Meet the Team

Dr Roy Bennett  Trainer

Sedation Dentist

Roy graduated from Liverpool Dental School in 1987, obtaining his MFGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006 and his Diploma in Dental Sciences from Liverpool University in 2008. In 1995, he joined whitbydental. He has divided his time between the practice and postgraduate teaching teaching over the last 22 years. He is a board member of the Association of Dental Anaesthetists (ADA) and  committed to the highest standards of clinical care and to the ongoing process of postgraduate education. He has a special interest in delivering sedation training and mentoring & teaching to dental teams. Accredited by IACSD to teach and lead a IV Sedation course.

GDC Reg No. 62785


Dr Mike Winston BDS MB BChir FDSRCS(Ed) PG Cert TLHP

Mike graduatedfrom Birmingham Dental School in 1981 and Cambridge School of Medicine in 1993. He has worked in General Dental Practice, Medicine & Surgery, A+E

OMFS and as a senior Lecturer for the PGDip/MSc Oral Surgery at UCLAN

Mike has a special interest in anxiety management for dental patients 

He completeed training in IV sedation in 1997 at Liverpool University and is an IACSD accredited trainer/supervisor

Dr Giju George
Consultant Anaesthetist

Giju graduated from medical school in Manipal, India in 1997, then completed his MD in Anaesthesiology in Manipal before moving to practice in the UK in 2002. He joined the specialist registrar rotation in Mersey Deanery in 2004, obtained his CCST in May 2009 and has been working as a Consultant Anaesthetist since. His special areas of work are in cancer, endocrine and dental surgery. Most of his working week is in dental general anaesthetics and paediatric chair dental. He also works with special care dentistry, providing sedation for special needs patients.

GMC Reg No. 6038076

Vanessa Cowell  RDN Sed NEBDN Dip ILM (5)   Trainer

Practice Manager ( Portman Health Care)

Vanessa started dental nursing in 1987 she gained her NEBDN national certificate in 2002. In the same year she undertook her formal training in Conscious Sedation (NEBDN Sed cert) qualifying in 2003 and enjoyed working in practice until 2005. After spending time at home with her young family Vanessa changed direction and undertook her training to become a dental nurse assessor gaining her A1 award in 2009. As an adjunct to her training Vanessa also undertook a level 3 qualification in health and social care which has helped her wider understanding of non clinical requirements, CQC and safeguarding regulations. She has a diploma in management & leadership ILM Level 5. Currently her main role is practice manager for Portman Healthcare ( Whitby Dental ). Alongside these duties she has worked closely with Roy and mellow sedation training courses. She is married with 4 children and is a keep fit fanatic. An active campaigner and fundraiser for RNIB and a disabilities rights campaigner.

GDC no 225253


Alan Ralfs  Advanced Nurse Practitioner   Trainer     NMC Reg No. 92E0632E 

Alan has been a nurse in the NHS for over 20 years, working in acute hospitals and community settings.  He currently divides his time between working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in two busy A&E departments and teaching for Heartbeat Training. This includes providing courses on Dental Medical Emergencies and Life Support. In addition to these roles, Alan is also a qualified instructor for ALS, ILS, PILS, GIC (Resuscitation Council UK), PLS and APLS courses.