Meet the Team at Brixham Dental Practice

All dentists at Brixham dental practice qualified in the UK, Dr Richardson at Edinburgh University, Dr Green at Bristol University and Dr Kate Richardson at Cardiff University. Our practice has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry and have an understanding of how to provide the best treatment available to our patients. Throughout the dentists careers they have attended courses that have given them the opportunity to further their interests in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

We also have a dedicated support team of nurses and they have qualified to NEBDN standard for dental nurses. We have members of staff that have also undertaken further training and achieved additional qualifications which enables them to provide the best quality care for our patients.

Brixham Dental Practice has a well earned reputation from providing an exceptional service that delivers outstanding results, so come and visit us to see why local people have chosen us to look after their dental health for over 30 years.


Dr Paul Richardson GDC Number: 55658

Paul Richardson qualified at the Edinburgh Dental School, Faculty of Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1981 and has since been the principal practitioner at the Brixham Dental Practice.

Throughout his career he has regularly attended higher post-graduate courses. This has given him the opportunity to further his interests in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In turn this has helped to ensure that his patients receive the very best that today's modern dentistry can offer.

Paul Richardson has a wide range of experience when dealing with difficult and complex dental treatments. He has designed and created hundreds of beautiful smiles for patients, in addition to undertaking general dentistry.

In his spare time Paul enjoys hill walking and horse riding. He has three daughters, the eldest Kate has just qualified as a dentist.

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Dr Anne Green BDS. Univ. Bristol MFDS. RCS GDC Number: 209569

After qualifying from University of Bristol in 2011, Anne worked as a senior house officer in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Torbay Hospital, then as a specialist restorative dentist in the dental department. She joined Brixham Dental Practice in 2014 and has worked here since carrying out general and cosmetic dentistry.

Her interests are restorative dentistry and aesthetic dentistry, using Invisalign aligners and composite bonding to straighten and restore teeth and transform smiles. She also enjoys working with anxious patients helping them gain confidence with dental treatment.

In 2018 she completed an advanced course in cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry in London, to develop her skills working with all the latest developments in dentistry. She has also just completed a Diploma in straightening teeth with Invisalign aligners, learning how to plan and carry our complex Invisalign treatments effectively.

She is keen on putting her dental skills to good use elsewhere and has carried out charity work in Tanzania and more recently in rural Panama where she practiced dentistry with no mains power or running water, sleeping outdoors in a hammock.

Her interests are very outdoor focussed, walking, running, wild swimming as well as gardening, growing food, and foraging. When not at work she likes to travel around Britain in her camper van with her husband and rescue dog.

Dr Kate Richardson BDS. Univ. Cardiff GDC Number: 194495

Kate has over 10 years experience in dentistry having graduated from Cardiff University, School of Dentistry in 2010. Since qualifying, Kate has worked in general dental practice both in South Wales and in Houston, Texas, widening her dental knowledge and experience. Kate came to us in 2019 part-time but in September 2020 made the decision to move back to Devon and take a full-time position here at the practice.

Since returning from The United States in 2015, Kate has undertaken several courses to broaden her experience and skill set. She offers a full range of dental restorative treatment and cosmetic options, Invisalign and facial aesthetics treatments.

Kate has a natural empathy for treating and caring for nervous patients, giving them reassurance and confidence. Her passion for dentistry started in her teens when she worked here as a dental receptionist and nurse. Patients who are nervous and anxious about going to the dentist are especially happy with Kate: "We like to take things slow, explain everything in detail, and make sure our patients are truly comfortable in our practice.” Kate said.

When not in the dental surgery, Kate enjoys being active by running and walking her dogs, Betty & Olive. Kate grew up in Torbay, with her two younger sisters and is happily married.

