Meet The Team
A visit to the dentist can be stressful, but we have taken the time to create a calm, relaxing environment as we believe every time you come into the practice you should feel comfortable and at ease.
Our Dental Nurses are an incredibly important part of this experience. They are all sensitive, gentle and caring, working hard to ensure all our patients feel happy before, during and after every appointment.
Danielle – Head Nurse
GDC No – 254720
Danielle joined The Essex Smile Centre and qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2014 after an early career in retail where she learned the importance of providing great customer service.
Danielle has a very impressive list of qualifications. As well as her dental nursing qualification, Danielle is qualified in impression taking and holds an advanced qualification in Implant nursing. As Principal Dentist Stephen Keane’s sidekick she particularly enjoys orthodontic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral health education and providing chair-side attention to patients. She loves making a difference to people’s lives, giving them confidence and helping anxious patients feel at ease.
In her role as Head Nurse she supervises various elements of the dental practice. Providing support and direction to enhance the performance, skills and knowledge of the nursing team. She also works closely with the practice management team to deliver quality dental care to patients in line with CQC, GDC guidelines, Health & Safety requirements and other legislation.
Another enthusiastic West Ham fan she can often be found at home games with her husband, and sometimes even with Stephen or Declan. A keen traveller Danielle has spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and South Africa and is always planning her next adventure.
What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to tick off your bucket list, but haven’t yet?
A: Cage dive with great white sharks.
Amy – Clinical Nurse Manager
GDC No – 263481
Amy joined us in 2011 and was promoted to Clinical Nurse Manager in 2018. As Declan’s nurse, she particularly enjoys cosmetic aesthetic dentistry, orthodontics, family dentistry and oral health education.
Amy has a huge thirst for knowledge and has undertaken an intense training and development plan at The Essex Smile Centre in order to challenge herself and develop her career with us. She is a valued member of the team here who is passionate about ensuring patients receive the very best care possible.
In 2015, Amy fulfilled an ambition of travelling and working abroad with her partner, experiencing nursing in Australia where she gained valuable insights into other procedures and practices.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her partner Joe. Amy practices ballroom and latin dance as well as aerial hoop and pole fitness. She also loves planning adventures, shopping and will find any excuse for a party or to discover new restaurants and bars.
If money and career were no object, what would you really be doing?
A: Travelling the world as a performer, blogger or model
Clair – Dental Nurse
GDC No – 136142
Clair is the dental nurse to Mr Parker. Kind and caring by nature, she enjoys meeting patients and making them feel at ease.
She trained at Basildon college before joining the team at the Essex Smile Centre back in 1991. She passed her dental nursing exam in November 1999
Clair lives with her son Aaron. Together they enjoy the outdoors, visiting places of interest, walking and bike riding. Clair is passionate about photography, reading and 80s music – although she is also open to a bit of classical and most other genres.
Gill – Dental Nurse
GDC No – 138496
Gill qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2008 but her journey with us began many years earlier.
She is a passionate about caring for our patients, making sure they understand treatment and feel comfortable and relaxed.
Gill loves coming to work and seeing the team every day, and watching her patients gain confidence through their dental care.
When not working she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, grown up children and walking her much loved dog.
Fran – Dental Nurse
GDC No – 118599
Fran has been working at The Essex Smile Centre since 2004, qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2007 and is registered with the GDC.
She’s passionate about her job and still experiences the same excitement when a patient sees their final results that she did when she first started. Fran enjoys all aspects of dentistry and prides herself on her patient care and organisational skills.
Fran says the team are so supportive and are very professional in all aspects of their work. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as walking and swimming to keep fit and active.
Katie – Dental Nurse
GDC No – 202565
Katie is another member of the team who has trained and qualified with us. Joining in 2008 and qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2011 upon completing the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing
Katie enjoys all aspects of dentistry and takes great satisfaction in seeing how happy patients are with their new smiles at the end of their treatment plans.
Katie takes a lot of pride in her work and is very confident in her role. She enjoys a good chat with patients and is calming and reassuring towards nervous patients.
Outside of work, she is kept busy by her husband and two gorgeous boys.
Beth – Specialist Dental Nurse
GDC No – 248442
Beth qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2014 and completed an Implant Nursing Course in 2017.
Beth is the practices specialist dental nurse working closely with Deepam our Implantologist. This work includes advanced procedures like bone augmentation and sinus grafts, a field of dentistry which Beth is fascinated by. Beth also has experience in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Her favourite part is the human element, working with patients and seeing their confidence soar as their smiles are restored.
Beth is engaged and planning her wedding in 2020. When she’s not at work she loves to keep fit with regular gym classes and rock climbing. She also loves to plan days and nights out with friends and family.
What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Peeling skin and popping other people’s spots!
Bithiah – Dental Nurse
GDC - 270452
Bithiah worked in general practice and orthodontics before joining us in 2018. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and enjoys all aspects of dentistry and particularly interacting with our patients helping them feel at ease. The most satisfying part of the job for her is providing an exceptional service and making a difference to patients’ lives.
In her spare time she enjoys running, voluntary work and spending time with friends and family.
How would your best friend describe you in 3 words.
A: Likes to laugh!
Bethany – Dental Nurse
Bethany is Michelle’s daughter and Declan’s stepdaughter. She qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2018 after completing her training at The Colchester Institute whilst working in a busy NHS practice.
Bethany always liked the idea of working as a Dental Nurse and her mind was made up after coming into the practice with Declan for work experience. When she got the opportunity to join the “family” at The Essex Smile Centre she didn’t need to think twice!
We believe Bethany has definitely found her calling as a Dental Nurse and are excited to help her develop into her role here. She has a big smile and is very bubbly which puts the patients at ease.
Outside of work, Bethany spends a lot of time socialising with her friends and working out at the gym.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Everything happens for a reason.
Maddy – Apprentice Dental Nurse
Maddy joined The Essex Smile Centre in 2018 as a Trainee Dental Nurse.
Maddy has always loved the idea of working as a Dental Nurse so when the job opportunity arose here she knew had to apply. She is excited about pursuing her career in Dental Nursing as she loves caring for patients and building a friendly rapport with them. The team here think she has definitely found her calling as a Dental Nurse and are as excited as she is about her prospects.
Outside of work, Abbie enjoys listening to music, shopping and going out with friends.
If money and career were no object what would you really be doing?
A: Not sure as I’m enjoying learning and working at The Essex Smile Centre. I find it interesting.