About the practice


David Vaughan Dental Care is a small, family run, independent practice in Pallion, Sunderland. We pride ourselves on offering an exceptional caring, friendly and relaxed environment for all of your family's dental healthcare needs.

We have excellent local parking facilities and easy access for patients in wheelchairs and with walking difficulties. 

An extensive range of treatments is provided, including orthodontics (teeth straightening).

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Committed to excellence and providing quality dental care to the community

Having been established in Pallion since 1984, we feel part of the community within which we serve. The practice is modern, up-to-date and comfortable, ensuring that patients feel at ease as soon as they walk through the door. Our team offer a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages, and we do this through the best available dental technology and techniques. At David Vaughan Dental Care we believe in helping patients to enjoy long term dental and oral health.

Experienced dental professionals

David qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979. Whilst he was originally from Manchester he is now a committed North Easterner. After qualifying, David worked in Sunderland before buying the current practice from Mr Jurowski in 1984. David has also held orthodontic positions at Sunderland General Hospital and has been a trainer for the vocational dentist scheme four times. David continues to keep his skills bang up-to-date by attending professional training and development regularly.

David is very proud that 6 of his patients have gone on to be qualified dentists and even prouder that his youngest son Paul has even qualified as dentist recently

 Our team

David and his clinical staff are registered with the General Dental Council - our registration details can be viewed on the GDC website.

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David Vaughan

GDC no. 53523

Hi I'm David.

I recently had the holiday of a lifetime visiting the Galapagos Islands. I have been a keen motorcyclist for over 40 years and I enjoy nothing more than the freedom of the open road. Every year we have a ride out for like-minded patients from the practice- lots of stops for coffee and cake before returning to the practice for snacks and a natter.

I also enjoy cycling and recently completed the coast to coast ride over 2 days raising money for the co co charity, but nowadays I find the hills a bit of a challenge! When time permits, I have the joy of grandchildren Layla and Josh.

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Kay Pounder

Dental Hygienist
GDC no. 113858

Hi my name is Kay and I am the hygienist here at David Vaughan Dental Care.

I strive to provide excellent preventative dentistry to my patients, I look after the patient’s gingival health and empower my patients to achieve excellent oral health. I love working with staff and patients here at David Vaughan Dental Care. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family.

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Sarah Jane McCusker

Dental Nurse
GDC no. 274432

Hi my name's Sarah, I started my dental nursing training in 2015 and qualified in 2017.

At David Vaughan Dental we have a great team, we all help encourage each other to always perform to the highest of standards. As I have a caring nature I always try to help elevate any anxieties that nervous patients may have.

In my spare time I love spending time with my two children and fiancé where we both try to educate them about the world and environment.

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Karen Russell

Dental Nurse & Receptionist
GDC no. 248566

Hi my name is Karen and I have been working here at David Vaughan Dental Care since October 2014.

I first qualified as a dental nurse in 2010 and I love getting to know all of our patients and I like to try my best to make all patients feel at ease.

In my spare time I love to watch the waves at the beach and spend time with my family and friends.

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Sarah Cousins

Dental Nurse
GDC no. 270813

Hello my name is Sarah Cousins.

 I qualified as a dental nurse in March 2017 and I'm very passionate about my job. As a teenager I had a brace that gave me a life changing smile providing me with much needed confidence. Now working at David Vaughan dental care I have the privilege of helping provide patients with their dream smile to.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the gym. To wind down after a long day I like to dance and singing out loud to lady gaga/Elvis Presley with my coolest shades on.

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Louise Thurlow

Trainee Dental Nurse 

Hi I’m Louise, I am currently training here at David Vaughan Dental Care to become a fully qualified dental nurse. I started my training in April 2017 and I attend college one day a week to complete the theory side of my qualification. I really enjoy my job as I am always learning new things and meeting new people.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my boyfriend and family