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Dr. Amrita SinghPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Amrita Singh

Paediatric Dentist

BDS, MClinDent

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Dr Amrita Singh qualified in 2009 and, following two years in general practice, pursued a Master’s degree whilst simultaneously completing her specialist training in paediatric dentistry at the University of Sheffield.

She has more than five years’ experience working with children and her areas of interest include the management of dental trauma, including restorative work of front teeth. She believes that the role of a paediatric dentist is key in the care of young patients – not only for a pleasant first-time experience, but for a smooth transition into adulthood.

Dr. Sarah TukmachiPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Sarah Tukmachi

Paediatric Dentist

BDS, MJDF, MClinDent, MPaed (RCS)

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Sarah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 and went on to undertake a number of training posts in leading teaching hospitals, before completing her speciality training in Paediatric Dentistry at The Royal London Dental Hospital. Alongside her training in paediatric dentistry, Sarah has also completed a Clinical Master’s degree, is a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and is on the specialist list. She is currently undertaking the final years of her training to become a consultant.

Sarah’s interests include treating young and anxious children under many treatment modalities, including inhalation sedation, as well as the management of dental trauma.

Dr. Marjan GhahremanPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Marjan Ghahreman

Paediatric Dentist

BDS, MClinDent Paed Dent

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Marjan graduated from King’s College London in 1996 and went on to work in various posts in oral surgery and community and special care dentistry. Having found an interest working with special care patients, Marjan completed her MClinDent in paediatric dentistry in 2011, as well as gaining inclusion on the specialist list for special care dentistry the same year.

As well as extensive experience treating patients with both local anaesthetic and inhalation sedation, Marjan has always been keen on teaching and training. She has been a paediatric dentistry clinical tutor and is currently registered as an educational supervisor for newly qualified dentists.

Marjan’s interests include treating young and anxious children, autistic patients and children with any other medical concerns.

Dr. Dimitra SaliakelliPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Dimitra Saliakelli

Dentist

DDS, DDent Paediatric Dentistry, Certificate Special Care Dentistry

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Dr Dimitra completed her undergraduate training in the Dental School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2011. During her studies, she worked as an assistant to a paediatric dentist. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in the challenging and rewarding field.

In 2013 she moved to the UK and worked as a general dentist for 3 years. In September 2016 she started a 3-year DDent program in paediatric dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute. In April 2019 she successfully completed the exams of the Royal College of Surgeons in paediatric dentistry.

During the DDent program she carried out treatments for young children and adolescents in different areas of dentistry (caries, trauma and dental anomalies management), under inhalation sedation and participated in treatments under general anaesthesia. As part of her studies, she was also involved in a research project in dental materials.

She believes that “prevention is better than cure” and has always undertaken her work with this ethos in mind. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the movies, walking her dog and playing board games. Her other hobbies include dancing and travelling.

Dr. Karina PenteadoPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Karina Penteado

Paediatric Dentist

DDS, Msc in Paediatric Dentistry

Karina’s passion for working with children started at an early age. By the time she was just 13, Karina had enrolled on a course to become a primary teacher in Brazil, knowing then that she enjoyed looking after, motivating and encouraging children. Once she had completed her dental degree, Karina knew she wanted children to form a key part of her practice. Doctor Karina has been working with oral surgery and paediatric dentistry since the very beginning of her career in 2001. She thrives on seeing children overcome their anxieties. In her daily practice, she uses the most advanced methods of inhalation sedation and ‘Wand’ computer anaesthesia. Karina also has a keen interest in restorative treatments for cleft lip/palate patients.

For the last 8 years Karina has also been a clinical teacher at King’s College Paediatric Department, where she shares her extensive knowledge of children’s dentistry with dental students. She is also proud to have developed a programme that was executed under her supervision, minimising caries disease in the town of Amambai in her native Brazil.

Karina strongly believes that adults can learn a great deal about what really matters in life from the spontaneous joy and excitement that children experience in the world. Being a mum herself, Karina understands how stressful it can be to find the right dentist for your little one. She is committed to creating a stress-free environment for children and teaching them correct oral hygiene habits that will stay with them for life.

