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Meet the Team

Beaufort Park Dental Surgery has Six dentists, two dental hygienists and four dental therapists. Between them, they provide dental care for around 7000 patients.

They are assisted by eight dental nurses, reception staff and a practice management team made up of full and part time staff.



Russell Gidney | Practice Principal Dentist

GDC number 80765

BDS (Cardiff), MJDF, MSc Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry, MAcadMEd

Russell qualified from Cardiff, University of Wales, College of Medicine in 2002 and he has worked in General Practice in the Chepstow area since he qualified.

Russell has a keen interest in aesthetic dentistry providing cosmetic improvements and rehabilitations for his patients. With a Masters degree in Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry as well as completing the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons and experience in the provision of C-fast and Invisalign cosmetic orthodontics – Russell can combine various techniques to produce the best cosmetic result in the most conservative manner, preserving natural tooth tissue.

As well as working to keep the practice at the leading edge, Russell particularly enjoys working with anxious patients and offering an overall relaxing experience when providing care.

Russell is also a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and works as a Clinical Supervisor in the teaching hospital in Cardiff, helping to guide the development of the next generation of dentists and providing mentorship for graduate dentists in the practice setting at BPDS.

Outside of work Russell enjoys spending time with his wife (our manager) and children. He is an enthusiastic hockey player, playing outfield and in goal for Whitchurch Hockey Club in Cardiff. He umpires and coaches for the youth and senior teams at Whitchurch and Gwent Hockey clubs in his spare time.


Jessica Barzillia | Dentist

GDC number 114383

BDS (Cardiff)

Jess worked in BPDS for a period in 2008/9 before leaving to have children. Jess, now with 3 children, worked for a few years in Lydney when she returned to work but she jumped at the chance of returning to BPDS in 2017, preferring the friendly, family orientated environment to the practice she had been working in

Laura Davies | Dentist

GDC number 212455
BDS (Peninsula)

Laura qualified from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2011.

She has since moved back to South Wales where she has gained experience working within both a hospital & Dental Clinic setting. Laura joined our practice in February 2016. Laura has a particular interest in Minor Oral Surgery

Laura has a passion for playing Clarinet and Saxophone and continues to play within a community orchestra.

Daniel Quiney | Associate Dentist

GDC number 259299
BDS (Cardiff)

Daniel qualified from Cardiff Dental School in July 2015 and joined the practice in September 2015. Daniel joined the practice on the Dental Foundation scheme. Daniel fitted well with the practice and we welcomed the opportunity to keep Daniel on a permanent contract with the practice.

Prior to studying dentistry Daniel graduated with a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Exeter.

His main hobby is photography.


Phillip Chan | Dentist

GDC number 114371
BDS (Cardiff)

Qualified in Caridff in 2007, Phil has offers a special interest practice in Implant Dentistry.


Phil owns his own practice in Bristol and offers his services to several at BPDS and in Cardiff for the placement of implants. Phil works exclusively with Straumann Implants – which have one of the longest pedigrees in the world of dental implants and have been developed to offer the best possible outcomes. Because Phil only works with Struamann implants he is exceedingly skilled in this system and can use it to great effects to offer cosmetic and durable implant replacement for lost teeth



Dental Foundation Training

BPDS is accredited as a “Dental Foundation Training” (DFT) practice. DFT   are specially selected to offer a supportive environment to aid support the development of recently graduated dentists. DF dentists are fully qualified but have chosen to further develop the the DF program under the guidance of a more experienced dental mentor. Russell Gidney – the practice principal is appointed as mentor and will offer advice, support and supervision for patient care.

DF dentists are on a fixed 1 year contract with the practice. Patients treated with the DF can expect the a change of dentist after September before being allocated to one of our associate dentist’s patient lists. Quality of patient care remains the main priority at all times

Steffan Thomas | Dentist

GDC number 265106

BDS (Cardiff)

Qualified in Caridff in 2016 from Cardiff


Dental Therapists

Dental Therapists provide full care of teeth and gums, offering cleaning, routine fillings and total care for deciduous (milk) teeth. You may be referred to our therapist by your dentist for some or all of your treatment.

For more information regarding the role of the Dental Therapist, click here.

Rachel Wallace | Dental Therapist

GDC number 250989

Dip HE Dip DT (Birmingham)

Rachel qualified from University of Birmingham in 2014 and joined the practice in September 2015.

