Galgorm Dental giving patients reason to smile

Dentist Dr Chris Gocher with Dental Nurses Alison Reid (left) and Catherine Anderson. INBT 39-109JC
Dentist Dr Chris Gocher with Dental Nurses Alison Reid (left) and Catherine Anderson. INBT 39-109JC

Galgorm Dental is the sleek, new, family friendly practice headed by a trio of highly skilled dentists with a combined 60 years’ experience.

At their state-of-the art practice situated in the idyllic, historic grounds of Galgorm Castle, Dr. Alan Crockett, Dr. Chris Gocher and Dr. Dougie Thom provide a range of dental procedures from dental health checks to cosmetic treatments and implants.

Dr. Chris Gocher , Dr. Dougie Thom and Dr. Alan Crockett. (Submitted Picture).

Dr. Chris Gocher , Dr. Dougie Thom and Dr. Alan Crockett. (Submitted Picture).

By opening their new practice, Chris, Alan and Dougie have essentially taken “a blank canvas” and designed Galgorm Dental around what their long experience in dentistry has told them patients want.

And, they are proud that their current success has been built upon the high standard of their work and resulting word of mouth referrals from patients.

They say: “In our experience patients want to trust someone local and know that when they book an appointment they will see their own dentist; to know that they are receiving the highest standards of care, supported by years of experience and training; to know that they are in control of their treatment options and that their treatment will be affordable; and, to know that they will be seen the same day in an emergency.

“We have even revamped the common “check up” to a “14-point Dental Health Check”, putting health at the heart of our practice.”

The spacious and welcoming reception area at Galgorm Dental. (Submitted Picture).

The spacious and welcoming reception area at Galgorm Dental. (Submitted Picture).

The idea for Galgorm Dental first came up in 2013 when the trio were attending a dental conference.

“We knew that Galgorm would be the perfect location for a practice providing these high standards of care while making world-class dentistry affordable.

“When the new units were built at the Castle it was the golden opportunity to create our ideal, modern dental practice, in a relaxing environment, which is accessible to everyone.

“At Galgorm Dental we provide the highest standards of modern dental care for the whole family!” say Alan, Chris and Dougie.

Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-113JC

Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-113JC

Standard family friendly features at Galgorm Dental include: buggy and wheelchair friendly access with free parking at the door; early morning and late night appointments to suit busy schedules; ceiling mounted 40” TVs with noise cancelling wireless headphones in the treatment rooms to ensure a relaxing experience; and paperless form filling on their Apple “Clini-pads”.

Although Galgorm Dental showcases a new generation of style, location and expertise, the team have extensive experience built up over a combined six decades in dentistry.

Dougie graduated from the University of Dundee in 1991 and has since completed comprehensive post-graduate training, allowing him to deliver the highest standards of care that make him so popular with his patients. A native of Scotland, he moved in 1992 to Ballymena where he worked for three years before moving to a busy practice in Portglenone, where he still works today.

Chris, who has lived in Ballymena for the past 18 years, qualified with honours from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne studying between 1984 and 1989 and so can call on 30 years’ experience in dentistry. During that time he has acquired extensive skills in modern cosmetic dental techniques including specific skills in dental implants.

The reception area at Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-111JC

The reception area at Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-111JC

Former Ballymena Academy pupil, Alan has worked in the town since graduating from Queens University in 2010 and has completed extensive post-graduate training, enabling him to provide the latest techniques in implant and aesthetic dentistry.

Galgorm Dental receptionists Coleen McClean and Tanya Gault. INBT 39-112JC

Galgorm Dental receptionists Coleen McClean and Tanya Gault. INBT 39-112JC

The waiting room at Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-110JC

The waiting room at Galgorm Dental. INBT 39-110JC