Dental specialists and consultants

Rob Banks

Rob Banks

Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
GDC Number: 68014

Billingham and Jesmond practice

BDS FDS (RCS Eng), MBBS, MRCPS (Glas), OMFS (Edin)

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Dr Matt Dorman

Dr Matt Dorman

Specialist in Oral Surgery
GDC Number: 73141

Billingham practice

Dip SED, BDS (Hons) (Ncl), FDSRCS, FFDRCSI (Oral Surgery)

I qualified with an Honours degree from Newcastle University wining the prize of the BDA for the best performance in finals in 1997. I completed my Vocational training in Yarm then moved into Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. First as a SHO in Newcastle then in Middlesbrough. I was awarded my FDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1999.

I worked for 9 years at Sunderland Royal Hospital as a Staff Grade then Associate Specialist In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

I qualified as a Specialist in Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2003 and was then entered on to the GDC Specialist list in Oral Surgery.

As well as Oral Surgery I have a special interest in sedation, I teach, lecture and Examine Conscious Sedation at Newcastle University. I have published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals. Currently I am involved in research using Conscious Sedation to treat young people for Surgical Orthodontics as an alternative to general anaesthesia.

How long have you worked at Queensway?

I started my career at Queensway in January 2001 providing Saturday Oral Surgery sessions. In 2009 I joined the team full time as Clinical lead for QTOSS - Queensway Teesside Oral Surgery service.

What do you enjoy most about working at Queensway?

Working with our great team of caring dental professionals.

Where would a patient find you?

Oral Surgery Department at Billingham, lecturing in Sunderland or Examining on the Diploma in Consciousness Sedation at Newcastle University.

Most rewarding part of your job?

Managing anxious patients who go away far more comfortable about dental care including oral surgery (which is considered a cause for worry) than when they were referred.

What do you enjoy doing out of work?

Spending time with family and friends. Keeping healthy, By running, squash, HIIT workouts and hiking in the hills.

What makes you smile?

A run on a frosty winter morning...

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Chris Dunkin

Chris Dunkin

Plastic Surgeon


Chris Dunkin is one of the best and most experienced cosmetic surgery specialists in the North of England with an outstanding reputation for the quality of care he delivers and the outcomes he achieves for his patients.

He formed Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery, previously known as Tees Plastic Surgery and York Plastic Surgery, in 2010 to provide high quality, cutting edge and affordable cosmetic surgery to people in the North East, Yorkshire and Cumbria. Perfecta now has clinics in some of the regions premier private hospitals including Queensway Billingham and Yarm.

Chris went to medical school at the London Hospital Medical College, University of London. He then trained in surgery in London and Edinburgh, where he was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS) before starting his plastic surgery training.

Chris was awarded the prestigious Duke of Kent Research Fellowship by the Stoke Mandeville Burns and Reconstructive Surgery Research Trust. He spent the next two years at Oxford University carrying out research into the biology of scarring and scar prevention and has presented his work at scientific and surgical meetings in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Chris remains an advisor to the charity Restore.

Chris received a Young Investigator Award from the Wound Care Society (Amsterdam 2002) and the Paton-Masser Memorial Prize from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (London 2005) for his work. Inn 2008 he was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of London for his research into scarring and scar prevention.

Chris has trained in all aspects of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery at some of the best Plastic Surgery units in the UK. He completed his training in Australia with a year as Microsurgery Fellow and Senior Registrar at the world-famous Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, where he had the privilege of working with some of the finest plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the world.

Chris was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery FRCS(Plast) and his Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in 2009. Chris Dunkin is on the GMC Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery. He was appointed Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 2009 to expand the breast reconstruction and head and neck reconstruction services and set up a multidisciplinary facial palsy clinic.

Chris formed Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery (formerly Tees Plastic Surgery and York Plastic Surgery) in 2010 to bring high quality, cutting edge and affordable cosmetic surgery to the North East, Yorkshire and Cumbria. He is one of the best and most experienced cosmetic surgery specialists in the North of England with an outstanding reputation for the quality of care he delivers and the outcomes he achieves for his patients.

