About us

At Dental Health Spa we are proud to have a vibrant team who are all passionate about great dentistry and patient care. We are friendly and welcoming and have a spacious relaxed open environment to ensure we create a positive experience.

MEET THE TEAM

Nick Van Der Meulen

Clinical Director -Dentist

Dr Jenny Smith

Dentist & Doctor

Ibrahim Numan

Dental Therapist

Natalie Rae Walden

Dental Therapist

Emma Smith

Hygienist

Christina Chatfield

Owner and Director Manager

Caroline Oram

Financial Director

Victoria Clark

Business Practice Manager

Kitija Jaksta

Assistant Manager

Becky Evans

Front of House

Chevonne North

Dental Assistant

Molly Tidey

Dental Assistant

Amelia Hallet

Dental Assistant

Darcey Gibson

Dental Assistant

Max Roberts

Dental Assistant

Want to Join our Team?

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our vibrant team, if you would like to be part of our team email us your CV.

We believe everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile. If you would like to make an enquiry about general dentistry, facial aesthetics or any other information, please get in touch.

Dental Health Spa opened in Brighton in September 2007 by our Director and Hygienist Christina Chatfield and even though she doesn’t work clinically now has maintained her passion for excellent quality, affordable private dental care.

We strive to offer you the very best in contemporary dental care. Over the years the team have won many awards, including Brighton and Hove Business Award for Best Customer Service and Hygienist of the Year at the National Dental Hygiene & Therapy Awards.

Our Clinic is located in Brighton near the Laines and the Beach. We pride ourselves on excellent service and making our patients feel relaxed and at ease, we have the latest innovative technology and equipment, but above all a fantastic team of dental professionals who are committed to helping you achieve a happy and healthy smile.

Our friendly team provide a comprehensive cosmetic and general dental treatments, including Invisalign® Veneers, Composite Bonding and can tailor individual smile makeover plans. Our Hygiene and Therapy Team are passionate about preventative care and great oral hygiene and offer Hygiene and Perio treatments using the latest EMS Airflow equipment and a range of teeth whitening options to suit your needs.

Dental Health Spa was conceived in September 2007 by Clinical Director and award winning Dental Hygienist of the Year finalist, Christina Chatfield.

“I had a vision to open a new hygiene-led oral health care clinic on the high-street, where oral health care could become both accessible and demystified. That vision is Dental Health Spa”.

Dental Health Spa is not a dental surgery as you know it! We work in an open environment, protecting your privacy without conducting our treatments behind intimidating closed doors.

Relax on our comfy sofa whilst you wait and gaze at the Brighton-inspired artwork on our walls. 

Not a surgery as you know it

We pride ourselves on excellent service and making our patients feel relaxed and at ease, we have the latest innovative technology and equipment, but above all a fantastic team of dental professionals who are committed to helping you achieve a happy and healthy smile.

If you would like to find out how we can help you achieve a smile you have always wanted get in touch.

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Nick Van Der Meulen

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Nick has worked at Dental Health Spa for 5 years and has recently become our Clinical Director.

Graduated in The Netherlands with a masters of Dentistry and has a keen interest in international dentistry. He enjoys using the latest techniques in modern dentistry and using the most gentle methods when treating patients. Nick has a passion for prosthetic work, composite rebuilds and Invisalign. His caring nature and laid back personality are sure to put even the most nervous patient at ease.

Nick enjoys the outdoors lifestyle making the most of living by the sea. He enjoys sailing, paddle boarding and going out for dinner with his wife and 2 daughters.

Mhiran Patel

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Mhiran graduated From the University of Birmingham in 2010. He moved to the south coast shortly afterwards and has worked as an associate in Sussex. He gained further postgraduate qualifications in 2015 at the University of Manchester in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. Mhiran joined Dental Health Spa in 2020.

Undertaking the complex work required during his master’s degree, Mhiran now has experience with full mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry. He also is keen to learn new aspects and techniques of dentistry such as computer aided design and manufacture of crowns and fillings.

