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 Maria Cobo

GDC 187506
LIC ODENT (Madrid 2009)

Maria joined the team in February 2020, she has extended studies which include Implantology, Oral Surgery and Periodontal Surgery.

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

Dr Zoe Connelly

GDC No. 114130

Dr Michael Davies

GDC No. 258888

Dr Allan Wood

General Dentist
BDS University of Birmingham 2001
GDC No. 79926

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.

Natalie Bisby

GDC 250944
Dental Hygiene & Therapy (Birmingham 2014)

Danielle Myers

GDC 262268
BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene & Therapy (Leeds 2020)

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.

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

Sophie Baker

Trainee Dental Nurse

Hannah Greenfield

Trainee Dental Nurse

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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Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
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