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Meet The Team

We are delighted to introduce you to our lovely team. We have been accredited with an Investors in People Award and the British Dental Association’s Good Practice Award, which illustrate our commitment to providing consistently excellent dental care and to exceeding the strict infection control guidelines and standards set by the General Dental Council. 

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Our principal dentists

Andrew Chandrapal

Principal dentist
BDS (Birmingham 2001)
MFGDP(UK) 2003
GDC 79890

Andrew has been part of Bourne End Dental since 2005 and has the pleasure of treating many Families and Individuals from the region. Being heavily involved in training other dentists and team members throughout the country, Andrew has helped apply high standards to Bourne End Dental in terms of quality control, customer service and clinical standards. 

Besides Family general dentistry, Andrew has followed a journey to progress to further qualifications, experience and training which form the basis of his special interests in dental cosmetics, composite resin bonding, complex rehabilitation including implants and management of tooth wear.

Working with eminent colleagues in various disciplines of dentistry Andrew creates smiles that not only look naturally outstanding but also function efficiently and comprehensively.

Having studied all around the world Andrew’s interests and skills have led to attaining a Distinction in a double Masters of Clinical Dentistry as well as two further academic diplomas. He is also a Graduate of the Kois Centre, based in Seattle – of which only a handful have attained this 9-step level of training within the UK.

Andrew also represents the profession and is Past- President for the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a post-graduate tutor for Kings College London and sits on the editorial board of dental journals. He is also an educator to other dentists on a nationally and international level. 

Andrew has a busy Family life with 3 daughters and lives locally in Henley on Thames. He is married to Denise who is also a Dentist at Bourne End Dental. 

Stephen Rees

Principal dentist
BDS MFGDP
GDC 71786

Stephen graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1996 with clinical distinction. He has since studied under the tutorage of some of the world’s most respected implantologists and prosthodontists including Dr Patrick Palacci at The Dawson Centre in the USA, along with Dr Pete Dawson and Dr John Cranham and at The Las Vegas Institute, with Dr William Dickerson.

Stephen has been placing dental implants at Bourne End Dental for over 15 years and has established a referral network with dentists from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. He maintains strong links with Straumann UK, a well-established and trusted name within the industry and is held on their surgical list. Stephen welcomes referrals for implants and complex rehabilitation cases.

The emphasis at Bourne End Dental is in providing the highest standards of patient care within a multi-disciplinary specialist referral centre as well as providing dental care for all the family.

Stephen is a member of the BDA, The Association of Dental Implantologists, The International Team for Implantology and the British Society for the Study of Craniomandibular Disorders, as well as being an accredited dentist for providing the Inman Aligner.

Stephen is married to Katherine, who is also a dentist at Bourne End Dental, with a young family and is a keen sportsman having recently taken part in several triathlons in aid of local charities.

Our Specialists

Seyed Masih Alroyaymina

Registered Specilaist in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
BDS Lond 2009
GDC 177673

Mas received his Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2009 from King’s College London. After one year of vocational training, he worked as a senior dental officer in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department in John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. There, he dealt with a large number of medically compromised patients with oral cancer, facial trauma and craniofacial deformities. He also spent 6 months in the oral surgery department, where he furthered his skills in complex tooth extractions and other minor oral surgery procedures. This was followed by 3 years of general dental practice in Australia and the U.K., where he grew an interest in endodontics.

In 2013, Mas entered specialist training programme in endodontics at the world renowned Eastman Dental Hospital. Following successful completion of his specialty programme, he was awarded the degree of Master in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) in Endodontology.

Subsequently, he obtained a Membership in Endodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which is recognised as the highest qualification available within the specialty.

He welcomes referrals for all forms of endodontic treatment and diagnosis. He has a particular interest in management of heavily broken down teeth and complex restorative cases.

Vinay Belur

Registered Specialist in Orthodontics & Oral Surgery
GDC 79006
Statutory Exam 2001
FDS Royal College of Surgeons England 1999
MDS Bangalore, India. Tamil Nadu Dr MGR 1997

Vinay graduated in Dentistry in 1993, achieving a distinction in Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Paedodontics. He then embarked on a three-year full-time specialist-training programme in Orthodontics and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics in 1997.

It was then that he spent several years studying Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal London Hospital in London, and at Charles Clifford Hospital in Sheffield, where I gained experience in all forms of Orthodontic and Oral Surgery care. At the end of his specialist training he was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons.

On completion of his specialist training, Vinay started to work in Orthodontic practices in Buckinghamshire. Vinay has treated numerous adults and children with varying degrees of malocclusion and severity.

