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 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.
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!
Sarah joined our team in March 2020 as Clinical Nurse Manager. Her qualifications include an NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing (2014) and a Certificate in Dental Radiography (2018).
With special interests in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants and Oral Surgery, Sarah finds the ability to help others to be the most rewarding part of her role. But when she is not busy caring for our patients, Sarah’s other passions include keeping fit, going to the gym and her cat Gus!
Sarah’s favourite tipple is an Espresso Martini, her greatest weakness is chocolate and her favourite way to spend a Sunday is ‘Easy’ just like the song.
What single luxury item would you take to a desert island.
A: Hair Straighteners
Amy first joined us in 2011 as a dental nurse but was most recently promoted to Treatment Care Coordinator in November 2019. 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 here at The Essex Smile Centre in order to challenge herself and further her career.
In 2015 Amy fulfilled an ambition of travelling and working abroad with her partner and experienced nursing in Australia where she gained valuable insights into other procedures and practices.
Amy is a happy and very valued member of the team here and is passionate about ensuring patients receive the very best care possible. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with partner Joe and dancing, including ballroom, Latin American and hip hop styles.
If money and career were no object what would you really be doing?
A: Travelling the world, buying properties wherever I fell in love with and sharing the money with my friends and family.
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.
Laura joined our practice in June 2019. She had always wanted to become a dental nurse but was initially unsure what career path to take in order to achieve her goal. Educated locally at FitzWimarc school, Laura went on to complete a Level 3 photography course at Seevic college. She gained experience working in a tanning salon and in retail before being given her opportunity at The Essex Smile Centre.
Her enthusiasm for the role and caring approach make Laura a real asset to our team. As she continues to build her knowledge and skills, she plans to progress further within the practice and is particularly interested in hygiene. Laura lists “making a patient’s day” as the most rewarding part of her job.
Laura lives with her mum and brother and enjoys spending time with her family. In her spare time, she still enjoys photography but has decided to make it a hobby rather than a career.
Her three luxury items on a dessert island would be her eyebrow pencil, a pillow and someone else, so she wasn’t alone!
Before joining the Essex Smile Centre in July 2020, Evie completed her apprenticeship at the Colchester Institute of Dental Nursing and worked at another locally based practice for several years.
The aspect of her role she finds most rewarding is looking after patients and making them comfortable during treatment. She also has a special interest in periodontistry procedures.
Evie lives with her parents and younger sister and, outside of work, enjoys playing video games, watching motorbike racing and reading. In keeping with these interests, the greatest extravagance she has recently splashed out on is a PlayStation 4, her greatest inspiration is Marco Simoncelli and the luxury item she would take to a desert island would be Edgar Allen Poe’s Complete Collection.
What is your favourite food?
Beth joined the team in September 2018 having attained her Level 3 National Diploma in Dental Nursing from Colchester Institute and gained 2 years’ nursing experience at a Chelmsford-based practice.
You could say she fitted straight in – just like part of the family – but we wouldn’t expect any less given that her Mum Michelle is our Operations Manager and stepdad Declan is one of our principal dentists.
Beth particularly enjoys assisting with Invisalign, composite bonding and implant procedures, helping to transform our patients smiles or maybe giving them the confidence to smile again.
Describing herself as loud, bubbly and fun, Beth still finds time to lie in on a Sunday before her favourite breakfast of Eggs Royale. Very nice. Although her favourite food of all is crisps!
What is your greatest vice or weakness?
A: I can never decide what to wear.
Sam went to school and 6th form college locally and spent 10 years with a local practice after she qualified from Southend University with a National Certificate of Dental Nursing.
She joined the Essex Smile Centre in September 2020 as a dental nurse with a particular interested in oral surgery. Sam gains the most satisfaction from her role when the patient has had a good experience and is happy with the treatment they receive.
Sam lives with her partner Matt and her cat Poppy. She enjoys going for quiet walks along the seafront and around woodland areas, as well as listening to music and socialising with friends. She also likes to spend time drawing or getting creative with arts and crafts.
Describing herself as approachable, easy-going and friendly, her greatest inspiration is Tom Hardy and her greatest vice is spending too much money in, BnM, Home Bargains and the Range.
What experience on your ‘bucket list’ would you most like to cross off next?
A: A trip to America
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, Maddy 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.
Lana earned her National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2017 and joined our friendly team in November 2020.
The areas of dentistry that interest her the most are orthodontics, implantology and sedation. She especially enjoys smile makeovers and cosmetic treatments, which may be why she says that the most reward aspect of her role is helping to deliver happy smiles.
Lana is a busy mum to twins and enjoys family days out with the children as well as cocktail nights out with friends. The three words that sum her up best are serious, sincere and sensible. Although she also enjoys “anything that makes her heartbeat fast” and recently smashed the world’s fastest zipline!.
What’s your favourite tipple?
A: Excessively expensive whiskey.
After studying dental nursing at Cardiff University, Mareih left her family in Wales and moved to Essex to continue her studies. She is currently studying to become a hygienist at Southend University.
Mareih worked in several Cardiff practices, where she assisted with implants and general dentistry, before joining our team at the Essex Smile Centre in December 2020. She is a very caring person, and her personal characteristics help put customers at ease. She enjoys helping patients and making them feel comfortable.
Back in Wales she was a member of the Krav Maga Association and she also enjoys music and hanging out with friends socialising.
Which destination in the world that you haven’t already visited would you most like to go?
A: Bali or New York.
Before joining the Essex Smile Centre as an apprentice Dental Nurse in July 2020, Lillie attended Seevic College, gaining a Level 3 BTEC Business Diploma (2018). She has also obtained a Level 2 Beauty Diploma (2019) and a Level 2 AAT (2020).
Lillie gained professional experience in two local beauty salons before setting her sights on dentistry, attracted by the science of the industry and the prospect of continuing to learn about more advanced treatments over time.
For Lillie, the most rewarding aspect of her role today is seeing the positive impact dentistry can have on someone’s life – particularly where self-conscious patients have their confidence restored by restorative treatments.
Lillie lives at home with her mum, brother and my two dogs (pugs). She enjoys keeping fit at the gym, spending time with her boyfriend and socialising with friends and family. She describes herself as funny, friendly and indecisive – so this description could change soon!
What’s your motto for life?
A: Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody