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Meet The Team

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About Us

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.

Anthony Dash

Principal Dentist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Anthony Dash

Principal Dentist

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.

Francesca Dash

Diamond Invisalign Provider

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Francesca Dash

Diamond Invisalign Provider

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 was the first female provider in the UK to gained ‘Diamond status’ – she completed over 1,500 case’s – 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.

Mario Veltri

Implant Dentist & Periodontal Specialist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Mario Veltri

Implant Dentist & Periodontal Specialist

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.

Chaitra Hejmadi

Dentist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Chaitra Hejmadi

Dentist

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 has completed a certificate in restorative dentistry from Warwick University and 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.

Joe Chikosi

Dental Hygienist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Joe Chikosi

Dental Hygienist

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.

Sameenah Hanif

Dental Hygienist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Sameenah Hanif

Dental 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.

Sameenah is currently on Maternity leave.

Carol McLoughlin

Dental Hygienist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Carol McLoughlin

Dental Hygienist

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.

Helen Westley

Dental Hygienist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Helen Westley

Dental Hygienist

GDC Number: 3593

Helen has many years of experience working as a Dental Hygienist. She takes pride in improving the dental health of her patients and helping to allay the worries of the more anxious patients.

Alongside her clinical work she also visits Dental practices in the West Midlands as a Professional Educator for Waterpik Waterflossers. She provides information and demonstrations to dental staff on the benefits of Waterflossing for their patients.

She is also an examiner for the National Examining board of Dental Nurses.

In her spare time Helen enjoys foreign travel, swimming and long walks with her dog.

Tareq Ahmed

Dental Therapist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Tareq Ahmed

Dental Therapist

Tareq trained at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 2017 as a Dental Therapist. Tareq is a passionate, professional and caring clinician. Tareq’s extended knowledge and skills in restorative dentistry allows him to undertake a variety of dental treatments. His primary focus is to help patients achieve and maintain good oral health with a tailored hygiene programme. Additionally, Tareq has a specialist interest in cosmetic dentistry which includes teeth whitening and improving the aesthetics of teeth with filling materials.
Outside of work, Tareq has a keen interest in cars and likes driving. Tareq is interested by design and is currently working on a project to brand himself.

Emma Lappage

Dental Nurse

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Emma Lappage

Dental Nurse

GDC Number: 243938

Emma has been a dental nurse since 2009 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. She is often working along side Mario Veltri our implant and periodontal specialist and also along side Francesca Dash our invisalign provider

Outside of work she loves spending time with her family. Emma comes from a big family and has 11 nieces and nephews…and counting!

Abbey Hunt

Dental Nurse

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Abbey Hunt

Dental Nurse

GDC Number: 275633

Abbey has been a dental nurse since 2015 and since then she has been working along side our dentist Chaitra Hejmadi assisting with dentures and root canal treatments.

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

Joanna Kelly

Dental Nurse

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Joanna Kelly

Dental Nurse

GDC Number: 260638

Joanna has been a dental nurse since 2013 and enjoys assisting patients in their journey towards their dream smile. When she isn’t working she enjoys cooking and you’ll often find her acting as the sole member of her boyfriends pit crew on weekends.

Emma Bingham

Practice Manager

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

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.

Natalie Gazey

Receptionist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Natalie Gazey

Receptionist

Natalie has been in the Dentistry industry for over 17 years and prides herself on delivering excellent patient service. When not at work Natalie is a busy mum and runs baby development classes. If she has anytime to herself, she will have her head in a book (most likely a James Patterson novel).

Chloe Phillips

Receptionist

Lion Dental Centre Stourbridge

Chloe Phillips

Receptionist

GDC Number: Awaiting

Chloe has been a dental nurse since 2015 and has decided to step into a role that allows her to focus on patient care and progression. She is hoping to become one of our full time treatment coordinators and her friendly disposition makes her the perfect person to greet you when you enter the practice, working as one of our front of house members of staff.

Testimonials

“Always a pleasant welcome and a smile, a friendly and professional practice where I have no hesitation in recommending. Modern dentistry at its best.”

“As always all staff were friendly & professional. I would recommend the practice to anyone seeking a first class service.”

“Friendly manner over the phone and reception. Very happy with services of my dentist and hygienist, will not consider going elsewhere. Also text message appointment reminder system is very helpful.”

“A lovely atmosphere with all staff being friendly and approachable. I feel welcome and at ease here.”

“A huge thank you to Anthony and his wonderful team for giving me my smile back today. As a petrified dental patient, the whole team put me at ease and supported me through my treatment today….and I never felt a thing!!!”

“On our first visit to Lion Dental Centre we were very impressed by all the staff. The care and treatment that was given to us was very relaxing & comforting. We will continue to attend this practice in the future.”

“Went to lion health for an emergency extraction , which was performed by Chaitra, lovely lady who made me feel at ease . Dental Nurse was very nice and so were the receptionists , fitted me in straight away. Would highly recommend.”

“I have found staff to be friendly, helpful and have noticed a considerable difference since having the Invisalign braces fitted. I am pleased with the progress and can now smile again.”

“The staff are very friendly. My appointment was with Anthony who replaced a filling. He made me feel at ease and explained what he was doing this made me more relaxed.”

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