Team Ponthir

Dr. Shaun McClure, Partner

GDC number: 74654

BDS Cardiff

Shaun is from Northern Ireland and came to Cardiff in 1993 to study dentistry. He had such an enjoyable time here, and made so many good friends, that he decided to stay after qualifying. He started work at the practice in 1999 and became a partner in 2013 when Restore Dental Group was formed. Shaun thoroughly enjoys seeing all of his patients and caring for their needs. Shaun spends the majority of his time doing NHS dentistry as he feels it is right to provide a good quality service at an affordable price for everyone.

Outside of work Shaun spends the bulk of his time doing family activities and exercising whenever he can find the time.

Dr. Richard Vangasse, Partner

GDC number: 77237

Qualified BDS University of Wales 1999

Richard is one of the partners here at Restore Dental Group. He was born in Cardiff and completed his dental degree at Cardiff Dental School in 1999. He has worked at the St. Mellons dental practice since 2001 and then also at the Ponthir practice since 2009.

When he is not working, he loves spending time with his wife Becky and their young daughters Lauren and Jessica. He also enjoys cycling and walking up the hills and mountains around South Wales.

Dr Raid Ali, Partner

GDC number: 105572

BDS (Baghdad), IQE, MFDS Rcs (Edinburgh) PGdip (cardiff)

Hi, I am Dr Raid Ali, one of the three principals of Restore Dental Group.

I have been part of the business for over 11 years and a principal for almost 8 of those years, and it has been one of the best things I’ve done as a dentist.  I can truly say I am proud to be part of such a great group and amazing team and it’s been an honour to see the business grow from strength to strength.

On a more personal note, I graduated dentistry from Baghdad, Iraq in 1996. I then immigrated to the UK and finished my International qualifying exams (IQE) in 2006 so I could practice dentistry here.

I have always been passionate and ambitious about my career in dentistry and so continued to take further exams to increase my knowledge.  In 2010 I completed further exams to become a member of the faculty of dental surgeons (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Following this I also completed a post graduate diploma from Cardiff University, which has also helped  me to develop and expand my knowledge as a practitioner.

During this time I have found my passion lies within implant dentistry and am looking to complete a masters in implantology to build on the learning I have already completed in this field.

I am happily married and have 4 children, three girls and a boy, so not only are my hands full at work – we are quite a busy household too! Not to mention out-numbered by the ladies in my life!  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I often get involved in charity work, be it taking part in charity runs or helping at refugee camps, such as the one in Calais, and am humbled by the support of colleagues who have often taken part and helped me with this.

I am an Invisalign provider and am also able to provide smile makeovers and work in both Cardiff and Ponthir so you may find me going between practices.

We spend more time at work than we do at home, but when you love what you do it doesn’t feel like a job. Helping my patients is what I love and being able to put smiles on their faces brings me great joy.

Dr. Tristan Ardley , Associate Dentist

GDC number: 210331

BDS Cardiff

Tristan was born and brought up in Bournemouth prior to moving to Wales to undertake his Dental training. He graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 and then undertook postgraduate training posts in a wide variety of specialties including oral and maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry and community paediatric dentistry in order to broaden his knowledge and experience. Tristan obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2013.
Tristan aims to provide high quality treatment with a calm, caring and gentle manner. Tristan is keen to enhance his education and regularly attends postgraduate courses to increase the range of treatments he can provide for his patients. He has an active interest in aesthetic dentistry and providing pain-free care.
Outside of the practice, Tristan regularly plays squash and enjoys mountain walking. He successfully completed the “Welsh Three Peaks” challenge and “Ten y Fan” raising money for charity.

Dr. Xenis Ioannides, Dentist

GDC number: 210331

BDS Cardiff

Xenis qualified in Greece in 1991 and after spending some time in General Practice and the Hospital Service Xenis pursued postgraduate studies in the UK obtaining an MSc in Paediatric Dentistry in Bristol in 1995. Since then Xenis has been working in General Dental Practice as an associate and until recently as a Principal. Xenis firmly believes in our role to prevent dental disease from an early age in order to secure Oral Health later in life. Xenis keeps up to date with all CPD requirements and endeavours to serve all patients to the best of his ability.

Outside work Xenis hobbies include playing squash, cycling, travelling and keeping up with current affairs.

Dr. Nick McNally, Associate Dentist

GDC number: 271812

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry 2010, BDS (Hons) 2017, Both Cardiff university

Nick carried out his dental training at Cardiff University and graduated with honours in 2017. He began his practicing career in weston super mare before joining Restore in 2020. Nick is passionate about all aspects of dentistry but has a particular focus on preventative and restorative dentistry. He enjoys caring for patients in a friendly and relaxed environment. Outside of work Nick is an avid football fan and enjoys running, golf and rugby.

Dr. Krista Sutton, Associate Dentist

GDC number: 284309

BDS Cardiff

Krista was born and brought up in Monmouthshire and graduated Cardiff University with Honours in 2019. After graduating, she has worked in both Merthyr and Tredegar before joining the Restore Dental Group.

Krista enjoys all aspects of dentistry, particularly working with anxious patients and putting them at ease to ensure every patient’s dental experience is a positive one. Her main goal is to continue providing dental treatment to the highest standard whilst developing new skills.

Away from the practice, Krista enjoys keeping fit and healthy and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Zoe Clarke, Associate Dentist

GDC number: 176594

BDS Cardiff

Zoe changed her career in 2004 after gaining a degree and Ph.D in the field of Pharmacology.  She then graduated from Cardiff Dental School with a first class honours degree.  She has since enjoyed gaining further training in oral medicine and endodontics.  As well as working in Ponthir Dental Practice she also owns and manages two of her own Dental Practices with her business partner.  One of her Practices provides NHS treatment and is a referral Practice for Oral Surgery and Domiciliary Care.  The other, a private Practice where she also works, specialises in implantology.

Zoe prides herself in the management of anxious patients and children and always strives to provide the highest level of care in a friendly, empathetic and relaxed environment. 

Outside of work all Zoe’s time is spent with her wonderful family. She has two children who are her absolute world and nothing makes her happier than playing with them and seeing them smile. 

Louise Shanahan, Dental Hygienist

GDC number: 137741

Diploma in Dental Hygiene Cardiff University 2018

Louise has over 15 years’ experience dental nursing and in 2016 decided to peruse a more preventative role as a Dental Hygienist. Louise graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 and joined Restore Dental Group soon after. Louise works across two sites, St Mellons and Whitchurch road and enjoys periodontal management but has a particular interest in the cosmetic side, including whitening. In Louise’s spare time she enjoys running and fitness… and of course food and drinks with friends!

Helen Donaldson, Therapist

GDC number: 45381

Combined Diploma in Dental Therapy & Hygiene Cardiff University 2008

Helen Donaldson graduated in hygiene and therapy from UHW Cardiff in 2008. Once qualified she returned to work in Camberley Surrey before finally settling down in South Wales to start a family.

 

Helen has worked with several dentists over the years within the nhs and in private settings, gaining experience treating patients with a wide range of dental needs.

 

Helen has a keen interest in helping nervous patients gain confidence in the dental chair. She has a great relationship with all her patients, especially with the children she sees.

At home she is a keen crafter, gardener and general DIY’er. To relax she enjoys swimming and running and occasionally playing the piano when she has time.

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