A team of Specialists

Dr. Siobhan Murray

Susan O’ Loughlin

Catherine Cullen

Ahmed AbdelHamid

Jayne Diamond

Chloe Kane

Dr. Hengjia Zhang 

Chelsea Gallagher

Catherine Daly

Letitia Wheeler

Shania Vance

Leah Mc Brearty

Dr. Siobhan Murray  

Practice Owner & Principal Dentist

Founded The Blue Poppy Dentistry & Orthodontic

Siobhan  founded The Blue Poppy (Donegal) in 2010. She comes from a family of dentists. Her father founded Murray Dental in Omagh where he practiced for forty years. Her brother, Emmet, took over the practice and works there currently as a general dentist.

Studies

Siobhan undertook her dental training at Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded the prestigious academic title of Scholar in 1997 and graduated with honours in 2001. She obtained a Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery and was made a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) in 2003.

As well as General Dental and Health Board dentistry her resume includes twelve months as a Senior House Officer in Maxillofacial surgery in Manchester; six months as a Locum Registrar in Orthodontics in Manchester and two years as a Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics at Leeds Dental School.

Her specialist interest is in Adult and Child Orthodontics and has a Masters in Orthodontics from Warwick University. She is currently studying  for a postgraduate certificate in Cone Beam Computerised Tomography through Kings College London

The Keen Traveler !

Siobhan has been a keen traveller and has carried out voluntary dental work in Guyana and in The Himalayas. It was while on the latter trip that she encountered the Blue Poppy, a flower native to the Himalayas and the national emblem of Bhutan.She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and canoed The Yukon River in Canada.

Catherine Cullen

Head Dental Nurse

Studies
Catherine is from Longford and joined our team in January 2019.

She qualified as a Dental Nurse from Athlone institute of technology in 2007.

Work history

Catherine spent 10 years working in a busy dental practice in Galway City before settling in County Donegal.

She has a keen interest in orthodontics and is dedicated to making your visit to Blue Poppy Dental relaxed and enjoyable.

Keeping fit

In her spare time Catherine enjoys keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

Ahmed AbdelHamid

General Dentist & Oral Surgeon

Studies
Ahmed graduated in 2003 from Ain Shams University- Cairo – Egypt.
Ahmed gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – UK in 2014.
* Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – UK.
* Registered Dentist in The Dental Council (Ireland)
Work history
He has over 16 years of experience working as a general dental practitioner. Ahmed has spent most of that time practicing in Dubai in prestigious and well known dental clinics.
Ahmed has an extensive experience in General Dentistry and Dental Implant surgery and is passionate about learning and keeping up with all new advances in dentistry including Cone Beam Computerised Tomography.
Passion for History !

Ahmed is married to a dentist and has two young children who keep him busy most days.

However, in his spare time he also enjoys sports especially Basketball and has a passion for history. 
His father is a well-known Egyptian, historical architect who has been responsible for the restoration of the Old City of Cairo.

Jayne Diamond

Practice Manager

Studies

Jayne is from Inver. She graduated with distinction in Dental Nursing from Letterkenny Institute of Technology in October 2017 at the age of 20

Work history

Since Jayne graduated she has worked at Blue Poppy Dentistry and Orthodontics, Donegal Town both in the surgery and on Reception. 

Jayne excells at patient care and treatment coordination to the practice.

She is dedicated to her role in ensuring everything we do for you before, during and after your appointment is both efficient and enjoyable. 

Music lover !

In her spare time Jayne enjoys her music and has won medals in Fleadhs across Ireland, playing accordion.  She also loves singing. 

Jayne is also a big animal lover and enjoys taking her two dogs for walks on the beach in the evenings. 

Dr. Hengjia Zhang

General Dentist

Studies

Dr. Hengjia Zhang grew up in mainland China and left home for Canada at age of 18. He received scholarship as a distinct international student from University of Alberta in Canada (2012-2015) . He got his undergraduate degree with first class standing from University of Alberta in Canada. He qualified as a dentist from University College Cork and was recipient of JNH Dental Award from Cork University Dental Hospital. He is currently pursuing his Master degree in Nanotechnology and medicine from University of Oxford, United Kingdoms.

Work History

Hengjia enjoys all aspect of general dentistry and periodontology. He enjoys working with patients and making them happy with dental treatment. 

Interests

Hengjia enjoys keeping fit and he lost 30 kg of his weight successfully. Hengjia likes travelling and have been to more than 20 countries. Hengjia has Wine & Spirit Education Trust Award in wines from School of Wine in London and likes enjoying nice wines with classic music.

