Our Team

All our dentists adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".



Dr Chris Pumford - Principal Dentist

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Dr Chris graduated from Glasgow University in 1995 and has worked in Aberdeen for many years before opening up his own practice - Dental Inspirations in 2011.  

Since graduating he has furthered his knowledge of dentistry;

Chris has been placing dental Implants since completing his training in London in 2008  and has attended  many International Implant conferences throughout the world to keep up to date with the latest techniques and standards.

He also works with orthodonitc systems - Fastbraces & Six Month Smiles undergoing extensive training for both brace systems in Dallas and Boston.  Testament to this is that he is now the No 1 provider in Scotland for Fastbraces, becoming a Master affiliate and he is a 5 Star rated Six Month Smiles provider.

As well as Orthodonitcs and Implants, Chris has a keen interest in Cosmetic Dentistry completing Smile make-overs, transforming patients mouths and their confidence.

Chris is not just a cosmetic dentist, he is a fantastic family dentist, who has maintained a loyal patient base over many years.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys sport - football, rugby and golf in particular - and long walks with his dog Ssal.


Leianna Minty - Practice Manager

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Leianna joined the practice in May 2011 and became the Practice Manager in April 2015.

As well as being the Practice Manager, Leianna still retains her Dental Nurse status and is the practice Childsmile Nurse.  She is able to apply fluoride to childrens teeth and discuss their oral health needs under referral from the dentists.

Leianna is the practice point of contact for any patient queries regarding your treatment and care provided by the practice.

Leianna loves to bake and cook and always likes to try new recipes, however most of her free time now is spent with her son, since becoming a mum in 2013.

Dr Michelle Hickey

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Dr Michelle graduated with honours from University College Cork in 1996 with a distinction in Oral Surgery.  To further her post graduate training she held two senior house officer posts in Oral Maxillofacial Departments in Peterborough and Glasgow hospitals respectively.

Prior to moving to Aberdeen, Dr Michelle lived and worked in Basel Switzerland where an opportunity arose for her to join a private implant and restorative clinic.  There she studied at the ITI Straumann Implant Institute and gained valuable practical experience - as well as fluency in another language.  With this training Michelle has experience in complex restorative and prosthetic cases varying from precision attachments to full mouth oral rehabilitation.

Dr Michelles open and communicative style of dentistry has made her very popular with nervous and phobic patients, helping them to relax in the dental chair and receive the best dental treatment available.

When not in surgery, Michelle is a busy mum with a love of cross country running, munro-bagging, foreign travel, film and theatre.


Trish Maitland - Hygienist

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Trish Maitland - Our Hygienist (or 'hygenius' as some of our patients will call her) followed Chris from his previous practice to join Dental Inspirations in 2011.

She is a hugely popular Hygienist and has a busy diary of patients which is testiment to her great work.

As well as working with Dental Inspirations she also works for the Health Board and has a keen interest in working with patients with disabilities and special needs.

In her limited free time, Trish loves to spend time with her husband and 2 sons, loves to bake and creates beautiful craft apple heads of which she sells to raise money and awareness for a cause close to her heart - Cystic Fibrosis.

Kerry Shearer - Dental Nurse

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Kerry joined the practice in July 2012 after relocating to Aberdeen from Dundee. 

Since joining the practice, Kerry has completed the Cleanliness Champion course ensuring the practice maintains our very high standards.  Kerry qualified in 2006, meaning she has a lot of wealth of knowledge and experience which she has been able to share with our trainees and other nurses.

In 2015 Kerry furthered her qualifications and is now able to take dental impressions.

In her spare time Kerry is very artistic and creative, spending weekends taking photographs in and around Aberdeen as well and creating some lovely keepsake gifts for friends and family.

Ami Jamieson - Dental Nurse

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Ami joined the practice in March 2016, moving to Aberdeen from Fife.  She is a recently qualified dental nurse and a welcome addition to Team DI.

Ami has a nurturing and caring approach when it comes to dental nursing and is very good with nervous patients.  Ami is eager to expand on her dental nursing qulaification, looking to complete the Childsmile course and impression taking as soon as possible.

Ami like most of team DI is a keen baker and used to have her own cupcake business before discovering her passion for Dental Nursing.  Other hobbies include badminton, general fitness and socialising with friends.

Danyelle Hamilton - Dental Nurse

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Danyelle has joined us after having a brief break from Dental Nursing.  She is a qualfied nurse with a few years experience.  Danyelle will be working alongside Dr Michelle and Lisa as well as reception duties within the practice.

Recently engaged, Danyelles in the midst of planning a wedding and enjoys socialising, snowboarding and unlike the rest of the team is not a keen baker - but give her time!

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