Meet the team

At Hughes & Owen Dental Care 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 Swadlincote practice team members below.


Clare Ison

Practice Manager
GDC NO. 131068

Clare started her dental nurse training with Hughes & Owen in November 1988 and is enjoying being back in the practice since February 2022.

She has continued to pursue her career for which she has a passion for and gained additional qualifications to become a qualified Dental Nurse in 1994 followed by gaining national post qualifications in Dental radiography, Oral Health Education, Fluoride Application and dental impression taking.

Clare also had a short career break to work in retail management and gaining extra qualifications in Business Studies, plus a Diploma in interior design.

Clare has been the Practice Manager since 2022 and has continued to grow the practice whilst making sure the service and care we offer our patients is always excellent, plus keeping up with current compliance updates and developing the team.

Clare Louise Watson

BDS Sheff 1997
GDC No. 73265

Clare qualified at Sheffield Dental School in 1997 and has worked at Hughes & Owen Dental Care in Swadlincote since then. Clare is now also the Regional Clinical lead for the North West of England. She has always enjoyed all aspects of general dentistry, especially the care of nervous patients.

Within the local community at schools and pre schools, for the last 16 years Clare has provided oral health education including activities to engage with the children and promote oral health. Clare also plays a key role in the training and mentoring of dental nurses within our practice.

Outside of work Clare enjoys doing Pilates and yoga and is also a keen runner and has completed two half marathons for prostate UK. She also enjoys going on walks with her husband Mark, 3 children and 3 dogs.

Jonathan Mark Hanshaw

BChD Leeds 2001
GDC No. 79294

Jon qualified in Leeds in 2001 and completed his vocational training in York. In 2005 he completed the certificate in restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in London and enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. Jon joined Hughes & Owen Dental Care in April 2009 and is based at the Swadlincote practice. Outside of dentistry he enjoys watching football and playing badminton.

Eleanor May Mardon

BChD Leeds 2004
GDC No. 83402

Eleanor qualified from Leeds Dental Institute in 2004. Since then she has worked in both NHS and private practices in Leeds before returning to the Midlands in 2012. She has an interest in prosthetic dentistry and the care of anxious patients. Eleanor is based at the Swadlincote practice one day a week. When she is not at work she enjoys gardening and cooking, as well as running around after her three young children.

Baldish Singh Nandra

Dentist with a special interest in Endodontics
BDS (London) 2008, MSc (Endo)
GDC No. 155319

Bal qualified from Guys, Kings and St. Thomas’ Dental School at the University of London in 2008. Following this he went on to gain further experience working in hospital dentistry for a number of years in consultant led departments. Specifically, at King’s College Dental Institute, London, in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Special Care and Sedation, Paediatrics and Restorative Dentistry and at Bristol in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

This gives him a broad range of knowledge and experience to deal with more advanced restorative procedures which he manages in private practice in Birmingham. Specifically, Bal has a special interest in Endodontics, having completed an MSc in Endodontics (Masters degree in root canal treatments) and accepts referrals for all types of cases in this field in a number of practices across the midlands.

Bal passed exams to gain Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons, London in 2010 and Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 2011. As well as being a member of the British Endodontic Society, he is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) and has considerable experience in treating anxious and nervous patients priding himself on patients saying he has a gentle touch and calm demeanour.

Bal is extremely passionate about providing comfortable, high quality treatment and care to his patients. His focus is on further education and is dedicating his clinical time to patient care in the field of endodontics.

Edel Latham

GDC NO: 153900

Edel joined the team on November 3rd 2022.

Edel graduated from University College Cork in 2008. She has worked in general practice since qualifying, enjoying five years in Edinburgh followed by six years in London before settling in Staffordshire in 2019. She enjoys the ever-evolving nature of general dentistry and the variety that it brings.

Outside of work Edel enjoys yoga, reading and regular trips to catch up with friends and family in Ireland.

Dr Vivien Gion

GDC NO: 264467

Dr Nabeel Hussain

GDC NO. 302594

I am a caring and compassionate dentist who aims to provide the best care to my patients. I have a particular interest in fixed/removable prosthetics.

Outside of work I regularly play football, swim and enjoy travelling.

Dr Amir Kazemi

GDC NO. 268190

Amir Kazemi DMD MSc, qualified in 2016 from the University of Szeged. He then graduated from Westphallen Wilhelms University of Munster in 2017, with an M.Sc. in implantology and Dental oral surgery. He offers a diverse range of dental surgery treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, complex oral surgery cases and implants. He is a member of the ITI, (International Team for Implantology) and constantly striving to upgrade his work with new technologies and techniques.

