Meet the team

At Westhill Dental & Implant Clinic 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 practice team members below.

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Aidan M McKenna

Dentist
BDS (Dund) 1997, MFGDP (UK) 2001
GDC No. 62863

Aidan was born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. He is the youngest of eight children. His mother was a fishmonger and his father a farmer. After attending school in Ballymoney at St. Brigid’s Primary and Dalriada Grammar, he qualified with a Batchelor of Dental Surgery degree from Dundee in 1987.

Before coming to Westhill, Aberdeenshire in 1993, Aidan worked in general dental practice in Alnwick and Newcastle for six months followed by a five year spell in Dunfermline in Fife.

In August 1998 Aidan and his wife Maria bought Westhill Dental Practice from Graeme Cruickshank and five years later, moved the practice location to its permanent home at Fir Lodge.

Aidan obtained his Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice, (Royal College of Surgeons) in 2001. He followed this up by completing his Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (Royal College of Surgeons) in Manchester in 2008 and was awarded the gold medal for best student.

In addition to general dental practice, Aidan teaches final year dental students at Aberdeen Dental Hospital & Institute of Dentistry.

He has previously been both Treasurer and Chairperson of Aberdeen Local Dental Committee.

He is a full time father to three expensive and untidy children.

In his spare time he likes to walk, golf and do manly jobs at his home/croft/small holding where he is an unpaid stable boy/shepherd. He is also a Radio 4 and Archers addict. A lover of ‘dad jokes’, country music and ‘amdram’, Aidan is a regular performer in his local panto every December. Ever the diva, he insists that a poem or song of his choosing, is performed by him every year!

Aidan and Maria are very proud to have joined Portman Dental Care in December 2019. Aidan does not normally work with a full beard!

Maria A McKeena

Dentist
BDS (Dund) 1987
GDC No. 62845

Maria qualified with a Batchelor of Dental Surgery degree from Dundee in 1987. In August 1998 Maria and her husband Aidan bought Westhill Dental Practice and five years later, moved the practice location to its permanent home here at Fir Lodge. Since 1998 the practice has been an integral part of daily life for Maria and her family.

Maria enjoys all aspects of her work as a dentist especially welcoming and reassuring her patients both old and new.

In her spare time Maria enjoys riding and currently exercises her daughter’s horse whilst she is at university. She also enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining both family and friends

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Julia L Conquest

Dentist
BDS (Dund) 1997
GDC No. 73358

Julia is in her second incarnation as a dentist at Westhill Dental Practice - her dental nurse affectionately refers to this as Julia 2.0!

Julia 1.0 began in 1998 and lasted for 6 years, before she moved south to Manchester to have a career break in order to raise her two boys. Julia returned to Westhill Dental Practice in 2014 and was delighted to be reunited with many of her former patients and colleagues.

More recently she has been busy with home projects such as renovation, gardening and up-cycling furniture. She also enjoys cooking and baking- nowadays with the help of her husband and sons! However, long walks and cycling are also very much on the agenda accompanied by their miniature schnauzer, Erica.

For Julia, the best part of being a dentist is connecting with patients both old and new.

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Shahab Rahmen

Restorative Dentist
BDS (Mysore) 2002, MFDS RCS (Edin) 2007, Statutory Exam 2008
GDC No. 139194

Shahab graduated from the University of Mysore, India in 2001. He moved to the U.K to pursue his post graduate studies and completed his MSc in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Newcastle in 2004.

Shahab has been working in the Restorative Dentistry Department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and latterly at Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital since 2004. He worked as a Senior House Officer from 2004-2007 and has been Specialty Dentist in the department since 2007. He has been with us at the Westhill Dental Practice since 2012 providing Restorative specialist level care for patients in our practice.

Following Shahab’s MSc in Restorative Dentistry in 2004, he went on to do his Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCS Ed) from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). During his MSc, he carried out endodontic research looking at various irrigants in immature teeth. This was published in an international peer reviewed journal.

Shahab provides comprehensive specialist level care for patients in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Implantology. His special interests are broadly related to Endodontics and Prosthodontics including Implantology. In Implantology, he has experience in both Straumann and Nobel Biocare systems and has been placing implants for over 12 years. In Prosthodontics his interests are full mouth rehabilitation including restoring severe tooth wear / tooth surface loss cases and complex denture cases including overdentures.

Shahab is actively involved in the Managed Clinical Network providing training for dentists who have a special interest in Endodontics. He also runs a One stop endodontic clinic at the Dental Hospital where he sees patients with endodontic related problems. The treatments he provides include post removals, perforation repairs, Re-RCT, removal of fractured instruments, and negotiating sclerosed canals. He has also been involved in developing the Head and Neck Restorative Service at the hospital and lectures on the Effects of Radiotherapy to the Oral Environment to the local dental community.

He is a member of the British Society of Prosthodontists, British Society of Periodontology and the International Team for Implantology (ITI).

In his spare time Shahab enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Sumithra Hewage

Orthodontist
MOrth RCS ENG 1991, DOrth RCS ENG 1986, FDS RCS ENG 1983, Statutory Exam 1981
GDC No. 55794

Sumithra completed her specialist Orthodontic training at the University Dental Hospital in Liverpool and she is registered as a specialist by the General Dental Council.

Sumithra was a lecturer in Orthodontics at the University of Liverpool from 1986 until her appointment as a consultant in Orthodontics at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital in 1993. Currently, in addition to her private practice, she works as a Consultant Orthodontist in North West London, where she is engaged in training postgraduate specialist registrars.

Sumithra is a member of the British Dental Association, the British Orthodontic Society, the European Orthodontic Society and the World Federation of Orthodontists.

