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About Modwena


There has been a dental practice at 1 Liverpool Road for nearly a century and following nearly 50 years as principal dentist and owner, Noel O’Donovan handed the reins over to Ed Cully in 2020. Our sister practice, Modwena Orthodontics, is a specialist orthodontic practice located in Burton upon Trent and the transition to Modwena Dental in Stoke continues a tradition of high quality general dental care and a gentle approach to treatment, with sedation available for those patients who are especially nervous.


Edward Cully

Principal Dentist – GDC No. 270926

After growing up in Staffordshire, Ed graduated from Birmingham University in 2017. Following time spent working in dental practices across the midlands, Ed took over the running of our practice in 2020. With him he brings a focus on non-invasive techniques to improve your smile and provides sedation for our nervous patients, continuing the service we have offered for nearly 50 years. Ed also works at our sister practice in Burton upon Trent carrying out orthodontic treatment alongside our specialist orthodontists. Away from the surgery, Ed is a keen guitarist and an ex-rugby player who now prefers the comfort of watching from the stands.

Henry James

Associate Dentist – GDC No. 271110

Originally from Swansea, Henry qualified in Birmingham in 2017. Since then, he has worked in Crewe, Uttoxeter and Stoke developing his dental skills and taking a particular interest in root canal treatments. Outside of general dentistry Henry works one day a week at our sister practice Modwena Orthodontics and provides both fixed braces and Invisalign treatments. Away from dentistry Henry enjoys sport, particularly football and rugby, and is a keen Swansea City and Wales fan. He also enjoys travelling the world with friends or with his partner Lucy.

Noel O’Donovan

Associate Dentist – GDC No. 43460

Mr O’Donovan graduated from NUI Cork in 1969 and has continued to further his dental education in sedation and with a Masters degree from Manchester University. Following stepping down from the management of the practice, Mr O’Donovan now focuses his time treating nervous patients using IV sedation. Trying to ease gently into retirement, when not at the surgery he can be found working his way through a long list of jobs around the house and garden!

Louise Johnston

Hygienist – GDC No. 6281

Louise began her dental career as a dental nurse before qualifying as a dental hygienist in 2003. Her love for her job is increased by the great rapport she builds with her patients, she particularly enjoys spending time creating treatment plans and care advice that is tailored to each individual. Work aside she enjoys rugby and a wide variety of music including playing the piano, although most of her time is taken up by her energetic young daughter.

Richard Cully

Specialist Orthodontist – GDC No. 59392

Qualified in Dentistry from Birmingham University in November 1984. He has worked in Burton – on – Trent since January 1985 developing a special interest in orthodontics and building up a busy referral orthodontic list.

He has worked in Burton,Swadlincote and Ashbourne. He has worked as a clinical assistant in Orthodontics at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and Royal Derby Hospital from 1996 to 2012 working on many complex multi disciplined cases, as a result of this and his experience, in May 2002 was accepted as a Specialist Orthodontist on to the Specialist Orthodontic Register by the General Dental Council.

A keen member of the Local Orthodontic Committee and British Orthodontic Society keeps abreast of all thats new in orthodontics. In 2009 he established Modwena Orthodontics.

Outside the practice a family man who enjoys sport, although Rugby has given him up, is a keen tennis player.

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