Matthew currently lives in Somerset with his wife, Lisa, daughters Georgia and Bella and their beloved black Labrador, Oscar.

His main passions are providing high quality dentistry, rugby, cooking and enjoying the fantastic great outdoors that the south west area provides.

Susan Heselton

Dental Practitioner with Special interest in Periodontics
BDS (Edinburgh) 1990, MSc (London) 1999, MFDS RCS (Edinburgh) 2000, MGDS RCPS (Glasgow) 2002
GDC No. 65365

Susan qualified at Edinburgh University in 1990 and subsequently joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. Following a year of vocational training, Susan practiced as a general dental surgeon providing all aspects of dental care. Susan commenced her postgraduate education in 1999 and was awarded a Master of Science in Periodontics from the Eastman Dental Institute followed by Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and Membership in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Susan left the Army in 2008 to develop a periodontal referral service and pursue her interest in dental implantology.  In 2010, she completed a two-year course in implant dentistry provided by the Faculty in General Dental Practice (UK). Her main interests are non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy; the placement and restoration of dental implants; bone and soft tissue augmentation; and, the management of dental implant related diseases.

Susan is a member of the British Society Periodontology and Association of Dental Implantology (UK).

In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

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Peter Mitford

Dental Hygienist
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2013, Diploma in Dental Hygiene Cardiff 2017
GDC No. 247806

Born and raised in Ghana till his teens Peter moved to Exeter with his family to settle. He goes back to Ghana from time to time to visit family and enjoy some time in the sun.

His route into dentistry started out in training as a dental nurse in 2011 and he was then inspired to go on to undertake the dental hygiene course at Cardiff University.

He enjoys spending time with family and friends whether it be a day out, meeting for food or a games night in. He finds the best way for him to relax and unwind is to sit out in the garden and enjoy the peaceful noise of nature (weather permitting).

To keep fit, Peter enjoys going to his local spin class and occasionally partakes in obstacle races. The last race was tough mudder which was done  a few years ago but is looking to do another one soon.

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Ryan Oldfield

Dental Hygienist
National Certificate NEBDN 2010
GDC No. 196452

Ryan started his dentistry career early in 2006 in the British army. After the gruelling but fun basic training he started his trade training with the Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC)  at Aldershot Garrison. Although this was not as physically demanding as basic training it was very demanding mentally due to exams on a fortnightly basis. Ryan passed out from Aldershot in 2007 and was attached to the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Being a part of the British army enabled Ryan to see and deliver vital dental care to HM armed forces and their families around the UK and the world which he looks back on in fondness.

The highlights of Ryan’s military career were being posted to; Wellington barracks in central London with the Grenadier Guards, Brunei with the Ghurkha rifles and also as the Principle dental officer’s junior non commissioned officer at horse guards where he sneakily sat at Napoleons arch rival the Duke of Wellingtons desk! Whilst at the Horse guards they ran a region of around seventeen dental practices and luckily Brunei was part of the region which meant they could visit.

Brunei was a real eye opener and Ryan says the rain was just like how Forest Gump had described it when he was in Vietnam. Being in Brunei gave Ryan the opportunity to develop his communication skills with people who perhaps only had a basic understanding of the English language as well as understanding their faiths, something that would provide invaluable when he graduated from University and went on to work in a civilian dental practice in Wimbledon London.

“I found my time with the RADC very rewarding and which ultimately laid the foundations of my knowledge and commitment to providing excellent quality and ethical dental treatment.” – Ryan

Ryan furthered his dental career by leaving the British army and enrolling at Southend University in Essex (yes he saw the people from towie) to study a degree in Oral health sciences.

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Chrissy Harrison

Head Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2017
GDC No. 269342

Chrissy joined the team in December 2014 from a retail background as she wanted a challenging career within the dental industry. She is local to Lyme Regis, having attended Woodroffe School before going on to Exeter College.

Chrissy has decided to pursue a career in dentistry and has worked hard to become the Head Nurse at Lyme Bay. Chrissy is currently studying Radiography. Chrissy really enjoys being in surgery and constantly learning new things, she also has a special interest in implantology.

In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys spending time with friends and family as she is one of seven children.  She also enjoys meals out. Her favourite foods are Mexican and Italian.  She likes cheese as long as it’s not blue cheese! Chrissy loves going on weekend breaks and exploring new places. Chrissy also enjoys going to the gym and going on runs around the countryside. Chrissy enjoys adrenaline filled activities and trying something new and last year did a sky dive for charity.

Chrissy loves going to hot countries and stayed in Qatar for 3 months in winter with her Grandparents when she was younger. She found being in a hot country for Christmas very strange though. One place that Chrissy really wants to travel to is Australia.

