Meet the team

Asmed Nojib

Yousoof Asmed Nojib

Practice Principal

GDC No: 74409


Asmed qualified in 1998 and has been Practice Principal since 2001. He also holds an adult postgraduate qualification in teaching from UCLAN and has been involved in postgraduate dental professional training since 2003.

He is an experienced sedation operator, having completed Advanced Intravenous Sedation training. He has also been trained in the delivery of anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers, as well as orthodontic systems including Clearstep, QuickStraight Teeth and Invisalign. He is currently undertaking advanced facial aesthetic training, including non-surgical rhinoplasty, tear troughs and cheek enhancements.

To make use of his practical and anatomical skills, Asmed is developing his knowledge in other areas, such as the usage of plasma devices for skin tightening and PRP hair rejuvenation.

When not hard at work, Asmed enjoys cycling, travel and film. He also likes tinkering with cars and digging out his pans for cooking his favourite dishes. He is married to Nasreen and has two children.

Lee Nightingale

Lee Nightingale

GDC No. 74408

Principal Dentist


Lee qualified from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University in 1998. He is our resident expert in all aspects of Dental Implantology, having completed the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Implant training program. He is especially interested in the implant rehabilitation of denture wearers.

Outside work, he enjoys spending time in the hills and mountains, especially skiing in the winter. He is also a keen cyclist who enjoys fixing bikes just as much as riding them.

Ammel Sulaiman

Ammel Sulaiman

GDC No. 104105


Ammel studied at the University of Leeds where she gained a Certificate of Merit for Distinction in the Clinical Dental Surgery examination.

She has worked in general dental practice for ten years in North Lincolnshire and Northumberland, and in North Shields for three of those. Her special interests include minimally invasive dentistry and anterior composites.

Ammel particularly enjoys offering a variety of treatments, meeting all her patients and the fact that every day is different.

When not hard at work, Ammel enjoys hiking, travel and sewing.

Richard Garner

Richard Garner

GDC No. 194791


Richard qualified from Newcastle University in 2010 and then undertook a year’s foundation dental training at Chester Road Practice. He has been at the Verne Road Practice since 2011 and particularly enjoys restoring teeth and relieving pain.

When not helping his patients, Richard loves getting sporty. He plays hockey for Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club and will be Secretary for the long running Newcastle and Northern Dental Surgeons Golf Society in 2018. As well as having an FA Coaching badge (Level 1), Richard plays weekly five-a-side and is a ‘long-suffering’ (his words!) Nottingham Forest Fan. He also enjoys cricket, and watching any kind of sport on TV.

Helen Cheney

Helen Cheney

GDC No. 77877


Helen qualified from Newcastle University in 2000 and was awarded the John Hopkins prize. Helen has worked in General Dental Practice since then. In 2009, she became an Educational Supervisor for newly qualified dentists to support and mentor them in their first year of their careers. In 2015, Helen then became a Training Program Director for Health Education North East and North Cumbria. This involves further mentoring, support, assessment and coaching of dentists during the early part of their careers. Helen has worked at Verne Road since May 2011 and really enjoys making her patients feel relaxed in the dental environment, as well as listening and addressing their specific needs. Helen moved to New Smile Company in 2020. She is keen to cultivate strong patient relationships underpinned by trust and understanding and provide excellent patient care.

When not busy in practice, Helen loves going on family outings with her husband and two daughters. Helen lives in Tynemouth and especially enjoys spending time at the beautiful local beaches.

Divya Smith

Divya Smith

GDC No. 68034


Since qualifying in 1992, from the University of Newcastle, Divya has gained significant experience working in a variety of dental practices, many in the North East.

Divya is a proactive member of the dental team who is also organised, capable and extremely reliable. She is passionate about her work and now her children are older, she is keen to pursue further interests in dentistry.

Outside the practice, Divya has a keen interest in film and literature, and the culinary pursuits of cooking, baking and cake decorating. She also enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

Harry McKenzie

Harry McKenzie

GDC No: 265303

BDS (Hons)

Dental Training: Graduated from the University of Sheffield, gaining a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree with honours.

Work History: Dental Foundation Training completed general dental practice in Blyth, Northumberland.

Special Interests: I have a keen interest in restoring function and aesthetics of patients’ smiles with the use of modern restorative materials.

What do I enjoy about the job:
I particularly enjoy the variety that this job has to offer, having the opportunity to engage with many different individuals of all ages, on a
daily basis.

I find it particularly rewarding to be able to put anxious patients at ease and also relive patients of pain.

Interests: Outside of dentistry, I enjoy keeping active; whether this be playing 5 a side football or tennis. More recently, I have also been spending my free time pursuing a newly developed interest in photography.


Hussam Babu Fatih

GDC No: 283425

BDS Newcastle 2019

Hussam studied at Newcastle University and qualified in 2019. He then undertook a year of foundation dental training at our sister practice- Chester Road Dental Practice. He then began working at Verne Road as a Dental Associate in 2020.

Hussam enjoys seeing a wide range of patients and offers a variety of treatment.

When not working in practice, Hussam enjoys playing football and spending time at the gym.


Adam Feather

GDC No: 193547

BDS Newcastle 2010

Adam qualified from Newcastle University in 2010 and then undertook a year’s foundation dental training at Saltburn Dental Practice. He has worked in the North East for a number of years and joined Verne Road Practice in April 2021. He enjoys all types of dentistry whether rejuvenating smiles or relieving pain and helping nervous patients to build confidence.

Outside of work, Adam can be found walking his Labrador, Pip, on Tynemouth beach, or at various other beauty spots around the coast. He also plays the piano and guitar sometimes and sings loudly for his neighbours at night, who respond by banging on the walls, clearly in appreciation.

Patient Testimonials

"I was a very nervous patient as I knew I had bad teeth due to not brushing much as a youngster. I’d never been to the dentist in about 18 years due to the embarrassment I felt towards my teeth and I thought I would be judged. How wrong was I? The Verne Road Dental Practice has been amazing. Every member of staff are great professionals."

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