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Here at Bupa Dental Care Leighton Buzzard our dedicated practice team is here to ensure that your care always comes first. We pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient nature and are always on hand to help.

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Dentists

Joanna Stafford

GDC - 80600 BDS Newcastle University 2002 Dentist

Joanna is an experienced dentist who focuses on cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, preventative dentistry and treating occlusion (the contact between teeth on the lower and upper jaw).

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Joanna StaffordDentists

GDC - 80600 BDS Newcastle University 2002 Dentist

Joanna is an experienced dentist who focuses on cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, preventative dentistry and treating occlusion (the contact between teeth on the lower and upper jaw).

After graduating from Newcastle Dental School in 2002, Joanna worked in a general mixed dental practice in Teesside, prior to joining Whole Tooth Dental in April 2007. In her role, she enjoys providing family dentistry with a customised approach, and employing her skills in dental aesthetics, occlusion and alignment.

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Vimal Patel

GDC - 69620 BChD University of Leeds 1993 Dentist

Vimal has a wealth of experience in providing Invisalign treatment, composite bonding, teeth whitening solutions, white fillings and Everstick bridges to his patients.

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Vimal PatelDentists

GDC - 69620 BChD University of Leeds 1993 Dentist

Vimal has a wealth of experience in providing Invisalign treatment, composite bonding, teeth whitening solutions, white fillings and Everstick bridges to his patients.

In 2006, Vimal established the practice as Whole Tooth Dental, and ran it for many years under this name. Today, Vimal focuses on dentistry, and enjoys treating his patients, using the skills he has developed over the years.

He qualified from dentistry in 1993, at the University of Leeds, and is highly experienced in all aspects of general dentistry. He enjoys keeping up to date with dentistry techniques and trends and attends numerous courses and conferences on a regular basis.

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Christiaan Liebenberg

GDC - 65696 BChD Stell 1989 Dentist

Qualifying as a dentist in 1989, within South Africa, Christiaan is skilled and experienced in providing a wide range of dental treatments.

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Christiaan LiebenbergDentists

GDC - 65696 BChD Stell 1989 Dentist

Qualifying as a dentist in 1989, within South Africa, Christiaan is skilled and experienced in providing a wide range of dental treatments.

He has a wealth of dentistry knowledge and experience and has treated many complex dental cases over the years. He enjoys working with patients to improve their smiles, while making their visits as stress free and comfortable as possible.

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Amrita Bhogal

GDC - 103177 BDS University of Birmingham 2006 Dentist

One of our dedicated dentists, Amrita qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2006.

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Amrita BhogalDentists

GDC - 103177 BDS University of Birmingham 2006 Dentist

One of our dedicated dentists, Amrita qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2006.

Amrita enjoys working as a family dentist and treating the needs of her patients. She is a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons, with a postgraduate qualification in Dental Education. She also has a strong interest in facial aesthetics.

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Bijal Sisodia-Shah

GDC - 229785 BDS University of Plymouth 2012 Dentist

An award-winning dentist, Dr Bijal is highly experienced in offering a range of dental treatments and services.

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Bijal Sisodia-ShahDentists

GDC - 229785 BDS University of Plymouth 2012 Dentist

An award-winning dentist, Dr Bijal is highly experienced in offering a range of dental treatments and services.

She qualified in dentistry at The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, in 2012, and has achieved a bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of Liverpool. As a dedicated dentist, Bijal’s primary goal is to give patients more confidence to smile and make a difference to their lives.

With a gentle and caring approach, Bijal takes the time to thoroughly understand the needs of her patients. She enjoys helping patients alleviate anxiety through a variety of techniques, and has been recognised for this ability, achieving the award for Best Treatment of Nervous Patients, at the Private Dentistry Awards in 2019.

Bijal has trained within the fields of cosmetic dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery, and has held the positions of senior house officer and Clinical Fellow at Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals. Being a ‘Totally Aesthetics’ accredited clinician, Bijal aims to preserve the health of her patients’ teeth and improve aesthetics.

She is a qualified provider of the teeth straightening solutions, Invisalign aligners and Cfast clear braces. She also enjoys performing composite bonding treatment and ‘invisible’ fillings, in which she is highly experienced.