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Kelly Chubb

Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN 2007
GDC No. 150037

Kelly has been a nursing for over 13 years.  After studying A levels in Sixth Form, Kelly decided she wanted a change and applied for a job as Trainee Dental Nurse in her home town. She gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in May 2007 and she is registered with the General Dental Council as a Dental Care Professional. She has taken further training in Dental Implantology and passed her postgraduate certificate in Dental Radiography.

In addition, she is trained as a witness and mentor to help with training and supporting trainee nurses throughout their National Certificate for Dental Nursing course.

Kelly has been at Lyme Bay Dentistry for nearly 11 years now. Kelly joined Lyme Bay as she was very interested in assisting with implants, surgical procedures and working to a high professional standard.

Kelly lives in the county of Somerset with her husband Garreth, sons Ethan aged 6, Elliott aged 1 and her two dogs, Alfie and Dotty. Kelly and Garreth have spent a lot of their spare time the last couple of years renovating their house to make it a better family home. She enjoys days out with her family like going to the local beaches. She also enjoys looking after her two younger brothers and nephew.

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Charlotte Akka

Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDSA 1992
GDC No. 156865

Charlotte Akka lives in Bridport with her husband and three children. She grew up in Bridport where she went to County Primary School and then on to Sir John Colfox Secondary School. After finishing, she trained as a dental nursed at Weymouth College and worked at a practice in Bridport. She passed her national certificate in dental nursing in 1992. Charlotte continued to work there for another seven years, then decided she wanted a change.

Charlotte moved to Lanzarote where she worked as a tour guide. Her role was to show tourists around the volcanic south of the island and around the natural green north. She enjoyed her job and it was made even better as the sun was always shining. Charlotte made a lot of friends and enjoyed sampling many of the Spanish dishes.

Charlotte also met her husband in Lanzarote.  After being there for two years they decided to move back to her home town of Bridport. She tried a different occupation in the line of office work which included telesales.  She left to have her children (twins) a boy and girl which are now 10 years old.

After being out of dentistry for 10 years, Charlotte joined Lyme bay dentistry in January 2010, and had a short maternity break in 2013 to have her daughter.  Charlotte enjoys her work and says that one day is never the same as the other. She enjoys going out for meals with her work colleagues and always says it is a good laugh.

When Charlotte is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She loves to take her family to the beach at West Bay to watch the waves crashing against the rocks and have an ice cream from the local lady called Margaret, who owns a kiosk along the front and is always there rain or shine.

Charlotte frequently visits Morocco to visit her husband’s family. She enjoys seeing all the lovely scenery of Morocco as they travel down through the Atlas Mountains to the sandy desert of the Sahara. She enjoys the different variety of food and is able to cook some of these herself. Charlotte finds it very hot in Morocco (She isn’t good in the sun).

In her spare time she enjoys swimming, needle craft and decoupage.

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Natalie Heighway

Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014
GDC No. 249896

Natalie joined the practice in May 2017 after returning from her second winter season in Austria. She has been dental nursing for 6 years and gained her National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2014. Natalie is currently training for her first half marathon in March 2018.

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Tanzy Cronshey

Trainee Dental Nurse

Tanzy has worked as a trainee dental nurse at Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic for just over a year now and is hoping to qualify this year. She is planning her wedding for 2020 to her fiancé Aaron and has recently welcomed her first addition to the family, Mila, born on the 1st October. Tanzy enjoys nursing because she likes to learn and work in an environment where she can meet new people and has the opportunity to further her career.

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Kaitlyn Harper

Trainee Dental Nurse

Kaitlyn joined the team in January 2018. She is local to the practice, living in Uplyme with her parents and twin sisters. She also has two cats called Tilly and Willow. She attended Mrs Ethelstones Primary School, The Woodroffe School and then went on to study at Exeter College. She worked in the hospitality industry for 7 years, managing a pub. Until she decided that she wanted a challenging career within the dental industry.

She has recently just started her National Diploma in Dental Nursing and is working towards becoming a registered Dental Nurse. After she has achieved this, she wishes to progress further and gain more knowledge by taking post graduate courses.

In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also likes going to the gym and attends a spinning class twice a week.

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Libby Barnes

Trainee Dental Nurse

Libby attended The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis from 2011-2016, she then went on to study agriculture at Bicton college. After graduating, even though she loved agriculture she decided to have a change and join Lyme bay dentistry in September 2017 as a trainee dental nurse, she has already learnt a lot and is looking forward to learning much more. Everyday is different and interesting and everyday she enjoys gaining new skills.

