Meet The Team
Here at Marketgate Dental Practice in Lancaster, we're proud of our team team of dentists, dental nurses, oral hygienists, receptionists and administrative staff. Together we offer all our patients a friendly and inviting dental practice coupled with a high standard or treatment and care. See our team of dentists below, if you want to know more, click on the images.
Roger Shimmin B.D.S Liverpool - GDC Number 53695 - Practice Owner/Dentist
I qualified from Liverpool at the end of 1979 and have been working as a dentist in Lancaster at Marketgate dental practice for 30 years, the last 8 years being increasingly in the private sector.
I consider myself as a genuine all rounder, relying on 30 years of practical experience as a Lancaster dentist.
I relax away from work by walking our two dogs, digging the organic allotment, reading books in a local book group and going to the theatre in Lancaster and London whenever possible.
I have been Married to Jane for 25 years and have 3 grown up children, Laura, Russell and Joseph.
Recently celebrated our Pearl wedding anniversary to Jane in Paris. To make me feel really old my daughter Laura has just given birth to our first grandchild, a little girl Imogen.
"I consider myself to be a Pragmatic genuine all-rounder" relying on over 35 years of general practice in Lancaster, but still keep up to date as much as possible by being a member of the Denplan Excel accreditation scheme.
Irina Tsepelin – Dip.Dent.MSc.Rest Tartu/UCLAN – GDC number 84449
I graduated from Tartu University (Estonia) with honours in 1995 where I worked in a private dental practice. Between 2001 and 2004 I lived in California (USA) and in 2004 my husband’s work brought us to Lancaster. I joined Marketgate Dental Practice an associate in April 2005.
I am happy to offer all aspects of general dentistry to my patients, and I have a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry at UCLAN with merit. As part of the cosmetic treatment to my patients I provide Clear Correct invisible braces. In addition I also provide anti-winkle injections and fillers for patients in the practice and general public.
Additional to speaking fluent English I also speak my native Estonian and Russian.
My hobbies include knitting and cooking, and as a family we enjoy making the most of the stunning countryside on offer in the Lancashire area with walking and camping trips.
Punam Kochhar B.D.S, MSc Pune/Manchester - GDC number 116169 - Associate Dentist
I qualified from Bharti Vidyapeeth's Dental College and Hospital, university of Pune, India in January 1997. Having completed one year of pre-registration house officer rotation, I then worked as a senior house officer post in general dentistry in India before moving to the UK.
In 2003 I commenced postgraduate clinical endodontic training at Manchester University, for which I was awarded an Msc in September 2004. I then worked as a Hospital Dental practitioner at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary before commencing my vocational training at Marketgate Dental Practice in December 2007. At the end of my training period I continued on at Marketgate as an associate dentist and have worked there ever since.
Additional to speaking fluent English I also speak native Hindi, Marati and Punjabi.
I have two children, My daughter who is the eldest is studying medicine at Leicester University whilst my Son is doing his A levels.
Elise Evans B.D.S MFDS RCS Manchester - GDC number 77499 - Associate Dentist
I qualified From Manchester dental hospital in 2000 and started my dental career in Wrexham, North Wales near to where I was brought up, so I speak Welsh as well.
In 2005 I returned to Manchester dental hospital as a senior house officer, increasing my experience in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. During this period I studied and passed my MFDS qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons England. I have also completed a post graduate certificate in endodontics at Chester University in 2008, but enjoys all aspects in general Dentistry.
In 2007 I moved to the Lake District where I live with My Husband Tom and my three children Florence, Monty and Ianto.
Anita Benton - Dip.Dent. Hygiene BSC (hons) - GDC number 6517 - Dental Hygienist
I began in dentistry as a dental nurse and continued studying to become a dental hygienist at Kings Guys College London 2004. I worked full time in Essex for 3 years and moved to the Lake District in 2007, at which point I began working as a dental hygienist at Marketgate Dental Practice.
Our dental hygiene services are available to patients who are not registered at this practice. Patients can be referred to Marketgate Dental Practice for their dental hygiene treatment and continue having dental exams and routine treatment with their own dentist.
