The Team

  • Laura McClune
    Dental Hygienist

    Laura graduated from Kings College London in 2005 with a Diploma in dental hygiene. She has worked in many practices across the South East building up a loyal patient following before joining the Dental Health Spa in 2020 after moving to Sussex. Laura is incredibly passionate about preventative dental care and prides herself on her…

    Laura graduated from Kings College London in 2005 with a Diploma in dental hygiene. She has worked in many practices across the South East building up a loyal patient following before joining the Dental Health Spa in 2020 after moving to Sussex.

    Laura is incredibly passionate about preventative dental care and prides herself on her calm and gentle manner. She really puts the patient’s individual needs as the main focus of all care. Her goal is to make dental hygiene treatment a pleasant experience for all.

    Laura also has a keen interest in both professional and personal development completing a Master’s in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare with distinction in 2020. She hopes to study for her Doctorate in the near future too.

    When not working at the Dental Health Spa Laura is part of the Dental Professional Education team for Philips Healthcare and on the Executive team of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. She loves to give something back to her profession!

    In her spare time Laura enjoys horse riding, yoga and spending time outside in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

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  • Natalie Rae Walden
    Dental Therapist

    Natalie grew up in South Wales where she began her career in dentistry as a dental nurse, which set her on the journey to becoming a dental therapist. After spending time working with vulnerable people in a community dental service and at a children’s dental hospital Natalie trained in dental hygiene and therapy at King’s…

    Natalie grew up in South Wales where she began her career in dentistry as a dental nurse, which set her on the journey to becoming a dental therapist.

    After spending time working with vulnerable people in a community dental service and at a children’s dental hospital Natalie trained in dental hygiene and therapy at King’s College.

    After graduating Natalie took the opportunity to partake in further training at an NHS practice in Slough where she gained a wealth of experience in providing both restorative and periodontal treatment.

    Natalie has since worked in both private and NHS 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.

    Away from dentistry, Natalie enjoys sea swimming and CrossFit. She also likes to make regular trips home to South Wales to visit family (and the dog!).

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  • Christina Chatfield – ‘Chris’
    Hygienist / Clinical Director

    DH&T Hygienist of the Year 2012 Winner “I qualified as a hygienist in Dundee in 1982 and moved to Brighton in 1994 with my three young children. I bring a wealth of experience from my clinical role of nineteen years, drawing from my continued academic learning and my colleagues in the dental industry. I lead…

    DH&T Hygienist of the Year 2012 Winner

    “I qualified as a hygienist in Dundee in 1982 and moved to Brighton in 1994 with my three young children. I bring a wealth of experience from my clinical role of nineteen years, drawing from my continued academic learning and my colleagues in the dental industry. I lead as Clinical Director, Hygienist and ‘learner of all’!”
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    Dental Hygienist GDC registration no. 2615
    Registration date:  07 July 1983
    Qualifications: CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1983- Scotland

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  • Caroline Oram – ‘Carol’
    Commercial Director

    “I am Dental Health Spa’s Commercial Director. I have a background in banking and the law. I look after all commercial aspects of Dental Health Spa’s business.”

    “I am Dental Health Spa’s Commercial Director. I have a background in banking and the law. I look after all commercial aspects of Dental Health Spa’s business.”

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  • Carol Ann Smith – ‘Annie’
    Clinical Lead, Dentist

    Annie graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2010. She has worked in private general dental practice the past 9 years in the UK and Australia, gaining vital experience in providing the highest standard of dental care for her patients. Annie has a particular interest in minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry and…

    Annie graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2010. She has worked in private general dental practice the past 9 years in the UK and Australia, gaining vital experience in providing the highest standard of dental care for her patients.

    Annie has a particular interest in minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry and is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. She has completed her post-graduate Certificate in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry with Aspire Dental Academy. She is a certified provider of the adult orthodontic system Invisalign Go. Dr. Annie loves nothing more than to enhance smiles using the Align, Bleach, Bond protocol. This incorporates teeth straightening, whitening with a gentle bleaching system and cosmetic composite bonding. She provides ‘mini smile makeovers’ without any damage to natural tooth tissue. Check our her Instagram Account @anniesmithsmiles

    Annie’s caring and gentle manner is welcomed by patients, and her genuine commitment to their health builds a trusting and positive relationship. She is passionate about her chosen profession and committed to providing high standards of care to all her patients.

