Our Team

Pontefract Dental Care the story so far...

Gareth and John both trained at Leeds Dental School in the same year, graduating in 2006. Gareth has spent the last 10 years working as a dentist in Haxby, York, and John in Castleford respectively. They have always remained close friends. Both have previously been trainers of new graduate dentists and always had a vision of starting up their own dental practice hoping to bring with them this experience. 

This is how Pontefract Dental care was founded.

Dr. Gareth Nichols

Dr. Gareth Nichols


BChD Leeds PGCert Clin. Ed.

Gareth has worked in York for the past 10 years where he has been a foundation trainer,teaching newly qualified dentists. A role he continues to find rewarding.

Gareth enjoys cosmetic dentistry and improving smiles. He takes pride in making people feel at ease and getting to know his patients.

Much of Gareths spare time is with his young family. With two young boys, life is never quiet.

Dr. John Maguire

Dr. John Maguire


BChD Leeds MFDS RCS (Edin), MSc Endodontology

John specialises in root canal treatment and has just completed his Endodontic Masters after 4 years of studying.
John enjoys making patients feel relaxed and trying to remove the stigma that root canal treatments can be painful and are not successful – because they are very successful and should be completely pain free!

John began working in 2006 in Castleford where he went on to spend 11 enjoyable years at Armstrong and Haire. He went on to become a foundation dentist trainer, which involved training new graduate dentists and then became the joint owner of Pontefract Dental Care.
John was a keen rugby player for 12 years at Sandal rugby club in Wakefield. He retired in 2018 and recently became the proud Dad of identical twin girls.
To avoid confusion, John is more commonly kown to his patients and friends as ‘Sean’.

Dr. John Maguire

Dr. Claire Goodall


BDS Newcastle MJDF RCS (Eng)

Claire joined the team in 2018 and worked in Durham for 2 years after graduating from Newcastle University in 2014. From there she moved back to Leeds and has worked in Wakefield since 2016.

Claire enjoys short term orthodontics, such as CFAST treatment, and also working with paediatric patients. She is very chatty and likes to make her patients feel at ease during treatment. Claire also offers facial aesthetic treatments, including anti-wrinkle injections.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys walking her cocker spaniel and ironically baking sweet treats!

Jacqueline - Practice Manager Photo

Jacqueline Oates

Practice manager

Jess - Nurse Photo