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Meet the Team

Dentists & Hygienists

Dr Agata Smolen

Dentist
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Dr Agata Smolen

Dentist
BDS (Lek Dent Szczecin 2009) - GDC No. 234855

Agata was brought up in the northern Polish port of Szczecin and qualified with a Masters in Dentistry from the Pomeranian University in Szczecin in 2009. After working for three years as a general dentist in Szczecin, Agata moved to Oxfordshire in 2013, working as a general dentist in NHS and Private practice. Over the last few years Agata has continued to develop her dental repertoire, completing the Certificate in Dental Implantology at Cambridge University in 2016, Certificate in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in 2018 and training in adult orthodontics during 2014, 2015 and 2019. As well as general dentistry, Agata’s professional interests include dental implants, removable orthodontics, prosthodontics and facial aesthetics.

Outside of her dental work, Agata’s main passion is training her horses for competitive show jumping, and as a former Polish water-skiing champion she still enjoys taking to the water whenever possible.

Dr Christiaan Gouws

Dentist / Orthodontics
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Dr Christiaan Gouws

Dentist / Orthodontics
BDS (Pretoria 1991), DPDS (Bristol 2004) - GDC No. 71422

“My passion in Dentistry is combining Orthodontics with Cosmetic Dentistry.”

Dr Gouws is a certified Invisalign Clinician and has over 20 years’ experience in Orthodontics. He graduated with two degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1991 and Practiced in private dentistry for five years before moving to the UK. Dr Gouws then held a clinical attachment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Orthodontic Department in Reading for four years. His passion for Orthodontics encouraged him to complete the prestigious DPDS diploma at Bristol University in 2004 with core disciplined in Orthodontics and Oral Surgery.

To maintain his clinical skills Dr Gouws also studied further in cosmetic dentistry and received the Certificate for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry and Photography at the Eastman Dental Institute in London.

Dr Gouws may use different types of Orthodontics to get the most desired result which may include: Invisalign, Conventional fixed braces, removable appliances.

Dr Sam Protty

Dentist / Endodontics
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Dr Sam Protty

Dentist / Endodontics
BDS (Dundee 2015) - GDC No. 257933

Dr Protty qualified from the University of Dundee in 2015 and has been working in general practice since.

He strives to continuously enhance his clinical and scientific knowledge in Dentistry, and has already completed postgraduate courses to obtain a Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr Protty has a minimally invasive dentistry and a pain free approach to provide modern dental treatment for his patients and takes great pride in providing high standards of dental treatment with a main interest in Restorative dentistry, and Endodontics.

Outside work, Sam enjoys keeping fit by training regularly at the gym and keeping a healthy diet, with an interest in various sports.

He also has an interest in travelling and visiting countries of different cultures and sceneries.

Dr Ioannis Vallis

Implantologist
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Dr Ioannis Vallis

Implantologist
Diploma in Dentistry (Budapest 2003) MSc Implant Dentistry (Warwick 2010) - GDC No. 84940

Ioannis joined us here at Claydon Dental in 2020 brining years of experience in regards to Dentistry and Implants. Ioannis is our resident Implantologist and carries out Consultations, Treatment Plans and Implant Treatments for our Patients.

Andrea Shrestha

Hygienist
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Andrea Shrestha

Hygienist
Diploma in Dental Hygiene (Budapest 2008), GDC No. 266971

Andrea joined us here at Claydon Dental in 2019 bringing years of experience in Dental Hygiene. Andrea is responsible for the promotion of Dental Hygiene to our patients.

Georgia Kitchen

Hygienist / Therapist
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Georgia Kitchen

Hygienist / Therapist
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy (Sheffield 2016), GDC No. 264831

Georgia qualified in 2016 from the University of Sheffield where she worked for 3 years before moving back to Buckinghamshire.

Georgia has completed more restorative based work in the past, however, recently found a passion for prevention as patients are getting fantastic results in oral hygiene improvements after tailored instructions.

Outside of work Georgia is a big sports fan, particularly interested in football and formula 1.

Nurses & Support Team

Steven Parker

Practice Manager & RDN
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Steven Parker

Practice Manager & RDN
NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing (2014), Certificate in Impression Taking (2014), NEBDN National Certificate in Dental Radiography (2015), Certificate in Fluoride Varnish (2015), NEBDN National Certificate in Orthodontic Dental Nursing (2016), Professional Diploma in Dental Practice Management (2018) - GDC No. 249691

Steven joined the Dental Profession in 2012 in a busy mixed NHS/Private Orthodontic Practice in Reading. He qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2014 then worked hard to build up his knowledge completing Post Qualification Courses.

Steven is actively involved in the training of New Trainee Dental Nurses alongside the NEBDN National Diploma curriculum. He believes that the Dental Profession is a career not just a job.

Steven joined us at Claydon Dental as Practice Manager. He is actively involved in the running and maintenance of the practice, he leads a team of fifteen colleagues ranging from the Clinicians, Dental Nurses and Admin.

In his spare time, Steven is a home baker and is known for his melt in the middle chocolate cupcakes. He is also a Hairdresser.

Amanda Cootes

Registered Dental Nurse
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Amanda Cootes

Registered Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2017. GDC 272717

Amanda started training to be a dental nurse in 2014 in a busy NHS practice in Buckingham.
Amanda qualified in 2017 and moved to a specialist Dental Practice who carried out restoration work such as implants, Bone Grafts and Sinus Lifts.
Amanda also enjoyed working alongside various different dentists who had special interests in Root canals and restorative restorations.
Interests outside of work is travelling and visiting countries of different cultures and sceneries.

Holly O’Brien

Trainee Dental Nurse
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Holly O’Brien

Trainee Dental Nurse
Currently enrolled on Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing (Due to complete in 2022)

Holly joined us here at Claydon Dental in 2020 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. She is currently enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing with Exhalt Training. Holly is actively involved in looking after our patients and assisting all of our Dentist’s and Hygienists from the Dental Chair.

Fern Crawley

Receptionist
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Fern Crawley

Receptionist

Fern joined us at Claydon Dental in 2016 as a Beauty Therapist heading up our Claydon Wellness Salon. Fern is actively involved now in Claydon Dental as a Receptionist and enjoys being front of house getting to know our patients and helping them with Estimations, Treatment Plans and booking their appointments.

Samantha Chandler

Receptionist
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Samantha Chandler

Receptionist

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