Meet the team
Dr Chris McConnell
Dr Chris McConnell is a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry. He has a broad working dental background having worked in specialist hospital units as well as high street practice both in the UK and Australia.
Through his commitment to advancing his skills and postgraduate development Chris has been awarded full membership of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also an appointed "opinion leader" for a multi-national dental company and is involved with training dentists in advanced cosmetic techniques throughout the UK. As well as working at St Piran, Chris also works part time as a visiting specialist at the Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School.
His special interest in sedation sees him treat many people each year who are highly anxious or phobic of going to the dentist. Chris was one of the first dentists in Cornwall to accept referrals from patients and dentists for this type of treatment, and is a long standing dental phobia certified dentist.
Dr Chris McConnell is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist.
GDC Number 75513
Dr Garrath Sambrook
Dr Garrath Sambrook is a dentist with a special interest in root canals, dentures and anxious patients. Like Chris he has a similar training background and has worked in Liverpool, Manchester and New Zealand before deciding to relocate to Cornwall with his wife and 2 dogs.
Garrath has a further additional MSc dental qualification in endodontics (root canals) and sees patients routinely on a referral basis from other dentists. He has been recognised for his excellence in clinical work by the University of Chester, and is also involved with teaching other dentists in this field.
In his spare time Garrath enjoys cross fit, competing at many local and national events. He is also a keen walker and can often be found rambling along Cornwall's beautiful coastal routes.
GDC Number 103430
A therapist is a dental professional who can do non-complex fillings with adults and all treatments on children. Therapists are very similar to dentists and work closely alongside the whole dental team to provide patients with excellence in dental care. Jenny is a dedicated and caring member of the team and works jointly with Chris on our teeth straightening and cosmetic programmes providing continuity of care.
Jenny has a special interest in children’s dentistry, periodontic therapy and cosmetic dentistry. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, and competes nationally often winning many awards.
GDC Number 228387
Kirsten is a qualified dental nurse and has been with us since May 2014. She qualified in 2011 and has since gained further postgraduate training becoming a qualified oral health educator in 2014. You may see Kirsten on reception, in surgery or she may be down in the office as she is also in charge of our marketing and media for the practice. Kirsten is also a qualified oral health educationist.
Kirsten likes to keep active at the gym 4-5 times a week. She is hoping to complete a half marathon at some point in 2015. Watch this space!
Like any female she enjoys a little retail therapy…. Who doesn’t!!
Helen joined us in 2011 and has been working in dentistry for 18 years. She first qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1998 and now works between our reception and office.
Helen has a strong belief in providing excellent customer service and is happy to help with any questions you may have. Helen also organises the finances for the practice.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.
Sophie is a trainee dental nurse and joined us in 2016. She has been working in dentistry for a few years now and comes from a family dental background.
In her spare time Sophie enjoys keeping up her fitness by going to the gym and running along the Cornish coast paths. Sophie also has a passion for baking cakes much to the teams delight!
Rhiannon is a qualified dental nurse and has been with us since September 2016. She qualified in 2014, and since then has gained additional qualification in dental radiography. Rhiannon has a keen interest in aesthetic dentistry and sedation. She particularly enjoys aiding patients through sedation treatments and is currently undergoing her sedation training with the Royal College.
In her spare time Rhiannon likes to take her two beagles on long walks along the coastline. When she's not enjoying everything Cornwall has to offer she likes to be anywhere that involves a flight abroad!
Rebecca is our hygiene therapist having graduated from Plymouth University. She is has a passion for her job and enjoys helping people achieve the best that they can with their oral health. She prides herself in listening and providing pain-free dentistry.
Rebecca has a young family and enjoys walking the coastal paths with her dog.