The team at Ardfallen Dental Practice have your health and comfort in mind.

The friendly and gentle team at Ardfallen Dental Practice have been working together on the teeth and gums of Cork for the last 10 years. The team have extensive experience having trained in Ireland and Internationally. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients and have welcomed multiple generations from the same families into our surgery. We treat patients of all ages and cater to each one’s specific dental needs.

Dr. Shane Curtin


A native of Cork, Shane qualified from UCC in 1999 with a Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery. Following graduation, he moved to London where he worked in both private practice and hospital settings. In 2005, he returned to Ireland where he established Ardfallen Dental Practice.

Shane is dedicated to advanced dental education. He regularly attends postgraduate courses throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to keep up to date with the latest developments in aesthetic and implant dentistry and orthodontics. He practices with a discerning eye for detail and ambition for patient satisfaction.

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In 2002, Shane obtained his Fellow Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) and is, to date, the only Irish graduate of the World renowned Kois Centre in Seattle, Washington.(

He has mastered his clinical skills in endodontics,  studying with Dr. Stephen Buchanan, Santa Barbara, California and Dr Richard Kahan , Harley St, London.

Shane has had a special interest in orthodontics since 2003. In 2012, he began a three year orthodontic programme with Dr. Derek Mahony in London. Since then, he has gone on to further his orthodontic education under the tutelage of Dr Ramon Perera in Madrid and Dr Chris Chang, Taipei.

In his free time, Shane enjoys reading and spending time with his wife, Catherine and their three young sons, Charlie, Sam and Tom. He also loves sport. He is a keen runner and has completed a few marathons.  On weekends, he coaches the Ballincollig U-10s football team. He is also a long-suffering Cobh Ramblers supporter.

Dr. Meriem Abbas

BDS Hons (NUIrel), MFDS (RCSEd)

Dr. Meriem Abbas graduated with Honours in 2015 from University College Cork. She first worked in a busy NHS practice in the UK before coming back home to Cork. During her time in the UK Meriem had the opportunity to work with very anxious patients and thoroughly enjoys seeing the transformation that gentle patient care can achieve.

Meriem has an interest in all aspects of dentistry and is fully committed to her continued development as a clinician. She has been awarded an MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and regularly attends courses and conferences both in Ireland and abroad. As well as general dental practice Meriem teaches at the Cork University Dental School & Hospital and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Irish Dental Association. In her spare time Meriem enjoys watercolour painting, horse riding and pilates.

Carmel Murphy

Carmel started her career as a dental assistant in Cork University Hospital Dental School. In 2006, she attended UCC, where she qualified as a dental hygienist and completed her dental radiography certificate. She also graduated from DCU as a phlebotomist in 2009. 

Carmel joined Ardfallen Dental Practice in 2007. Dedicated to excellence, she regularly attends postgraduate courses, to keep up to date with the most recent developments in oral health and dental hygiene. In her spare time, Carmel enjoys walking, swimming and reading a good thriller.

Ciara Nolan

Ciara graduated with an honours diploma in Dental Hygiene from UCC in 2014. She worked in a private practice in London for six years before joining our team at Ardfallen Dental Practice. She takes great care when treating her patients and makes sure that each one feels at ease at all times. She believes that a strong rapport with patients is a critical component to great oral care.

Ciara enjoys continuing postgraduate education and attends as many lectures and conferences as possible. She is registered with the Irish Dental Council and is a member of the Irish Dental Hygienists association. She has no spare time for hobbies these days however as she’s the proud mom of baby Annabelle!

Gemma Sexton

Gemma began her dental career in 2001, graduating from UCC as a Dental Assistant. After realising her passion for the profession, she went on to study Dental Radiography (DCU) in 2012 and Dental Hygiene (UCC) in 2016. Gemma joined Ardfallen Dental in 2022. She is passionate about her job and is fully committed to each and every patient. She describes herself as a self confessed perfectionist. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, loves music and going to live gigs.

Denise O’Mahony

In 2011, Denise graduated, with distinction, as a dental assistant from UCC. She joined our team in 2016, bringing with her a wealth of dental experience and a diverse skillset. She also completed her certificate in dental radiography from Dublin Dental Hospital in 2019. Denise has a keen interest in health and fitness, loves to read and maintains a daily mindfulness practice.

Lina Jokubauskiene

Lina joined the Ardfallen Dental Practice team in early 2022. She came to us from a marketing background, graduating from the University of Kursenai with a degree in business marketing in 2002. In the near future Lina plans to further her knowledge of dentistry by undertaking her formal DSA studies in UCC. She loves to travel and in her free time enjoys cycling and art.

Sarah Louise Crowley

Sarah joined the Ardfallen Dental Practice team in late 2022. She started her DSA training in 2019, qualifying from UCC in 2021. She graduated with Distinction and was the winner of the Eilis O’Mahony Perpetual Award. Sarah was previously a Veterinary Nurse and is hugely devoted to the care of animals. Outside of work, she makes sure that her dog Kevin lives his best life by taking him on long walks and adventures. Sarah is also an avid reader and spends most of her spare time with her head in a book.

Rachel Chesby

Our newest member of the team, Rachel joined Ardfallen Dental Practice in August 2023 after spending many years in the hospitality sector. During this time, she gained valuable experience in looking after people and getting to understand their individual needs. In the future, Rachel plans to undertake her formal DSA qualifications in UCC. Outside of dentistry she has a keen interest in soccer coaching and likes to spend time with her family and her dogs, Pippa,Dekota and Nova.