"Scottish Dental Care Group -
High quality, patient focused dental care"

Meet The Team Dumfries

Dr Allan Matthews

Dr Allan Matthews

Allan Matthews graduated from Glasgow Dental Hospital in 2013 and has since worked in busy NHS general practices in Scotland. With an affinity for managing anxious patients and a friendly,approachable attitude, Allan finds it extremely rewarding building trust with his patients for a long lasting, relaxed professional relationship. He believes with due care and attention any highly anxious patient can be made to feel relaxed within the dental environment.
As a motivated individual with a particular interest in conservative restorative care and cosmetics – such as white fillings and whitening – Allan strives to improve his skills and to provide as positive an experience as possible for his patients. He has had further training in developing artistic and realistic white fillings, and believes in minimally invasive dentistry to achieve results which compliment the patient’s natural teeth. He also takes a special interest in managing those with chronic pain associated with clenching and grinding, and has training to provide Cerezen in-ear devices to manage this.

GDC Number: 244091


Dr Philip Friel

Dr Philip Friel

(Practice Limited to Dental Implantology)
Philip’s professional career has resulted from a long held passion for the study of dentistry and especially cosmetic enhancement work. Having graduated from Glasgow University with degrees in anatomy (1998) and dental surgery (2000), he attained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded entry to Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow without examination.
Philip has a particular interest in dental implantology, including bone grafting, immediate implant placement and loading together with soft tissue surgery and has completed years of focused implant training and ongoing personal development in the area to ensure he can offer the best possible standard of patient treatment and care.
His strong commitment to continued education means he travels extensively to train with and learn from globally recognised pioneers and experts of advanced cosmetic and implant techniques.
Philip has been actively involved with the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) UK since around 2005 and is the immediate Past President of the Association.
Philip is a member of a number of key professional organisations.

GDC Number: 77637

Dr Rita Lopes

Rita finished her dentistry degree in July 2013 at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal. She has been working as a General Dental Practitioner in Scotland since 2015, providing both NHS and private treatments to patients.

Rita is passionate about all areas of dentistry, being a certified Invisalign Go provider and was recently a delegate of the UK Implantology Year Course at the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology. She demonstrates a professional and caring approach which has great results specially with anxious patients.

GDC Number: 248102

Amanda Connell

Amanda graduated from University of Highlands and Islands in 2017, with a dual qualification in both Hygiene and Therapy. She has since been working locally in general practice and is keen to help all patients maintain a great standard of daily oral hygiene to ensure a long-term healthy smile.