Dr Stephen Murray
Meet Our Team
Dr. Stephen Murray
BSc BDS FDS RCSEng MSc MOrth RCSEdin - Specialist Orthodontist
Dr Stephen Murray is the principal orthodontist at Swords Orthodontics.
Originally graduating in Dentistry (BDS) from Queen’s University Belfast, Stephen enjoyed oral surgery, and he became a Fellow of the Dental Surgery faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCSEng) in 1995.
In 1999, he was awarded a Master’s degree (MSc) in Orthodontics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MOrthRCSEdin) in 2000. He also has a first class honours degree in Biochemistry (BSc).He is registered with the Dental Council of Ireland both as a Dentist (138/01) and on their specialist register as an Orthodontist (33DS/01).
Dr Murray has carried out dental research, lectured in dental topics in Ireland and the UK, published articles in dental scientific journals, and helped the editors of other journals review articles. He also teaches other dentists, having lectured and delivered popular workshops in dental photography.
In a non-dental capacity, he has given lectures on public speaking and represented Ireland in public speaking and debating, winning a European Championship in 2009. He likes to combine his interests and abilities in dentistry and communication to reassure nervous patients.
Dr Murray is passionate about what he does, and he's committed to continue educating himself about it. He is also the current president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland.
Dr. Donnchadh Ó Móráin BDS NUI, MFDS RCS(Edin), MSc, MOrth RCS (Edin) - Specialist Orthodontist
Dr. Donnchadh O’Morain grew up in Co. Kerry and graduated with an honours degree in dentistry from Unversity College Cork in 2007. He then spent a couple of years working as a general dentist in the Scotland, during which time he successfully completed his membership exams at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. After he was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. O’Morain gained experience in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Bristol before moving to Glasgow Dental Hospital, where he spent time working in the specialist fields of Paediatric Dentistry, then Restorative Dentistry and finally Periodontology in preparation for his specialist training in Orthodontics.
He completed a 3 year specialist orthodontic training programme in Leeds after being awarded a distinction for a Masters in Orthodontics from the University of Leeds, where he investigated factors influencing patients satisfaction with orthodontic treatment. He was awarded his Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Dr. O’Morain worked as a specialist orthodontist in private practice in Sydney and in London and gained experience in a wide variety of treatment techniques before returning home to Ireland. He has lectured nationally in the UK and has published in several dental and orthodontic journals. Donnchadh is dedicated to providing high quality orthodontics in a happy friendly environment. He is especially interested in treatment of patients on a non-extraction basis and achieving excellent life-long results for his patients.
Outside of work Donnchadh is a keen sportsman with a particular interest on gaelic football, running and swimming. He also enjoys travel, a passion which he has fulfilled over the years through periods spent as a volunteer dentist with charities in Uganda and in Peru.
Dr Claire Higgins, BA BDentSc(Hons) MFDS RCSI MScD(Dist) MOrth RCSEd - Specialist Orthodontist
Dr Marie O Neill - Oral Surgeon
Dr Marie O’Neill began working in the practice in 2015. She is a specialist oral surgeon, which means that (like Dr Murray) she is fully qualified as a dentist, but has also done post graduate training and passed examinations at the Royal College of Surgeons and is now on the Dental Council’s Specialist List. Her specialty is oral surgery, which involves a wide variety of things:
- removing teeth, particularly wisdom teeth, that many general dentists would find difficult
- treating dental swellings and infections
- taking biopsy samples of areas of the mouth that need to be looked at with a microscope
- placing dental implants to restore spaces where teeth are missing
- exposing buried teeth (often done as part of an orthodontic plan)
- bone grafts and other areas of bone related surgery in the mouth
Dr. O’ Neill was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2009. In 2011 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma, with Distinction, in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry from Trinity College Dublin.
She completed her Oral Surgery Specialist training with first class honours in 2014 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in Oral Surgery 2014.
Dr. O’Neill is a registered Specialist Oral Surgeon with the Irish Dental Council. In addition to her clinics at Swords Orthodontics, she conducts an operating list at The Mater Private Hospital. She is a fully participating member of the VHI, AVIVA, LAYA Healthcare, GloHealth, ESB and the Garda Medical Scheme.