I strive to develop healthy oral hygiene with all our patients and encourage a preventative ethos. In 2014 I completed a BSc (hons) dental studies at UCLAN.
Helen Carter – NVQ Level 3in Oral Health Care – GDC number 127728 Specialist Oral Health Educator/Dental Nurse
Helen joined the practice in January 2000 as a full time receptionist and qualified as a dental nurse in 2004.
Wanting to further her career Helen qualified as an Oral Health educator in March 2009 Helen is our practice Decontamination Lead and stock control Lead.
Helen divides her time between Surgery work, Our Decontamination room, seeing Oral Health patients and stock control.
Nicola Mountain - GDC number 116758 - Dental nurse
Nicola joined Marketgate dental Practice in 1989. She transferred to our Bentham Dental Practice in 1991 working alongside both Mr J Castle and Mr J Grimshaw until the practice closed in 1998.
Nicola presently works 4 days a week mainly working alongside our chief dentist Mr Shimmin and a day in our decontamination room and continues to enjoy her job even after all those years.
Nicola celebrated her 20 years’ service to the practice in 2009.
Lynsey Clement – GDC number 125556 Dental Nurse/Book keeper
Lynsey joined the Practice in November 1992 after completing her A levels studies. She worked as a full time receptionist then going on to Dental Nursing. In 1996 Lynsey became our Practice manager. She continues to combine surgery work with her book keeping duties.
Lynsey celebrated her 20 years’ service to the practice in 2012.
Kate Arkwright - National certificate NEBDN 1999 - GDC number 124528 - Practice Supervisor/Dental Nurse
Kate joined the practice in May 1997 as a fulltime receptionist, qualifying as a dental nurse in 1999. Kate is now a part time after having her son and works on reception 3 days a week. She shares with Rachael assisting Mr Shimmin with the paperwork for the practice.
Kate celebrated her 20 years’ service to the practice in 2017.
Rachael Mews - NVQ level 3 in Oral Health Care - GDC number 130730 - Practice Supervisor/Dental Nurse
Rachael joined the practice in April 1999 as a full time receptionist. She went on to qualify as a dental nurse in 2003. After having 2 boys Rachael is currently working part time working with Irina, Punam and Hygienist Anita. Rachael also helps Mr Shimmin with the practice paperwork.
Shelley Holroyd - NVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care - GDC number 161224 - Receptionist/Dental Nurse
Shelley joined the practice as a full time dental nurse in May 2009. She qualified as a dental nurse in January 2008. After having her Daughter, Shelley returned working 4 days a week as a receptionist, in our decontamination room and a day with Mr Shimmin.
Rachel Hogan - NVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care - GDC number 170927 - Dental Nurse
Rachel joined our practice in September 2008, originally to cover maternity leave (having previously worked as a dental nurse since 2005). We were pleased to offer her a full time permanent position in January 2009. Rachel qualified as a dental nurse in January 2008. After having her daughter in September 2014 Rachel returned part time working with Irina, Elise and on reception.
Stacy Hothersall - NVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care - GDC number 236104 - Dental Nurse/Oral Health Educator
Stacy originally started as a receptionist in 1997. She then went on to work as a dental nurse and qualified in 2003. After having 2 children, Stacy is currently working part time alongside Punam Kochhar. Stacy has also qualified as a Oral Health educator and gained a further qualification enabling her to apply Fluoride Varnish.
Laura Hurst - Dental Nurse
Laura joined the practice in April 2010 as a part time Decontamination Nurse. She then went on to be a dental nurse and qualified in 2015. Laura works alongside Punam Kochhar and our Hygienist Anita Benton.
Bernie Liver - Receptionist
Bernie joined the team in February 2011 as a part time receptionist.
Some patients may recognise her from previously working 25 years at Nazareth House as a trained nurse in learning disabilities.
Helen Griffiths - Trainee Dental Nurse/Decontamination Nurse
Helen joined the practice in July 2011 to cover maternity leave in our Decontamination room. We were pleased to be able to offer Helen a permanent position at the practice. Helen is currently doing her dental nursing training working along side Mr Shimmin and Puanm Kochhar, aswell as her days in our decontamination room.