One Hello, Two Goodbyes and a Welcome Back


No, this is not a review of Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant’s latest film! This posting is to update you about a few staff changes that have taken place within the practice in recent months. Don’t worry your dentist and hygienist are still the same familiar faces!


A few months ago we welcomed a new part time nurse to our team. Elaine Goodlad has joined us after moving down from the Shetland isles. Having qualified as a dental nurse in 2010 Elaine previously worked with NHS Shetland in one of their community practices.

Among Elaine’s previous jobs she worked in a care home demonstrating her caring nature. We are happy to welcome Elaine to our team and know that you will find her soft Shetland accent and her calm disposition soothing during your visits with us.

Two Goodbyes.

After nearly 18 years we said a sad farewell to Jill Mitchell in January. Jill came to work with us within weeks of us taking over the stewardship of the practice in 1998 and has only been away for two periods of maternity leave during all those years. Jill had cut back considerable in the hours she worked recently but has now decided her family need to take priority, quite rightly and understandably. We know you will all miss her as much as we will and we are sure you will join with us in wishing her all the best for the future. We hope some day, when her girls are older, that she may return.

And, as if it wasn’t bad enough that we lost one of our admin team, Joanne Anderson, our senior receptionist for the last 6 years, also let us know she had found a new practice to work for just a five minute walk from her home. Joanne had moved from the centre of town to Ellon 18 months ago and has been journeying into the practice from her new home on the bus daily. It is understandable that when this opportunity to cut down her work commute presented itself that she should grab it. Again we wish her the best of luck in her new job.

A Welcome back.

So with the loss of two team members in the first few weeks of the new year we needed some good news and this was brought to us when a past employee confirmed she would like to return to the practice. You will hopefully remember Lisa Taylor who left just 18 months ago, about the same time as our associate Gillian emigrated to Australia. She had worked for us from 2011 to 2014, completing her dental nurse training and gaining her qualification during this time. Along with her good friend Emma Fraser, whom you will be familiar with after 4 years with us, they will be our full time team working between reception and nursing duties. With both of them qualified dental nurses they should be able to answer all your questions and make sure your visits with us are a cheerful and pleasant experience.


Practice Manager (Still!!)