Meet The Team

James Gilmore BDS, MJDF (Rcs, Eng) GDC 83329

James Gilmore BDS, MJDF (Rcs, Eng) GDC 83329

Dentist | Partner

James qualified from the University of Newcastle- upon- Tyne in 2004 with distinction in restorative dentistry and a prize for his finals case study presentation.  After graduating James continued to work in the North East for 4 years. Following his marriage in 2008, a passion for scuba diving led James to Australia where he spent 18 months working in a forward thinking private practice in Queensland.

James joined Toft Road in April 2010 and became a partner in April 2014. He continues to pursue post graduate training in order to offer the highest level of care to his patients. James successfully passed the Diploma of the Joint Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons in November 2012. More recently he has completed an aesthetic restorative course to enable him to provide more advanced treatment options.

James has two young children, Miles and Anna.

John Clifford BDS GDC 59453

John Clifford BDS GDC 59453

Dentist | Partner

John’s main interests are in preventive and restorative dentistry, with a particular emphasis on treating nervous patients. For the past thirty years he has enjoyed providing quality dentistry for the whole family and indeed now for children of patients he first knew when they were still at school!

John qualified from the Turner Dental School in 1984, and worked for a year at the Manchester Dental Hospital as house officer. In 1987 John joined the Toft Road Dental Practice as an associate working for the practices founder, J Stuart McKenzie and Roger Turner, both tutors of his at the Dental Hospital. In 1990 he became a partner with Roger Turner, and after Roger’s retirement, partner with James Gilmore in 2014.

For relaxation, playing saxophone and hill walking are his hobbies.

Claire Heywood, BDS MJDF RCS (Eng), GDC 192329

Claire Heywood, BDS MJDF RCS (Eng), GDC 192329

Dentist | Associate

Claire is originally from Heswall on the Wirral. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2010 and spent a few years working in the NHS in Lancashire. She completed her Diploma of the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2012 and has spent time working in private dentistry in the Liverpool area.

Claire joined the team at Toft Road Dental Practice in 2015 and enjoys the variation that general dental practice brings. She hopes, as a nervous patient herself, that while not everyone enjoys a visit to the dentist, that she will be able to make your visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, in particular hiking (although mainly in the summer months!), pilates and playing with her cats, Bolt and Bella!