Our Dentists

Meet the team

The dentistry team at The Essex Smile Centre includes leading experts and specialists in a wide-range of areas, so we can offer our patients outstanding levels of care for any dental problems they may have.

Lead by brothers Stephen and Declan, who took over the practice from their father in 2004, the whole team is committed to delivering an excellent patient experience in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Find out more about our Dentists below, and get in touch with our friendly reception team if you would like to book a consultation or treatment.

Dr Stephen Keane
BDS (Brist)

Stephen joined the practice in 2003, and he’s also a partner, responsible for helping to run the business with Declan and clinical mentorship to the dentists. He qualified from Bristol University in 1998 and gained his early professional experience in general practice in Bristol and London before taking over the family practice in 2004 with Declan.

He has consistently developed his career and has completed many prestigious postgraduate courses in advanced dentistry including cosmetic and occlusion seminars. This extensive knowledge helps him create beautiful life-changing smiles.

Stephen’s special interests are cosmetic tooth straightening and aesthetic cosmetic dentistry. Stephen is also a full member of the BACD (British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) and is proud of the practices Invisalign Platinum Elite status. He says the most rewarding part of his job is the moment of finishing treatment and seeing his patient realise it was all worth it.

Stephen is married to Sophie and they live with their two children and dog Buddy. He loves football, golf, tennis and skiing. He is also a West Ham season ticket holder with Declan and dad, Denis.

We asked…

If money and career were no object what would you really be doing?

A: Ski instructor in winter. Dive instructor in the summer.

GDC No – 74312

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Dr Declan Keane
BDS (Sheff), LDS RCS (London), Dip Hyp.

Declan is the elder of the two brothers and qualified from Sheffield University in 1989. He worked in Australia and London before joining the practice in 1997. Taking over from father Denis with his brother Stephen in 2004.

He has developed and grown the practice to provide excellence at every level and is continually pushing himself to advance his skills and keep up with the latest technologies, such as CBCT Scanning technology, so he can provide fast and effective treatment planning of complex dental issues.

Declan loves his job and is passionate about dentistry, and he hopes that this shows in his work. His main interest is in the field of aesthetic cosmetic dentistry including smile design and tooth straightening as well as the area of family dentistry. He is a full member of the BACD (British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) and has to maintain the highest standard of cosmetic dentistry skills to maintain his membership.

Declan lives with wife Michelle, their children and dog Paddy. A self-confessed sports addict Declan plays golf and tennis regularly. He’s a life-long West Ham fan, is a season ticket holder and goes to as many matches as he can with brother Stephen and father Denis.

We asked…

If you could make a soundtrack to your life, what 3 songs would you put on it?

A: That’s Entertainment – The Jam

Michelle – The Beatles

Rhythm on the Loose – Break of Dawn

GDC No – 64707

Dr Deepam Patel
BDS (Lond), MFGDP(UK), DipImpDent RCS Ed, MSc (Implant Dentistry)

Deepam is the implantologist here and his work has changed the lives of many patients at The Essex Smile Centre. From single implants to complete rehabilitation of a mouth after significant tooth loss, with treatments such as the All on 4 system or by securing dentures with implants.

Deepam qualified from Bart’s & The London Medical & Dental School (QMUL) in 2002, subsequently completing his exams to gain Membership in the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (Royal College of Surgeons England).

With more than 11 years’ experience placing and restoring implants, Deepam is an established authority in the field. Attaining the highly regarded Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, where he is a member of the Implant Dentistry Advisory Board. He has a Master’s in Implant Dentistry from the University of Warwick, where he holds an honorary teaching position. He’s also an active member of a global academic organisation the International Team for Implantology (ITI).

Outside of dentistry, Deepam is a talented amateur golfer with many other sporting interests as well. He is married with 2 children, and enjoys great food and fine wines.

We asked…

What is your dream holiday destination and who would you take with you?

A: Maldives. I would take my wife

GDC No – 80990

Dr Pierluca Campana
DipDent Rome 96 MFDS RCSEng MClinDent Endo MEndo RCSEd

Pierluca joined the Essex Smile Centre in January 2018 becoming an enthusiastic participant within our caring team.

Committed to providing excellent service for patients who require endodontic treatment, he makes sure that all clinical options are explored and explained in order to achieve clinical excellence every time.

Pierluca qualified as a dentist in Italy (DipDent Rome 1996) before moving to the UK in 1998. He has held a full and permanent registration with the General Dental Council since 1998 (GDC 74002) and is a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCS London).

