Meet our team of friendly dentists that are dedicated to caring for the oral health of all patients and their families.
Simon Robertson (GDC: 65840)
Simon qualified in 1990 from the University of Bristol. After a year of vocational training Simon joined the practice in 1992. He enjoys looking after his patients in a kind and caring environment and to a very high standard.
Simon has an interest in quality general and cosmetic dentistry. In 1998 he undertook a year long post-graduate course in the different implant systems available and has been placing Straumann implants since.
Simon is a member of the ITI (International Team for Implantology) and both the Bristol and South West implant study groups.
Outside of dentistry Simon enjoys family life and a healthy interest in cycling, cricket, the garden, dog walking and being outdoors.
Christopher Andrew (GDC: 75842)
My dental degree was gained from Bristol University in 1999 with commendations in oral surgery and endodontics. I have worked previously in Lymington, Hampshire and also at the emergency dental department in Southampton. In 2001 I started work at The Downend Dental Practice where I simultaneously gained a Diploma in Dental Studies comprising periodontics, anxiety control and crown and bridges. I have also a MSc in dental implantology and had have been successfully placing different implant systems for several years as well as bone grafting.
I place great importance in prevention and in providing totally pain free treatment in a calm controlled manner. I believe that successful treatment can be delivered with experience, teamwork, careful planning and great materials. All work is carefully scrutinized by using high magnification and perfect illumination. I take great pride in my work and all times I strive to give the patient the best possible outcome.
I have been living in Portishead with my family for the past 8 years and feel part of the community. My three children all attend a local primary school as well as various local clubs. Personally I am a keen tennis player and I have a membership at Portishead lawn tennis club. I take an active interest in food (which I love) and manage grow a few vegetables and some lovely fruit in the summer at Gertie Gale allotments. Given the chance I would be off skiing or playing golf as well
Aislinn Watkins (GDC: 258093)
Dr Aislinn Watkins graduated from Bristol University before going on to practice dentistry privately and in the NHS.
She has trained in facial aesthetics at London’s prestigious Harley Street under one of the UK’s pioneering practitioners and is now an advanced practitioner.
Aislinn counts her dental experience and knowledge of facial anatomy and structure as key to achieving flawless results that consistently leave patients looking and feeling amazing.
As a medical practitioner, Aislinn is proud to provide a rigorously ethical approach to treatment in which patients are never given treatments they do not want or need. This, along with her perfectionism, has earned Aislinn a loyal following among patients.
Alfonso Rao (GDC: 172344)
Dr Alfonso Rao graduated with distinction from the University of Chiet in native Italy. He went on to work as an oral surgeon in Pescara, Napoli and Caserta before moving to the UK in 2009.
Since then, Alfonso has remained committed to furthering his knowledge and skills with training in implantology at London’s prestigious Eastman Institute. He also holds a Masters from Los Angeles’ Global Institute for Dental Education.
Alfonso’s postgraduate training allows him to achieve stunning smile transformations using single and full implants, as well as carry out denture stabilisation procedures. He also enjoys extensive experience with the revolutionary Straumann Pro Arch Teeth in a Day treatment.
He also has an interest in orthodontics and straightening, especially Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. He uses these in combination with whitening, crowns, veneers and other cosmetic treatments to create outstanding smile makeovers.
Alfonso is a passionate proponent of modern and digital dentistry techniques like 3D scanning and smile design software, which he uses to wonderful effect here at Portishead Dental Clinic.
Outside the clinic, Alfonso is often found passing on knowledge to fellow dentists as an implantology trainer. He is also an accredited Straumann mentor and member of the Association of Dental Implantology.
David Heads (GDC: 268238)
David qualified as a dentist at Newcastle University in 2007. He worked in the North East of England for two years in general dentistry, community dentistry, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Before moving to Bristol to specialise in oral and maxillofacial surgery, David has also held posts in Melbourne, Australia and Glasgow.
Emily Wheeler (GDC: 261807)
Emily gained a joint diploma in dental hygiene and dental therapy from Barts and the London School of Dentistry.
She moved to Bristol in 2016, gaining extensive experience in NHS and private practice before joining the team at Portishead Dental Clinic.
Emily also holds a degree in speech and language therapy, which allows her to provide a patient-centric and holistic approach to dental hygiene.
Jayne King (GDC: 119581)
Andrea Moodie (GDC: 119447)