Our talented team 


Meet the team

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Philip Bown BDS
Principal Dentist
GDC No. 63571

Philip qualified in 1988 from Glasgow University and joined Nith Place Dental Practice in 1998. He entered into the partnership in 2005, eventually taking over the practice and becoming the Principal Dentist in 2007.

Phil holds a certificate of cosmetic restorative dentistry and has worked with some of the top cosmetic dentists in the country.  He has also been a Vocational Trainer helping to mentor and tutor young dentists of the future.

In addition to the above Philip has a keen interest in facial aesthetics, having extensive experience in providing anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments.  He regularly attends courses and conferences to keep up to date with the latest advancements in the field.

Outside work Philip enjoys spending time with his family and coaches a local youth football club.


Hemant Yadav BDS
Associate Dentist
GDC No. 102519

Hemant qualified from Manipal University in 2000 and followed this with a Masters in Prosthodontics in 2003.

Hemant joined the practice in 2006 and quickly built up a loyal patient base after moving from London to settle in Dumfries.

Hemant has achieved a masters degree in implantology and has been providing implant treatment at Nith Place Dental Practice for 5 years he also accepts patient referrals from other dentists.


Emma Laurie
Clinical Manager/Oral Health educator
GDC No. 138494

Emma Laurie qualified in 1999 and has been with the practice since then.

Emma is our Oral Health Educator, qualifying in 2001, she specialises in providing oral health advice for our patients. Emma is also involved with ChildSmile, a national programme aimed at improving the oral health of children in Scotland.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, drawing and painting.


Our skilled team of dental hygienists are Allison Laurie, Fiona Templeton and Sandra Leaney. They each have over 20 years of experience and work in parallel with Philip and Hemant to provide you with professional cleaning and oral health care advice tailored to your individual requirements to help achieve and maintain excellent oral health.


Allison Laurie
GDC No. 5389

Allison qualified as a Dental Hygienist at Leeds Dental Hospital in 1998 and starting working at the practice in 2001.

Allison has a very caring and calming manner and can help the most nervous of patients feel reassured. 

Allison’s hobbies include playing the ukulele, playing tennis and reading.

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Fiona Templeton
GDC No. 3373

Fiona qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Edinburgh in 1987. She has worked with us at Nith Place for 11 years, she is a very experienced and knowledgable hygienist and has many loyal patients amongst whom she is well known for her gentle yet thorough treatment.

Outside work she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her new puppy and socialising with friends.



Our friendly reception team of Liz Brown and Philippa Syrett are usually the first point of contact for our customers. Both have a great rapport with the patients. They can provide you with information about the practice and any of our services as well as arranging appointments and answering queries.


Liz Brown

Liz has been with the practice since 2008. Her hobbies include walking, swimming and reading.

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Philippa Syrett

Philippa has been with the practice since 2011. In her spare time she enjoys walking and shopping.



The Dental Nurses at the practice are vital in assisting the dentist and maintaining high standards in cross infection control and equipment maintenance. All of our nurses have completed the National Certificate in Dental Nursing, or are currently studying towards obtaining this qualification. Our team of nurses are Emma Laurie, Wendy Notman, Vicky McLean and Chris Wilson. 

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Wendy Notman
Dental Nurse/Childsmile Nurse
GDC No. 151167

Wendy started working with the practice in 1996. In 2016 she became involved with the ChildSmile programme. Wendy enjoys going to the cinema with her kids and travelling.

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Christopher Wilson
Dental Nurse
GDC No. 266962

Chris qualified as a Dental Nurse at Carlisle College in 2013 and joined the practice in 2016. His hobbies are regularly attending the gym, video gaming and building PC’s.

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Vicky McLean
Dental Nurse
GDC No. 273122

Vicky started with the practice in 2015 as a trainee Dental Nurse. She qualified as a dental nurse in 2017. In her spare time Vicky enjoys listening to music, watching movies and craft modelling.

All our dentists and clinical staff are registered with the General Dental Council - our registration details can be viewed on the GDC website.