"Building trust and helping my patients on the way to better health and a happy, confident smile is my vocation"
You could say that dentistry is in Stephanie Kerk's blood. Born and raised in Germany she started to assist in her parents' dental practice at 13 years old. Naturally outgoing and curious, Stephanie enjoyed meeting and helping people. She soon discovered that she had an innate ability to put people at ease in what many people consider a stressful environment. The combination of craft and intellectual challenge, coupled with natural empathy, made dentistry the perfect career choice for her.
Having graduated as top of her class, from the prestigious Heidelberg University, Stephanie honed her skills in Germany before moving to Fife in 2004, where she has worked in private practice since.
An integral part of the Linden Tree's philosophy is to work together with every patient to keep them healthy and prevent the need for treatment. Where treatment is advised, Stephanie likes to create a holistic, longterm dental health vision for the benefit of every patient to avoid unnecessary or excessive treatment. She is passionate about aesthetic dentistry and specialises in implant treatment. Her considerable training in Europe also allows her to employ a host of unique techniques to help her patients smile again with confidence, something which she strongly feels everybody deserves.
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Roger was born in Switzerland and raised in Portugal, where he graduated from the University of Lisbon, with a Masters Degree focused on the impact of healthy teeth in facial aesthetics. Soon after, he moved to Scotland in pursuit of new challenges for his professional career, where he has now been living and working since 2015.
Believing that a healthy smile plays a significant role in an individual's mental wellbeing, Roger takes great care to explain to patients what options are available to them, and what results they can expect, helping people feel more comfortable and in control of their dental treatments.
Recognising that many people struggle with anxiety when sitting on a dentist's chair, Roger strives to provide the utmost quality in care and treatment. With detailed planning, he will return your confident smile, and help you feel at ease during the entire treatment.
After growing up in Aberdeen, Calum moved around the UK for several years completing a degree in Zoology before transitioning into dentistry and eventually becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He now focuses on two main disciplines at The Linden Tree Dental Lounge.
Calum carries out orthodontic treatment for adult patients using the Invisalign system of clear aligners as an alternative to fixed braces. Straightening the teeth can be done for aesthetic and functional reasons and in cases which require multiple areas of expertise Stephanie, Roger and Calum will often coordinate their efforts to deliver the best possible results.
The other major focus of Calum’s practicing time is endodontic (root canal) treatment which can be carried out to save a damaged tooth rather than removing it. He does extensive postgraduate training on this subject and so can tackle more complex cases which many general dentists may not be able to complete.
Chris is our resident Irishman. Born in Northern Ireland before moving to Scotland. He graduated from the University of Dundee with a Batchelors degree in Dentistry and followed this up by working in a number of practices throughout Fife. Chris joined the team here at The Linden Tree Dental Lounge in September 2022.
Since graduating he has focussed his further training in a number of key areas - namely full mouth rehabilitation and smile makeovers, orthodontic treatment (teeth straightening) and the treatment of anxious patients. This further training has allowed Chris to achieve formal qualifications with a Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics with Distinction. This allows Chris to take referrals from colleagues with cases that may be a bit more complex.
Chris has always felt that "a smile to be proud of" should be accessible to everyone and dental anxiety should not be a barrier, so with this in mind Chris is also a trained sedationist with additional training in hypnotherapy and uses this to make patients dental experience much calmer and more pleasant.
Alayne comes to the Linden Tree with over 30 years’ experience in dental hygiene. She was a senior tutor in Dental Hygiene at The Edinburgh Dental Hospital. Passionate about her role in achieving an excellent standard of oral health in all of her patients she really celebrates every success. For all patients, but particularly those who experience anxiety, she also offers dental acupuncture which can often help with gagging reflex and relaxation techniques Alayne is always ready with a smile and will do all in her power to make patients experiences as pleasant as possible. Alayne considers the comfort and wellbeing of her patients as her first priority.
Niki joined The Linden Tree with 19 years’ experience in dental hygiene which includes tutoring student hygienists’. She believes that prevention is better than cure and each individual should be treated with care and empathy, with a friendly and relaxed manner but still focusing on dental health. Niki welcomes all patients especially those who are nervous.
Alison is the Linden Tree’s Practice Manager and has a wealth of experience as the front face of a dental practice. Intelligent, reliable and one hundred percent patient focused, Alison will always give a warm welcome and be there to assist with any queries or appointment details. Alison’s love of her role shines through with her positive attitude and enthusiasm for the dentistry we provide.
With 30 years of experience in the dental profession, you can be sure that you are in safe hands with the Linden Tree’s head dental nurse Rhona. As well as bringing a wealth of skills to the practice, including experience in implants and new techniques from Europe, Rhona also has a naturally calm and friendly demeanour which will instantly put you at ease. As a trained treatment co-ordinator, Rhona can independently explain treatments to patients and help them to make the right decisions for them.
Margaret is our treatment coordinator at The Linden Tree. She joined our team with 40 years’ experience of dental and implant nursing experience. You can be assured that she has considerable knowledge in all aspects of the treatment we offer here at The Linden Tree. Margaret has a naturally friendly and caring demeanour and is on hand to discuss all aspects of your treatment plan, to help you make a decision that is right for you.
After joining The Linden Tree Dental lounge in 2018 as a nurse, Siobhan’s passion for helping people shines through. Siobhan qualified in 2011 and brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to our team. She is a great advocate of the new techniques being used at The Linden Tree and really enjoys helping our patients get the smile they deserve.
Lynsey joined the Linden Tree Dental Lounge in 2021 as a nurse, after qualifying 9 years ago. Since then Lynsey has completed additional studies in dental radiography. She is a naturally friendly person and loves meeting new patients and always has a welcoming smile.
Gail Joined us in 2021 after qualifying as a dental nurse in 2018. Gail has previously worked as a receptionist and has been working within the dental industry for over 20 years bringing a wealth of experience. She really enjoys interacting and working with patients and always has a warm welcome to all our patients.
Claire joined The Linden Tree Dental Lounge in 2022. She brings with her experience and enthusiasm for dentistry which shines through. She is a calm and friendly person and is a great addition to our team.
Helen is our newest team member joining us towards the end of 2022. Her background is in the Pharmaceutical industry and is new to the dental world. She is really enjoying her new role and her enthusiasm shines through when assisting our patients. Helen will always have a warm welcome to anyone walking through the door.
Peter is Stephanie Kerk's husband and has been working in the background for a couple of years with Stephanie. Peter has global experience of customer service having put his skills to use in both the UK and Australia. As well as customer service roles, Peter is a trained psychotherapist who ran his own private practice before joining the family dental business in 2015. Peter relishes the day to day challenges which the role of practice administrator brings and is a steady hand on the tiller of our busy surgery.