Meet the team

At Smiles Dental Care our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


Fiona Doherty

Dental Practitioner
BDS (Edin) 1987 
GDC No. 62183

Fiona has wide ranging experience having completed locum roles in Ireland, England and even Swaziland in South Africa! She has worked in fully private practices in London as well as led the team of dentists at a Boots Dental Practice in London. Fiona was also the in-house dentist at Marks & Spencers Head Office in London.

You will find Fiona has a relaxing and highly professional style and her considerable experience means she can advise on and provide the whole range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry available today.

Neil Tweedie

Dental Practitioner
BDS (QUB), 1992 
GDC No. 68254

Neil began working at HO McCann Practice in Ballymena. Hence Neil has a strong commitment to his patients in the Ballymena region.

Neil has an enviable reputation for high quality restorative and cosmetic work as well as providing sedation to the more anxious patient and is a member of the Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry.

In his spare time Neil is a member of the Ballymena Wine Society as well as enjoying squash and being an advanced open water diver. Ask him for a game of chess as he knows his moves here too!

Rita McCollam

Dental Practitioner
BDS (Dun) 1997 
GDC No. 73369

After graduating, Rita worked in a very busy, progressive practice in the north east of England, before returning home to Northern Ireland in 1998. For the past 10 years, Rita has been working in Ballymena. Almost 8 of those years have been spent as a partner in Smiles Dental Care.

Rita has gained considerable knowledge and experience in many areas of dentistry through comprehensive post graduate training over the past 15 years.

When not running around a busy dental practice, Rita spends her time running the roads and entering the occasional marathon!

Suzanne Nutt

Dental Practitioner
BDS (Newcastle) 2008
GDC No. 150152

After graduating Suzanne completed a year in the Lake District, England before working for a year in a Oral and Malxillofacial surgery and then community and special needs dentistry placements in Edinburgh, Scotland. After working and travelling in Australia, Suzanne moved back to Northern Ireland to work in a Family Practice in Portadown before joining Smiles.

In her spare time Suzanne enjoys sporting activities especially skiing and water-sports, travelling and photography.

Andrew Shannon

Dental Practitioner
BDS (QUB) 2013
GDC No. 243790

Andrew began his career working in a busy NW Dental Practice in Durham before moving to NI in August 2014 to join the Smiles team in Ballymena.

Andrew enjoys all aspects of Dentistry but in particular Aesthetic Dentistry and is about to start a year long course on Restorative Aesthetics and Implant Dentistry led by the internationally renowned speaker Tidu Mankuu.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing sports and travelling.

Sarah Dempster

Lead Dental Nurse
NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing - 2015, BDA Qualification in Dental Radiography & trained in conscious sedation
GDC No. 256586

Sarah has been working as a dental nurse since September 2012.  Sarah started in a practice in Coleraine, joined the team Smiles team in March 2017 and progressed to Lead Nurse in February 2018.  She loves working with her team of nurses and meeting all her patients.

In her spare time, Sarah loves listening to and playing music as well as spending time with family and friends.

Wahib Ziani

Practice Manager
BA (hons) Business with Computing 2011 

Upon graduating in 2011 Wahib decided to move to Belgium to work and gain valuable experience.  After finding his feet in a new country and surroundings Wahib started using his knowledge of marketing and customer service by managing and running a succesful business.  Fast forward 7 years and Wahib has moved back to NI to join the smiles team and put all his knowlededge and experience into our team here.

In Wahib's freetime he enjoys attending the gym, watching football and adding to his list of places travelled throughout the world.

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