Meet the team
The staff at Grange Road Dental Practice there are a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about dentistry and committed to excellence.
Mr Ian Davies
GDC No. 74386
Born in Glasgow and brought up in his home town of Lanark, Ian moved to Newcastle in 1993 where he trained as a dentist. After qualifying he stayed in Newcastle and worked in a hospital and practice based training scheme gaining valuable experience in a variety of specialised areas.
Ian started work at Grange Road in 1998 combining this from 2000 to 2004 with part time work within Newcastle Dental hospital as the lead clinician within the General Practice Suite.
Ian and Louise Ward became business partners in 2011.
He is a member of the South Tyneside Oral Health Improvement Group and is committed to improving the oral health of the people of Jarrow and its surrounding communities. He is a member of the Local Dental Committee and works with NHS England. He also delivers lectures on dental photography which he has a strong interest in and provided specialised mask testing to dental practices within the North East during the Covid pandemic.
Since 2004 Ian has also worked as a trainer of newly qualified dentists and has a postgraduate certificate in education and learning and is strongly committed to continual professional development having gained Membership to The Royal College of Surgeons UK.
Ian is proud to have been nominated for Best Dentist 2017 and for the Best of South Tyneside Lifetime Achievement Award 2023.
Ian is married and has two children. He enjoys cycling, travelling and spending time with his family.
Mrs Louise Ward
GDC No. 83350
Louise graduated from Newcastle University in 2004 with Merit and began her career as a dentist in Jarrow immediately. She remained at Grange Road West for several years as an associate dentist whilst also providing care for patients from a practice in Durham and providing emergency out of hours care for patients in South Tyneside.
In 2011 Louise and Ian Davies became business partners and are now practice owners and Principal Dentists. Louise is on hand to ensure the practice is well managed on a day to day basis.
Louise has a young family and so particularly enjoys treating children within the practice. She is also experienced at treating nervous patients and is able to help individuals with anxieties about dental treatment improve their oral health and become regular attenders.
Louise completed her MFGDP(UK) examinations in 2007 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and is committed to continually updating and improving her knowledge and skills at postgraduate courses. Louise has been appointed by Health Education North East as a trainer and mentor to newly qualified dentists and completed a postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning.
Following her time studying in Newcastle, Louise moved back to her home town of Sunderland where she enjoys spending time with her husband and young children.
GDC No. 150329
Catherine graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 2008 with Merit.
She completed a further year of training at a practice in Middlesbrough and is now in her 5th year working at our practice.
Catherine had a keen interest in training future dentists and has gained a postgraduate qualification in this area with distinction. She has also completed a practical veneer course and is looking to do an advanced cosmetic course in the future.
Outside of dentistry, Catherine likes to relax via swimming and Pilates. She enjoys looking after her two Norwegian forest cats and is a keen dog walker.
Mrs Helen Dugan, BDS Newcastle 1997
GDC No. 73142
Helen qualified from Newcastle in 1997 and later completed the MFGDP diploma in 2008. Since moving from Portsmouth to come to Newcastle she has made the North East home and worked in several dental practices across Tyneside during the last 20 years.
She particularly enjoys helping and treating those with anxiety and dental phobias and is passionate about individual patient care.
She is married with a young family and enjoys outdoor activities with them.
All of our dentists and Qualified dental nurses are registered with The General Dental Council at:
37 Wimpole Street
We are always happy to receive feedback both positive and negative. Our complaints procedure can be obtained from our reception staff and we would encourage you to direct any complaints to our practice manageress at the Practice in order that we can resolve any issues.