COVID-19: NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS

Dear All,

As you will have heard, dental practices in the UK are allowed to re-open from the 8th June. The health and safety of our patients and staff are paramount, and we will therefore be making a number of changes to our service in line with the latest COVID-19 policies. We therefore ask you to kindly bear with us as we will initially be running a reduced by-appointment-only service dealing with dental emergencies, urgent open courses of treatment and filtering through any backlog as a result of the lockdown. We will be contacting patients that have open courses of treatments and rearranging their appointments.

There have been numerous changes in our guidelines necessary to maintain patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result our service is limited for the foreseeable future, we will be slowly increasing our availability for routine care to normalise our services. In the meantime we are open and providing urgent care, if you have a dental emergency please call us on 0208 303 4077 or NHS 111 out of hours.

We would also like to ask that you kindly pay attention to the following changes:

  1. Please only arrive at the practice if you have an appointment. If you do not have an appointment and wish to speak to someone please contact us via telephone or email:reception@bexleyheathdental.co.uk.
  2. Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment and a member of staff will greet you. You will be provided with an alcohol hand rub and escorted to your treatment surgery.
  3. Please maintain social distancing of 2 metres while on-site. We kindly ask you not to bring any other members of your family or friends with you to your appointment. If your child is attending the practice for an appointment, then we ask for only one escorting adult to attend with them.
  4. To avoid large queues at the desk and build-up of traffic within the practice, for your safety we ask that you call back to book any follow-up appointments. Please bring your own pen to fill out any necessary forms.
  5. We would also like to ask that all payments aremade by card where possible for cross-infection reasons.
  6. If you are a patient classed as at risk or shielding, please advise the receptionist when making an appointment.
  7. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should not attend the practice

For orthodontic patients, please note that we will contact you on Thursday 4th June in order to rebook your appointments. Again we kindly ask for your patience and flexibility when re-booking appointments, as the lockdown has inadvertently lengthened treatment times and we will endeavour to do our best to get everyone's treatment back on track.

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again into the practice.

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Meet Our Team

Since its opening, Bexleyheath Dental Practice has grown to become one of the largest mixed dental practices in the South East, providing both private and NHS dental treatments to the highest standards of care. We have received multiple awards and become well-known for our friendly and high quality service. With our dedicated and highly qualified team of dentists, nurses, dental hygienists and welcoming team of receptionists, we strive to provide you with an outstanding level of service from the moment you contact us.

Our highly trained and dedicated team at Bexleyheath Dental Practice is fully committed to providing the best possible care to our patients and between them hold many post-graduate dental qualifications, as well as regularly attending courses to ensure that their knowledge is fully up to date and treatments provided state-of-the-art. Several members of the team have also

been involved with research and had the opportunity to present their work at national and international conferences, alongside being published in prestigious dental journals. Members of our team also run accredited training courses for external dentists and dental professionals.

Our Dentists


Marta Sarvestani

Dentist with Special Interest in Endodontics & Level 2 Accredited Endodontic Provider

[GDC No. 101080]
DDS (Pol) PG Dip Rest Dent MClinDent Endo (Lond)

Dr Marta Sarvestani graduated from the Pomeranian Medical University, Poland in 2001. She has been working at the practice since 2006. Marta has spent the last 17 years developing her dental skills and knowledge; making her highly qualified to care for all your dental needs. She has extensive experience in general Read More

dentistry, undertaking all aspects of general dental practice, and her particular areas of interest are centred around endodontics, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

She is dedicated to her profession by providing treatment focused on the needs of each individual and aims to make dental visits a pleasant experience for every patient. She is fully committed to the furtherance of professional development and keeps up-to-date with the latest evidence-based dentistry by frequently attending advanced dental courses, as well as conferences ensuring that she delivers the highest quality of dental care tailored to each patient.

Marta completed a two-year part-time combined hands-on and theory course in restorative dentistry (2014-2016). She obtained her Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from The British Academy of Restorative Dentistry in 2018.

Since then, she has started a Master’s Degree in Endodontology; and as of 2017 Marta has been working on an in-vitro research project and her completion is anticipated to be in 2019.

Katarzyna Stepien

Dentist and Facial Aesthetics Practitioner

[GDC No. 84291]
DDS, FGDP(UK)Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics

Dr Kasia Stepien graduated from Pomeranian Medical University, Poland in 1999. She started her career in paediatric dentistry, followed by cosmetic and implant dentistry. She has been successfully practising providing her patient with high quality care. In 2015 Dr Kasia turned her special interest towards facial aesthetics. She gained her degree at Read More

The Faculty of General Dental Practitioner at The Royal College of Surgeons followed by many postgraduate courses covering all aspects of facial treatments. She has a special interest in full face rejuvenation using muscle relaxants, dermal fillers, facial threads and plasma rich platelets therapy. She prides herself in delivering beautiful and natural looking results and her aim is to bring the best to her patients.