She enjoys working with young children and strives to provide a relaxing environment during treatment for all of her patients.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys socialising with friends and family, horse riding and going to the gym.


Hollie Strong | Dental Therapist

GDC number 259299

Dip HE Dip DT (Newcastle)

Hollie qualified in Newcastle in 2016 as a dental hygienist and therapist. Hollie started with the practice providing cover for Gemma’s maternity leave and we welcomed the opportunity to keep Hollie on permanently.


Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists work alongside the dentists to help maintain and improve the condition of your gums and teeth. As well as helping you understand how your homecare routine will prolong the life of your teeth and treating periodontal disease, hygienists can improve your smile by reducing staining.

For more information regarding the role of the Dental Hygienist, click here.

Melissa Davies | Dental Hygienist

GDC number 104195

Dip HE (Cardiff)

Melissa started with the practice in September 2008 after graduating at Cardiff university in 2006.

Mel’s very passionate about her work and strives to build excellent relationships with patients in order to provide care that is tailored to each individual to make them feel as comfortable as possible during treatment.

Outside of work, Mel is mum to two teenage boys and Millie her labradoodle which she enjoys taking on long walks. Her other hobbies include going to the gym, baking and reading.


Previous Staff

Details of some of our previous staff who may have provided treatment for you at the practice.

Cameron Currie | Dentist

GDC Number: 112792

BDS (Bristol), MFDS RCS(Ed), PGDip Endo (UCL)

Cameron joined the practice in 2013 and left in 2016Special interest in Endodontics (root fillings)


Gemma Beves | Dental Therapist

GDC Number: 125334

Dip HE Dip DT (Cardiff)

Gemma qualified in Cardiff in 2007 with distinction.

She then started work in the practice in January 2008 on the Introduction-To-Practice scheme and worked with us until she had her first child in 2016


Sridhar Ramanathan | Dentist

GDC Number: 148751

BDS, MDS (Chennai) MFDS RCPS (Glasgow)

Sridhar qualified in 1998 at Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai India where he then went on to complete his MDS in 2001.

He has since moved to the UK, completing his MFDS RCPS in Glasgow in 2005 and has most recently been working within a Dental Clinic in Gloucester. Sridhar joined our practice in January 2016 and left October 2016



Rachel White | Dental Therapist

Dip HE (RCS Eng)

GDC Number: 6042

Rachel joined the practice January 2016 and worked with us for 1 year


“Invisalign – Light. Crooked front teeth that had started to become more noticeable. This, in turn, started to affect my confidence.

The experience at Beaufort Park was excellent throughout. The staff, from the initial consultation, were friendly and professional. The welcoming reception staff through to the excellent dentist (Russell Gidney) have made this an (almost!) pleasurable experience!

I feel so much more confident and happy to smile again in public.

Quintin Bell

“I hated my smile in photos, I looked as though I only had about 4 teeth! 🙁

Treatments have all been explained, the team have been great & I have started to notice my teeth changing & looking good – despite not even being half way through my treatment (Invisalign Aligner 11/23). I am so happy with the progress.

Thank you! 🙂

Super, I would recommend to anyone considering treatment.

Rachel C

“After years of being unhappy with my crooked teeth and avoiding photographers if at all possible.

I decided to seek corrective treatment at the grand old age of 55 in order to be able to smile at my daughters up coming wedding. After a chat with the Beaufort Dental practice I decided on a course of CFast treatment. In a few short months I was thrilled with the result. Straight teeth which were so much easier to care for and which looked 100 per cent more attractive

The cost was manageable too and I paid at intervals during the treatment. I wish I’d done it years ago.


“I did not like my teeth so didn’t smile.

Invisalign – absolutely brilliant! Very professional team, extremely happy with the results!”

Lisa G

“Even though my oral hygiene has always been excellent I have for many years hated my teeth which were discoloured + the crowns rather mismatched.

Dr Russell Gidney was the first dentist I had confidence in to correct my problems. He showed great empathy, kindness + professional skill. He made me feel completely at ease.

His dental nurses + admin staff are all lovely. The outcome is better than I expected, I now have a lovely smile!”

Pamela C

“I recently had cosmetic work on my teeth carried out by Russell at the surgery. he explained everything in detail and I am overjoyed with the results. The difference it has made is amazing and I thoroughly recommend them. The staff are very helpful too!”

Gaynor M

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