Vinay is registered on the Specialist List for Orthodontics and Oral Surgery with the General Dental Council. He is also a member of the British Orthodontics SocietyAmerican Association of Orthodontics and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society. In addition, he is actively involved in teaching, continuing education, and clinical research. Vinay views research as paramount to improving the quality of orthodontics being provided as a whole.

Professor Nikos Mardas

Specialist periodontist
Dipl DS Athens 1992
MS Aarhus 1997
PhD Aarhus 2005
Registered Specialist in Periodontics
GDC 85040

Nikos qualified in dentistry from Athens University in 1992. He completed his 3-year training as a specialist and the MS degree in Periodontology in 1997 and his PhD degree in 2005 at the Royal Dental College, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 

From 2005 – 2015 was a Senior Lecturer, Honorary Specialist and M.Clin.Dent programme co-ordinator in the Periodontology Unit, at UCL, Eastman Dental Institute. 

In July 2015, he was appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer (Associate Professor level) & Consultant in the Centre for Adult Oral Health within Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. At the same time, he is Associate Periodontist in 4 private practices. 

Nikos has published more than 60 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals in the field of periodontal, bone regeneration and implant dentistry and he is an editorial board member in clinical oral implant research and reviewer for all the leading journals in periodontology and implant dentistry. 

Nikos has extensively lectured nationally and internationally and in 2011 was awarded the Basic Research Prize of the European Association for Osseointegration. In March 2015 was appointed Education Delegate for the UK & Ireland ITI section. 

Eleni Verikaki

Registered Specialist in paediatric dentistry
Dip DS Athens 1996
DipDS Athens 1996
FR CD Canada 2000
M Dent SC University OF LEEDS 2000
GDC 78358

Eleni graduated from the Dental School of Athens University in 1998 and she worked in private practice limited to paediatric dentistry for the two years following her graduation. 

In 2000, Eleni completed, with merit, her MSc in Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds Dental Institute and won prizes for her research project on the cariogenicity of different types of chocolates. In the same year she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada (Paediatric Dentistry). 

Since her registration with the General Dental Council as a specialist in paediatric dentistry she has solely devoted her time to treating paediatric patients both within the community and private settings. 

She currently works as a specialist paediatric dentist for the Community Dental Service where she exclusively provides dental care to children requiring advanced and complicated treatment, including those with complex medical history and those requiring treatment under sedation. 

Eleni also worked as a Specialist Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at Kings and Guys Institute where she taught paediatric dentistry to 4th and 5th year dental students.

Eleni is an active member of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry. 

Eleni is extremely passionate about her work as a paediatric dentist, acknowledging and knowing that traumatic dental experiences during the early years of a person’s life can influence and establish negative behaviours towards dentistry in general. 

Eleni implements during her practice all those behaviour management techniques and methods to ensure that her little patients have treatment in a relaxed and positive way. 

When Eleni is not practicing dentistry she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys and she loves reading, walking, travelling and cooking. 

Our Dentists

Denise Chandrapal

Dentist
BDS Birm 2001
GDC 79922

Denise qualified in 2001 from Birmingham University. Within this time Denise has developed her skills in general dentistry and in particular towards management of treatment of anxious patients, children and improving the dental health using advanced restorative techniques. Denise’s training has extended to the USA and UK under the tutorage of some of the most influential and talented clinical specialists in the world.

Denise has also gained a Law Degree specialising in medico-legal aspects as she holds the values and ethics of the profession in the highest regard. The needs of her patients remains to be the highest priority and a combination of extensive training above and beyond the basics alongside varied clinical experience is what makes Denise an approachable and talented dentist who never stops short of doing her very best.

Outside of dentistry Denise loves spending time with her husband Andrew and beautiful daughters Amelie, Madeleine and Elsie. She also enjoys Cooking, keeping fit and travelling.

Simon Buxton

Dentist
BDS  Birm 2004
GDC 83724

Originally from Cheshire, Simon graduated as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 2004. After working in general practice Simon became a vocational trainer to mentor new dentists and completed the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons England.

Simon has attended courses and lectures in aesthetic and implant dentistry fields and recently completed a dental implant course in Bath and a six month, hands on advanced dentistry course with Dr Basil Mizrahi, a well-respected Harley Street specialist.

Simon provides a full range of general dental care for his patients, but his areas of special interest include crown and bridgework and aesthetic dentistry. He enjoys making dentistry a pleasant experience, especially for nervous patients.

Aside from work, Simon spends his time with his daughters Molly and Willow and partner, Portia. His passions are travelling and triathlon and he has recently completed his first ironman and is hoping to one day race at Kona in Hawaii.

Grace Kelly

Dentist
BDS Belf 2010
GDC 191110

Grace graduated from Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010, since then she has gained valuable experience in all aspects of general dentistry while working in the UK and Australia. 

