Meet the team

At Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Clinic 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.


Dr. Jaume Escoda-Francolí,

Oral Surgery Specialist

DDS, MSc and PhD, Lic Odont Catalan 2004

GDC no. 256969

Jaume (James) is a third generation Dentist and studied for his dental Degree and Masters in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a positive, energetic and friendly dentist and is a Registered Specialist in Oral Surgery with a Special Interest in Implant Dentistry and Periodontics.

James has been practicing dentistry since 2004 and became a Registered Specialist in Oral Surgery in 2007.

Prior to moving to the UK he was an associate Professor at the University of Barcelona. He started working in the UK at the Royal South Hampshire Hospital in Southampton as an Oral Surgery Consultant, prior to joining a number of private dental practices.

James enjoys providing excellent care to his patients resulting in high quality care and treatment ensuring patient satisfaction.

His hobbies include: exercise, travelling, healthy or elaborate gastronomy, skiing, scuba-diving and sharing many plans with his friends.

James accepts referrals from other dental practices and patients wishing to seek one off treaments.

Nina Tsankova-Hristova

Dental Practitioner with Special interest in Aesthetic Dentistry
DDM PGDip (Lon) Plovdiv 2002 Bulgaria
GDC No. 204037

Originally, Nina came from Bulgaria but moved to the sunny Isle of Wight with her family in 2011. She qualified at the University of Plovdiv in 2002 as a Doctor of Dental Medicine. Although she enjoys all aspects of dentistry, her special interest is in Aesthetic Dentistry including Smile Makeovers, Simple Orthodontics (Invisalign) and Facial Aesthetics.
She has undertaken many training courses in Advanced Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry and currently she is completing her MSc studies in Aesthetic dentistry at King’s College (Lon).
Being kind, reassuring and treating with patients of various ages with empathy is her priority. She strives to build up good relationships with her patients based on trust and competence, but also because of her care, commitment and honesty. Her aim has always been to use her experience and knowledge to provide long-term, functional, aesthetic dental treatment and oral health care.
In her spare time, Nina enjoys travelling with her family, gardening and walking her spaniel.

Dr Liliya Ekova

Dental Practitioner
DDM (Sof), 2002
GDC No. 174040

Liliya qualified with a Master`s degree in dentistry in 2002 following a change of career from nursing. She has lived and worked as a dentist on the Isle of Wight for the last 7 years. Liliya also holds an MSc in Endodontics and has recently undertaken further professional development in aesthetic dentistry.

Liliya lives with her husband and three children and enjoys history, reading and fine embroidery.

Chris Wood

Dental Practitioner
BDS MFGDP Dip Implant Dent (RCS Eng) FFGDP (UK)
GDC No. 57428

‘Good patient communication and the delivery of high quality dental implant solutions with a focus on excellent patient care’, would summarise my current practising philosophy. Thirty years in dentistry sounds like a long time. Luckily, I am still fascinated by the combination of the technical and inter-personal skills required to provide good dental care.

The first part of my career was spent in a variety of general practice roles in the UK, Middle East and Germany culminated with a role as lead clinician in Oxford for Boots Dental Care. In 2004, I started my implant training and in 2006 qualified with the Diploma in Advanced Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons. I then started to grow my implant referral business. Throughout my career, I have followed the structure of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and gained qualifications MFGDP and more recently FFGDP. I take a great deal of pride in my work and strive to maintain my current success rate of 99% over 8 years and 800 plus implants. At work, I like to enjoy a friendly but professional engagement with patients and staff. Having my working environment organised and carefully planned helps me to maintain my calm and friendly approach. Out of work, I find a whole bunch of things interesting. I like to keep trim by going to the gym, cycling, playing a bit of tennis (in warm parts of the world) and generally being outdoors as much as possible.

Chris Lammiman

Dental Practitioner
GDC No. 56146

Chris Lammiman qualified from the London Hospital in 1981. He spent three years in hospital-based Maxillofacial units in London before re-locating to the South Coast in 1984. After almost 2 years as an associate dentist in Fareham, Hants he joined Guy de Belder on the Isle of Wight in 1986 where they developed a 5 surgery practice in Sandown. In the late 90’s, Chris became fascinated with Endodontics as with the development of new instruments and materials successful root canal treatments became more predictable and achievable.

