MEET THE TEAM

We are proud of our welcoming, award winning, locally based dental team. We aim to make your visit a pleasant and relaxing experience. All of our clinicians adhere to the strict professional guidelines set out by the General Dental Council.

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Anthony Dash BDS Birm 1988 GDC Number: 63902

Anthony qualified from Birmingham Dental Hospital in 1988 and transforms smiles through cosmetic dentistry using the latest technology. He keeps up to date with new treatment techniques by regularly attending courses in the UK and overseas. Outside work Anthony enjoys cycling and often rides up to 100km in a day.

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Francesca Dash BDS Birm 1989 GDC Number: 64909

Francesca is well known for her friendly nature and for the past 17 years has focused on providing a range of orthodontic treatments. She has a wealth of experience in both fixed and removable appliances having worked as a Clinical Assistant in the Royal Stoke University Hospital Orthodontics Department for over 13 years.

She has also been providing Invisalign treatments since 2006 and is the only female provider in the UK to have gained ‘Diamond status’ – she recently completed her 1,000th case – which shows her commitment to Invisalign’s products. As a mother to four children Francesca gets little time to relax, but when she does, she loves to ride her horse, Tom.

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Mario Veltri DDS (2002) PhD (2008) Cert. Perio (2014) Specialist in Periodontology GDC Number: 118225

After graduating from the University of Siena in Italy, Mario worked in general dental practice. At the same time he developed an interest in dental implant treatment and furthered his clinical and academic background by earning a PhD on this topic and contributing several scientific publications concerning implant dentistry.

Mario was then awarded a prestigious scholarship from the International Team for Implantology that allowed him to attend for one year the University of Geneva, in Switzerland where he received further training on dental implant treatment at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Occlusion.

Later on, Mario relocated to Sweden where he was accepted for a 3-year post-graduate training program in periodontology at the University of Göteborg. This well renowned university is a leading clinical and research institution for periodontology and dentistry in general. On completion of the program, Mario was awarded the certificate in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry issued by the European Federation of Periodontology and he registered with the General Dental Council as a specialist in periodontology. Mario is also an Honorary Specialist Dentist at The University of Birmingham where he is involved with undergraduate teaching.

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Chaitra Hejmadi BDS Rajiv Gandhi 2002, MFDS RCS Eng 2005 GDC Number: 100064

Chaitra qualified in 2002 in India then passed her international qualifying exam in 2005. Since qualifying in 2002 she has worked in hospital posts in the West Midlands, general dental practices and in community dentistry. Chaitra’s clinical interests are in all areas of restorative dentistry including dentures, root canal and cosmetic treatment. She likes to keep up to date with current concepts in dentistry by attending courses regularly. Chaitra is currently undergoing a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry through Warwickshire University. She is also a member of the British Dental Association and of Royal College of Surgeons of England and FGDP UK. She is also an examiner for the MJDF RCS examination. Chaitra is married with two lovely daughters. She loves to cook and spend time with her family and friends.

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Emma Bingham Practice Manager GDC Number: 184067

Emma has over seven years’ experience as a dental nurse and receptionist. She is also a trained oral health educator so can answer any questions on improving and keeping up with your oral health. Emma has recently married a devoted cricketer so rather than become a cricket widow; she spends Saturdays keeping the scoreboards up to date. She also loves Harry Potter and has visited the studios to see how the films were made.

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Elloise Craig Dental Nurse GDC Number: 257358

Elloise has a caring, professional nature and understands the importance of creating beautiful smiles people can be proud of. Her long-term career goal is to become a dental hygienist; a role she’s currently studying for. When she’s not busy at work she enjoys scouting out and renovating old furniture pieces with the help of her sister.

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Emma Lappage Dental Nurse GDC Number: 243938

Emma has been a dental nurse for over six years and loves interacting with patients as part of her job role. Emma is always keen to learn more to better herself in her working role.

Outside of work she loves spending time with her family. Emma comes from a big family and has 10 nieces and nephews…and counting!

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Sameenah Hanif Hygienist GDC Number: 248151

Having qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2013, hygienist Sameenah works closely with the dentists to improve oral health. She has a friendly and caring approach and aims to make a visit to the hygienist a pleasing experience. She has experience working in a hospital environment, as well as within community and general practice in the West Midlands.

She is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and is keen to develop her skills through continuing professional development. Out of work she enjoys reading, listening to music, watching films, cooking, gardening, health and beauty and getting involved in charitable and local community projects.

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Abbey Hunt Trainee Dental Nurse GDC Number:

Abbey is an apprentice at the practice currently studying to be a dental nurse. The rest of the team are assisting her throughout the training programme. She is looking forward to the year ahead.

In her spare time Abbey enjoys meeting and socialising with her friends.

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Joe Chikosi Dental Hygienist GDC Number: GDC Number 173121

Joe has been with Lion Dental since 2017 and is now an integral part of our team. He has a busy home life with his wife and two lovely children.

Joe is passionate about oral healthcare, and has experience working with a variety of patients in a Hospital setting; helping to treat people with dental phobias, mental health, learning disabilities and medical or physical problems.

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Carol McLoughlin Dental Hygienist GDC Number: GDC Number 1460

Carol has been a Hygienist since 1976 and qualified in the Women’s Royal Navy Service. Carol is great fun and loves to keep us all laughing, she is great at putting all her patients at ease. On weekends she can be found taking her dog Paddy for long walks.

“Joining the practice was the best decision myself and my wife made. Anthony is a very good person and is very professional at his work. The staff here are lovely people. On first attending my teeth were in a terrible state but after bridge work they are now first class. I highly recommend this practice to everyone.”