Dental practice Hitchin : Independent private dentist

01462 434 512 - 35 HERMITAGE ROAD, HITCHIN, HERTS, SG5 1BY


Meet the Team
Mark Vernon BChD, MFDSRCS, PG Cert, DipImpDentRCS(Adv), FFGDP(UK), MSc (Dental Implants). GDC: 77730
Mark is the practice owner of The Vernon Dental Practice. He is a clinical lecturer at Barts and the London Dental Institute and teaches restorative dentistry to final year dental students. Mark qualified in 2000 from Leeds University and went on to work in Maxillo-facial oral surgery for 18 months. Mark also examines overseas dentists looking to register to work in the UK as part of the Royal College of Surgeons. For the past 7 years Mark has been a senior dental volunteer for the homeless charity Crisis and was also a dentist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Mark has achieved the advanced certificate in Dental Implants from the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2014 Mark was made a Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, the highgest award the the faculty can grant. Mark recently was awarded merit for an MSc in dental implants from the University of Leeds.

Mark is an examiner for the LDSRCS exam at the Royal College of Surgeons. This examination is taken by dentists moving to the UK from outside the EU.

Mark purchased the practice from his father Tim in 2009. He thoroughly enjoys dentistry and has a special interest in dental implants for which he offers both a referral and a dental mentoring service.
Mike De Nooijer BChD (Stell), MFGDPRCS, PgCert (Dental Law & Ethics)                                                                            GDC: 64524
Mike qualified as a dentist at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1990.  Mike has been in general practice in Letchworth for the past 20 years and has joined our practice in 2015. Mike plays an active part on the local dental committee which has important roles in implementing dentistry in the region. He is committed to on going professional development and has completed a Diploma in General Dental Practice (MFGDP) at the Royal College of Surgeons UK in 1997. Mike has a post graduate certificate in dental Law and ethics which he is continuing with to achieve an MSc. Mike also works part time in the orthodontic department at the Lister Hospital. He is a keen sportsman both playing and umpiring cricket. 
Tim Vernon BDSGDC: 41919
Tim qualified from Sheffield Dental School alongside Mary Vernon in 1967. He and Mary acquired the practice soon after. Tim has always developed the services of the practice, keeping pace with the advances in dentistry. Tim has a wealth of experience in all aspects of dentistry.

25 years ago, Tim introduced an orthodontic service to the practice and maintains an orthodontic contract with the local primary care trust. For orthodontics, Tim treats children on the NHS and adults privately.

A new and exciting recent development is Invisalign, an invisible form of orthodontics. It is particularly suitable for adults looking to straighten their front teeth without wanting to have a fixed brace. Though many dental practices provide Invisalign or the like, the principles remain that of orthodontics, and as such require a deep and thorough knowledge of orthodontics. In our view, it is important to enquire as to a dentist's orthodontic experience when looking for such treatment. Given Tim has many years of complex orthodontic experience, he is able to advise and treat all cases.Tim likes spending time with his family. He also likes, skiing, reading and photography.
Louise Conway BDSGDC: 82103
Louise joined the team in 2010, having previously worked in Welwyn Garden City. Louise grew up in York and qualified in 2002 from Bristol Dental School. Louise is excellent at putting patients who may be nervous in visiting the dentist at ease. She has a special interest in dental anxiety and has trained in dental hypnosis.

Louise has a wealth of experience in restorative dentistry, such as crowns, bridges and dentures.

Louise has worked hard in the local region in helping and supporting dentists and dental services. In 2006 she was chairman of the local British Dental Association  and as such organised regular meetings, lectures and even overseas excursions.
Helen Eldret BDS PG.Cert. Rest (Eastman)                                                                                                                                    GDC: 83889

          We are excited to welcome Helen Eldret to our team. Helen is a highly experienced dentist having worked in general practice for over a decade.                     Helen qualified from Sheffield Dental School in 2004, and passed her membership of the faculty of General Dental practice. Subsequently she has                 studied at the Eastman Dental Hospital (London) in Restorative Dentistry whilst working in general practice.

         As well as providing the full complement of general dentistry, we are delighted that Helen will be introducing her skills in facial aesthetics to the                   Vernon Dental Practice.   Facial aesthetics is a natural extension of the work we already do, and we are delighted to be able to further enhance the               outcome of the dental treatment we provide. 

                                                        Helen lives in Hitchin with her husband and 3 children, and enjoys family days out exploring the local countryside.  She is a talented viola player for                                                              the Hitchin Symphony Orchestra.

