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We know how important your smile is to you.

We also understand the impact your smile can have and the way it makes you feel.

Since 1990, the Gentle Touch team has been setting new standards in customer care and cosmetic dentistry so that you, and your smile, always look your best.

Our studio in Magherafelt is the heart of everything we do. In it, we offer a wide range of quality general dental treatments as well as dental implants and high-end cosmetic procedures- all with an emphasis on a relaxed and gentle experience.


Our friendly team has been putting smiles on our patient’s faces for years, setting new standards in customer care and taking the time to listen and helping you feel comfortable and at ease.

We always welcome you with a warm smile and do our very best to deliver a pain-free visit.



Robert Craig

BDS Queen’s University of Belfast 1988

GDC No: 63417

Since founding Gentle Touch in 1990, Robert has focused on high-end implant cosmetic dentistry, taking a year-long course in the USA, the epicentre of cosmetic excellence.

His experience includes a 2002 Fellowship in Periodontology and a 2004 Fellowship of Implantology, both from Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robert also spent time working with renowned clinicians, including Dr. John Besford, at his Harley Street in London, and is a member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry.

Robert is the President of the Northern Ireland branch of the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and a member of the Association of Dental Implantology. He is also a significant contributor to dental education in Northern Ireland, offering courses alongside other renowned educators.

Outside dentistry, Robert enjoys spending time on his digger and trying to shoot clay pigeons!


Andrew Shannon

BDS Queen’s University of Belfast 2013

GDC No: 243790

Andrew graduated from Queen’s with a distinction in Paediatrics and has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, particularly Aesthetic Dentistry, and is currently completing coursework in Restorative Aesthetics and Implant Dentistry led by internationally renowned speaker Tidu Mankoo. Like Robert, he is also on the committee of the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry.

When he’s not treating patients, Andrew enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife Amy and is a keen runner and once played badminton at the National level.



Practice Coordinator

Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011

GDC No: 232362

Vicki began her Gentle Touch journey in 2009 as receptionist and quickly qualified as a dental nurse in 2011. She is currently working towards a Radiography for Dental Nurses Qualification.

Her main focus is coordinating the practice and keeping the team organised, but that doesn’t stop Vicky from being the first friendly face our patients see. She enjoys getting to know each patient and always goes the extra mile- whether it’s painting their nails or chatting over a cup of tea- to make sure they have a wonderful and life changing experience.

Outside work, Vicki is a keen drummer with 4 world pipe band titles to her name. She also is a regular at the gym and generally lives her best life with her family and friends.

“Seeing the positive difference high-quality dentistry makes to our patients lives is why I do my job!” - Vicki



Lead Dental Nurse

Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011

GDC No: 217493

Lesley joined the Gentle team as Robert’s dental nurse in 2013 after qualifying in 2011. She has completed her qualification in implant nursing, conscious sedation and is currently working on completing her Radiography qualification.

As lead nurse, her top priority is to ensure all patients are looked after according to the high standards set by our practice. She loves chatting and getting to know each of her patients and helping her more nervous clients overcome their fear of the dentist. She’s also committed to furthering her knowledge in all areas of dentistry. All this whilst making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes too!

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, boxing classes and walking her dog Mylo.



Dental Nurse

National Certificate NEBDN 2001

GDC No: 236881

Siobhan began her career in dentistry in Grafton street in 1998 and soon qualified as a dental nurse from the Dublin Dental school in 2001 before joining the Gentle Touch team in 2017.

By continuously taking professional development courses, she is always up to date on current treatments which helps ensure she can deliver the highest level of care to every patient.

Siobhan prides herself on her ability to build strong relationships with her patients and her friendly, chatty personality is very much appreciated by our patients- they seem to always be having a laugh!

When she’s not entertaining patients, Siobhan is kept on her toes by her two beautiful children, Ronan and Aoife, and enjoys going to the gym, being out with friends and spending time with her family.



Dental Nurse

Qualified 2006

GDC No: 132734

I have been lucky to work with so many great dentists throughout the years, learning something new from them all, adding to my skills and knowledge. What I'm best at is providing a calm, professional atmosphere in the surgery for the dentist and the patient.

I am very confident in my dental nursing role, always giving 100%. I am a fast, efficient worker and I love what I do. I am so happy to now be part of The Gentle Touch team and have the opportunity to be involved in such high quality dentistry.

Outside of work I'm a busy mum to my beautiful little daughter Willow.



Dental Nurse / Receptionist

Qual-National Certificate NEBDN 2018

GDC No: 282017

Claire began her journey in dental nursing in 2016 at BMC qualifying in 2018. She joined Gentle Touch in January 2021 as a dental nurse and receptionist. Claire is looking forward to further developing her skills and broadening her knowledge of dentistry at Gentle Touch

Claire is a very friendly and warm person. She gives 100% of her attention and care to patients making sure they are relaxed and at ease throughout their visit.

Outside of work Claire is a full time mummy to her beautiful daughter, Eabha, who keeps her on her busy. When Claire finds some spare time she enjoys going out and spending time with her friends.



Dental Nurse

Qualified 2020

GDC No: 292386

I began dental nursing in June 2018 and began studying September of that year. Whilst studying, I found out I was expecting a beautiful little girl, Myah, but this did not stop me in attaining my dental nursing qualification first go.

I have a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, particularly cosmetics/aesthetics. I love that I get the opportunity to be part of something that can be a life changing moment for some, which is extremely rewarding to me.

It is also amazing how to see how the smallest change to someone’s smile can make the biggest different to them and their lifestyle!

I am passionate about helping others to overcome their fears of the dentist in order for them to have a more relaxed and calm time whilst at the practice.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks when the weather is nice. As a fully qualified beauty therapist, I also enjoy getting the time to carry out beauty treatments, in particular on friends and family who take full advantage of treatments as they get it done for free - but I truly enjoy every moment of it.

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stair lift access

We make it easy to visit us. We provide Stair Lift access to our practice.

Late evening appointments

late evening appointments

We offer late evening appointments to better suit your busy life.



With new technology comes newer, better and more pain-free ways to treat even the most complicated dental issues. At Gentle Touch we make the most of the latest in technology to enhance your smile and make your visit the very best it can be.

Our studio features

A new onsite CT scanner

A non-invasive 3D scanner that eliminates the need for impressions- perfect for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

A 3D printer allowing us to make models and appliances quickly and precisely.

TV’s in every surgery.

A bright and modern atmosphere uniquely designed to help patients feel more relaxed and homely.

We strive to give our patients an experience where high-end dentistry exists but anxiety does not!

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