Grace is passionate about providing a high standard of care and treatment in all aspects of dentistry. She aims to make every patient’s dental experience as comfortable as possible and achieves this through her gentle care and ability to quickly put even the most anxious patients at ease.

She strongly believes in continuing education so that she can offer all her patients the best range and quality of dental care possible. She has participated in a number of advanced dental training courses and gained further certifications in Invisalign for straightening teeth, prosthetics to restore implants with crown and bridgework, and CAD CAM Cerec software training for milling single visit crowns and bridgework. 

Grace also has a keen interest in facial aesthetics and has completed advanced courses and achieved certifications in the use of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. Having worked alongside and been mentored by a number of well-respected practitioners she has gained valuable knowledge and experience in cosmetic dentistry cases and smile design. Grace also welcomes referrals for facial aesthetics.

During her time traveling and working in Australia, Grace had the unique experience of working with people of many different cultures and backgrounds and draws on all these experiences to help her connect with and relate to people on many levels.

Outside of work Grace has a passion for travel, fashion, food, health and fitness. She enjoys yoga, playing hockey and tennis socially and loves to cook healthy cuisine. Grace is married with a young son, Niall.

Andrew Powell

Dentist
BDS Belf 2004
GDC 83560

Andrew qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2004, graduating with a clinical distinction. He has achieved several awards, including the BDA prize in restorative dentistry, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry and the ‘Conservation’ prize.

After completing a vocational training year, he worked at private practices in Warwick and Cheltenham. His focus is to continue to develop skills in restorative, aesthetic and adhesive dentistry. He especially enjoys endodontic treatment. Andrew has keenly attended courses and lectures in these fields, most recently completing a six-month hands-on Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry course with Dr Mizrahi, a well-respected Harley Street specialist.

Andrew places a high emphasis on educating his patients about their dental problems and involving them as much as possible in the decision process, to help them make informed choices regarding their treatment.

Aside from work he is a keen sportsman, regularly playing football and racquet sports. He enjoys cooking, photography, Muay Thai boxing and snowboarding. Andrew is married with two young daughters.

Katherine Rees

Dentist
BDS Birm 1998
GDC 74357

Katherine qualified from Birmingham University in 1998.  She returned to Birmingham Dental Hospital as a tutor to undergraduate dentists.  She has subsequently undertaken further training in advanced dental surgery with Paul Tipton, extensively studying the most recent developments and advances in dentistry.  After three years working in the Midlands in an implant practice Katherine moved to the South East.  Katherine is currently studying for a qualification in aesthetic dentistry with the Central England Specialist Team.  She enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a special interest in aesthetic dentistry and facial aesthetics.

Katherine is married to principal dentist Stephen Rees and spends her spare time with her three children and running. Katrine enjoys running and spending time with her 3 children.

Our management team

Ailsa Penelope Lovejoy-Platt (Known as Penny) RDN

Practice manager
Qual-National Certificate NEBDN 2005
GDC 104623

Penny has had more than 30 years’ experience in dentistry, both as a receptionist and dental nurse, and for more than 25 years as our practice manager. She has extensive experience in ensuring that our practice is run efficiently, with the emphasis on patient care.As well as being a qualified dental nurse Penny has additional qualifications from The City and Guilds London in practice management

She is always available to assist you with any questions you may have about the practice or to discuss any financial aspects of your dental care. Penny’s helpful and friendly disposition will ensure that your visit to the practice is comfortable and stress free.

Penny is married and has two golden retrievers. Outside of work enjoys scuba diving, foreign travel, competitive dog agility and equestrianism.

Zoeh Whitworth RDN

Operations manager
RDN  Qual-National Certificate NEBDN 2001
GDC 126341

Zoeh has been dental nursing for more than 22 years and qualified in 2001. She has achieved additional certification in dental radiography and is trained as an NVQ assessor enabling her to mentor trainee dental nurses studying for their qualification. Zoeh has responsibility for the logistics of the practice ensuring the day to day smooth running of the practice. 

Our hygienists/therapists

Katrin Brunning

Dental Hygienist
CEB Cert IN Dental Hygiene 1981
GDC 2224

Katrin qualified as a dental hygienist from RAF Halton in 1981. She has worked in all aspects of dentistry over the intervening years. She first started working with Bourne End Dental in 1987 and has recently returned to our team. Katrin has been an active member of the BSDHT, having been regional secretary until September 2009. Through these contacts she maintains a high level of continual professional development.

Lisa Mitchell

Dental Hygienist
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1995
GDC 4840

Lisa qualified in 1995 as an enrolled dental hygienist from Guys Dental Hospital in London. She has been a hygienist at our practice for more than 15 years and actively pursues continual professional development.

