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.

Mark Andrew Watson

BDS Sheff 1997
GDC No. 73294

Mark qualified at Sheffield in 1997, followed by an initial spell practising in a hospital for two years. He has been practising in private dentistry since 2000, first in Tamworth, now at Hughes & Owen Dental Care, Swadlincote. Married to Clare Watson, a dentist in the same practice, he is a family man and when not at work, can be found mountain biking or road cycling.

Catherine Helena Owen

BDS Birm 1986
GDC No. 61590

Katie qualified from Birmingham in 1986 and spent two years working in hospitals before moving into general practice. She has been working at Hughes & Owen Dental Care since 1997. Katie has been on a number of postgraduate courses and likes to keep up-to-date with new developments in dentistry.

Clare Louise Watson

Dentist - Regional Clinical Lead for the North West of England

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.

Hayley Farmer

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

Gemma Bennett


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.

Natalie Fearn

Treatment Coordinator
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019
GDC No. 286875

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.

Courtney Swaddle

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2017
GDC No. 273387

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.

Katy Brown

Dental Nurse

NVQ level 3 City and Guilds

GDC No. 274985

Katy started as a trainee dental nurse in 2016 and qualified in 2018. Katy joined the team at Hughes and Owen in September 2021. Katy is keen to develop her skills further and has an interest in oral health education.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and days out.

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.

Rebecca Plummer

Trainee Dental Nurse

Cassie Oakey


I started Dental nursing around 2012 and qualified in 2014. I've worked in both NHS and private practices over this time. I started with Hughes and Owen middle of 2018 after being on maternity leave having my little boy in 2017. I work part time and more recently I moved over to working on reception which I enjoy.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and little boy. Going on day trips, weekends away and occasionally getting pampered.

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.

Stacey Cox


Karan Thomas


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