Once a member of the British Society of Endodontics in 2001 attending all national, and many European and American meetings he was accepted onto the challenging post-graduate Diploma in Endodontics course. This was done at the world famous leading UK post-graduate institution, The Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London. This was a 2 year course covering academic, scientific and practical aspects of Endodontics and Chris passed with distinction in 2012. In 2014 he left general dentistry in Sandown to concentrate on full-time Endodontics at his wife, Liz Lammiman’s Specialist Orthodontic surgery in Wootton. He is delighted to have the opportunity to join up with Guy again as part of the Portman Healthcare team at Wootton Bridge. Outside dentistry, his main interests are playing cricket and golf, and these days armchair rugby.

Michael Norman

Dental Practitioner
BDS (Hons) MFDS RCS (Edin)
GDC No. 244102

Michael was brought up in sunny Brighstone and completed his vocational training in 2014. He went on to do a maxillo-facial/oral surgery post at the Royal London Hospital for 1 year where he also passed his a MFDS postgraduate exam and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Michael is an enthusiastic and friendly practitioner with an interest in good quality general dentistry as well as periodontology. He is keen to develop his clinical skills further and is seeking a diploma in restorative dentistry. Outside of work, he loves all types of sport especially squash and tennis. He will be cycling to work daily (you won’t miss his bright yellow jacket) and participates in a number of distance running and cycling events.

Wendy Davey

CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1995 Kings Hospital London
GDC No. 4826

My dental career started in 1990 when Joined Kings College Hospital as a trainee dental nurse . I obtained my qualification from Kings College and also went on after to obtain the national certificate in dental nursing in 1991.

I worked at Kings as a qualified dental nurse on the restorative department after qualification for 6 months where I worked until 1994 when I then commenced my training for my diploma in dental hygiene.

I qualified in 1995 and received the Densply best clinician award.

After qualification I worked as a staff hygienist at Kings working with the consultant periodontist and in various private practices around London , one of which is now also a Portman practice. During this time I also added to my scope of practice.

In 2000 after having my daughter I was given day release by Kings College to obtain my further adult education teaching certificate which I obtained and worked as a tutor dental hygienist at both Kings and Guys Hospitals when the trusts merged . I worked in both clinical and classroom teaching; a job I loved .

In 2003 my husband and I and our family decided to move to the beautiful Isle of Wight . I started working at Wootton Bridge in Feb 2004. I am a member of the BSDHT and keep up with regular professional development. I have 2 children and in my spare time I spend time with my family and enjoy this beautiful island we are so lucky to live on .

Anne-Marie Judge

Dip Dental Hygiene 2000 (Eastman Lon)
GDC No. 5701

Anne-Marie worked at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice as a dental nurse before training to become a hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. After qualifying Anne-Marie immediately returned to the practice to join the hygienist team her at Wootton. Anne-Marie spends her spare time with her partner and two children and helps run a gymnastics club! Anne-Marie is happy to see patients who are not registered with a dentist at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice.

Lynn Morris

CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1995 (The Royal Navy)
GDC No. 2984

Lynn joined the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice on a maternity cover contract in 2015 but quickly became a popular member of the permanent team. Lynn enjoys time with her family and walking her dog. Lynn is happy to see patients who are not registered with a dentist at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice.

Samantha Martin

CEB Dip Dental Hygiene 1995 (Univ. Lond)
GDC No. 4234

Samantha trained as a dental nurse with Ian Poplett, founder partner of the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice, before training as a hygienist. Samantha joined the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice after returning to the Island with her two daughters.

Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and is an active member of the Isle of Wight Pony Club. Samantha is happy to see patients who are not registered with a dentist at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice.

Sarah Banks

Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Hygiene 1991; Diploma in Dental Hygiene 1995
GDC No. 4129

Sarah Banks qualified as a dental hygienist from Cardiff Dental School in 1991, gaining the British Dental Hygienists Association Award, Final Examination Prize and Clinical Prize. Sarah joined the team at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice in March 2017, having previously worked at the practice for many years before starting her family.

Her time is spent with her husband and two children. She enjoys gardening, swimming, aerobics and reading. Sarah is happy to see patients who are not registered with a dentist at the Wootton Bridge Dental & Implant Practice.