He gained his Master’s degree (MClin Dent) in Endodontics at University College London and passed the Membership Examination in Endodontics (MEndo RCS Edinburgh). Pierluca is on the GDC specialist list for Endodontics and is a Specialist Member of the European Society of Endodontics.

We asked…

When you’re not busy working, what do you like doing?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family – as well as travelling and rock climbing.

GDC No – 74002

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Dr Farzad Azimi
BDS (Plymouth) 2015

Farzad joined the Essex Smile Centre in December 2020, bringing a wealth of experience and professional qualifications to our fantastic team.

He qualified with dual degrees – a Masters in Pharmacy from Birmingham followed by his dentistry qualification from the University of Plymouth. Soon after graduation, Farzad undertook the MFDS RCS exam in Glasgow whilst obtaining work experience in a number of hospitals.

His passion for dentistry and providing bespoke treatment for his patients encouraged Farzad to undertake several post-graduate courses both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Farzad has undertaken a Masters level degree in Restorative dentistry, a certificate degree in dental Implants in Cambridge, and is currently completing his second Masters degree in dental implantology at the University of Bristol (UK).

Farzad has also completed numerous aesthetic dentistry courses worldwide and is a member of British societies of aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

Asked about the most rewarding aspect of his role, Farzad commented: “My biggest passion in dentistry is creating beautiful, but natural smiles, with no pain or discomfort for my clients!”

In his spare time, Farzad enjoys sport (football and the gym) and is an active member of Macmillan cancer society where he has managed to raise charity funds by organising several social events.

We asked …

Who is your favourite film star – either past or present?

A: Al Pacino.

GDC NO – 258320

Dr Jayesh Pala
BDS (UCLan), MPharm, MFDS, RCSEd

Jayesh graduated from The University of Central Lancashire, having previously worked as a qualified Pharmacist for 2 years. Always looking to develop his skills in order to stay on top of new and evolving treatments he also recently qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MFDS).

Jayesh has an interest in aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry, and is experienced in short-term orthodontics. He recently expanded his remit to include facial aesthetics (anti-wrinkle treatments).

With a strong belief in preventative and minimally invasive dentistry, he places great emphasis on patient care and comfort. He is a fantastic member of The Essex Smile Centre team and you can rest assured you are in the care of one of the most conscientious and caring practitioners to be found anywhere.

He provides excellent customer service in a friendly, approachable and holistic manner. He’s a first-class communicator, who relishes new situations and fresh opportunities.

We asked…

What is your favourite car?

A: Batmobile

GDC No – 264142

Dr Charlotte Lee
BchD (Leeds)

Charlotte qualified from University of Leeds in 2013. Her dedication and enthusiasm for dentistry has won her several clinical and academic accolades including a merit for Dental Surgery and the Jackson prize for her work with dental phobic children.

Originally from Leigh-on-Sea, she gained her early professional experience in Yorkshire working in Halifax, Huddersfield and Bramley as a general dental practitioner and in emergency dental services in Leeds. We were delighted to welcome Charlotte back to Essex when she joined us in 2017.

Charlotte is passionate about her career in dentistry and facial aesthetics and her calm, confident and gentle approach to patient care enables her to gain the trust of patients quickly. Consistently updating her clinical skills she has attended many courses, especially in the fields of cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics, gaining further qualifications for wrinkle softening injections and fillers. These skills enable Charlotte to deliver treatment to the highest standard.

Charlottes fiancé is also a dentist and they are expecting their first child later this year. Hobbies include horse riding, singing and a little bit of “am dram” now and then when time allows.

We asked…

If you could pick 4 guests to be at a dinner party with you, who would you pick?

A: Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Hawking (alive not the corpse) and Dave Grohl

GDC No – 244669

Dr Thomas Parker

Tommy is an experienced general dentist who has been working at The Essex Smile Centre since 1985.

He qualified in 1984 from University College, Cork and worked briefly in Wickford before joining the team here when Denis Keane was the principal dentist.

A strong proponent of our commitment to seeking excellence in patient care, Tommy is kind, gentle and hugely popular with staff and patients alike.

Tommy is married to his future ex-wife (his words!) with three boys.  Like Declan and Stephen he is an enthusiastic follower of sport. Any sport.

GDC No – 59225

Dr Purvil Doshi
BDS Kings College London

Cosmetic dentist Purvil joined the practice in July 2019 to focus particularly on composite bonding, veneers and Invisalign.

