Every member of the staff is so friendly, making you feel relaxed and confident in their professionalism. Also the surgery is kept to a very high standard which I have never seen change since first attending the practice.
"David is an excellent professional dentist and his customer style made me feel at ease."
DD, BDS, MJDF (RCS. Eng.), MSc, Implantology
GDC registation: 150180
David hails from Toronto Ontario, Canada. He originally trained as a dental technician in Canada where he partnered with his older brother at the full service dental lab, Smile Designs Veige Laboratory. David is the director of the UK wing of Smile Designs based in Harrogate which specialises in advanced implant work, smile makeovers and porcelain veneers. Having experience in both the laboratory and clinical side of dentistry has helped David treat complex dental issues working closely with his laboratory.
David qualified from the University of Newcastle with a distinction in academic dentistry and the top restorative dentistry prize. He was shortlisted for the Young Dentist of the year UK at The Dentistry Awards in 2009. He has successfully been awarded membership to the Royal College of Surgeons Joint Dental Faculty by way of examination.
He graduated with merit from the University of Warwick with a Masters of Science degree in implant dentistry and since has placed over a thousand implants. He is a member of the ITI (International Team for Implantology)(www.iti.org) and the ADI (Association of Dental Implantology) organizations focused on advancing the science of implant dentistry.
David holds quality above all and strives for excellence in all his implant treatments.
David takes great pride in restoring aesthetics, via smile makeovers and dental implants, which provide patients with improved confidence and self esteem.
" Bringing together the latest advancements in digital dentistry, dental technology and clinical dentistry into one arena so that the patients experience and journey during implant treatment is as seamless as possible."
"Haytham Abbas is probably the best dentist I have ever had."
BDS (Ncle 2005), MFDS (RCS Eng 2008), Diploma Dental Implantology (Warwick)
GDC registation: 101012
Born in Egypt, but raised in Hong Kong, Haytham moved to the UK to study dentistry in Newcastle, where he fell for the charm of the North East and he has lived in the area ever since!
After qualifying in 2005, Haytham started off his career in a competitive hospital training program which led him to focus on his interest in Oral Surgery. He spent the next 5 years gaining experience in a wide range of surgical procedures with the support of some of the finest consultants in Maxillofacial surgery. In 2010, he was given the opportunity to work in a large sedation based dental clinic. He gained vast experience treating hundreds of patients under sedation whilst carrying out a wide variety of dental treatments.
Alongside his clinical commitments, Haytham enrolled onto the Warwick University Dental Implantology Diploma. In 2014 he was awarded his Diploma in dental Implantology and has since helped hundreds of patients regain their smiles and function with the aid of dental implants.
Haytham joined Alpha Dental Studio and Alpha Vitality Implant Clinic in April 2013. He provides sedation for patients at our Catterick and Stokesley practices. In addition to this, Haytham has been carrying out implant treatment for the group at Fairfield, Catterick and Stokesley to help minimise patient travel within the Alpha group. And in September 2016 he will be able to offer his implant services at our Chester le Street practice. Combining sedation and implants has enabled him to offer patients the possibility of being relaxed and comfortable throughout their implant journey.
When he is not working, Haytham enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and is a keen sportsman. A footballer at heart, he now mostly plays socially, but has also discovered a love for cycling and has taken part in several races and charity events.
"I find treating anxious patients very rewarding, my experience with sedation means I can provide quality care for patients who would otherwise be too nervous to have treatment."
"My experience with implants has led me to carry out a wide variety of treatments, from straight forward single tooth implants to complex full arch cases and I have found the results for my patients beyond what I would have imagined. The joy on my patients' faces when they return having been able to be confident in smiling or going out for meals is what I strive to achieve for every patient."
Rachel Blackburn RDN
GDC registration: 172361
Rachel started dental nursing over 10 years ago in a busy NHS Practice. The past few years have seen a change in her nursing and Rachel joined our private practice Alpha Vitality Implant Clinic. She has been with us since the beginning right back in 2012.
Rachel is our Implant Coordinator and oversees the patient’s journey from start to finish. She splits her time between head office (the dreaded paperwork) and the surgery so you’ll also see her nursing alongside David Veige and the team.
"I’m proud to lead such a great bunch of cheerful and compassionate nurses. The team here are one big family. You’ll often feel the family atmosphere in our surgery."
Rachel continued her professional development by taking additional qualifications in fluoride application and impression taking.
Outside of work she likes to explore other countries and cultures and always has a story to tell. She recently volunteered in Morocco providing dental care to over 1000 children that had been living in terrible pain but had no access to safe dental care.
"Its nice to give something back. We often forget how well we are looked after here in the UK."
Elle Maxwell RDN
GDC registration: 118449
Elle qualified as a Dental nurse in 2003 and has worked for Ian Gordon for 16 yrs. She joined the implant team at Alpha Vitality four years ago and has since gained her certificate in concious sedation.
"I really enjoy being part of the implant team and especially enjoy treating and calming anxious patients and watching their confidence grow."
In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters Molly and Abbie and her partner Richard. Elle also loves to exercise and socialise with her family and friends.
Emma Usher RDN
GDC registration: 117140
Emma qualified as a dental nurse in 2000, having over 20 years experience in this profession.
She decided to follow in the steps of her sister as a dental nurse and has never looked back since.
"AVIC has given me the opportunity to work in specialised areas. The team are fantastic and work well together. I love to see the patient’s confidence growing during their journey with us."
Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her family and two children Joshua and Lilly.
Jane Duncan RDN
GDC registration: 247654
After returning from living in Cyprus for 2 years, Jane started working in our busy Alpha Dental Studio in Northallerton. Since qualifying as a dental nurse in 2013 Jane transferred to Alpha Dental in Fairfield, Stockton, where for the past year she has been working alongside Haytham Abbas supporting our dental implant patients whilst also carrying the role of practice support manager.
“My journey with AVIC and Haytham has been really interesting so far. I'm looking forward to expanding the implant services to Chester le Street”
In her personal time Jane likes to keep fit by running and going to the gym. She also enjoys visiting her family and friends both in Ireland and back in her home town of Lincolnshire. Jane likes spending time traveling other countries with her husband Gary when he’s not away with the Royal Air Force.