In her spare time Sumithra enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Audrey Kershaw

Oral Surgeon
FDS RCS (Edin) 1991, BDS (Glas) 1987
GDC No. 62146

Audrey qualified from Glasgow University with BDS in 1987 and since then has predominantly been employed in Oral Surgery posts. She is on the GDC specialist list and has over 30 years’ experience in Oral Surgery.

She is available for referral of patients with Oral Surgery needs including but not limited to:

• Wisdom tooth removal • Surgical extractions • Soft tissue biopsy • Anxious and phobic patients • Medically complex patients

Patients will be seen by Audrey within Westhill Dental Practice and we aim to offer all patients an appointment within a maximum of 2 weeks of referral date.

In her spare time Audrey enjoys time with friends and family including her 2 dogs!

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Leigh Gunn

Hygienist
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1997
GDC No. 5305

After graduating from Glasgow School of Dental Hygiene in 1997, Leigh took up a post as Dental Hygienist within the Maxillo-facial department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. She thoroughly enjoyed this role for many years, gaining valuable experience working with a large team. During this time she was able to explore her interest in Public Health, and went on to study Health Promotion.

Moving into general dental practice, she began her Westhill Dental Practice journey in 2005 and feels that since then the time has flown by! She really enjoys seeing our patients and their families returning regularly to the practice. Keeping up-to-date with the progress in dentistry means attending various courses, where she often meets up with dental friends and colleagues.

Family life keeps her busy when she is not working! Along with her 2 children and her husband she enjoys lots of family activities. Cycling, walking and trips to the coast make up their weekends. She also enjoys entertaining and meeting up with family & friends.

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Donna Riddell

Hygienist
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1992
GDC No. 4334

Donna grew up in Aberdeenshire and left Alford Academy to train as a dental nurse. She subsequently qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Dundee in 1992.

Donna has worked in many practices across Aberdeenshire before joining Westhill Dental Practice.

She enjoys keeping up-to-date with current thinking, fulfilling General Dental Council requirements for Continuing Professional Development.

Aside from dentistry, she has worked as an Exercise Instructor, taken courses in Nutrition and Psychology and loves good coffee, baking and running.

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Stephanie Keith

Hygienist & Therapist
BSc Oral Health Sciences, Dundee University 2015
GDC No. 207344

Steph joined Westhill Dental & Implant Clinic as a trainee dental nurse immediately upon leaving school. After qualifying in 2010 as a dental nurse she decided to further her career and subsequently qualified from Dundee University as a Dental Therapist.

Steph is qualified to carry out hygiene treatments, preventative treatments and fillings and children's extractions. She finds it particularly rewarding helping nervous patients through their dental treatments.

Steph lives with her partner, young daughter and their family dog. She enjoys hill walking when the weather allows. She is a (very) amateur gardener and dabbles in growing her own fruit and veg with varying levels of success!

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Lesley Findlay

Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 1999
GDC No. 119867

Lesley has been a dental nurse since leaving school in the summer of 1996 so has many years of experience working in both NHS & private practices.

She particularly enjoys leading our great team of nurses & working chairside when Shahab is placing implants.

When not working she loves nothing more than getting stuck in to another 'upcycle' or DIY project or going to see her favourite bands.

She also enjoys travelling whether it be camping in Scotland, holidays abroad or visiting family in Northern Ireland.

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Lauren Gray

Dental Nurse
SQA L3 Dental Nursing & PDA Dental Nursing SQA 2015
GDC No. 255919

Lauren has been a dental nurse for 8 years having joined Westhill Dental practice after leaving school in 2012. One part of the job she really enjoys is working with our orthodontist Sumithra.

Outside of work Lauren loves spending time with her family and friends. Along with her family Lauren is an avid football fan and loves watching football- having all been season ticket holders for many years.

She also loves travelling and her favourite holiday destination is most definitely Orlando, Florida as she loves all things Disney!

Irene Findlay

Dental Nurse
Verified experience in Dental Nursing
GDC No. 112319

Hi My name is Irene, I have been a dental nurse for many years now worked in a few different practices in Aberdeen. I started working at at Westhill Dental Practice in 2002.

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Kimberley Fraser

Dental Nurse

NEBDN National Certificate 2012
GDC No. 233851

Kim has been a dental nurse for 12 years. Before this she was a nursery nurse.

In her spare time Kim enjoys walking and spending time with friends and family. Having grown up in a small village Kim now enjoys living in the city and her ambition is to travel the world.

She enjoys good food and has recently began a new hobby – Cocktail making!

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Claire Strachan

Dental Nurse
SVQ in Dental Nursing at SCQF level 7 SQA 2019
GDC No. 281484

Claire qualified as a dental nurse in 2018 having previously worked in the oil industry.

She is mum to her 7 year old daughter and has a Labrador called Luna, who had puppies during lock down.

In any spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Moira Anderson

Receptionist

Moira has been with Westhill Dental & Implant Clinic for over 25 years. During this time she has enjoyed a variety of roles including that of Dental Nurse. Moira is a very familiar face to many of our patients!

Moira likes to spend her spare time with her friends and family and enjoys both eating out and travelling ( often combining both!)

Claire Donaldson

Receptionist

Claire has been with the practice for almost 2 years. She enjoys meeting and greeting patients as part of her job.

In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Patrick McKenna

Receptionist

Patrick has been with the practice for almost 2 years although, as the son of Maria And Aidan, he has grown up in and around the practice!

His first love is golf and when he is not at work he can be found on one of the many beautiful Scottish golf course to be found both in the north east of Scotland and further afield.

Jane James

Practice Manager

Jane has been with Westhill Dental & Implant Clinic for over 20 years. Her role until recently was very much behind the scenes but she is now enjoying spending a little more time in the front of house.

In her spare time Jane enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys long walks with her dog Ginny and caring for her highland pony affectionately known as The Guster!

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