When Libby qualifies as a dental nurse she hopes to continue learning and getting better.

In her spare time Libby enjoys helping out  on her boyfriends family farm, milking the cows and looking after all the animals. She is also part of Dorset Young Farmers club which keeps her very busy. Libby also likes going on holidays especially to cold countries where she can go skiing, she has been to Lapland, Norway and Japan.

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Ingrid Godfrey

Patient Coordinator

Ingrid is Somerset born and bred and lives in South Somerset with her family and has never ventured out of the county to live. Ingrid enjoys camping though she calls it glamping as she takes a fridge, has an electric hook up and puts up bunting around the tent! One of her favourite places to camp is a campsite on Exmoor where she used to go as a child and has been going there every year since 1980 and now enjoys taking her daughter back to stay. Ingrid’s other hobbies include going to the concerts – she is a big Take That fan, the gym, swimming and is playing Badminton on a Wednesday and Thursday night.

Family time is important in Ingrid’s life and where ever possible weekends are spent exploring the area, going to the beach or visiting National Trust places – Stourhead in Wiltshire being a favourite.

Ingrid loves to travel and has been to many places though not in recent years. She has done aid work in Romania at an orphanage which she found very challenging and made her appreciate what we are able to offer our children in the U.K. She was also selected by the Girl Guides Association to go to Russia for 5 weeks at the age of 16 and stay at an international pioneer camp in the Crimea which was a fantastic experience.

Ingrid stumbled into the dentistry world in 1990 after working as a dispensing assistant in various opticians since leaving school. The change of career from eyes to teeth has seen Ingrid move from reception to our patient coordinator and she has worked with us at Lyme Bay Dentistry since 2010 having had a career break of 2 years to bring up her daughter prior to this. Having gone on various courses over the years Ingrid is very customer focused and believes in excellent customer service.  Her role at the practice is to make sure that your patient journey is as you expect and she is here to help should there ever be a problem. She can help organise finance for treatment and can explain the various options that are available to you.

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Nastassi Jennings


Nastassi joined the Lyme Bay Dentistry team in July 2014 as our receptionist. She went to school in Beaminster until she finished her GCSE’s.  She then studied further in a sixth form college in Chard studying food technology, law, sociology and P.E.

After studying for her ‘A’ levels she decided to start working in the hospitality industry.  She gained experience in customer service in a busy hotel as part of the restaurant team. She then transferred to the administration team and became a receptionist. Whilst she was there she completed her level 2 Customer Service NVQ. She then left the hospitality industry and worked in an office where she then realised she missed meeting and interacting with people on a daily basis, so decided to go back to a more customer focused role and then came here to Lyme Bay Dentistry.

She currently lives in Somerset with her partner Liam and her dog Summer, a black and white Springer Spaniel. She likes to spend time walking Summer in the beautiful surroundings of the Somerset and Dorset Area. Her hobbies are reading, walking, going out for dinner, going to the theatre and the cinema. She loves to spend time with her friends and family which live locally to her.

Nastassi likes the summer-time as she enjoys having barbeques, although her favourite food is Indian and pizza. She has been skiing a couple of times in the past, but would like to make this a regular holiday. She likes visiting her partner’s family in France (of course the dog goes too she has her own passport). Her favourite country to visit is Italy. She has been to Florence before and wishes to go again as she loved visiting the palace and a monastery.

She would like to travel more in the future, but she isn’t very good at flying. She ventured to New York last year and will be planning to go to the United States again maybe for longer and see a few different places in one go so she doesn’t have to keep flying back and forwards. She likes the look of Texas and Arizona.

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Aidan Biggins

Practice Manager

Originally from Clevedon, North Somerset, Aidan has recently moved to the area to join the team at Lyme Bay Dentistry. Aidan has worked within the dental industry for three years, managing a multiple of NHS practices in Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, as well as an orthodontic laboratory.

Before dentistry, Aidan has nine years of experience in retail management, where he worked with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Crew Clothing. Having had to stop playing rugby due to injury, Aidan decided that he wanted to combine his love of sport and people management, so he worked hard to get his qualifications to be a Level 2 sports coach. This opened the door to two years managing a sports coaching company, working with Bristol Rugby to deliver sports sessions in primary schools.

Aidan got married to his wife in the summer of 2016 and shortly afterwards they moved to Axminster with their dogs; Elvis, Dolly and Delilah. They bought their first house together and were shortly celebrating the birth of their daughter Clementine in September 2017. In his spare time, he enjoys walking their dogs across the beautiful beaches along the Jurassic Coast and exploring the area he can’t believe he gets to call home! Aidan also loves to pop up the M5 to watch his beloved Bristol City.

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