About us

Principal Dentist – Dr. Tom Rodgers B.D.S.

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Dr. Tom Rodgers

Tom, the practice owner qualified from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 and set up Blackrock Dental Surgery in 2007 after working as an associate dentist in Hollywoods in Dundalk for three years.   Before moving to the Dundalk area he worked in general practice in Belfast, Strabane and Cardiff.  Tom also completed a year working as an oral surgeon in the University Hospital Wales and Cardiff Royal Infirmary in Cardiff. He practices a wide variety of dentistry, including tooth extractions,  fillings, root canal treatment, cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening, crowns, bridges, dentures, periodontal treatment, diagnosis and management of dental pain or toothache, emergency treatment and preventative dentistry.  From his time in hospital he  gained  experience in surgical extractions, wisdom tooth extraction, oral medicine, diagnosis and treatment of lesions in the mouth, oral cancer and management of facial trauma.

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He continues to attend post-graduate courses regularly to keep up to date with the latest technology, techniques and procedures in dentistry and is an active member of the Irish Dental Association participating on the General Practitioner committee.  Tom is also a member of the Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care.  Originally from Lurgan in Co Armagh, he has been living in Blackrock since 2004 with his wife and four children.  A keen fan of Gaelic football, Tom has played for Armagh at minor, under 21 and senior level as well as winning a Sigerson cup with Queen’s University.

Associate Dentist – Dr. Gonzalo Lopez-Baillo .

Dr. Gonzalo Lopez-Baillo
Dr. Gonzalo Lopez-Baillo

Gonzalo has more than 16 years of professional experience in leading local and multinational dental centers across Europe. Trained both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in top ranked Universities in Spain with on-going training in relevant international annual meetings and specialized courses.  He is extremely experienced  with full focus on patient care.  Gonzalo has postgraduate qualifications and extensive experience in Oral rehabilitation and  implants. He is an  active member of SEI (Spanish Implant Association), IDA (Irish Dental Association), SECIB ( Spanish Oral Surgeon Association) and ITI(International Team for Implantology) and SEPES.

Gonzalo graduated with a BSc in Dentistry from Complutense University  Madrid and achieved a post graduate qualification in 2003  in Oral Malfunction, Occlusion and Oral Rehabilitation from CEU University,  Valencia, followed by a further post graduate qualification in Oral Surgery and Implants from Hospital University La Concepcion  Madrid.

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Gonzalo worked in Spain as in oral surgery, periodontics and implantology before moving to Ireland and working in general practice in Sligo in 2010. He joined Blackrock Dental Surgery in March 2014.

Associate Dentist- Dr Laura Connolly B.D.S MJDF

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Associate dentist – Dr Laura Connolly
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Laura joined the practice in 2017.  She qualified from Queen’s University Belfast (B.D.S.) in 2011 and achieved further post graduate qualification MJDF in 2014  Laura is a member of the Irish Dental Association.

 associate Dentist – Dr. Annie O’Connell Ba.Dent.Sc.

Associate Dentist – Dr. Annie O’Connell

Annie Joined the practice in February 2020. Originally from Dundalk, Annie graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2011. After completing her vocational training in a busy NHS practice in Belfast, she then worked as a Senior House Officer in the Dublin Dental Hospital. Receiving further training in the dental care of children and adults with special needs, Annie worked in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, in St James’ Hospital, Mountjoy Prison, and in specialist clinics in the Dental Hospital. 

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Since then, she has worked in private practice in Dublin, focusing on helping nervous patients, young and old, have a positive dental experience. With a special interest in providing pain-free, cosmetic dentistry, Annie brings her calm, relaxed, and friendly manner to the dental surgery. 

Outside of Dentistry, Annie is a keen musician and singer. 

Receptionist and Practice manager- Gráinne McArdle

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Receptionist/practice manager – Gráinne McArdle

Gráinne is the practice receptionist and has been with the practice since it opened.   Gráinne has worked as a dental nurse and receptionist since 2001 and obtained her Dental Nurse qualification in 2004.  Gráinne is from the area and lives locally.  She will be happy to answer any queries you may have and arrange a suitable appointment.

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Hygienist – Gemma Browne
Dental Hygienist Gemma Browne
Dental Hygienist – Gemma Browne

Gemma began working at Blackrock Dental Surgery in August 2014.  Gemma qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Trinity College, Dublin in 2005 and has extensive experience, having worked in numerous specialist and general dental practices. Originally from Dublin, She now lives in Dunleer with her family and works on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Receptionist – Collette Rodgers
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Receptionist – Collette Rodgers

Collette is married to practice owner Tom and works on reception. She graduated from University of Ulster Jordanstown in Hospitality Management and has extensive experience in customer services.

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Dental Nurse/receptionist – Róisín Kelly

Róisín joined the practice at the start of 2016 with 8 years of experience working as a dental nurse in dental practice. She achieved her nursing qualification in  2011 and achieved a further qualification in Oral health promotion  in 2012.

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Dental Nurse – Lorraine McKenna

Lorraine joined the practice in September 2017 and works as a dental nurse and receptionist. She began nursing in 2011 and gained her nursing qualification in 2013

Dental Nurse – Sheena O’Neill

Dental nurse -Sheena O’Neill

Sheena joined the practice in June 2020 after gaining experience in other practices and completed her dental nursing qualification in June 2020 from Leterkenny IT.