Our Team

Our Team…… looking after your needs

Val Cook, Practice Manager

My working life started in the hotel/hospitality industry, where I was a receptionist.  Then I became assistant manager for many years with a popular hotel chain. Fed up with long unsociable hours I made a career change when I was 40. I successfully applied for a receptionist position at a dental practice in Romanby, which is now OHDC. It’s a really nice, well working team.

Being Practice Manager in such a friendly warm environment makes my day to day job an absolute pleasure. Having been there so long, many of the patients are more like friends. I would like to think that new patients pick up on this and soon feel relaxed in, what are often, not so pleasant reasons for their visit. Our reception desk, where I feel most at home is in the heart of our waiting room. It’s a lovely way to really get to know you.

My family is spread all over the country from Glasgow to Devon, but we are still a close knit bunch. This leaves me little time for hobbies. My spare time is spent on the A1 or the Trans Pennine Line visiting family but every moment spent travelling is worth it when I get there

Amelia Stapley, Dental Nurse.

My apprenticeship as a Dental Nurse at Orchard House Dental Care began in May 2017. I had always wanted to work in a Caring Profession so I was very pleased to be offered the chance of an apprenticeship here.

Being part of a busy and forward looking Practice provided me with the opportunity to further develop and enhance my own personal skills, and I have always enjoyed meeting people.

My role as a dental nurse includes helping to make patients feel comfortable and at ease. There is a lot of job satisfaction at the end of the day in knowing you have been actively involved as part of a friendly, caring and professional team. I look forward to further learning and developing my training here at Orchard House.

In my spare time I enjoy fund raising for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. This can include a variety of activities aimed at helping and supporting infants from 0-5 years faced with life threatening illnesses. I also enjoy entering beauty pageants and modelling. I am currently compiling a portfolio so enjoy participating in photo shoots at various locations

Ellie Dunlop, Dental Nurse.

I started my apprenticeship in dental nursing at Orchard House in August 2017. I have always wanted a job where I can help others, make a difference and meet new people on a daily basis.

Before joining the team at OHDC I worked as a horse riding instructor and as a waitress. I loved working with horses but had to leave to concentrate on my exams and I wanted to start a new career.

I really enjoy my position as a dental nurse as I get to help patients feel at ease- whilst having a good chat! (especially on reception!).

When I am not working I enjoy horse riding and socialising with my friends and family- including my 3 dogs; Lexie, Coco and Pebbles.

Dr. David. M. Banks BDS

BEng (Hons) Plant Engineering

GDC Number 209602


David was originally a Power Station Operations & Maintenance Engineer. He graduated with an Honours Degree in 2003.

He then re-trained for a degree in Dentistry from Liverpool University and has since completed clinical training at the Queen Victoria Hospital Morecambe, and Oral Surgery & Orthodontic placements at Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

At Blackpool and Morecambe Dental Access Centres, he also gave Emergency Dental Care sessions, for those who do not have a regular dentist.

David has now completed a course in Six Month Smiles, and also a course in Conscious Sedation at the Raglan Suite in Harrogate. If you are an anxious patient, or would simply prefer a more pleasant dental experience, then this service offered at Orchard House Dental Care could be the answer.

David's hobbies include sport, particularly Golf and Cycling. He has a keen interest in property renovation and has completed two full projects on his own homes, and 3 rental properties.

Dr. Stephanie. M. Phillips BDS

BSc (Hons), MSc. Biochemistry

GDC Number 209720

Dentist, Advanced Facial Aesthetic Practitioner, Specialist Dental Advisor to the CQC.

Stephanie qualified from Lancaster University in 2002 with a First class honours degree in Biochemistry. She has worked as both a clinical biochemist and a dietitian before graduating in dentistry from Liverpool University.

She has worked in both mixed NHS and private dental practices in Greater Manchester, Belfast, Lytham St. Anne’s & Thirsk.

Stephanie has been providing Facial Aesthetic Treatments, such as Botox and Fillers since 2012. She has had extensive training at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and more recently on Harley Street, so she can now also provide the non-surgical 8 point facelift

She is able to provide short-term orthodontics for adults using Six Months Smiles® clear fixed braces, and after training from the National Migraine Centre, can now also offer treatment for Jaw problems and Migraine, 

Most recently she was appointed as a Specialist Dental Advisor to the Care Quality Commission. The CQC monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and they publish what they find, to help people choose care

Out of the dental surgery, Stephanie is a Grade 8 Pianist and has a black belt in Taekwondo! She is also a keen cook & has attended cookery classes with James Martin, at the Michelin starred ‘Northcote’ ran by chef Nigel Howarth - and of course at Betty's..!!

Professional Registration

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the regulatory body of the dental profession in the United Kingdom. Their address is 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8DQ and their telephone number is 020 7887 3800. Our dentists and staff adhere to the regulations governing the profession as set out in their publication Standards for the Dental Team. You can find out more about the GDC on their website www.gdc-uk.org.