A graduate of King’s College London (BDS 2015), Purvil has gained excellent experience in NHS and private practices around Essex and Hertfordshire since qualifying. His special interests are in orthodontics (Invisalign), tooth whitening and composite bonding. He enjoys consulting with patients to plan, design and create beautiful, new smiles.

When Purvil is not practising, he enjoys most sports and generally being outdoors. He would love the opportunity to watch tennis at Wimbledon and applies every year but never receives a ticket. His favourite things to do at the weekend are going to the gym, visiting new places and relaxing in front of Netflix.

We asked Purvil if he could make a soundtrack to his life, which two bands would feature. His answer: Backstreet Boys and Oasis.

GDC NO – 258544

Dr Martin Witzman
Karolinska University 2006, Stockholm

After growing up in Iran, Martin travelled extensively to pursue a rich and varied career in dentistry, gaining a wide range of qualifications from colleges and universities in London, Barcelona, Gothenburg and Stockholm. He joined the Essex Smile Centre in June 2020 after practising dentistry in several organisations throughout Iran, Sweden and the South-East of England.

Martin’s special areas of interest are in family dental care, as well as aesthetic and cosmetic restoration. He describes the most rewarding and uplifting part of his job as working with patients to define tailored treatment plans that lead to excellent results.

Married since 2016, Martin lives in Canary Wharf, where his ideal start to the weekend would be the sunlight hitting his bedroom curtain, followed by a nice freshly brewed cup of his favourite tea whilst relaxing on the balcony, gazing at the London skyline.

From a young age, his passion has been travelling and he loves to immerse himself in other cultures, discovering their food, customs and habits. Martin already speaks 4 languages and in now learning a fifth.

We asked…

With the theme of travel in mind, which luxury item would Martin take to a desert island, which destination was next on his bucket list and what drink he would order when he arrived there.

A: He answered, a pair of designer sunglasses – either Dior or Fendi, a train ride to the Machu Pichu and a ‘Caipirinha’ (lime, cachaca and sugar). Wow, can we come too…?

GDC NO – 170784

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Dr Priya Suglani
BDS (HONS) Kings College London 2015, MFDS RCS (ED)

After graduating from Kings College London in 2015, Priya went on to complete a number of associated dental courses including Invisalign Go and GC Gradia Composite Course. She also gained the Aspire Advanced Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry Diploma.

Priya gained experience working in various London hospitals, as well as associate jobs in London & Buckhurst Hill, before eventually joining the Essex Smile Centre in September 2020, and with her thoughtful, caring approach, she fitted in immediately as part of our friendly team.

Her special interests include cosmetic dentistry, smile design, whitening and Invisalign and she loves to see what a difference even the most subtle changes in a smile can make to a person’s confidence.

Outside of dentistry, Priya runs a successful fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog on Instagram with over 21,000 followers. She also loves street dance and has choreographed and performed in numerous shows over the years.

Cancer Research UK is a charity very close to her heart and every year Priya organises a fundraising event, which raised £8,000 in its most success year.

We asked…

What is your favourite food?

A: Any Italian dish with truffle!

GDC NO – 258721

Dr Aimie Seaton
BCHD (Leeds) 2014

Aimie joined the Essex Smile Centre in June 2020 with special interests in family dentistry, anxious patients as well as preventative and minimally invasive dentistry. She describes the most rewarding aspect of her role as being allowing patients to feel comfortable and at ease, whilst shifting their perception of dentists and dentistry.

Originally from Essex, Aimee graduated from Leeds University in 2014 before going on to attain a further Diploma in Primary Dental Care (with distinction) from the University of Kent (2017). She practised for a year in Camberley, Surrey before working in a number of local clinics (both NHS and private) in Chalkwell and Benfleet.

Married in January 2019, Aimie is an auntie to 7 nieces and nephews and loves spending time with her family and friends. When she is not in the surgery, you’ll find her exploring new places or pursuing a range of activities, which include swimming, walking/hiking and watercolour and oil painting.

We asked…

Which celebrities would you most like to invite to a dinner party?

Aimie answered: Louis Theroux, David Attenborough, Fearne Cotton, Ludovico Einaudi, Ricky Gervais

GDC NO – 252038

Dr Sukh Bansal
BDS & AKC King’s College London 2018
BEng Hons Queen Mary University 2013

Sukh graduated from King’s College London in 2018. After completing dental core training at Peterborough City Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Dept, he also worked at a busy high street practice in East London before joining the Essex Smile Centre in September 2020.

