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About Us

At Helens Bay Dental Practice in Bangor – We thrive on the principle of providing high quality dental care in surroundings which are comfortable and relaxing. Our aim is to treat all of our patients as individuals and to protect and maintain your teeth through the very best dental care.

Treating you – our patient – as we would wish ourselves and our family to be.

Being a patient of our practice presents you with the opportunity to access the most up-to-date and innovative dental care. Our dedicated team are progressive and enthusiastic in their approach to modern dentistry.

Efficient and Convenient Service

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Our Team

Gareth Small

Gareth Small

Practice Owner / Principal Dentist

BDS (QUB) 1989 – GDC: 64423

Gareth is the practice owner and principal, qualified in 1989 from Queens University, Belfast.

He started his career in dentistry working in the hospital service, specialising in oral surgery. Gareth purchased Helens Bay Dental Practice in 1994 and is particularly proud of the wide range of up-to-date treatments offered by the practice.

Gareth has a particular interest in implantology and teaches fellow dentists about implants in general practice through the International Team for Implantology Education Committee for Ireland.

Gareth also has a particular interest in digital dentistry and has completed a one year certificate course in Cosmetic Dentistry with Dr Chris Orr of Advanced Dental Seminars. He also completed a one year course at Chester University in Endodontics.

new-BACD-logoGareth is a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and attends courses on all aspects of cosmetic dentistry.

Sarah Lochhead

Sarah Lochhead


BDS (Dundee) 1996 – GDC: 72088

Sarah graduated from Dundee university in 1996 and after working in private practice in England for a number of years, joined Helens Bay Dental Practice in 2004.

During that time she has continued to develop her special interest in cosmetic dentistry by attending an extensive number of post-graduate courses including a certificate in restorative dentistry from St Anne’s Dental centre and a one year certified course in cosmetic dentistry with Dr Chris Orr.

Sarah has been using short-term orthodontic option Invisalign since 2005 and more recently, Six Month Smiles for adult tooth straightening. Both treatments receive extremely positive feedback and further patient case information, including before and after photos, can be found under dental care on our website.

At Helens Bay Dental Practice Sarah aims to provide a professional quality service, incorporating a range of restorative and cosmetic solutions, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Lidia Ferritto

Lidia Ferritto


BDS (Lond) 1987, LDS RCS (Eng), MSc (Lond) 1992, MFGDP RCS (UK) – GDC: 62915

Lidia qualified from University College, London in 1987 and then went on to gain an MSc in periodontology from Guy’s Hospital.

Lidia’s wealth of experience has encompassed running a private referral practice for periodontology and implantology in London.

Lidia is a fellow of Straumann Institute and has specialist registration in periodontology.

Lidia not only has a close involvement with implantology at Helens Bay Dental Practice she also writes articles on implantology as well as lecturing and teaching in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.



Practice Manager

Amanda has been Practice Manager at the practice since 2001, has a background in Applied Biology and worked previously in Agricultural research.

She is especially interested in ensuring the patient experience at Helens Bay Dental is the best possible and enjoys being involved in the introduction of the latest technology and ideas to the treatments and services.

She manages the day to day running with the support of an experienced caring clinical team.

Amanda has 2 grown up children at University and likes to go to the gym at weekends to unwind!

Lorraine Dunlop

Lorraine Dunlop


GDC: 6176

Lorraine qualified from Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London, in 2002.

She brings to the practice her experiences from working in hospital, community and private practice environments. Lorraine is one of the very few dental therapists in Northern Ireland. She is qualified not only to treat gum disease as a hygienist, but can also carry out:

  • Fillings in adult teeth
  • Fillings in baby teeth (including pulp treatments and placing preformed crowns)
  • Extraction of baby teeth
  • Take radiographs
  • Take impressions of teeth
  • Carry out tooth whitening

Lorraine strongly believes that good oral health is essential for prevention of dental diesease and for the maintenance of successful dental treatment.

See www.bsdht.org.uk for further info on Dental Therapists and the services they offer.

Ruth Stewart

Ruth Stewart


Bio coming soon

Glenda McAllister

Glenda McAllister

Treatment Coordinator

RDN – GDC: 132406

Glenda joined the team in June 2002 and brings with her over 8 years of experience of providing dental care.

She has succesfully gained her National examination for Dental Nurses, National examination for Conscious Sedation, National examination for Dental Radiography and is also qualified in Oral Health education.

Glenda is our patient care co-ordinator and is often the first point of contact at the practice for new patients, assisting with patient treatment plans. She has a keen interest in Implantology.

Beata Maciejewska

Beata Maciejewska

Dental Nurse

RDN – GDC: 161468

Beata joined the team in November 2006 as a qualified, registered dental nurse.

Within the practice, she has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and implantology.

Beata has completed many courses relating to Implantology and enjoys helping patients through their Implant journey at the practice.