The team at gentle dental look forward to welcoming you to our practice. We’re a small and friendly team, so you’ll be seeing the same faces every time you visit.
All of our team are knowledgeable, and have years of experience putting our clients at ease and calming any nerves people may have about visiting a dentist.
Rob our dentist; he qualified in 1984 at the Birmingham Dental School and since then has worked in various practices around the south before setting up Gentle Dental with Niamh in 2004. On top of routine dental check-ups and general dentistry Rob has dedicated a lot of his time to learning everything he can about cosmetic dentistry.
Rob’s sense of humour and calm, friendly manner will instantly put you at ease, and he always takes the time to talk through your dental health and treatments in clear English.
Rob has a special interest in the appearance of teeth and how they fit together (the ‘bite’). His desire to continually improve the quality of his work this has led to him regularly attending dental courses in the US where many of the latest treatments originate from, studying under the best tutors like Larry Rosenthal at the KOIS center in Seattle and other top cosmetic dentists.
There are always new cosmetic dentistry techniques coming out and Rob works hard to make sure he is always offering what he believes are the best and most up to date treatments.
You know that Rob’s work will always look great as he carefully mixes the colour for each filling and details every veneer and crown so they perfectly match your natural teeth. His attention to detail also means that he will ensure that your bite is perfect, so you won't damage your teeth or be uncomfortable.
This attention to detail also extends to the laboratories we use, we hand pick only the ones we feel are the very best dental laboratories from across the globe, so we can be sure of the results.
GDC Registration Number 59980
Niamh is our dental hygienist, she qualified in 1989, working in other practices before founding Gentle Dental with Rob.
With years of experience Niamh can often flag dental issues early, meaning that you can get treatment before it festers into a more serious problem.
Niamh works hard to stay up to date with all the latest oral hygiene practices and techniques to ensure that Gentle Dental offer you a high quality service.
Our appointments are 40-60 minutes long, twice as long as a typical NHS hygienist. This isn't so we can prod you for longer, but so we can be more gentle and use slower but more pleasant treatments.
Niamh is deeply passionate about dental hygiene, and is a member of the executive board of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy a national association for dental hygienists and therapists.
GDC Registration Number 3745
Zak is our other dentist. He has a wealth of experience in dentistry from various parts of the world. His particular interest in enhancing your natural smile while preserving the health of your teeth, and his patients often comment on his exceptional attention to detail.
Zak grew up in South East London and graduated from The University of Sheffield. He began in an award-winning practice near the University, honed his skills on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, and has since spent many years in relationship-focused independent private practice here on the South Coast. Patients often find him by word of mouth as he is well known for providing a positive dental experience with great rapport.
His commitment to the staying at the forefront of the profession has taken him to further training at the world-renowned Pankey Institute in the USA. He also since completed a Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Bristol, building his expertise in rehabilitating the health of your teeth and gums.
Zak dedicates two weeks every year to undertaking voluntary dental projects in less fortunate communities, including relieving pain by teaching emergency dental skills in Madagascar and Tanzania, and caring for the homeless in London. Meanwhile, he loves to cycle long distances in far-flung locations, and dreams of having his own radio show one day!
Zak Kara BDS DPDS MJDF RCS (Eng)
GDC Registration Number 177501
Harriette is our Dental Therapist and joined us in July 2017. Harriette qualified as a dental nurse in 2013 and continued her studies qualifying from Portsmouth University as a Dental Therapist 2017. This means she has a wider scope of practice than a Hygienist in that she can also do fillings and any necessary work for children.
Harriette has really taken on board the Gentle Dental ethos of gentle treatment alongside calm, reassuring encouragement. She is passionate about her work, always has your best interest at heart and will take the time to ensure you are as comfortable as possible whilst in her care.
GDC Registration Number 248563
Victoria is the practice manager here at Gentle Dental. She is the backbone of the practice and runs the place with a friendly and positive attitude.
With years of experience in customer service she likes to make improvements to ensure that each client gets the best experience. She takes great pride in ensuring smooth operations throughout the dental practice by offering the team support as and when they need it.
She is kind, gentle and understanding and is always there when you need her.