Meet the Team

Dentists

Mitesh Badiani
GDC: 66934

Special Interest in: Dental Implants & IV Sedation

Mitesh is the Clinical Lead at Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and has over 20 years of dental experience. He has been the clinical lead of this practice and our sister practice Devon Dental Centre of Excellence for 20 years.

His vision was to create a patient journey which represents a high standard of care and service from the first time the patient walks into the practice, right through to the treatment received in surgery and post-treatment communication. This high level of patient care has been created at Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence. Mitesh is proud of the team which has followed his ethos of putting the patient first.

Plymouth & Devon Dental Centre of Excellence has become increasingly successful at providing a variety of post-graduate courses. Mitesh’s vision is that it continues to develop over the next few years and, in conjunction with Professor St John Crean, becomes an internationally recognised post-graduate learning institution. Mitesh has also been active in supporting overseas communities. He has set up a charity hospital in Gujarat in North West India that currently treats general patients as well as provides eye surgery and dental treatment. He is also involved in setting up a charitable dental unit in Uganda.

Special Interests

  • Dental Implants
    • Clinical assistant professor for University of Warwick for over 10 years on the MSc Implant programme
    • Over 15 years of dental implant experience
    • Placed over 4000 implants
    • Mentor for ”Ankylos” implant system – but has experience with over 8 other implant systems
    • Clinical tutor for implant training for smile tube which is an online postgraduate implant training institute.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Training done at Louisiana State University in New Orleans under the guidance of some of the top US cosmetic dentists
  • IV Sedation (for nervous patients)

 

Memberships

  • British Dental Association
  • Association of Dental Implantology,
  • British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BAAD)
  • Founding member of the British Society of Oral Implantology (BSOI)

 

Awards

  • Awarded ‘Dentist of the Year South 2015’ and ‘National Dentist of the Year 2015’ at The Dental Awards ceremony which was held at a gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC, on Friday 17th April 2015.
  • Awarded lifetime achievement award by the C group (Charity dedicated to injured Royal Marines) for services provided to medically discharged royal marines.
  • Led Devon Dental Centre of Excellence and Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence to win ‘Team of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014.
Supriti Paraskar
GDC: 259286

Specialist Prosthodontist (Crowns, Bridges & Dentures)

Dr. Supriti Paraskar is a Mono-specialist (Prosthodontist) registered on the General Dental Council specialist-list register for the United Kingdom. She graduated from King’s College London as a MClinDent (Prosthodontics) in 2017 and has further acquired her MRD / MPros degree from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Prior to her full-time post-graduate education at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London (2014-2017), she acquired her BDS degree in India, and has since then taken her dental equivalency exams to work and practice in the UK.

Her Prosthodontic speciality lies in the field of removable and fixed prostheses (to replace missing teeth or limit the natural gaps in teeth) – crowns, bridges and implants, complicated dentures, complex occlusion (bite) or full mouth rehabilitation and various aspects of aesthetic dentistry and smile redesigning. Her post-graduate training also includes detailed study of moderate to severe toothwear due to acid erosion or mechanical attrition and abrasion as a result of bruxism or grinding of teeth – resulting in Temporomandibular joint pain.

Her research on “Effects of tooth brushing force with a desensitising dentrifice on dentine tubule patency and surface roughness” was published in the Journal of Dentistry in February 2017. Her core fundamental belief lies in conservative or minimally invasive dentistry. Besides the three years NHS hospital-based training, she has been a part of our private dental team since 2018 and has received much admiration from her patients for her careful treatment planning, detailed communication and keen craftsmanship.

She was felicitated as the first clinician to receive a “certificate of Compassionate practice” in recognition of ‘going the extra mile for our patients by Guys’ and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London in 2017.

Dr. Paraskar works in close association with our lead implant surgeon Dr. Badiani for the implant restorative work and travels to three of our sister-practices in Plymouth, Bovey Tracey and Totnes. She is passionate about her role as an oral health care provider and loves to put a smile on her patient’s faces on a daily basis.

