About us

Caring, compassionate, gentle: your dental superhero in Leeds

Our practice

At Horsforth Dental we provide the best possible dental care. We understand the importance of happy, healthy smiles and take enormous pride in our work. Our core belief is that prevention is the best medicine. It’s so simple, but so often overlooked. We strive to help our patients achieve beautiful and long-lasting smiles by listening intently, and creating a treatment plan bespoke to their needs. We are a modern dental practice: artistic, gentle and fresh in our approach.

Our little practice on Troy Road has a big heart; our clinic is relaxed and full of colour. Since Dr Bedford took over in March 2018, the practice has changed beyond recognition and we are very proud of our growing reputation as a compassionate and professional service. Whether you are in need of regular check-ups for your family, or you’re a busy professional looking for that perfect smile, we are here for you. Our highly trained and experienced team will transform the way you feel about your teeth.

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Meet the team

Dr Sam Bedford

Practice Owner / Principal Dentist

BDS (Hons)
GDC No 82352

Sam qualified in 2003 from Sheffield University. Since then he has worked as a general dentist with a penchant for crown and bridge work, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Sam prides himself on his approachability and willingness to work with a smile.

In 2014 Sam became one of only a handful of UK practitioners to study and implement the Myobrace system and offer it as an alternative to fixed braces. Myobrace enables patients with crooked teeth to be treated much younger than conventional braces. Sam has a growing level of expertise in this area.

Outside of dentistry, Sam has a million hobbies and interests. He plays football and supports Everton, runs, snowboards, enjoys gaming and Lego (he really loves Lego). He loves music, art, science, books and cinema. Sam and his wife Natalie have two young children who keep them VERY busy.

Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Film: Clash of the Titans (the 1981 version, obv.)

Helen Clarke

Associate Dentist

BDS
GDC No 81830

Helen qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2000. During her first year in practice she was introduced to using sedation to help anxious patients undergo dental treatment and consequently found her niche. She has recently decided to further her training in this area and is currently completing her Diploma in Conscious Sedation alongside her jobs and busy family life.

Before moving to Horsforth, Helen worked in a practice for 12 years, delivering general dentistry and thoroughly enjoying building trusting relationships with her patients and their families. Helen takes enormous pride in her work and her people skills. She is honest and dedicated to providing her patients with the highest quality of care; she will always give 110%.

Helen concurrently works at the Leeds Dental Institute, providing treatment to patients who have been referred from general dental practices, as well as teaching oral surgery to dental undergraduates and running a module on anxiety and pain management. She has worked in the hospital since 2003, completing a number of roles before settling in the academic oral surgery department in 2009.

Outside of dentistry, Helen is a wife to a DIY King and mother to two cheeky pre-schoolers. She is a keen cook, and enjoys gardening and getting outside generally. She used to devote any free time to cycling, running and skiing, but these hobbies are currently on the back burner till her children are older and can hopefully join in!

Favourite Food: Thai/Vietnamese
Favourite Film: Anything by Pixar

Sam McHale

Hygienist

Sam graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc degree in Oral Health Science in 2016. Alongside this, Sam is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygienists & Therapists, which commits to continuous learning via journals and conferences.

Sam helps to put patients’ minds at ease and runs a great Instagram (@northernhygienist) for patients and fellow professionals, explaining procedures, posting visual aids and offering useful advice.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys keeping fit and active by playing football and training in the martial art of Muay Thai. Sam represented the University of Manchester dental football team on a tour of Valencia in the summer of 2016, coming out victorious against Univsersitat de Valencia. Sam also enjoys travelling and watching the mighty Leeds United.

Favourite Film: Saving Private Ryan

Jaynie-Lee Wood

Dental Nurse

Jaynie-Lee qualified from Leeds Dental Institute as a Dental Nurse in 2018. Jaynie-Lee works with great care and strives to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. Many of our patients have commented how Jaynie-Lee has helped them to feel welcome and relaxed at our practice. She always works with a smile on her face, as she thinks that working as a dental nurse at Horsforth Dental is “amazing!” (her words not ours!).

Outside of dentistry, Jaynie-Lee has numerous hobbies and interests. She loves socialising, horse riding, cinema and cooking. She also loves eating out and is becoming a bit of a foodie.

Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Film: A Cinderella Story

Melissa Cybaniak

Dental Nurse

Moving on from a career in health and safety, Melissa is now training to become a fully qualified dental nurse. She is enjoying her roles both on reception and nursing in the surgery, with root canals being her favourite treatment to assist the dentist with. Melissa is now looking forward to learning more about nursing and the basics of practice management.
Melissa is caring, friendly and enjoys talking to patients and helping them to feel at home during their appointments.

Outside of work, Melissa is a big sports fan, following the tennis, baseball and snooker to name a few. She plays softball during the summer months, both in the local league and in tournaments across the country. Newly married, she enjoys hikes in the countryside with her husband, dog and friends.

Favourite Food: Mediterranean
Favourite Film: Legends of the Fall

Nadine Wilson

Dental Nurse

Nadine started working in dentistry as a receptionist in 2011, eventually training as a nurse and achieving her NEBDN qualification in 2015.

She takes pride in her professionalism, assisting with oral surgery procedures and helping patients feel at ease. Since joining the team at Horsforth Dental, she has particularly enjoyed working with the Myobrace system and helping the younger patients achieve their goals.

Outside of dentistry, her hobbies include crocheting, embroidery and film. Nadine has a young son who keeps her very busy indeed and they love creating works of art together.

Favourite Food: Spaghetti Bolognese
Favourite Film: Ten Things I Hate About You

Julia Robinson

Receptionist

Julia is an experienced receptionist and has over 30 years’ experience in this field of work. She particularly enjoys being front of house, interacting with clients face to face and building a strong rapport with our patients. Julia prides herself on her approachability and ability to provide a high level of customer service.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys going for long walks, travel, visiting historic houses/sites, theatre including amateur productions, dining out and meeting friends. Julia is married and has one son who works for the police force.

Favourite Food: Steak and chips
Favourite Film: The Full Monty and Cool Runnings (anything with the feel-good factor!)

Natalie Bedford

Practice Manager

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