Meet the Downpatrick team
Ian Crutchley - Principal dentist/Clinical director
BDS, MFGDP, DRDP, GDC No: 62643
Ian qualified from Queen's University Belfast in 1987 after which he continued his further education by gaining a Diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons, his MFGDP (Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice) in 1996. Further to that he went on to gain his Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the University of London in 2007. This Diploma was in the field of Implants, and Ian places and restores all the implants in the practice.
Ian started out his dental career as an associate in Downpatrick in 1989 before becoming the practice principal shortly thereafter. He then joined forces with Mark Lindsay in 1993 to start Downe in the Mouth Dental Surgery, and over the last 21 years the practice has grown considerable in size with a loyal patient list. Recently Ian became the sole principal dentist of the practice and continues to bring a high standard of quality dentistry that our patients have grown to expect from an award-winning practice.
Ian has been providing orthodontic treatment for around 20 years, and in the last 10 years in particular has grown increasingly convinced of the benefits of non-extraction treatment.
In January 2012 Ian began a new course to further his orthodontic skills. This course is a three-year Mini-Residency being given by world-renowned specialist orthodontist Dr. Derek Mahony. Ian has committed to an intense 3 year course, involving a minimum of four 3-day courses each year, regular examinations, case presentations, assignments, and at the end of the course he hopes to gain a further qualification in this field.
In his spare time Ian enjoys nothing more than having friends over for dinner and cooking for them. Some of Ian's patients have even been invited to his home for dinner, as many become friends, not just patients. One of the highlights of the last few years for him was spending a day cooking at Raymond Blanc's restaurant 'Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons' and he often comments that if he hadn't taken up dentistry he would have loved to have been a chef.
Natalie - Treatment Care Co-Ordinator
RDN OHE, GDC No: 111831
Natalie joined our team in 2011, she has been working in dentistry for 20 years and seen many positive changes throughout her career. Natalie works closely with Mr Crutchley in both Belfast and the Downpatrick practice. Natalie gained her nursing qualification in nursing in 2003 and further qualification in oral health education in 2007. Natalie has taken on the role of Treatment Co-Ordinator offering a new service to both practices.
Natalie loves working with the patients to help them achieve results they can be proud of, her favourite part of the job is seeing the look on patients faces when they see the final results.
Maeve Keenan - Associate Dentist
BDS, MFDS, GDC No: 113261
Maeve is our newest addition to our dental practice. Maeve qualified from Queen’s University Belfast in 2007, with Distinctions in Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics and Orthodontics, she also gained her MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, which she passed in 2010. Maeve is busy building her own patient list and always has a warm and welcoming smile.
As a treatment complimentary to dentistry, Maeve can provide facial aesthetic treatments such as wrinkle line reduction and dermal fillers.
Maeve keeps herself busy outside of work keeping fit and trying new sports. Maeve is an avid theatre fan with a love of musicals, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys watersports such as paddle-boarding and swimming.
Ronan McCann - Associate Dentist
BDS GDC No: 277064
Ronan qualified from the University of Glasgow and has recently completed a further qualification in C-Fast cosmetic aligners. He has a keen interest in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry and he will be an excellent addition to our practice.
We would like to welcome Ronan to Downpatrick and we know our loyal patients will give him a warm welcome. We wish you every success for the future Ronan, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship.
Jeremy Hewitt - Associate Dentist
BDS GDC No: 177320
Jeremy qualified from Glasgow University in 2009 and continued to work there and then in Australia before returning to Northern Ireland with his wife and young family.
Jeremy is passionate about dentistry and has already attained two further postgraduate qualifications - a diploma in conscious sedation and his MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons.
He is a certified Invisalign provider and is always looking for new ways to make dental treatment as easy and comfortable as possible for his patients.
When he is not practising dentistry he can be found climbing, running, hiking and cooking with his young wife and two young children. He brings with him a skill set to the practice that makes him an excellent addition to our team here in 15 Dental. Jeremy is an enthusiastic dentist who is excited to bring his skill set to our patients and welcomes new patients who may benefit from his knowledge.
Cathy Thompson - Practice Administrator
Cathy joined the practice in 2000 initially training as a dental nurse. In 2003 Cathy moved to reception, which proved a great success for the practice as she has recently been promoted to Practice Administrator.
Cathy attends many training courses to continually further her knowledge in the business and management aspect of dentistry. Her aim is to support the staff so that they can continue to provide a 1st class service to all our patients. Outside of her busy working day, Cathy is the fitness guru of the practice, enjoying Zumba and kick boxing, all while being a full time mum!
Brenda Higgins - Health & Safety Nurse
RDN, GDC No: 125963
Brenda joined the practice early 2001 as a trainee dental nurse, successfully completing her training and gaining her nursing qualification in 2005. Brenda is always smiling which infects us all in the practice, patients included, she has a caring and calming way about her which supports her in her role.
Brenda enjoys all aspects of dental nursing and is a great asset to the team. Brenda is an avid supporter of the Belfast Giants ice hockey and is a season ticket holder and attends all home matches. Brenda loves keeping herself fit, but her greatest love is spending as much time as she can with her beautiful 2 year old grandson Mark.
Stephanie Savage - Stock Control Nurse
RDN, GDC No: 125965
Stephanie joined Downe in the Mouth as a dental nurse, proudly gaining her nursing qualification in 2008. Stephanie has a special interest in sedation and implantology areas of dentistry, and has attended many courses with Mr Crutchley at the Eastman College, London. Stephanie regularly helps out at reception and maintains all the stock in the practice which keeps us running smoothly.
Stephanie is always ready to assist all the staff and dentists and is a valued team member. Stephanie splits her time between being with her daughter who has recently started her own career in beauty therapy and socialising with her wide circle of friends, as well as keeping herself fit and active.
Belinda Kennedy - Dental Nurse
GDC – 273162
Belinda is our most recent addition to the Fifteen Dental team Belinda gained her National diploma in dental nursing level 3 in July 2017 and is not finished with her studies yet, Belinda hopes to continue her nursing career and hopes to start her oral health educator qualification later in the year.
Belinda is an excellent addition to the team and has thoroughly embraced all the new challenges of working in a busy dental practice.
Belinda has a very busy life outside of work, she can be found in her wellingtons helping with the family farm and has 3 young children who take up most of her spare time and an active member of the PTA.