Bijal’s experience in healthcare extends globally. She enjoys dedicating time and expertise to teach and provide dental healthcare in various communities.

Be it relieving dental pain, shaping patients’ smile, addressing gaps in patients’ mouths, teeth straightening, whitening teeth, or providing ‘invisible’ fillings, Bijal is committed to helping her patients.

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Ruben Garcia-Sanchez

GDC - 109321 Lic Odont Madrid 2005 Dentist

Dr Ruben is a consultant and clinical supervisor within periodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He is highly experienced in performing periodontal treatment and placing dental implants.

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Ruben Garcia-SanchezDentists

GDC - 109321 Lic Odont Madrid 2005 Dentist

Dr Ruben is a consultant and clinical supervisor within periodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He is highly experienced in performing periodontal treatment and placing dental implants.

Ruben is an internationally recognised specialist within periodontics. After qualifying as a dentist at the University of Madrid, he gained an MClinDent in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute and an international accreditation from the European Federation of Periodontology. Since then, he has worked in private practice and hospital settings, and has focused on research as part of his postgraduate doctoral degree. Currently, as part of his PhD, he is focusing his research on the latest surgical techniques, to maximise aesthetics in dental implant treatment.

He has significant experience in the non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontal diseases, including conventional and regenerative periodontal surgery, periodontal plastic/aesthetic surgery, and alveolar bone augmentation procedures. Additionally, he has significant experience in placing dental implants, including complex cases requiring bone augmentation procedures and/or sinus lift.

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Amar Mehta

GDC - 194286 BDS Lond 2010 Endodontist

Amar is a specialist in endodontics, providing a patient-centred approach to root canal treatment.

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Amar MehtaDentists

GDC - 194286 BDS Lond 2010 Endodontist

Amar is a specialist in endodontics, providing a patient-centred approach to root canal treatment.

He completed specialist training in endodontics at the prestigious Eastman Dental Hospital and obtained his MEndo qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. His passion lies in treating patients with complex diagnostic and endodontic problems.

Amar’s training has given him extensive experience in a range of areas. These include treating complex endodontic issues, dealing with traumatic injuries to the teeth, non-surgical primary root canal treatment, root canal re-treatments, and surgical endodontics. In these areas, he employs a strong evidence-based foundation and biological understanding.

Amar provides a patient-centred approach to his dentistry and is committed to offering high-quality patient care. He also recognises the importance of making patients feel comfortable and at ease.

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Simon Toledano

GDC - 157069 BDS Lond 2008 Orthodontist

Simon is a specialist orthodontist, providing teeth straightening treatment for children and adults alike.

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Simon ToledanoDentists

GDC - 157069 BDS Lond 2008 Orthodontist

Simon is a specialist orthodontist, providing teeth straightening treatment for children and adults alike.

He graduated from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008 and completed his vocational training with the London Deanery. After working in general practice, he was successful in obtaining a further training post in oral and maxillofacial surgery, at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Here, he gained experience within dento-alveolar surgery, maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery, and head and neck oncology. During this post, he completed a diploma for the Membership of The Joint Dental Faculties of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Continuing his postgraduate development, Simon then obtained a career development role within special care dentistry at Barts and the London Dental Hospital. In this role he treated patients with complex medical problems and dental phobias. In this year, he completed the UCL Eastman Dental Institute’s Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice.

In 2013, he completed a three-year training program in specialist orthodontics, at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was awarded a master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry in 2015, with his research investigating the impact of developmentally missing teeth on children’s quality of life. And in 2016, he achieved the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Hygienists

Cara McAleavey

GDC - 127742 Dip Dent Hygiene Royal College of Surgeons of England 2007 Dental Hygienist

An experienced dental hygienist, Cara has a positive and motivational approach to treatment.

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Cara McAleaveyHygienists

GDC - 127742 Dip Dent Hygiene Royal College of Surgeons of England 2007 Dental Hygienist

An experienced dental hygienist, Cara has a positive and motivational approach to treatment.

Cara qualified from Eastman Dental Hospital in 2007. She has a friendly and caring approach, and enjoys helping patients look after their gums and maintain good oral health. She motivates patients to improve their at-home dental hygiene techniques, so future dental complications are minimised.

