Meet Our Team

Dr Leo Duran

BDS 1994 (Bogota) Statutory Exam 2008

GDC No. 164179

Leo is the Principal Dentist at Ferndale. He qualified as a Dentist in 1994 in Bogotá, Colombia with an international inter-universities award for his graduate thesis.

After qualifying, he worked in hospital as a Senior House Officer in the restorative department supported by a team of consultants where he acquired great experience in all aspects of conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. Following this, Leo started to work as a General Dentist in a private practice where he developed special interest in cosmetics.

After moving to the UK, he completed a diploma in Dental Practice Management and is currently working towards a diploma in Restorative Dentistry to add to his 20 years of experience within the dental profession. Leo is also a certified Invisalign provider (invisible braces).

His hobbies include drawing, oil painting and sculpting

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Dr Simon Oldfield

BDS BSc (Hons) MJDF RCS (Eng)

GDC No. 272227

Simon is an Associate Dentist at Ferndale and has studied extensively both at the University of Bath and Barts and the London SMD.

He believes great dentistry is based on creative thought, clear communication and attention to detail ensuring the highest quality care is produced. He has a passion for oral and holistic health and hopes to be able to share this with the practice and patients.

Simon is committed to continued learning and advancement of his care and is a certified provider of clear aligners/braces and has completed his Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties exams. He is currently completing a PG Diploma in Restorative dentistry with the Royal College of Surgeons, allowing him to provide more complex care in the restoration and replacement of teeth. At University Simon had research published in the British Dental Journal and was awarded the Dean’s prize for research. More recently Simon has been nominated as a finalist for the Case presentation of the year for young dentists in ‘The future of dentistry awards’.

Outside of work Simon has completed the York marathon and Leeds triathlon and enjoys playing sport and being outdoors walking, climbing, cycling, or running in the Peak District. He makes regular trips down to Devon to see his family and enjoy the beaches.

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Prof. Derrick Willmott

BDS (Lond) 1970, PhD (U Sheff), M.Orth RCS (Eng) 1988, FDS RCS (Eng) 1997

GDC No. 43632

Derrick Willmot, who recently retired as Consultant Orthodontist at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital Sheffield, is Emeritus Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Sheffield, and has recently retired as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Having worked in General Practice in Ashbourne, Derrick returned to University College Hospital to qualify in Orthodontics. He was Consultant at Chesterfield Royal Hospital before moving to Sheffield. He has also been a Dental Advisor to the Medical Protection Society since 1992.

Although research interests have included Image Analysis of enamel demineralisation and workforce issues, he is most at home bringing his delightfully gentle manner to achieve a proper understanding of his patients’ needs, so that he can offer the best smile possible to his patients.

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Dr Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

FDS RCS (Eng) 1991, BDS (Lond) 1986

GDC No. 61993

Ghazala qualified in 1986 at Guy’s Hospital in London. Having trained mainly in the realms of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, she holds a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1990. She is a registered Specialist in Oral Surgery.

With 24 years of experience working at Charles Clifford Hospital in Sheffield in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, being a senior and a a very experienced surgeon, Ghazala has a subspecialty area of expertise in medically compromised patients e.g. patients on anti-platelet therapy/anticoagulants or osteoclasts modulating therapies as well as the surgically challenging removal of teeth. 

With her kind and compassionate approach, Ghazala is meticulous in her planning for the best care possible with patients at the initial consultation appointment. She also accepts referrals from other Dental Practices.

Ghazala is trained in the use of acupuncture and conscious sedation and is happy to offer these techniques along side with a wide range of oral surgery procedures on enable comfortable treatment for all patients.

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Kate Drury

Dental Therapist & Facial Aesthetics Practitioner

RDH RDT 2015 Sheffield

GDC No. 212829

Kate began her career in dentistry as a dental nurse in a busy practice. Kate then acquired additional qualifications in ‘Oral Health Education’ and ‘Radiography’.

With a passion for dentistry Kate wanted to provide first class dentistry to patients and decided to gain her qualification in Dental Therapy at the University of Sheffield which she gained an overall distinction.

During her time at the University of Sheffield she was a ‘Near Peer Teacher’ in which she mentored first year students during their study. She was awarded a professionalism award at a work experience placement in my third year of study.

Since qualifying, Kate has worked in busy cosmetic and implant practices in Chesterfield, Nottinghamshire and Buxton, this has provided valuable experience when providing care to patients; especially in helping patients in improving and maintaining their oral health, white composite fillings, tooth whitening, Orthodontic care, implant care and always tailoring a treatment plan to individual patient needs.

Working in the head and neck area every day this has allowed Kate to expand her skill set and venturing into dental acupuncture, aesthetics, and skin care. Kate is able to offer patients dental acupuncture for jaw pain, gag reflex, Smoking cessation and many more oral health conditions.

Kate offers a variety of aesthetics and skin treatments such as: derma-planing, skin boosting facial rejuvenation, microneedling, mesotherapy microneedling, skin peels, skin pigmentation/sun damage treatments, facials and dermal fillers. Free Consultations can be booked at the practice and I am always on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding teeth or skin treatments and to give any after care advice.

Kate is very caring, patient and professional, she strives to provide a relaxing service for all patients.

In her spare time Kate loves to spend time with my family, friends and going for walks in the countryside with my dog.

Kate looks forward to meeting you to begin your dental and skin rejuvenation journey with us at Ferndale House Dental Practice.

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Julie Band

Senior Dental Nurse

GDC No. 54544

Gareth Phillips

Practice Manager

GDC No. 285959