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.

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.

Stephen Bonsor

Layna TaitDentist

GDC No. 67792

Originally from Hawick, Steve graduated with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and he gained an MSc at the University of Bristol in 2008. He was awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2016 and is an examiner for the MFDS examination at this College. He was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Faculty of Dental Trainers as a Member in 2017 and Fellow in 2022. He is also a Fellow of the College of General Dentistry.

His background is in general dental practice having worked in the North East of Scotland for 30 years. He also owned a private practice in Aberdeen for 21 years where he accepted referrals for restorative and surgical cases.

Steve is heavily involved in dental education having lectured throughout the UK. He taught restorative dentistry at the University of Dundee, the University of Aberdeen as well as tutoring the MSc in Restorative Dentistry programme at the University of Edinburgh since 2012 where he is now its Programme Director.

He also holds a Senior Clinical Lecturer position in Endodontics at Edinburgh Dental Institute. He is currently an external examiner at the University of Leeds for the third year of the BChD degree and was formerly external examiner at the University of Birmingham for the MSc Restorative Dentistry programme.

Never standing still, Steve is actively involved in research having published over forty original papers in peer reviewed journals with his main research focus being antimicrobial photodynamic therapy and the clinical performance of dental materials.

His undergraduate textbook “A Clinical Guide to Applied Dental Materials” was published in December 2012. Steve sits on the editorial boards of two journals namely Dental Update and the European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He is a reviewer for a number of dental journals and a key influencer for a number of dental material and equipment manufacturers.

To unwind, Steve loves football having only recently hung up his boots himself. He now loves to travel when he can to see games across the U.K. and Europe.

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…

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.

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.

  • 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.