Leah Mc Brearty

Receptionist & Dental Nurse

Studies
Leah graduated as a Dental Nurse from Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 2020.
Interests

Leah has a great passion for music and dance. She enjoys playing guitar, singing, dancing and coaching gymnastics. She has enjoyed performing locally and nationally since a young age.
Outside of the surgery and studio, Leah enjoys baking and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Chloe Kane

Receptionist & Dental Nurse

Studies
Chloe is from Rathmullan. She graduated from Letterkenny institute of technology in Dental Nursing in 2018. At the age of 21.
Work history

Chloe worked in retail throughout her time in college and was there for 4 years. She started off as a Sales Assistant where she got the chance to climb the Retail ladder to become the shop’s Supervisor in 2019. She got the chance to travel around Ireland with the company to set up different store’s and also manage store’s when help was needed.
Chloe enjoys chatting to the patients making sure they receive the best customer service possible.

Keen Interests

Chloe enjoys the art of makeup; she loves to experiment with different colours of eyeshadows and takes great pride in her makeup. She also enjoys sightseeing of old historical buildings. She has travelled to Poland and said it has to be one of the most beautiful countries she has visited as it is full of history and encourages people to visit Auschwitz and the salt mines over there. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and niece and nephew’s.

Quote
” Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.” Gigi Hadid.

Susan O’ Loughlin

Hygienist

Studies

Susan began her training as a dental nurse in New York City. She subsequently graduated from Trinity College Dublin as a Dental Nurse and worked in a specialist periodontal practice in Dublin for a number of years as a dental nurse before undertaking training in Glasgow Dental Hospital. She graduated as a Dental Hygienist in 1995.

Work history

Susan is a qualified trainer, and has designed a course for cross infection control in the dental surgery.

Susan was the first Dental Hygienist to work in Donegal Town. She has worked in Donegal Town since 1995 and is a founder member of The Blue Poppy, Donegal team. She has enjoyed participating in building a professional and dynamic practice.

Quality family time

In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her family, including their dog Milly. She also enjoys travelling, reading and walking.

Catherine Daly

Hygienist

Studies
Catherine began her dental career in 2014 when she qualified as a dental nurse from LYIT. Since then, she has worked in specialist dental practices in Dublin, Limerick, and Galway where she gained valuable clinical knowledge, skills and experience. Oral health was always a passion for Catherine; so in 2016 she gained a degree in Oral Health Education and Promotion from NUIG. Catherine then went on to study Dental Hygiene in University College Cork.
Work history
Her friendly, empathetic manner and passion for her job makes patients feel completely at ease. Catherine prides herself on treating nervous patients sympathetically. She offers a high standard of care while managing all types of worries, thereby ensuring her patients are always comfortable in the dental chair. Preventive oral hygiene and education are core to Catherine’s ethos in treating her patients.

Quality family time

Outside of her dental career Catherine loves the outdoors, water sports and spending time with her family!

Letitia Wheeler

Dental Nurse

Studies
Letitia Wheeler is from Manorcunningham.
Letitia Graduated in Dental Nursing at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in May 2021.
Work history

Since then, Letitia has worked at Blue Poppy Dentistry working in surgery. Letitia really enjoys restorative dentistry, implantology and orthodontics.
Following on from this Letitia finished her studies in December 2021 at the University College Cork undertaking a course in radiology to expand her knowledge in dentistry.

Quality family time

Letitia is an avid runner and enjoys long distance running. She has a few cats which she has rescued and adores.
Letitia gets deep satisfaction out of caring for patients and helping people in pain, delivering top quality dental treatment and making sure they leave the practice satisfied.

Quote
“The world looks brighter from behind a smile”.

Chelsea Gallagher

Receptionist & Dental Nurse

Studies
Chelsea is from Letterkenny. She graduated from Letterkenny institute of technology class of 2021. She joined Blue Poppy Dentistry and Orthodontics summer of 2021.
Work history

Since starting, she has worked on reception and in the surgery. Chelsea has a keen interest in Cosmetic dentistry and enjoys assisting with the dentist whilst they are transforming a patients smile.

Quality family time

In her spare time Chelsea likes to go for walks with her dog and spend time with her family. She also loves to read books.

Quote
“ Worry less Smile more “

Shania Vance

Dental Nurse

Studies
Shania is from Inver. She graduated from Letterkenny Institute of Technology class of 2021. She joined Blue Poppy Dentistry and Orthodontist summer 2021.
Work history

Shania is Interested in all aspects of dentistry especially cosmetic dentistry and has seen many smile transformations since starting at Blue Poppy.

Quality family time

Shania enjoys walks on the beach with her dog, road trips and farming. She has a keen interest in music also and loves to sing while playing her piano.

Quote
“ A smile is the best makeup you can wear “

Schedule your appointment online, call or email us

Call us at +353 (0)74 97 40404 / +353 (0)74 9120355 or email us at info@bluepoppydental.com

We are available for appointments from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings