Welcome to our friendly, privately owned dental practice.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our practice website.  Here at Gentle Dental Care we are all about making our patients' dental experience better, providing you with the reassurance of high-quality dentistry alongside excellence in customer service.

Our 'World Host' trained staff aim to make you feel relaxed and welcome from the first point of contact right the way through your journey as a patient here at the practice. We believe in working with patients to avoid dental worries, with our emphasis on preventative care and dental insight helping you maintain a healthy mouth for life.

We have been a member of the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme since 2011.  This scheme recognises practices who keep up to date with nationally agreed standards in order to provide the best care and customer service for thier patients.

I hope to see you in the practice soon.

Kind Regards

Chris Pritchard BDS
Principal Dentist

Our Values

We aim to provide you with a very high standard of care within the practice and hope that you never have any cause for complaint. If you do have any concerns about the service you have received from the dentist or any of the practice staff it is important that you let us know so that we can address the issue and prevent it from happening again.  We operate a practice complaints procedure which adheres to national criteria.

Meet The Team

Dr Chris Pritchard BDS
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Principal Dentist
GDC no.
74836

Chris qualified from the University of Dundee in 1998 and then undertook two years of postgraduate training based at Edinburgh Dental Institute. He then enjoyed a two-year placement working in a private practice in New Zealand before returning to Scotland in 2002.  Since then he has continued to work within general practice, taking over the Gentle Dental Care practice in 2010.

Chris enjoys all aspects of dentistry but particularly enjoys restoring Dental Implants, Endodontics, treating children and helping anxious patients overcome their fear of the Dentist.

Away from work, Chris enjoys spending time with his young family and trying to keep fit and active. He enjoys most sports but has a great love of the outdoors, the mountains and the sea.

Dr Alice Thomson
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Associate Dentist
GDC no.
176321

Alice qualified from the University of Dundee in 2009. After completing a successful year in general practice she left Scotland for sunny Australia where she worked in a thriving private practice on the Gold Coast, Queensland for two years.

The call of Scottish air along with friends and family meant a move back to the UK in 2012 where she continued to work in general practice before joining the Gentle Dental Care team officially in January 2014.

Socially Alice loves to play team sports, cook for friends, sing, restore furniture and run through the Fife countryside with her young dog Ruby.

**Alice is currently on Maternity Leave and will return to the practice in September 2017**

Lisa Buchan
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Office Manager
GDC no.

Lisa has worked at the practice since 2002 having previously worked in Hospitality.  She has an administrative role within the practice and will usually be your friendly first point of contact.

In her spare time she enjoys cycling, pilates and socialising with family and friends. She also loves to relax by taking her dog for long walks.

Dr Gillian Ainsworth BDS (Sheff 1996) FDS RCPSG, MSc, MSurgDent
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Visiting Specialist Oral Surgeon
GDC no.
71932

Gillian graduated from Sheffield University in 1996 and then worked in an NHS General Practice before moving in turn to Glasgow Dental Hospital, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and St John's Hospital in Livingston. She was one of the first Surgical Dentistry Specialist Registrars in the country and completed her specialist training programme in 2003, simultaneously obtaining a Master of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Gillian spent 9 years at Glasgow Dental Hospital performing Oral Surgery under local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation and training undergraduate students and newly qualified dentists. She has worked at Edinburgh Dental Specialists' since 2011 and has developed a particular interest in implant placement and the management of the gum tissue around the implant to ensure the best possible aesthetic outcome.

Gillian is a specialist in Oral Surgery and a member of the British Dental Association, Association of Dental Implantology and the British Association of Oral Surgeons.

Nicola Latto
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Dental Hygienist
GDC no.
5975

Nicola has been with Gentle Dental Care since October 2012.

She initially trained as a Dental Nurse at Dundee Dental Hospital before deciding to further her training by completing the Dental Hygiene Diploma, qualifying in 2001.

Nicola then worked in Edinburgh for five years before taking a position within a private practice in Aberfeldy. Six years later it was time to move back to the Fife area to be near friends and family.

Laura McKain
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Dental Hygienist
GDC no.
6235

Laura qualified with a diploma in Dental Hygiene from Dundee University having previously gained a BSc in Biology Science.  She has worked in various practices throughout Tayside and Fife and has valuable experience as a Research Hygienist at the Dental Hospital in the field of smoking cessation.

In her spare time she loves live music and watching Scotland play rugby at Murrayfield.

Jenny Laing
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Dental Therapist
GDC no.
208690

Jenny qualified as a Dental Hygienist/Therapist from Dundee University in 2011. Since then, she has worked in various NHS and Private practices throughout Tayside and Fife, providing oral hygiene services and restorative treatments. She has gained valuable experience treating children and particularly with dentally anxious patients which she finds rewarding.

Outside work, Jenny likes spending time with her young family, painting and exploring beautiful Munros with the family dog.

Jenny is providing valuable cover here at the practice until September 2017 when Dr Alice Thomson returns from maternity leave.

Sian Allin
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Lead Dental Nurse
GDC no.
158799

Sian has been a Dental Nurse for over 25 years. Having completed her training within the RAF she then travelled extensively with her job. After leaving the RAF she worked in London as a Dental Nurse and Practice Manager before returning to Fife in 1999.

In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and coaches Junior Football, Cricket and Netball.

Natalie De Angelis
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Dental Nurse
GDC no.
262906

Natalie qualified from Edinburgh College with an NEBDN Dental Nurse qualification. After living and working in Edinburgh for two years she moved home to Fife to join the Gentle Dental Care team.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, travelling to new places and playing the bagpipes!

Sara Couttie
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Trainee Dental Nurse
GDC no.

Sara joined the practice in 2015 as a Trainee Dental Nurse, having previously worked in the retail sector within St Andrews. She is studying at Dundee Dental Education Centre working towards her SVQ/PDA Qualification in Dental Nursing.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.