DR. JOHN LINNANE - ORTHODONTIST
John is our fully qualified orthodontist. He qualified as a dentist from University College Cork in 1997. Following this he worked for two years in general practice in England. In 1999 he returned to Ireland to work for the HSE in Ballinteer, Dublin for three years. During this time he obtained a Diploma in Clinical Dentistry from Trinity College Dublin (2002) and Membership in the Faculty of Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (2002). Following this he was accepted onto a three year full-time postgraduate programme in Orthodontics at Guys Hospital London, which he completed in 2005 obtaining a Masters in Orthodontics from University of London (2005) and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (2005). On returning to Ireland in 2005 John took up a position as an Orthodontist in the Orthodontic Department at St. James Hospital where he still currently works one day a week. John is a registered member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland and the Irish Dental Association. John and his wife Isobell opened Rathfarnham Orthodontic Practice in May 2009.
Dr Salwa El-habbash Orthodontist
Salwa is a fully qualified Orthodontist. She qualified as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin
in 2011 with honours, obtaining the Orthodontic society of Ireland medal for achieving the
highest grades in Orthodontics in her final exams. She then worked for a year in the Dublin
Dental University Hospital as a house surgeon, before moving to work in general dental
practice in Dublin, whilst continuing to work in the Dublin Dental University Hospital as an
undergraduate clinical and academic supervisor. During this time Salwa completed her
membership in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Salwa then moved to the UK in 2017 completing a one year house surgeon post in
maxillofacial surgery and then returned to the Dublin Dental University Hospital in 2018 to
work as an executive registrar.
Salwa returned to the UK again in 2019 to complete her 3 year specialist orthodontic
training whilst completing her Masters in research and a postgraduate certificate in medical
education during this period. Salwa was awarded her membership to the Royal College of
Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2022, and received an awarded from the British Orthodontic
Society for cases presented for her specialist exams.
Salwa has been active in presenting nationally and internationally and has several
Salwa is a registered member of the British Orthodontic society and Orthodontic society of
Ireland. She has been appointed a specialist Orthodontist in the HSE and works in specialist
orthodontic practice in Dublin.
Dr Nessa Finlay
Nessa originally hails from Monaghan but moved to Dublin in 2009 to study dentistry in Trinity College Dublin. After graduating in 2014 she worked in Dublin Dental Hospital as a house surgeon for one year, before moving to the UK to work as part of a maxillofacial surgery team. In 2017 she moved to Sydney, Australia where she later undertook her three year specialist training in orthodontics through The University of Sydney. She has recently moved home to Ireland to be closer to her family and friends. Nessa loves transforming smiles and especially loves seeing the impact that orthodontic treatment can have on her patients’ confidence. Throughout her career she has been involved in research and has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally. In her spare time, Nessa enjoys travelling, music festivals, GAA and swimming.
Isobell Linnane - Hygienist/PRACTICE MANAGER
Isobell Linnane qualified as a hygienist from University College Cork in 2004 following her Dental Nursing Certification from Dublin Dental Hospital in 2000. She has recently succesfully completed a three year MSc in Dental hygiene from University College London. Her experience working with oncological / haematological, cleft lip and palate cases etc. in Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin, is an indication of her professional, but gentle manner with patients. Isobell has also been on the teaching staff in the Hygienist School in Trinity College, Dublin Dental Hospital. Isobell has many patients who attend the practice just to be treated by her, so whether you are thinking of orthodontic treatment or not, you can make a hygiene appointment for a check-up, clean and polish.
Sophie Rudden- DENTAL NURSE
Sophie completed her training in Letterkenny IT with a certificate in Dental Nursing. She is interested in all aspects of general and specialised dentistry. Sophie joined the practice in September 2019 and has settled in very well with staff and patients. Sophie started her career as a carer in nursing homes where she showed great empathy with her patients. Sophie's motto is "always stay one step ahead of the orthodontist". Sophie has recently completed her Radiology certificate from UCC.
Holly Brennan-Receptionist/trainee dental Nurse
Holly is a cheerful and dedicated girl she plans on attending the part time dental nursing course while working with us here. she is enjoying the challenges dental nursing provides. We are delighted with Holly's hard working attitude and cheery demeanour.
LEONIE DOYLE- DENTAL NURSE/ RECEPTIONIST
Leonie graduated with a distinction in Dental Nursing from Trinity in 2006, and has an extensive CV with a wealth of experience in all disciplines within the dental field. Leonie also holds a degree in social science from the Dublin Business School, in her spare time she volunteers with teenagers with special needs. We are very lucky to have Leonie as a staff member with her knowledge, experience and her pleasant manner which is a delight to all of our patients.