Meet the Team


Usman Akbar
Principal Dentist

Usman Akbar joined Dunning dental in 2019 . He has recently become the Principal Dentist. He completed his BDS from Pakistan in 2004 and gained further experience from attachments in hospitals and private clinics. After a few years of valuable experience, he established his own successful private practice. In 2009, Usman moved to the UK after completing his IQEs (International qualifying exams) and has been in the UK ever since.

Usman has been providing smile makeovers for many years. His knowledge of dental ceramics and occlusion has given him the edge in creating the most attractive and functional smiles, which are custom designed for the individual case.

Usman’s zest for further knowledge resulted in taking on a 4 year master’s program in prosthodontics from Kings’ College London. The successful completion of his Masters (MSc) then led to a double master’s degree, MclinDent FRP KCL( Master of clinical dentistry fixed and removable prosthodontics).

Furthermore, he has undergone 18months of formal training in the surgical placement of dental implants, and is currently undergoing advanced implant training with the royal college of surgeons England which is going to lead to another masters’.

Usman is passionate about root canal treatments and has taken several courses to develop his skills.

As the practice owner, Usman has a strong work ethic and always put patient’s interest first, he believes in evidence based dentistry and will strive to treat patients based on the most current and justified research.

Outside the practice, Usman enjoys oil painting and spending time with his two adorable children.

GDC Number: 164992

Kathy Brown
Associate Dentist
Kathy joined the Practice in 2001. She graduated from Sheffield University in 1990 with distinction and the prize medal in restorative dentistry, winning a prize from Charles Clifford Dental School for her elective study in the USA. In 1991 Kathy completed training in both surgical placement and restoration with dental implants.

Kathy's special interest is Cosmetic Smile Improvement and aims to provide a friendly and relaxed treatment atmosphere. She continues her professional development through various sources. Outside of work Kathy enjoys her gym workouts and holiday times with her family.

GDC Number: 65753
Gill Yates
Associate Dentist
Gill joined the team in 2007. She graduated in 1996 from Glasgow University with commendation. Since then she has worked in both NHS and private general dental practices gaining a wealth of experience in all areas of dental care, specialising in the restorative aspect of implants and placing complex restorations specifically designed for implants.

Gill has a special interest in facial aesthetics. She has clinics at Dunning Dental Care, focusing on wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers, cheek augmentation, and lip enhancement, using Juvéderm products. Away from work, Gill has a busy family life and enjoys running and dog walking.

GDC Number: 71653
Prof Julian Yates
Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantologist
Julian qualified from Glasgow Dental School in 1996 and following completion of his training in Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2006 became a Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at the University of Sheffield. He was then appointed as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2011 at the University of Manchester.

Julian is a clinical teacher in all aspects on oral surgery including routine and advanced dental implantology to both post-graduate and undergraduate students

He has vast experience in all aspects of implant dentistry including both the surgical and restorative aspects of patient management. Julian’s specific area of expertise is managing patients with atrophic jaws, including soft and hard tissue augmentation/grafting, the 'All-on-4' technique and zygomatic implants. As an honorary Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery he has significant experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and managing patients with complex treatment needs.

GDC Number: 72190
Judith Moss
Hygiene Therapist
Jude Started Dental Nursing in 1999. She Qualified Hygiene / Therapy in 2005 from St Bartholemews and The Royal London school of Medicine and Dentistry. She joined our team in 2007.

GDC Number: 6748
Sharron Kissack
Hygiene Therapist
Sharron qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1998. She studied Hygiene / Therapy at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield and on qualification in 2007, joined our team.

GDC Number: 114408
Dee Adams
Practice Manager
Dee started at the surgery in 1980. She qualified as a Dental Nurse but now generally works on reception and oversees the clinical governance and daily practices.

Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM): 2922
Sharon Ashmore
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Sharon has been a Dental Nurse since 1989 and has worked with us at Dunning Dental Care since 2002. Sharon is also qualified in Dental Nurse Sedation 

GDC Number: 111046
Zoe Mobbs
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Zoe started as a trainee at the practice in 2001. She qualified in 2002 and has been with us ever since. Zoe is also a qualified Oral Health Eduction Nurse.

GDC Number: 110182
Pauline Wheatland
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Pauline qualified in 1988 and joined our team in 2001. Pauline is also qualified in Dental Nurse Sedation

GDC Number: 111082
Naomi Tinker
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Naomi has worked with us since 2009 and qualified in 1992. Naomi is also qualified in Dental Radiography

GDC Number: 122079
Kirstie Hardy
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Kirstie joined us in 2011 straight from completing her Dental Nursing Qualification at Charles Clifford.

GDC Number: 205277
Hazel Hardy
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Hazel started at the practice in 2012, after completing further dental training. She originally qualified in 1992, returning back to dentistry after raising her 2 girls.

GDC Number: 246126
Sheridan Hughes
Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Sheridan is currently studying to become a qualified Dental Nurse. She joined the practice in October 2016 and is our newest team member. Sheridan will apply for GDC Registration when she successfully completes her studies.