Meet the team

Yousoof Asmed Nojib

Practice Principal

GDC No: 74409


Asmed qualified in 1998 and has been Practice Principal since 2001. He also holds an adult postgraduate qualification in teaching from UCLAN and has been involved in postgraduate dental professional training since 2003.

He is an experienced sedation operator, having completed Advanced Intravenous Sedation training. He has also been trained in the delivery of anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers, as well as orthodontic systems including Clearstep, QuickStraight Teeth and Invisalign. He is currently undertaking advanced facial aesthetic training, including non-surgical rhinoplasty, tear troughs and cheek enhancements.

To make use of his practical and anatomical skills, Asmed is developing his knowledge in other areas, such as the usage of plasma devices for skin tightening and PRP hair rejuvenation.

When not hard at work, Asmed enjoys cycling, travel and film. He also likes tinkering with cars and digging out his pans for cooking his favourite dishes. He is married to Nasreen and has two children.

Lee Nightingale

GDC No. 74408

Principal Dentist


Lee qualified from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University in 1998. He is our resident expert in all aspects of Dental Implantology, having completed the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Implant training program. He is especially interested in the implant rehabilitation of denture wearers.

Outside work, he enjoys spending time in the hills and mountains, especially skiing in the winter. He is also a keen cyclist who enjoys fixing bikes just as much as riding them.

Jack Jenkinson

GDC No. 209829

BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS (Edin), MSc (Dist)

Jack graduated with honours and distinctions (as well as the 3M Prize in Orthodontics) from Liverpool University in 2011. He then went on to complete the MFDS at the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2013, and in the same year took a Certificate in Conscious Sedation.

He graduated with a Masters Degree in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry from the University of Manchester in 2016, with a distinction and an award for being the highest achiever in the clinical cases component of the course.

Jack worked as a General Professional Trainee at Newcastle Dental Hospital, gaining experience within all dental specialities. He has held a number of posts as a general dentist in the UK, as well as working further afield in Amsterdam for 18 months. He has also held a number of positions in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is currently a Speciality Doctor at James Cook University Hospital where he is involved in the management of both head and neck trauma, and cancer.

He has a special interest in the management of patients with tooth wear and the restoration of function and aesthetics, whether using simple fillings, removable dentures, or delivering advanced restorative treatment, involving crowns, bridges and the restoration of dental implants.

Jack finds the most rewarding thing about being a dentist is the way he can make a real difference, whether helping a very anxious patient who requires a simple procedure or carrying out extensive treatment. As a dentist, Jack is able to guide the patient through each step of the journey and deliver treatment to the best of his ability, using the most advanced methods.

Jack lives in Tynemouth with his wife and, when not hard at work, they enjoy walks along the coast and sampling local restaurants and cafes. Jack is a keen golfer and a member of Whitley Bay Golf Club. He also enjoys playing guitar with various bands and has been featured on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio Newcastle.

Helen Cheney

GDC No. 77877


Helen qualified from Newcastle University in 2000 and, while an undergraduate, she was awarded the John Hopkins Prize. She is now Training Program Director for Health Education England, mentoring newly qualified dentists in the North East. Helen has worked at Verne Road Practice since May 2011 and really enjoys making her patients feel relaxed in the dental environment, as well as addressing their specific needs. Helen moved to New Smile Company in 2020. She is keen to cultivate strong patient relationships underpinned by trust and understanding.

When not busy in the practice, Helen loves going on family outings in North Tyneside and especially spending time at the beautiful local beaches.

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