All smiles as dual-practice is sold to expanding dental care provider

A dual-practice dental group in Wakefield, St Michael’s Dental Practice and St Michael’s Orthodontics Ltd, has been sold for an undisclosed amount.

The practices – which comprise a total of nine surgeries – house an NHS dental practice on the ground floor and an orthodontic clinic on the first floor. The sale deal was arranged by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

Previous owners Dr Joe Hendron and Dr Catherine McCanny, acquired St Michael’s Dental Practice in 1992, when it was a small two-surgery practice and relocated into the current purpose-built building in 1997. St Michael’s Orthodontics Ltd was established in 2010.

Hendron and McCanny recently decided to sell to retire from the sector and, following a confidential sales process with Christie & Co, the practices have been purchased by Portman Dental Care which now owns over 200 practices across the UK.

Hendron and McCanny stated: “We have sold to a company that we hope will retain the legacy of putting patients’ interests at the heart of everything we do.

“St Michael’s Orthodontics Ltd lost its NHS orthodontic contract, so we plan for expansion and development of the private orthodontic market, especially the teen market.

“There is also the hope that there will be growth in the private side of the dental practice with more patients signing up to private plans.”

Olivia Allison, senior business agent – dental at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, added: “Despite operational challenges in the market, it is showing remarkable resilience and there remains significant demand for well-established practices such as this across Yorkshire and the North East.

“Joe and Catherine created an amazing business over the years, and one which we are sure will continue to succeed. We wish everyone involved all the best.”

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