Hobbies: painting, trying to play musical instruments, dramatics and dancing, playing various sports like table tennis, badminton, lawn tennis, basketball, squash, cricket, and indulging in trying various cuisines as a keen foodie (with unpredictable culinary skills!)

Mohamed Elneklawy​
GDC: 263724

Specialist Endodontist (Root Canal Treatment)

Mohamed qualified in 2004 from Cairo University, Egypt. In 2007 he started his 3 years of speciality training in Restorative dentistry with subspecialty of Endodontics, to gain the highly prestigious Membership in Restorative Dentistry in Endodontics from the Royal college of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Teaching was always Mohamed’s passion, so in 2011 he founded the Royal Dentists Institute, a leading postgraduate dental training institute in the Middle East. During this time, he continued to run his private practice in Cairo, which launched in 2009, performing advanced endodontic treatments under a surgical operating microscope and receiving regional referrals.

In 2016 Mohamed moved to the U.K. to start working as a clinical teaching fellow in restorative dentistry at the School of Dentistry, University of Leeds. Focusing on teaching endodontics for the undergraduate & postgraduate students and running the endodontic troubleshooting clinics, treating complicated endodontic cases. In 2018 he was added onto the GDC specialist list in Endodontics, after rigorous assessment of his qualifications and experience.

Mohamed has a great deal of experience in providing exemplary endodontic treatments, re-treatments and dealing with any of the endodontic mishaps like perforations, broken files and dismantling posts. He will also be accepting referrals for microsurgeries including apicectomies in the near future.

Every patient will have a thorough assessment before deciding on starting any of the treatments, followed by a full explanation of the pros, cons and prognosis of every procedure.

Kirsty Lewis
GDC: 264693

Dentist – Invisalign® & Facial Aesthetics Provider

Kirsty’s style of dentistry is gentle and empathetic, which helps even nervous people feel comfortable and confident receiving dental care. The main aims of her practice are to help her patients to excellent dental health and create the smile of their dreams!

Kirsty qualified at Peninsula Dental School and is interested in minimally invasive restorative dentistry with excellent aesthetic results. Being able to provide the best and most up to date techniques is a real passion and this is achieved by attending many post graduate programs alongside studying for an MSc in restorative dentistry.

Alongside dental care, Kirsty offers facial aesthetics with high quality, safe injectable products. Before becoming a dentist, Kirsty worked in hospitals, private clinics and in education as a dietitian and has a keen interest in the interplay between health and diet.

She grew up in South Devon and now lives in Plymouth with her husband and two sons.

Andrew Pickering
GDC: 66973
Special Interest in: Dental Implants & IV Sedation

Andrew qualified in 1991 at Newcastle University and has a broad background in both NHS and private general practice. Andrew gained his early experience in dental implants over ten years ago and has an interest in single teeth through to full arches particularly loose dentures. 

Andrew also enjoys ceramics, high end composites and minimally invasive aesthetic dental techniques. Intravenous sedation is available for all treatment and difficult/ surgical extractions.

Magdalena Laskowska
GDC: 85287

Dentist

Magda graduated in 1992 from the Faculty of Dentistry at the Medical University of Warsaw. She was also the owner of Harwood Dental Practice for 11 years, and since 2017, a partner.

Magda is a general dentist with a special interest in Bioclear method of restorations (in which white composite material is wrapped around a tooth using special, technologically advanced mylar matrices. Composite is heated to properly form a fully functional, beautiful tooth). She completed all levels of Bioclear training, including the advanced level at The Bioclear Learning Center in Seattle, USA. Magda also has a special interest and 10 years of experience in extensive Fibredontics – glassfibre reinforced direct restorations: splints, bridges. Particularly helpful for patients suffering from periodontal disease. Minimally invasive, this technique, in many cases, allows to use patient’s own teeth as part of the bridge, allowing for the most natural looking result.

In her own time, Magda enjoys walks on the moors, physical activity and regular training. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the SmileStar charity, which provides free dental care to ex Royal Marines in the UK and local communities abroad.  With SmileStar, she has volunteered for 5 trips abroad – 3 to Kenya and 2 to India.

