The Team

As part of National Smile Month May 2017 all the staff at Russel Street Dental Clinic climbed Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest mountain in South Wales.  We like a challenge !

Mr Simon Jenkins BDS Sheff 1984

Principal Dental Surgeon and owner
GDC registration Number 59063

Dr Simon Jenkins was originally from Newport, South Wales and decided to study dentistry at Sheffield University, qualifying in 1983.  Due to his passion for sailing Simon was keen to move near the sea and Swansea with it's wonderful natural  bay and the stunning Gower coastline  was his perfect UK destination.
After 6 years working as an associate in a few different clinics throughout Swansea, Simon decided to invest in his own clinic and with a little help from the bank he purchased Russell Street Dental Clinic from Dr Neil Rattenbury.  Russell Street had successfully provided dental care to the local Swansea city centre community since 1956 and Simon felt it was the perfect location for him to develop his own dental clinic.
Simon is committed to providing the best dental care for all ages and has now been working in dentistry for over 35 years.  He has seen many changes in the industry and the provision of NHS dentistry in the UK.  The  clinic has evolved to keep up with the changes starting as 100% NHS, changing to predominantly Private and then finally providing a mix of NHS and Private.
In his spare time he is a keen amateur photographer and his photos have regularly been printed in the evening post and have even been used by  national news networks.  He also enjoys spending time with his family, wife, 3 children, walking, playing snooker, cycling, running (completed a marathon) and travelling ...

DR Omar Salamat BDS Hons. Wales 2013

Associate Dental Surgeon.
GDC registration Number 244994

Dr Omar Salamat was originally born in Glasgow and moved to Swansea in 2005 where he attended Olchfa Comprehensive School.  He decided to pursue a career in dentistry and graduated from Cardiff Dental School with Honours in 2013. He went on to pass the prestigious Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons through the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 2015.

Omar joined Russell Street Dental Clinic in 2015 and has embraced the many challenges involved in seeing and treating over 2,000 new NHS patients during the first couple of years at the clinic.  He enjoys treating all forms of patients, including anxious and phobic, through his calm and caring manner and patients regularly compliment Omar on his caring attitude.

Omar is committed to providing his patients with the highest standards of dental care through latest techniques and materials available. To ensure he keeps abreast of the ever-changing developments in dentistry, Omar regularly attends local and national courses and conferences. Omar enjoys all aspects of general dentistry but has a keen interest in tooth whitening, restorative and aesthetic dentistry.

Outside of work Omar is a keen traveller and particularly enjoys football and is an avid Swansea City F.C supporter!

Dr Asmaa Almaliky, BDS Baghdad 2000, MFDS 2013

Associate Dental Surgeon ,
GDC Registration Number 227852

Asmaa has always felt passionate about dentistry and obtained her BDS degree in Dentistry at the University of Baghdad/Iraq in 2000, she then worked at the College of Dentistry/Almustansiriyah University as a dental clinical instructor for a few years.   She qualified in the UK by completing the ORE examination in London 2012 and obtained her MFDS certificate in 2013.

Asmaa is committed to Post Graduate education and has achieved a certificate in Contemporary Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry [Level 1] at the Dominic Hassall Training Institute in 2017.  She is also currently enrolled in a postgraduate course in Clinical Endodontics at the University of South Wales and aims to finish this specialist root canal course in September 2018.

Asmaa has a very caring and understanding attitude with patients of all ages and has a particular interest in treating children.  She strongly believes that children need to be educated from an early age on how to manage their oral hygiene, improve their teeth cleaning technique and understand how important diet control is for good oral health. She also has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and root canal treatment.

In her spare time Asmaa is very busy with her young family and enjoys watching football and tennis with her husband and children and likes travelling, reading and cooking.

Jaime Gear NEBDN Wales 2005

Senior Dental Nurse. Cross infection control lead.
GDC registration Number 11523

Jaime has worked at Russell Street Dental Clinic since 2002 and qualified as a dental nurse in August 2005.

Through her vast experience during this time Jaime has developed an ethos that patient care is of primary importance.  Maintaining the high standards in the evolving and ever changing dental profession is challenging but something Jaime adheres to.  Jaime achieves this by being the clinic’s Senior Dental Nurse and HTM01-05 lead.

HTM01-05 stands for ‘health technical memorandum’ and makes up part  of a series of guidance documents relating to decontamination in all the health care settings.  It is designed to assist general dental practices to meet pre-existing legislative requirements.

Jaime is currently training to be qualified in fluoride application and is looking forward to implementing her new skills in the surgery.

Outside work Jaime enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and exploring new places with them.  Jaime also enjoys walking, cooking and reading.

Shelly McTaggart NEBDN Wales 2002

Senior Dental Nurse. Radiation Protection Supervisor.
GDC registration Number 116341

Shelley joined Russell Street Dental Clinic  at the young age of  17 years old, 28 years later she still has the same enthusiastic and pleasure to come to work.

