The Smile Room Team

Meet the Team

This is our dedicated and friendly staff at The Smile Rooms, who will make your visit a pleasant experience.


Meet more of the team below....

Practice Manager

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Niki Boersma
President of Association of Dental Administrators & Managers 2014-2016

I'm Niki ,The Practice manager I joined the great team at The Smile Rooms in 2015. I have worked within Dentistry for the last 30 years and am proud to represent Practice Managers & Administrators within Dental business sector

I am married to Mark and we run a B&B in Thirsk . In my spare time I am a member of Wetherby Speakers Club, I also enjoy fundraising and have been lucky enough to do this with the dental charity Heart Your Smile that raises awareness in the community.

I am here to ensure the smooth running of The Smile Rooms, from equipment to customer satisfaction. If you need me, just ask!

Lead Nurse and Treatment Coordinator

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Claire Boyes
Registered Dental Nurse GDC 114995

I’m Claire, the Lead Nurse and Treatment Coordinator. I have worked at The Smile Rooms since 2001. I worked as a Dental nurse since 2011 and then took a role as Practice Manager in 2013. I feel very lucky to work with such a great team. As I thoroughly missed the clinical aspect of my work, I have returned to the clinical team from 2015 as Lead Nurse and Treatment Coordinator.

I am married to Andy and have two children Jasmine and Finlay. I enjoy family time, walking with our newest member of the family (Belle the dog) and socializing.

What is a Treatment Coordinator? I am here to introduce you to the practice and to help you with any queries, no matter how big or small, both before, during and after your treatment


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Catherine Tannahill  BDS MFGDP(UK)
GDC No 69436

I am Catherine Tannahill, Principal Dentist at The Smile Rooms and Advanced Facial Aesthetics Practitioner. I qualified at Manchester Dental School in 1993 and have since completed extensive postgraduate studies, including my Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. I have worked in Scarborough, Bridlington and York, also teaching undergraduates in Leeds Dental Institute. I established The Smile Rooms in 2007, taking over a longstanding practice in Malton town centre and relocating it in 2011.

I have a particular interest in Cosmetic Dentistry, Facial Aesthetics, Orthodontics and Business Studies. I continually strive to keep bang up to date with new ideas and technologies.

I love leading the fantastic team that we have at The Smile Rooms and looking at ways to delight our patients, with excellent customer service. If you need to improve your smile or wish to commit to long term Oral Health, then we are the practice for you.

When I am not working, I love to spend time with Andy and our boys (usually at the side of a rugby pitch), cycle, run, and potter in our garden.

Maria Cobo

Maria Cobo
GDC No 187506

Lic Odent Madrid 2009

Maria joined the team in August 2018 she has extended her studies to include Implantology , Oral surgery and periodontal surgery.

Maria loves traveling and is looking forward to meeting those patients that need her care.

Dr Lise Woodward

Dr Lise Woodward
GDC No 100447

I am Lise Woodward and I am an associate dentist at The Smile Rooms. I qualified from the centre of excellence The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2003 and have worked in private practice since I qualified 15 years ago. I have worked in the U.K. since 2006 when I moved to York with my husband and fellow clinician Duncan.

During the last 15 years I have completed numerous dental courses including a years post graduate restorative course via Leeds University in 2008. I very much enjoy the restorative pathway with a strong passion and interest in prosthodontics - the construction of fixed/removal dentures, crowns - and bridges.

In my spare time I am devoted to my family - especially my husband Duncan and our daughter Eva. We also have our spoilt, food-loving, 12 year old black labrador Monty.

We enjoy regular trips back to Denmark to see family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors and an uplifting run in the beautiful English countryside or a coffee-trip to Copenhagen or Paris! I love a well made, beautifully presented, strong and tasty coffee (I am a Dane....!).

I'm looking forward to meeting all the patients at The Smile Rooms in Malton and to practice my very best on a daily basis in an environment where patients come first.

Dr Chris Hand

Dr Chris Hand BChD MJDF

I graduated from Leeds University Dental School in 2004 and I have since completed a diploma in dental healthcare at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a postgraduate course in advanced restorative dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute.

I enjoy all aspects of dentistry especially providing cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening, tooth coloured fillings and crowns and orthodontics.

I can also provide dental implants to replace missing teeth and I regularly work as part of a dental sedation team which allows me to offer patients their treatment under intra-venous sedation.

Jonathan Hindley

Jonathan Hindley BDS MJDF (RCS Eng) MSc BSc (Hons)
GDC Number 227515

My name is Jonathan and I am an associate dentist at the Smile Rooms. I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2012. I then worked in Cheshire before moving to North Yorkshire with my family.

I completed my membership of the faculty of dental surgery/faculty of general dental practitioners examinations at the royal college of surgeons of England in 2014.

