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Find dental advisers and reference officers

Published on 16 July 2021

Our experienced clinical practitioners provide you with advice and support to ensure treatment plans are appropriate and that patients benefit from improved clinical care.

We provide pre-treatment reviews and approval for complex or high-cost treatment plans, including orthodontics.

Dental advisers and reference officers

Below are details of dental advisers and reference officers, as well as their contact details if you wish to get in touch with them.

Alan Whittet

An Edinburgh graduate, Alan was a full-time General Dental Practitioner for 28 years and a health board Dental Practice Adviser for nearly 20 years.

He worked with us previously before undertaking an 18-month period working with a professional indemnity organisation. Alan re-joined the team in 2017 as Senior Dental Adviser.

Charles Afuakwah

Charles qualified from Glasgow in 1989 and worked full time in NHS general practice for 30 years, including 10 years as a Vocational Trainer. He became a full-time Dental Adviser / Dental Reference Officer in 2020.

Gerard Boyle

Gerard has spent over 30 years in NHS clinical practice, including 15 years as a health board Practice Inspector and Dental Practice Adviser.

He’s represented the profession on the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and Local Dental Committees since 2004. And he has 10 years' experience in postgraduate education with the Faculty of General Dental Practice in Scotland.

Gordon Coull

Gordon has over 30 years’ experience in hospital-based oral surgery and general dental practice, working as an associate and principal.

Monica Downie

Following her graduation from Glasgow in 1983, Monica spent 15 months in community dentistry.

She started in general dental practice full time in January 1985, and now practices part time, having joined us in 2010.

Phone number: 0131 275 6925 Email address: monica.downie@nhs.scot Working hours: Part time – Tuesday

Joanna Duthie

Joanna graduated from Glasgow in 1991, and was awarded an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in 1998.

She’s worked in general practice for over 20 years, with a three-year period in Community Dental Service, and joined us in 2006.

Lesley Feather

Lesley qualified in 1993 from the University of Edinburgh. She worked full time in general dental practice for 22 years before becoming a Dental Adviser / Dental Reference Officer with us in 2015.

Jacqui Frederick

Jacqui qualified from Glasgow in 1985 and has worked in her general dental practice for over 30 years.

During this time, she’s been a vocational trainer and networked with colleagues through her involvement as a Liaison Officer with her Local Dental Committee. Jacqui became a part-time Dental Adviser in 2016.

Phone number: 0131 275 6403 Email address: jacqueline.frederick@nhs.scot Working hours: Part time – Friday

Alison Gilliatt

Alison qualified from Glasgow in 1988 and worked full time in NHS general practice for 26 years, including nine years as a Vocational Trainer. She was a sessional Dental Adviser for a year before joining the team full time.

Christina Malivitsi

Christina has experience in general dental practice and private practice in Scotland and in the Military Dental Hospital in Greece.

She’s worked part time in our team since 2019 while also working in practice and undertaking postgraduate training in prosthodontics.

Karen Polland

Karen, who joined us in 2013, has worked in general dental practice since graduating from Glasgow in 2004.

  • Phone number: 0131 275 6550
  • Email address: karen.polland@nhs.scot
  • Working hours: Part time – one half day per week (flexible)

Gregor Preston

Gregor graduated from Glasgow University in 1999 and worked in NHS general practice for over 20 years.

He also spent seven years as a Vocational Dental Practitioner trainer and joined as a full-time Dental Adviser in April 2020.

Phone number: 0131 275 7115 Email address: gregor.preston@nhs.scot Working hours: Full time

Katie Stirling

Having graduated from Glasgow in 1988, Katie worked in general dental practice for 28 years, and as a principal for 21 of those years.

Katie has been a Vocational Dental Practitioner trainer and dental practice inspector, and has been a Dental Adviser since 2012 (becoming full time in 2015).

  • Phone number: 0131 275 6846
  • Email address: katie.stirling@nhs.scot
  • Working hours: Part time – Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Orthodontic dental advisers and reference officers

Ruth Fowler

Ruth gained her dental qualification from Glasgow University in 1988, and following her Fellowship in Dental Surgery, started orthodontic training in Dundee in 1992.

She qualified in 1995 and was employed as a Consultant Orthodontist in Forth Valley for 16 years before moving to a specialist orthodontic practice in Dundee.

Phone number: 0131 314 1584 Email address: ruth.fowler@nhs.scot Working hours: Part time – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Andrew Griffi-ths

Andrew graduated from Dundee in 1982 and spent the next five years within the hospital service, including a role in specialist training.

He gained an orthodontic qualification in 1987 and spent a period in mixed general and orthodontic practice. In 2002, Andrew entered specialist orthodontics and set up his own practice, which he’s still involved with to this day.

Phone number: 0131 275 1046 Email address: andrew.griffiths2@nhs.scot Working hours: Part time – Monday and Tuesday

Contact customer service

Our customer service team is your first point of contact for any enquiries you have regarding payments and administration.

You can email the team at nss.psddental@nhs.scot or give us a call on 0131 275 6300.