Our staff

I qualified from University of Dundee in 1991 and have been practicing in East Kilbride since 1993, and joined Avondale in 2001. I am committed to providing an exceptional quality of care. To this end, over the last 11 years I have enjoyed working with my team to implement all the changes required to bring to the community a dental practice with the latest technology and attitude of delivering real choices to suit all our different lifestyle needs. My specialist interests are: Prevention, endodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic procedures including tooth-whitening, veneer, crown and bridge restorations, working with the leading laboratories in the field of natural restorations.

Mairi Maclean, Dentist, GDC No. 67237

I qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2007 and started practising at Avondale in February 2009. I enjoy meeting people and do my best to ensure that all visits here are as relaxed and comfortable as possible. This includes giving full explanations of procedures from start to finish, ensuring that I put my patients at ease. All treatment is patient centred with a particular emphasis on preventative care, especially with children. Amongst my interests within dentistry are advanced restorative dentistry, the prevention of periodontal disease and also the treatment of anxious patients. I am committed to continuing my training as a means to providing the highest standard of care and the latest techniques to my patients, to ensure you have a healthy smile both now and in the future.

Ben McElhinny, Dentist, GDC No. 127720

I qualified from the Defence Dental Training Establishment in 2001 whilst serving in the Royal Navy. Since leaving the Royal Navy I have gained vast experience in a variety of dental practices throughout the UK. I joined Avondale in 2013 and I am delighted to be working in a preventative based practice. We work very hard to encourage our patients to achieve a healthy mouth that is easily maintained. Each patient I see is given a tailored plan to suit their needs and is fully involved in the planning of their on-going care. I pride myself in my treatments being gentle and pain-free but I offer local anesthesia if necessary. Cosmetically, I offer an Air Abrasion clean at the end of each treatment which is highly effective in the removal of stains and leaves patients with an incredibly fresh feeling mouth. I can also carry out tooth whitening in accordance with current GDC guidelines.

Jolene Pinder, Hygienist, GDC No. 5867

I qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2013 and joined Avondale in August 2015. I have completed the two-part MFDS Qualification and gained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow. I am passionate about providing minimally invasive and conservative Dentistry to ensure that our teeth last us longer, and I use the latest techniques (and gadgets!) to this end. I have also completed the Six Month Smiles® short-term Orthodontics course, a cosmetically focused system using clear, ceramic braces to align anterior teeth, ideal of those looking to straighten teeth, relieve overlaps and close gaps. I believe it is important to take the time to discuss the different treatment options with each patient and formulate a plan, which suits each individual’s needs and expectations.

Liam McLaughlin, Dentist, GDC No. 243593

I graduated from Dundee University in 1995 and since then I have gained a breadth of experience in all aspects of general practice including a period in East Kilbride in the mid 2000s. My aim in practice is to try and provide patients with their dental needs and advice with minimal intervention, as is the philosophy of Avondale. I enjoy providing a holistic approach to dentistry, getting to know my clients well, enabling us to work together to provide the correct treatment for the individual, rather than a one size fits all option. My areas of interest are root treatments, maximising the life span of teeth with said minimal intervention and advising on and providing advanced restorative options where appropriate including dental implant retained crowns and bridges. I also have a reputation for helping people with fears and phobias gain the confidence to undergo required treatment by working to build their confidence rather than requiring sedation.

Greg Bowes, Dentist, GDC No. 70845