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Emma-Louise Colvin

Principal and Owner, BDS (UGlasg, PGDipDSed, Merit (LOND)

PGDipDPH (UGlasg), IMPLANT CERT, PGDip Adv Aes Dent
I qualified in dentistry in 1998 from Glasgow University and since then I have trained in post-graduate dental education in London, Glasgow and Manchester with qualifications in implants, sedation, minimally invasive dentistry and dental public health. I am also a judge on the prestigious Scottish Dental Awards board, an associate member of Implantologists and a vocational trainer for newly qualified dentists. 

I get a real sense of joy showing my patients how simply we can help them gain confidence in their smiles. I am an advocate of minimally invasive dentistry which aims to protect teeth as much as possible and at the same time providing beautiful white smiles for all our adults and children. 
Dentistry is literally taking off digitally and all of this is centred on what our patients need and want. Our vision is to embrace this and provide the most gentle and beautiful dentistry in Scotland, working alongside our patients so that they are fully involved in their smiles and well-being.
My husband and practice director, John-James and I have four boys who are sport mad particularly rugby and American football. We love to watch the Scottish Rugby team at Murrayfield and internationally. We also enjoy theatre, music, good food and wine, gym, and spending our Summer holiday in France volunteering with amazing people who have disabilities. 


Bellsquarry Dentistry opened in 2011 when John-James and Emma bought over the previous NHS practice which had been present for 7 years. Previous to this the building has had several functions including a home and even a Chinese restaurant.


Emma has worked hard and her brilliant reputation has seen the practice triple in patient numbers since she took over. We continue to welcome new patients and their families daily to our practice and all of this by word of mouth.Emma has partaken in post graduate studies to allow her to provide high end dentistry including implants, composite veneers and all other treatments expected of a professional and caring dental practice. Emma was the highest provider of childsmile preventive fluoride treatment in Scotland this being reflective of her post-graduate diploma in Dental Public Health and her endorsement of evidence based preventive dentistry.


The practice has grown from strength to strength and now offers Smile, independent dentistry and NHS for our children and exempt adult patients.


Our vision has been compassionate, preventative dentistry with unending pursuit of excellence through continued professional development.


We would love to you to join our beautiful practice so give us a call.


Charlotte Atkin

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

I’m part of the hygiene-therapy duo here at Bellsquarry Dentistry. I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2016 with a BSc Honours Degree in Oral Sciences.

I aim to deliver pain-free and thorough hygiene therapy treatments. I enjoy building a rapport with clients and putting those at ease who may be apprehensive about dental treatment. I try to have an informative and kind approach, striving to continually provide the best care for my patients on their journey to better oral and general health.

In 2014 I travelled to Sri Lanka with a Scottish charity to provide much-needed dental care to children in rural schools. It was a very rewarding but emotional trip and I hope to travel there again to follow up the work that we carried out.


I have continued commitment to self-development through attending regular courses to provide the highest quality preventative and restorative treatment for both adults and children. I have undertaken additional courses in facial aesthetics and teeth whitening, as well as an implant maintenance course. 


Outside of work I enjoy eating out, trying out  new cocktail bars, travelling and spending time with my two dachshunds.


Diane Allen

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

I qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist from the Edinburgh Dental Institute in 2010, and have been working in mixed NHS and Private practices since. 


Prior to this I worked in different Science and Health based positions for 7 years after completing my honours degree in Biological and Health Sciences. Health promotion and disease prevention always interested me and I discovered that life at a desk or a lab bench wasn’t for me - I wanted to be working with people! So I went back to studying (again!) to complete my diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. 


I love my role in helping people understand  their own mouth and how to look after it themselves at home- Prevention is always the best cure! And of course I’m here to help treat conditions that are already present. I strongly believe we don’t just treat teeth/gums - we treat the person at the other end of them too 😁 - so I find this way of thinking really helps me to build trust and success in working with particularly nervous patients. 


I am married with one child (a girl), and myself and my husband teach the Martial Art Tae Kwon-Do twice a week (which I’ve been doing for over 20 years now) . So I don’t always have a lot of spare time over and above that, but I do enjoy and try to fit in some yoga and walking. 


It’s great to be on the team here at Bellsquarry and I look forward to seeing you in the future!

Sarah Cambell

Registered Dental Nurse

My name is Sarah Campbell & I am a qualified GDC registered Dental Nurse. What I like about being a dental nurse is that it is a fast moving industry. There are different experiences with every patient and what I enjoy the most is getting to know them. 

In my spare time I like to go on long walks with my dog. I also enjoy having a relaxing night in watching movies with my family, socialising with friends, & travelling and seeing the world.


Taylor Canning

Registered Dental Nurse

My name is Taylor and I am trainee dental nurse. I am currently working towards my qualification in Dental Nursing at Bellsquarry Dentistry. I enjoy dental nursing as the industry is fast paced and I am continuously learning new experiences. I love meeting new people, especially patients, getting to know them, making them feel relaxed, safe and ensuring their standards are met.


Outside of work, in my spare time, I enjoy listening to music while going long walks or even at home, keeping active, socialising with friends and family, watching movies, and relaxing.

John-James Colvin

Practice Director

Since going into business with Emma, I have grown to thoroughly enjoy being involved in the day to day running of the practice, witnessing the practice evolve, and welcoming all to the practice with a smile, compassion, understanding &, where appropriate, a laugh. Our pursuit for excellence is key but our family atmosphere stands us apart.

I have a dual life; maintaining my career in acting. Being an artist I have a love for art, a passion for theatre, rugby, music, cooking, & being with my 4 boys...& Emma!

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