Meet our team at Higgins & Winter Dental & Implant Clinic

We have taken care to recruit highly trained and experienced staff who are able to look after our patients with the highest possible care. 

We are a dedicated team of dental professionals that provide excellence in all areas of dental care.

We take pride in our reputation for putting our patients needs first.

You will be treated in an unhurried, relaxed environment. We like to involve our patients closely in their treatment planning and place great emphasis on your personal circumstances.


    1 Kevin Higgins Partner

    Kevin Higgins


    GDC Number 66957

    Kevin is from Liverpool but has spent the past 22 years in the North East. He has a wife and daughter and he lives only a short distance from the practice.

    Kevin graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 1991. He has been actively involved with the training and mentoring of younger dentists. He continued his professional development by studying for the Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies from Bristol University following which he passed his membership examinations for the Faculty of General Dental Practice at the Royal College of Surgeons. In addition Kevin has completed both the Sheffield University Dental Implant Foundation course and the 15 month implant training pathway at Newcastle Dental Hospital.

    Kevin has a strong interest in providing cosmetic braces and has invested in becoming a certified provider for Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and the Inman Aligner brace systems.

    He enjoys dealing with orthodontic (braces), implant, cosmetic and general dental patients and is able to offer dental sedation for those patients who need a little help to overcome any dental anxiety during their treatment. Kevin is able to offer a comprehensive, friendly and honest service to a wide range of patients across the North East.

    2 Richard Winter Partner

    Richard Winter


    GDC Number 70600

    Richard is an adopted Geordie, having spent the last 21 years in Newcastle. He graduated from Newcastle in 1995. After 18 months in practice, he travelled extensively through SE Asia and Australia, spending time as lead dentist on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

    On returning to the UK, Richard developed his skills in Restorative and Implant dentistry, attending both Sheffield and Manchester University for postgraduate training in these areas. This was then followed by a teaching post at Newcastle Dental Hospital, running in parallel with his position in private practice.

    Richard has passed both the MFGDP and MJDF Royal College of Surgeons exams and is now the tutor for the northern region for the Faculty of General Dental Practice, helping young and aspiring dentists attain this demanding qualification.

    Richard’s interests revolve around restorative and implant dentistry, and thoroughly enjoys his role in general practice. He has a wife and three daughters who live locally and attend the local schools.

    Rob Banks

    Rob Banks

    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

    GDC Number 68014

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    Steve Johnson


    GDC Number 178038

    Steve qualified from Newcastle in 2009 with a Merit in Clinical Dentistry and the James Coltman Award for Operative Dentistry. He then passed the ‘Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties’ at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, in 2010.

    He is currently midway through studying for a Masters level degree (MSc), in Aesthetic Dentistry, (a combination of cosmetic and functional dentistry) at Kings College London.

    He has a keen interest in minimally invasive, aesthetic dentistry. This includes white fillings, crowns, veneers and whitening. Minimally invasive means less drilling and destruction to your teeth to gain the best results.

    3 Emma Hand Associate

    Emma Hand


    GDC Number 77850

    Emma graduated from Newcastle dental school in 2000. Following a year’s postgraduate vocational training, Emma developed her skills working over a 10 year period in a vibrant general practice in Newcastle.

    Being committed to continually develop her professional skills, in 2011, Emma took the opportunity to study for an extra two years at the renowned Paul Tipton’s Academy in Manchester. This postgraduate education focuses on advanced skills in the provision of high quality dentistry. As part of this training, Emma received advanced training in cosmetic and restorative techniques such as Smile Design, Bonding, Veneers, Crowns and Bridges. Emma is also a certified provider of cosmetic tooth straightening systems and is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

    Emma is thrilled to have returned back to the North East to continue to continue her work as a friendly compassionate dentist. Her aim is to help people overcome their anxiety of dentistry, whether it is for simple treatment or cosmetically improving the appearance of their smile.

    Emma also has a keen eye on facial aesthetics and is trained in facial rejuvenation procedures using wrinkle-relaxing injections, dermal fillers and PRP skin revitalisation techniques.

    Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and learning the art of Yoga.

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    Jamie Adamson


    GDC Number 277934

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    Paul Ruddy

    Dentist - special interest Orthodontics

    GDC Number 209863

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    Dave Stevenson


    GDC Number 192324

    Jen Joyson

    Jen Joynson


    GDC Number 5306

    Danielle Ashcroft

    Danielle Ashcroft

    Practice Manager

    GDC Number 165917

    Paige Dental Nures And Tco


    Dental Nurse & Treatment Coordinator

    GDC Number 257560

    Ally Dental Nurse


    Dental Nurse

    GDC Number 126606

    Dawn Dental Nurse


    Dental Nurse

    GDC Number 162304

    Emma Dental Nurse


    Dental Nurse

    GDC Number 118546

    Marie Dental Nurse


    Dental Nurse

    GDC Number 125720

    Rachael Receptionist



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            Portman Dental Care Awards

            Fmc Logo 2019 Winner Oby M25
            Award Logo 2018
            Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
            Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
            The Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
            Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care