Our Team

Experienced Dental Team in Barrow in Furness

You are guaranteed to be treated by a warm and friendly team of professionals, who attend regular courses to update and extend their knowledge.

Please select the thumbnail image for information about each of our team members.

  • Meet the team  - James
  • Meet the team  - Amanda
  • Meet the team - Irene
  • Meet the team  - Joanne
  • Meet the team  - Laura
  • Meet the team  - Julie
  • Meet the team  - Sally
  • Meet the team  - Stephanie
  • Meet the team  - Kelsey

Dr. James W Tomlinson Clinical Director Dr. James W Tomlinson
B.Ch.D. MFGDP(UK) M.Med.Sci. (Oral & Maxillofacial Implantology)
Specialist in Oral Surgery

James is a GDC registered specialist in Oral Surgery with more than 30 years combined experience in hospital and private dental practice in South Cumbria. Over the past 12 years he has undergone extensive training in Nobel Biocare implant systems both in the USA and in Sweden as well as Europe. In 2003 James was among the first group to complete a masters degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology at Sheffield University.

He has lectured widely throughout the UK and Ireland on the subject of dental implants. James continues to be actively involved in postgraduate teaching as a part time tutor at Sheffield University School of Clinical Dentistry and also as a mentor to other dentists in the area.

Outside the practice James tries to keep fit by running , cycling and swimming but has yet to attempt a triathlon! When feeling less energetic he likes to relax by fly fishing and more recently has developed a growing interest in landscape photography.

GDC Number 52898

Amanda KnowlesAmanda Knowles – Dental Nurse

Amanda was born and educated in Barrow-in-Furness and has worked with James for 26 years as a qualified dental nurse. She is a qualified Registered Dental Nurse and holds certificates in Radiograph and Impression taking. Amanda has been heavily involved in the dental implant programme and has travelled to Sheffield Dental Hospital on many occasions for additional in-depth training. Over the past 5 years Amanda has developed a particular interest in restorative and cosmetic treatment which she has found very rewarding.

Outside of the practice Amanda enjoys walking her huskies and watching her two girls play basketball.

GDC Number 111875

Irene Hammond - Treatment Co-ordinator/Practice Manager and Dental Nurse


Irene has worked in Dentistry for over 30 years. She is a fully qualified Registered Dental Nurse and holds the dental radiography certificate. She has gained a broad range of dental knowledge and these skills have utilised in her role as treatment co-ordinator. Irene is responsible for keeping the practice up to date on health and safety matters. 

Irene has recently become a first time grandparent and loves spending time with her new granddaughter and the rest of her family.

GDC Number 110914

Joanne Wallace – Part Time Practice Manager and Receptionist

Joanne started at the practice as a dental receptionist 20 years ago having no dental experience. Over the years she has developed her knowledge by attending many dental training courses and seminars. She has attained a diploma in secretarial procedures and administration.

Joanne spends a lot of her spare time running a local dance school competing in local dance competitions and raising money for local charities.  The rest of her time is taken up by her young family.



LauraLaura McMullan - Part-time Receptionist

Laura started at the practice 4 and a half years ago having no dental experience. Her skills include customer care, administration and secretarial duties. Laura is responsible for patients recall letters, appointments and the smooth running of the reception area contacting patients the day before their appointment to remind them.  Laura enjoys keeping patients relaxed and comfortable prior to their appointment.

Laura’s spare time is taken up with her young granddaughter and ‘weather permitting’ caravan holidays!

JulieJulie Clark – Dental Hygienist

As a dental nurse Julie developed an interest in Preventive Dentistry and subsequently studied and graduated from Newcastle Dental Hospital in 1992 as a Dental Hygienist. Since qualifying she has worked in general dental practice and corporate dentistry. Her work focuses on the treatment and control of periodontal disease.

She also offers advice on how to maintain good oral health. She keeps abreast of the latest techniques and materials by regularly attending courses and conferences.

GDC Number 4379

Sally HartSally Hart - Dental Hygiene/Therapist

Sally qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Manchester Dental Hospital in 1988 and has worked with James and his team for twenty years. She has recently expanded her role within the practice by training as a Dental Therapist studying for 2 years part time at Bristol Dental Hospital. Sally is now qualified to provide preventative and restorative treatment for children and adults. She is dedicated to providing the very best level of care possible in a relaxed environment.

In her spare time she loves cooking, gardening and painting – look out for some of her painting in the practice.

GDC Number 3636


Stephanie GilliesStephanie Gillies – Dental Nurse

Stephanie qualified in Carlisle in 1990 after sitting the National Exam for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) After working as a Dental Nurse from 1984 until 2004 she decided to take a break and has just recently returned to dentistry. Stephanie has been with the practice now for 12months.

Stephanie is committed to providing good care and attention to all patients and goes on regular courses to keep her up to date with new dental developments

In her spare time she enjoys running with a local club competing in 2 marathons and many half marathons raising money for charities. She enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

Kelsey Round – Dental Nurse Cadet

Kelsey joined the team in August this year and is currently working towards her Dental Nurse Certificate. She works at the practice 4 days a week where she is gaining ‘hands on’ experience working with Mr Tomlinson, Sally and Julie. She will be attending college one day a week for the next 18months gaining further knowledge to become a qualified Dental Nurse.

In her free time she enjoys socialising with friends and family.

© DrJames Tomlinson 2011
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