Meet the team
Joe Dwyer, Specialist Orthodontist
BChD. MFGDP(UK) RCS Eng. MFDS RCS Edin. MOrth RCS Edin.
GDC Reg. 73232
I qualified in 1997 and after a number of years working in general dental practice and in hospital both in maxillo-facial surgery and restorative dentistry, I was bitten by the orthodontic "bug". I then undertook a three-year, full time post-graduate programme, culminating in a Masters Degree in Clinical Orthodontics and the Membership in Orthodontics qualification with the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006.
I am fully registered with the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Orthodontics. Being interested in all aspects of orthodontics, I undertake many hours of postgraduate education each year to keep up to date with all the latest techniques. I am particularly interested in tooth straightening techniques that are virtually invisible and on a personal level, find it extremely rewarding to see the satisfaction and increased confidence people gain from having a great smile. In my spare time I try my best to keep fit, ably helped chasing around after my young family members!
Anika Maini, Specialist Orthodontist
I completed my Dental degree in 2004 and following on from this undertook Specialist Training in Orthodontics at the University of Liverpool. In 2011 I gained the Membership in Orthodontics to become registered as a Specialist as well as completing a Doctor of Dental Sciences (Orthodontics). I am interested in all aspects of treatment including the treatment of adults who may not have had the opportunity to benefit from Orthodontics previously.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with good friends and am kept very busy and fit with my two very active children!
Dan Palermo, Specialist Orthodontist
BDS (Bham), DDSc (ortho), MOrth RCSEd, MFDS RCSEd
After graduating from the University of Birmingham Dental School in 2010, I completed Dental Foundation Training in Exeter Devon and achieved the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, before moving to Australia to work in general dental practice. I returned to the UK in 2015 to gain more specialist experience from Senior House Officer posts in Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Special Care Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and tertiary cleft care.
After completing 3 years of speciality training in Orthodontics at the University of Liverpool, I successfully passed the Membership in Orthodontics examinations at the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, in order to be accepted on to the General Dental Council’s list of specialist orthodontists. As part of my training I completed a Doctorate in Dental Sciences (orthodontics) and was also an honorary clinical lecturer. Outside of orthodontics, I enjoy sports (especially formula 1), playing guitar and honing my carpentry skills.
Lorraine, Practice Manager
I have been a dental nurse for 37 years and have worked in all aspects of dentistry. I joined the practice in 2014 and became Decontamination and Cross Infection lead and most recently, Practice Manager.
The best part of the job is seeing people change, not only in their smile, but also in the way they feel about themselves as a result of the care we provide.
I have recently taken up campanology as a hobby at my local church. For those of you who have never heard of this, it is the art and practice of bell ringing! So when I am not busy helping to make beautiful smiles at Rainford Orthodontics, you may find me dangling around in the steeple!!
I joined Rainford Orthodontics in 2018 after working in retail and customer service for over 5 years.
I am the first point of contact for our patients and am able to offer support and advice through their orthodontic journey. Seeing their big smiles and new found confidence when their braces come off is what makes it worth it!
Melanie, Orthodontic Therapist
I have worked in the orthodontic field for over ten years and am registered with the General Dental council as an Orthodontic Therapist.
The best part of the job is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when the braces come off. I never tire of seeing happy patients.
Outside of work my time is dedicated to looking after my daughter and two particularly demanding family dogs.
Emma, Orthodontic Therapist
I joined Rainford Orthodontics in 2017. I gained my qualification in Dental Nursing in 2006 and then went on to qualify in Radiography, Orthodontic Nursing and Orthodontic Therapy.
Since qualifying, I have worked across the UK including Suffolk, Cumbria and the Shetland Islands. I’ve also carried out volunteer work in Peru. As well as working in practice, I have worked closely with specialists in the Royal Preston Hospital.
Alison, Orthodontic Nurse
I started with the practice in 2000. I am a G.D.C. registered dental nurse with a qualification in radiography. I am lead in Child Protection and Safeguarding.
I enjoy seeing our patients grow in confidence as a result of the care we provide.
Sarah, Orthodontic Nurse
I have worked as a dental nurse for more than ten years. I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else now as i feel like part of the Rainford Ortho family.
I absolutely love my job as an orthodontic nurse, my favourite part is seeing the transformations in appearance and the happiness and confidence that is created by the treatment that has been carried out and their new beautiful smiles. I am a Disney loving, mum of 2 young children and 4 chihuahuas. I like spending most of my time in the kitchen baking cakes and trying out new recipes.
Lizie, Orthodontic Nurse
I began training as a Dental Nurse in 2013, gaining my professional qualification in 2015 and I joined the practice in 2018.
I thoroughly enjoy working in orthodontics, especially seeing the beautiful smiles which result from all the hard work of the staff and patients.
Beth, Orthodontic Nurse
I have been dental nursing for 5 years and I gained my professional qualification in 2017. I joined Rainford Orthodontics in July 2020 when we reopened. I later went on to gain my certificate in Dental Radiography in 2021.
I really enjoy every aspect of orthodontics and watching a patients journey from the start of the treatment to the completion and seeing patients grow in confidence with their new smile.
Outside of work, I enjoy going on long walks, spending time with my family, and going to the gym.
Rachel, Orthodontic Nurse
I qualified as a dental nurse in 2009. I have since completed further certificates in the Application of Fluoride Varnish and Oral Health, Dental Radiography and Decontamination. I moved from a General Dental Practice to an Orthodontic Practice in 2020.
In my home life, I enjoy going on holidays and spending time with my family and friends.