01450 372 476
  20 North Bridge Street, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 9QW

Meet the team

We have a wonderful team here at Teviot Dental, please click on an image below to find out more about them.

Dr. Christiane Wassmuth-Gibbs


GDC No. 174512

Christiane was part of the prestigious team at the Vienna Open Medical Institute providing surgical and general dental services to the East Danube Hospital of Austria which features a dedicated unit for the elderly. Since moving to The Borders in 2010 Christiane has been delivering general and preventive dentistry, cosmetic tooth alignment and facial aesthetic treatments to discerning patients.

Christiane is currently studying to gain another Masters Degree in Facial Aesthetics with Manchester University and has recently been approached to Mentor at the Northumbria University Newcastle Upon Tyne.

As Director of the practice, Christiane oversees all dental treatment and your experience at Teviot Dental.

Dr. John Cuccio


GDC No. 43702

John Cuccio is your implantologist and restorative dental surgeon and is one of Europe’s most pre-eminent experts in the field. He has more than 35 years of implant expertise and became a leading proponent through his Harley Street surgery. Since moving to Borders several years ago, he has become one of a small handful the most sought after experts in the lecturing and training circuit and is an accredited implant mentor.

John is also a Fellow of the ICOI, has tutored many aspiring implantologists, and helped them to launch their own careers in the field of Dental Implants. John is perfectly placed to see all aspects of your treatment placing his first implant in 1974, which you will be pleased to know is still there.

Gareth Lavery


GDC No. 82218

Gareth graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2003 with a distinction in the ‘Practice of Dentistry’. He began his practising career in Hawick and then spent time in Australia working in both public and private dental clinics. After his return to Hawick in 2006, Gareth began further training at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Restorative Dentistry in 2013. During this time he was also accepted for Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons England.

In 2012 he invested in a dental operating microscope in order to further enhance the quality of care he provides. This is invaluable in endodontic procedures, but allows a greater degree of precision in nearly all areas of general practice.

Hazel Cameron
EDH DIP DH (1981)


GDC No. 2216

Hazel qualified from Edinburgh Dental Hospital ‘With Award’ in 1981 and joined Teviot Dental in 2002 when she established the Preventive Dental Unit. Hazel consults with patients four days a week and is enthusiastically committed to helping clients achieve their own, best possible oral health. Hazel is committed to always be at the very forefront of professional development for herself to ensure she delivers only the very best oral hygiene knowledge and services to our patients.

She is the chair of BSDHT Scotland and works exclusively with Teviot Dental. Hazel not only delivers the very best preventive care but also shares her exceptional skills. She helps coordinate seminars with her professional colleagues at the Scottish BHDST to the benefit of all dental hygienists and therapists in the country. We are very proud of Hazel as she is a true ambassador of her exceptional work and of our practice.

Karen Bell
RDN Telford (2000) Dip Cert Management (2005)

karenPractice Manager

GDC No. 123595

Karen joined Teviot Dental in 1997 and has extended her skill base considerably since then. She gained her National Dental Nurses qualification at Edinbrugh’s, Telford College in 2000 and following her success in obtaining a Diploma in Dental Practice Management in 2005 she has been increasingly involved in the running and management of the practice. In addition, Karen regularly assists with the placement of dental implants and in July 2008, she enrolled and completed the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) web-based learning package, Cleanliness Champion, which focuses on safe practice and safe environment.

Layna Tait
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene

Layna TaitDental Hygienist

GDC No. 5297

Profile coming soon…

Stephanie Milligan
RDN SVQ 3 (2008)

stephCare Nurse

GDC No. 176289

Stephanie joined the practice as Trainee Care Nurse in 2006. We were all delighted when in July 2008 she was awarded a Scottish Vocational Qualification, level 3, in Dental Nursing. Stephanie is often the first face you see or the first voice you hear and helps ensure your administration and dental services meet yours and our exacting high standards.

Zoe Desport

zoe-desportDental nurse

GDC No. 224241

Zoe is our newest member of the team joining as recently as January 2016 and has already impressed us and our patients with her knowledge, passion and care – as well as ensuring Gareth Lavery has the best support in patient care.

Zoe started dental nurse training in 2010 at Edinburgh Telford College and qualified in 2012 with NEBDN national certificate in dental nursing. As well as gaining practical knowledge at an NHS practice, Zoe added Child Smile in 2012 passing with distinction spending a year to the Child Smile team in the Oral Health Department as an extended duties dental nurse. Further to this, Zoe recently qualified as an Oral Health Educator in December 2015, which enables patients to rely and have even greater confidence in Zoe’s expertise.

When Zoe is not working she likes to attend fitness classes and walks with her dog Brooke.

Pauline Philbin

paulineImplant Nurse

GDC No. 153465

Pauline has been with Teviot Dental a long time, establishing firm, friendly professional bonds with our patients and is now one of our most experienced dental nurses. Since 2011, Pauline has exclusively focussed on supporting Dr. John Cuccio with his high quality implant work. As a result, Pauline has been able to enhance her incredible skill set from working with the likes of John and absorbing his wealth of implant experience exceding 25 years!

If you’re an implant patient, Pauline will see and support you through the whole process – with no fuss, upmost professionalism and above all… care!

Laura James

paulineReceptionist and Hygiene Champion

Laura joined Teviot Dental in December 2016, and you’ll no doubt meet her at reception or hear her bubbly tones on the phone. In addition to being front of house, Laura has trained to be fully up to speed with all those important tasks that go on behind the scenes to ensure the dental team have all they need at the right time. Laura has already made a big impression and is very proud to speak ‘Hawick’ tae!

  • General Dentistry

    The modern dental practice is customer-focused. That means it offers a welcoming, relaxing environment that puts its customers – not patients – at ease.

  • Restorative Dentistry

    Restorative dentistry is the study, examination and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and their supporting structures.

  • Dental Implants

    If you have a missing tooth or loose ill-fitting dentures then dental implants could provide you with a viable and permanent solution to the personal and practical issues that this can cause.

  • Tooth Alignment

    Before placing braces on your teeth you will need a check-up for decay or gum problems. Do visit your dentist or the School Dental Clinic regularly, even when you are on braces.

  • Visit our Hygienist

    Our Hygienist Perio Therapy treatment aims to help you achieve your own healthiest possible oral health. This is done by helping you understand the processes of Dental disease, especially gum disease which still accounts for 3 out of 4 teeth ultimately lost. Your teeth will be cleaned using thorough but gentle techniques leaving your mouth clean and potentiality healthier.

  • Wrinkle Reduction

    I believe in a holistic rejuvenation approach to treatments and tend to aim towards subtle results that make you look younger and fresher rather than a fake and over filled appearance.
    - Dr. Med. Dent. Christiane Wassmuth-Gibbs

  • Tooth Whitening

    Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means.

  • Meet Our Team

    We have a wonderful team here at Teviot Dental, please click on the link below to find out more about them.