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Matthew Garnett

Matthew Garnett

GDC Number: 73017

Jesmond practice


Matt graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1997 with Clinical Distinction and undertook a vocational dental training in the South-West of England. After two years in General Practice he realised that Restorative Dentistry was the area of specialism that he wanted to embark upon. He completed a year of Maxillofacial training at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and whilst working as a Senior House Officer, passed his diploma examinations and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University and graduated with Honours in 2003. During these two years he undertook research in the field of ‘resin-bonded bridgework’ provided for orthodontic patients, which was subsequently published in the British Dental Journal.

In 2003, he started a comprehensive five-year Specialist Training Programme at Newcastle Dental Hospital and passed the exit examinations in 2008. He was accepted on to the General Dental Council’s Specialist list in 2009 in the fields of Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. He has worked as a Consultant and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle Dental Hospital since 2009. Since 2014, Matt has offered specialist assessments and treatment at Queensway Dental on a part time basis whilst continuing to work at Newcastle Dental Hospital.

What do you enjoy most about working for Queensway?

I enjoy working alongside highly skilled enthusiastic clinicians who all have a common goal in aiming to undertake the best quality dental treatment for patients in a relaxed but efficient environment.

Where would a patient usually find you in the practice?

I work every Wednesday and Friday at the Queensway Jesmond practice undertaking specialist assessments and providing specialist treatment.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

My specialist interests are the multidisciplinary management of complex restorative problems, which include; full-mouth rehabilitation, the management of severe and rapidly progressing periodontitis (gum disease) and complex aesthetical gum problems. I particularly enjoy stabilising patient’s disease, reconstructing failed and missing teeth, and improving function and overall wellbeing. I am able to provide dental implant treatment which is also an important treatment in replacing missing and failed teeth.

What do you enjoy doing out of work?

I like taking part in crazy activities with my two children, Lola and Harry and I also enjoying keeping fit by cycling and climbing!

What makes you smile?

The hilarious comments that my 2 children Lola and Harry seem to say on a daily basis!

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Dr Julian Hawkings

Dr Julian Hawkings

Specialist in Oral Surgery
GDC Number: 69306

Billingham practice

BDS (Lpool), DGDP, FDS RCPS (Glasg)

Julian graduated in Dentistry in 1993 from the University of Liverpool (BDS) and then trained in general dentistry receiving his Diploma in General Dental Practice from the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1996 (DGDP UK).

Following this, Julian embarked on his career in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, starting out in the Midlands before returning to his native North East where he has worked predominantly ever since. He was awarded his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow FDSRCPS) in 1998 and then recognised as a Specialist in Oral Surgery.

Julian also developed an interest in caring for patients with ‘Special Dental Needs’ and worked concurrently in the Community Dental Service as well as in Oral and Maxillofacial Service, where he often acted as the link between the two service helping provide joined up patient care to this often overlooked dental group. He obtained specialist status in Special Care Dentistry in 2010 and is often asked for advice in both disciplines.

Julian also has the Diploma in Conscious Dental Sedation and is the past Chairman and President of North Yorkshire, South Durham and Cleveland Section of the British Dental Association. He has represented colleagues locally and nationally on various dental committees (BDA, CCCPHD, SDC) and is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) in addition to multiple other associations.

He continues with his own medical & dental professional update training and has been involved in successfully mentoring colleagues in Oral Surgery and Conscious Sedation during the last two years.

Beyond Oral Surgery, Julian also has an Honours degree in Zoology from Durham University and was previously a professional skipper and auxiliary Coastguard, aboard a converted fishing trawler off the West Coast of Scotland carrying out wildlife exploration. He continues his love of the sea with frequent trips to the Clyde Estuary.

He is married, with three children and lives only three miles from where he was born.

