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Meet the Team

Our fantastic team consists of five highly trained dentists, an implant surgeon, facial aesthetics practitioner, three dental therapists and a dental hygienist. We are also fortunate to be supported by an experienced dental nurse and treatments team.

All of us at The Gentle Touch are firm believers in a preventative approach to your dental care.

Dental professionals must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) and meet high standards. You can find our dentists on the register:

Amber Aplin

Mrs Amber Aplin

Principal Dentist

Amber Aplin was born in Australia although she moved to Northumberland as a child. She went to school at Longridge Towers (many years ago). After studying dentistry at Newcastle, she graduated in 1998. Amber then spent the early part of her career with the Royal Army Dental Corps. During her…


BDS (Newcastle 1998)


PgDip PDC (Edin) (Distinction)

GDC 74845

Lyndsey Adams Dentist in Kelso

Mrs Lyndsey Adams

Associate Dentist

“I love all aspects of dentistry but working with anxious patients is particularly rewarding. Their fear of visiting the dentist often means they are unhappy with their teeth. I help to put them at ease, building trust with a calm, relaxed and caring approach. Rebuilding their confidence often results in them becoming regular…


BDS (Glasgow 1997)


GDC 73129

Alan Purves dentist in Kelso, who joined the practice from Galashiels

Mr Alan Purves

Associate Dentist

“I chose dentistry as I saw it as an ever-evolving profession, full of clinical challenges and opportunities. Every new technique I learn is aimed at providing increasingly predictable and reliable results for my patients, using minimally invasive techniques to achieve a natural, beautiful result. It’s exciting to be at the cutting…


MPharm (Strathclyde 2006) 

BDS (Aberdeen 2015)

GDC 258242

Ciara Sutherland dentist in Kelso

Mrs Ciara Sutherland

Associate Dentist

“I always knew I wanted to work with and help people. It’s the greatest feeling when you see someone who was so terribly nervous on their first visit gradually evolve into a relaxed, happy patient. It is a joy and a privilege to bring them on that journey.  I especially love…


BDS (Cork, Ireland 2008)


GDC 155749

John Thompson

Mr John Thompson

Associate Dentist

“I enjoy the many aspects of dentisty especially the technical challlenges and embracing the new technologies as they develop. But I also take pride in not just treating teeth over the last decade but also getting to know my patients too and realising that treating teeth is just a small…


BDS (Queens, Belfast 2005)


GDC 86035

Duncan Weir implants dentist in Kelso Scottish Borders

Mr Duncan Weir

Implant Dentist

Duncan Weir is the newest member of our Dental Team and leads on dental implants. He is a graduate of Glasgow Dental School where he obtained the Board of Management prize for his work in relation to periodontal (gum) treatment. At the earliest opportunity, he completed his membership exams to…




Lynn Nash Dental Hygienist

Lynn Nash

Dental Hygienist

Lynn started as a dental nurse in the Royal Air Force before transitioning to dental therapy, qualifying in Birmingham in 2009. Due to her husband Tom’s RAF career and the need to move every few years, Lynn has worked in numerous locations throughout UK and Scotland before setting in the…

Abbie Frankland Dental Therapist

Abbie Frankland

Dental Therapist

Abbie graduated from Edinburgh University with a 1st class BSc Honours degree in 2016 and has had a wealth of experience working in the Borders, Perth and Edinburgh. She has a special interest in treating patients who are anxious about dentistry and finds building a good rapport over multiple visits…


BSc Oral Health Science (Honours) University of Edinburgh (2016)


Michelle Paxton dental therapist dental hygiene

Michelle Paxton

Dental Therapist

Michelle Paxton spent the first 8 years of her career as a Dental Nurse. She then studied at the University of the Highlands and Islands for a degree in Oral Health Sciences. Michelle graduated in 2013 with distinction as a dual qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist. Michelle has experience…


BSc Oral Health Science (distinction) Highlands and Islands (2013)

GDC 130398

Lisa Wood childsmile scottish borders

Lisa Wood

Childsmile Dental Nurse

Lisa Wood has been with us at the Gentle Touch since 2006. She joined the practice directly from Kelso High School, and qualified two years later as a Dental Nurse. She went on to train as a Childsmile nurse in 2012 and has been treating children at our practice ever…

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