The Wessex Dental Specialist Centre
GDC - 54159 BDS University of Dundee 1980, MGDS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1992, MSc Lond 1996, FDS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2003 Dentist/Periodontics Specialist
Richard qualified with a BDS from Dundee University in 1980. After a decade in general practice, he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. On his return from service as an anaesthetics support officer in the first Gulf War, he gained his membership in general dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1992.
After achieving the Master’s in Periodontology from the Eastman Dental Institute- University of London in 1996, he became the first commanding officer of the tri-service Defence Dental Agency (DDA) training establishment for dental care professionals. In this role, he was responsible for training all classes of military dental professionals. He also combined his teaching with working with referral services for military and non-military dental practices through the South of England. He was also a member of the Schools of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Group. In 1998, he was admitted onto the GDC register as a specialist in periodontics.
He retired from the army in June 2001 to become head of periodontics for ORA Dental Group, London. In 2003, he gained the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Richard has published internationally (including collaborations with the EDI and the UK Department of Health) and is a past member of council of the British Society of Periodontology. In 2013, he was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists in Copenhagen.
He is also experienced as a medico-legal expert in periodontology and is a professional panel member for the GDC’s dental complaints service for private patients. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of Preventative Dentistry Magazine. In summer 2007, he was elected to the board of the faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), as director for the South West Thames Division.