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

Dentist with an interest in Endodontics
BChD (University of Leeds), PG Cert Clinical Conscious Sedation (University of Bristol), PG Dip Restorative Dentistry (University of Birmingham), MJDF RCS (England), MFDS RCPS (Glasgow).
GDC NO. 259356

Asad graduated 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 completely comfortable for you.

Asad is a member of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, having passed the 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 2020, he completed a 2-year Post Graduate Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham with a Merit. Currently, he is studying a Master’s Degree in Endodontics (Root canal dentistry).

Asad has an interest in Endodontics and is happy to accept referrals from fellow dentists for root canal treatments and root canal retreatments.

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 is also football mad and loves supporting his beloved Birmingham City through their constant struggles!


Safoora Shahab

GDC NO. 275681

Safoora Shahab is a dentist at The Smile Rooms Malton and one of the newest additions 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 is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Contemporary Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. Safoora is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh having completed her MFDS examinations. 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 and is constantly developing and improving her skills by keeping current with the most modern techniques and technology. She 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 who takes up all their time outside of work. An ideal weekend is going to the Peak District and the many other beauty spots Yorkshire has to offer for a hike or cycle 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


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!

Helen Conman

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC No. 253576

Christina Malpass

Trainee Dental Nurse

Gracie Wainwright

Trainee Dental Nurse

Ollie Barlow

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!

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Samantha Hair

Assistant Practice Manager
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.

Sara Cook


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