Dr Mohamed Asif Mughal Dentist

Asif Mughal

Dentist & Clinical Director

[GDC No. 73664]
BDS (Lond)

Asif qualified from King′s College London in 1997. After carrying out a further year’s postgraduate study at Oxford University postgraduate centre he began general practice. He has been working in private practice since 2004 focusing on restorative, minimally invasive and cosmetic dentistry. Asif has also beenproviding emergency dental care for Croydon Primary Care Trust. He has worked in Read More

many practices over his career, providing him with a detailed insight into clinical dentistry working alongside numerous specialists. He enjoys all aspects of cosmetic and restorative dentistry and has attended numerous courses in Aesthetic dentistry in the UK as well as America (Chicago Dental Conference). Asif is fully committed to ongoing professional development in order to provide his patients with high standards of dental care and a wide range of dental services. He currently has the responsible role as the clinical director within the practice focusing his time on maintaining and driving standards higher for the benefit of our patients. He spends much of his clinical time working with the specialists in a team care environment, ensuring continuity of care and clinical back up.

Farhad Momeni

Dentist

[GDC No. 245022]
BDS (London) MEng (London)

Dr Momeni graduated from Barts and the London school of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013. He started his career in dentistry after completion of Masters in Medical Engineering. Dr Momeni completed his NHS foundation training at the East of England deanery and he started to work at the Bexleyheath Dental Practice in September 2014. Dr Momeni has a particular interest in aesthetic, cosmetic dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry, composite bonding and joint orthodontic-restorative dentistry. He enjoys providing care for nervous Read More

and dental phobic patients under local anaesthesia or intravenous sedation.

Dr Momeni has completed the first part of the MJDF examination, Royal College of Surgeons, and he is looking forward to completing a Master’s degree in Fixed and removable Prosthodontics at Kings College London. In addition, Dr Momeni has won various awards for Audits and presentations during his career

Κonstantina Papatolia

Dentist

[GDC No. 246938]



Konstantina, known as Konnie, qualified in 2012 and since then has been working as a dentist offering a range of treatments. She has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry, hence she continues her Postgraduate studies at King's College London (Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, MClindent). She enjoys providing great smiles and confidence to her patients. She creates a calm, friendly environment and she is ready to assist anxious Read More

patients in overcoming their fears. Konnie is also a certified provider of Invisalign and Quick Straight Teeth.

Sneh Punjabi

Dentist

[GDC No. 196536]
BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng) PGCert Rest

Sneh qualified as a dentist from Modern Dental College India in 2005 and registered with the General Dental Council in 2010. She gained Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014. She currently is studying MSc in Restorative Dental Practice from the prestigious UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London. Also, being an avid reader, she likes attending courses to keep herself ahead of new developments and Read More

techniques in restorative dentistry. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive techniques, aesthetic dentistry and tooth wear. She prides herself in offering an extremely high standard of general dental care and is a strong believer of ordinary dentistry done extraordinarily well, which reflects in her clinical and patient care. She is very good with patients of all ages ranging from children to elderly and enjoys putting nervous patients at ease.

Theodoros Mechteridis

Dentist

[GDC No. 255352]
DipDS

Dr Theodoros Mechteridis qualified in Greece (Thessaloniki) in 2011. Since then he has been practising the full spectrum of general dentistry. Throughout his years of experience, he has developed an interest in endodontics and aesthetic restorations. He manages to create a warm and friendly environment which is ideal for nervous and anxious patients. He always focuses on thoroughly Read More

discussing treatment plans and delivers them in a calm and gentle manner.

Omar Dhillon

Dentist

[GDC No. 264139]
BDS (UCLan) BSc (Newcastle) PGCert (Kent)

Dr Omar Dhillon qualified from the University of Central Lancashire (Preston, UK) in 2016. He previously read Biomedical Science with Business Management from Newcastle University in 2012. His postgraduate dental studies includes Y1 Masters in Primary Dental Care at the University of Kent. Omar completed his foundation training in Gillingham, Medway and went on to provide private and NHS in the Midlands Read More

before joining the practice in 2019. Omar is a friendly and enthusiastic general dental surgeon who practices all aspects of dentistry. He has particular interests in cosmetic restoration and composite bonding, helping anxious patients and children’s dentistry. Omar is also trained and experienced provider in facial aesthetics including dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxation treatments. He has ambitions to work towards gaining training in sedation.

