simplyendo was set up by Mike Horrocks in 1998 with a very simple aim,
"To improve the quality of endodontic care in the UK"
Initially concentrating on providing endodontic referral services, simplyendo then launched their education programmes in 2003, and they have proved to be very popular with dentists who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in this field. The programmes have now been accredited to Masters degree level.
Please read on for details of our highly experienced endodontic team, starting with our clinical and teaching team.
Dr. Mike Horrocks BDS MSc
Mike has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1984.
He has a master’s degree in endodontics from Manchester, where he has taught postgraduate dental students on a part-time basis. He established simplyendo in 1998 to focus on endodontic treatments.Mike launched the simplyendo education programmes in 2003, and they have proved to be very popular with dentists who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in this field. The programmes are offered at several locations in the UK. These programmes have now been accredited to full Masters degree level and Mike spends about 50% of his time teaching and sharing his experiences and knowledge of endodontics with his professional colleagues.A member of the British Endodontic Society, Mike regularly speaks at national and international endodontic meetings and arranges demonstrations of new endodontic techniques.
Dr. Mark Hunter BDS MSc
Mark enjoys doing and teaching endodontics to a high standard. As secretary of the British Endodontic Society, he is involved with the politics of endodontics at a national level. When not stressing about endodontics, he is never happier than when running competitively or cycling on his Brompton. He struggles to get the work-life balance in check and wants an extra day in the week so as to live life even more to the full with his family, who are the most important people to him, along with his friends and work colleagues!
Dr. Steve Cowling BDS MSc
I am the Endodontic Officer for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales. I accept endodontic referrals from community dentists and also the Maelor hospital in Wrexham and Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl. I am also a postgraduate tutor in endodontics for Cardiff University. I gained my Masters Degree in Endodontology from the University of Chester in 2011. Not bad for someone who used to hate endo! My conversion and subsequent love of endodontics was inspired by simplyendo and I am proud to be part of what I consider to be a great teaching team. My other main interest is in antiques and I run a small company, Kinton Grange Antiques, specializing in Victorian Tunbridge Ware. Any spare time I have is spent reading, cooking, shooting and wandering the local countryside with my black Labrador, Mason.
Dr. David Baker BDS MSc
I qualified with Honours in 2004 from Liverpool University and went on to complete General Professional Training, with vocational training in Liverpool, followed by a Senior House officer role at Liverpool Dental Hospital. I completed the MJDF RCS (Eng) in 2011 and completed my MSc in Endodontolgy from UCLAN in 2013. My dissertation compared various obturation techniques.
In 2013 I joined Hob Hey Dental Centre, a Private Practice in Culcheth, Warrington, where I accept local endodontic referrals.
In 2014 I became a certified Dentsply Maillefer trainer having undertaken training in Maillefer, Switzerland, and I am massively excited to have recently joined simplyendo.
Away from Dentistry I am married to Emma (another Dentist!) and we have 2 daughters- Heidi (4) and Daisy (1). I love cars, football and boxing…..I have no free time!
Dr. Simon Barnwell BDS MSc
Simon graduated from Newcastle University and has worked in practices in Chester, Warrington and Northern Ireland. He has been taking referrals for endodontic treatment since 2011 and now focuses his clinical work solely on endodontics. Simon also enjoys the academic side to endodontics, and in 2014 he completed his MSc in Endodontology with the University of Chester.
Dr. Lee Valentine BDS MSc
Lee Valentine graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1993 and completed his Vocational Training in North Manchester. After working in the NHS for 10 years he has since worked exclusively in private practice taking referrals for endodontics and complex restorative work.He has an MSc in Endodontology from the University of Chester and has worked for a number of years as a Speciality Dentist in Endodontics for the Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT). Currently, as well as his practice commitments, he is a part time Clinical Teaching Fellow at Manchester University and more recently a part time lecturer at simplyendo®.
Dr. Mike Turner BDS MSc
Mike was born and bred on the Fylde coast, just 20 miles from the simplyendo® teaching centre in Formby. After qualifying from Liverpool Dental Hospital in 2000, he worked on the Wirral for several years in general practice. It was around this time that he became interested in endodontics, devoting much of he CPD time to the subject. Meeting his wife meant a change of scenery and a move to Teesside, where he works in general practice for some of his time, and in endodontic referral practice for the rest. Mike passed the MSc in endodontics in 2017 through simplyendo® and was delighted to be asked to pass on his experience by becoming a tutor. Outside endodontics, Mike's wife and two children occupy most of his time and he also enjoys fell walking, cooking and music.