Shelley is a Senior Dental Nurse at the clinic and enjoys the many challenges of providing dental assistance in the surgeries.  She takes great pleasure in meeting and greeting the patients, many of whom she has known for a long time.  She has enjoyed helping to provide good dental care for patients from when they were young children into adulthood.

Shelley  finds work stimulating and enjoys the challenges of working in a busy family feel clinic where over the years she has watched it grow into a 3 surgery clinic.

Shelley worked full-time for most of her career but now works 2 days a week as she is bringing up her 7 year old daughter.

When not working she enjoys what she calls “ladies that Lunch”, tasting wine, shopping and walking her naughty but adorable shitz tu dog called Martha.

Andrea Jenkins

Clinic and Compliance Manager

Andrea has had the pleasure of working at Russell Street Dental Clinic for over 7 years.  She brings with her 30 years of project management experience in the private and public sector.  Andrea is using her skills and knowledge accrued over her working career to manage the clinic and the many challenges of compliance in the dental profession.

Andrea enjoys the small, friendly working environment at Russell Street where she works with an excellent team of highly qualified and experienced staff.  She also enjoys meeting and getting to know the many patients and their families who visit Russell Street which on average can be up to 250 per week.  One of her favourite mantras is ‘to treat people how you want to be treated’ and her focus for the clinic is that all patients and staff are treated with respect and understanding.

When not working Andrea enjoys travelling, walking, particularly on Gower, meeting with family and friends especially her three grown up children, reading, Pilates, cooking and many other activities.

Amy Steins,  NEBDN  2016

Dental Nurse and Receptionist
Data Protection Officer and Fire Warden
GDC registration number  267762

Amy has been at the clinic since January 2015 where she started as a trainee dental nurse and is now fully qualified.  Amy enjoys working in a dental environment and has picked up some important roles of responsibilities. One of these roles is as a trainee RPS (Radiation Protection Supervisor). This role covers all radiation related procedures and policies and Amy’s job is to ensure the clinic and staff are following the guidelines of the IRMER 2017 which protects patients as well as staff.

Before working at Russell Street Dental Clinic Amy gained herself a degree in a 3 year Public Services course at Swansea Metropolitan University where she enjoyed taking part in volunteering with the Fire Service and kayaking. Whilst in University Amy worked in a Residential Care home with people with physical and learning disabilities which she found demanding but enjoyed her experience and applies the skills she learnt to her working life ensuring  all patients feel welcomed and relaxed.

Outside work Amy is a member of a gym and enjoys all kinds of fitness where it may be the gym before or after work, going for a run or walk on the weekend. Amy has a big family with 12 nieces and nephews which she loves spending time with. Amy also likes listening to live music and socialising on weekends with her partner and friends.

Rebekah Hole, NEBDN 2017

Dental Nurse and Receptionist
Fire Warden
GDC registration number 270269

Rebekah joined Russell Street Dental Clinic as a trainee dental nurse over 3 years ago.  Rebekah came with many years of experience working in customer services and has always enjoyed working in an environment where she deals with people face to face.

After 2 years of training as a dental nurse at Russell Street, Rebekah was delighted to pass her professional qualification.  This was a significant achievement as Rebekah worked full-time in the dental clinic whilst also sitting her dental nurse academic exams.

Rebekah enjoys the challenges of working in a busy and friendly clinic as it allows her to get to know the many patients and families that visit the clinic daily.  She also thrives on the diversity of work where one day she is working in the surgery providing nursing assistance, managing cross infection control in a clinical environment and the next will be working on reception greeting patients, managing appointments and answering the many different questions patients have when visiting a dental clinic.

When not working Rebekah enjoys spending time with her fiancé, two cats and visiting her growing family especially her nieces and nephews.  Rebekah is also very busy planning for her wedding next June.

Katy Phillips 

Dental Nurse and Receptionist
GDC registration number 277094

Katy joined Russell Street Dental Clinic in July 2015 as a trainee dental nurse and qualified in March 2018.

This has been a great achievement for Katy who became pregnant a few months into training and continued to work full-time during her pregnancy until she finished for maternity leave. Katy felt passionate about finishing her Dental Nurse qualification and  returned to work after  maternity leave.  She is now fully qualified and works 3 days a week at the clinic.

Katy came with many years of experience working with patients, as she previously worked in Moriston hospital as a health care assistant where she delivered a high standard of care and compassion to patients.

Katy enjoys the challenges and diversity of working either in the surgery providing nursing assistance, or working on reception where she delivers a high standard of customer service by greeting patients, managing appointments and discussing dental health queries with patients.

In her spare time, Katy enjoys walking, cycling, baking and spending time with  her young family.

All staff who need to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are listed above and also at the GDC website.