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Tryst Dental Practice Joins Clyde Munro

Stenhousemuir’s long-standing Tryst Dental is the latest to make the move to Clyde Munro Dental Group.

Published: 05 October 2022

Principal dentist Lesley Donaldson, 37, took the decision to hand over ownership of the practice – which has served the area since the early 1980s – for family reasons, as well as to ensure that she can continue to focus long-term on the clinical care of her patients.

The locally-based mother-of-one opted for the Glasgow-based group in the belief that it represents the best option for staff and patients.

She said: “It’s been a difficult decision to sell the practice as we’ve trained up a brilliant young team and I am proud and thankful to them for everything that we have achieved.

“This was a difficult decision and not in our plans until recently. Clyde Munro stood out as the obvious option for us to ensure that the practice retains its identity while being ambitious in continuing to strive for the best outcomes for patients.

“We were really impressed by their development programmes for associate dentists and dental nurses too. It suddenly opens up career opportunities for our incredible team who deserve the best.

“It is good news for patients too. We’re looking to progress existing plans to create a fourth surgery and Clyde Munro will invest in the practice and our team so that they can provide the best possible patient experience.”

Tryst Dental has been at the heart of the community since it was founded by James Neil in the 1980s. The practice is committed to the NHS and encourages patients to utilise the full range of NHS and Private services available to achieve the best outcomes. Many patients live locally but many patients travel from further afield to attend the practice due to the high standards of care provided by the team.

It has an exceptional reputation locally and benefits from impressive five-star aggregate review ratings on Google and Yell, factors that have contributed to its growing waiting list.

Lesley’s link with the practice goes back a long way, with her first undertaking work experience with practice founder James Neil while only 15 years old at another practice he co-owned.  Another period of work experience, this time at Tryst Dental, soon followed and that confirmed her love of dentistry and decision to study to become a dentist at the University of Glasgow.

She qualified in 2007, joining Tryst Dental to complete her Vocational Training year and she stayed with the practice as an Associate thereafter.  In 2013 she bought the practice from Colin Kidd, who had been in partnership with James Neil for several years.

Kirsty Dace, Chief Development Officer at Clyde Munro, said: “This is a prime example of an incredibly well-run practice that plays an important part within the local community.

“Credit to Lesley for the culture that she has instilled and the talent that she has nurtured. We understand that it has been a difficult time for her and she wants to do the best for staff and patients alike. We’re thrilled to have been chosen by Lesley as the future for her practice.

“The onus is now on us to ensure that we live up to her biggest hopes and do justice to the great reputation that Tryst Dental has developed.”

Clyde Munro’s stated ambition is to become Scotland’s “local dentist”, operating an expanding network of family dentists across Scotland, with each devoted to providing the best dental care, while reflecting the needs and character of its community.

It now has over 600,000 patients under its care, across 75 practices, with more than 200 dentists and 550 members of staff.

Practices which join the group benefit from help with business functions including HR, accounts, marketing, compliance and facilities management – relieving many dentists from gruelling and distracting administration duties.

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