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Dr Rebecca Hierons

Dr Rebecca Hierons

Specialist in Oral Surgery and Aesthetics
GDC Number: 69303

Darlington practice

BDS FBDS (Lpool), FDSRCS (Edin), Dip Con Sed (Ncl)

Rebecca qualified from Liverpool in Dentistry in 1993 and obtained her postgraduate Fellowship in Dental Surgery from Edinburgh in 1996. She worked in Chester, Sunderland & latterly as an Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Newcastle General Hospital over a period of 16 years, during which time she gained extensive experience in the field of oral and facial trauma.

In 2010, she left the hospital to work for Queensway Dental Clinic and completed a postgraduate diploma in conscious dental sedation at Newcastle University in June 2011. She also has an interest in teaching and has been an Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS®) instructor in the past. She regularly teaches post-graduate Oral Surgery and is due to take over the Presidency of the British Association of Oral Surgeons in September 2017.

She was instrumental in the inauguration of Queensway Skin Clinic in 2012 (having started her aesthetics training in 2010) and completed the FDGP (UK) Masterclass in Facial aesthetics with distinction in 2015. She was lucky enough to train with a number of internationally renowned clinicians including Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai, Dr Kuldeep Minocha and Dr Tapan Patel and is currently doing the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables. She is also part of the ZO UK Academy having trained both with Dr Zein Obagi and Dr Rachael Eckel.

What do you enjoy most about working for Queensway?

Queensway is all about delivering the best patient care we possibly can. We carry out gold standard treatment, there are no corners cut and the practice is full of specialists. all of whom are outstanding in their particular area of dentistry. That is why I love working there and would never consider working anywhere else.

Where would a patient usually find you in the practice?

I am in our branch surgery in Darlington 3 days a week removing teeth, roots and wisdom teeth as well as carrying out other surgical procedures under local anaesthetic and sedation. This is an NHS service whereby local dentists refer patients who need specialist oral surgery treatment. I also do some private oral surgery and provide a full private aethetics service (botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and medical grade skin care) in Darlington and Billingham.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

For an Oral Surgeon, the highest accolade is when someone says “That wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would be - I didn’t feel a thing!” and they walk out with a smile on their face. It makes me feel great to turn a potentially horrible experience into a semi-pleasant one for someone. As far as aesthetic treatments are concerned, I love helping people to be the best version of themselves they can be and walk out feeling beautiful, healthy and confident about themselves and their skin.

What do you enjoy doing out of work?

I most enjoy spending time with my husband, Charlie and our two children, Cat and Dan. I am a slow but enthusiastic runner (Charlie, Dan and I do the parkrun most Saturdays) and a passionate cook - Cat and Dan love to help, especially with baking. We are all big Bake Off fans!

What makes you smile?

My lovely family, baking the perfect cake and working at Queensway, of course!

Surgical & Education Courses>

  • Branemark Implant Course, Newcastle 1999
  • AO Plating Course, Davos, Switzerland 2000
  • Second Astra-Tech NCCG Scholarship (Orthognathic Surgery and Implants) Gothenburg, Sweden 2001
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Newcastle 2002
  • Facial Skin Surgery & Plastic Techniques for Maxillofacial Surgeons East Grinstead 2002
  • ITI Dental Implant Surgical & Restorative Course, Edinburgh 2003
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Newcastle 2003
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL), Newcastle 2004 - 2005
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Gateshead 2007
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor Course, Harrogate 2009
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor/Candidate course, Gateshead 2009
  • Intermediate Life Support, Newcastle 2010
  • Intermediate Life Support (annually) 2011 - 2016
  • Teaching & Learning for Clinicians involved in Oral Surgery & Dental Education, BAOS, Edinburgh 2012
  • Dental Core CPD courses x 3 2014 - 2017

