Finn Dental Care was founded in 1997 by Dr Lorraine Johnston, and the practice became a truly family affair when she was joined first by husband Dr Brian McGleenon, and in 2017, their daughter Dr Claire McGleenon. In 2018, we were delighted to welcome Dr Clare Davidson to our team.
Our practice ethos is clear from our motto ‘dedicated to your dental health’.
We know that you are unique, and we take great pride in offering personal, bespoke treatment options to suit your individual needs, whether they are routine and simple, or you are seeking something more special such as dental implants (if you have missing teeth, or you have a loose denture),conscious sedation (if you are nervous), facial aesthetics (anti-wrinkle injections), tooth whitening and smile make-overs.
Tara Hughes is our Special Treatment Co-Ordinator. Tara is a mine of information and will be happy to have a chat about your dental problems and needs as you discuss your options over a cup of coffee.
Dr Brian Mc Gleenon
Dental Surgeon BDS(QUB), Practice Principal
Dr Mc Gleenon qualified from Queen’s University Belfast in 1990. He won the prestigious Ralph Smith Medal in Restorative Dentistry and was awarded the John Clarke Prize for achieving first place in the Prosthetic Dentistry final exam.
Dr Mc Gleenon Practiced for many years as practive owner and principal and in Northern Ireland before finally joining his wife as a managing partner at Finn Dental Care in 1998.
He has a special interest in Dental Implants, Advanced Restorative Dentistry and cosmetic dental reconstruction work. For many years Dr Mc Gleenon has enjoyed the planning and placement of dental implants, both to stabilise dentures and replace missing teeth with fixed implant supported crowns and bridges.
"Replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns, dentures and bridges can be a life changing treatment for patients both in terms of aesthetics and the ability to eat".
He is a member of the Irish Dental Association, the IAAD( Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry), the ADI (Association of Dental Implantology), the Irish Faculty of Primary Care.
Dr Clare Davidson
Dental Surgeon BDS(Glas), MFGDP(U.K.)
Clare qualified from Glasgow dental school in July 2000. Since then she’s gained extensive Implantology and sedation experience working in Glasgow, Australia, Belfast and Donegal.
Whilst working in Glasgow she completed her MFGDP examinations. (Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners). Clare made the move to Donegal in 2014 with her husband and young family, settling in the Letterkenny area.
Clare provides the full range of routine dental care as well as having a special interest in sedation treatments, wisdom tooth removal and dental implants. She has been placing and restoring dental implants for many years and has recently launched our new range facial aesthetic anti wrinkle treatments.
Sedation techniques for anxious patients or for difficult procedures are a huge area of interest for Clare. She has been carrying out both intravenous and inhalational sedation(using nitrous oxide) for more than 17 years.
Intravenous sedation is suitable for patients normally between 12 and 65 years old. It eliminates the anxiety many patients associate with dentistry and so allows the patient to tolerate treatment in a comfortable and relaxed way.
Clare is absolutely delighted to have joined the team at Finn Dental Care Ballybofey and is very much looking forward to continuing her service to the local community.
Clare is a member of the Irish Dental Association, SAAD (Society of Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry), and the ADI (Association of Dental Implantology).
Dr Claire Mc Gleenon
Dental Surgeon BA, B.Dent.Sc.(TCD)
Having grown up in a household of dentists, Claire was in no doubt of what was involved in following in her mum and dad's footsteps into the dental profession.
Claire attended Saint Mary’s National School and St Columba's College, Stranorlar.
She studied Dentistry at Trinity College Dublin and was awarded the prestigious Costello Medal by the president of the Irish Dental Association in April 2016. She graduated with honours in the summer of 2017.
Claire feels that although Trinity and Dublin brought her wonderful opportunities, she was attracted by the familiarity and relaxed pace of life of her hometown, Ballybofey.
Claire feels that it was a natual fit for her to return home to work back in the Ballybofey.
“Catching up with friends, old and new has helped me settle back into the Finn Valley. Now that I'm back... it feels like I never left! It is a great pleasure to be of service to the community in which I grew up”
Claire enjoys all aspects of dentistry and her aim is to provide the best and most modern care for all her patients. In the fast moving world of modern dentistry, it is vital to keep continually developing the latest treatments and keep up-to-date with the most modern techniques and technology.
In September 2018 Claire commenced her implant training with the Biohorizons year-long dental implant course in association with Dr David Murnaghan of the Boyne Dental Implant Clinic.
Dental Hygenist RDH (QUB)
Leona qualified from Queen's University Belfast in 2003, winning The Ulster Hygienist of the Year on graduation. She is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, serving as secretary for 2 years and regional Chairperson for 4 years. She is a member of the Irish Dental Hygienists association.
Leona is dedicated to helping her patients achieve the best possible oral hygiene and is particularly passionate about educating and motivating her patients to help them gain confidence in their smile. She is happy to provide smoking cessation advice and therapy for her patients.
She has wide experience in treating adults, children and helping patients maintain healthy gums around their dental implants.
Leona's special interest is in helping anxious patients overcome their phobias, empowering them to overcome their fears and move forward in a positive way.
Leona plays a vital part in the team, providing the treatment and advice needed to have lifelong healthy teeth and gums.