One of our great strengths at NDOrtho is our dedicated team of nurses, reception staff and practice co-ordinators. Without them we could not provide the service that our patients enjoy on a daily basis.
Heather Crane – Nurse
Heather qualified as a nurse in the Royal Air Force Dental Surgery Assist Program in 1977. After general dentistry in the RAF she joined NDOrtho in May 2001 and has worked here ever since gaining her radiography qualification in 2008. When she is not involved in orthodontics she works as a complementary therapist providing aromatherapy massages and reflexology from a salon in nearby Braunton.
‘I enjoy orthodontics as you can see the difference it makes to patients’ confidence. And they smile more!’
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Claire Feehan – Nurse
Claire started work as a dental nurse in general practice from 2006 and qualified in 2008 in Okehampton. She moved back to Barnstaple and has worked in several general practices in the area. During this time she studied for her dental radiography qualification and passed this in 2010. After nine years in general practice she moved into orthodontics and and joined us in 2015. Claire can often be seen riding around the area on her trusty bike with her two young children in tow in their trailer. A fitness fanatic, Claire gets involved and stuck in to all the practice events and is a good runner as well as a keen cyclist.
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Ruth Joslin – Nurse
Ruth worked as a dental nurse for several years in general practice in North Devon before becoming part of the team at NDOrtho in 2005. Ruth subsequently gained her certificates in dental nursing and dental radiography with us. She is a calm, relaxed member of the team and one of our qualified first-aiders. Ruth always keeps herself busy. Out of work she enjoys walking with the family, swimming and going to the gym. More recently, she has been showing her green-fingered side and can be regularly seen digging and tending the produce up at the practice allotment.
‘I enjoy how varied my work is at the practice. I am happy to turn to my hand to reception and clinic and the interactions with the patients in those areas.’
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Nicola Milward – Nurse
Nicola has been a dental nurse for over 5 years recently gaining her Oral Health Education qualification with BDA. She started out in the dental industry in early 2010 as Receptionist for an established dental practice in Cardiff when she became more and more interested in the dental side of the business. Following this interest she pursued her desire to become a dental nurse. Nicola passed her dental qualification in July 2013 and in August 2013 relocated to Barnstaple. During her time in North Devon she has been employed as a Head Nurse which was a great experience and added to her
motivation to further her career in the dental industry. The next qualification Nicola is hoping to achieve is dental radiography. In Nicola’s spare time she regularly attends the gym, and is a bit of a home maker. Aside from the dental practice you may see her around town finding a bargain, encouraging her son at various sporting events or enjoying family
time at local restaurants.
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Sophie Penny – Nurse
Sophie started nursing in general practice in Taunton in 2011 and gained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing in February 2013. She joined us at NDOrtho in April 2013 (There has not been a dull moment since!). She is enjoying the change to orthodontic practice. Sophie gained her certificate in certificate in dental radiography in February 2014 and her PAR scoring calibration in December 2014. Never one to be idle, Sophie has gone on to achieve her Paediatric First Aid qualification in April 2015.
‘What I like the best is seeing peoples’ characters change from the beginning to the end of treatment.’
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Sarah Tate – Nurse
Sarah started her dental career in 1999 in Northam and qualified as a dental nurse in July 2001. She previously worked at NDOrtho between 2001 and 2004 and returned to us in December 2014 working in the meantime back over in Northam. She has a great deal of chair-side orthodontic experience and we are happy she is back. We were delighted when Sarah passed her Dental Radiography exam in December 2014. Sarah is a keen runner and has completed several marathons including Barnstaple and the London Marathon. She also enjoys walking her dog with her family around the beautiful Devon countryside. She is another keen music lover who enjoys going to concerts when she can.
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Claire Turner – Nurse
Claire started work at NDOrtho in June 2005 and has obtained her National Certificate in Dental Nursing. She also gained her certificate in Dental Radiography in 2010, and in October 2014 she achieved her certificate enabling her to take dental impressions. She is also one of our first-aiders. Claire is renowned for her efficiency and has a lot of experience with the private aspect of orthodontic treatment and the variety of appliances that we use at NDOrtho. We were delighted to welcome her back in May 2016 after her maternity leave, and we are pleased to have visits from baby Evelyn on a regular basis.
‘ The best part of my job is seeing the look on patients’ faces when their brace is removed and treatment is complete.’
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