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Meet the Team

All our dentists adhere to the strict guidelines governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".

Dr. Graham Keeling and Dr. Lisa Costigan are the principal partners at Rottingdean Dental Care. They are husband and wife and lead a long established team of dentists, hygienists, practice manager and registered dental care professsionals. The practice opened in its present location in 1982 and was the first in the county to achieve the prestigious Investors in People and BDA Good Practice quality standards.

Karyn Foss
Karyn Foss

Practice Manager
Registered Dental Nurse
GDC No. 134471

Karyn has over 25 years experience as a Dental Nurse and Receptionist, qualifying in 1998.

She joined the practice in 2002 and went on to become Lead Dental Nurse and Cross Infection Champion.

Karyn became Practice Manager in January 2011 and is the lead for clinical governance.

She enjoys walking and swimming.

Danielle Smart
Danielle Smart

Dental Hygienist
BSc (hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy
GDC No. 220998

Danielle qualified as a dental therapist from Cardiff University in 2015 after initially starting work as a dental nurse.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

She is currently training to run the half marathon and enjoys regularly going to the gym.

Sam Newman
Sam Newman

Deputy Practice Manager
Registered Dental Nurse
GDC No. 172248

Sam trained as a Dental Nurse at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1991 and qualified in March 1992.

She joined the practice in October 1997 as a Dental nurse and receptionist.

Sam became Cross Infection Champion in 2012 and then Deputy Manager in 2016.

Sam has three young boys to keep her busy.

Melissa Stothers
Melissa Stothers

Registered Dental Nurse
Cross Infection Lead, Dental Health Educator, Denplan Champion
GDC No. 105931

Melissa trained in the RAF and qualified in 1986.

In 1994 she went on to gain the NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education.

She joined our practice in October 2013.

In April 2016 she obtained the DNETC Certificate in Fluoride Application at Kings College, London.

Melissa enjoys cooking, reading and playing the piano.

Hazel Price
Hazel Price

Registered Dental Nurse
Social Media Champion
GDC No. 253871

Hazel moved from Ireland in 2013.

She obtained her NEBDN Dental nurse qualification in 2014.

In 2016 she went on to gain the SAAD sedation qualification.

She joined our practice in 2016.

She enjoys going to the gym and spending time with friends.

Joanne Ockenden
Joanne Ockenden

Registered Dental Nurse
NEBDN 2007
GDC No. 117606

Joanne has over 13 years' experience in dentistry and has managed a busy 5 surgery practice.

She has also been a lead nurse and obtained her NEBDN Dental nurse qualification in 2007.

In her spare time she is kept very busy looking after her young family and socialising.

Benedict Keeling
Benedict Keeling

Finance
and Administrative Assistant

Ben has assisted with administrative and book keeping roles at the practice for several years and helps prepare our accounts when he is back from university.

Tracy Coom
Tracy Coom

Dental
Receptionist

Tracy joined our practice in 1998 and worked as a Dental Receptionist for 10 years.

She took a short time out to work from home with her husband whilst her boys were at school.

She returned to us in September 2016.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, swimming and yoga.