Dr. Prabhleen S AnandPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Prabhleen S Anand

Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry & Specialist in Oral Surgery

IQE, BDS, MMedSc, FDSRCS(Eng) MPaedDent, FDS (Paed. Dent)

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Mrs. Prabhleen S Anand qualified in 1996. She completed an MMedSc in oral surgery from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1998. She was awarded a fellowship in dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, England in 1999. She entered the specialist list in surgical dentistry in 2002. She sought a further specialisation in paediatric dentistry at Guy’s Hospital, London and completed her specialist registrar training to be awarded a Membership in Paediatric Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. She entered the specialist list in paediatric dentistry and completed her specialist training in 2003. In 2006 she was awarded a Fellowship in Paediatric Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

She is currently the Head of Department and Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at The Eastman Dental Hospital, University College Hospitals NHS Trust, London. She is the lead on general anaesthesia and IV sedation in the department. She also carries out private dental care for children at Happy Kids Dental and has operating rights at Harley Street Clinic hospital and Spire London East hospitals.

Prabhleen’s special interests include oral surgery, dental trauma, dental caries (dental decay), pain management, sedation, and comprehensive care for children under general anaesthesia.
She believes in complete and holistic care for her patients to give them a good dental attitude, not only for their present but their future too.

Her hobbies include music and dance and she most treasures her time spent with her family and her two lovely children.

Helene SchirmerTherapist

Helene Schirmer

Clinical Lead Dental Therapist in Paediatric Dentistry

BSc in Dental Therapy and Hygiene, LLB Law

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Since graduation, Heléne previously worked at King’s College Dental Hospital in the community and special care department as a dental therapist, oral health promoter and clinical supervisor for five years, working with children and adults with dental anxiety and behavioral and medical complexities.

Heléne is passionate about acclimatisation and prevention, previously providing oral health education for post-natal groups, health visitor training, and helping implement school oral health screening and fluoride varnish programmes across south London. Heléne also regularly provided oral care training programmes for specialist residential homes, SEN schools, brain injury rehabilitation services and wards.

Heléne has undertaken postgraduate training in inhalation sedation and is currently undertaking the new Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry for Dental Therapists.

She has an interest in behaviour management and Dental Law and Ethics.

Leon BassiTherapist

Leon Bassi

Dental Therapist in Paediatric Dentistry

Dip Paed Dent (DT) RCSEd, Dip DT, Dip DH

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Leon graduated with distinction as both a Dental Therapist and Hygienist from Queen Mary University – Barts and the London Dental School, receiving academic and clinical prizes in his cohort.

Leon previously worked in the Community Dental and hospital services and also on Harley Street. He continues to work within a consultant led service at Barts NHS trust in Whitechapel East London; as well in Academia and Private practice. Leon delivers teaching to both post graduates and undergraduates respectively.

Leon has presented scientific Poster presentations at both national and international level. His research interest is using the ICCMS caries prevention tool kit with the primary dentition. Leon has a keen interest in anxiety levels in preschool children receiving inhalation sedation. Leon is currently researching anxiety levels amongst preschool children receiving inhalation sedation.

Leon has published articles in the peer reviewed journals of the British society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists(BSHDT) Leon sits on the editorial board for BSDHT as well as being elected council member for the society.

Leon has undertaken post graduate training in inhalation sedation. Leon was one of 7 candidates to undertake the new Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Diploma In Paediatric Dentistry for Dental Therapists in 2018.

Emily Grace FryTherapist

Emily Grace Fry

Dental Therapist

Dip DT, Dip DH, BSc

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Emily started her career as a dental nurse and went on to undertake the diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy at the University of Liverpool.

Since qualifying as a Dental Therapist Emily has completed postgraduate studies in Inhalation sedation, Teeth whitening and Facial Aesthetics.

She is currently completing a BSc in Dental studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

Since graduating, Emily has had 4 years experience working with children, her interests include treating anxious children and helping with dental charities. She has been on dental charity trips across Africa helping those in need of dental treatment.