Stathis Kousounis DDS, MClinDent (Perio), MRDRCS, Cert.Perio Locum Specialist Periodontist                                          GDC: 193562
Stathis join our practice in 2016 and is a specialist periodontist. Stathis is a specialist periodontist and is a clincial research fellow at the centre of Clinical Oral research at the Insitute of Dentistry, Queen Mary Univeristy of London. Stathsi qualified from Atehns in 2009. 

Sthtis undertook his periodontal training at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. 

Stathis provides expert specialst care for the treatment periodntal (gum) diease. He also provides dental implant treatment and management of peri-implantitis.

Stathis also speaks Greek.
Maria Piana Dip DS, MClinDentGDC: 75135
Maria completed her studies in dentistry in Athens in 1997 and her Masters in Prosthodontics in Queen Marys University London in 2003.
Maria works in private practice and also teaches as a part time clinical lecturer in QMUL. Maria is particularly skilled at complex cases and especially dentures.
Maria currently works on Saturdays at the practice and welcomes new patients.
Her creativity combined with her fascination with jewellery, has led to her also studying at the London College of Fashion, which was followed by an MA at The Sir John Cass School of Art and Design where she is currently an artist in residence. 
Maria also teaches undergrduate denitstry at Barts and the London Dental school.
Maria is also fluent in German and Greek.
Hannah Crockford CEB Cert              GDC: 1800
Hannah qualified from Guy's School of Dental Hygiene in 1979 and joined our practice in 2006.

Hannah is at the heart of our preventative and conservative ethos. Hannah is a social and bubbly character and cares very much for her patients and achieving results. Hannah is actively involved in her local church community, enjoys socialising and travelling.
Mika Scrase DipDT RCS, DipDH RCSGDC: 155697
Mika joined the team in 2009 and is both a dental hygienist and a therapist.

Mika qualified at Leeds University. Mika is very popular with her patients due to her caring and thorough approach. Mika is our resident action hero as she loves to travel, has her private pilot's licence, and likes scuba diving.

Mika is fluent in Portuguese.
Erin Crockford DipDH RCSGDC: 228767
Erin joined our team in 2012 having qualified from the Eastman Dental Institute.

Erin is a dental hygienist and is part of the preventative side of the practice.

She is very approachable and will help those struggling with maintaining their oral health.

Erin also volunteers for charity in her spare time.
Kimberley Clapham FdSc                                                                                                                                                           GDC: 238335
Kimberly Joined the practice over 7 years ago, first starting as a highly competent dental nurse. In 2016 Kim qualified with distinction with a degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Essex.

Kim one of our dental hyegienists and provides oral hygiene, prevention and treatment of gum conditions.
Lesley RuddGDC: 116219
Lesley joined the Practice in 1985 and is our practice manager and implant coordinator.

Lesley achieved merit in her dental nursing exams in 2006 and now teaches dental nurses at the Lister Hospital as part of their qualification training. Lesley also examines dental nurses for their training and qualification in the national diploma.

Lesley enjoys walking, skiing and socialising.
Sue ClaphamGDC: 119696
Sue joined the practice in 1995 and is both receptionist and dental nurse.

Sue is responsible for coordinating patient appointments and keeping track of stock. Sue enjoys reading, entertaining and walking her Labradors.

Dawn McNeily                                                                                                                                                                                                                   GDC: 139168
Dawn join us in early 2017 having previously worked for many years in a dental practice in Hitchin. Dawn is very experienced in all aspects of dental nursing. 
Michelle Parker                                                                                                                                                                              GDC: 116863
Michelle joined our practice in 1998 and is a registered dental nurse. Michell has wealth of experience in all aspects of dentla nursing.

Michelle is the cross infection lead for the practice.

Michelle enjoys socialising and travelling.

Kerrie Wakeford                                                                                                                                                                                                            GDC: 139001
Kerrie joined our practice 2013 and is a very experienced dental nurse. Kerrie a wealth of expertise having worked a number of dental practices. Kerrie has a busy family life and has a very sporting family with two sons into football and golf. She also loves her dog. 
Alina Cealacu                                                                                                                                                                              GDC: 266467
Alina joined the practice in 2014 as a dental nurse and qualified in 2015.  

Alina has a great deal of experinece a dental and a qualified medical nurse in hosptial.

Alina is the main implant nurse for our practice. Alina is fluent in English, Italian and Romanian.