He is always keen to help and enjoys taking on new challenges and learning from his experiences to strive to provide the most current treatments and techniques for his patients.

Mihaela Plugaru

Dentist

[GDC No. 275607 ]
DMD (Romania)

Dr Mihaela Plugaru graduated from Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania in 2016. After 6 years of university she gained the qualification of Bachelor and Masters Degree in Dental Medicine. She became an accomplished and skilled practicing dentist, treating a diverse patient base in oral care and surgery. She had a marvellous chance to learn from the best Specialists in Dentistry and in Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery Read More

from Romania. She volunteered at the Emergency hospital since the 2nd year of dental school to gain more experience in the dental surgical field. Amongst the patients she treated, were those who required primary surgical treatment of facial wounds, immobilization of jaw fractures, incision of abscesses, odontectomies and dental extractions, apical resections.

She participated in major surgical interventions in the O.R: ostepsynthesis in jaw fractures, sinusotomies, surgical treatment of odontogenic phlegmones. Her experience lies in performing general treatments, restorative work, and anything related to oral and maxillo- facial surgery.

Aatif Parkar

Dentist

[GDC No. 230631]
BDS (Lond) MFDS RCS (Edin) MSc (Endo)

Aatif graduated from Barts and the London School of Dentistry in 2012. Following a year of foundation training in the Berkshire deanery, he went on to complete a year working as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Southampton General Hospital. Here he developed his skills in Oral Surgery, as well as gaining valuable insight Read More

and experience in the management of head and neck oncology, trauma and orthognathic surgery. Having worked in general dental practice since 2014, Aatif developed a keen interest in Endodontics. In 2019, he completed an MSc in Endodontics at the renowned Eastman Dental Institute. However, he maintains a strong interest in all areas of general dentistry and is particularly adept at managing nervous patients.

Ankit Patel

Dentist

[GDC No. 271950]
BDS (Hons)

Dr Ankit graduated from Cardiff University, School of Dentistry in 2017 and completed his NHS foundation training in the London deanery. He loves helping patients rediscover their smiles. Areas of dentistry he really enjoys is restorative dentistry – fixing teeth that are broken and making them whole again. Ankit likes to keep ahead of the latest scientific and technological Read More

advances in dentistry, and has a keen interest in digital dentistry. He has a passion for using the latest materials and can provide patients with Cerec same-day crowns resulting in fast, efficient and long lasting teeth restorations.

Dr Ankit sincerely believes that all patients should expect a complete package of dental care that not only treats the problem, but also offers preventive solutions to stop problems reoccurring.He listens to all of his patients and strives to deliver the best possible patient experience.

Daniel Thayanandan

Dentist

[GDC No. 271902]
BSc (Hons), BDS, Pg Cert - Dental Surgeon

Daniel graduated from Guys and St Thomas’ King’s College London with several honours in restorative and prosthodontic areas of dentistry. He also has achieved a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at Kings College London. Read More

Daniel has completed his foundation year certificate, MJDF examination and achieved a post-graduate certificate in Primary Dental Care. He is passionate about addressing patient’s concerns and comfort whilst providing an attentive, holistic and comprehensive approach to dental care.

He has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. Daniel is certified in facial aesthetics to include Botox and dermal fillers. An avid Liverpool supporter, he loves to play football regularly, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Our Hygienists


Karon Priestman

Hygienist / Therapist

[GDC No. 155073]



Karon started working at the practice in 2010 as a dental nurse, she then went on to become an oral health educator. In 2012 she wanted to further her dental career and went to study dental hygiene and therapy at The University of Portsmouth, graduating with a BSc in hygiene and therapy in 2015. Read More

After graduating Karon came back to work full time at the practice offering patients a relaxed and friendly environment. Karon has a passion in educating patients on preventing tooth decay and focusing on periodontal health. She also works under prescription of a dentist to carry out routine dental procedures on adults and children. She enjoys treating nervous patients to overcome their anxieties to restore their confidence in hygiene and therapy. Karon keeps up to date with new and improving techniques in both hygiene and therapy.