Outside work, Mhiran is a keen environmentalist, owning and managing a zero-waste retail store.

Gina Kennedy

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Gina Kennedy graduated in 2013 from the Royal London hospital. Prior to this she gained a BSc in Genetics at Leeds University. After graduation Gina carried out a dental core training year in Oral surgery and Maxillofacial surgery in UCL, the Eastman and Great Ormond street. Gina has taken extra training in restorative and aesthetic dentistry and is currently undertaking an MSc in Endodontics.

Gina moved back to Brighton, where she grew up, from London 2 years ago with her husband. She has 2 young children so is kept busy at home and loves getting to spend time at the beach when the sun makes an appearance! In her spare time she loves travelling, cooking and walking on the South Downs.

Dr Jenny Smith

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Specialty Doctor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has recently passed her medical exams and is qualified as a Doctor.

Being both Dentally and Medically trained gives Dr Jen a unique and highly specialised perspective on facial aesthetics and is the lead for our ‘Aesthetics at the Spa’ Clinic.

Dr Jen loves the open water and in her spare time loves nothing more than being out on her paddle board or visiting family in Ireland riding her horses on the beach.

Ibrahim Numan

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Ibrahim grew up in East London where he studied for a degree in Applied Biology before embarking on a dental career. He began his career in dentistry as a Dental Nurse and then completed his Dental Therapy training at the Eastman Dental Hospital and worked in private practices across London, joining Dental Health Spa in January 2020. Ibrahim is the London and South East Representative for the British Association of Dental Therapy (BADT). Ibrahim has a strong passion for paediatric and cosmetic dentistry.

In his spare time he enjoys staying active: running and taking part in half marathons. He enjoys playing badminton once a week with friends and supports his football team on weekends.

Natalie Rae Walden

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Grew up in South Wales and after spending time working with vulnerable people in a community dental service and at a children’s dental hospital Natalie went on to train in dental hygiene and therapy at King’s College. Natalie has since worked in practices in London before relocating to Brighton.

She has particular interest in children’s dentistry and helping people of all ages to overcome fears related to dental treatment. Natalie enjoys sea swimming and CrossFit. She also likes to make regular trips home to South Wales to visit family (and the dog!).

Emma Smith

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Emma qualified as a hygienist in Birmingham in 1992 and then moved to London where she worked in private preventive and cosmetic practices. In 2004  Emma moved to Brighton and has been with us for over 7 years. She holds a Diploma in Radiography and carries out tooth whitening procedures alongside her periodontal treatments.

Emma was nominated for Hygienist of the year award in 2012 and outside work she is keen on keeping fit and nutrition. Emma likes the outdoors and Flyball with her insta-famous dog Lucky. Emma’s bubbly and enthusiastic personality puts patients at ease.

Steven Scannell

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Steven qualified as a Dental Hygienist from the University of Essex and joined the Practice in 2019. Previous to becoming a hygienist Steven worked as a qualified dental nurse for 10 years.

Always smiling and puts patients as ease, Steven offers tooth whitening for his patients alongside his ‘Guided Biofilm Therapy’ and periodontal treatments. Steven is engaged and has a Pug named Colin he enjoys travelling, going to the gym and kickboxing.

Claire Crocker

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Claire was Hygienist Of The Year in 2002. She qualified 27 years ago from the Royal Army Dental Corps and is still passionate about the world of dental hygiene.

Claire has 2 sons and a chocolate Labrador Stanley and enjoys keeping fit walking, cycling, running and since working in Brighton, swimming in the sea all seasons!

Christina Chatfield

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DH&T Hygienist of the Year 2012 Winner, Christina qualified as a hygienist in Dundee in 1982 and moved to Brighton in 1994 with her three young children. Christina brings a wealth of experience from her clinical role and draws from her continued academic learning and her colleagues in the dental industry.