Susan Cruickshank

Dental Hygienist
Dip Dent Hygiene RCS Eng 2006
GDC 106189

Susan qualified at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. She lives locally with her young family and is an active member of our team.

Our Support Team

Dental Nurses

Somia Kauser

RDN
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2013
GDC 247543

Somia has been dental nursing since 2011. She brings additional skills to our nursing team as she has qualifications in Oral Health Education, impression taking and 

the application of fluoride protection. She is currently studying for further qualifications from SAAD in dental sedation nursing She always provides a high quality of care for all of our patients based around their needs, wishes and desires. She gets pleasure from helping others and ensuring they are made comfortable and are at ease. 

Prior to dental nursing she worked at a local care home where she organised and provided a varied and appropriate programme of activities for the elderly residents. 

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is always happy to take on new challenges to develop her skills further. 

Melissa Magumba

RDN
GDC 252008
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014

Prior to joining our practice Melissa had been working as a locum dental nurse for 6 years, which meant she brought a wealth of experience to our team of working in different dental environments. She has also just completed a degree in Dental Technology.

She loves Mediterranean food and enjoy baking the odd dessert (when no one’s looking) and watching crime documentaries and EastEnders

Katy Gale

RDN
Qual -Cert in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA 1994
GDC 108769

Katy has been dental nursing for over 30 years and qualified as a registered Dental Nurse in 1994. She started at the practice back in 1997 and is now our longest serving nurse.

She is a valued member of the team and takes special interest in the procedures of the Decontamination Room and ensuring the rest of the team are up to date with any new policies or procedures. She now works with us part time and spends her free time with her two young daughters.

Kerri Brooks

RDN
Qual-National Certificate NEBDN2002
GDC 107064

Kerri has been with our practice since 2001. She qualified in 2002 and holds further certification in dental radiography, implant nursing, oral health education and has also attained certification from the world-renowned Aesthetic Advantage Group in cosmetic dental nursing.  Kerri spends her spare time with her young son and family and friends and enjoys swimming, walking and loves to cook.

Demi Ackroyd

RDN
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC 249674

Demi joined us in 2018 as a qualified dental nurse and brings with her not only her experience as a nurse, but as a practice manager in a previous practice. This allows her to have a greater insight into the legislative requirements of the practice. Demi enjoys the variety of working not only with our generalists but also with our specialists.

Robyn Mantell

RDN
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2019
GDC 281940

Robyn qualified as a dental nurse in 2019 and her easy going and adaptable personality has made her in an integral part of our team. She works predominantly with principal dentist Andrew Chandrapal. Robyn occasionally helps out our reception team, where her dental knowledge is invaluable. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her Dachshund, Bambi, and enjoy socialising with her friends and family.

Valaska Phillips

RDN
GDC 277384
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018

Valaska joined our practice in 2018 as a qualified dental nurse, working predominantly with Andrew Powell.  Valaska is a valued member of the team and enjoys building relationships with the patients. When not at work she has a busy life with her 5 dogs. She also loves spending time with family and socialising with friends.

Gemma Keys

RDN
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018
GDC 276665

Gemma joined us in 2018 as a qualified nurse and works with our specialist’s as well as with our general dentists. Gemma’s lovely personality combined with her varied skill set make her asset to the team. Gemma is also one of our appointed first aiders. 

Chosen Jones

Trainee dental nurse

Chosen joined our practice in December 2017 and is currently studying for NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing.  What Chosen likes most about her training is the variety of learning experiences. In her spare time Chosen likes to socialise with friends.

Viorica Sula

RDN
GDC  282411
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2019

Viorica joined Bourne End Dental practice in December 2019 as a qualified dental nurse.

She loves working alongside our experienced and qualified team of professionals and is dedicated to continuous postgraduate education. Bourne End Dental practice is proud to provide the highest level of treatments and service to patients and Viorica says she is delighted to be working in this environment. She loves the variety of each day, dental cases and patients, Being chair side, making patients feel special is the best feeling in the world. 

Outside of work she enjoys travelling and keeping fit and healthy. She is always up for accepting new challenges and developing her skillset further.

Receptionists

Louise Keenan

Louise joined Bourne End Dental in 2014 and has proved herself to be an invaluable and fun member of our administrative team. Louise participates in all joint continuous professional development and like all of our team is trained in medical emergencies and is also one of our fire marshals.

Tina Puddifoot

Tina joined the practice in June 2017, after working in customer service/ facilities for 15 years. Tina works with Louise as an invaluable member of our  front of house team and enjoys helping all our lovely patients and dealing with day to day administration e.g. insurance forms.  Tina is also one of our fire marshals. Tina enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.