Chris Gocher

25 Feb 2015

Chris Gocher qualified with honours from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, studying between 1984 and 1989 and so can call on 30 years experience in dentistry. He has lived in Ballymena for 18 years having married local girl Lorna Barr, who is a Community Dentist at the Braid Hospital site. He has acquired extensive skills in modern cosmetic dental techniques over those years including specific skills in dental implants. He first ‘learnt his trade’ in a busy NHS and private practice in his home town of Southend on Sea, Essex. After a year backpacking around the world with Lorna in 1992, he worked for two years with Austin Stack in Ballymena before the family emigrated for 5 years to the Gold Coast in Australia. To carry out the high standard of cosmetic dentistry he experienced in Australia, when he returned to the UK he did a 2 year Certificate of Restorative Dentistry Course at the prestigious Eastman Postgraduate University in London. He then did his initial implant training at the Nova South Eastern University in Florida in 2003 and followed this by attending an advanced surgical course in Munich in 2006. He has run a private implant and cosmetic practice in Magherafelt for 15 years and has taken numerous referrals from other local dentists over those years. He is excited to now offer his skills to patients of Ballymena in this new purpose built modern Galgorm facility. He has three teenage children Maxine, Joel and Paul who all attend Ballymena Academy. To keep fit Chris spends some of his spare time cycling with friends through the Glens of Antrim.

- Dougie Thom