STAFF at a dental practice in Burnley are all smiles after it scooped a national award.

Sharon Fletcher, who runs Ravat and Ray Dental Care in Venice Avenue, was named practice manager of the year in the Dental Awards 2014.

Mrs Fletcher took the honour in the dentistry ‘Oscar’s at a ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in Hyde Park.

Receptionist Pauline Garandia was highly commended in the receptionist year of the category, while the practice was also nominated in the dental team of the year category.

Mrs Fletcher said: “The practice has been a subject of conversation amongst local residents and patients due to its high standards of patient care and clinical treatment.

“The patients are very happy with the service the practice is providing and the support they are receiving from the friendly, approachable staff.

“Many patients who had phobias are now confident enough to have treatment and feel as though coming to the dentist has changed their life for the better.”

The practice opened in The Fold Centre for Integrated Health and Wellbeing in November 2011.

Judges praised Mrs Fletcher for her contribution to local charities and her passion to help patients.

Mrs Garandia was praised for her friendly and caring nature and for being able to understand and meet patients’ needs.