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Ian Mills BDS, Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng.), FFGDP (UK), FDS RCPS (Glasg.)

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Ian qualified from Glasgow in 1987 and spent four years working in Oral & Maxillofacial in Birmingham, Liverpool and Bath before moving into general dental practice. He moved to Devon in 1994 and set up Torrington Dental Practice three years later whilst continuing to work part-time at North Devon District Hospital in the Oral Surgery Department.

Ian currently splits his time between Torrington Dental Practice and Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth where he is an Academic Clinical Fellow and Honorary Lecturer. He has been closely involved in the undergraduate programme at the new dental school since it was established in 2007.

John Evans B.D.S. L.D.S., R.C.S. (Eng)., M.Sc Dip Rest Dent RCS (London)

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John qualified from Guys in 1987. He has extensive experience of working in general practice and joined Torrington Dental Practice in 2002.  Like the other partners, John has undertaken a lot of postgraduate training and completed a postgraduate diploma in restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeon in London in 2008.  He is one of the practice’s Foundation Dentist trainers and runs a domiciliary dental service to improve dental access for the elderly.  He is a member of the Gerodontology Society and has a particular interest in restorative dentistry especially implants and prosthodontics (dentures).

Zena Brenchley B.D.S., F.D.S.R.C.P.S., M.Ortho. R.C.S., M.Sc.D

Zena Brenchley

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Zena qualified from Guys Hospital in 1986 and spent three years working in Oral Surgery during which time she gained her Fellowship Exam from the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. She undertook a further three years postgraduate degree in Orthodontics and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthodontics in 1993. During this time she also obtained a Masters of Science Degree.

Zena divides her time between Specialist Practice in Barnstaple and working in her own practice in Torrington.


Rhys Gabe B.D.S(Wales), Dip.Con.Sed (Newcastle)

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Rhys qualified from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1996. He has worked in general practice in South Wales and Bristol and also as a part-time clinical assistant in minor oral surgery in Cardiff. He and his wife moved to North Devon in 2004 when he joined Torrington Dental Practice.

Rhys has recently been awarded a post graduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle.  He is one of only a handful of dentists in the South of England to have been awarded this diploma and receives referrals from dentists in the South West to treat anxious patients who are unable to receive treatment conventionally.

Melissa Auvray BDS (Newcastle) MJDF (RCS Eng) DipConSed (Newcastle) PGCClinEd (PCMD)

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Melissa qualified from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and has been working at Torrington Dental Practice since August 2008. Since then she has obtained her diploma in conscious sedation and a clinical education teaching certificate. She is part of our sedation team, treating referral patients using either inhalation sedation or IV sedation.  Melissa holds the Immediate Life Support qualification and is a member of SAAD and is on the teaching mentors list for their training in the South West. She is also one of the practices Foundation Dentist trainers.


Declan MacDonnell

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Declan qualified from Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School in 2011. He spent a year working in Wales and joined Torrington Dental Practice in August 2013.

Declan is a keen rugby player and has already been recruited by one of the local teams.

Carianne Stokes

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Carianne qualified from Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School in 2012 and is working with us for a year as an FD1 (Foundation Dentist). Carianne previously worked as a pharmacist before deciding on a change of direction. Carianne is a keen baker, which is much appreciated by the rest of the team.

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