Meet The Team

Further information about our team can be found at on the General Dental Council website.

Mr Timothy Puttick BDS DGDP RCS GDC 61128

Principal Dentist

Tim is the principal dentist and a partner with his wife. He qualified from Newcastle Dental School in 1986. After qualifying he ran a successful practice in Middlesbrough with Graham Orr. Tim was also employed by the Dental Hospital for nearly ten years as a Clinical Tutor to the undergraduate dental students. He was a trainer on the Teesside Vocational Training scheme and in addition he was employed on a sessional basis for over 13 years in the Hospital services with Consultant Mr Nigel Fox where he developed his special interest in Orthodontics. He is a member of the British Dental Association, the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and British Orthodontic Society.

Mrs Megan Puttick BDS GDC 63321

Principal Dentist

Meg is a partner in the business and qualified from Newcastle dental school in 1988. She is a very experienced general dentist and has a special interest in Orthodontics. Meg also works at James Cook University Hospital in the Orthodontic department. Meg is a member of the British Dental Association.

Mr Nigel A Fox BChD FDS RCPS M Orth RCS MSc

Specialist Orthodontist

Nigel qualified from Leeds Dental School in 1983. He is a very experienced Specialist in Orthodontics and was Consultant at James Cook University Hospital until 2009. Nigel made the difficult decision to leave the hospital and start a new service in Primary dental services. He now runs the contract to provide Orthodontic services jointly at this practice and also at Select DentalCare on Borough Road in Middlesbrough. Nigel is highly regarded in his field and is also actively involved in lecturing and examining.

Mr Vasil Zoi BDS


Mr Vasil Zoi BDS 2015 qualified in Liverpool, specialises in general dentistry.

Melanie Firby BDS


Miss Melanie Firby BDS 1998 qualified in Newcastle Upon Tyne, specialises in general dentistry.

Mrs Lycia Middleton CDH GDC 4006


Lycia is a very valuable asset to our practice. She has worked part time for Mr Puttick since qualifying in 1990 and is very experienced. Lycia specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. The practice will often refer patients for specialist hygiene care, as Lycia has the extra time and motivation to really make a difference your oral health.

Mrs Jill Shield

Practice Manager/Receptionist

Jill is now responsible for the day to day smooth efficient running of our business. She is first point of contact for all patient related queries and keeps us all in order!

Mrs Marcia Hanley


Marcia was one of our first receptionists when we opened back in 1994 and must know everyone in Seaton Carew! We are delighted she is still working for DentalCare.

Mrs Lorna Worton GDC 124205

Dental Nurse

Lorna is a very experienced dental nurse who has gained additional qualifications in Dental Sedation and Dental Radiology. She is a working mum and a vital part of our team.

Mrs Valerie Wilkie GDC 114359

Orthodontic Nurse

Val is a very experienced Orthodontic nurse who moved to DentalCare from Hartlepool General Hospital along with Mr Fox when the Orthodontic service finished.

Miss Claire Clapham GDC 252950

Dental Nurse

Claire is an experienced dental nurse who joined our team in 2014. She has a special interest in Orthodontic nursing, and has recently completed qualifications for the Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing and the Certificate in Radiography.

Miss Amy Weatherill GDC 295850

Dental Nurse

Amy is a qualified dental nurse who has also completed her training to be an Oral Health Educator. She also has a special interest in Orthodontic nursing.

Mrs Kellyann Cartin

Dental Nurse