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Evelina Mikoleikiene

GDC - 279464 Registered under s36C of the Dentists Act 1984 2019 Dental Hygienist

After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015, Evelina began her career in private dentistry.

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Evelina MikoleikieneHygienists

GDC - 279464 Registered under s36C of the Dentists Act 1984 2019 Dental Hygienist

After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015, Evelina began her career in private dentistry.

Evelina has a strong interest in non-surgical periodontal treatment and is also skilled at air abrasion which helps to remove stains with minimal intervention.

Hygienists

Hina Nayee

GDC - 152317 Diploma in Dental Hygiene Royal College of Surgeons of England 2018, Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2004 Dental Hygienist

With years of experience in dentistry, Hina is committed to making a difference to her patients’ oral hygiene and health.

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Hina NayeeHygienists

GDC - 152317 Diploma in Dental Hygiene Royal College of Surgeons of England 2018, Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2004 Dental Hygienist

With years of experience in dentistry, Hina is committed to making a difference to her patients’ oral hygiene and health.

Hina qualified as a dental nurse in March 2004, while working at a private central London practice. In September 2016, she joined the Eastman Dental Hospital to train as a dental hygienist and qualified in June 2018.

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Natasha Yonucu

GDC - 263137 Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy University of Sheffield 2019 Dental Hygienist

Natasha is a hygienist and therapist focused on prevention and improving her patients’ oral health.

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Natasha YonucuHygienists

GDC - 263137 Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy University of Sheffield 2019 Dental Hygienist

Natasha is a hygienist and therapist focused on prevention and improving her patients’ oral health.

Natasha worked for seven years as a dental nurse before qualifying as a dental hygienist and therapist in Sheffield in 2019. She has a friendly and caring approach and offers personalised oral hygiene advice focused on prevention. As a therapist, Natasha can also use her skills and experience to offer dental treatments to both adults and children, including dental fillings and extractions.

Dental Nurses

Alex Hart

GDC - 280105 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2018 Dental Nurse

Joining our practice in early 2019, Alex works closely with our treatment coordinator, Stacey, and helps ensure patients have a relaxed and comfortable experience.

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Alex HartDental Nurses

GDC - 280105 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2018 Dental Nurse

Joining our practice in early 2019, Alex works closely with our treatment coordinator, Stacey, and helps ensure patients have a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Dental Nurses

Emma Hyde

GDC - 276925 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2017 Dental Nurse

Joining us in 2018, Emma is a great addition to our nursing team. With a warm and friendly manner, she works closely with our dentist, Dr Christiaan, and ensures our decontamination room is spotless.

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Emma HydeDental Nurses

GDC - 276925 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2017 Dental Nurse

Joining us in 2018, Emma is a great addition to our nursing team. With a warm and friendly manner, she works closely with our dentist, Dr Christiaan, and ensures our decontamination room is spotless.

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Hollie White

GDC - 281133 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018 Dental Nurse

Joining our practice in 2016, Hollie coordinates and cares for our facial aesthetics patients.

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Hollie WhiteDental Nurses

GDC - 281133 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018 Dental Nurse

Joining our practice in 2016, Hollie coordinates and cares for our facial aesthetics patients.

While she enjoys all aspects of dentistry, Hollie has an increasing interest in facial aesthetics, and works closely with Dr Amrita Bhogal, who has a focus on this area.

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Kirsty Vaughan-Higgins

GDC - 225739 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011 Dental Nurse

Kirsty works alongside our lead nurse to support our nursing team, and she manages the creation of bespoke whitening kits for our patients.

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Kirsty Vaughan-HigginsDental Nurses

GDC - 225739 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011 Dental Nurse

Kirsty works alongside our lead nurse to support our nursing team, and she manages the creation of bespoke whitening kits for our patients.

An experienced member of our team, Kirsty qualified as a dental nurse in 2012, and completed her radiography qualification in 2015. With a meticulous and dedicated approach, she also helps lead our radiography service.

Dental Nurses

Lisa Guinan

GDC - 286002 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019 Dental Nurse

With a caring and supportive approach, Lisa helps patients feel as comfortable as possible, and ensures they receive high-quality care, while supporting with treatment.