She stays up to date with her specialty interest by continuing education - she lectures and trains other dentists and healthcare professionals, and attends (and sometimes presents her work and research) conferences including the Irish Dental Association and Irish Association for Dental Research.
Michelle - Orthodontic Therapist
Like Brenda, Michelle joined our team in 2007.
Michelle is a qualified Orthodontic Therapist- she received her Diploma the Dublin Dental University Hospital and Trinity College in 2015. Michelle had previously worked as a Dental Nurse for 7 years before qualifying as an Orthodontic Therapist. She plays an active role in all areas of the practice and with her warm and friendly manner- she is a favorite among our patients. She is exceptionally good at explaining things to patients and putting new patients at ease when they are unfamiliar with orthodontic treatment.
She is certified in CPR and basic life support and oversees high standards of hygiene and infection prevention at the practice. Michelle is continuously looking to improve her skills and is an invaluable member of the Swords Ortho team.
Health and fitness is important to Michelle, who is committed to the Gaelic Football Club and Rugby Club she plays for.
Brenda - Treatment Coordinator
Along with Michelle, Brenda has been part of the Swords Orthodontics team since 2007, and together they are our longest serving clinical nursing staff.
Brenda holds a Diploma in Dental Nursing from Trinity College Dublin which she received in 2012. She is certified in CPR and basic life support and in July 2017, Brenda qualified with a Certificate in Dental Radiology from Dublin Dental Hospital.
Brenda plays an active role in all areas of the practice but really enjoys helping patients through their orthodontic journey as our treatment coordinator. Brenda's main goal is to ensure all our patients have a stress free and enjoyable experience here at the practice. Her kind and caring manner ensures that patients feel at ease very quickly. Brenda also looks after the practices marketing, events and social media.
In her spare time Brenda loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys the occasional sunny holiday!
Courtney- Orthodontic Nurse/Treatment Coordinator
Courtney joined Swords Orthodontics in 2010, and with her friendly and cheerful manner, she quickly became a favourite with all the patients at our front desk and on the phone. She was keen to expand her skills and progressed into the surgery as a trainee Dental Nurse. In 2014 she started a Diploma in Dental Nursing with Trinity College and Dublin Dental Hospital and received her qualification in 2015.
Having more then 10 years experience in customer care- she is an expert in meeting the needs of our patients and always ensuring you have a positive and friendly experience here at Swords Orthodontics. As a treatment coordinator, Courtney will ensure all our patients needs are met sensitively so that your experience here is always positive.
In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Gemma- Trainee Orthodontic Nurse
Gemma joined us in September 2015. She has an extensive backround in customer care which meant she fitted into the receptionist role here very quickly.
Her friendly demeanour quickly puts our patients at ease and she consistently strives to provide a positive, friendly experience here at Swords Orthodontics. Gemma is your first point of contact and always welcomes our patients with a smile! Gemma is responsible for the smooth running of the main reception and is a firm favorite with our patients. She hopes to start formal training as a Dental Nurse in Dublin Dental Hospital over the coming months.
She is CPR and Basic Life Support trained.
In her spare time, Gemma enjoys spending time with family, socialising with friends and is a gym addict!
Bogdan - Dental Technician
Bogdan qualified as a Dental Technician from Dublin Dental Hospital in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Technology.
He originally joined our practice after completing his degree in 2014 and stayed with us until July 2015. During the summer of 2015, Bogdan got an amazing opportunity to work in a specialist orthodontic laboratory in Canada for one year so we said a sad goodbye to him. While in Canada, he gained a wealth of experience in making specialist orthodontic appliances and we were so happy to welcome him back to our practice in September 2016!
Bogdan is now in charge of making all our orthodontic appliances- all of this is done from our in-house laboratory. He is Basic Life Support and CPR trained.
In his spare time, Bogdan is a judo competitor and competes for his local club. He enjoys keeping fit and spending time with his friends and family.