About the College of General Dentistry Northern

CG Dent Northern is a dynamic group of dentists and DCPs. We represent all grass roots dentists and members of the dental team. We understand what it’s like to run a practice and the importance of learning new skills. It’s our goal to build a bigger, better community of dentists from Cumbria in the west to Tyneside in the east. We share knowledge and make it easier for the whole practice team to gain access to meaningful CPD training and affordable courses. Join us for our Study Day in 2021 and help us make Northern a more interesting place to practise dentistry.

Our Team

Valerie Silver, Director

I'd like to thank Andrew Greenwood for his excellent leadership of our division over the past 3 years. I hope I can do as good a job!

For those of you who don't know me, here is a short history of my dental career. I come from a dental family - Dad, aunt, brother and brother in law all qualified at Newcastle too. I qualified in 1981 with BDS hons and I've worked as a GDP in the North East for 31 years.

I passed MFGDP in 1997 and Dip Con Sed in 2003. I trained FDs for 6 years then became an FD advisor for 7 years. I was on the DVTA and I still do assessments for the workforce department of HE.NE I am a practice owner and I take an active role in managing my practice.

I hope that in the future the Northern division will continue to thrive and take an active part in driving up dental standards in our area and I look forward to meeting you, perhaps at our planned Study Day in 2021.

Valerie Silver
david lynch

David Lynch

Originally from Wigan, I qualified at Newcastle Dental School in 2005 then completed Dental Foundation Training in Sunderland. I completed the MJDF examination in 2009 and my FGDP Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in 2017.

I work as an associate GDP and Educational Supervisor in a busy mixed practice in Sunderland city centre.

I joined the FGDP Northern board in 2014 as Secretary. Since then, I have enjoyed the opportunity to promote the FGDP in the North of England by helping to organise Study Day events and distributing FGDP awards to outgoing DFTs in the region.

When I’m not at work I spend my time running, fishing, or at the Medicals Rugby club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Melbourne Carew

I qualified from Newcastle Dental School in 2005, and completed my vocational training in Middlesbrough and have worked in general practice since becoming a practice principal in 2010.

I have an is interest in research, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. I am currently Primary Care Dental Champion promoting research in primary care within the North East; North Tyneside Research Champion; Honorary treasure of the FGDP Northern Division; and a member of the North East Private Dentist executive committee.

I joined the FGDP Northern board in 2009 and became honorary treasurer in 2012 a post I still hold and enjoy. We aim to promote the faculty and organise courses relevant to the dental team.

Peter Knopps

Peter Knops

Originally from Edinburgh I qualified from Newcastle Dental School in 1991.

I now work in my own practice in Sunderland, and I have been in this role for 23 years. I am a joint educational supervisor which we have done together for 11 years.

The practice is mainly NHS and we see a varied demographic. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and I am a firm believer in being a ‘generalist’.
I have been the director and divisional representative of FGDP(UK) Northern in the past.

I am currently Chair of Sunderland LDC.

In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing and have 3 children who are now in their twenties but still keep me on my toes.

Onkar Dhanoya

Onkar Dhanoya
Vice-Dean, FGDP(UK)
Principal Dentist, Honour Health

Onkar Dhanoya has 35 years of experience in dentistry, having graduated from Newcastle University in 1985.

He has been principal dentist at Honour Health, a mixed NHS and private dental group, since 1986, providing dental implants, orthodontics, aesthetic treatments and facial aesthetics at Honour Health’s three practices across North East England.

Onkar is Vice-Dean of the FGDP(UK). He represents the Yorkshire and Northern region on the FGDP(UK) Board and chaired the working group which developed ‘Implications of Covid-19 for the safe management of general dental practice’.

Onkar holds Fellowships of both the FGDP(UK) and the International College of Dentists. He is past President of BDA Northern Counties Branch and Chair of the North Tyne LDC.

Onkar has been a clinical teacher at Newcastle Dental Hospital since 1995 and he holds postgraduate qualifications in implant dentistry, conscious sedation, dental acupuncture, facial aesthetics, clinical education, dental practice management and dental practice appraisal.

rob hetherington

Rob Hetherington

I am a general practitioner and have been involved with the faculty since I completed my MJDF in 2012. It is great to have been involved with both teaching and facilitating fantastic study events in the North East through the division's activities. Sitting on the committee also exposes you to the fantastic work the FGDP(UK) has done on a national level, and I am truly excited to continue to support CGDent as it develops and grows on the strong foundations that have been laid before it.


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William Maguire

Since completing his BDS from Queens University Belfast in 2015 Will has worked as a dentist in North of England. He has undertaken GPT, DCT2 Maxfacs and DCT3 Dental Public Health jobs, and is currently ST2 Orthodontics at Newcastle Dental Hospital and a part-time associate general dentist.

He has also completed an MBA through the University of Liverpool in 2018, a PGCert Medical Education through University of Dundee in 2019, a PGCert Clinical Research through Newcastle University in 2019. He is a member of RCPSG, RCS Ed and FGDP. He is the current secretary of NEOS.