Aleks Srokosz
GDC: 258317
Dentist – Invisalign® & Smile Makeover Provider

Aleks qualified with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Surgery with honours from the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry. He is also a Master of Community Pharmacy from Jagiellonian University. Dr Aleks also works at Peninsula Dental School where he supervises final year students.

Aleks enjoys providing the highest quality of evidence based dental care in a friendly and relaxed environment. His philosophy of dentistry is based on prevention and conservation of tooth tissue and he always works with magnification loops to ensure maximum preservation of healthy tooth structure. His special interest is minimally invasive, aesthetic dentistry and this has earned him numerous awards in his career as a Dentist so far. He spends much of his free time studying to ensure that his treatments are always in line with evidence-based​ best practice. He has been trained in occlusion, tooth wear and other subjects at prestigious Spear Education training centre Arizona, USA. He has completed numbers of courses in Italy, Norway, Poland and the UK. Aleks is certified in Digital Smile Design, Invisalign and also the Bioclear (Tacoma, USA) composite method. He is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Clear Aligner Therapy (orthodontics) at City of London Dental School. Dr Aleks is a member of Dentinal Tubules study club and Spear Education. He is also developing his interest in digital dentistry. Aleks is very quiet in nature, but sympathetic and conscientious in his work. Dentistry is his passion.

Outside of work, Aleks loves spending time with his family. He is married and has two girls and a baby boy. He loves sailing and has sailed extensively in the Baltic Sea. Also enjoying windsurfing, mountaineering and traveling.

Sara Hutchinson
GDC: 69494

Specialist Oral Surgeon

Sara qualified in 1993 from Birmingham Dental School. She spent her early years gaining valuable surgical experience within Oral and Maxillofacial Units in Hospitals around England (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Eastman Dental Institute, London and Great Ormond St Hospital).

She obtained her fellowship in Dental surgery in 1998 from the Royal  College of Surgeons of England and has been a registered specialist in Oral Surgery since 1999.

Sara split her work between Hospitals and Practice until she moved and settled with her family in Devon in 2005. Since May 2006 she has been providing a Specialist NHS Oral Surgery Service at Devon Dental Centre of Excellence in Ashburton and Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence.

Chad Furhuraire
GDC: 283676

Dentist – Invisalign® Provider

Chad graduated from Peninsula Dental School, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery. Since then, he has worked in both NHS and private practices. Chad primarily focuses on providing general dentistry with special interests in providing cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry such as composite bonding. Chad ensures to provide excellent aesthetic results and enjoys providing orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign®

Chad has a empathetic and relaxed approach when providing dental treatment and is very good at treating nervous and anxious patients. He takes pride in making patients feel very comfortable and relaxed when receiving dental care. He is also currently training in providing IV Sedation to treat nervous patients.   

Outside of work, Chad enjoys travelling, basketball and skiing and is always keen to explore exciting new hobbies.

Reshmi Khimji
GDC: 280770

Dentist

Reshmi, originally from Lancashire, has a BSC (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in Medical Biology and then went on to obtain her BDS Dentistry Degree from the European University of Madrid in 2018. After her studies abroad she move back to the UK and has since been enjoying the beauty of the South West. 

Reshmi brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her patient care. She is a firm believer in educating her patients on the tip and tricks to maintaing a healthy mouth, with a conservative approach to treatment. 

Aside from all your general dentistry needs she has a special interest SmileFast composite bonding. 

Outside of work, Reshmi’s hobbies include live music and enjoying exploring coastal walks.

Dental Hygienists & Therapists

Lindsey Wright
GDC: 170999

Lindsey is our Senior Dental Hygienist and Therapist who qualified in 2008 from Cardiff University and has worked at the practice since 2009. 

She promotes a relaxed, stress-free, friendly environment whilst upholding excellent dental care catered for each individual need. Lindsey predominantly treats patients with severe gum disease and gets them to a point of stability and maintenance, but also treats both adults and children for routine hygiene appointments for general cleaning and oral hygiene instructions to help you keep your teeth healthy at home.  

