Dr Martina Hodgson BChD MJDF

Principal Dentist

GDC 79295

Martina is the owner of The Dental Studio and has been at the practice since 2005. She qualified from Leeds University in 2001 and is an experienced and accomplished clinician. Martina is particularly interested in orthodontics (teeth straightening) and Invisalign. She also has over 10 years experience in facial aesthetics including wrinkle relaxants and dermal fillers.

“I am passionate about dentistry and the love the feeling you get when you make a patient smile with confidence for the first time in years. However, the most rewarding part of my job is building a great relationship with my patients based on trust (and some humour!) and seeing them come back year after year.”

Martina has two young boys (and one husband) to keep her on her toes in her spare time and loves going to the gym when she is not standing on a freezing cold football pitch cheering on her sons!

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Dr Adam Grainger BDS

Associate Dentist

GDC 69349

Adam qualified from Newcastle University in 1994 and has over 20 years providing high quality dentistry to his patients. He especially enjoys restorative and cosmetic dentistry and is currently finishing a 3 year MSc in Endodontics (root canal treatment), so is able to take on particularly tricky cases.

Adam's friendly and gentle approach will put even the most nervous patients at ease. He enjoys keeping fit and is a closet vinyl nerd, even doing the odd spot of DJing! We also love his dry sense of humour.

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Zaid Ali BChD MFDS PGCert PGDip MSc

Associate Dentist

GDC 103931

Available Saturdays only.

Zaid qualified from Leeds University in 2006 and has since had a varied career working in general practice and is now working in hospital full time as an SHO working towards his ISFE in restorative Dentistry and PhD.

He is highly skilled in a variety of disciplines and is also able to place implants.

We wonder that he has any spare time after getting all those qualifications but Zaid enjoys spending time with his family and going to the gym.

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Rachael Tyzzer-Smith

Associate Dentist

GDC 71859

Rachael is a highly experienced and caring dentist who puts the wellbeing of her patients at the heart of their care.

She qualified from Newcastle University in 1996, and particularly enjoys seeing her patients regularly, building up trusting relationships and encouraging a prevention-based approach to oral health. Rachael is extremely popular with nervous patients due to her clam and gentle demeanour.

Outside of work Rachael enjoys being with her two daughter, keeping fit and reading.

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Gemma Sinnet DHT

Dental Therapist

GDC 160406

Gemma graduated from Leeds University in 2013 and has been a valuable member of our team since then. Dental therapists are like hygienists that can also carry out fillings and baby tooth extractions. She is passionate about dentistry, always makes her patients feel at ease and loves treating children. She will soon be offering wrinkle relaxant and dermal fillers at the practice.

Gemma has a lovely little boy and loves shopping and socialising. She also takes awesome selfies and loves Desperados (a type of drink!)

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Marcia Cowan

Practice Manager

GDC 104655

Marcia is the glue that binds the practice together. She works hard to ensure the practice runs smoothly and patients and staff alike are happy. Always approachable and friendly, and always a smile on her face. Where would we be without her?!

Marcia loves camping, makes the best chocolate fudge cake and is enjoying the extra space now her two gorgeous girls have flown the nest.

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Susan North RDH


GDC 6147

Sue qualifed in 2002 as a dental hygienist and has been at the practice since 2003. She has a wealth of experience and has built strong relationships with her patients having been at the practice many years. They trust her to leave them with sparkling smiles and healthy gums.

Sue has two children and loves going to gigs, reading and socialising. Her favourite bands are The Killers and Imagine Dragons and McBusted (?!)

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Gemma Goddard DHT


GDC 101331

Gemma is fantastic with nervous patients and has a loyal following who trust her to keep their gums healthy in a gentle manner. We have been lucky to have her at the practice since 2011. She qualified from Leeds University in 2005 and even won awards for her periodontal work and paediatric dentistry.

A keen runner she has even been know to run home from work! She has two children and is also a qualified teaching assistant in a local school and loves nothing more than peddling away in a Spin Class! She also keeps us in a constant supply of amazing cakes!

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Tracie Barnett

Care Coordinator

Biography coming soon

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We also have seven friendly dental assistants and receptionists, some of whom have been with us over 25 years:

Kelly Whittaker

Dental Assistant

Kelly Ewbank

Receptionist and Dental Assistant

Melanie Lockwood

Dental Assistant, Decontamination Lead

Donna Clark

Dental Assistant

Tarragon Dorgan

Dental Assistant

Zaakirah Javed

Dental Assistant

Jessica Cowan

Dental Assistant

Deborah Horrocks


Deborah’s role is to ensure all our patients are looked after first and foremost as people. She is always there to have a chat and a cup of tea with if you have any concerns and also offers free consultations to new and existing patients. Deborah will happily sit down with you and chat through any procedures you may be interested in, free of charge, before you decide to commit to a dental consultation.
Deborah is great at reassuring nervous patients and gives tours of the practice to those thinking of joining.

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