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Meet the Team

Our fantastic team consists of four highly trained dentists, an implant practitioner, facial aesthetics practitioner, two dental therapists and a dental hygienist and are fortunate to be supported by an experienced dental nurse and treatments team.

All of us at The Gentle Touch are firm believers in a preventative approach to your dental care.

Amber Aplin

Mrs Amber Aplin

Principal Dentist

Amber Aplin was born in Australia although she moved to Northumberland as a child. She went to school at Longridge Towers (many years ago). After studying dentistry at Newcastle, she graduated in 1998. Amber then spent the early part of her career with the Royal Army Dental Corps. During her…


BDS (Newcastle 1998)


PgDip PDC (Edin) (Distinction)

GDC 74845

Richard Lindsay

Mr Richard Lindsay

Associate Dentist

Richard Lindsay graduated from the University of Dundee in 2002. He then proudly served as a dentist in the British Army. After his stint in the forces, Richard joined The Gentle Touch in 2017. He is a compassionate dentist and this is what helps him to put patients at ease,…


BDS (Dundee 2002)



Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng)

DPDS Brist

GDC 81032

Ciara Sutherland

Mrs Ciara Sutherland

Associate Dentist

Ciara qualified as a dentist in her home city of Cork, Ireland in 2008. She has spent the last 13 years working as a dentist in Edinburgh where she gained a reputation of being especially good with nervous patients. In 2017, she was honroured to become the youngest ever dentist…


BDS (Cork, Ireland 2008)


John Thompson

Mr John Thompson

Associate Dentist

John Thompson graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2005 before moving over to Scotland. He completed his Vocational Training at Duns Dental Practice in the Scottish Borders. After 5 years in the Borders, John took the opportunity to move to Australia where he lived and worked in private practice in…


BDS (Belfast 2005)


GDC 86035

duncan weir implant dentist

Mr Duncan Weir

Implant Dentist

Duncan Weir is the newest member of our Dental Team and leads on dental implants. He is a graduate of Glasgow Dental School where he obtained the Board of Management prize for his work in relation to periodontal (gum) treatment. At the earliest opportunity, he completed his membership exams to…




Mrs Clare Crocker

Dental Hygienist

After leaving school, Clare Crocker worked as a dental nurse in both general practice and a Specialist Periodontal Practice in Manchester. It was the experience gained in this practice that inspired her to train as a Dental Hygienist. She qualified in 1993 at the Liverpool Dental Hospital School of Dental…


Dip Dental Hygiene, Liverpool Dental Hospital School of Dental Hygiene (1993)

Abbie Frankland

Dental Therapist

Abbie graduated from Edinburgh University with a 1st class BSc Honours degree in 2016 and has had a wealth of experience working in the Borders, Perth and Edinburgh. She has a special interest in treating patients who are anxious about dentistry and finds building a good rapport over multiple visits…


BSc Oral Health Science (Honours) University of Edinburgh (2016)


Michelle Paxton dental therapist dental hygiene

Ms Michelle Paxton

Dental Therapist

Michelle Paxton spent the first 8 years of her career as a Dental Nurse. She then studied at the University of the Highlands and Islands for a degree in Oral Health Sciences. Michelle graduated in 2013 with distinction as a dual qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist. Michelle has experience…


BSc Oral Health Science (distinction) Highlands and Islands (2013)

GDC 130398

Lisa Wood childsmile scottish borders

Ms Lisa Wood

Childsmile Dental Nurse

Lisa Wood has been with us at the Gentle Touch since 2006. She joined the practice directly from Kelso High School, and qualified two years later as a Dental Nurse. She went on to train as a Childsmile nurse in 2012 and has been treating children at our practice ever…

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