Hayley Farmer

Dip Dent Therapy Royal College of Surgeons Of England 2013
National Certificate NEBDN 2007
GDC No. 142818

I have worked at Hughes and Owen for 10 years. I have been in dentistry since 2005 starting as a trainee dental nurse, then in 2013 qualifying in hygiene and therapy from Kings College Hospital. I love being part of a team at Swadlincote and treating patients holistically, I especially love oral hygiene and educating patient on how to maintain good oral health. Outside of work I love yoga, walking, cooking and spending time with my family.

Gemma Bennett


6 years I've been at Hughes and Owen now; however, I've been in dentistry 20 years. I first qualified as a dental nurse then further qualified in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. In doing this I gained experience in treating adults, children and very nervous patients. I am extremely passionate about promoting good oral health with my patients. I’m also very keen to share tips and advice to ensure good oral hygiene is achieved for all. In my spare time, I enjoy going on holidays with my family and pets.

Ziyad Abid

Qualified, 2022
GCD No. 299754

I am an overseas qualified dentist registered as a Dental Therapist in the UK, passionate about healthy gums and smile healing. Beyond my dedication to dentistry, I am an avid cricketer and badminton player. As a devoted family man, I value balancing my professional expertise with quality time spent with my loved ones.

Roz Siddon

Dental Nurse/Treatment Co-ordinator
NEBDN 1992
GDC No. 226451

I have been in dentistry for 35 years, and worked as a dental nurse and a Treatment Coordinator.

I particularly like the treatment coordinator role; I enjoy discussing treatment plans with patients and answering their questions. I'm also qualified in radiography, impression taking, fluoride application and scanning. I have a real passion for the job. In my spare time, I like to craft, spend time with her family and weekends away exploring.

Samantha Young

Lead Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016
GDC No. 266373

I started at Hughes and Owen in 2016 as a qualified dental nurse. I enjoy spending my time with my husband, our little girl and Milo the spaniel.

Maria Craddock

Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN 2006
GDC No. 135564

Maria started dental nursing in 1978. She Qualified in 1981.

In her spare time she likes to spend time with her husband and loves the national trust and also going for walks.

Karen Anslow

Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing (NEBDN)
GDC No. 120101

Karen started work in dentistry in 1991 as a trainee dental nurse and went on to gain the NEBDN National certificate in 2002. She then went on to attain the NEBDN qualification in Radiography in 2008.

Karen enjoys working alongside the dentist helping to put patients at ease, especially nervous patients and young children.

In her free time Karen enjoys spending time with her family, walking and visiting new places.

Kirsty Mclnerney

Dental Nurse

Kirsty started at Hughes and Owen in July 2021 as a trainee dental nurse. Kirsty is enjoying the training to become a qualified dental nurse and hopes to be qualified by the end of 2022.

In her spare time she likes to go running. This year she hopes to be able to complete her third half marathon.

Stacey Hardwick

Receptionist/Dental nurse

I qualified as dental nurse 12 years ago, I have worked and travelled around the UK. I have worked at Swadlincote since May 2022, and have enjoyed it immensely. The best part of being a dental nurse is having people leave with a smile on their face. I enjoy going to the gym and travelling with my dog and family.

Rebecca Plummer

Trainee Dental Nurse

I started my training as a dental nurse with Hughes and Owen Swadlincote in 2022. I really enjoy learning from the dentists and getting to know and look after the patients.

Kaitlan Rice

Trainee Dental Nurse

I started my dental nurse training with Hughes and Owen Swadlincote in October 2023, so far, I have enjoyed seeing lots of different treatment and I have learnt a lot about general dentistry. After qualifying I would like to travel and see as much of the world as I can.

Shelby Leedham


I started working for Hughes and Owen in 2022 as a receptionist. I was attracted to the comforting feel of private dental care and the amazing personal benefits received when visiting a small family like practice.

My passions include Special Needs Awareness and Dogs.

Karan Thomas


I started working full time in Aril 2022 as a receptionist and i have been really enjoying it ever since. We are like a little family here; I mostly enjoy getting to know patients personally whilst providing them with profession quality care. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my Son and Daughter and my 2 Grandsons.

Portman Dental Care Awards

Fmc Logo 2019 Winner Oby M25
Award Logo 2018
Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
The Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care