Lindsey is also a trained therapist, which means that she is able to undertake simple fillings on both adults and children. She works 2 days a week at Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and 2 days a week at our sister practice in Ashburton, Devon Dental Centre of Excellence. 

Outside of work, Lindsey is always on the go with her young family and dogs, enjoys sewing, baking and music with her children. She is always up for new challenges and new experiences which has included going on a Smilestar trip to South Africa in 2019 to provide free dental care to those in need.

Kelly Gillard
GDC: 247730

Dental Hygiene Therapist

Kelly has a long history with us, completing her dental nurse training at our sister practice in Ashburton back in 2011. She then went on to become an oral health educator, before heading to Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth to study as a Dental Hygiene Therapist.

She now works with us at our Plymouth practice, treating both our general hygiene patients as well as our more complex periodontal patients. As a therapist, she is also able to provide sealants and fillings for children and adults.

Kelly has a gentle and calming manner and enjoys working with nervous patients, putting them at ease during their treatment. Kelly’s main goal is to help patients improve and maintain good oral health care at home, while also treating more complex issues in surgery. Her aim is to try and help stabilise patients’ gum health, so they can keep their teeth for longer.

In addition to working as a hygiene therapist, Kelly also helps supervise students at the Peninsula dental school, using her first-hand experience to guide them through their extensive training.

Since completing her degree, Kelly has also further developed her interest in skincare. She has undergone training and certification for medical microdermabrasion facial and peels with Eden Aesthetics as well as offering anti-wrinkle treatments. She is now embarking on further aesthetics courses to enable her to provide; derma-planing and micro needling which we hope to able to be offer here at Plymouth in the near future.

Outside of dentistry, Kelly enjoys walking her sausage dog, cycling and paddle boarding.

Lucy Steward
GDC: 252621

Lucy grew up along the Cornish coast in Seaton. She completed her dental nursing diploma is 2014 and it was working alongside both Hygienists and Therapists that spurred Lucy on to further her dental career. 

Lucy gained a place to study Combined Hygiene and Therapy at Cardiff University and graduated in 2020 with First Class Honours during a global pandemic! She prides herself on educating her patients and preventing gum disease as – prevention is better than cure – as well as aiding in the management and stabilisation of advanced periodontal diseases. Lucy has a very calming demeanour and is great with nervous patient and children. 

Recently, Lucy has undergone her Certificate in Advanced Medical and Facial Aesthetics and plans to gain further experience in this. She is also very keen to volunteer overseas in the near future. 

Lucy spends most of her spare time at the skatepark or roller skating in the sunshine. She enjoys beach days, reading and caring for her 20 houseplants. She also practices yoga and meditation.

Dental Nurses

Leila Matthews
GDC: 160772

Lead Clinical Nurse & Assistant Practice Manager

Leila is the Assistant Practice Manager and Clinical Lead Nurse for Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence. She has been a Dental Nurse for 16 years now and can often be passing on her knowledge and skills to other staff within our group and assisting with training, whilst still also working in clinic.

Leila has passed her certificate in Dental Implant Nursing qualification and has experience in assisting with the more complex procedures, including sinus procedures and bone grafts. She has a wide variety of qualifications and skills; having also gained her dental radiography qualification, impression taking certificate and is also qualified to assist with dental sedation, passing the certificate with a merit. Leila was also awarded the Dentex Community Spirit Award in 2021!

Leila also spends a lot of her time supporting the Practice Manager and ensuring the compliance and policies are up to date and that surgeries run smoothly in both Plymouth Dental and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence.

Danielle Waldram
GDC: 251553

Dental Nurse

Danielle joined the practice in 2016 and since then, she has gained a vast amount of knowledge and got to see some amazing smile transformations – working with incredible clinicians. She has achieved additional qualifications in Dental Impressions, Radiography and IV Sedation.

