Meet the team

At Acomb Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


Jay Kindelan

BchD (Leeds) 1985, FDS RCS (Eng) 1992, MOrth RCS (Eng) 1995, MMedSci (Sheff) 1995, (Orth) RCS (ENG) 1998
GDC No. 60689

Jay qualified from Leeds Dental School with honours in 1985, working then in junior positions within Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry and Oral and maxillofacial Surgery. He then spent 3 years working in general dental practice in West Yorkshire.

Jay trained as an Orthodontic Registrar in Nottingham and Sheffield, followed by a Senior Registrar post between York and Leeds completing in 1998, and presently leads the departments at York and Harrogate District hospitals.

Lucia Tomas

Lic Odont (Barcelona) 2007
GDC No. 136672

Hello my name is Lucia, I am originally from Spain, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon in Barcelona, 2007. I have been working in the United Kingdom since 2008 where I started my intensive training in restorative dentistry and Orthodontics.

In 2014, I successfully completed my certificate in Orthodontics at BPP University in London, and also finished my MSc in Orthodontics at Salamanca University in 2016.

I have worked as a general dental practitioner for 8 years in Leeds, where I also treat several private orthodontic patients. I am currently working as an NHS Orthodontist in Beverley. I have completed many hours of advanced training in modern Orthodontics and restorative dental procedures, and have also been trained in Invisalign and Inman aligners. I like to spend time speaking to other dentists on this subject and take referrals in this area.

I am calm and caring and feel this helps when treating nervous patients and children.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my husband and friends. I live locally and am married to Matias, who is also a dentist who specialises in Endondontics.

I love travelling and have travelled extensively and to relax I enjoy cooking, skiing, dancing, and most other sports.

Lynda Allman

Practice Principal
BDS (Edin) 1987, Member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
GDC No. 62237

My name is Lynda Allman and it is my privilege to lead the team here at Acomb Dental Care.

I qualified in Dentistry in 1987 from Edinburgh University. After spending the first years of my career in Dental Hospital positions and training in Maxillofacial Surgery, I came to General Practice here in York, taking over at Acomb in 1997.

I feel enormously lucky to be in a career that I love, to work with a great team of dedicated individuals and to have such wonderful patients, many of whom have been coming to us for years.

My main area of interest is cosmetic dentistry. The best part of my job is seeing how transforming someone’s smile can have such a positive effect on their lives. I am always learning and developing my skills to keep up-to-date in this exciting field. There is always something new to learn.

Away from work, family life with my husband and two children keep me busy. I love cooking for everyone, enjoy gardening and, given the chance, would happily live in a ski resort!

Paul Calder

BChD (Leeds) 1999
GDC No. 76004

I joined Acomb Dental Care as an Associate Dentist in 2011, having worked in General Practice in the area since qualifying from Leeds University in 1999.

My aim is to provide gentle dentistry to the highest standards and I am always seeking new challenges to develop my skills. I have taken further training in placing dental implants and I'm currently working towards a postgraduate qualification in Endodontics.

Dr Chris Hand

BChD (Leeds) 2004, MJDF, RCS (Eng) 2012
GDC No. 83529

I graduated form Leeds University Dental School in 2004 and have since completed a diploma in dental healthcare at the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as a postgraduate certificate course in Advanced Restorative Dentistry.

My interests in dentistry are placing adhesive tooth coloured crowns and bridges and teeth whitening.

Greta Compton

Dip Dental Hygiene RCS (Edin) 2002
GDC No. 6075

My name is Greta and I am a Dental Hygienist at Acomb Dental Care.  I originally started off in Dental Nursing and loved it so much that I went on to train as a hygienist.  I gain great satisfaction from my job, helping our patients improve their oral health.  As a keen member of the British Dental Hygienists Association, I make sure I keep up to date with latest developments in my profession which are happening all the time.  I believe your visits to us should be both educational and entertaining – I am known for my infectious laugh!

Sarah Thirkill

Dip Dental Hygiene & Therapy (Sheff) 2005
GDC No. 6677

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a Dental Hygiene Therapist at the practice.  This means that, as well as helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums, I also can provide some types of routine dental treatment under prescription from our dentists. I love the variety of my job.

I’m a naturally outgoing person and I enjoy getting to know you and seeing you for your regular visits.