Dr. Stephanie OiknineOrthodontist

Dr. Stephanie Oiknine

Specialist Orthodontist

DMD MSc MOrth RCSEd

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Stephanie completed her specialist training in orthodontics at King’s College London. She was awarded a distinction for her outstanding work on her Master’s degree and the Membership in Orthodontics by the Royal College of Surgeons. Stephanie originally qualified in dentistry at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She then undertook further training in advanced general dentistry and trained with experts in the field of aesthetic dentistry at the Hadassah University of Jerusalem. After practising for five years in general and aesthetic dentistry, she relocated to London and began her specialist training in orthodontics. Her background in aesthetic dentistry has given Stephanie an eye for detail that is often lacking in traditional orthodontics.

Stephanie believes that orthodontics is about more than straight teeth – it is where art meets science, and detail meets beauty. At Happy Kids Dental, Stephanie uses the most contemporary techniques to provide orthodontics for children. She believes in interceptive treatments for children, where possible avoiding extraction, working with growth and development patterns, as well as functional treatments and fixed braces.

A certified Invisalign practitioner, Stephanie is also qualified to provide Incognito and WIN lingual braces. She considers all modern systems for her cases, including ceramic braces.

Stephanie has expertise with cases involving jaw surgery and those requiring multidisciplinary treatments involving restorative dentistry or gum surgery. She works closely with the team to provide results that encompass all aspects of the smile, jaw, and face.

Dr. Amina Abdel-KarimOrthodontist

Dr. Amina Abdel-Karim

Consultant Orthodontist

BDS (Bristol) MFDS RCS Eng, MSc, MOrth RCSEd, FDS Orth RCSEd

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After graduating from Bristol Dental School in 2004, Amina held various senior house officer posts in hospital. Here she gained experience and taught undergraduates in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Special needs and Children’s Dentistry. Amina then qualified as a specialist Orthodontist after completing a three-year Masters Program in Orthodontics at Kings College Hospital, London in 2012. In addition to specialist training – Amina completed a 2-year training at Guys & St. Thomas’ / Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in the management of complex and surgical cases. In addition to working in private practice, she is a Consultant Orthodontist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Amina has a special interest in treating complex cases. Her clinical experience includes the management of nervous and anxious patients – this includes children, teenagers and adults. Apart from using conventional braces to treat patients, she also uses lingual braces and Invisalign.

“To me successful orthodontic treatment encompasses beautiful straight teeth, a healthy bite and also a satisfied patient – who’s had a comfortable treatment journey. The first step towards successful orthodontic treatment is correct diagnosis and appreciating needs and concerns that are individual to each patient that you treat. Once you incorporate these into your patients treatment plan… You’re on the road to success.”

-Amina’s treatment philosophy-

Chelsea Clinic

Dr. Zoi TzelepiPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Zoi Tzelepi

Paediatric Dentist

DDS, DDent Paediatric Dentistry Certificate, Special Care Dentistry

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Zoi completed her undergraduate training in Greece and obtained her dental degree in 2011 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a grade that ranked 6th among the graduates of her year. Following her graduation she started offering volunteer dental treatment in a centre for the care of children with disabilities in Greece, before relocating to the UK in order to continue with her postgraduate education.

In 2014 Zoi attended a postgraduate course in the field of special care dentistry and obtained the Certificate in Special Care Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute.
Subsequently, she completed her speciality training in paediatric dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, a comprehensive 3-year programme including sessions of treatment under inhalation sedation and general anaesthetic, as well as dental research. Upon completion of her training, Zoi received a prize from the Eastman Dental Institute as recognition of her achievements during the programme.

Zoi is passionate about implementing the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments in practice, such as the use of soft-tissue laser in paediatric dentistry. She has been registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) since October 2011 and has been working in practice since then. Zoi is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Paediatric Dentistry (M Paed Dent RCSEd) and a member of the British and the European Societies of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD, EAPD). Zoi is keen on continuing education and has been presenting in seminars and conferences related to the field of paediatric dentistry over the years.

Dr. Jasleen SanghaPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Jasleen Sangha

Paediatric Dentist

BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng) DipDSed

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Jasleen graduated from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004 and, after two years of general practice, she joined the Community Dental Service. She gained membership to the joint dental faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2008.