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Lisa GuinanDental Nurses

GDC - 286002 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2019 Dental Nurse

With a caring and supportive approach, Lisa helps patients feel as comfortable as possible, and ensures they receive high-quality care, while supporting with treatment.

Dental Nurses

Sharon Dyer

GDC - 247848 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2013 Dental Nurse

Joining us in 2011, Sharon is a friendly and caring dental nurse who works closely with Joanna. She has a methodical approach and a friendly manner with patients.

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Sharon DyerDental Nurses

GDC - 247848 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2013 Dental Nurse

Joining us in 2011, Sharon is a friendly and caring dental nurse who works closely with Joanna. She has a methodical approach and a friendly manner with patients.

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Dershna Patel

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Dershna PatelPractice

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Emma Riley

GDC - 226098 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011 Practice Coordinator

Emma works alongside our practice manager, to maintain health and safety compliance, and support the clinical team.

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Emma RileyPractice

GDC - 226098 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2011 Practice Coordinator

Emma works alongside our practice manager, to maintain health and safety compliance, and support the clinical team.

Emma manages the clinical aspects of the day-to-day running of the practice. She is also an experienced dental nurse and supports our lead nurses and wider clinical team. She has a qualification in dental radiography and manages the radiation protection for the practice, alongside Kirsty.

As well as monitoring other areas of health and safety, she ensures the highest standards of infection control are met, and that the surgeries are maintained effectively.

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Katy Hutchings

Receptionist

Katy enjoys greeting and meeting patients and helping them feel welcome and comfortable. She enjoys serving patients and assisting them with any queries.

Katy HutchingsPractice

Receptionist

Katy enjoys greeting and meeting patients and helping them feel welcome and comfortable. She enjoys serving patients and assisting them with any queries.

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Kelly Brooke

CQC-registered Practice Manager

Kelly helps ensure the practice runs effectively and patients receive high-quality care.

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CQC-registered Practice Manager

Kelly helps ensure the practice runs effectively and patients receive high-quality care.

She ensures the practice is up to date with the latest guidelines and legal and compliance matters, and that it evolves alongside the latest medical and technological advancements in dentistry. When managing the practice, Kelly also keeps patients’ best interests at heart.

In her role, Kelly is still able to employ her skills in dentistry, when both coordinating patients’ treatments and assisting patients with their options.

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Laura Salo

Trainee Dental Nurse/Receptionist

Part of our reception team, Laura is also training as a dental nurse, and assists with dental treatments.

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Trainee Dental Nurse/Receptionist

Part of our reception team, Laura is also training as a dental nurse, and assists with dental treatments.

In her role as a receptionist, Laura greets patients and books them in on arrival. She also answers telephone enquiries, and completes any paperwork required from patients, regarding treatment plans and consent forms.

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Stacey Poole

GDC - 170415 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2008 Treatment Coordinator and Lead Dental Nurse

Stacey supports patients through their journey at our practice, and she leads our dedicated team of dental nurses.

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GDC - 170415 Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2008 Treatment Coordinator and Lead Dental Nurse

Stacey supports patients through their journey at our practice, and she leads our dedicated team of dental nurses.

After qualifying as a dental nurse in 2008, Stacey completed further qualifications in dental implant nursing and dental radiography. While leading our nursing team, she works alongside Emma and Kirsty to ensure high clinical standards.

As our treatment coordinator, Stacey looks after our dental implant, periodontal and orthodontic patients.

No, orthodontics for adults is becoming more and more common. We can talk through your options with you.

We do understand that some people really struggle with dental treatment. But we have lots of ways to help put you at ease. Please just tell us how you feel and what worries you, and then we can work together to decide on the right approach.

Generally we recommend twice yearly check-ups every six months. However, this varies on a case by case basis. Your Bupa Dental Care dentist will talk to you about when and how often we need to see you.

Fillings repair small holes in your tooth enamel. If they aren’t filled, the decay will deepen. You’ll start to feel pain, and you could end up needing root canal treatment, which is much more significant and costs more. So although you might not feel pain right now, it’s best to repair these holes as soon as possible.

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Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 00478127. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

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