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About Us: Meet the Team

MEET THE TEAM

Whatever dentistry you're looking for, from health maintenance to restoring your natural teeth, from implants to a complete smile makeover, we can help.


DR ODETTE LAZARUS

DR ODETTE LAZARUS

Dentist

Dr Odette Lazarus graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a BChD in 1993.She began her practising career in England, working in a London practice for 3 years before moving to Bishop's Stortford where she worked for 6 years. In October 2002, she and Dr Bertie Napier took over the 19 Bell Street Dental Practice from Mr Richard Fentiman.

Dr Lazarus is passionate about providing a high standard of care and understanding to all patients. She has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and regularly attends courses, conferences and seminars both in the UK and internationally to keep her knowledge and skills up to date. Odette holds Full membership of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Dental Association.

She is married to Stephen who is a keen ultra-marathon runner. They have two young adult sons.

Her GDC registration number is 69081.

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DR BERTRAND NAPIER

DR BERTRAND NAPIER

Dentist

Born and raised in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, Dr Napier graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1988 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After practising dentistry in South Africa for 10 years, he moved with his young family to the UK in 1998. In 2002 he and Dr Odette Lazarus took over the 19 Bell Street Dental Practice.

Dr Napier’s special interest in Cosmetic and functional Dentistry has led him to study further, not just the latest techniques for cosmetic dentistry, but also the functional problems that often lead to dental problems for many people. His philosophy is one of saving natural teeth wherever possible, as he believes there is nothing better than our own teeth and improving people’s smiles should be done ethically and conservatively, always utilizing minimally invasive options where possible.

He has undertaken additional training in the fields of Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative dentistry, Occlusion, Surgical and restorative Implant dentistry, Adult braces (including 6Month Smiles, Inman Aligner, C-fast, Invisalign and Fastbraces), Laser Dentistry training and CADCAM (Cerec) Dentistry. Dr Napier served as President of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) in 2016 and he is editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is an active member of the BACD, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the British Society of Occlusal Studies (BSOS), the London Dental Fellowship (LDF) and the British Dental Association.

His GDC registration number is 67777.

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DR LEWIS WAGNER

DR LEWIS WAGNER

Dentist

Dr Wagner qualified in the wonderful wine country of Stellenbosch University in 1980 (B.Ch.D. Stell.), going on to further studies in Oral Medicine in 1988 (Hons B.Ch.D. Oral Med) while running his own practice in Hermanus, on the southern Cape coast.

After moving to the UK with his family in 1992, he settled in Bishop’s Stortford to work at The Dentist where he developed interests in Prosthetic/Cosmetic dentistry, Endodontics and Implant surgery. These interests led to an M.Sc. degree in Implant Dentistry from Warwick University in 2008 (M.Sc. Implant Dent), enabling him to offer this service at other practices in the area.

He has been appointed an Honorary Fellow at the University of Warwick since 2009, assisting with the marking of M.Sc. Implantology students’ assignments. He is a Supervisor of final year students in their Professional Projects and Clinical cases. This keeps him up to date with the latest developments in the field of Implantology ensuring the clinical application of evidence-based procedures.

He is also interested in general Oral Surgery as this is closely linked to the field of Implantology and he continues to attend various other courses to keep up to date with the latest developments in general dentistry as well and makes use of the latest technology in providing the best possible treatment for all patients.

His GDC registration number is 57904.

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AMY MELIA

AMY MELIA

Dental Hygienist & Therapist

Amy began her career as a Dental Nurse and qualified with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (Newcastle, England) in 2011.

Her ongoing professional training, in addition to the obligatory updates, has included the management and support of patients with periodontal disease.

Her GDC registration number is 161106.

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KIMBERLEY CLAPHAM

KIMBERLEY CLAPHAM

Dental Hygienist

Kim studied Oral Health Sciences and qualified from the University of Essex in 2016. She joined the practice in October 2016 and enjoys motivating and encouraging patients to improve their oral hygiene. Kim takes a gentle and caring approach when treating her patients, particularly those who are anxious during their dental visits. She is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and is passionate about treating periodontal disease and keeping up to date with current evidence based practice. Outside of work Kim enjoys baking, going to the gym and socialising.

Her GDC registration number is 238335.

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LORRAINE BENNEWITH

LORRAINE BENNEWITH

Practice Manager

Lorraine qualified from the Glasgow Dental Hospital with a Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Nursing in 1997. She has extensive experience working in general practice with additional training in implant nursing.

Other ongoing professional training has included Achieving High Standards in Infection Control, Impression taking, Radiography, Advanced Dental Implant procedures for dental nurses, Clinical Photography.

Her GDC number is 162665.

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HOLLIE BROWN

HOLLIE BROWN

Dental Receptionist and Dental Nurse

After qualifying as a dental nurse, Hollie joined the practice as our new receptionist in 2015.

She has undergone additional training for her receptionist role and maintains her core dental nursing knowledge with regular annual updates.

Her GDC registration number is 255690.

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JAY GUMBLE

JAY GUMBLE

Dental Nurse

Jay came into dentistry after completing an apprenticeship in Hair dressing (NVQ Level 2). She gained her Qualification in Dental Nursing after passing The NEBDN examination in June 2013. Jay joined our practice in August 2013 and is the Decontamination and Infection Control Lead in the practice.

Additional training has included Achieving High Standards in Infection Control.

Her GDC registration number is 247680.

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ANASTASSIA KUZMINA

ANASTASSIA KUZMINA

Dental Nurse

Ana received her NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2017. She enjoys being in the surgery and being part of a patient’s treatment journey and seeing the difference it can make to them. She especially enjoys seeing the transformations made possible through cosmetic dentistry and she has an interest in dental implants as well as oral health education.

In her spare time Ana enjoys music, art, going to the gym and reading.

Her GDC registration number is 273981.

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ALEX PLATTEN

ALEX PLATTEN

Dental Nurse

Alex has recently obtained her qualified status as a dental nurse after training for 2 years via an apprenticeship at Dentistry19.

Her GDC registration number is 284844.

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MIRELLA LAYTON

MIRELLA LAYTON

Trainee Dental Nurse

Mirella is providing maternity cover for the practice and is studying for her dental nursing qualification in the UK.

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