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.


Dr 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!

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.

Dr Luke Staves

BDS (Manc 2011) PG Cert in Imp Dent
GDC No. 211123

My name is Luke, and I qualified from Manchester University in 2011. My main interests lie within Cosmetic, restorative and Implant dentistry. I also have a keen interest in adult tooth straightening and cosmetic smile design. I am always looking to expand my knowledge in these areas and keep up to date with the latest advances to ensure my patients receive the best treatments available.

I have completed several post graduate courses with well known cosmetic dentists to ensure that my skills are to the highest standard. I have training in composite veneers and cosmetic bonding, and am currently enrolled in a year long advanced cosmetic and restorative course covering all aspects of the latest dental restorative techniques.

I am also trained to place dental implants, having completed a year long course in implant dentistry at the highly regarded ICE implant hospital in Manchester. I have also received mentoring from a number of very experienced implantologists to ensure all aspects of my treatment from planning to placement of implants is to the highest standard possible.

I take great pride in ensuring my patients are as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment process and always do my best to put them at ease whenever I can. My aim is to make sure from start to finish that your treatment process is as simple as possible, while providing to you the highest standard of care available.

Dr Tarun Mittal

Consultant / Specialist Orthodontist
BDS, DDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Ed)
GDC No. 209511

Tarun qualified from the University of Bristol in 2011, winning the Wilkie Prize in Orthodontics as well as the BDA/Densply Student Clinician of the Year award 2011. Following this he completed his vocational training in the West Midlands before working as a junior doctor in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in the East of England for a couple of years, winning The John Gilmour award for outstanding VT in 2012, an International poster prize at the International Association of Oral Oncology in 2013.

Having a keen interest in Orthodontics, Tarun was successful in a national recruitment process and started his Orthodontic Speciality Training in the South West at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. He passed the MOrth Examination at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2017 and in the same year completed his 3 Year Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) research degree at the University of Bristol. His research has been presented internationally and investigates the treatment outcome of children with Cleft lip and palate. Tarun has published over a dozen peer reviewed research articles, winning the University’s Alumni Prize for excellent academic achievement and publication record during his degree and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Orthodontics, and European Journal of Orthodontics.

Tarun is currently works at the York Teaching Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute treating patients who require specialist multi-disciplinary treatment for cleft lip and palate, hypodontia (missing teeth) and facial deformity. He is due to complete his Consultant Orthodontist training in October 2019. He works to extremely high standards and uses labial fixed braces, but can also use removable aligners such as Invisalign and invisible lingual braces such as Incognito or 2D lingual.

Outside of work Tarun has a keen interest in Film and Theatre, enjoys long walks with his partner and is taking flying lessons, working towards his Private Pilot’s License in the future.

Dr Ruth Brady

Advanced Facial Aesthetician
BDS L’Pool 1981
GDC No. 56011

Dr Ruth Brady is a multi-award winning Dental Surgeon who has gained recognition for her work in the field of dentistry known as Advanced Facial Aesthetics.

Dr Ruth works non- surgically on the face to improve a range of features. She improves profiles by changing the balance between the nose, the chin and the lips, and enhances features to make the face look years younger. She can slim down the face by reducing the bulk of the jaw muscles.

She also has great success in treating oro-facial pain and jaw joint pain, symptoms of clenching and grinding, certain types of headaches and excessive sweating.

Ruth’s fields of expertise include:

Anti wrinkle treatments on forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet

Lip and peri-oral augmentation

Cheek augmentation including tear troughs

Non surgical rhinoplasty to improve the shape of the nose

Chin and jaw line augmentation

Hyperhydrosis (control of excessive sweating at the hairline or underarm)

Skin boosters to rehydrate and plump the skin of the face, neck, decolletage and hands

Skin needling to firm the skin

Other collagen boosting techniques to smooth the skin

Muscular jaw pain and headaches including occlusal splint therapy

Facial slimming

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.

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.

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.

Karen Charlston

Head DentalNurse
GDC 204703
NVQ L3 Dental Nurse & VRQ L3 Dental Nurse City & Guilds 2011, Certificate in Oral Health Education, Certificate in Dental Radiography

Hi, I'm Karen and I work here as a Dental Nurse.
I have been a Dental Nurse for 10 years & have been at Acomb for almost a year!
I have qualified in Radiography & Oral Health and I am also 1 of the implant nurses here.
I also have the pleasure of working alongside Dr Ruth Brady, assisting her with facial aesthetics with absolutely amazing results!
I love working at this practice as everyone is so friendly and caring - it is a wonderful place to work.

Michele Bowman

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.

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 & Implant Clinic. 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.

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.

Natalie McIver

GDC 283640
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019

Kate Kettlestring

Dental Receptionist
GDC 282837
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019

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.

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