01305 263 492 The Gardens Dental Practice, 18 Cornwall Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RU

The Team

Dr Matthew Higginson BSc (Hons), BDS, PGDip, PGCert Implantology

Principal Dentist (GDC no. 150205)

I qualified as a dentist in Newcastle with merit in both clinical and academic dentistry.

I constantly strive to maintain the highest professional, technical and artistic standards, keeping at the forefront of modern techniques.
I have particular interests in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry and endodontics (root canal treatment) for which I recently received a prestigious national award.

I have developed an excellent reputation for my gentle, calm, and understanding approach to patient care and it is my aim to ensure that every patient receives the personalised care and attention needed to make each visit to our practice an enjoyable experience.

I’m very much a family man and at weekends can be found either on the beach or exploring the countryside with my three children, Madeleine, Isabella, and Hugo. I also love racing my sailing dinghy around Poole Harbour

Dr Will Gough BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)

Associate Dentist (GDC no. 103469)

Will graduated from Cardiff Dental School in 2006 and began his career with the Royal Army Dental Corps, achieving the rank of Major. He served all over the world and gained a wealth of experience; not only through the provision of general dental care to soldiers and their families but also providing care when deployed on operations in many challenging environments.

Will returned home and settled into general practice where he is thriving. He has successfully gained Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties; a postgraduate qualification that proves the attainment of a high level of the skills and knowledge needed by a general dentist. Will loves to learn and attends lots of courses to ensure he is always at the forefront of modern dentistry.

Not only is Will an excellent all-around dentist, he is also a very kind, friendly and gentle person who can put even the most anxious patient at ease. Will loves the variety of general dental practice and particularly enjoys providing a personal level of care and building a close professional relationship with his patients over time. Continuity of care is really important.

Outside of work Will is a keen rugby player; he has even had the honour of playing in the Army 1st XV. He also enjoys mountaineering, tennis and photography. He lives locally with his wife Laura who is a GP.

Dr Philip McCauley BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS ED. FICOI

Dentist with Special Interest in Oral Surgery and Implants (GDC no. 76491)

Philip graduated from Queen’s University Belfast Dental School in 1999.
After a year in general practice, Philip moved to the Oral Surgery Department at Poole Hospital and progressed to a senior level before moving into specialist private practice.

Philip is now one of the most eminent and well-respected Oral Surgeons on the South Coast of England. As a valued member of our team he offers his skill and experience to provide an outstanding level of care to patients at The Gardens Dental Practice.

Whilst Philip enjoys and thrives at all aspects of oral surgery including complex extractions and soft tissue surgery, dental implants are a particular passion of Philip’s. Having successfully placed and restored around 4000 implants since 2002 Philip can certainly be regarded as an expert in implantology. Indeed, he has been awarded the coveted Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Philip carries out all aspects of implant dentistry including multiple implant cases, full mouth rehabilitation on implants, bone augmentation and bone grafting. He has a special interest in the field of immediate loading of dental implants for single, multiple, full arch and full mouth implant cases.

More recently Philip has been to Bologna, Italy, to learn the application of cutting-edge technology to help in the rehabilitation of immediately placed implants, using the Weld-One intra-oral resistance spot welding device. This is a very exciting new field in implant dentistry!

Dr Izabella Bryant BDS, MFGDP(UK), CMI RAF

Dentist (GDC no. 81295)

We are very proud to introduce our lovely dentist Izabella.

Izzy has a wealth of experience in general practice with over 18 years spent providing the highest standards of dentistry and care to a wide variety of patients throughout the world.

Coupled with a passion to consistently achieve clinical excellence in the treatment that she provides, Izabella is also a superb communicator and is renowned for her personable and empathetic chairside manner. She is very calm and gentle and always shows sensitivity and consideration to every patient’s individual needs.

Izzy has a particular interest in dental and facial cosmetic treatments and strives to create long lasting aesthetic results using minimally invasive techniques. Her amazing work has provided life changing results for many delighted patients.

Jennie Birch

Therapist (GDC no. 136623)

Qualifications: BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Portsmouth 2013
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007

Jennie has really thrived in the world of dentistry; building on years of experience as a dental nurse, she gained a degree with honours in dental hygiene and therapy from Portsmouth University in 2013, and has never looked back!

Prior to joining The Gardens Dental Practice team, Jennie worked as a dental therapist at two other private dental practices in Dorset where she developed and honed her skills and knowledge with the benefit of multiple postgraduate qualifications.

As a highly experienced and well-respected dental therapist, Jennie is very able to offer our patients a wide array of services from check-ups, x-rays, fillings, gum disease treatment, and tooth whitening and can even provide emergency care when required. She enjoys helping building positive long-term relationships with all patients whether they be adults, children, those with special needs or very nervous patients.

Jennie is always super keen to learn new things that will help the patients under her care; she loves to keep at the forefront of developments in dentistry and enjoys discovering and perfecting new techniques.

