Core team

David A. Mitchell
Consulting Oral & Maxillofacial and Head & Neck Surgeon.
Former Editor, British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Writer and teacher specialising in oro-facial cancer and reconstructive surgery, human factors and education with a lifelong interest in empowering others.

Angelika Sebald
Dipl.-Chem., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Former Senior Lecturer; University of York, York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA), Honorary Fellow University of York.
Specialising in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods and unconventional computation; interests in the physics of food and student welfare with a lifelong interest in empowering others.

Lauren Tomasello
Former student in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York.
Expert in web design & development with a special interest in accessibility and ease-of-use.


Dr Sarah Allen
MSc PhD CPsychol
Lecturer, Psychology Department, Teeside University
A mental health researcher with a keen interest in the overlap between mental and physical health, and an enthusiasm for multidisciplinary collaborations.

Lauren Barry
DipHE Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy; AdvDip Nursing (Mental Health)
Currently working in Restorative Dentistry & Community Dental Services, supporting Head and Neck Cancer Patients and vulnerable groups.
A keen interest in multidisciplinary team working and holistic healthcare.

Guy Carpenter
Reader of oral biology at Kings College London where he has been researching saliva and salivary glands for twenty years since his PhD on changes in saliva with Sjögren’s syndrome.  His research focuses more on taste and its dysfunction with age but still all studies have relevance to dry mouth patients. 

Sarah Dennison
CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene
Currently working in private dental practice
Active member of BSDHT having served on both Full Council and the Executive Team, also as Honorary Treasurer for the Eastern Region.
Lifelong interest in communication within the dental practice.

Dr Heather Gorton
Consultant Anaesthetist
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Specialising in anaesthesia for maxillofacial and oral surgery.
Local lead for difficult airways.

Jules Hoole
MHSc, BSc (Hons), NMP (Masters), PGDip (PST), Dip (Sex addiction) DN, RGN, INLPTA Practitioner.
Worked in oncology and cancer services as a nurse for over 20 years, 13 of those years as a specialist Head and Neck Cancer Nurse.
Qualified and practising Psycho Sexual Therapist (PST), having worked privately and with British Health Service (NHS) cancer patients; passionate about improving the lives of people with head and neck cancer.

Jo Iacovides
MSc, MRes, PhD
Lecturer, University of York, Department of Computer Science
Specialising in Human-Computer Interaction, with particular interests in technology and wellbeing, as well as using games for applied purposes such as education.

Aneurin J Kennerley
MPhys, PhD
Lecturer, University of York, Department of Chemistry and CHyM (Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance)
Specialising in (medical) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods and optical light transport; interests in the biophysics of the brain and in promoting public engagement with sciences.

Lee Mellor
Specialist physiotherapist
Experience in musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, neurological and community rehabilitation; experience in oncological post-surgical rehabilitation since 2013.
Employed by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, currently primarily treating oncology patients.

Ali Modabber
Priv.-Doz., Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., MBA, FEBOMFS
Senior Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery
Deputy Head and Managing Senior Consultant in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; University Hospital RWTH Aachen; Germany
Senior Lecturer with main research topics Computer-assisted and Robotic Craniofacial Surgery, Microvascular Head & Neck Reconstruction and Regenerative Oro-facial Medicine

Dr. Bethany Rushworth
MChD/BChD (distinction), BSc, MFDS RCPS(Glas)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Core Trainee 
Passion for education and teaching, set up an international student study club. Particular interest in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. 

Dr Daniel West
MA, MB BChir, MSc
Clinical Radiology trainee
Doctor in training interested in cross-disciplinary research, particularly combining the physical sciences and biology to advance medical technologies, and progressing communication in healthcare to improve patient experience.

Further contributions by:

  1. Paige Boxhall, York
    Content for 'Infection', 'Inflammation', 'Bleeding'
  2. Rachel Brown, Cambridge
    Graphics, editing cooking videos
  3. Alex Bytheway, York
    Graphics, footage and editing 'Anatomy' videos
  4. Sarah Christmas, York
  5. Charlotte Crompton, Jack Dickenson-Fogg, Kate Murphy, Hannah Parrott; York
    Content for ‘Drug delivery’
  6. Hannah Field, York
    Content for 'Pain', 'Biopsies', 'Miscellaneous medications'
  7. Caroline Holroyd, York
    Content for 'X-ray'
  8. Rebecca Jewitt, York
    Content for 'Medical imaging methods'
  9. Joseph Lloyd, York
    Graphics, content for ‘Recreational drugs’ and ‘Chemotherapy – Chemical Principles’
  10. Zenely Martin Rios, York
    Footage and editing for physiotherapy and oral hygiene videos
  11. Alex Milward, York
    Content for 'Integrins', 'Stem cells', 'Dysplasia', 'Bleeding', 'Infection'
  12. Marcus Roye, York
    Content for 'Extreme temperatures' and 'Robotic surgery'
  13. Guy Schofield, York
    Footage for cooking videos
  14. Samantha Towers, York
    Content for 'Immunotherapies' acknowledges support by:

  1. the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Endowments Committee
  2. summer student bursaries by York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA), University of York; 2016, 2017, 2019
  3. the Centre for Chronic Diseases & Disorders, University of York
  4. the Centre for Future Health, University of York