Team Whitchurch Rd.

Dr Raid Ali, Partner

GDC number: 105572

BDS (Baghdad), IQE, MFDS Rcs (Edinburgh) PGdip (cardiff)

Hi, I am Dr Raid Ali, one of the three principals of Restore Dental Group.

I have been part of the business for over 11 years and a principal for almost 8 of those years, and it has been one of the best things I’ve done as a dentist.  I can truly say I am proud to be part of such a great group and amazing team and it’s been an honour to see the business grow from strength to strength.

On a more personal note, I graduated dentistry from Baghdad, Iraq in 1996. I then immigrated to the UK and finished my International qualifying exams (IQE) in 2006 so I could practice dentistry here.

I have always been passionate and ambitious about my career in dentistry and so continued to take further exams to increase my knowledge.  In 2010 I completed further exams to become a member of the faculty of dental surgeons (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Following this I also completed a post graduate diploma from Cardiff University, which has also helped  me to develop and expand my knowledge as a practitioner.

During this time I have found my passion lies within implant dentistry and am looking to complete a masters in implantology to build on the learning I have already completed in this field.

I am happily married and have 4 children, three girls and a boy, so not only are my hands full at work – we are quite a busy household too! Not to mention out-numbered by the ladies in my life!  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I often get involved in charity work, be it taking part in charity runs or helping at refugee camps, such as the one in Calais, and am humbled by the support of colleagues who have often taken part and helped me with this.

I am an Invisalign provider and am also able to provide smile makeovers and work in both Cardiff and Ponthir so you may find me going between practices.

We spend more time at work than we do at home, but when you love what you do it doesn’t feel like a job. Helping my patients is what I love and being able to put smiles on their faces brings me great joy.

Dr. Shaun McClure, Partner

GDC number: 74654

BDS Cardiff

Shaun is from Northern Ireland and came to Cardiff in 1993 to study dentistry. He had such an enjoyable time here, and made so many good friends, that he decided to stay after qualifying. He started work at the practice in 1999 and became a partner in 2013 when Restore Dental Group was formed. Shaun thoroughly enjoys seeing all of his patients and caring for their needs. Shaun spends the majority of his time doing NHS dentistry as he feels it is right to provide a good quality service at an affordable price for everyone.

Outside of work Shaun spends the bulk of his time doing family activities and exercising whenever he can find the time.

Dr. Richard Vangasse, Partner

GDC number: 77237

Qualified BDS University of Wales 1999

Richard is one of the partners here at Restore Dental Group. He was born in Cardiff and completed his dental degree at Cardiff Dental School in 1999. He has worked at the St. Mellons dental practice since 2001 and then also at the Ponthir practice since 2009.

When he is not working, he loves spending time with his wife Becky and their young daughters Lauren and Jessica. He also enjoys cycling and walking up the hills and mountains around South Wales.

Zakaria Al-Taan

GDC number: 280895

B.D.S. (University of Mosul) 2010

Zakaria Al-Taan is a performer dentist, with more than 10 years’ experience in general dentistry. Dr. Al-Taan has been graduated from Iraq in 2010. Also, he has a license of dental surgery (LDS) from the Royal College of surgeon of England, along with membership for the RCSEng and RCS Edinburg.

Dr. Al-Taan did a master degree in the School of Dentistry in Cardiff University. He has an active Welsh performer number. He has been working as dentist in England them moved to Wales in 2019. He has special interest in Implant dentistry along with other general dental treatment.

Apart from dentistry, Dr. Al-Taan run his own business and he likes to play and watch football.”

Tiba Al-Azzawi

GDC number: 277501

Tiba finished her BDS in Dentistry from Egypt in 2011. Then travelled to United Arab Emirates where she finished her dental foundation training. In 2012, she moved to the UK then moved to USA for less than a year and then back to the UK. She finished her overseas registration exam(ORE) in 2018. She worked for two years in South West Scotland.

Tiba enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, she offers wide range of NHS and private treatments. She has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetic and looking forward to pursue a special training in these areas. Tiba likes to spend time and get to know her patients. Treating patients in a calm manner and put them at ease.

Outside dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her husband Omar and their wee son Adam. She also enjoys walking, eating outside and travelling abroad to experience different cultures.

Dr. Jayne Morgan, Dentist

GDC number: 60921

BChD University of Leeds 1985

Jayne was born and brought up in Cardiff and qualified from The University of Leeds in 1985. She began practising in the Notting Hill area of London and then spent 4 years at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow before returning home to Cardiff in 2000 where she has worked in general practice ever since providing friendly, quality family care. Jayne appreciates that for many people a visit to the dentist is a very stressful and fearful event and does her best to put them at ease, focusing her treatment with empathy, understanding and skills acquired from over 20 years’ experience.

Jayne lives in Roath Park with her husband, 3 daughters and various animals. She is a keen skier, enjoys cycling and plays netball with a local team.

Sophie Bakowski

GDC number: 153542

BDS University of Wales 2008

Sophie qualified from Cardiff university in 2008.

After working in Wales after graduation, she relocated to London. There she worked in a practice providing both nhs and private dentistry, before relocating back to Wales in 2019.

She has a particular interest in endodontics and minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry.

Outside of work she has 2 children who keep her busy. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and going to the gym.

Sion Thomas

GDC number: 284184

BDS Cardiff University 2019

Ali Abdelbagi

GDC number: 259235

BDS Sudan University of Medical Sciences and Technology 2012

Louise Shanahan, Dental Hygienist

GDC number: 137741

Diploma in Dental Hygiene Cardiff University 2018

Louise has over 15 years’ experience dental nursing and in 2016 decided to peruse a more preventative role as a Dental Hygienist. Louise graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 and joined Restore Dental Group soon after. Louise works across two sites, St Mellons and Whitchurch road and enjoys periodontal management but has a particular interest in the cosmetic side, including whitening. In Louise’s spare time she enjoys running and fitness… and of course food and drinks with friends!

Helen Donaldson, Therapist

GDC number: 45381

Combined Diploma in Dental Therapy & Hygiene Cardiff University 2008

Helen Donaldson graduated in hygiene and therapy from UHW Cardiff in 2008. Once qualified she returned to work in Camberley Surrey before finally settling down in South Wales to start a family.


Helen has worked with several dentists over the years within the nhs and in private settings, gaining experience treating patients with a wide range of dental needs.


Helen has a keen interest in helping nervous patients gain confidence in the dental chair. She has a great relationship with all her patients, especially with the children she sees.

At home she is a keen crafter, gardener and general DIY’er. To relax she enjoys swimming and running and occasionally playing the piano when she has time.