Meet the team

At Ilchester Dental Care our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


Paula Richardson

Dental Practitioner
BDS University of Witwatersrand 1986
GDC No. 65202

Paula is a General Dentist with a specialised interest in early Orthodontic Intervention Orthopaedics, Orthodontics and TMJ treatment.

Paula also offers Facial Rejuvenation Treatments.

Paula works Tuesday's and Thursdays and Friday's when needed and in her spare time is a keen Golfer.

Joanne Wentzel

Dental Practitioner
BCHD Pretoria 1999
GDC No. 75913

Joanne Joined our Practice in April 2018 after recently relocating to the West Country and is a General Dentist with 18 years experience in the UK.

Joanne works Monday's & Wednesday's and In her spare time enjoys spending time with her partner and her two sons.

Selina Grana

BSC Oral Health Science Dundee 2013
GDC No. 244294

Selina, our sole Hygienist, joined our Practice in September 2015 and currently works Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Friday.

Selina treats all patients as individuals and will support each patients specific needs.

Selina is also qualified to complete whitening for patients. If you have enquiries regarding this, she will be more than happy to help.

Tom Laver

Practice Manager

Tom joined the practice in January 2017 and has brought a fresh dimension to our all Female team. He has previous Dental Practice Management experience and 10 years experience in managing various Banking Branches.

If you have anything you wish to discuss with him, he will be more than happy to spend time with you.

In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports such as Snooker and Cricket and socialising with friends.

Sarah Pead

Treatment Co-ordinator

Sarah is our treatment coordinator and has been with the practice for 11 years and currently works Tuesday's and Thursday's.

During this time, she has worked very closely with Paula and is very knowledgeable on all treatments provided and is happy to discuss all of your options in detail.

In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband and her two children and when possible loves getting away in her camper van.

Tara Newton

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City and Guilds 2017
GDC No. 275798

Tara has been with us since January 2017 and works closely with our other two Nurses Louise and Emma.

Working on a rotation system, Tara plays her part in ensuring our Surgeries and Decontamination room are working to the highest possible standards.

Tara is very caring and loves spending time with her partner and caring for her cat "bear". She is also a keen baker.

Emma Pinkham

Dental Nurse 
Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2018
GDC No. 276019

Emma joined us in October 2015 following a recommendation from her sister, Louise.

After recently qualifying, she too plays a big part in maintaining our high standards within the Surgeries and Decontamination room.

In her spare time she loves going to the theatre and spending time with her partner.

Louise Pinkham

Trainee Dental Nurse 

Louise has been with us since July 2015 and is currently undergoing her National Qualification in Dental Nursing.

Along with Tara and Emma, Louise plays a big part in ensuring our high standards are kept up in Surgery and the decontamination room.

In her spare time Louise enjoys socialising and enjoying walks with her dog, Nala.

Min Worner


Our lovely Min joined us in April 2015 and has a background in working as a PA. Min works Monday to Wednesday and previously ran the reception full time.

If you have any queries, she will be more than happy to help you at all times.

In her spare time Min loves to be with her family and enjoys walking, cooking and socialising.

Pamela Crawford


Pamela joined our practice in September and has fitted in perfectly. Pamela works on a Thursday and Friday and was brought on to support Min's change of hours.

After coming from a customer service background, she will greet you with a warm welcome and help you with anything you may need.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son and is also a keen baker.

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