Gordon Keith – Director

Gordon Keith - Director
As a small boy Gordon spent his evenings doing deliveries for a dental technician in Stranraer. This is where his journey and passion began.After leaving school Gordon went to Newcastle College and studied Dental Technology for 3 years passing with distinction. He then joined the Royal Army Dental Corp where he trained further in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Crown & Bridge and Maxillofacial. After 5 years Gordon’s heart was still in his home town, so when the opportunity to become business partners with the technician he worked for as a small boy all those years ago came up, he embraced it and left the forces.

Two years passed and when his business partner retired Gordon became the sole owner of Stranraer Dental Laboratory.
Through Gordon’s hard work, long hours and dedication he has seen the Laboratory grow from a one man lab into the nine strong & continually growing professional team it is today.

When Gordon is not at the lab he relaxes at home with his family.

At weekends Gordon enjoys fishing and playing rugby and often tests out his gum shields on the pitch.

Tom Nixon - Chief Senior Technician
Tom has been involved with dental technology from 1989 starting out as a plaster room apprentice in his local laboratory in the north east of England.Tom graduated from Newcastle Technical College in Dental Technology in 1994.
He joined the Royal Army dental Corps the same year and had postings in the UK and Germany. As a sergeant in the RADC he attended many courses including Advances ceramics at VITA HQ , Bad Sackingen.Tom joined his long term associate and friend Gordon Keith at Stranraer Dental Lab and his aim is to help lead the lab into the Digital stage of its growth.In Toms spare time he tries not to hurt himself with his downhill mountain biking. Tom Can often be seen swimming about in the Lochs of Stranraer.

Hilary Keith – Qualified Senior Technician

Hilary Keith - Senior Technician
Hilary has been with the laboratory for over 15 Years. She graduated from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in Interior and Environment Design with BDes (Hons). It was the artistic side of the job that first attracted Hilary to join the Dental Laboratory profession and become a technician. Hilary is very creative and has a keen eye to detail, making her an excellent technician. Hilary enjoys many artistic pursuits including jewellery making, crochet and pottery and has exhibited and sold her work locally. When Hilary is not using her artistic and creative side she enjoys open water swimming and has competed in great swims in Lake Windermere and Loch Lomond. Hilary also competes in dog agility with her German Shepherds.

Nicola Wilson - Dental Technician
Nicola started working at the Dental Laboratory when she left school at the age of 16. She continued her education at a higher level studying dental science and technology at Longside College, Glasgow while working at the Laboratory. Nicola has 12 years experience at the Lab and has gained a vast knowledge in the profession.Nicola thoroughly enjoys working with her fellow colleges who she has worked alongside with for many years. She enjoys all the aspects of the job and the light hearted atmosphere that working at Stranraer Dental Lab has.

In Nicola’s private time she enjoys being a mother and takes part in sport and fitness.

Kenneth Firman – Dental Technician Assistant

Kenneth Firman - Dental Technician Assistant
Kenny has been with the laboratory for 15 Years. His role at the lab involves assisting each technician with all the aspects of denture manufacturing. Kenny is a valued member of the team and is very competent in all the stages of dental production. He is also the IT wizard in the laboratory and is looking into doing a Computer Aided Design (C.A.D) course to help assist the lab into the technology stage of its growth.In Kenny’s free time he is the king of pub quizzes and enjoys keeping fit and playing football.

Patrick Barrett – Dental Technician Assistant

Patrick Barrett - Dental Technician Assistant
Paddy has been with the laboratory for over 10 years. He assists all the technicians in the manufacturing of dentures. In the plaster room Paddy excels in the skilful art of casting and trimming models.Paddy can be seen on a daily bases visiting the local dentist as he is also our local collection and delivery man.

Paddy likes to relax in his spare time by spending it socialising with friends or at home with his family.

William Cain – Dental Technician Assistant

William Cain - Dental Technician Assistant
Willie has been working at the lab since 2015 and his main task is to do bite blocks and special trays, as well as repairs and additions.

At weekends he likes to spend his time with family and friends and ride his bike. He enjoys spending time with his sons and playing the playstation.

Dawn Mckie – Dental Technician Assistant

Dawn Mckie - Dental Technician Assistant
Dawn is the newest member of the team, joining in June 2018. It was the hands on aspect of the job that attracted her. She works mostly in the plaster room, casting and trimming models but has also branched out to other jobs such as Essix retainers and splints. You’ll often see her out and about as she is our main delivery person visiting local dentists.

In her spare time she enjoys competing and riding her horse and walking her dogs, along with socialising with her friends and bingeing on Netflix.

Aimee Smith – Dental Technician Assistant

Aimee Smith - Dental Technician Assistant
Aimee has been with the lab since April 2017, she is the youngest member of the team. Within the lab, Aimee helps with try ins, repairs and additions, it was the creativity that first drew Aimee to the job.

Aimee is a country girl at heart and spends majority of her free time with her partner Fraser either on their farm or walking their two black labradors Ella and Jess. Aimee and her partner recently bought their own house and are enjoying renovating and decorating.

Caroline Keith – Director and Administrator

Caroline Keith - Dental Technician Assistant
Caroline has been working at the lab since 2015 and her main tasks are accounts, invoices and wages. She is married to Gordon and works part time.

At weekends she likes to spend her time with family and friends and is an active member of Wigtownshire Rugby Club.