Doctor Geoffrey Alastair Cockrell BDS (Guy’s) MB ChB (Bristol)
Surgery Principal

Bachelor of Dental Surgery • Bachelor of Medicine • Bachelor of Surgery • General Dental Council Registration 81106 • General Medical Council Registration 7041954

Many decades ago, the gentle approach and kindness demonstrated by the local family dentist not only dispelled Geoff’s lifelong and absolute dental phobia, but also inspired him to return to study and eventually join the profession. Geoff has built upon his own experience to nurture an approach that aims to make his patient’s visits to the dentist as pleasant as possible.

Following completion of his dental degree and after working in practice, hospital, NHS and private settings, Geoff returned to study medicine and surgery. He has worked in General Medicine, General Surgery, Cardiology, Urology and Maxillofacial Surgery. Geoff also currently holds an Honorary Contract with the Maxillofacial Surgery department at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The focus of Geoff’s practice is in implantology, oral surgery, crowns, bridges, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry.

In what little spare time is available, Geoff is a reluctant runner, likes to work on his old Land Rover (also a reluctant runner!) and, most importantly, spend time with his family and little dog (Jimmy).

Miss Yvonne Henkel RDN
Surgery Manager

General Dental Council 139362

Eve was born and lived in Germany until 2007. She entered the dental profession by chance when looking for a new job on relocating from Greifswald to Mannheim in her early 20’s. On qualifying from the three-year training scheme, Eve found that she enjoyed the job so much that she went on to retrain as a hygienist and then as dental therapist. Alongside her clinical roles, Eve gained a qualification in ‘The ISO Implementation of Quality Management in the Dental Setting’.

Since moving to England, Eve has worked within NHS and Private dentistry. Her extensive experience and qualifications in both this country and in Europe ideally place her to run Ivy Cross Dental Surgery. Despite the challenges of her managerial position Eve does not want to step away from her clinical role or the satisfaction she gains from supporting patients with the dentist.

Eve feels the most rewarding aspect of her role is seeing the positive impact on a patient’s confidence and their excitement following cosmetic or restorative procedures.

The challenges of Eve’s role mean that her good intentions to engage in regular exercise tend to degenerate into a glass of wine in the garden, rather than time on the treadmill! Next week that will change!

Phillipa Charteris RDH
Dental Hygienist

General Dental Council Registration 2607

Philippa grew up in Zimbabwe and trained at Bristol Dental Hospital.

Philippa understands that some people believe that treatment by a hygienist is often considered ‘the worst’ aspect of dental care. It is both her and our view that prevention and dental hygiene represents our most important and significant role.

We wanted Philippa on our team as she has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that she treats everyone with great care. Her bubbly personality, enthusiasm, experience and gentle approach not only serves to dispel concerns about ‘seeing the hygienist’ but has led to a significant improvement in our patient’s oral health. This in turn leads to a reduction in the need for other treatments.

Philippa gains enormous satisfaction and pleasure from seeing a nervous patient becoming more and more relaxed and confident to the point where they even enjoy and look forward to the experience. She feels that finding that special key that unlocks a patient’s motivation adds to the rewarding nature of her role.

At home Philippa enjoys gardening, although has found that the more she learns, the less she finds she knew!

We are delighted to have Philippa on our team.

Natasha Bailey RDT/RDH
Dental Therapist/Hygienist

General Dental Council Registration 

Natasha Bailey pictured here with Jimmy

Jemma House RDN
Dental Nurse

General Dental Council Registration 245262

Jemma grew up in Blandford but around 3 years ago moved to Shaftesbury with her partner. She has worked in a number of dental practices in and around Blandford, but we are delighted that she has made the move to join us here at Ivy Cross Dental Surgery.

Having originally planned to pursue a career in teaching, Jemma fell into dental nursing quite by chance and has loved every minute since. She gained her formal qualification in 2013 and enjoys the variety of the job, with each day being very different from the next. Jemma also finds the caring and supportive aspects of her role rewarding.

Away from work Jemma loves time spent with her baby daughter Jessica (who keeps her on her toes) and with her friends and family. When the opportunity presents, Jemma aims to keep fit and healthy by jogging.

Jacqueline Hodson

Jackie has always enjoyed working with people. Born and bred in Shaftesbury she loves her home town and its inhabitants.

For the two years before Jackie joined Ivy Cross Dental Surgery, she worked in the retail industry in Shaftesbury’s town centre. It was, however, her 28 years of experience as a receptionist in the local General Medical Practice and dedication to her family that appealed to us.

Jackie missed contact with patients and working within the healthcare industry. We are, therefore, so fortunate to have such an experienced, enthusiastic, intuitive and well-loved member join our team.

Jackie works part-time at the surgery. During the remainder of the week she cares for her grandchildren, spends time with her friends and family and enjoys reading and gardening. She is also a demon skittles player and member of the local skittles team.

Mrs Tessa Martin

Tessa was born in Shaftesbury and now lives in Fonthill Bishop with her husband, two children, three dogs, two lovebirds and a rather large rabbit!

Prior to joining Ivy Cross Dental Surgery, Tessa worked in a primary school. She originally began training as a dental nurse and although Tessa has enjoyed her role in school with children she still missed the dental setting. We are delighted that she has chosen to return to dentistry and join our team.

Tessa enjoys the company of people of all ages and backgrounds and with her personable nature we feel she is ideally suited to her chosen role as one of our two part-time receptionists.

Tessa has a broad range of outdoor interests that allow her to enjoy the beautiful Wiltshire and Dorset countryside including clay pigeon shooting, archery, walking the dogs and fair-weather gardening. She also enjoys cooking, although views it more as an opportunity to sample different wines!

Mr Jimmy Chew
Staff and Patient Support Worker

For almost his entire life Jimmy has lived above and around Ivy Cross Dental Surgery. Although he has been engaged in some formal training, he has demonstrated that he prefers a much more experiential approach to life.

Although Jimmy is not permitted to enter the clinical setting, he often takes time out of his gruelling ‘shoe and trainer modification’ schedule to put in an occasional appearance either in reception or in the back garden and patient seating area.

With his seemingly boundless positivity and gregarious nature he is a well-loved member of the team.