Dr Tobi Topliss BDS. Univ. Cardiff MFDS. RCS England GDC Number: 289198

Following qualification with honours from Cardiff University in 2020, Tobi completed his foundation training on the southeast coast. He has since worked as a senior house officer in the oral and maxillofacial department of Torbay Hospital. During this time, he passed his membership exams to the faculty of dental surgery at the royal college of surgeons of England. Tobi has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, with a focus on delivering high quality care. He is a member of the British society of restorative dentistry, allowing him to keep up to date with the most recent treatments available. He has a naturally calm manner, allowing patients to feel relaxed in the surgery and enjoys discussing patient’s wishes in order to deliver tailored treatment for each patient. Away from the practice Tobi enjoys playing golf, sea-swimming, paddle-boarding, and discovering all the wonderful beaches Devon has to offer.

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Clare Edwards Dip DH GDC Number: 6088

Clare gained her diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2002 from Birmingham Dental Hospital, with distinctions in Clinical Dentistry & Radiography. She was also awarded Hygienist of the Year. Since qualifying Clare has worked in both NHS and private dental practices. In 2004 she relocated from Bristol to Torquay. Clare joined our practice in 2009 and has become a very valuable member of the team. The hygienist plays a fundamental role in helping you to achieve a healthier mouth. Clare is very passionate about providing a high standard of patient care and making your Hygiene appointments a positive experience.

Clare aims to help individuals establish a daily cleaning routine, with preventative advice tailored towards each person. It is also necessary to gently remove the deposits and stains that may have built up on your teeth over time. Working in a kind and caring manner Clare strives to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you. To achieve this we can discuss the use of Desensitizing agents and anaesthetic gels. For some time there has been much clinical research on the relationship between Oral health and General health. So improving and maintaining your Oral health is as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise in achieving good general health and well-being.

As tooth-brushing alone only removes 60 % of the plaque bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay and gum disease. So cleaning in between your teeth is crucial to improving plaque control. Clare is able to provide helpful dental hints and tips, but also work with patients to find which tools are right for you.

As well as weekday appointments, Clare will also see patients on Saturdays mornings.

When not working Clare likes to make the most of living in the beautiful Torbay area, especially kayaking & paddle boarding with her husband and daughter.

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Julia Crabtree Dip DH RCS Eng GDC Number: 6454

Julia gained her diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2004 from the Eastman Dental Hospital London. After qualifying Julia worked in NHS and private dental practices in Exeter before moving back to her hometown of Brixham in 2014. This is not the first time that Julia has been part of the dental team at Brixham Dental Practice. She actually first joined the practice in 1998 as a trainee dental nurse before pursuing her career as a Dental Hygienist. When not working Julia is a busy mum to her three children and enjoys walking and supporting local Brixham businesses with her husband Matt. In order to achieve the best results for her patients Julia’s aim is to try and make each patient feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible by giving encouragement and support throughout the appointment.

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Dr Ian Seddon Implant Surgeon BDS. Manchester GDC Number: 64868

Ian qualified as a dentist in 1989 at Manchester University and then undertook a postgraduate period of elective study at UCLA.

Ian attends the practice on a part-time basis and works alongside Dr Richardson and Dr Anne Green, to provide a full range of dental implant procedures. Ian dedicates his entire clinical life to implant surgery and with his skills and high level of experience he is a highly valued and welcome addition to our clinical team.

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Steph & Abbie (GDC number: 183486) - Practice Managers

Steph and Abbie work together as the practice managers to ensure that every patient we see at Brixham Dental Practice has the best experience possible.

They have been valued members of the team for many years, combining over 30 years of experience between them. As they have worked together since 2007 they have an extensive understanding of how to provide support to both the practice and team members.

Steph and Abbie both come from a dental nursing background, having achieved their dental nursing qualification and Abbie also holds her qualified in oral Health education.

Working together they continually strive to make sure every patient has an enjoyable journey, from the first point of contact with the practice and throughout their dental care. Steph & Abbie can discuss any part of your treatment, organise any finance arrangements and generally ensure every patient we see has the best experience possible and leaves with a smile.

Steph and Abbie keep the practice up to date with current regulations and guidelines by attending regular courses and training to ensure the practice adheres to all standards.