Danielle enjoys oral surgery, (extractions/implants) but equally enjoys restorative work (composite build ups and glass-fibre bridges).

Since joining the practice Danielle has got married, bought a home and more recently had her first child, Finlay, who was born in December 2021. Danielle is currently on maternity leave, but is looking forward to coming back to work part-time in September.

During maternity leave Danielle has been enjoying swimming with Finn, baby sensory classes, walks and her multi tasking skills have come in handy! But she also still loves Moto GP when she gets to watch it!

Samantha Cox
GDC: 160772

Dental Nurse

Sam is has been a qualified Dental Nurse since 2010 and has worked at Plymouth Dental since 2015. She is also qualified in Radiography and Impression Taking.

Usually Sam works alongside our Dentists Supriti and Kirsty or alongside our Hygienist, Kelly.

Most of Sam’s spare time is spent taking care of her two children, although she does enjoy swimming and walking at the weekends.

Emily Male
GDC: 276556

Dental Nurse

Emily joined Plymouth Dental Centre Of Excellence in September 2018.

Emily is a qualified dental nurse and she works alongside therapists, hygienists, general dentists and dental specialists, which involves assisting for implants and root canal treatments.

Throughout her time at PDCOE Emily has gained much experience, knowledge and confidence within her job role. Her favourite treatments to set up and assist for are implants and direct composite crowns.

She also has additional qualifications in radiography and dental impressions, which she is proud of and very grateful to be given the opportunity to achieve.

In her spare time Emily like to sing, song write and play the acoustic guitar. She also enjoys reading, sea swims, long walks with her family/friends and she’s currently undertaking a crystal healing course!

Milan Wheeler
GDC: 294629

Dental Nurse

Milan has been aware of the need for regular dental visits since she was a child, as she has been coming to the practice for many years. With this knowledge she decided to become a Dental Nurse and qualified in this role through the NEBDN. She is empathic towards patients and understands the anxiety of some patients when they enter the surgery. Milan helps to put the patients at ease with her sunny nature.

In her spare time Milan likes to spend with her family and friends, she enjoys going to the gym and her interest of fashion and beauty.

Laurie Jones
GDC: 277586

Dental Nurse

Laurie is a Dental Nurse at Plymouth Dental. She has been a Dental Nurse for 5yrs now and was previously in the British Army, where she originally qualified. She has worked with a wide variety of dentists, and has personally qualified as an Oral Health Educator Nurse. 

In her spare time, Laurie has a keen interest in animals and devotes a great deal of her time to her 3 Chihuahuas and 2 rabbits. She likes to keep fit and enjoys swimming and horse riding. Her favourite thing to do is go on long walks with her dogs and Fiancé.

Macy Marks

Trainee Dental Nurse

Macy has been working at Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence since August 2021 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. She has thoroughly enjoyed her course so far and feels that it has given her a lot of knowledge and confidence, not only as a trainee, but as an individual. So far, Macy has thoroughly enjoyed learning about patient care and the variety of treatments available within the practice.

In her spare time, Macy enjoys listening to music, walking her dog on the beach and working towards passing her driving test.

Emily Fawcett

Trainee Dental Nurse

Emily left school in 2017 and worked in retail for 3 years until she decided that she would like to become a dental nurse. Emily started working with us at Plymouth Dental in December 2020 and started her official dental nursing course in April 2021, which will take approximately 2 years to complete.  

Emily has assisted with a full range of dental treatments, from hygiene clinics and fillings through to extractions and implant placements. Emily is very caring, empathetic and friendly, which shines through making each patient feel at ease during treatments.

Outside of work, Emily spends time with her family, and enjoys playing her guitar and singing. 

Front of House & Management

Pippa Harrison

Front of House

Pippa joined the practice in November 2020, her previous occupations have been, a Dental Courier, a Massage Therapist, a Nail Technician and a Window Dresser. Later in life she gained a Higher Certification in Law at Plymouth University. Pippa enjoys her role as a Dental Receptionist as she is patient focused, she understands nervous patients and tries to ensure that each patient leaving the practice leaves with a good experience.

