Meet the Team

Our Mission

At Artis, your smile is our craft! Our highly – skilled team are committed to providing you with exceptional dental care, individually tailored from our wide range of treatments. With our depth of experience and state of the art facilities we will make a positive difference to your oral health and overall wellbeing. We will support you on every step of your dental journey in the safety and comfort of our dental studio.


Hello and welcome to Artis Dental and implant Studio.

I’m Brian Clough and I am the principal dentist and owner of the practice.

Brian Clough


Over the years many people have asked me why I decided to embark on a career in dentistry. I knew I wanted to have a career which involved the care of people and I developed an interest in dentistry when I used to visit my own dentist as a child.

When I started studying dentistry I knew early on that my aspiration was to own my own practice and work in a semi rural area where patients tend to reside for lengthy periods. This is important to me as it allows me to really get to know my patients and firmly establish a level of trust and understanding with every one of them. I particularly enjoy doing crown & bridgework, cosmetic and implant dentistry. These aspects of dentistry transform people’s smiles and makes people feel good about themselves which is hugely important to me.

At Artis Dental and Implant Studio you will find a relaxed, modern, state of the art practice. I want you to visit the practice feeling that we care about you and your dental health. Our team are very experienced and have been selected to work here because they have a personal and caring approach. We will always take time to welcome you, listen to you and cater for your individual needs. We treat all our patients as we would like to be treated ourselves and I personally try my hardest to ensure that every patient leaves the practice with a positive experience. One of our key strengths is treating nervous and anxious patients. We are proud that many of our patients travel to us from far beyond Balerno and West Edinburgh.

As a practice, we strive to continually improve and move forward, not just in terms of keeping up to date with what’s new in dentistry and providing you with the latest techniques and treatments but also investing in team building workshops and personal development for our staff.

Ashleigh Meikle


Ashleigh joined the team at Artis Dental and Implant Studio in August 2015 after graduating from Glasgow Dental School. Ashleigh particularly enjoys children’s dentistry and helping nervous patients. She creates a relaxed environment for patients ensuring they have a positive experience throughout their treatments as well as a high standard of dental care. Ashleigh also has a keen interest in facial aesthetics. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, going to sporting events and socialising with friends.

Derek Mattison

Derek is the Business Manager here at Artis Dental and Implant Studio. He previously worked in The Scottish Government and also ran a successful Kids Football business. Although this is Derek’s first venture into Dentistry, he brings a wealth of life skills from his former careers which has allowed him to take on the challenges of this role. Out of work, Derek enjoys spending time with his family and friends and also enjoys walking, running, cooking and football coaching.


Hollie Smith

Hollie is currently carrying out the Treatment Co-ordinator role and has recently completed her Dental Nurse training. Her knowledge and previous experience working face to face with patients has allowed her to fit in well and cater to each patient’s needs and queries they have. In her spare time Hollie enjoys holidays, socialising with friends and walking the family dog Penny.


Amy Mykoliw


Amy is our Lead Dental Nurse and she also provides Reception services. She’s been a Dental Nurse since 2016 and enjoys the day to day challenges that her role brings. In her spare time, Amy enjoys going to the gym and socialising with her family and friends.


Stephanie Mullen


Steph has been a Dental Nurse since 2009. She started working at Artis shortly after we opened at our new location in December 2016. Steph has worked in two very busy mixed NHS & Private practices where she has gained lots of experience working with a wide range of patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her young son, walking her dogs and socialising with friends.


Cherry Villaester


Cherry has several years experience as a Dental Nurse. She spent 7 years assisting with both the surgical placement and restorative procedures relating to all aspects of Dental Implantology. Cherry studied Dentistry in the Philippines and her early experiences in Dentistry have proved very advantageous in her role. In her spare time, Cherry enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Leslieann Ramsay


Leslie is another member of staff who lives in Balerno, She has been a Dental Nurse in the Balerno practice for over 25 years and is GDC registered. During this time she took a few years out of dentistry and returned to the team after the birth of her daughter. In Leslie’s spare time you might find her and her daughter walking their dog around Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs.


Charleane McInally


Since qualifying as a hygienist in 2008 Charlie has spent years building a great reputation within the dental industry and has completed many locum contracts to help diversify her experience. If you‘re nervous, it’s no problem. Charlie will put you completely at ease whilst delivering the best dental treatment possible. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her dog.


Naomi McGuire

Naomi joined the team as a Receptionist in June 2019 on a modern apprenticeship programme. She has settled in very well and enjoys the interaction with patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

For professional advice and dental care tailored to you,
get in touch on 0131 466 8206 to book an appointment.