We are a family dental practice based in Cookstown, N.Ireland.
Our team have a passion for making people smile!

We at Loy Dental Care in Cookstown are totally committed to providing a level of service and clinical excellence that exceeds our patient’s expectations in a relaxed, caring and friendly environment.

It is our mission to ensure that we deliver the highest quality dentistry, centred around prevention, using the latest materials, technology and techniques.

Our whole team is passionate about dentistry and understand the importance of working with our patients to achieve their best possible oral health and a smile they can be proud of.

We offer a comprehensive range of general dental and cosmetic treatments to ensure that all of our patients’ oral health and aesthetic needs are covered - from all aspects of general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and “smile makeovers”, teeth whitening, dental implants, crowns and bridges, dentures and dental hygiene appointments. If required, we also work on a collaboration basis with a select team of dental specialists to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care throughout their treatment plan.

We prioritise providing the “personal touch” which means that our patients are always made to feel very welcome and at ease throughout our practice so that their visit to us is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.





8-15am - 4:30pm




Our focus and commitment are on patient education.

From teaching parents how to care for their babies’ and young children’s teeth, encouraging children to look after their teeth to help establish an early routine, to giving teenagers and adults the special care they may need to restore their oral health, we are here to help and guide our patients every step of the way.

Having had a significant focus on preventative dentistry for the past fifteen years we are proud to be able to see outstanding results and proof across our patient portfolio that this approach has been extremely successful, resulting in the majority of our patients requiring minimal treatment allowing us to focus on an excellent programme of oral health maintenance and a continued emphasis on prevention.

During every appointment we always take time to talk about any dental problems our patients may have and discuss the best treatment options to suit their needs and budget.

We understand that our patients are all unique and so we tailor our care to make sure that the needs and aspirations of each individual, from the most nervous patient to someone who is looking for a full smile makeover, are met from the first appointment until the completion of their treatment plan.

First family visit to the dentist in Cookstown


Our main goal is to ensure our patients achieve a confident smile and stay dentally healthy through a regular maintenance schedule and exceptional personalised care that a smaller private practice can offer.



Paul Warwick

Paul Warwick

Principal Dentist

GDC Number: 68257

Paul graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1992 and worked in Belfast for 10 years before returning to Cookstown where he has been the Principal Dentist at Loy Dental Care since 2004. Paul was offered a Scholarship from Queens University in 1990 to complete a Degree in Biochemistry and graduated with first class honours for research into Saliva Proteins in people suffering from Dry Mouth Syndrome. He became a member of the Faculty of General Practitioners (MFGDP UK) by examination at the Royal College of Surgeons in London (2003 – 2007).

Paul is passionate about total patient care and all aspects of oral health and is committed to providing the highest quality of care for all patients. He is particularly interested in disease prevention and periodontal (gum) health, as more evidence links oral health and systemic (general) health. Amongst other clinical interests, Paul has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and completes over 100 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year to ensure that he is able to offer the latest dental materials and treatment techniques. Paul is a member of the British Dental Association (BDA), the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (IAAD), Denplan (Simply Health), and Loy Dental Care is BDA Good Practice Scheme and Denplan Excel accredited.

When not working, Paul loves to spend time with his wife Johan and their two children. His hobbies are running, cycling and salt water fishing….any excuse to be outdoors!

Stephen McKinstry

Stephen McKinstry


GDC Number: 150546

Stephen graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2008 with a distinction in his Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery. He was awarded one of only four places on the highly sought after General Practitioner Training Scheme, allowing him to develop a wide range of skills in orthodontics, teeth aesthetics, paediatric dentistry and oral surgery.  This helped him develop the ability to make patients feel comfortable about both attending the dentist and receiving treatment.

People who know Stephen are aware of his enthusiasm - not only for dentistry, but also his keenness to learn and develop his skills and knowledge so he is able to deliver the most up to date treatments. Stephen continued his post-graduate studies and was awarded a Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) in 2010.