Aesthetics Courses

  • Dermal filler foundation course, Cosmetology 2010
  • Botulinum Toxin Type A foundation course, Cosmetology 2010
  • Lips Augmentation & Anaesthesia, Cosmetology 2011
  • Beginners Dermal Filler Techniques, Bob Khanna (BKTI) 2012
  • Advanced Botulinum Toxin Hands-on Training Course, BKTI 2012
  • Botulinum Toxin Level 3 Hands-on Training Course, BKTI (Gummy smiles, bruxism and other TMJ symptoms) 2013
  • Dermal Filler Level 3 - Part One Hands-on Training Course BKTI (Mid-face augmentation - cheeks, peri-orbital regions with cannulas) 2013
  • Dermal Filler Level 3 - Part Two Hands-on Training Course BKTI (Nose, chin and jaw line with cannulas) 2013
  • Dermal Filler Level 2 - Lip Masterclass (cannulas) BKTI 2013
  • Galderma Aesthetics Academy 2014, 2016
  • ZO basic x1, Intermediate x3 & Advanced courses, x3 Wigmore Medical 2014 - 2016
  • FDGP (UK) Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics (distinction) 2015
  • Botulinum toxin & dermal filler advanced courses, Phi Academy 102 2015
  • Microsclerotherapy & Facial Telangiectasia courses, Wigmore Medical 2016
  • Gold pen workshop 2016
  • Allergan training day 2016
  • Clinical Facial Anatomy : Dissection & Live Injection Course, Amsterdam 2016
  • PRP ‘Dracula’ therapy course, Dr Daniel Sister, Wigmore Medical 2017
  • Veinwave Course, Thermavein 2017
  • Dermal filler complications OFAA (cadarveric dissection) 2017
  • Eye & Lip rejuvenation using dermal fillers OFFA (cadaveric direction) 2017

Teaching & Lecturing

  • Joint co-ordinator for Maxillofacial SHO Teaching, Newcastle 1997 - 2005
  • Author of Maxillofacial SHO Handbook, Newcastle 1998 - 2010
  • 'Management of Maxillofacial Emergencies in A & E' (lecture presented bi-annually to the junior A&E doctors) 2000 - 2005
  • 'Management of Maxillofacial Trauma Patients' (lecture presented annually to the nurses and ODPs) 2000 - 2005
  • Faculty member of the Northern Region Basic Skills Course for SHO's 204 - 2009
  • ATLS instructor 2009 - 2013
  • Core course conscious dental sedation trainer (Newcastle University) 2012
  • 'Facial aesthetics: Clinical use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers' (lecture presented at the BDA mini lecture series, Queensway) 2013
  • Core Course in Oral Surgery (Northern Deanery, Bourne House) (I pitched this to the Deanery and now organise and deliver it with a friend and colleague) 2013 - 2019
  • Foundation Dentist Trainer in Minor Oral Surgery 2014
  • Primary Care - problems and pitfalls (lecture presented at the BAOS commissioning day) 2016

Publications & Posters

The bicoronal flap, its pivot point and use in patients with male pattern baldness Kerawala CJ, Grime RJ, Perry M, Stassen LFA Brit J Oral Max Surg 2000; 38:441-444

The accuracy of dental panoramic tomographs in determining the root morphology of mandibular third molar teeth before surgery Bell, Rodgers, Grime, Edwards, Hahn, Dorman, Keen, Stewart, Hampton Oral Surg Oral Med O 2003; 95: 119-125

Postoperative radiographs after open reduction and internal fixation of the mandible: are they useful? Durham JA, Paterson AW, Pierse D, Adams JR, Clark M, Hierons R, Edwards K Brit J Oral Max Surg 2006; 44(4): 279-282

Audit to assess record keeping in orthodontic patients Shelton A, Ledvinka J, Hierons R, Ip T, Postlethwaite K British Orthodontic Conference, Bristol (poster)

Two audits of the diagnosis of oral cancer and the two-week rule following referrals from primary care practitioners in Newcastle Miller CS, Hierons RJ Prim Dent Care 2012;19 (2): 63-68

