GDC No. 59653

BDS, MSc, FDS RCPS (Glasg.) D.Orth RCS (Eng), M.Orth RCS (Eng)

James is a Specialist Orthodontist at Cotswold Orthodontics which he set up with three partners in 2004, having worked in specialist practice since 1994, with the aim of providing the best practice orthodontic care in the region for patients. In addition he is also a Consultant Orthodontist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Qualifying at Guys Hospital in 1984, he undertook a number of hospital posts in Gloucester, Bath and Newcastle Dental School before undertaking Specialist Orthodontic training at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, qualifying MSc and DOrth RCS(Eng) in 1991 and MOrth RCS(Eng) in 1992. He was awarded the BSSO Gold Medal for the best performance in the MOrth examination in 1992.

He undertook 4 further years specialist training between the Eastman Dental Institute and Kingston Hospital. Between 1995-1996 he was Consultant Orthodontist to Kingston Hospital, then moved to Gloucestershire in 1996 as Consultant to Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals. It was during this further training that he developed an interest in the use of expansion and functional appliances to treat malocclusion, as well as adult orthognathic (jaw surgery) treatment and caring for children with cleft lip and palate. He leads on cleft care in Gloucestershire, working closely with colleagues at Bristol Dental Hospital. He has lectured regionally and nationally, and has previously been awarded second place in the British Orthodontic Society’s ‘Against the Odds’ competition. He is a visiting lecturer to Bristol Dental Hospital, a member of Gloucestershire LDC and the Orthodontic Managed Clinical Network with NHS England, as well as Clinical Governance lead for Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics in the hospital.

James is a registered specialist in Orthodontics and certified Invisalign and Incognito provider.

Which part of your job do you find most rewarding?

I’m lucky I have a job I love both in the practice and the hospital. Aside from the more routine orthodontics and the confidence straight teeth can give a patient, seeing the improvements for children with cleft lip and palate, and adults following surgery, are particularly rewarding for me.

What makes you smile?

Showing patients their straight teeth when we take the braces off is always a fantastic moment.

What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

To stay fit I still play competitive club hockey for Cheltenham. I love skiing, particularly with the family and occasional clay pigeon shooting.

What do you most enjoy about working at Cotswold Orthodontics?

I have wonderful colleagues and staff, all striving to give patients the best orthodontic experience possible. Not only do we work hard, we have fun as well in a relaxed but professional practice. The flexibility of being able to use new technologies and techniques is an added bonus.