Laura Peace

BSc Dental Hygiene & Therapy (Birmingham) 2014
GDC No. 250913

Hello my name is Laura and I am a Dental Hygiene Therapist at the practice. This means along with keeping your gums healthy I can also provide restorations and tooth whitening under prescription from a dentist. I love my career and cannot wait to meet new patients at the practice.

Karen Laing

Dental Nurse
DSA cert NEBDSA 1986
GDC No. 125225

My name is Karen and I’m a member of the Dental Nursing team.  As the longest serving member of staff at Acomb Dental Care, many of you will know me well.  If you’re new to the practice, I hope to meet you soon.  I love my job and looking after our patients.  I guarantee that if you’re at all nervous about coming to the dentist, I’ll have you relaxed and laughing at my stories before you leave.  I’m also told that I am obsessive about cleaning, and I take that as a compliment in this job!

Michele Hill

Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN 2007, Certificate in Dental Radiology,  Certificate in Oral Health Education
GDC No. 125221

My name is Michele and I am senior Dental Nurse at Acomb Dental & Implant Clinic. Since joining the practice as a trainee in 2002, I have continued onwards and upwards and now head up our team of Dental Nurses.  You’ll find me just about everywhere in the practice, but I am especially involved in assisting with implant procedures.

I also have the role of Oral Health Educator in the Practice and I work alongside our Dentists and Hygienists giving instruction and advice to our patients on all aspects of oral healthcare.

Gill Reed


Hello, my name is Gill and I am your receptionist at Acomb Dental Care.  I am the first face you see when you come into the practice and your first point of contact when you telephone us.  It’s my pleasure to have been part of the team here for many years.  I have come to know many of our patients well.  I love to meet new patients and welcome back familiar faces.

I have two grown up daughters whom I see as often as I can that is, when I’m not decorating my home or acting as ‘mum’ to the foreign students I often have to stay with me.

Kate Kettlestring

Trainee Dental Nurse

I started at Acomb Dental & Implant Clinic as a receptionist but really wanted to expand my knowledge and gain experience working in the surgery so I am now a trainee dental nurse. I love meeting new patients and seeing the retuning  ones, I am really enjoying my new role and look forward to qualifying.

I have three children and I’m also blessed with three grandchildren, so I am kept fairly busy in my spare time with them. I also love reading, shopping and watching films.

Lynn Hatfield

Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN 1995
GDC NO. 125218

Hello, I’m Lynn and I’m part of the Dental Nursing team here at Acomb Dental Care. I have many years of experience as a Dental Nurse, having started straight from leaving school. I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I’m told that I’m super-efficient and organised – it must all those years of experience.

Jenny Nendick


Hi my name is Jenny, I am a receptionist here at Acomb Dental Care, I really love what I do. I enjoy nothing more than making patients feel welcome and at ease the patient journey is very important to me.

Charlotte Recchia

Trainee Dental Nurse

My name is Charlotte and I am a Trainee Dental Nurse here at The Acomb Dental & Implant Clinic. I have almost completed my training and will soon be qualified as a dental nurse. I really enjoy working at the practice the team have such a wealth of experience I have learnt so much. I really enjoy the variety of my job and the patients I meet every day.

Amanda Waters

Dental Nurse
City & Guilds Diploma in Dental Nursing
GDC No. 256527

Hello, my name is Amanda and I’m one of the Dental Nurses here at Acomb Dental Care.  I’m the one with the infectious laugh and I love my job.  Part of my role is to assist during sedation with our nervous patients.  It’s rewarding helping patients overcome their nervousness and develop the confidence to have their dental treatment.

Victoria Dibbs

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care 2003
GDC No. 215009

My name is Victoria and my role at Acomb Dental Care is to look after you as your Dental Nurse.  I did my original training at the practice starting way back in 1997, so I have got to know a lot of our patients really well over the years.  After a career break to have my four lovely sons I was happy to come back ‘home’ to work here in 2011.  It really felt like I’d never been away.  I really enjoy working with people and seeing the difference we can make to someone’s smile and their confidence.

Tracie Sturgess

Practice Manager

Hi my name is Tracie, I joined Acomb Dental & Implant Cinic in November 2017, after many years in Dentistry and spending time working with the military I have been a Practice Manager for 8 years. I have a vast experience of private, cosmetic dentistry, Implants and facial aesthetics. My main focus is on the patient Journey ensuring that the experience they have is second to none. I am so lucky to be the practice manager at Acomb Dental & Implant Clinic and working with such a wonderful team.

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