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Ann  BirchAnn Birch
Dental Hygienist
Dip. Hygiene.
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 2280

Ann Birch is the Practice Hygienist, she is available to our private patients for treatment of gum conditions and has a preventive approach. She is available to advise patients on appropriate home care and suitable aids to achieve optimal oral health.

Ann was born and grew up in county Monaghan, Ireland. She commenced her career working as a dental nurse in Dublin and developed an interest in preventative dentistry. She subsequently studied to be a Hygienist and graduated from Glasgow Dental School in 1981. As a new graduate she worked in Kent for a few years before coming to Cumbria initially as a locum. She joined St. Helen's Dental Practice in 1992 and has worked part time in the team since then.

Outside of surgery Ann is kept busy with her family and is interested in walking and cycling.

Janet MatthewsJanet Matthews
Dental Hygienist
CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1991
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 4171

Janet Matthews is originally from the West Midlands. She commenced her career as a t trainee dental surgery assistant in an NHS practice moving on to study and qualify as a DSA at the Birmingham Dental Hospital. Her interest in preventive dentistry led her to study to become a Dental Hygienist at Manchester Dental Hospital graduating in 19991.

She went on to work at three dental practices in the West Midlands, one for 16 years and the other two 7 years and 9 years. Outside work Janet and her husband have a love for the Lake District and fell walking, enjoying many weekends and holidays out on the fells. This has subsequently brought them up to the Lake District to live their dreams and continue in their professions

Liz WilliamsLiz Williams
Dental Hygienist
CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1989
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 3755

Liz qualified from Guy's Hospital London in 1989 She worked in Henley until January 1990 and then went to work in Bermuda. Liz worked there for 12 years in a private practice where she met her husband. She then returned to Newcastle so that her husband could study Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University. Liz then worked in the North East for six years including one day a week at Newcastle Dental Hospital.

Her husband has a job working in West Cumbria, so Liz has now put her roots down and is looking forward to developing her career here - her home and her vegetable patch.

Fiona WoodwardFiona Woodward
Dental Hygienist
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1993
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 4459

Fiona qualified as a Hygienist at Royal Army Dental Corps in 1993.