Come in for a free first assessment and meet the team.

Your dentist completes a thorough fourteen point dental health check every six months. This includes everything from teeth, mouth and gums to cheeks, jaw alignment and the early signs of any related illness.

And your hygienist helps you with all the tools, tips and techniques you need to keep every surface of every tooth plaque-free every day.

You’ll see the same dentist and hygienist each time you visit. This means you’ll get to know each other and build a good on-going rapport.

Paul Whitehead BSc BChD
Principal Dentist GDC No. 63629

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Rosanna Tacconelli BChD
Principal Dentist GDC No. 63628

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Gaynor Franks, Dental Hygienist

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Michelle McElhinney, Dental Hygienist

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Lynne Darbyshire, Dental Nurse

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Carolyn Dixon, Dental Nurse

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Joan Gowers, Dental Nurse

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Sandra Heaton, Dental Nurse

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Glynis Foxton, Receptionist

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I have always wanted to be a dentist and am a passionate advocate of preventive dentistry. I love to create healthy mouths and provide my patients with the skills to care for them on a daily basis. Healthy mouths are great! They are reliable and trouble-free and I believe that you shouldn’t need to think about your mouth during the day – it should just work, all the time, every time.

There are lots of wonderful advances in the rapidly changing world of dentistry and it’s great learning about them and incorporating them in my day-to-day work.

The advances in techniques to improve people’s appearance have been dramatic and one of my greatest pleasures is the reaction people have to the new smile we have created for them.

I qualified from Leeds University in 1988. I am a member of the British Dental Association and after working at practices in Leeds and Bradford, I bought the Knaresborough practice with Rosanna in 1997. Outside of work I like to keep busy and enjoy spending time with my partner and children. I am a keen cyclist and skier, a school governor, and a Cub Scout Leader.
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Since taking over in 1994, Paul and I have introduced many changes to the structure and running of the practice and see it as a project in hand. We are always looking for ways to improve the care and service we provide to our patients – and are all ears when it comes to any suggestions they have!

I qualified in Dentistry at Leeds University in 1988 and since then have worked in Castleford and Bradford. I particularly like helping anxious patients to overcome their fear and thrive on improving patients’ appearance and confidence.

When I am not at work our twins, Luke and Eleanor, who are eight years old, keep us on our toes and provide many challenges, as any parent knows, but we also have double the fun! I thoroughly enjoy being a dentist and feel happy that my work-home balance is just right.

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Patients’ periodontal (gum) health and overall oral hygiene is my area of expertise and as a therapist I carry out simple fillings on adults and children and also perform extractions of children’s deciduous teeth.

I graduated from Leeds Dental Institute in December 2008 and I like to keep up-to-date with all the latest treatment methods and information by attending courses and lectures. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and walking.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5

I qualified with distinction in 2004 from Newcastle University and subsequently won the General Dental Council prize for professionalism.

I enjoy providing a first class service to patients by facilitating and instilling good oral hygiene practices, allowing for prevention of both long and short term gum problems. I’m a bit of a perfectionist (which drives my husband mad) and nothing is more satisfying than seeing the benefits of the dental hygiene maintenance programme, namely progressive and continuing improvement in both dental and general health.

When not at work my time is occupied by two adventurous and energetic young boys and my eldest son (along with his friends). When I get a rare escape from the hustle and bustle of both home and work life, I relax by taking a stroll along the river Nidd, with a pit-stop in Marigolds café (of course!)

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I have been a Dental Nurse for 19 years, qualified in 1997 and have worked at the practice since 2003.
Outside work my three year old daughter, Ella, keeps me very busy and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
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Creating a winning smile is what I love. I enjoy cosmetic dentistry and have worked as a dental nurse and receptionist since I was nineteen and for Paul and Rosanna since they bought the practice 13 years ago.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Patient care is my first priority. I find my job educating, challenging, and very rewarding and have been a dental nurse since 2004.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
I bring a wealth of experience and patient-knowledge to Purely Dental because I have worked at the practice for 20 years. Having lived in Knaresborough for 36 years I see many familiar faces and being the proud grandma of three, I understand how to deal with patients of all ages.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
I have worked for the practice for eight years and enjoy building up a rapport with patients and their families to put them at ease. I like walking, bike riding, dining out, going to the theatre and cinema, and travel.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5