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Ballynahinch Practice Info

The practice which was formerly Ballynahinch Dental Care, and Dr David Nelson's practice before that, has seen extensive renovation work over the past year to bring it in line with the exacting standards of Lawson Dental. We have three dentists, Dr James Connery, Dr Niall O'Higgins and Dr Aine McManus accepting new NHS patients and continuing the care of existing patients.

Lawson Dental strives to provide comprehensive family dental care. Our philosophy is to provide patients with the care they want at a price they can afford. NHS treatment underpins our aims of health care provision, yet our team is also very experienced in cosmetic treatments and tooth whitening for those that request it.

Commitment to Education, Patient care and maintaining the highest standards makes Lawson Dental the practice of choice for patients in Banbridge, Comber & Ballynahinch areas. All the practices are currently registering new NHS patients and aim to see emergency patients on the day they contact the surgery.

11 Main Street, Ballynahinch
Co Down, BT24 8DN

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028 9756 2676

The Team

Dr James Connery
Dentist. GDC 104168

James graduated from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2006 and completed Vocational training in 2007, he completed his MJDF, postgraduate qualification in 2012. James joined Lawson Dental in September 2017, he previously worked in family NHS / Private practice in the Belfast Area for 11 years. He provides high-quality NHS and private dentistry with a patient centred focus.

He is continually involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and has postgraduate training in Dental Implantology and Facial Aesthetics. He has recently completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education from Queens University and has been a trainer of young dentists in Northern Ireland.He is a member of BDA, Royal College of Surgeons, Dental Protection and fully registered with GDC.

James is married to Holly and has three boisterous boys to occupy his spare time!

Dr Aine McMannus
Dentist. GDC 265220

Aine graduated from Cardiff University Wales in July 2016.

She completed her dental foundation year in the Banbridge practice.

Aine has successfully completed her MJDF, postgraduate qualification from Royal College of Surgeons, England in order to keep up with the latest dental advancements.

Aine has a particular interest in treating nervous and anxious patients.She also enjoys cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening and she has undergone training in facial cosmetics including anti-wrinkle treatments.

Aine now works between both the Banbridge and Ballynahinch practice. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, socialising with family and friends.

Zara Greer
Reception. GDC 246626


Zara joined our Ballynahinch practice when it first opened in January 2016.


She qualified with a diploma in Dental Nursing from NEBDN in 2014 and went on the following year to complete a diploma in Practice Management.


Her friendly approachable manner puts patients at ease and enhances their patient experience.


In her spare time Zara enjoys baking and working off those extra calories in the gym!


Shauna McElroy
Dental Nurse & Decontamination Lead. GDC 231383

Shauna is based in our Ballynahinch Practice. Shauna joined Lawson Dental in 2016 and has worked in the Ballynahinch area as a dental nurse for 7 years previously.

Shauna enjoys providing a caring and empathetic approach to all of our patients.

In her spare time, she enjoys Zumba dancing and going to the cinema.

Aoibhin Canavan
Dental Nurse GDC 276046

Aoibhin joined the team in 2016. She has recently gained her National Diploma in Dental Nursing.

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Aoibhin previously attained BCS in Business Studies at University of Ulster Jordanstown.

Outside work Aoibhin enjoys fashion and socialising with family & friends.

Claire Lockhart
Dental Nurse. GDC 151565

Claire has been with the practice since 2007.

She attained her dental nurse qualification in 2008.

Claire is now practice lead in decontamination.Claire enjoys surgery work and helping keep patients calm.

Claire likes swimming and keeping fit in the gym.


Do you have emergency?

If you have a dental emergency please contact the Banbridge practice on 028 4066 2645 to receive accurate up to date emergency contact numbers for immediate assistance'