"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.
Alayne Saleh - Dental Hygienist
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.
Nicola Amato - Dental Hygienist
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.
Peter Robertson - Practice Manager
"I really value good customer service and am very excited to be involved in this venture"
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 this year. Peter relishes the day to day challenges which the role of practice coordinator brings and is a steady hand on the tiller of our busy surgery.
Rhona Jamieson - Head Dental Nurse and Treatment Co-ordinator
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.
Siobhan Beveridge – Dental nurse
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.
Margaret Hogg – Treatment Co-ordinator
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.
Alison Swift - Patient Coordinator
Alison is one of the Linden Tree’s patient coordinators 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.