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Stricklands Dental

Fitness Centre

“If you’ve got to go to the dentist,
I can’t imagine a nicer place to go.

Why choose us?

We listen.

We understand that many of our patients feel nervous about visiting the dentist, so even if it’s been a long time since you last had a dental health examination, we’ll extend a warm, supportive welcome. We’ll take the time to listen to your concerns. We won’t intimidate you with technical language, but instead will focus on allaying your fears by answering the most important questions – “does it hurt?” and “how much does it cost?”.

We’re open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

We don’t shut down for 72 hours every Friday. If you’re a registered patient at Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, you’ll have access to a comprehensive out-of-hours service, so you can see an emergency dentist in Surrey as soon as possible – even on Christmas Day.

We take a holistic approach.

We treat more than just your teeth, we recognise that you are a whole person and take care to approach your dental care with this in mind. We get the greatest satisfaction from helping patients who might have had a bad past experience of dentistry and have put in place a range of solutions to help nervous patients and children. As well as offering IV sedation (which can prevent the need for a hospital referral) and a specialist children’s dentist, we provide hypnotherapy and reflexology.

We make it easier to pay for your dental care.

We want to prove that private and specialist dental care is less expensive than you’d think. Our Dental Fitness Plan allows you to spread the cost of your routine care, reducing the likelihood of unexpected costs. For non-routine dentistry, we create a bespoke plan for every patient, which may include the option of spreading the final cost.

We offer everything under one roof.

With more than 110 years’ combined partnership experience, plus a team that includes consultants and specialists, we offer an unrivalled concentration of skill and experience in Surrey. It means you won’t be referred elsewhere for advanced treatment, so you can continue to see the dental team you know and trust.

We’ve created a relaxing environment

Our Victorian building has been a dental practice for over 100 years, and we’ve successfully integrated our state-of-the-art surgeries among the beautiful original features. Though we offer advanced dental care, including oral surgery and sedation, our welcoming, comfortable and relaxing environment is a world away from the clinical feel of a hospital.

We care about community

We enjoy charity work and are always actively involved in something – from sponsoring a bear at Haslemere Museum (and following their mascot @Arthur_the_bear avidly on Twitter!) to wider fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK and Bliss, working for St John Ambulance and running marathons.

We are very proud to be part of the town of Haslemere. The practice endeavours to take a genuine interest in the community, with as much support as we can offer.

To commemorate the centenary of the Great War, Stricklands proudly sponsored the planting of real poppies in front of our local church at St Christopher’s Green, Haslemere.

For many years we have supported Haslemere Educational museum and are very proud to be the official adopters of the fantastic “Arthur the bear”.

The whole team, bonding and letting our hair down on our annual day out. Here we are riding a “pedi-bus” across the iconic bridges of London.

Root canals and sedation are not enough for Maslinda! She’s also a volunteer for St John Ambulance in her spare time too.

A team from Stricklands preparing to take on a local charity bike ride in aid of BLISS, the premature baby charity.

An eager team of Stricklands runners, all lining up to tackle the “Race for Life” in aid of Cancer Research.

We recently held a stall at the Haslemere Christmas Market where we raised money for BLISS through a “guess the weight of the Tooth Harey” competition……

…..we were delighted at all the patient support for our cause and were really pleased to raise over £300 for the charity.

We are very proud of our “Tooth Harey” (as painted by Dr Simon Allen) who was part of the Haslemere Hares initiative and repurchased by the practice in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society

In February 2018 we bid a fond farewell to 2 lovely ladies who has served the practice for over 20 years a-piece. Hygienist, Sue and nurse, Jill are now enjoying a well-deserved retirement, but always made to feel welcome when they pop by for a visit.

Our root canal and sedation dentist, Maslinda along with Practice Manager, Clare at the start of the 2017 London Marathon – running in aid of St John Ambulance and BLISS premature babies respectively. Both raised over £2500 for their good causes – thanks to generous donations from patients, colleagues and the practice itself.

Meet the team

Simon Allen

Practice Principal

BDS (Lond)
GDC Registration Number - 54487

It is rare to be in a position to be able to review success and longevity in your own dental work over more than 30 years.

Simon has been providing private dental treatment, ranging from simple fillings to full mouth reconstructions on natural teeth, since 1981 and titanium implants since 2001. He has special interests in tooth wear and the decision making between keeping teeth and the placement of implants.