For more than ten years Jasleen has focused on paediatric treatments for children with high levels of dental disease, special medical/social needs and heightened anxiety. She is now the clinical lead in the Community Dental Service, Outer North East London for comprehensive surgical treatment for children under general anaesthesia.

Jasleen has been a clinical lecturer in paediatric dentistry at The Royal London Hospital, providing clinical supervision and group teaching to undergraduate students. She continues to play a mentoring and coaching role to dental officers and dental trainees.

Jasleen also has extensive experience in treating children and adults under inhalation sedation and she gained a post-graduate diploma in Conscious Sedation in 2010 from King’s College London.
Jasleen’s passion is prevention of oral diseases by taking a holistic approach to diet, nutrition and wellbeing for all her patients, including those with special needs or medical concerns.

Leepika BeechoukTherapist

Leepika Beechouk

Dental Therapist in Paediatric Dentistry

BSc Hon Oral Health Sciences

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Leepika graduated from the University of Manchester with BSc Honours in Oral Health Sciences. Since then, she has gained loads of experience working in private dentistry.

In the interest of continuously enhancing her skills and knowledge, Leepika has completed further courses in Restorative Dentistry, Periodontal treatment and Teeth Whitening. Leepika also holds a keen interest in treating anxious patients, especially children, which has led her to complete the SAAD Inhalation Sedation Course.

Leepika is an ambitious and compassionate dental therapist, who uses a holistic approach to provide the best possible care to her patients.

Dr. Dania SiddikPaediatric Dentist

Dr. Dania Siddik

Consultant , Specialist Paediatric Dentist

FDS RCS Ed 2016, Fellow HEA 2015, MP Paed Dent, RCS Ed 2011, MFDS RCS Eng 2005, Dip Clin Dent Sc UCL 2005, IQE 2005

Dr Dania Siddik is a Consultant Paediatric Dentist based in London. She specialises in the management of dental injuries, sedation and general anaesthesia for anxious children and oral surgery.

After graduating from the Universite Saint Joseph, Lebanon in 1999, Dr.Siddik completed three years of training in the field of Paediatric and Community Dentistry. After moving to London, she undertook an additional Diploma in Clinical Dental Sciences at the Eastman Dental Institute and was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Dr Siddik gained invaluable experience working in the Paediatric Dental Department at the Eastman Dental Institute and in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Barts and The London and Homerton Hospitals. She undertook specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the Barts and the London Hospital.

In addition to practising clinical dentistry, Dr Siddik also held a position teaching both undergraduates and post-graduates at the King’s College University Paediatric Dentistry Department.

Dr. Steffen DeckerOrthodontist

Dr. Steffen Decker

Specialist Orthodontist

BDS, MAS in Lingual Orthodontics

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Dr Steffen Decker, our specialist orthodontist, has recently been awarded the No.1 Incognito™ Lingual brace provider in the world. Lingual braces are an invisible or hidden brace system which allows gentle teeth-straightening by placing the brace on the inside of the dentures. This is known as lingual orthodontics and allows teeth to be straightened without any obvious sign, like traditional braces or Invisalign® that attach to the front facing aspect. Dr Steffen intensively studied this type of brace and gained an additional Master’s degree in advanced lingual orthodontics.

Having completed his primary dental training and his specialist training in Freiburg, Germany, Dr Steffen is well trained in interceptive early treatment options for children as well as fixed braces, both traditional and lingual. He has treated more than 900 lingual orthodontic patients and is a member of the global advisory board for 3m and is the clinical advisor for western Europe.

Dr Steffen only uses the most advanced technology and techniques to deliver the highest quality of care for his patients. This involves using digital smile design and intra-oral digital scanning in order to ensure his patients receive the best results.

His commitment to his patients is only rivalled by his passion to teach. He regularly provides seminars and lectures globally on the subject of lingual orthodontics.

Dental Nurses

Maria Raluca

Maria Raluca

Dental Nurse

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Abigail Chelunor

Abigail Chelunor

Dental Nurse

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Abigail owes her love for dentistry to her training at the Royal London Hospital, where she qualified in 2018 as a dental nurse. She also has a background in the construction industry but decided to switch to paediatric dentistry because she loves working with children.