You will see Steph in the office on a Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and Abbie on a Wednesday & Friday, so please stop by and say hello. They have both lived in Brixham all their lives and when they are not at the practice they love spending time with their young families & walking their dogs.

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Harriet – Patient care coordinator GDC Number: 263318

Harriet has been with us since September 2013 and is a very valued member of our team. She is a qualified dental nurse with 10 years’ experience working alongside our dentists. Harriet works to support each dentist with comprehensive treatment plans, referrals and answering patient queries. Alongside this, she also helps to make sure the dental surgeries are kept up to date with current guidelines, policies & procedures and attends many courses to ensure her knowledge of dental care is top tier.

Harriet is the first port of call for many of our new patients looking to undertake a new patient examination, Invisalign or Implant treatment. She loves getting to know our new patients and helping them to make the first step towards a life-transforming smile.

Harriet is very passionate about delivering the best care possible to her patients and has quite appropriately been nominated as a finalist in The Private Dentistry Awards 2022 as ‘Best Dental Nurse, Southwest’.

In her spare time, Harriet enjoys making the most of the beautiful south coast with her dog and is a keen baker, often bringing her delicious creations in for us all to share at lunchtime.

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Head Receptionist

Avril has just joined the team in December 2017. Avril is usually the first person you will see when coming to Brixham Dental Practice. She works very hard to keep the desk in order and organises the appointment book so all our patients are happy. We know that many people can be anxious when visiting the dental practice but Avril's genuine nature & smile will help put you at ease and any problems that you have she will only be happy to help you. Avril enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and in her spare time loves to watch Plymouth Argyle.

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Nicola - Receptionist

Nicola joined the team in September 2014 but had some time away with her family and came back to us in January 2022 . Nicola is usually one of the first people you will see when coming to Brixham Dental Practice. She works very hard to keep the desk in order and organises the appointment book so all our patients are happy. We know that many people can be anxious when visiting the dental practice but Nicola’s genuine nature & smile will help put you at ease and any problems that you have she will only be happy to help you. Nicola has previous Dental nursing skills which help her provide even better care and understanding when booking patients in. Nicola enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and enjoys sailing when she gets a chance.

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Saffie – Qualified Dental Nurse GDC Number: 276164

Saffie has been part of the team since August 2014. Saffie works with our newest dentist Dr Tobi Topliss and is always happy to help support the team wherever she is. Saffie passed her dental nursing examinations in 2018 and then furthered her knowledge by qualifying in dental radiography so can take x-rays at the practice. Saffie works hard to help assist Tobi in providing the best treatment available, her calm and empathetic nature helps puts patients at ease whilst in the surgery. Saffie is currently planning her wedding and enjoys skiing in her spare time and exploring the world on her travels.

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Lucinda – Qualified Dental Nurse GDC Number: 234952

Lucinda joined the practice in November 2015 and has been a very valued added member to our team. Lucinda works with our Principal Dentist Dr Richardson, working together on Monday and Tuesday, and also helps assists our hygienist Clare. Lucinda qualified in 2012 and already had two years experience under her belt. Lucinda brings with her knowledge of dentistry, a friendly calming personality that fits in perfectly with our team. She has recently returned to us in 2017 after having a baby girl called Mila.

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Jess – Trainee Dental Nurse

Jess is Dr Kate Richardson’s full time nurse and is currently studying to gain her dental nurse qualification. Jess has been with us since January 2022 and is a great team member, she works very hard with Kate to provide the best care possible to our patients and her bubbly nature helps patients to feel at ease. She is very passionate about doing the best she can, and we know with our support she will go far. In her own time Jess is currently planning her wedding and enjoys exploring Devon’s cuisine.

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Daisy – Junior Trainee Dental Nurse

Daisy has recently joined the team in July 2022. Daisy is Clare’s and Julia’s full-time nurse in the hygiene suite and is currently gaining lots of experience, working towards studying for her dental nurse qualification. Daisy works hard with our hygienists to help promote oral health and her calm nature helps puts patients at ease. Daisy enjoys exploring Devon’s coastline, surfing and scuba diving in her own time with her family and friends.

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