Dental Health Spa was conceived in September 2007 by Christina who had a vision to open a new hygiene-led oral health care clinic on the high-street, where oral health care could become both accessible and demystified. Christina has successfully continued to grow Dental Health Spa and has now taken a step back from her clinical role to concentrate on the further growth of the business.

Caroline Oram

Financial Director

Dental Health Spa’s Commercial Director, Carol has a background in banking and the law and she looks after all commercial aspects of Dental Health Spa’s business.

Carol enjoys an active lifestyle; she cycles to work from her home in Brighton. She lives with her husband and two children, cat and dog and coordinates our social calendar; she is legendary for her great party planning and buffets!

Victoria Clark

Business Practice Manager

Victoria is our Business and Practice manager and has worked in the management side of the dental industry for over 11 years, previous to this she worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways as a Cabin Supervisor for 10 years.

Victoria enjoys business improvements, mentoring and coaching, as well as marketing and running our social media channels. Victoria lives in Brighton with her husband, 3 children and shipoo Chester. She enjoys living a healthy active lifestyle and loves sea-swimming, paddle boarding and yoga.

Kitija Jaksta

Assistant Manager

Kitija is our Assistant Manager she is a former dental assistant and now enjoying her management role. She is super organised and always efficient. Kitija enjoys treatment co-ordinating our Invisalign patients as well as ensuring the practice runs smoothly.
Kitija has a natural ability to put patients at ease and make them feel less anxious and comfortable in a dental setting. She is always happy to help and is a great mentor to our training dental assistants.

She has worked at the Dental Health Spa for more than 6 years and previously was a Hotel Assistant Manager in Brighton. In her spare time she loves to read, travel and enjoys running, cross-fit and sea swimming.

Becky Evans

Front of House

Becky is part of our Front of House team and is also a Dental Assistant. Becky has been a part of the DHS family for just over a year now. She loves interacting with our patients and offering a friendly welcome.

Becky has a beauty business which she does alongside her role at Dental Health Spa and has a keen interest in health and wellbeing. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, dining out and loves to travel.

Chevonne North

Dental Assistant

Chevonne joined us in 2020 and came from a background in travel, enjoying travelling and discovering new places. When the travel industry was affected by the pandemic it was a great opportunity to start something new and she joined the Dental Health Spa as a trainee dental nurse.

Chevonne is a kind and compassionate nurse and in her spare time loves playing with her puppy Labrador. She also likes cooking new things, going to the beach and shopping!

Molly Tidey

Dental Assistant

Molly has been with us for over a year. She joined as a trainee dental nurse and is thriving at the Dental Health Spa. Coming from a retail background she thoroughly enjoys looking after our lovely patients and making them feel super comfortable. Molly is currently studying towards her dental nurse qualification which she hopes to complete this year and move on to the next stage in her nursing career.

She loves spending time with her dog Lotty at the beach and being in the sun on holidays.

Amelia Hallet

Dental Assistant

Amelia joined the team in 2021 and is enjoying her new role as a trainee dental assistant. Previously she worked in the beauty industry and also theatrical makeup. Amelia is enjoying her role and helping to provide care to our patients.

Amelia lives in Hove and enjoys the beach, keeping fit and socialising with friends.

Darcey Gibson

Dental Assistant

Darcey is our newest team member here at Dental Health Spa and we are so happy to have her as part of our team!

Darcey is a Dental Assistant and is working towards her Qualification at present. She is organised and has great people skills. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and swimming.

She has previously worked in a Prom dress store. Darcey lives locally in Hove is an animal lover and is looking to get her own dog very soon.

Max Roberts

Dental Assistant

After a highly rewarding career in academic research and teaching, Max recently decided to pursue his dream of becoming a Dental Therapist. He was enjoying his nursing apprenticeship here at the Dental Health Spa when in September 2021 he was successful in securing a position on the BSc Dental Therapy course, at the University of Portsmouth.

Max is continuing to assist at the Dental Health Spa during his course in his spare time he enjoys live music, weight training, sea swimming and trying new things!

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