The SmileTube teaching faculty is composed of some of the most experienced practitioners operating today. Operating is a key word - not only are the faculty members well qualified in their specific field but most importantly they are wet handed dentists. Think about it... who would you have teach you? someone who can talk about it or someone who can actually do it?? However, at the same time, not all good practitioners make good teachers. The SmileTube faculty comprises the best of both worlds.

Meet the faculty members;

Clinical supervision


Antonio de Vivo BDS (Wits) Dip Imp RCS (Eng)  GDC No. 66702

Antonio de Vivo STAntonio graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 1991 with an award in paediatric dentistry. He stayed on as a part time lecturer and clinical demonstrator for 5 years and after 13 years in private practice relocated to the UK with his family.  Antonio holds the FGDP (UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry and is currently preparing for the FGDP (UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry with a special interest in endodontics and periodontics. His other special interests also include paedodontics, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Antonio is a member of the BDA, ADI, FGDP, BACD, BSGDS, EAO and SAAD.and also acts as mentor for Nobel Biocare delivering courses and seminars in implant dentistry. He also provides sedation and aims to provide high quality dentistry individual to every patient's needs.

Outside dentistry Antonio enjoys outdoor activities, in particular, he has a keen interest in football and modern pentathlon.




Wail Girgis BDS, MSc., Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics

Wail GirgisWail is a Partner at Devonshire House Dental and a Specialist Prosthodontist. He provides general dental care for a broad patient base and, as a Specialist Prosthodontist, is especially skilled in the replacement of missing teeth, the restoration of natural teeth and in complicated and simple restorations of the whole mouth.

Wail trained at King's College Hospital Dental School, London and went on to complete an MSc degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London where he taught thereafter as a clinical lecturer. He went on to teach at the International Centre for Excellence in Dentistry on the Implant Certificate Course. He is a member of the International Team for Implantology for whom he is a clinical lecturer. Wail joined Devonshire House in 1998 and became a Partner in 2000.




Dr George Mexias  DIP DS Athens  GDC No. 103059

George Mexias ST1Dr Mexias studied Dentistry at Athens University, qualifying in 1996. He opened a private practice in his hometown near Athens and worked there between 1998 and 2006 when he moved to the U.K. In 2004 Dr Mexias attended an intense and comrehensive implant course at the internationally renowned Branemark Clinic at Gothenburg University.

In 2012 Dr Mexias acquired Circus House Dental and Implant Centre which is now his main place of work though he continues to visit several nearby practices to provide dental implant therapy.

George is a member of the Association of Dental Implantolgy (ADI), The European Association of Osseointegration (EAO) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (Royal College of Surgeons of England). He has taught and mentored other dentists for many years in implantology and has also been nominated to for the ITI.


Dr Paul Wilson BDS (Birm), MFGDP (Eng), DPDS(Bristol), MSc Dip Imp Dent RCSEd (Edin), GDC No. 82035

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 Paul is ideally qualified as an implantologist.

Paul has studied and trained in the UK and internationally including Loma Linda University in Los Angeles – one of the most prestigious dental implant training centres in the world and is a graduate of the Kois center for advanced dental studies.

 With the objective of providing the most up to date and predictable dental treatments, he achieved a Master’s Degree in Restorative and Cosmetic Clinical Dentistry and has been awarded the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

 Paul’s knowledge of restorative dentistry provides a fundamental starting point for implant dentistry. He has taught oral surgery at the Bristol Dental Hospital, and now mentor dentists to restore and place dental implants, so they can provide predictable results for their clients.

 Paul says, ‘knowledge and the use of up to date clinical techniques that are based on predictable results mean great outcomes for our clients, which will stand the test of time’.

Outside of Dentistry Paul is a busy dad for his two children and enjoys cooking for the family.  Paul is a keen sportsman he is a reluctant ex rugby player however is now reduced to supporting roles, he is a keen squash player and has a passion for skiing with his family.  


Ian Lane  BDS (Hons), MFGDPUK, MSc(ImpDent)

ian lane stIan qualified with an Honours degree from Newcastle University in 1998. In 2001, Ian was awarded the MFGDP qualification and this was followed by the Diploma in Conscious Sedation in 2002 from Newcastle University. Ian has developed an interest in implant and reconstructive dentistry and has been very active in postgraduate education in this field since attending a Nobel Biocare Implant Introduction in 2002. Ian has been a partner at Queensway since 2006 and is responsible for ensuring high standards of dental care are provided for all NHS and private patients. Ian has also been involved in some university research projects in implant care and conscious sedation. 

Ian has shown continued commitment to further education with his three year MSc implant programme at Warwick University, where he was awarded “best implant student in 2008”. In the last 4 years Ian has attended, a surgical implant and bone grafting course at Paris Medical School and an Advanced All-on-4™ guided surgery residency with Paulo Malo in Lisbon, Portugal. Ian has also attended various scientific meetings in London, Manchester and in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ian also provides small group teaching to dentists as part of Nobel Biocare’s training programme.

