Meet The Team

PRINCIPAL DENTIST:
Dr Claire O’Connor BDS NUI(HONS), MFD RCSI

Dr Claire O’ Connor graduated with honours from UCC in 2006. She spent 2 years working in general practice in Waterford before embarking on a year abroad which included practicing in Australia and volunteering in Cambodia. On her return to Ireland, Claire returned to general practice in Waterford. She then completed her MFD examinations with the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2010 and commenced practice in Bantry, Co. Cork that same year.

Over the years Claire has devoted thousands of hours to advanced technical training and to studying with some of the masters in the dental profession. She has developed expertise in the highly specialised areas of adult orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and anti-wrinkle treatments. In addition she has attended specialised courses on implant restoration, root canal treatment, digital dentistry and composite and ceramic dentistry. She is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. Claire’s commitment to continuing education and modern techniques is coupled with her desire to provide the best possible treatment for each patient. Claire focusses on providing a highly individualised approach and personal attention to each and every patient. As a perfectionist, Claire prides herself on attention to detail. She uses magnification during procedures which allows for an unsurpassed level of precision.

Outside of dentistry, Claire is married to John and has two daughters, Erica and Isobel. She has a keen interest in reading, golf, badminton and walking her dogs.

ASSOCIATE DENTIST:
Dr Olivea Morcos B.A., B. Dent Sc(TCD), MFDS RCS(Ed)

Olivea graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Dentistry in 2015. She later completed the membership examinations for the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and is currently undertaking a postgraduate diploma in Orthodontics.

Olivea strives to make her patients’ dental experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible, as she understands how daunting a trip to the dentist may be. She believes in providing thorough explanations and gentle treatment, putting anxious patients and children at ease. Olivea provides a range of dental treatments, including some advanced treatments such as crowns, bridges, dentures and orthodontics. Her focus is on providing premium quality dentistry using the best possible materials and techniques with personalised follow up on advanced treatments. Her aim is to maintain and improve the health of her patients, and allow them to be independent in doing so, with minimal professional intervention.

Outside of dentistry Olivea’s hobbies include reading, travelling and music. She is married to Andre.

ASSOCIATE DENTIST:
Dr Graham Deane BSc (Hons), BDS NUI(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed)

Graham graduated with honours from UCC in 2012. Upon graduation Graham moved to the U.K. where he worked first in general practice in St. Helens and then onto hospital based practice at Liverpool University Dental Hospital. During his time in Liverpool he gained invaluable experience working with a broad range of specialists. Following this Graham went on to work in private practice in Australia before returning to Dublin to provide private dental treatment for Corporate companies such as AIB, Microsoft and Yahoo. In 2017, Graham was delighted to return to his home county of Cork.

Graham is a caring and compassionate dentist who constantly keeps his knowledge and skills up to date to ensure the best possible treatment for his patients. Since qualification he has completed hundreds of hours of extra courses and conferences both nationally and internationally to enhance his skills. This included gaining the post graduate Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Edinburgh.

In his spare time Graham enjoys hillwalking and participating in triathlons. He is engaged to Jane and they are currently planning their wedding.

DENTAL HYGIENIST:
Ms Teresa Dunne RDH

Teresa commenced work in Bantry Dental in February 2017. Having first qualified as a Dental Nurse from UCC in 1999 and worked in a Private Practice specialising in Crown, Bridgework and Implants. She qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 2004 from Cork Dental School and Hospital. Teresa has since worked in General Practices throughout the Cork and Kerry area and has gained considerable experience.

Outside of work her interests include spinning, walking, reading and cooking. She is married to Dominic and has three children.

DENTAL NURSE:
Michelle Connolly RDN

Michelle commenced work as a dental assistant in the summer of 2010. She received her diploma in dental nursing from University College Cork in 2012. She is our senior surgery assistant at Bantry Dental.

She has vast experience and she is a great support to both Dr. O’ Connor and all their patients. Michelle looks after all her patients and enjoys her role at the practice.

Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Pippa, walking her dog Sally and meeting her friends as well as being a keen soccer player.

DENTAL ASSISTANT:
Ms Megan McCarthy

Megan joined the Bantry Dental team in January 2017 having previously worked in Geriatric Healthcare. She completed a pre-nursing course in 2014 and studied medical science for a time in Bangor, Wales. She has completed the Ashley Latter reception skills course.

Outside of work, Megan is married to Declan and her hobbies include soccer, music and movies.

PRACTICE MANAGER:
John Lynch

John joined the practice following a 16 year career in the military where he held a number of management positions both at home and abroad. His role is to coordinate all areas of the practice to ensure the optimum experience for patients. He holds a BSc Hons in Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership, Defence and Contemporary Security.

His hobbies including rugby, hiking, cycling and kayaking. He is married to Claire and they have 2 daughters, Erica and Isobel.