Mike, originally from Whickham, qualified in Manchester 1986. He started in Hull in general practice where he met his future wife, Sue. He came to Newburn in 1988 and took over the practice in 1991. He developed an interest in orthodontic treatment in 1998 and following various courses in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment provision becoming a Clinical Assistant in Orthodontics at North Teeside General Hospital. He began providing NHS orthodontic treatment in practice in 2001. He also has interests in occlusion and restorative dentistry attending many postgraduate courses in these subjects over the years. Mike is keen on many outdoor pursuits.