Meet the team


Maria Wu

Specialist Orthodontist

GDC number: 105044

BDS (Madrid)

D.Orth (Seville)

PhD. Orthodontist (Seville)

Maria was born and raised in Seville, Spain. She obtained her Dental Surgery degree at Alfonso X el Sabio University, Madrid in 2005. She moved to England to work as a general dentist combined with studying a Certificate in Orthodontics by Ghnatos Foundation in Madrid in 2006.

In 2008 she completed her orthodontic training in the Advanced Program in Orthodontics for International Dentists at New York University College of Dentistry, USA. After that, she obtained her Diploma in Advance Studies in Orthodontics at Seville University in 2010. She obtained her European PhD in Orthodontics in May 2014 by University of Seville.

She moved to Newcastle in April 2012 to join the Windmill-Indental Orthodontic team ands he became a partner of the practice in 2015.

Maria is a specialist orthodontist with strong interest in new orthodontic technology such as lingual Incognito braces, Invisalign and more cosmetic orthodontic techniques.

She teaches at the Master’s Degree in Advanced Orthodontics at the European University of Madrid.

Maria is a member of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS) and World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO) and she goes to regular national and international meetings and courses to update with the latest technology and techniques to provide the highest quality to her patients.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling around the world, scuba diving, playing tennis and skiing.

Helen Leck

Helen Leck

Specialist Orthodontist

GDC number: 192279


After qualifying Helen worked in general dentistry, hospital dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. After discovering a passion for orthodontics, she undertook a specialist training programme at Newcastle Dental Hospital. In her spare time, Helen keeps fit by being a member of a local running club.

Member in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. MSc in Orthodontics Newcastle University. Member of British Orthodontic Society. Orthodontic Specialist List

Ross Hobson

Ross Hobson

Senior Clinical Specialist Orthodontist, Partner

GDC number: 58981

BDS (Newcastle) FDS RCPS (Glasgow)

MDS (Newcastle) FDS RCS (Edinburgh)

PhD (Newcastle) FDS RCS (England)

SFHEA MDOrth RCS (Glasgow)

Ross qualified from Newcastle in 1984. Determined to be an academic orthodontist, he undertook house jobs in Birmingham and Newcastle. He was a junior lecturer in oral biology for 2 years gaining his Masters in Dental Surgery (MDS) degree. He then headed north to Glasgow for his registrar training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, paedodontics (children's dentistry), prosthodontics (dentures), periodontics and oral medicine, gaining his Fellowship in Dental Surgery (FDS, RCPS).

David Hone

David Hone

Specialist Orthodontist

GDC number: 70360

David studied dentistry in Trinity College Dublin qualifying in 1994. He then spent the next five years in a variety of hospital based jobs and general practice around the UK including Torquay, Sunderland, Stoke and Wolverhampton before deciding to specialise in orthodontics.
David commenced a three year specialist programme in Guys hospital London and Canterbury qualifying with an MOrth from Edinburgh in 2002 and was entered into the specialist list for orthodontists.
Over the last ten years he has worked exclusively as a specialist orthodontist both in his own practice and part time in hospital orthodontics in Dublin.
He returned to the North East where his wife comes from in late 2012 and joined our practice in February 2013.


Sharon Hill


GDC number: 128081

Qual - Cert in Dental Surgery Assissting NEBDSA 1993

Dip Orth Therapy RCS Edin 2013

BDA Education Certificate in Radiography 2014

Sharon qualified as a Dental Nurse in July 1993. She then travelled and worked overseas and has worked in the Middle East as a Dental Nurse and Practice Manager for over 10 years. She then went on to study at the University of Cental Lancashire and gained her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, with Merit in July 2013. She is now working full time as a Therapist and Practice Manager.


Judith Badminton

Business Manager

Qual- Cert in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA. Newcastle Dental hospital,1983

FEATC City and Guilds Teaching certificate.North Tyneside College, 1996

Counselling skills certificate. Newcastle University, 1998

Judith qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1983. Since then Judith has undertaken various roles in dentistry including; teaching in the School of Dental Nursing at Newcastle Dental Hospital and co-ordinating clinical trials. Judith joined the Windmill Orthodontic group as Business Manager in 2008. Judith is the Practice first aider and Mental Health First Aid champion.

Judith enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and going for walks with her dog Alfie.


Helen Waller

Orthodontic Therapist

GDC number: 122661

Dip Orth Therapy RCS Edin 2016

Jenny Jones

Orthodontic Therapist

GDC number: 107923

Dip Orth Therapy RCS Edin 2009

Sharon Hill

Orthodontic Therapist

GDC number: 128081

Qual - Cert in Dental Surgery Assissting NEBDSA 1993

Dip Orth Therapy RCS Edin 2013

BDA Education Certificate in Radiography 2014


Ceri Walton

Dental Nurse

GDC number: 212827

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing

BDA Education Certificate in Radiology

Sarah Lindsley

Dental Nurse

GDC number: 248073

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental nursing

Emma Watson

Dental Nurse

GDC number: 252991

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

Jacqueline Mason


GDC number: 145694

Qual - Cert in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA 1993

BDA Education Certificate in Dental Radiography Nov 2017

Donna McIntyre


GDC number: 150306

NEBDN Nov 1999

Kim McDermott


GDC number: 198150

NVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing 2010

Suzanne Lucas


GDC number: 269861

National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2017

Kat Badminton

Dental Nurse

GDC number: 273330

City and Guilds Level3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

Level 3 Diploma in Management

Undertaking Orthodontic Nursing course.


Nicola Woods

Secretary/ Administrator