His particular interests include minor oral surgery, restorative and cosmetic. He gains the most satisfaction when taking patients out of pain and helping them achieve good oral health.

Sukh describes himself as ambitious and competitive – something which may come from being the youngest of four siblings. When he is not working, he enjoys tennis, music, art and DIY.

We asked …

What’s your motto for life?

A: No expectations and immense hope

GDC NO – 278443

Rebecca Fitzgerald – Associate Dentist
BDS. Queen Mary University, London

Since graduating from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008, Rebecca has gained a wealth of experience working for several practices around London and the South-East. These include Great Knightleys sedation clinic and Smile Impressions in Grays.

Rebecca has a particular interest in teeth-straightening and facial aesthetics as she enjoys helping patients regain confidence in their smiles. As such, she has taken specialist courses in Invisalign, botox and dermal fillers.

When she is not working, Rebecca enjoys keeping fit through activities such as running, swimming and yoga.

Rebecca’s motto for life is “Your attitude can change everything” and says the three words she would use to describe her personality would be “positive, outgoing, party-girl”.

GDC NO – 154404

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Dr Tejesh Patel
BDS Kings College London

Tejesh joined our busy team in November 2020 after several years working in private practice in London and Essex.

After graduating from Guy’s and King’s College London Dental Institute, Tejesh went on to complete a year of hospital training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at King’s College Hospital before spending time at the Melbourne Dental Hospital in Australia.

In 2018, he became a Member for the Faculty of Dental Surgeons (MFDS) and is also a fully accredited Invisalign provider. Indeed, enhancing patient’s smiles is Tejesh’s specialist interest and he would love to discuss options for straightening your teeth.

For Tejesh, the nicest feeling he experiences in his role is when a patient says they can finally smile for photos.

Recently married, he enjoys spending time with his wife and watching Leyton Orient, waiting for them to get promoted to the Premier League. He says his main vice is chocolates, but “don’t tell the other dentists!”

We asked …

What’s your motto for life?

A: Twenty years from now you’ll regret the things you didn’t do rather than the things you did do.

GDC NO – 245389

Dr Tasnim Choudhury
MD, BDS (Lond), MSc (Merit), AKC (Merit)

Tasnim qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Dental School, London, in 2012. Subsequently she combined working in general practice and the Community Dental Services in London with completing a Masters in Primary Dental Care at the University of Kent.

During this time, she also taught undergraduate dental students at King’s College London and gained a diverse range of experience in oral surgery, sedation, periodontics, special care, paediatric and restorative dentistry.

Currently Tasnim is a specialist registrar on the postgraduate training programme in Periodontology at Guy’s Hospital. She also works there as an undergraduate clinical teacher and examiner in Periodontology. Tasnim has published papers on periodontal risk factors and is currently involved in dental research into advanced techniques for the management of periodontitis.

Tasnim is a member of the British Society of Periodontology and The European Federation of Periodontology. She is also medically trained and has a particular interest in treating nervous patients. She is a member of SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry).

Tasnim joined the Essex Smile Centre in 2020 where she is committed to managing a wide range of periodontal conditions to the highest standards and securing the best treatment outcomes for our wonderful patients.

When she’s not at work, Tasnim enjoys travelling the globe, outdoor excursions, arts and crafts, fine dining and spending quality time with family and friends.

We asked…

We asked which 3 words best describe Tasnim?

A: Compassionate, ethical and dedicated.

GDC NO – 229980

Iole Mendez – Dentist with special interest in orthodontics

Iole joined the Essex Smile Centre in January 2021 to help support the growth of our fixed orthodontic services. She attained her Orthodontic degree in her native Venezuela and has gained many years’ experience working with adults and children alike – in practices in both South America and the UK.

Describing herself as open, ethical and passionate about her work, she particularly enjoys the interceptive and preventive treatment that forms part of the growth modification work she does with children.

In her spare time, Iole enjoys kitesurfing and jogging but is equally happy strolling quietly through the park on a Sunday morning with an amazing coffee. Her favourite food is spaghetti, and her favourite song is also Italian – La donna è mobile by Verdi.

We asked…

What is the greatest extravagance you have ever splashed out on?

A: It was a trip to Coche Island with my family in Venezuela.

GDC NO – 261386