We are proud of our collective professional strengths but also consider that it is the relationship between the staff and the patients that ensures we practise consistently good dentistry. This is where we would like to define ourselves.
Ashley Dental takes the issue of continuing our education and professional development very seriously. We have a Practice Training Agreement and every single member of staff is regularly reviewed and agrees a personal development plan.
Most of us are local to the area and have been working at Ashley Dental for many years. The majority of our patients are familiar faces, many of whom we now count as friends, and this makes our team especially close-knit.
I qualified in 1989 from Kings College Dental School in London. After working at Birmingham Dental Hospital and general practice in Central London I came to Walton-on-Thames where I have been since 1991.
Dental techniques and equipment keep improving all the time but I believe in keeping my underlying philosophy the same. I believe professionalism can be blended with humour, compassion and patience to help my patients achieve healthy mouths and smiles. I enjoy meeting people of all ages and hope to always put them at ease.
When not spending time with my family, I enjoy running, tennis and Chelsea Football Club.
Qualified from Marseilles Dental Academy in 1990. She has worked in general practice both in France and the UK. She joined her brother, Chris, and the team at Ashley Dental in 1997.
Karen’s patients enjoy her quiet, efficient style and find they can relax in her surgery. She is especially good at putting nervous patients at their ease with her caring manner and enjoys seeing children.
She speaks fluent French and is an accomplished cook who loves to entertain friends and family. A bit of a film buff, she still finds time to read widely and attend various concerts in her spare time.
After graduating from King’s College London in 2010, Stephen then went on to work as an Oral and Maxillofacial Senior House Officer in Basildon Hospital gaining additional surgical experience. Following on from this he then moved to London where he has since been working as a General Dentist.
Stephen has always been interested in further developing his clinical knowledge and postgraduate skills and went on to gain Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Restorative Dental Practice at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute where he was awarded a Distinction.
Stephen is also a qualified Invisalign provider and has been straightening teeth for adults and teenagers for many years. Whilst he enjoys all aspects of dentistry he has a particular interest in providing aesthetic restorations and restoring implants. Stephen takes great pride in the quality of his work and ensures he takes the time to make his patients feel at ease.
Outside of dentistry Stephen enjoys spending time with family and doing DIY around the house.
I qualified in Budapest (Hungary) from the Vincotte Academy in 2010.
I have experience working in both private practice and general practice. I always enjoy meeting new people and getting to know my patients.
I have a calm and gentle approach which puts even the most nervous patients at ease. As well as being an enthusiastic oral health promoter I also enjoy the challenges of treating patients with complex periodontal needs.
I have travelled extensively, living and working in Hungary, Australia and now settled in the UK. In my free time I like gardening and swing dancing.
With a commercial and government background in marketing, public relations and project management I joined the Ashley Dental team in late 2008. On a day to day basis, a busy practice with three dentists and two hygienists generates a considerable amount of administrative work.
Taking the longer term view, marketing the business, advertising, co-ordinating staff training needs, keeping up-to-date with legislation changes, updating our website and co-ordinating all our communications fill in any gaps in my time!
If you have any suggestions or comments on the practice, and your care within it, I would be delighted to see them. We need to know what is working for you and what could be improved upon.
Married with two children I find my home life is just as busy but centred around the family. Many years in the tourism industry gave me an enviable chance to travel, which I still love when I get the chance. I also enjoy running, painting, chatting - and anything at all that involves our children!
As a key part of the care team, Dental Nurses and Receptionists need to be professional and friendly. We work closely with the Dentists to ensure that our patients’ experience is a positive one.
We always look forward to welcoming new patients. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.
In Reception we work hard at greeting patients, answering the telephone, making appointments, handling queries and taking payments from patients – very often all at the same time! We are the “face of the place” to all our visitors.
In addition to these very visible activities we are also an important part of the administration team, handling recall notices, filing patients records, following up dental laboratories, hospitals or other referrals, if necessary.
We are all fully qualified and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).
Dentistry is constantly changing and so it is important that we are kept updated and trained in the latest procedures and thinking within the profession. We all participate in a formalised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system – we complete a minimum of ten hours independently verified training and revision every year, on an ongoing basis.
Thank you so much for all your care and attention to my family and I. It really is most appreciated- Mrs W
Thank you to you and your colleague for your kindness and patience with Imogen and her ‘stubborn tooth’ extraction ... you both couldn’t have been kinder or more patient, with us all- Imogen’s Mum
... the relief of having the pain managed by such a great team made it so much easier- Mrs B
Thanks to you (and your lovely staff) for all the wonderful support and service you give us. We sing your praises to all our friends. The professional, caring and rapid way you try to help is sadly rare. We are very, very lucky- Mrs Y
I cannot thank you enough ...- Mrs H
Thank you for my lovely two front teeth!- Ms J
Just to say a very big thank you for your kindness to me this morning.- Ms C
Thank you for showing such interest in the toothbrush that my daughter insisted on bringing into the surgery today! It is taking the time over such simple things that can really make a difference. I am so glad that she is growing up with none of the fears I had about visiting the dentist!- J’s Mum
Karen is an excellent dentist and a great people person... I can’t fault her gentle and speedy approach to fillings!” Patient Survey response- Patient Survey response (Anonymous)
As a patient I feel very relaxed and not at all nervous. Treatment and costs are explained fully and nothing is forced upon you. Best dental practice I have ever been to!- Patient Survey response (Anonymous)
… very lucky to have found him!- Mrs C
He took his time to explain all my options … together we made a decision and the results are above and beyond my expectations. My smile is back to stay.- Anonymous
Very friendly and professional- Anonymous