Away from work, Jennie definitely likes to make the most of the outdoors, whatever the weather! She has camped and hiked all around the UK and explored countries all over the world. However, Jennie reassuringly vows that Dorset will always be her favourite place!

Elaine Allford

Hygienist (GDC no. 4078)

Qualifications: EB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1991

Elaine is a very experienced hygienist, having first qualified in 1991.
Elaine has since enjoyed a very varied and distinguished career which has encompassed work in both private practice and specialist clinics throughout Europe.

Elaine has undergone continued and extensive post-graduate training during her career which has equipped her with a unique and valuable set of knowledge and skills. This ensures a capability to help patients with even the most advanced level of need.

With a gentle touch, such a friendly, reassuring and sympathetic manner and a sensitive and caring approach to patient care, patients form a strong, trusting relationship with Elaine. This forms the basis for better treatment outcomes and so improved oral health, happy patients and a happy hygienist!

We consider ourselves very lucky to have Elaine on our team!

Jackie Hoddinott

Reception and Administration Manager (GDC no. 136510)

Jackie has been with the practice as a receptionist and nurse since 1979 and so is very familiar with all of our patients and their individual needs. She is often your first point of contact with the team either by telephone or in person and she always does all that she can to make your time with us a most pleasant and enjoyable experience. When not caring for patients Jackie enjoys playing golf, going to the gym and socialising with friends.

Lisa Jansz

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 117575)

Lisa began her career at a large NHS/private practice in Clapham, London where she worked for 14 years. She then moved on to work with a renowned general dentist and also an oral surgeon on Harley Street with whom she was involved in oral surgery and implant procedures. Lisa also worked at St.Thomas’ Hospital before moving to Dorset in 2001 and joining The Gardens Dental Practice in 2003.

Lisa really enjoys working as part of our friendly and highly professional team. She always strives to give excellent patient care and with her broad experience is always happy to answer questions on any dental matter.

Helen Loach

Nurse / Receptionist (GDC no. 110023)

Helen began her career as a dental nurse 16 years ago in Nottingham. After a period working in Wiltshire, she’s now settled in Weymouth. She’s very much enjoying life by the coast where she loves walking her dog on the beach, cycling and running. Most recently she has taken up playing skittles.

Helen began work at The Gardens Dental Practice in February, 2016 and her kind, gentle and patient manner is already making her very popular with patients.

Jennifer Brewer

Dental Nurse (GDC no. 276367)

Jenny is a local girl who grew up in Bridport and Lyme Regis. Having already gained a number of years of experience as a dental nurse in private dental practice elsewhere, Jenny was a very welcome addition to The Gardens Dental Practice staff in November 2019.

Jenny has a warm, friendly and engaging personality combined with a great enthusiasm for dentistry and a keenness to help others. These qualities helped to ensure that she very quickly settled into and became a popular member of our team.

When not in the dental surgery, Jenny might be found either swimming, paddle boarding or sailing in the sea nearby or otherwise skiing down or walking up mountains. Jenny’s other passions include Karaoke (she often can’t help but sing along to the radio in the surgery!!), watching documentaries and cooking – especially soup!

Jenny’s a real pleasure to have here at The Gardens Dental Practice.

Alexandra Pavey

Dental Nurse (GDC no. 262070)

Lexie qualified as a dental nurse in Poole in 2015 and has since qualified in radiography, sedation, and impression taking. She has a real thirst for learning! Lexie is keen to expand knowledge in all aspects of dentistry but she is mainly interested in surgical procedures.

Additionally, she applies her photography skills in the surgery when taking clinical images for when we are planning complex cases.

She has excellent patient care is very attentive to the patients’ and dentists’ needs, when working in the surgery, she is always one step ahead!

Outside of work Lexie likes to spend quality time with her family, and her exotic pets! She also likes long walks around where she lives, Portland, and enjoys exploring the coast of Dorset and finding new walks to take her dogs and toddler, Ezra!


Trainee Nurse

Josie is proving to be a very valuable member of our team. She is cheerful and enthusiastic and always keen to help. With her welcoming, kind and gentle nature, Josie can easily put the most nervous patient at ease and she always helps to make any visit to us a pleasure.

Josie began her Dental Nurse training with us in August 2019 following a period of studying A-levels at The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.
She is a fast learner, she is well organised and very efficient.

Josie is actually a very accomplished ballerina, achieving grade 7 with distinction… you might even catch her pirouetting between surgeries!!
She also has a wonderful singing voice and is a keen dramatist. Josie has a particular interest in animals and their wellbeing. She enjoys caring for and nurturing the animals that she keeps at home; this sometimes includes minor interventions such as ‘Bumble Foot’ correction on her chicken – you’ll have to ask Josie what this is!

We feel very lucky to have Josie here at The Gardens Dental Practice.

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