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Our Staff

At Poppleton Dental Practice we’re a close-knit family of staff. Our dentist Rebecca Bayne owns and runs the practice, after her father Martin Bayne, who established the practice and ran it for 17 years, retired in 2014. Come and meet us – you’re welcome to have a look around – and scroll down to read more about us. 

We look forward to meeting you and caring for you and your smile!


Rebecca A. Bayne

Dentist/Practice Owner

GDC Reg No.79380

Rebecca qualified at Newcastle in 2001 and joined Poppleton Dental Practice as an associate in 2003. She has since married and has had two children. She became a partner in the business with her father in 2007 and in 2014 bought her father out as he retired and is now running the practice. As well as her general dentistry Rebecca is also trained in Advance Electrolysis treatment for removal of skin tags, facial thread veins, milia, and cherry angiomas.  She enjoys treating patients of all ages from babies to grandparents and particularly helps patients who have been very nervous about treatment. In her spare time she enjoys playing the saxophone and photography. 


Alison Byrne


GDC Reg No.63598

Alison qualified in Cardiff in 1988. After qualifying she moved to York where, with the exception of one year working as a dentist in Australia, she has worked ever since. Alison is married with two grown up children and lives in Askham Bryan. Outside work Alison enjoys gardening, keeping fit and looking after her hens.


Katie Hizzett


B.A.(Hons) Dip. Dent. Hygiene
GDC Reg No.103786

Katie studied at York University then went on to train as a Dental Hygienist and qualified in 2006 in Bristol. She then started working at Poppleton and has become an integral part of our team.  When not at Poppleton she is busy looking after her twin boys! When she does have spare time she enjoys pilates, running and was proud to complete the Leeds half marathon. Katie is also trained in providing skincare treatments which compliments her healthy living advice. For further information on what she offers see her website Katie Tooley Skin


Clare Payne


Dip. Dent. Hygiene

GDC: 6571

Clare is a wonderfully experienced hygienist who joined our team in March 2022. She qualified as a Dental hygienist from Newcastle University in 2004 and has worked in York ever since. When not busy at work she enjoys spending time with her two children and is a big Strictly fan. 


Gemma Shepherd


GDC Reg No.179334

Gemma has been working at Poppleton Dental Practice since May 2006, she went on to qualify as a dental nurse in November 2008 at York College. She took some time off in early 2011 to have a little girl and again in 2015 for her second daughter and she nows works part time at the practice.  When not busy with her family she likes playing netball and going to watch the rugby.


Abi Drinkwater


GDC No 253240

Abi is a fully qualified Dental Nurse who took her Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2014. After a break to have her son Charlie she was previously covering maternity leave at another practice and joined our team in September 2018 as a part time member. When not working she is busy renovating her house and enjoying time with her family. 


Rachel Keil

Dental Nurse

GDC No; 297165

Rachel joined the practice in the summer of 2019 and quicklybecame an important member of the team.  She has recently qualified with a Diploma in Dental Nursing from Leeds Dental Institute. When not as work she likes spending time with her family and friends. 


Michele Bowman


GDC No 125221

Michele has over 17 years of experience in dental practices and has been a qualified Dental Nurse for many years. She joined our practice in the summer of 2021. Her bubbly personality and great patient lead care is a real asset to our team. When not at work she enjoys cooking at home and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandson. If she has any free time she loves a good horror movie!


Ellie Blenkinsopp

Trainee Dental Nurse

Ellie joined Poppleton Dental Practice in 2021 as a trainee dental nurse when we were struggling with capacity issues and her quick learning and enthusiasm has really benefited the whole team. She hopes to gain her dental nursing qualification as soon as possible when the new courses are up and running in 2022. 


Kelly Taylor

Dental Receptionist

Dental Receptionist

Kelly joined the practice in early 2017 from a long background in retail and management of luxury goods. When Kelly is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family including her two teenage daughters.  Kelly likes nothing more than going on long dog walks and then sitting down to a home cooked meal as a family.  


Linda Wilson

Cleansing Manager

Cleansing Manager

Linda has worked for Poppleton Dental Practice since May 2002. Linda started part time with us as a cleansing manager and since 2011 Linda has expanded her role with us to be involved with the sterilization and disinfection of the instruments within surgery and other general duties around the practice. Out of hours Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and family, especially her five grandchildren.