Marie Mulhearn

CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1995 Eastman Dental Hospital
GDC No. 4847

Marie qualified from the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1995. Marie enjoys spending time with her husband, walking her rescue dog, reading, watching films and supporting her beloved West Ham.

Gemma Punter

Head Nurse, Radiographer, Radiation Protection Advisor, First Aider, Infection Control Lead
NEBDN, 2005
GDC No. 113388

Gemma joined the practice in 2003. Gemma is joint Infection Control Lead and is a trained radiographer at the practice. Gemma was awarded the Head Nurse role in 2017 and is in charge of arranging the implant clinics at the practice. Gemma lives with beloved sausage dog Lincoln, husband Tom (in that order) and enjoys spending time with her step daughter.

Debbie Basill

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 2012
GDC No. 235033

Debbie joined the practice in June 2018 to work with Nina Tsankova Hristova. Debbie has a grown up family and enjoys reading and is currently renovating her new home!

Joanne Murton

Dental Nurse, First Aider
NEBDN, 1999
GDC No. 113386

Joanne `Jo` was an original member of the practice when it opened in 1997. Jo is responsible for COSHH in the practice and ensuring all the equipment is well maintained. Jo’s hobbies are walking, going to the cinema and trying to persuade herself that her neighbour’s cat hasn’t moved in!

Fern Doyle

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 2006
GDC No. 123370

Fern joined the practice in 2004. Fern is joint Infection Control Lead and ensures that all our procedures meet Government best practice guidelines. Fern also runs her own company, Dolly Mops, and carries out the practice housekeeping. She lives with her husband and son.

Jodie Parsons

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 2008
GDC No. 170688

Jodie joined the practice in March 2017 after leaving a practice manager role in Portsmouth. Jodie attended Portsmouth University and carried out some of her chair-side training at Wootton ten years ago. Jodie lives with her husband and son.

Sarah Toogood

Dental Nurse
NEBDN, 1992
GDC No. 105255

Sarah joined the practice in August 2018 on a maternity contract but has quickly become a permanent team member. Sarah lives locally with her family and is passionate about horses and her dogs.

Suzanna Rayner

Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2003
GDC No. 113387

Suzanna has worked at Wootton Bridge for the past fifteen years recently re-joining the team after a short break to undertake further study to qualify as a sports therapist. Suzanna lives on the Island with her husband and twin daughters.

Alison Langdon

Practice Manager/Registered Manager

Alison qualified as a dental surgery assistant in 1994. She was part of the original practice team when the practice opened in June 1997 and went on to reach the final 5 in the National Receptionist of the Year Award run by Denplan in 1998. Alison won Portman DentalCare Practice Manager of the Year in 2016.

`Excellent patient care` is and always has been her focus and she prides herself on the fact that Wootton Bridge is a great place to work and for the patients to visit! As well the managing the practice, Alison has also acted as assistant to the Secretary General of the International College of Dentists (European Section) and was responsible for constructing their website and annual publication. Alison was born and raised on the Island, lives with her husband and two children and has no plans to ever leave the most beautiful place in the Country.

Julie Vockins

Deputy Practice Manager/Fire Marshal/Decontamination Nurse

Julie joined the practice in 1999. Julie enjoys caravan holidays and lives with her husband and three children. Julie enjoys walking her three dogs – one of which she inherited!

Sarah Tomlin

Receptionist/Fire Marshal

Sarah joined the reception team in 2015. She loves the practice so much, she bought the house next door! Sarah lives with her husband Dan and two daughters.

Nicola Tucker

Decontamination Nurse/Receptionist

Nicola `Nicky` joined the practice in 2016 and is Validation Lead, which means she ensures all the equipment in the decontamination room meets Government standards of best practice. Nicky lives with her husband, two children and beloved Cockerpoo Ozzie!

Tracy Morgan

Receptionist/Fire Marshal

Tracy joined the reception team in October 2016. She enjoys horse riding, walking her two dogs and holidays. Tracy lives with her husband and son and has an older daughter who is currently travelling the world.

Samantha Ormiston

Receptionist/First Aider

Samantha joined the practice in 2016. In November 2017, Samantha won the Portman DentalCare Star of the Month award for excellent patient care. Samantha lives in Wootton with her family. Samantha has a passion for cake in any form!

Romany Langdon


Romany joined the reception team in March 2019. Romany lives in Wootton with her partner, daughter and lots of pets! Romany is also a trained beautician.

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