Meet the team

At The Smile Rooms 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.



Catherine Tannahill

Principal Dentist
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 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics. 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 to the current site, then joining the award winning Portman Healthcare group in 2018. I have a particular interest in Cosmetic Dentistry, Facial Aesthetics and Orthodontics. I continually strive to keep bang up to date with new ideas and technologies. I also have a role as a Regional Clinical Lead for Portman Healthcare, and look after several dental practices across the North East of England.

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 cycle, run, and potter in the garden.


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.

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Dr Maria Cobo

Lic Odent (Madrid) 2009
GDC No. 187506

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

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


Dr Asad Rahman

BChD, MJDF RCS (Eng), MFDS RCPS (Glas), PG Cert Clinical Conscious Sedation
GDC No. 259356

Asad qualified from the University of Leeds in 2015. He is passionate about providing pain-free and minimally invasive dentistry to patients, and believes that with the latest dental techniques at our disposal, all dental treatment should be comfortable for you. He also believe that your natural teeth are precious and should be preserved as much as possible so that you are able to maintain your smile for longer.

Asad is a member of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, having completed his MJDF and MFDS examinations. In 2018, he also completed a year long Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Conscious Sedation at the University of Bristol.

In addition, he's currently studying towards to a Masters Degree in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham.

Asad provides all forms of general dentistry; from dental treatment under sedation for nervous patients to smile makeovers using Invisalign clear braces.

Outside of work, Asad loves spending time with his family. An ideal weekend for him would consist of a long walk in the Yorkshire countryside, followed by a well earned afternoon tea. He's also football mad and loves supporting his
beloved Birmingham City through their constant struggles!


Dr Luke Staves

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.


Safoora Shahab

BDS (Dublin) 2017
GDC No. 275681

Safoora Shahab is an associate dentist at The Smile Rooms Malton and the newest addition to our fantastic team.

Safoora is from Ireland and graduated from the prestigious Trinity College Dublin with Honours. Since graduating she has completed numerous courses and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry. She has successfully completed her MJDF Part 1 qualification and is working towards Part 2. Safoora is also a certified bioclear method practitioner. This allows her to predictably treat common cosmetic issues such as black triangles, peg teeth and small gaps between teeth all without having to remove any of the patients own healthy tooth structure. This ultra conservative and totally additive technique is very popular amongst patients who share our ethos of minimally invasive dentistry.

Safoora has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry (crowns, veneers and tooth whitening) and is constantly developing and improving her skills by keeping current with the most modern techniques and technology. Safoora shares our goal of giving our patients confidence in their smiles by providing a high standard of pain free dentistry in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Safoora has only worked as a private dentist since graduating and prides herself in providing the highest quality of dentistry to her patients. She moved to the UK In 2018 after getting married to Asad. They have a two year old son Zaki who takes up all their time outside of work. An ideal weekend is going to the Peak District and other Beauty spots Yorkshire has to offer for a hike or cycling followed by a picnic overlooking a breathtaking view.

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Emma Slater

Dental Hygienist and Therapist
GDC No. 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!


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 No. 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.

Sophie Nolan

Dental Nurse

GDC No. 269673

Beki White

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 248143


Bryony Hall

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 266214

I am a qualified dental nurse and joined The Smile Rooms in September 2018. I am loving working with such a happy, supportive team. Out of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, usually shopping or eating good food!


Lily Barham

Trainee Dental Nurse

Christina Malpass

Trainee Dental Nurse


Niki Boersma

Practice Manager
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!


Alexandra Asquith

Assistant Practice Manager

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Samantha Hair

Compliance Lead
GDC No. 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 husband Tom and our two boys Charlie and George - they keep us very busy.


Lynn Wilson


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.

Sara Cook


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