Investigation of inhalational conscious sedation as a tool for reducing anxiety in adults undergoing exodontia. Hierons RJ, Dorman ML, Wilson K, Averley P, Girdler N Brit Dent J 2012 Sep; 213(6):E9. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.839

Outwith Utopia. Hierons R Brit Dent J 213, 95-95 doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.672

How did we do? An investigation into the suitability of patient questionnaires (PREMS and PROMS) in three primary care oral surgery practices. Gerrard G, Jones R, Hierons RJ In press Brit Dent J 2017

An investigation into the variability of primary care oral surgery contracts and tariffs in England and Wales (2014/2015). Hierons, RJ, Gerrard, G, Jones, R Brit Dent J 2017, 222, 870-877 doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.500


I have attended the BAOMS annual conference from 1997 - 2001 and in 2005. I presented papers at these events in 1997 and 2000. I regularly attend the BAOS annual conference (having done so since 2004) and organised the meetings in Edinburgh in 2014 and 2016. Prior to that, I attended the NCCG OMFS conferences from 1998 - 2003 and organised the meeting in Durham in 2000. I attended IAAFA in 2013 and FACE 2014 - 2016.

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Dr Wendy Keen

Dr Wendy Keen

Specialist in Oral Surgery
GDC Number: 62803

Ferryhill practice

BDS (Lpool), FDSRCS (Eng)

Wendy qualified from Liverpool in 1987 and first worked at Liverpool Dental Hospital as a House Officer, followed by two years in general dental practice.

She subsequently returned to the Hospital Service and trained for 3 years as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Burnley General Hospital.

She was appointed Staff Grade in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Middlesbrough General Hospital in 1993, followed by James Cook University Hospital until Jan 2009, where she specialised in dentoalveolar surgery, sedation and implants .This position also involved teaching Oral Surgery and sedation to dentists.

Wendy gained her Fellowship in Dental Surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1993 and is registered as a Specialist in Oral Surgery. She has almost 30 years experience of performing Oral Surgery under local anaesthetic, sedation and general anaesthesia.

Wendy started to work at Queensway in 2009 and is currently working at Queensway’s Specialist Oral Surgery Clinic in County Durham and Darlington. Outside work Wendy is an IDTA qualified Ballroom and Latin teacher.

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>Dr Jennifer Korsen

Dr Jennifer Korsen

Specialist in Oral Surgery
GDC Number: 62221

Darlington practice

RCPS (Glasg), BDS, FDS

Jennifer qualified in Dentistry from Glasgow University in 1987 and while working in the west of Scotland, obtained her post graduate Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1991. She then came to the north east of England and started working in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Darlington Memorial Hospital where she continues to work as an Associate Specialist.

She gained recognition from the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Oral Surgery in 2007.

Jennifer also joined the team at Queensway in 2007 and by combining her hospital position with that at Queensway, it has allowed her to gain extensive experience in treating patients in a primary care setting as well as those requiring more complex hospital care.

Jennifer teaches post graduate Oral Surgery to dentists in addition to teaching dentists about how to detect and prevent mouth cancer.

What do you enjoy most about working for Queensway?

Being part of a first class team providing the best possible care to patients which has always been Queensway’s ethos. Queensway inspires each one of us to be the best possible offering gold standard treatment to patients.

Where would a patient usually find you?

I am in our Queensway Darlington surgery on a Saturday providing Oral Surgery (such as removing wisdom teeth or other teeth) to patients who particularly choose to have their treatment carried out at a weekend.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

As an oral surgeon, I recognise that most patients are anxious about having teeth removed and so to hear them say it was so much better and quicker than expected and that they felt they were in safe hands is a real reward.

What do you enjoy doing out of work?

Travelling to new places and sampling local food and wine with my Dutch husband and our 2 children has always been a pleasure. I have also recently become an enthusiast for yoga!

What makes you smile?

Watching my 2 labradors run in and out of the sea chasing a ball

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