Cheddar - Dentist

Meet the team


"Meet the team that will help you get a Cheddar gorgeous smile."

The team

Dentists holding NHS contracts:

Mr Vinay Shah

BDS B’Ham 2003 - Full time - Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri - GDC 82031

Vinay Shah was the first graduate dentist to join us when Cheddar became a training practice. He was so happy here that he stayed and he has now achieved his ambition and he owns the practice! Vinay lives in Bristol with his wife and young family.

John Smalley Dentist

Mr John Smalley

BDS Bristol 1977 - Part time - Thur - GDC 51347

John initially worked in Weston super Mare. He started in Cheddar as an Associate in 1980. He then worked in partnership with Steve Wilkinson for many years before becoming the owner of the practice in 2001. In 2015 he was pleased to pass on the responsibilities of ownership of the practice to Vinay and his wife. Now working three days a week he has found an ideal balance between doing the work that he has always enjoyed and spending more time with his family and grandchildren.

John is a keen dinghy sailor racing on Chew Valley Lake whenever he can.

Mrs Rachel Lucy Parke

BDS Bristol 1998 - Mon to Wed - GDC 74323

Associate dentist working 3 days per week. Lucy qualified from Bristol University in 1998 and came to Cheddar in 2002 having worked previously in Bath and Bristol. Lucy lives in Blagdon with her husband and two children.

Ms Sinead Duane

BDS Bristol 2010 - Tue, Wed, Thur & Fri - GDC 191930

Sinead qualified from Bristol in 2010. She has been employed in Wincanton since then with a year out whilst working in Australia. Sinead joined Cheddar as a locum dentist but we quickly gave her a permanent contract.

Mr Warren Gater

BDS Bristol 2002 MFGDP(UK) 2006 - Mon to Fri - GDC 80548

Warren has moved to Cheddar and is pleased to have joined our team. He is a keen amateur cook in his spare time away from the Practice.

Mrs Lacie Bowen

BDS Bristol 2016 - Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri - GDC 265158

We are delighted that Lacie has decided to stay with us after her year as a Foundation Dentist. Having previously worked as a dental technician Lacie enjoys all aspects of restorative dentistry, and is currently training as a Forensic Dentist for the Avon and Somerset area.

Miss Lauren Taylor

BDS Liverpool 2017 Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri GDC 270774

Lauren graduated from Liverpool and is looking forward to experiencing life in the South. She has a particular interest in treating anxious patients and enjoys endless cups of tea!

Mr Michael Hamer

BDS Bristol 2017 Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri. GDC 271118

Michael loves the South West and is a great person to ask if you want to know which restaurants are the best in Bristol! He has enjoyed joining the team at Cheddar and is looking forward to a great year at the practice.

Practice Manager:


Mr Vinay Shah

BDS B’Ham 2003 - GDC 82031

Dental Hygienists:

Mrs Hannah Glover

DDH & T Wednesday and Thursdays - GDC 174120

Hannah qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2005 winning the Gold Award as the “outstanding candidate of the year”. She has a dual qualification as a hygienist /dental therapist from Bristol University School of Dental Hygiene (2009). Hannah strives to help her patients achieve a good level of oral health and believes every patient should be taught how to care for their mouths properly. Hannah lives with her husband in Cheddar and two young children.

Mrs Lynne Frewin

DDH & T Tuesdays and Fridays - GDC 189201

Lynne qualified as a dental hygienist / dental therapist in 2010 from Bristol University School of Dental Hygiene. She believes in using a “gently, gently” approach when cleaning teeth and together with her calm, quiet manner Lynne has convinced many nervous patients of the benefits of having regular appointments with a hygienist. Lynne’s home is in Cheddar.

Registered Dental Nurses:

We have a team of 11 part time Dental Nurses. All have to register with the General Dental Council to work in the surgery. We have one trainee nurse studying to gain her Dental Nurse qualification. Most nurses have been with the practice for many years – the longest serving has been with us for 24 years!

Mrs Jane Bardle - Experienced - 107603

Mrs Jacqueline Rees - NEBDN 2005 - 108633

Mrs Amanda Gupta - NEBDN 2009 - 174533

Mrs Claire Hargreaves - NEBDN 2005 - 157675

Mrs Caroline Craddock - NEBDN 2011 - 225212

Ms Jane Roberts – NEBDN 2011 – 219085

Miss Rebecca Teagle - DN Level 3 QCF - 255734

Mrs Karen Haskins - NEBDSA 1990 GDC - 137039

Miss Naomi Butt - NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 City & Guilds 2010 - 203409

Kayleigh Bushell - GDC 202103


Diane, Caroline and Sally share the week on the front desk. Their smiles and cheerful attitude help to make patients feel welcome. Naomi and Jacqui may also be seen on reception when the regulars are away.

“ The dentists and staff adhere to the rules governing the dental profession and all clinical staff are registered with the General Dental Council”

About Cheddar Village
Dental links:
General Dental Council dental health foundation
oral b Sensodyne Colgate
NHS choices Denplan