Chris Sands - Clinical Director & Dentist
BDS(QUB) Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng) - GDC NO. 85938
Chris’s interests and enthusiasm are in surgical dentistry and implants. He has studied in America and worked in Belfast with leading implant surgeons. Chris qualified from Queen’s University Belfast.
He has been working in Advance for 6 years and became owner and clinical director in 2011. Chris has received the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in London. Chris is one of very few in Northern Ireland with this diploma.
We truly put our patients at the forefront of everything we do. We use state of the art materials and equipment such as dental microscopes and a 3D CT scanner to fully understand our patients’ needs.
Living in the countryside with his wife, Terri and their four children, he enjoys playing football and golf and is also a keen golden Labrador breeder.
Padraic - Dentist
BDS(QUB)MFDSRCPS(Glasg) - GDC NO.191032
Padraic graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2010 with distinctions gained in the fields of ‘Conservation’, and ‘Practice of Dentistry’. Whilst at Queens he was awarded the Oral Health Promotion prize for his work with blind patients. He enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, especially the use of white fillings and materials to help his patients achieve a nicer, brighter smile. He is a keen advocate of the use of Clinical Photography as an adjunct to dental treatment. He is an active member of the British Dental Association, and regularly attends their lectures to keep his knowledge up to date. In 2016 he passed his examinations for Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. Outside of dentistry, when he is not trying to lower his golf handicap, Padraic enjoys cooking, hill walking, and spending time with his wife, Karen and their daughter.
Terri Sands - Business Development Manager
Terri is committed to ensuring we have an organised and smooth running practice. She enjoys working for such a competent and enthusiastic dental team, providing a high level of customer service and care.
Her free time is taken up looking after her four children Ellie, Harry, Grace and Conor. She loves living in the countryside and going for long walks.
Rachel Lilley - Dental Hygienist & Dental Therapist
Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy Ncle 2013 - GDC NO. 248241
Rachael graduated from the School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy in Newcastle with distinction. We are delighted we can offer our patients this service. When Rachael is not working she enjoys cooking and socialising with friends. She loves yoga and enjoys keeping active. Rachael has recently completed a charity 10k walk along the Portrush Causeway for chest, heart and stroke fund.
Helen - Implant / Treatment Coordinator
Helen is new to the team at Advance Dental and Implant Centre. Helen is the lead contact to all new and existing patients. She is responsible for ensuring that patients leave Advance Dental well informed, with all their questions answered concerning treatment options, with alternatives and fees itemised. All patients can contact Helen with any queries regarding potential upcoming treatment, fees, scheduling appointments and is the initial contact for new patients. Helen is newly married and enjoys travel with her husband Jonny. Outside of work she loves singing, has her diploma in singing and was a member of the Ulster Youth Choir. Helen also enjoys cooking and has hosted many ‘Come Dine With Me’ evenings.
Wendy Best - Front of House
Wendy is the first person people meet when they come to Advance Dental and Implant Centre. She ensures all our patients are treated in a friendly and caring manner. Customer care is of upmost importance to Wendy and she strives to advance your dental experience with us. Wendy is such an outgoing and friendly person and is a valued member of the team; she always has a smiling face to greet our patients. To relax Wendy enjoys reading and going shopping with her sisters.
Ciara White - Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN & Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing - GDC 237504
Ciara has also completed her certificate in dental sedation since joining the team at Advance. She particularly enjoys working alongside Chris during his implant surgeries. Ciara ensures our patients are as relaxed as possible throughout their treatment. In her spare time Ciara enjoys going to the gym and socialising with friends.
Bernice Rafferty - Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN & Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing - GDC 239719
Bernice has been with Advance for the past 4 years and enjoys all aspects of her work. She enjoys the intricate detail needed to assist the dentist and aims to ensure our patients have a valued and pleasant experience. She has recently completed her certificate in dental sedation nursing. We are delighted both our dental nurses have this extra qualification to ensure our patients receive the best possible treatment. Bernice spends her free time with Gizmo her dog or out shopping.