About Us

About the Practice

Hello - Brucegate Dental Practice has been at its current site since the early 1970s, but most recently changed ownership in 2010. It has since undergone substantial modernisation, with both ground floor surgeries being completely upgraded with new state of the art dental equipment. We have new separate decontamination room and digital X rays which can be viewed instantly from each surgery.

As well as high quality private dentistry, Brucegate Dental Practice has convenient appointment times to suit you, before and after work. It doesn't matter whether you need a routine consultation or a complete smile makeover, the dedicated and professional team at Brucegate will accommodate your needs.

The Practice is able to offer Denplan. This is a monthly payment plan to help make private dentistry more affordable.

Team Outside Practice

British Dental Association's Good Practice Award


Brucegate Dental Practice is proud to be the only practice in Berwick upon Tweed to be awarded the British Dental Associations Good Practice Award. The Good Practice Scheme is an innovative scheme devised by The British Dental Association (BDA), so that patients can be assured that they receive the highest care and will know exactly what services to expect from their dentist. It ensures that the practice is committed to working to nationally agreed standards of good practice to develop and maintain a consistently high quality of service for patients. Brucegate Dental Practice has been assessed to ensure that we are meeting the BDA's requirements by internal checks, audits and BDA accessor visits to the practice.

Meet The Team

Sarah Swales

Dr Sarah Swales BDS

Dentist - GDC No: 71839 (UK)

Sarah Swales graduated from Newcastle University (UK) in 1996 and has worked in NHS and private practices in the North East, Leicestershire and London. She has particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in these fields.

She is a member of North East private Dentists Group and the Association of Dental Implantology UK. Sarah has owned the practice here in Berwick since October 2010 and lives in the area with her family.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and horse riding along the beach.

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Dr Claire Smith BDS

Dentist - GDC No: 70093 (UK)

Claire Smith graduated from Edinburgh University (UK) in 1994 and worked in Kelso for 7 years before moving to the Isle of Man. While in the Isle of man she completed the Diploma of membership of the joint dental facilities in 2008 and also a Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies in 2013 from Bristol University which covered oral health, periodontics (gum disease) and business studies. 

She then spent 7 years treating soldiers in Germany before retuning to the Berwick area in 2019. 

In her spare time she can be found either working in her garden with her husband or hiking in the hills.

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Nicola Dudgeon RDN

Practice Manager - GDC No: 243875 (UK)

Nicola joined Brucegate Dental Practice in 2011. She gained her Dental Nurse qualification in June 2013.

Since then she has continued her clinical studies in oral surgery and implantology. She also gained her NVQ in Business Admin, Management and Customer Service in 2017. 

Nicola lives in Berwick with her husband and son who she loves to cook for. She enjoys experimenting in the kitchen.

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Lorraine Glasgow RDH

Hygienist - GDC No: 5606 (UK)

Lorraine qualified in 1999 from Edinburgh Dental Institute.

She has experience working in specialist prosthodontic, implant and paediatric practices in Manchester and London. Lorraine joined the practice in 2012 and her experience in implantology has been a great benefit to many of our patients. Most recently she has qualified in Philips In Surgery Zoom Whitening System and Facial Aesthetics including chemical skin peels, micro needling and radiofrequency.

Lorraine lives in the area with her family and enjoys long walks on the beach with her husband, young children and dogs.

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Ruth Cooper RDH

Hygienist - GDC No: 2799 (UK)

Ruth has over 25 years of experience of working in the NHS and privately in general practice, after qualifying from Edinburgh in 1984. 

She has also been the staff hygienist in the Head and Neck Oncology clinic in Newcastle Dental Hospital as well as teaching there.

Ruth lives with her family in Alnwick and enjoys travel and walking the hills with her dog.

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Jackie Manson RDN

Dental Nurse/Receptionist - GDC No: 172353 (UK)

Jackie qualified as a Dental Nurse from Inverness in 2004 after completing an SVQ level 3 in oral healthcare.

She has most recently completed her level 3 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration, so now focuses more on the administration part of the dental practice, more than surgery.

Jackie lives over the border after moving here with her husband and son from the highlands 7 years ago.

In her spare time she can be found practicing her casting on the River Tweed.

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Tanya Clark RDN

Dental Nurse/Receptionist - GDC No: 263087 (UK)

Tanya joined the practice in 2014 and qualified as a Dental Nurse from North East Chamber of Commerce in Newcastle with a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing in May 2016.

Since then she has continued her studies in oral surgery and implantology with Nobel Biocare, and more recently has completed Dental Radiography through the BDA in 2017 and the Decontamination Lead course in 2020. She also looks after our social media and website.

Tanya lives out in the country with her husband and dogs, she enjoys travelling and can usually be found walking; her favourite place is the beach.

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Liann McLauchlan RDN

Dental Nurse/Receptionist - GDC No: 267644 (UK)

Liann qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2016, after studying for her Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing at the North East Chamber of Commerce in Newcastle upon Tyne.

She has most recently qualified as an Oral Health Educator in 2021 through the BDA.

Liann lives in Berwick with her husband and little boy Charlie. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys walks along the beach and taking Charlie swimming.

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Katie Grout RDN

Dental Nurse/Receptionist - GDC No: 293194 (UK)

Katie joined the practice in early 2019 and then began a modern apprenticeship with Harriet Ellis, qualifying with a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing in September 2020.

She is thoroughly enjoying being part of the Brucegate team and is keen to venture into new studies to widen her knowledge and further her career.

When she isn't at work, Katie enjoys outdoor adventures with her two young children or cosying up for a family film night.

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Sinead McMahon

Trainee Dental Nurse 

Sinead joined the practice in February 2020, she is currently studying for her level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing at the North East Chamber of Commerce in Newcastle.

She has a keen interest in Oral Surgery and Implantology and plans to continue her studies in those areas once she has qualified.

In her spare time Sinead enjoys going to the gym and winding down with a bit of yoga. She lives in Berwick with her twin boys who she loves going on adventures with. She also has the travel bug and has visited over 40 different countries!

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Rhiannon Fleming-Swan


Rhiannon joined the team here at Brucegate in 2018

In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, so much so Rhiannon founded her own business 2 years ago teaching school aged children the act of yoga.