Her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, listening to music and cooking tasty food.

Isabella Moroney

Isabella Moroney

Dental Nurse

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Isabella started dental nursing in early 2015 and qualified at the beginning of 2017. Since then she has completed a postgraduate qualification in dental sedation nursing with SAAD, which enables her to assist with procedures under inhalation sedation.

Isabella likes working with children as it is rewarding making a positive impact on their dental experience. In her spare time she enjoys reading books and watching documentaries.

Leenie Boyle

Leenie Boyle

Head Nurse

Robyn Arber

Robyn Arber

Dental Nurse

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Robyn started to work at Happy Kids Dental in June 2019 she qualified as a dental nurse in 2017. Previous to working at happy kids dental she worked in a specialist orthodontic practice, Robyn has always had a passion for working children and young people.

Petra Vassell

Petra Vassell

Dental Nurse

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Reception

Amber Wardrop

Amber Wardrop

Reception

Sharan Sohota

Sharan Sohota

Receptionist

Sharan is a dental receptionist at Happy Kids Dental. She has been working with us since January 2018. She previously worked as a dental receptionist in a private specialist practice in Central London.

She enjoys working with children and making a difference to their dental health so they mature with beautiful healthy teeth. She feels it is so important to install a good dental regime to children from a young age and believes this practice is the right place to do that as it also makes it fun and enjoyable for the children’s visit here.

Rhea Wheawell

Rhea Wheawell

Receptionist

Admin

Nicola Booth

Nicola Booth

Assistant Practice Manager

Marta Markheva

Marta Markheva

CEO

Claire Read

Claire Read

Practice Manager

Claire has been in children’s dentistry since 1999 and now has 20 years’ experience as a practice manager. She has been employed with Happy Kids Dental since 2017 and was involved from the very beginning of the practice between employing our experienced dental team – and seeing our very first patient!

Claire enjoys learning and expanding her skills and knowledge continuously through children’s dentistry and business development.

Being a mother of two herself, Claire enjoys building relationships with parents and children through her friendly and approachable manner. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring culinary delights, travelling and socialising.

Dorina Vulpe

Dorina Vulpe

Treatment Coordinator

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Our Founders

Happy Kids Dental Founders

Dr Yevhen Hunyak & Dr Roksolana Mykhalus

We are a brother-and-sister team of second-generation dentists. Our parents are doctors and, thanks to their active preventive measures, we never experienced toothache during our childhood, never had any root canal treatments, and have never needed a filling, a crown or an implant placed. We had the best start in life, and want to give our own children the same, fear-free experience of dentistry.

We both chose our career in dentistry because, quite simply, it is our passion - and we want to share it. We came up with the idea of creating a dental practice that would specialise in children’s dentistry back in 2015. Having both started our own families, it was our children who prompted us to look into creating a family dentist that puts as much focus on children, and their specific needs, as on adults.

Yevhen’s daughter had a bad experience with her visit to a dentist in London and, having lived in the US, we were surprised to find out how difficult it is to find an established private dentist that can provide specialist paediatric care, thereby treating the whole family in a truly comprehensive way. Compared to the world-leading services available in the USA, we saw clear room for improvement here in the UK - and that’s how Happy Kids Dental came into being.

A little bit about the team….

Our team at Happy Kids Dental offers an enhanced level of children’s dental care in London. We are experienced working with special educational needs and always speak to children using language on their level.

At Happy Kids Dental, we hope you will view our team as an extension of your family - our aim is that parents consider dental visits an integral part of their children’s healthy lifestyle. To achieve this, we have gathered a team of dentists with a specific interest in paediatrics, who work together seamlessly to deliver individually tailored care - beginning with a comprehensive oral-health assessment, and ending with a bespoke treatment plan.

Our dual-qualified dental hygienists/therapists are adept at building positive patient relationships, making prevention fun and easy while being able to help with the transition to treatment. Holistic, compassionate and comprehensive, our team represents our ethos.