Kingsgate Dental Practice originally opened its doors in 1946 and was taken over by its fourth, and current, owner in July 2014. All of the team have strong ties with Durham and the University, making us all extremely passionate about the area and the local people. We are proud to carry forward the practice’s personable family ethos that has been prominent throughout its history.

Our Vision

Our aim is to become the dental provider of choice in the local area, recognised for our great customer service and patient experience, entrusted with the oral health of thousands of patients and their families.

Our Values & Ethos

Our promises to you:


Build trusting, lifelong relationships with every single one of our patients.

Be Caring

We will listen to our patients and tailor our care and treatments to individual needs and wants.

Deliver Comfort

We endeavour to create a calm, caring and friendly environment. One you will enjoy visiting time and time again.

Provide Quality

We will continuously strive for clinical excellence by implementing high quality, modern dentistry.

Drive Outcome

We are passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Always transparent

We will always be transparent with our pricing before any treatment is agreed.

Our Team

Our Dentists

Dr David Lamb

Owner and Principal Dentist


Born and raised in Durham, David is a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons (Edinburgh). David provides a wide range of dental treatments but is increasingly focused on his dental implant work.

Dr Joanna Giles

Associate Dentist


Joanna qualified in 2011 and joined the team at Kingsgate in 2022.  Joanna provides a wide range of dental treatments, specifically enjoying Root Canal treatments, and offers a wide range of aesthetic treatment that includes: anti wrinkle injections, treatment for hyperhydrosis, lip fillers and fat dissolving treatments.

Dr Rob Hetherington

Associate Dentist


Rob qualified in 2011 and sits on the Northern Divison board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice.  He especially enjoys providing lifelike dentures as well as straightening smiles with Invisalign and fixed braces and is currently finishing his post graduate Orthodontic Diploma.

Dr Paul Aun

Associate Dentist


Joining the Kingsgate Dental family in April 2023, Paul is both a seasoned professional and a warm presence. After earning his degree from Newcastle University in 2015, he furthered his passion for dentistry by obtaining a diploma in Endodontics.

Dr Joe Reid

Associate Dentist


Joe qualified with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Newcastle University in 2018 . He enjoys all aspects of dentistry but has a particular interest in root canal treatment. Away from work, Joe enjoys the outdoors and is always looking to try different outdoor pursuits.

Our Hygienists

Rebecca Bailiff

Hygienist & Therapist


Rebecca joined us in August 2015 and has over a decade of experience working in the dental industry.

Charlotte Stephenson



Charlotte has been in the dental profession for over 22 years and believes in encouraging preventative care of teeth and gums for all our patients.

Our Dental Nurses & Support

Louise Smith

Business Manager

Louise joined us in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Business. She is responsible for our compliance & day to day running of the practice. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.

Michelle Peirson

Receptionist & Treatment Coordinator


Michelle has been with the practice for over 20 years and is very much considered part of the fabric of the practice. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping and trying to get fit!

Neve Simms

Dental Nurse


Neve fully qualified as a Dental nurse in 2019 and enjoys educating others on the importance of good oral health. Neve is continuing her professional development and works on Reception while supporting our Business Manager.

Ellie Pereira

Dental Nurse


Ellie joined Kingsgate in 2015. She is fully qualified in radiography and leads our infection prevention team. A self-confessed “crazy cat lady mum” to Churro, she is also impartial to binging on a good box set and dreaming about her next holiday.

Marie Lippeatt

Dental Nurse


Marie qualified as a dental nurse in 2008 and joined Kingsgate in 2022. She loves meeting new patients and putting them at ease. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and reading a good crime/thriller book!

Christie Bloore

Dental Nurse Trainee

Christie joined Kingsgate in 2023 as a trainee and has over a decade of experience in health and social care. She is a mother of four so spare time is limited! But when time permits, Christie likes to explore the North East coastline.