Ian is a partner at Queensway Dental Laboratory. Working in partnership with Richard Elliot over the last 3 years, Ian has assisted in bringing the latest products and services for implant dentistry into a new and exciting full service private implant laboratory. The laboratory now has a team of nine and provides bespoke implant and restorative cases for dentists at Queensway and around the NE region. Queensway Laboratory benefits from Nobel Biocare’s, Procera 3D scanning and planning technology.

The most recent phase of Ian’s academic and professional development began in April 2012 and involved visiting Seattle, USA to study with one of America’s most eminent dentists, Dr John Kois. This eight module programme follows some clear protocols for managing complexity in dental care and will allow Ian to carefully manage some of the most challenging reconstruction of patients’ dental health here at Queensway Dental Clinic. Ian successfully graduated from the Kois programme in November 2014.




darren mccourt stMr. Darren McCourt is an experienced specialist Oral Surgeon registered in the U.K. and Ireland, practicing in Dublin.

Darren completed his dentistry at Glasgow University in 1995 and then had training posts at Glasgow Dental Hospital (Department Of Oral Surgery and Department Of Restorative Dentistry) and Newcastle General Hospital (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) where he was resident for two years. The resident post also involved Oral Surgery clinics at Newcastle Dental Hospital. He completed vocational training in Glasgow and was entered onto the specialist list in 2000. He has been in specialist practice, Dublin, since 2000 and has also held Oral Surgery posts for the Eastern Health Board at Louglinstown Hospital and was a clinical teacher for many years in the department of Oral Surgery in the Dublin Dental Hospital.

He has completed his fellowship (Oral Surgery/Oral Medicine) and Membership in Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons London as well as a diploma in sedation at the University of Newcastle where he undertook research on the Bi-spectral index in sedated patients using Midazolam during Oral Surgery.

Darren currently provides Oral Surgery and Advanced Dental Implantology in primary and secondary care at the Castle Clinic Dalkey, Hermitage Hospital Lucan and the Blackrock Clinic Dublin under local anaesthesia / intravenous sedation /inhalational sedation and General Anaesthesia.

He has been placing dental implants since 1999 and has vast experience in all of the Nobel Biocare implant types and products. He has undertaken well in excess of 2000 implant cases and provides all forms of bone grafting as well as reconstructing arches with a graftless approach. His implant journey has now extended into the placement of zygomatic dental implants.




What students say about our courses
Dr. Andrew Dixon
GDP, working in Whickham Dental Practicw, Newcastle

Got the written confirmation from the exams department (RCS Edinburgh) this week so nice to have a hard copy of the results in my hand!! Many thanks for your guidance over the last year or so. The UIYC was set at a perfect level with just the right amount of content to get you through the diploma.

Dr. Chameera Fernando
GDP, working in Northampton

The print outs will be really useful as I wanted to go over the lectures again and start making notes and memorising the information.

Dr Lucy Nichols BDS MFDSRCS MSc.
GDP, working in New Malden with a special interest in aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry and implantology

The flexibility of doing the theory on-line has been fantastic. Far more convenient and cost effective than other courses. And it's useful to be able to revisit a lecture. Having patients provided and having a relatively local mentor has also been a big advantage over many other courses.

Dr C. Lappin BSc.(Hons), BDS(Hons), FDS RCS(Eng)
GDP, practicing in Belfast

Amazing! This is a very useful resource.

Dr. Andrew Dixon

I really enjoyed being able to complete the course at my own pace but with you in the background giving the occasional nudge so you dont loose focus. Obviously this also makes it very cost effective as there was much less time off work than on other courses. The supply of papers / reading material although daunting at first was excellent and actually essential for the diploma.

Dr R.D BDS Manc
General Dental Practitioner working in Manchester and did the Ultimate Implant Year Course in 2013

The UIYC is a very informative course especially for me who had a limited exposure to implant dentistry. It has certainly improved my knowledge in this domain with its very well structured online theoretical modules coupled with the improvement of my surgical skills via the monthly hands-on practical sessions. I managed to place a number of implants in the space of ten months. The good aspects of this course are that it provides you with patients to work with and it fits around your work schedule. Wished I found this course a few years earlier!

Dr Clair Kilgarriff, B Dent Sc, TCD
GDP practicing in Dublin with a special interest in orthodontics and implant dentistry

Ken Nicholson was my tutor for the certificate year in implant dentistry from the University of Warwick. He was one of the best lecturers I have had in my under and postgraduate training. He is methodical and clear in his delivery. Above all he is open to the viewpoints of others and most helpful in directing a student to further knowledge.

David Magilton BDS
GDP working in Lanarkshire and a current Ultimate Implant Year Course delegate

I thought that the intro to the UIYC was brilliant. We were given the perfect amount of information on this fascinating subject and this has given me a great insight into implant dentistry. It has also made me very keen to learn more and place my first implant. The smiletube site is an amazing resource and I appreciate the hard work you must have put into it.

Dr. Paul Howlett

The Ultimate Year Implant Course has been an excellent programme of education and learning. The flexibility of being able to work through the detailed online learning material at your own pace and when it best suits make it the perfect course to schedule around busy work and family life. In addition the experience gained through the clinical days has been 1st class with superb mentorship and clinical coaching. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone wishing to introduce dental implants into their clinical practice.

Dr Ramya Balasubramanian
General Dentist working in San Diego

Amazing program!.