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Meet the Team

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

We rely on a wide support team of dental nurses, reception staff and a practice management team made up of full and part time staff. We focus on developing our team to help  provide the best care possible so many of our team are trained to facilitate or provide portions of your care, from managing your patient journey to taking X-rays and impression.



Russell Gidney | Practice Principal Dentist

GDC number 80765

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

Focusing on implant and aesthetic dentistry, Russell combines a Masters degree in Cosmetic restorative dentistry with Invisalign and implant practice – combinding the various techinques to produced the best cosmetic results while minimising the effects on the natural teeth.

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 and for the Welsh Masters [insert ever increasing age group here] hockey team. He umpires and coaches for the youth and senior teams at Whitchurch and Gwent Hockey clubs in his spare time.


Laura Davies | Dentist

GDC number 212455
BDS (Peninsula)

Dr Laura Davies has worked as a general dentist in at BPDS since 2016. Laura has a background in both general practice and in a hospital setting. She is especially interested in minor oral surgery 🦷

Find out more about Laura below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “I like designing and milling my own crowns. I also enjoy mentoring the foundation dentists and guiding them on their first year in general practice. Although I definitely don’t like the paperwork that comes with it!”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I enjoy spending time with friends and having a cheeky G&T!”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “I can play the saxophone and clarinet” 🎷

Cassie Evans | Dentist

GDC number 302546
BDS (Cardiff)

Dr Cassie Jo Evans has worked as a general dentist at BPDS since 2022. Cassie has a background in healthcare, working as a healthcare support worker & nursing assistant whilst at university. She has experience working in psychiatric hospitals, secure units, supported living and on hospital wards. She also spent time working in A&E and intensive care through the Covid pandemic.

Cassie completed her foundation training at the practice in 2023, then decided to stay on as an associate dentist. Cassie is also an advanced facial aesthetics practitioner, providing cosmetic treatments to patients at the practice.

Find out more about Cassie below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “I enjoy spending time getting to know my patients and ensuring I provide a relaxed environment for treatment. It’s so rewarding when patients, who were initially too anxious to sit in the dental chair, become comfortable enough to have treatment done and leave with a smile on their face!”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I do competitive bodybuilding so spend a lot of time at the gym. I love hot yoga and find it great for destressing. I also enjoy long dog walks with my miniature schnauzer, Milo”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “I’m ambidextrous! And I can say the alphabet backwards!”

Alexandra Siddle | Dentist/Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery

GDC number 177563
BDS (Newcastle)

Alex started with the practice in and is our has a clinical practice limited to oral surgeon. Alex also teaches undergraduate students at Cardiff dental school.

Find out more about Alex below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “Giving patients positive extraction experiences and working with many different teams in multiple sites teaching and performing oral surgery.”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I love all things outdoors be it gardening, hiking, outdoor swimming or walking my miniature daschund. I love to travel and enjoy experiencing different cultures and sunnier climes too. I’m currently learning Spanish and am aiming to run a marathon early next year”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “I have climbed Kilimanjaro!




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 and Laura Davies are 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


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 or for your routine assessment

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

Hollie Strong | Dental Therapist

GDC number 249631
Dip HE Dip DT (Newcastle)

Hollie qualified as a dental therapist in Newcastle in 2016, and has worked at BPDS since then.

Find out more about Hollie below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “I love working with children and building their confidence when coming to the dentist!”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I enjoy walking my black Labrador called Bryn”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “I completed a beekeeping course and hope to keep my own hive one day!” 


Jess Lee | Dental Therapist

GDC number 309277

BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Cardiff University(Cardiff

Jess has worked as a dental therapist at BPDS since 2023, after graduating from Cardiff university.

Find out more about Jess below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “Helping nervous patients overcome their fears”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I enjoy cooking, swimming and painting”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “I’m a qualified scuba diver!


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 2008, after graduating Cardiff university in 2006. Mel is very passionate about her job as a dental hygienist, and strives to build excellent relationships with patients, in order to provide care that is tailored to each individual.

Find out more about Mel below ⬇

What’s your favourite part about your job?

🗣 “I love seeing all my lovely patients.”

What do you like doing outside of work?

🗣 “I enjoy going to the gym, learning to sew my own clothes, and cooking!”

What is one fun fact about yourself?

🗣: “It may be a bit weird.. but I brush my teeth lying down!” 🪥



“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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