Combining his love for travel and his desire to experience something new, he decided to test himself in New Zealand where he gained invaluable experience in a range of modern Oral Surgery techniques, furthering his ability to deliver a very high standard of care to his patients. Loy Dental Care has been his home since returning from working in New Zealand.

Stephen has a keen interest in Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry. In order to develop key skills and experience in these specialties, Stephen completed a year of demanding training in implantology in the prestigious Fortwilliam Clinic in Belfast, and also two further years of training alongside some of the top international dentists in these fields of dentistry. He has also been awarded certificates in recognition of these achievements and is delighted to offer these Gold Standard treatments to patients at Loy Dental Care.

Stephen is a member of the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. He is involved in both a local and international study club with Dentsply Sirona Academy and Implants and Beyond Association.  This allows him to complete well over 100 hours CPD every year, which is reflected in the high quality of the most up to date treatments you will receive.

As well as the cosmetic side of dentistry, Stephen is committed to the motto that “prevention is better than cure” and he believes this is why it is still the forefront of modern dentistry.

A family man at heart, Stephen loves spending time with his wife Lynette and their wonderful kids. You may also hear him talking about sport and his other job.... farming.


Pamela Hamilton

Pamela Hamilton

Dental Hygienist

GDC Number: 4779

I graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne School of Dental Hygiene in 1994. I have enjoyed continuing my professional development, I am a keen and active member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

I joined Loy Dental Care in 1999, I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting patients from my home town stay on trend with the latest dental hygiene techniques and skills, allowing them to achieve a high standard of oral hygiene and promoting better general health.

In 2014 I became a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, I enjoy delivering various therapeutic treatments to assist general well-being.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and getting out and about in the great outdoors with my family.


Denise Gallagher

Denise Gallagher

Practice Manager

GDC Number: 139508

Denise has been with the practice for over twenty-five years and has gained a vast amount of experience in the dental industry starting off as a fully qualified dental nurse to now ensuring the day-to-day smooth running of the practice.

Denise enjoys being able to combine a wide range of skills while still getting to interact with the most important people – the patients.

Patricia O'Hare

Patricia O'Hare


Patricia joined Loy Dental Care in 2000 as a Receptionist. She enjoys greeting patients old and new on arrival to the practice and always ensures everyone feels welcome. Patricia is always on hand to answer any query or concern and will make even the most anxious patient feel at ease.

Patricia was recognised by Denplan as “champion” during a “Secret Shopper” phone-in campaign.


Paula Loughran

Dental Nurse and Decon Lead

GDC NO: 119657

Paula joined Loy Dental Care in June 1997 as a Dental Nurse. In 2003 she passed her Dental Nursing exam (NEBDN). Her role as Dental Nurse is generally assisting the dentist (mainly Paul Warwick), but on occasions she covers other surgeries in the practice, which gives her experience working with other clinicians.

Her other role is “Decon Lead” which involves managing our Local Decontamination Unit, which includes making sure all equipment is fully sterilized and equipment is maintained to the highest possible standards and fit for purpose. Paula takes this role very seriously and holds the position with pride.

Denise Rocks

Denise Rocks

Dental Nurse

GDC NO: 124442

Denise joined Loy Dental Care in 1999 as receptionist and moved to dental nursing in 2001, completing her nursing exam in 2003 (NEBDN). Her role as a dental nurse involves routine procedures plus cosmetic work and dental implants.

Denise trained in assisting implant procedures in 2015. She really enjoys the cosmetic end of dentistry making a real difference to someone’s smile.


Linda Gilmour

Dental Nurse

GDC NO: 138138

Linda joined the team at Loy Dental Care in 2007. She is a qualified Dental Nurse with a wealth of experience in restorative dentistry, orthodontics and Oral Surgery. Her role is to assist the dentists and dental hygienist ensuring the smooth running of clinics.

She enjoys caring for patients and has a good chair-side manner which helps put nervous patients at ease and make their dental visit a better one.