'My greatest satisfaction has been to take dentally phobic patients through dental procedures via gentle techniques and clear explanations and to see the resultant improvement in their self-confidence'. He continues: 'I feel so lucky to be a continuing part of a very special and dynamic dental centre and to have seen the growth of aesthetic dentistry encompassing fields which have always interested me: 'form, design and colour'.
His external interests include: art (including drawing, photography and watercolour), music, (including guitar playing), architecture, cinema, food and wine.

Simon lives in Hampshire with his wife, Anne. They have two children, Giles and Elspeth. They also own a cottage, which may be rented, in the Lot Valley in Southern France.

Simon invites patients to bring along their favourite CDs or DVDs for longer appointments!

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Colin Frazer

Practice Principal

BDS (Lond) 1982, LDS, RCS
GDC Registration Number - 57391

Colin has a wealth of experience in all aspects of general dentistry, with a special interest in implant and cosmetic work. He enjoys constantly updating and improving his skills by attending lectures, recently completing a year-long 'hands on' advanced aesthetic dental course.

Colin is a great listener and has gained a reputation for providing gentle dentistry, particularly suited to anyone who is anxious or worried about treatment.

He is married to Sarah with two daughters, Poppy and Annabelle. He enjoys many outdoor activities including golf and fishing.

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Darren Jones

Practice Principal

BDS (Lond), MFDS RCS (Eng), MFGDP (UK), Dip Imp Dent RCS (Ed)
GDC Registration Number - 73415

Darren sets high professional standards in the provision of his dental care. His broad range of experience and postgraduate qualifications allow him to carry out treatment ranging from routine family care up to complex restorative and surgical implant dentistry.

Darren understands the importance of listening and communicating well with his patients. He has worked with his nurse, Andrea, as a team since 2006. Together they keep patients relaxed in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The award of three postgraduate qualifications show Darren’s commitment to providing the best standards of care. Several of his papers have been published in dental journals. He has a further interest in placing and restoring implants and holds the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons. His skills have also been recognised with the award of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) and the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (MFGDP).

Darren’s experience and training mean he is also ideally suited to carry out facial aesthetic work. He is able to perform a range of treatments using Botox and dermal filler materials.
Darren joined the practice as a partner in 2006 following 10 years of service in the Royal Army Dental Corps. He served in a wide range of locations including Iraq, Kosovo and Germany. He is married to Tricia and has two daughters, Olivia and Yasmin. He couples family life with active interests in cycling and golf.

If you would like to contact Darren directly to enquire about implants, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, then he is happy to receive and respond to your emails via darren@dentalfitnesscentre.co.uk.

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Justin Toal

Practice Principal

BDS
GDC Registration Number - 82624

Justin practices dentistry emphasising on health and aesthetics. The whole body needs to be considered, not just the teeth and this is reflected in his approach to treatment planning and consultations.

Justin qualified in Glasgow and has concentrated his training in cosmetic dentistry and advanced restorative work. He has been providing ‘invisible’ orthodontic care for adults and facial aesthetic work, something the discerning patient needs in this modern era of ideal aesthetics.

He takes great care to be gentle; 'pain free' is the aim in all aspects of the dental treatment.

Justin enjoys has a background in rugby, which he follows keenly, and enjoys football, reading and music. You will be asked what you would like to listen to during your dental appointments, especially for longer treatments, so have a think and be ready when asked! His nurse is called Emma.

Justin is married to Sarah; they have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Arabella.

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Omar Patel

Specialist Periodontist

BDS MClin Dent, MPerio
GDC Registration Number - 81976

Omar qualified in 2003 from the University of Glasgow, winning the prize for conservative dentistry as an undergraduate. In 2005, he became a practice principal and subsequently a vocational trainer with the responsibility of training newly qualified dentists. He was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007 and the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2008.

Whilst working in general practice, he undertook advanced training in restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, completing the Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice. On completion of four years of specialist training in periodontics, he was awarded Masters in Clinical Dentistry from King’s College London and Membership in Periodontics from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He previously worked at Guy’s Hospital, London at a consultant level and undertakes all aspects of periodontal therapy including surgical, non-surgical, muco-gingival, crown lengthening and implant therapy.
As well as providing periodontal care at the practice, he has a special interest in the association between periodontal disease and diabetes. In 2015, he received the Ron F. Wilson award from King’s College London for clinical research and has presented his research internationally.