    In her spare time, Annie enjoys skiing, horse riding and paddle-boarding. She was once the Irish School’s showjumping champion!

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  • Nick van der Meulen
    Dentist

    Graduated in The Netherlands with a masters of Dentistry. Nick has a keen interest in international dentistry, he enjoys using the lasts techniques in modern dentistry and using the most gentle methods when treating patients. Nick has a passion for prosthetic work, composite rebuilds. Erosion and abrasion cases welcome too. He is now treating patients…

    Graduated in The Netherlands with a masters of Dentistry.

    Nick has a keen interest in international dentistry, he enjoys using the lasts techniques in modern dentistry and using the most gentle methods when treating patients. Nick has a passion for prosthetic work, composite rebuilds. Erosion and abrasion cases welcome too. He is now treating patients with Invisalign too. His caring nature and laid back personality are sure to put even the most nervous patient at ease.

    Nick enjoys and outdoors lifestyle making the most of living by the sea he enjoys sailing, paddle boarding, driving the Jag and going out for dinner and his 3 girls.

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  • Jenny Smith
    Dentist

    Dentist with special interest in minor oral surgery

    Dentist with special interest in minor oral surgery

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  • Emma Smith
    Hygienist

    After Emma qualified as a hygienist in Birmingham in 1992 she moved to London where she worked in private preventive and cosmetic practices…….

    After Emma qualified as a hygienist in Birmingham in 1992 she moved to London where she worked in private preventive and cosmetic practices. In 2004 Emma moved to Brighton but still travels to London one day a week to work in a practice she has worked at for thirteen years. Emma’s bubbly and enthusiastic personality puts patients at ease.

    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 keep fit and nutrition.

     

    Dental Hygienist GDC registration no.4318
    Registration date: 22 Sept 1992

    Qualifications: CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1992

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  • Claire Crocker
    Dental Hygienist GDC

    Like Christina I was ‘Hygienist Of The Year’ but in 2002 – she has 10 years on me! I qualified 25 years ago from the Royal Army Dental Corps. I am still passionate, probably more so, about the world of dental hygiene. I enjoy helping. When I’m not working I enjoy keeping fit by various…

    Like Christina I was ‘Hygienist Of The Year’ but in 2002 – she has 10 years on me! I qualified 25 years ago from the Royal Army Dental Corps. I am still passionate, probably more so, about the world of dental hygiene. I enjoy helping. When I’m not working I enjoy keeping fit by various means, military fitness, walking, cycling, running and since working in Brighton swimming in the sea. All seasons!!

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  • Kitija Jaksta- ‘Kitty’
    Lead Dental Nurse

    I’m Kitty I am a Lead Dental Nurse. I enjoy nursing and taking care of our patients by making them feel less anxious and as comfortable as possible in dental environment.  I make sure that our surgeries are running smoothly and like to be organised. I have worked here at the Dental Health Spa for…

    I’m Kitty I am a Lead Dental Nurse. I enjoy nursing and taking care of our patients by making them feel less anxious and as comfortable as possible in dental environment.  I make sure that our surgeries are running smoothly and like to be organised. I have worked here at the Dental Health Spa for more than 4 years and previously was a Hotel Assistant Manager in Brighton. In my spare time I love to travel and enjoy being active by going to cross-fit and testing my limits. I love to read and a good book is what relaxes me the most.

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  • Steven Scannell
    Hygienist

    Steven qualified as a Dental Hygienist form 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, Nursing the at Dental Health Spa on some Saturdays. Steven will soon be able to offer Tooth whitening for his patients along side…

    Steven qualified as a Dental Hygienist form 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, Nursing the at Dental Health Spa on some Saturdays. Steven will soon be able to offer Tooth whitening for his patients along side his Guided Biofilm therapy and periodontal treatments. Outside of work Steven enjoys travelling going to the gym and Kickboxing.

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