I am passionate and enthusiastic enjoying all aspects of clinical dentistry. My professional interests include restorative dentistry and dental implantology and I intend to begin the 2 year diploma in Implant dentistry in the near future.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children and my dog Snoopy. My personal interests include Motorsport, golf, travelling and walking.

Dental Hygienists/Therapists

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Kerry Slater, Dental hygienist
GDC No 5596

Hello I’m Kerry and I’m part of the hygienist team at The Smile Rooms.

I’ve worked in dentistry since 1989, firstly as a dental nurse then as a hygienist from 1999.

I have worked for The Smile Rooms since 2006, but Catherine and I first worked together from 2000 at a private practice in York. I thoroughly enjoy my job and have loved the work from day one, having a super support team here at the Smile Rooms is a great bonus.

I enjoy all aspects of the work, from helping phobic patients overcome their fears, to restoring a patient’s smile simply by removing unsightly stain.

To relax I enjoy photography, cake decorating and of course spending time with my husband, David & Son Jack; together we like walking, cycling & running

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Jane Sherwood Dental Hygienist
GDC 801

Hello my name is Jane Sherwood and I am lucky enough to be a member of the team here at the Smile Rooms. I have been a Dental Hygienist for ever (1970) and still love my work. I particularly enjoy helping the nervous patient who finds visiting the dental surgery a terrifying experience. It is very satisfying to help change a person's feelings about the dental visit and here at the Smile Rooms we all want the very best for everyone.

When I am not at work I enjoy watercolour painting, cake decorating and reading.

My husband John and I enjoy our grandchildren, eating out and the odd holiday.

 Emma Slater

Emma Slater Dental hygienist and therapist
GDC 131212

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a Dental Therapist at The Smile Rooms where I have worked since 2011 as part of the Hygienist Team. I qualified at Sheffield in 2009.

I love working here seeing a variety of patients and regularly go on courses to keep my knowledge up to date. I especially love treating children and helping them to improve their oral health for life.

I live in York and enjoy spending time with my husband Jim and daughter Lucy. When I have the time, I enjoy going to music festivals and concerts and I also like to keep fit doing a bit of running. I have an allotment which I try to tend as often as possible although the weeds often grow better than the veg!

Dental Nurses

Dana Carr

Dana Carr
Trainee Dental Nurse

I’m Dana and I started my apprenticeship with The Smile Rooms in June 2017. Since then I have learned lots about dental care and hope to grow with the industry constantly developing my knowledge.

I love horses and have grown up in a horse racing family. I have 5 dogs and love taking them for long walks. My other hobbies include baking, knitting and spending time with my lovely family and friends.

Helen Conman

Helen Conman
GDC 253576

Hi, I’m Helen and I joined The Smile Rooms in 2016. I am a qualified dental nurse, here to help make you experience at The Smile Rooms as comfortable as possible. I love my chosen career and constantly furthering my knowledge in the field of dentistry.

In my spare time I like to go swimming and enjoy going walking. I am I keen road cyclist and go cycling 2 -4 times a week with a local club/group covering in the region of 30 – 40 miles each trip.

Philippa Porter

Philippa Porter
GDC 274212

I have been working as a dental nurse since 2015 in between working on Reception so you may see me popping up from time to time in the treatment rooms. I just love to play a big part in patient care.

Lauren McGuigan

Lauren McGuigan
GDC 278714

Hi my name is Lauren, I have joined the smile rooms team as a trainee dental nurse in 2016 and I'm really enjoying it, everyone is so kind and welcoming, they're a lovely team to be a part of. I started formal training at York College for my dental nurse qualification in September 2016.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and baking with my younger brothers.

Samantha Hair

Samantha Hair
GDC 149236

Hello, my name is Sam. I have been a dental nurse since 2006. I have worked at The Smile Rooms since 2010. I enjoy working with our dentists and hygienists, as part of the nursing team, and particularly enjoying helping patients gain a confident smile.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner Tom and our two boys Charlie and George - they keep us very busy.

Lydia Drury

Lydia Drury
GDC 269408

Hi I am Lydia.

I am a dental nurse here at The Smile Rooms. I have been working here since July 2015 and am loving it. The team have been so welcoming and supportive with my training. They are always happy to help where possible.

Out of work my hobbies are typically girlie - shopping and spending time with my friends.


Reception Team

Philippa Porter

Philippa Porter

Hello my name is Philippa, I have joined The Smile Rooms as Receptionist in April 2015. I am very happy to be part of such a great team, and am looking forward to furthering myself within the practice. In my spare time you will catch me in the shops or entertaining my son Sebastian on fun outings.

Lynn Mills

Lynn Mills

Hi I’m Lynn and I am here to help on reception to take your calls and welcome you. I started off in the dental profession as a nurse and have worked in various practices over the years.

Alexandra Asquith

Alexandra Asquith

I joined the team in 2017 and love to provide helpful service on the front desk; over the telephone, via email and in person. I look forward to giving you a warm welcome to The Smile Rooms.