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Our Team

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

Dr Claire Lawson BSc, BDS (Mcr), PG Cert Bus Mgt (Open), MFGDP, MSc (Rest Dent)

Principal Dentist

Claire qualified from Manchester in 1998, she has worked in many spheres of dentistry since qualification including the armed forces, community, hospital and prison dentistry and both NHS and private dental practices. She has gained experience in oral surgery, childrens dentistry and orthodontics and has worked a lot with inhalation sedation whilst in the community services.

Claire's main interest is in restorative dentistry, which combined with her many postgraduate training courses and years of experience taking referral work, means she can provide very advanced procedures that would usually require a hospital referral. She was recruited as a senior ʻSpecialty Doctor in Restorative Dentistryʼ working at Newcastle Dental Hospital in 2012. This involved treating patients referred in from the whole of the North East area and required close collaboration with the Consultant team in Newcastle as she treated cases that were considered too complex to be carried out in General Dental Practice from the whole spectrum of restorative dentistry (Wear cases, crown and bridgework, complex denture cases, difficult endodontics, periodontal care, implant work, care for developmental anomalies and post cancer treatment rehabilitation). She is also interested in Laser dentistry and managing anxious patients. She worked in Newcastle for 7 years until 2019 when she left to devote more time to her own practice.

She loves reading, walking her dog, camping and being outdoors- especially when its sunny! She has participated in the village pantomime for many years and loves live music and comedy shows and good food. Since sponsoring local racing driver Max Coates she has developed a passion for watching the touring cars and support races. But in reality- she is a bit of a workaholic, so much of her time is spent administering the practice and doing hundreds of hours of dental courses!

Dr Stefan Whalley BDS

Associate Dentist

Stefan graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in July 2017. He worked in his home city of Peterborough for two years before moving up to Yorkshire, where he works between CTL Dental and Alpha Dental Studio in Northallerton. Whilst enjoying all aspects of dentistry he has a particular interest in providing cosmetic dental restorations.

Outside of work Stefan is a keen runner, regularly partaking in Park Runs on Saturday mornings and has completed the Great North Run on three occasions to raise money for charity.

Dr James Hill BDS

Associate Dentist

Working in the North East since graduating Newcastle University in 2016 enjoying all aspects of general dentistry, with special interest in restorative and oral surgery. Currently completing a post-grad certificate in restorative dentistry.

Outside of dentistry a big sports fan; especially of football, rugby and tennis. Quality time with family and friends and walking his dog Marley.

Junu Gurung


Joining CTL just prior to the Pandemic in March 2020 as a Dental Nurse. She ably assists all our Dentists with set-ups, decontamination and keeping them on track!

An Army wife with two beautiful children who loves to cook Asian food and travel.

Libby Olney


Libby joined the practice in 2019, as well as assisting the dentists throughout all procedures, Libby helps with stock control and policies and procedures.

She loves to travel, explore the countryside and playing golf.

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