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
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.
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
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 fiancé 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dr Jessica Lucey
BDS (Sheff), MJDF
Jessica joined us in 2005. After qualifying from Sheffield University in 2007 she was subsequently awarded ‘General Dental Practitioner of the Year’ by Sheffield Dental School. Jessica became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and successfully completed her MJDF qualification in 2009.
A talented general dentist including restorative dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery, Jessica’s special interest is in the field of Periodontology and the treatment of gum disease.
Driven and 100% committed to her continued professional development she attends frequent courses and study days. Jessica completed the PerioAcademy certificate in Periodontology in 2018 and is now in further post graduate education, studying for a Masters (Msc) in Periodontology. Popular with colleagues and patients alike her kind, caring, compassionate nature is evident in the way she cares for her patients.
She is married to Phillip and they have two young children. Spare time is spent with family and friends. And when time and tide allows, walking along the beaches of old Leigh.
What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Will Ferrell movies
GDC No – 114384
Dr Thomas Parker
BDS NU Irel
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 William Anderson
Bill is a general dentist and our longest serving associate, qualifying from Trinity College Dental School in 1980 and starting at The Essex Smile Centre in 1981 when Declan and Stephen’s father Denis was principal.
Meticulous in detail and reliable, Bill has a kind, gentle demeanour and is hugely popular with our staff and patients, often looking after two or sometimes three generations of the same family.
In his spare time Bill enjoys watching most sports and meeting up with friends.
What 3 luxury items would you take to a desert island?
A: Sky Sports, beers and a fishing rod.
GDC No – 55049
Dr Charlotte Andrews
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.
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 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.
What is your favourite car?
GDC No – 264142
Dr Rachel Rudman
Rachel worked for several years in some of the capital’s busiest hospitals as a head and neck cancer specialist physiotherapist before deciding dentistry was her dream career.
She graduated from King’s College London in 2017 where her dedication and hard work led her to winning The Patent Appreciation Prize for patient care and professionalism. With her continuing drive to excel and further her knowledge and skills, Rachel is undertaking a year-long advanced aesthetics and restorative dental course.
Passionate about her new career in dentistry, Rachel places great emphasis on patient care and comfort, as well as the delivery of treatment to the highest of standards.
Rachel is a fantastic addition to the team and one of our most caring practitioners. She is married and likes to spend her spare time fitness training and with friends.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Invest in yourself
GDC – 271886
Dr Aidan Ahern
Joining us in 2018, Aidan is a talented general dentist originating from Cork, Ireland where he received an Honours Batchelor of Dental Surgery from University College. He was also awarded an Irish Dental Council Medicine and Surgery Award for his academic achievements.
Aidan is regular attendee of dentistry lectures and courses to further improve his knowledge as well as keep up with all the latest innovations and new methods of treatment.
He enjoys all aspects of general practice dentistry and continuously strives to provide the very best level of care for his patients. He particularly enjoys making dentistry a hassle and pain free experience for anxious patients because of the positive effect it has on their oral health and wellbeing.
Outside of work Aidan enjoys being outdoors and getting plenty of exercise. Particularly running and cycling. He hopes to one day run a marathon.
If you could pick 4 guests to be at a dinner party with you, who would you pick?
Dara O’ Briain, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre & Jason Manford
GDC – 278371