For a number of years, he has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons examining the Licence in Dental Surgery, the oldest continuously existing dental qualification in the United Kingdom.

Omar is a keen golfer and tennis player and enjoys hill walking and long-distance running at the weekends. He also has a degree in computing and a passion for all things technological. He is happy to accept referrals for periodontal assessment and management.

Christina Tatsi

Specialist Paediatric Dentist

DipDS, MDDipDS, MDentSci, FRCD(Canada), MPaedDent(London), PhD, AFHEA
GDC Registration Number - 86115

Our specialist Paediatric Dentist, Christina Tatsi has over 10 years’ experience in the dental care of children.

Her holistic approach to dental care focuses on the child and their individual needs. Dental treatment needs to be delivered with empathy in order to build a positive attitude towards dentistry in the future. Prevention is tailor-made in order to fit the child's routine in partnership with the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Christina qualified in 2001 in Greece and completed her three years of specialist training in 2006 at the Leeds Dental Institute, the only Institute in Europe eligible for the fellowship of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, which she obtained in 2007. She became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009. In 2015, she completed a PhD research degree with a scholarship from the University of Leeds, investigating the prevention of early caries in orthodontic patients. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is a member of the British Society and European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. She takes an active interest in the research and development of evidence-based dentistry for children by attending and presenting in international conferences and with publications.

Christina also works for King's College London as a Specialist Clinical Teacher at Denmark Hill Dental Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital.

James Grant

Consultant Specialist Orthodontist

BDS (Hons) (Lond), MSc, MFDS RCS (Eng), MOrth RCS (Eng), FDS Orth RCS (Eng)
GDC Registration Number - 79762James Grant trained at Guy's Hospital and qualified as a dentist in 2001. He became a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) in 2003.

Following postgraduate orthodontic training at the Eastman Dental Hospital, James gained an MSc in Orthodontics in 2006 and qualified as specialist orthodontist (MOrth) in 2007.

He became a fellow of the Royal College in 2009. From 2010 to 2018 he worked as Consultant Orthodontist at the Children’s Hospital, Brighton and is currently Consultant Orthodontist at Western Sussex Hospital Trust in Chichester and Worthing.

James is married to Ruth and they have three children – Ed, Kiriana and Jonno. His hobbies include tennis, golf and rugby, though he only watches the latter nowadays! He also plays the guitar and enjoys the outdoor life.

Maslinda Mohamad

Practice Limited to Endodontics & Dental Sedation

BDS (Singapore), M Clin Dent (Endo) PGCert DentSed
GDC Registration Number - 76873

Maslinda graduated in Singapore in 1997 and has worked exclusively in endodontics since gaining her master’s degree at Guy's Hospital in 2002.

She is happy to accept all endodontic referrals, and particularly enjoys the challenge of difficult cases, re-treatments and endodontic surgery.

In 2015 Maslinda also gained an additional qualification, PGCert in Dental Sedation and Pain Management, enabling her to provide intravenous sedation for patients undergoing treatments with other clinicians at Stricklands.

In her spare time, Maslinda is a member of the local St John Ambulance team, providing First Aid assistance at many public events both locally and across the South of England. She also enjoys reading, running (having completed two marathons and several half marathons) and is a keen baker – much to the delight of the rest of the practice team who are always happy to sample her wares!

Piet Haers

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

MD(Louvain), DMD (Zurich), PhD(Zurich), FDS RCS(London), FGDP RCS(UK), FEBOMS, FIBCOMShon
GDC Registration Number - 76913
GMC Registration Number - 4657231

Mr Haers brings a wealth of experience to implantology and offers a full range of services – from placement of single implants to more extensive rehabilitation, including autogenous and allogenic augmentation. Implant treatments are carried out using Straumann implants exclusively.

Piet is currently Clinical Director and Cleft Surgeon of the South Thames Cleft Team at Guy’s Hospital in London and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Guildford Nuffield Hospital. He was Honorary Visiting Doctor at the Postgraduate Medical School of the University of Surrey until 2014. Since 2005, he has been a faculty member of the Specialist Dental Diploma Course of the FGDP of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Piet studied medicine and dentistry in Namur and Leuven, Belgium, and trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Bruges, Arnhem and Zurich. Between 1992 and 1999 he was member of staff of the Department of Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital of Zurich. His main surgical interests are facial deformity with cleft lip and palate surgery, orthognathic surgery and facial plastic surgery as well as pre-implant surgery, dental implants and oro-facial rehabilitation. His main research interests are 3D imaging and the application of biodegradable materials in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Cathy Bishop

Practice Manager

Cert DPM

Cathy has been at Stricklands for over 20 years, in an administrational role. She has been joint practice manager since 2010 and really enjoys the sense of being “one big family” that Stricklands gives her. She likes to travel, read and spend time with her family. She also enjoys going to classic car shows with her husband of nearly 40 years. Cathy has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter and has recently become grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.