Pippa lives in Plymouth with her husband and teenage son, their 2 dogs and her beloved horse Chase. In her spare time she enjoys equestrian activities, walking with her dogs and spending time with family and friends.

Becca Battersby

Front of House

Becca joined the team in September 2021. She previously worked across a range of hotels, however after 7 years within hospitality, she decided to challenge herself to learning a new field. Previously, Becca has gained a BTEC and NVQ Level 2 in Front of House Reception. She enjoys her role on reception as she enjoys helping and reassuring people, especially anxious patients.

Most of Becca’s spare time is taken up by her husband, toddler son and two dogs. However, she does enjoy reading when she can and going out for dinner.

Keeley-Anne Rowe

Front of House

Keeley has been in customer facing roles for 10 years, she then joined the practice in October 2021. Keeley loves working within a customer facing role and she’s also interested in the clinical side of it, as she loves to observe in surgery when possible. Keeley thinks that we have a great team here and its a lovely place to work. 

In her spare time, Keeley loves spending time with her fiancé and family, and she’s currently planning her wedding for next year abroad!

Kerry Blight

Front of House

Kerry joined the Practice in August 2019, working Part Time to work around her family. Prior to joining the practice, she had worked in customer facing roles since she was 16 years old, her roles have included being an Administrator in a couple of Training Organisations, a Hotel Receptionist and most recently an Administrator for a Nursery.  

During these roles, she has also gained numerous qualifications in Customer Service, Administration, Management and most Recently Human Resources. Kerry is enjoying working as a Dental Receptionist because she prides herself on excellent customer service and helping customers. She also likes being part of a good team. 

Kerry spends her days off with her daughter, doing things like Soft Play, Music Classes and crafting with her. Weekends are mainly spent with her husband and daughter, either taking her daughter to Ballet, relaxing at home as a family or going to places with animals!

Tricia Hanley

Specialist Oral Surgery & Front of House

Tricia joined the Devon Dental team in Jan 2014, initially working alongside the book-keeper inputting data, but then moved to the Medical Professional Consultancy (Oral Surgery Specialist Service) in 2015.

Tricia liaises with the Devon Referral Support Services & Dental practices over Devon to help patients, usually in pain, to get the dental treatment needed by a Specialist Oral Surgeon in the relaxing surroundings of our private practices in Plymouth & Devon. Tricia focuses on helping patients from referral to treatment by enabling the fastest, safest and stress-free patient journey possible.

Tricia also helps on the reception at Plymouth Dental with the general patients, both over the phone and face to face, helping to make sure each patient feels comfortable and happy.

In her own time, Tricia loves spending quality time with her family, which includes her husband, two children and disabled brother.

Wendy Ashfield

Front of House

Wendy joined the team in May 2022. She has worked in customer facing roles for over 35 years and enjoys dealing with patients, always aiming to provide excellent customer service. Prior to working in dentistry, Wendy worked in Retail Banking and the Post Office. Wendy also has experience in Community Dentistry both on reception and as a Decontamination Technician.

When not at work Wendy enjoys spending time with family and friends, and scenic dog walks. 

Debbie Hutchinson

Business Development Manager

Debbie is the Business Development Manager for the Smile Excellence group and also manages both Plymouth and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence. Her role is to build, train and support the practice managers to achieve set objectives for the growth of their practices along with enhancing the practice managers development and that of their teams; whilst delivering the highest standards of patient care.

Debbie is committed to service excellence. She has worked in the industry since 2004, starting as a dental receptionist then spending 8 years as a practice manager for Private & Specialist Referral practices including Plymouth and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence since 2012. 

During this time Debbie has achieved many dental awards with the support of her teams, these include National Team of the year 2013, Team of the Year South 2014 as well as nominating Dr Badiani for National Dentist of the year 2015 to which he became the winner. More recently in 2016 Plymouth & Devon Dental Centre of Excellence were awarded Best Private & Specialist Referral Practice, Devon & Dental Implant Centre of the Year UK by the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical awards.

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