Zoe Wills

Hygienist / Therapist

[GDC No. 186920]



Originally from Poole in Dorset, Zoe moved to London and qualified as Dental Hygienist and Therapist from Kings College Hospital winning the award for Professionalism. Having gained experience in specialist private practices in central London Zoe enjoys working with all members of our dental team to give patients the best possible overall dental care. Read More

Alongside her roles as a Hygienist, Zoe is especially keen on prevention. Seeing patients as individuals and creating a tailored oral hygiene regime for each patient. Zoe is a member of the BSDHT and attends dental conferences to keep up to date with new techniques.

Our Nurses


Behice Kaplan

Nurse

[GDC No. 227761]



Carla McKie

Nurse

[GDC No. 134625]



Edyta Starzyk

Nurse

[GDC No. ]



Archana Gurung

Nurse

[GDC No. 274759]



Samjhana Gurung

Nurse

[GDC No. 274757]



Gina Holt

Nurse

[GDC No. 113373]



Our Receptionists


Diane Fewell

Receptionist

Diane joined Bexleyheath Dental Practice in 2004. At that time, Diane was one of our dental nurses and that knowledge is one reason why she provides an excellent reception service. Diane understands patients’ treatments and concerns and will always Read More

provide excellent customer service.

Claire Baker

Receptionist

Claire started working at the practice in 2008, as a dental nurse. She recently joined our reception team and is able to apply her extensive dentistry knowledge to answer patient enquires. Claire enjoys being the first point of contact for the patient and likes to Read More

ensure a smooth patient journey.

Nicola Morgan

Receptionist

Nicola joined our team in October 2018. She is an experienced dental receptionist, which enjoys interacting with patients visiting our practice and helping them feel at ease. Nicola works well as part of the reception team and provides our patients with the best service.

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Management



Eliza Grzeszczuk

Practice Manager

Eliza studied Journalism in Poland and worked at a local newspaper firm before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005. Having developed an interest in the healthcare sector, she started her career in dentistry after obtaining her NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) certificate in 2011. Eliza furthered her knowledge by completing an advanced Implant course and assisting in numerous surgical and implant treatments. Read More

Eliza has also developed advanced customer service skills from her experience working in both Private and NHS sectors of dentistry, which was further reinforced following completion of a level 1 counselling course.

She has now moved from her clinical role onto practice management, where she uses her versatile skills and vast knowledge of dentistry to ensure smooth running of the practice.

Hussein Shaffie

Prinicipal Dentist / Implant Surgeon

[GDC No. 74026]
DDS Sweden

Dr Shaffie is the founder and the principal dentist of Bexleyheath Dental Practice and The Sandford Implant and Cosmetic Centre. He relocated to the United Kingdom with his family 1998 and began his highly ambitious career in general dentistry, especially treating patients with severe dental phobia using intravenous sedation. Read More

In October 2011, Dr Shaffie underwent his Diploma in Implantology at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and has undertaken several complex multidisciplinary cases alongside his team of two other implant dentists. Furthermore, Dr Shaffie attends both national and international courses on a regular basis, and has received certificates in sedation, dental phobia and facial rejuvenation. He is a member BDA, FGDP RCS Eng, SAAD, ADI, RSM

Katarzyna Shaffie

Implant Surgeon

[GDC No. 84563]
DDS, DipImpDent RCS (Eng) MSc

Having graduated with honours from Pomeranian Medical University in Poland in 1999, Kat is a general dentist with special interests in advanced restorative procedures and dental implants. She started her journey working in a community hospital and later as an assistant in the Department of General Dentistry of the Medical Read More

University in Poland, where she was successfully awarded with DDS in the following subject "Oxidant and antioxidant mechanisms in pathogenesis and periodontitis".

Then she started to specialise in prosthodontics and completed many international courses. Kat moved her professional career to the UK in 2005. Since then she has subsequently attended extensive higher education courses across Europe and the UK, ran by some of the most eminent clinicians. Kat has been awarded the highly regarded Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in London in 2008 and works closely with Nobel Biocare and Ankylos implant systems. After submitting her dissertation Kat was awarded the degree of MSc in Dental Implantology from the University of Salford 2010. She is an author of many dental articles and Kat is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, The Faculty of the Royal college of Surgeons, British Dental Association, General Dental Council, Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Denise Bradford

Administration Manager

Denise has managed office and customer service functions for most of her working career spent in the finance sector and health sector. Prior to joining Bexleyheath Dental Practice, Denise managed a physiotherapy and sports injury clinic... Read More

and her knowledge of finance and office systems and experience of staff support helps to ensure the best possible service for patients.

Joanne Moore

Administration Assistant

Joanne joined the practice in December 2016, having worked in the finance sector for all of her working career. She also helps with the running and maintaining of businesses owned by two of her family members. Read More