Clare Lillywhite

Practice Manager

RDN Cert DPM
GDC Registration Number - 130920

Clare started her career at Stricklands in 1999 as a dental nurse. She initially worked in general dentistry, then as part of the specialist team, assisting Piet Haers and Maslinda Mohamad for many years before becoming joint practice manager in 2010. Clare is proud to be part of such an innovative dental practice and to lead the fantastic team at Stricklands. In her spare time, Clare likes to cook, go to spin classes and catch up on her favourite TV shows. She retired from “running” in 2017 having just completed the London Marathon (once was enough!). Clare lives locally with her partner and teenage son.

Mike Lockwood

Business Manager

Mike has been at Stricklands since 2008 in the role of Business Manager alongside our practice managers, Cathy and Clare. Mike is married to Jill, with whom he enjoys walking their 2 dogs and going to the cinema. He is also a keen motoring and aviation enthusiast.

Nicki Steel

Dental Hygienist

CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1994
GDC Registration Number - 4761

Nicki has been at Stricklands for a fantastic 24 years! She says she enjoys being at the practice because of the friendly team of colleagues and patients. Nicki has 2 sons aged 19 and 21. She likes to spend her free time mountain biking or horse riding.

Sophia Spencer

Dental Hygienist

CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1997
GDC Registration Number - 5284

Sophia has been on the hygienist team at Stricklands for 19 years. She attributes this to the comfort and support she gets from working with a large, professional team alongside having developed a loyal patient base. Sophia trained as a civilian with the Royal Army Dental Corps in Aldershot in 1997 but has returned to her local roots where she now lives with her husband, daughter, 2 boisterous rescue dogs and a selection of chickens! When not relaxing in the garden or walking her dogs, she also enjoys a spot of baking from time to time.

Madeleine Peregrine

Dental Hygienist

BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (Birm 2006
GDC Registration Number - 103603

Madeleine qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist in 2006, from Birmingham Dental School. She joined the Stricklands team in January 2018 and says she absolutely loves the friendly patients and supportive staff that we have. She lives with her 12 year old cat, Presley – which gives away that she’s a serious Elvis fan!

Jodie Parry

Dental Hygienist

Dip Dent Hygiene RCS Edin 2011
GDC Registration Number - 119505

Jodie joined the Stricklands Hygiene team in May 2018. Jodie trained as a dental hygienist with the Defence Dental Service, qualifying in 2011. In her spare time she enjoys climbing and going to the gym.

Kelly Burgin

Dental Hygienist

BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Portsmouth 2018
GDC Registration Number - 136966

Kelly is the newest member of our hygienist team, joining in August 2018. She likes being part of our team because she enjoys the variety of treatments on offer and that she can work alongside a specialist periodontist. Kelly enjoys family time with her partner and 2 children. She also likes socialising and travelling.

Emma Jones

Dental Nurse

RDN National Certificate NEBDN 2006
GDC Registration Number - 148986

Emma (known as BB to us) have been a valued member of the team for 13 years off and on. She has worked for the last 5 years with Justin Toal and really enjoys being able to build a rapport with patients as well working with people that she considers friends. She enjoys walking, spending time with friends and family as well as being a busy “football mum” to Coby, 11 and Cali, 9.

Andrea Fleming

Dental Nurse

RDN
GDC Registration Number - 128252

Andy has been assisting Darren Jones for the last 12 of her 13 years at Stricklands. She enjoys working alongside Darren because it has allowed her to see many of his patients who visit with their families, grow up. Andy is a keen skier who also enjoys yoga and travelling. She is married to Brian, who is a train driver. Andy came to the UK in 1998 from Slovakia where the rest of her family are.

Natalie Glue

Dental Nurse

RDC National Certificate NEBDN
GDC Registration Number - 150949

Natalie has been a dedicated nurse to Colin Frazer for 10 years. She enjoys the stability and friendly nature of the Stricklands team. In her spare time, Natalie likes to run and has taken part in many of the Stricklands team runs for Race for Life. She is married and has one daughter.