Dr. Rob Masters BDS MSc
Rob qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in August 2000. After qualifying, he returned to his home town of Stourbridge and completed his vocational training. Following this he then went on to complete a Senior House Officer role in maxillofacial surgery. Rob then worked in general practice in the south west of England and in the Midlands. Working exclusively in private practice since 2004. Currently, he is a partner at Tupsley Dental practice in Hereford which he joined in 2008. His time is split between general dentistry and taking referrals for endodontics and he is also a part time lecturer at simplyendo®.
Rob has obtained his MFGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons and an MSc in Endodontology from the University of Chester.
In his spare time, he enjoys water skiing, sailing, mountain biking and coaching rugby.
Dr. Afzal Haque BDS, MFDS RCS Ed, MSc (Endodontology) , MEndo RCS Ed, DDSc (Endodontics)
Hello there, my name is Afzal.
I qualified as a general dentist in 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed this side of the job for 10 wonderful years but I always had a keen interest in endodontics.
I embarked on a Masters degree in Endodontology with the University of Chester which I completed in 2015 with Merit.
My love for endodontics continued to grow and with the support of my family I took the plunge and enrolled onto a 3-year full time Doctorate degree and specialist training in Endodontics at the University of Liverpool from 2016- 2019. Here I passed my MEndo speciality examination with the Royal college of Edinburgh and gained a Doctor of Dental Science degree in Endodontics from the University of Liverpool with my thesis being ‘Restoration of the root filled tooth, a systematic review and survey to general dental practioners’.
I have been very fortunate to have presented my research at the European Society of Endodontology in Vienna and plan to publish my research soon.
My passion for Endodontics is further kindled as I teach and supervise post graduate students at Manchester Dental Hospital on the MSc Endodontic programme when I’m not working in practice.
I love to save teeth and use the latest technology from Microscopes, ultrasonics and a variety of file systems to help achieve the best outcome for all my patients.
I look forward to welcoming you at the practice and helping you save your tooth.
Here’s looking forward to embarking on your tooth saving journey.
See you soon!
Dr. Carl Paisley BChD MFDS RCS Ed MSc (Endodontology)
Carl graduated with honours from Leeds University in 2003. He worked in general and hospital dental practice in Harrogate, Hull and Leeds, before working as a lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at Leeds University for five years. It was here that he developed a particular interest in Endodontics, teaching extensively on the undergraduate programme. Carl has been taking referrals for endodontic treatment since 2015, and undertook a masters in Endodontology at the University of Chester, which he completed with distinction In 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the electric guitar, mountain biking and digital photography.
Of course, the most important team members are:
I am a qualified Dental Nurse and I have worked with Mike Horrocks for over 24 years. My role involves the management of the hands on training, making sure that all of the equipment and stock needed for each session are in place. Liaising and arranging support from trade. I also assist in surgery with clinical endodontic referrals. I love the sun and enjoy family holidays, particularly cruising the world. I love socialising and I like to party.
I am a qualified Dental nurse and have worked with Mike Horrocks for over 24 years. My role involves making sure that all things are in place for hands on sessions. I manage the catering requiremnts and ensure that food and drink are in place for simplyendo delegates. I love to spend time with my family and my horses in North Wales.
I have a BA Hons in English and joined the simplyendo team in 2012. My role involves being the first point of contact for people who wish to embark on a simplyendo programme. I provide general guidance and support throughout the simplyendo experience and also liase with the University of Chester. I love holidaying in sunny climates with my family, ballroom dancing and listening to music.
I am a qualified Dental Nurse with a Diploma in Dental Health. I left general practice in 1999 when I became interested and involved in Endodontics. For the last 2 years I have had the privilege of working part time with 'Team SE' and have also of become involved with magnification. My role involves mediating with third partys re social media, photography, general administration and assisiting with hands on sessions. When away from root canals I love to walk and absorb the tranquility of the Lake District with my family and my 2 pugs!
I have worked in the dental profession for many years in a sales and training capacity. I am also a qualified dental nurse and practice manager. I joined the SE team in March 2016 and hope to use my knowledge and experience within the dental profession to further enhance the team and support the student journey.
I love driving, walking my dogs, dining out and listening to music.
My role at simplyendo is as a Practice Manager on the referral and clinical side of the business. I manage all the referrals to the practice and anything clinical based, from liasing with referring practitioners and their patients to phone enquiries and stock control.
I started at the practice 8 years ago as Marks nurse and became Practice Manager 4 years ago. I enjoy my job as we are very much a team here and all get on well together.
I started working as a dental nurse in 1991. I joined the simplyendo team in 2010, where I work with Mark Hunter and David Blaen in the referral clinic three days a week. Outside of work I spend my time ferrying my two daughters to their various clubs, walking my dog or doing my utmost to keep fit in the gym
Hi I’m Catherine I joined simplyendo in 2016 as a nurse / receptionist. When I’m not working I love spending time with family and my grandchildren and have lots of fun .