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Simon Loescher – BDS
Simon qualified from Birmingham University in 1988, and has since been in General Practice. He began at a small surgery in Lichfield before moving to the family practice in Walmley in 1994. He has worked at the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, training undergraduate dentists. He has also worked part time in Oral surgery, Orthodontics and Periodontics. Simon is committed to the treatment of nervous patients, and those who have had bad experiences in the past. He has a particular interest in treating and preventing gum disease, and providing Implants to replace missing teeth.
Simon is married to Kathy, and they have three children and a cocker spaniel called Roxy. Outside of dentistry Simon likes to keep fit – enjoying cycling and hill walking. He is also a keen Bee Keeper…get him talking about his bees!!
Philip Holt – BChD, Bsc (Hons)
Phil began his training in the medical sciences, specialising in Pharmacology. He went on to study dentistry at the University of Leeds and qualified in 2008. Phil then spent 7 years in a practice in Yorkshire, also taking on the role of Foundation Dentist Trainer over 3 separate years where he trained qualified dentists in clinical techniques. He then returned to his native West Midlands, joining us in 2015. Phil is interested in all aspects of restorative care and aesthetic treatments, especially at the minimally invasive adhesive dentistry interface. His focus is on patient care: helping anxious patients get through their treatment, and helping patients complete treatment to make their mouths healthier, their ability to function better, and increase their confidence in appearance.
Phil enjoys spending time with his wife, Chloe, and 18 month old daughter, Elodie, and travelling when time allows it. His hobbies include walking and playing basketball and tennis.
Vanessa Carthy – EDH
Vanessa qualified in 1999 from Birmingham Dental School, as a Dental Hygienist and upon graduating, received three awards from the University. These were for Clinical excellence, the highest mark in a final examination and for her elective project. She is committed to a caring, gentle approach to help her patients maintain great oral health. She enjoys meeting new patients but also treating long standing patients.
Outside of work, Vanessa is kept very busy with three children! She enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling as much as possible.
We are really pleased to welcome Amy to our team.
Kathy is married to Simon and they have three lovely grown up children. She originally trained as a Primary School Teacher, but has worked in the practice since the family moved here in 1994. She is involved in lots of the behind the scenes work of the practice, but her favourite part of coming to work is getting to know the patients and helping to provide the warm welcoming atmosphere we are so proud of here.
Outside of work she loves walking and running – she and Simon have often taken part in the Sutton Fun Run to raise money for local charities. Her scariest moment to date – watching her youngest son Ben, do a bungee jump off the bridge at Victoria Falls!!
Lucinda is married with two gorgeous grown-up daughters and recently became a very besotted granny. She has spent most of her working life in dentistry and loves being a receptionist here. Before joining the practice in August 2017, Lucinda spent a year living in Tanzania, waking up each morning with a view of the Indian ocean was pretty awesome!
Lucinda enjoys reading, art, travel and socialising… and she makes a mean cocktail!
Karen Edwards – RDN
Dental Nurse and Receptionist
Karen qualified as a dental nurse in 1983, and joined the practice in 1986. She is experienced in all aspects of the surgery including working on reception. Having been with the practice for so long many of the patients know and love her well.
In her spare time Karen is a puppy walker for the West Midlands Police. She also enjoys socialising and travelling and has seen many wonders around the world. Ambitions are to actually sip a Singapore Sling Cocktail in the Raffles, and another trip to Iceland looking for the Northern Lights!!
Janet Spencer – RDN
In 1973 Janet qualified with a Distinction, to become a Registered Dental Nurse. She is experienced in working in single and multi handed surgeries, and as a senior nurse in the Community Dental Service in clinics and hospitals. She has worked at the practice for over 20 years.
Janet leads an active life away from work, enjoying badminton, gardening, scalextrix, cycling, and walking! She is also an avid supporter of her son’s team in the Amateur Go-Karting championships.
We are delighted to welcome Laura to the practice, she joined us in November 2018. After qualifying in 2010, Laura worked at Birmingham Dental Hospital gaining much experience in all aspects of Dental Nursing. She is particularly good at making nervous patients feel more comfortable, and working alongside children.
Her hobbies include travelling, spending time with friends, swimming and reading.
Emma Bradley – RDN
Emma qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2000, and is registered with the GDC. She is experienced in working with very nervous patients and over the last 5 years has assisted with sedation. Emma is our newest member of staff, joining us in 2018 having previously worked with Mr Holt in another practice.
In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with husband Warren, and children Layla and Hayden, and their cocker spaniel Royston. She supports her daughter Layla in her love for singing, dancing and acting and Hayden with his swimming and football. She also enjoys socialising and going to the Gym when time allows it.
Trainee Dental Nurse
Ellie left sixth form in 2018 and joined the practice to begin her career in dental nursing in 2019. She has keen interests in politics, music and travel outside of work. She hopes one day to travel the world, using her nursing skills to provide care to disadvantaged communities.