Naomi Shuff

Dental Nurse

RDN Diploma
GDC Registration Number - 268103

Naomi has been nurse for Simon Allen and Justin Toal for 2 years and has enjoyed learning from all our team members, enabling her to further her career. Outside of work, Naomi enjoys playing netball, being part of a book club and travelling as well as spending time with her large, close knit family.

Sue Winfield

Dental Nurse

RDN National Certificate NEBDN 2007
GDC Registration Number - 142226

Sue is part of our specialist nursing team, working with Piet Haers, Maslinda Mohamad and Omar Patel for nearly 6 years. She enjoys the vast variety that this role brings along with the opportunity to enhance her existing qualifications and in turn, share this knowledge with the rest of the team. Sue enjoys football (watching!) and walking her dogs. She has been married for 36 years, has 3 adult sons and 6 grandchildren.

Marion Harding

Dental Nurse

RDN National Certificate NEBDN 2007
RDN NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses
GDC Registration Number - 166442

Marion has been with the Stricklands team since 2009 and is our real Girl Friday! She assists in surgery for Darren Jones and anyone else when needed, as well as keeping us stocked up with supplies and any other job in between. She is married with 3 grown-up children and is very much looking forward to being a grandmother for the first time, very soon. Marion enjoys cooking, DIY and spending time with her family.

Helen Cook

Dental Nurse

GDC Registration Number - 149492

Helen has been a nurse with us for four years, predominantly supporting our hygienist team. Helen likes to spend time with her partner and 2 children, especially taking their puppy for lovely long walks.

Clair Brown

Dental Nurse

RDN National Certificate NEBDN 2002
GDC Registration Number - 134558

Clair has been at the practice for 20 years, starting her career as an orthodontic nurse. More recently her role is split between sterilization nurse and assistant to Simon Allen. She likes to go clay pigeon shooting in her spare time, alongside her husband Stuart. They have 2 children, Emily and Oliver.

Cat Noah

Dental Nurse

RDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2013
GDC Registration Number - 246079

Cat joined the team in 2018 and says she is loving working with “such a fantastic team”. She is part of our specialist nursing team, fitting in effortlessly alongside Christina Tatsi in Paediatrics and Piet Haers in Oral Surgery. Her favourite pastime is being with her beautiful young daughter, Emse.

Chloe Squire

Dental Nurse

RDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2015
GDC Registration Number - 260427

Chloe was a dental nurse with us for 2 years before heading off to University in Portsmouth to study Dental Hygiene & Therapy. She says “I really enjoyed working with Piet Haers as surgery and implants have always been an interest of mine. The opportunity I have had with Strickland’ specialists has stood me in good stead for the continuation of my study. Stricklands have always supported me in my decision to progress as a dental professional and now I enjoy coming back to work with the lovely team on Saturdays and Uni holidays.”

Nina Benneyworth

Trainee Dental Nurse

Nina is the newest member of our team, originally a receptionist but now training to be a qualified dental nurse. She works mainly with our hygienist department and says she loves the calm, friendly environment of Stricklands. Outside of work, she likes to run or go to the gym as well as a healthy interest in reading and Sudoku. Nina is married to Christian and has an 8 year old daughter, Eadie.

Zena Pemberton

Receptionist

Zena has been with us for almost 21 years, originally as a receptionist and now has many additional administrative responsibilities. She enjoys walking her 6 year old Labrador, Boris as well as reading and cycling (not at the same time!) Zena is married to Tex and has 3 grown-up daughters and 4 lovely grandchildren.

Emma Hookey

Receptionist

Emma has been a receptionist at the practice for a very impressive 17 years! She enjoys the team camaraderie at Stricklands.

Melanie Bridgeman

Receptionist

Mel has been with us for 5 years and is now our Lead receptionist. She says she loves working with the team at Stricklands because it’s so friendly and fun. Mel enjoys the outdoor life, going to the gym and socialising with her friends. She has 2 children, Harry 18 and Holly 15 as well as 2 cats to keep her busy at home.

Kelly Mepham

Receptionist

Kelly has been a receptionist at Stricklands for 4½ years. She loves this role because she enjoys meeting people and working in a great team. She enjoys socialising, eating out, going to musicals and the cinema as well a good country walk. Kelly is a mother to 3 lovely children.

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