Meet the team

The Wessex Dental Specialist Centre is proud of its reputation for providing clinical excellence with an exceptional level of patient care. Every member of our team plays an important role in achieving and continuing this reputation.

Our team are committed to ongoing, post graduate education, ensuring that the treatments we offer are the best available, performed to the highest standards.

This means that we are highly qualified, with substantial experience to offer you the very best dental care.

The Clinical Team

Michael Thomas

Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC Number 65063) MSc BDS MRD RCS DGDP(UK) LDS RCS

Specialist in Prosthodontics, Michael Thomas qualified from Guy's Dental Hospital in December 1989. Following 6 months as a Dental House Officer and Senior House Officer he joined the Royal Naval Dental Services for a five year commission.

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Stephen Taylor

Specialist in Oral Surgery (GDC Number 50619) MSc BDS FDS RCSEd MSurgDent RCSEd

Specialist in Oral Surgery, Stephen qualified from Guy's Hospital Dental School in 1976 and whilst still a student, was commissioned by the Royal Navy.

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Stewart Hawthorn

Specialist Orthodontist (GDC Number 53008) MSc BDS MOrth FDS RCPS

Specialist in Orthodontics, Stewart qualified BDS at University of Dundee. After spending time in general practice and gaining his Surgical Fellowship he undertook postgraduate Orthodontic training at Guy's Hospital, London where he gained his Orthodontic qualifications.

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Neil Thorburn

Prosthodontist (GDC Number 53871) BDS Hons MSc MGDS RCS (Ed)

Prosthodontist Neil was a Dental Officer in the Royal Air Force for seventeen years. During his service time, Neil completed his Masters Degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute and his Membership in General Dental Surgery (MGDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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Sirisha Ponduri

Specialist & Consultant in Orthodontics (GDC Number 76042) BDS MFDS RCS (Eng), DDS MOrth FDS RCS (Ed)

Sirisha qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1999. Following a year in vocational training, she completed her General Professional Training in Wales working in the Community Dental Service and Hospital Dental Service. She then worked in both Cardiff and Bristol Dental hospitals, gaining her Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons in 2002.

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Richard Snoad

Specialist in Periodontics (GDC Number 54159) MSc FDS RCS BDS MGDS RCS

Richard qualified as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Dundee University in 1980. After a decade in general dental practise he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. On his return from service as an Anaesthetics Support Officer in the first Gulf War, he gained his Membership in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS (Ed.)) in 1992.

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Benedict Davies

Specialist in Oral Surgery (GDC Number 76115) BDS MSc FDS RCS Ed M Surg Dent MFDS RCS Eng MFGDP(UK)

General Dental Council registered Specialist in Oral Surgery Ben splits his work at the Wessex Dental Specialist Centre with NHS duties as a Specialist in Oral Surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

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Alistair Bunting

Prosthodontics (GDC Number 76476) BDS MSc MFGDP (UK)

Alistair graduated from Kings College London in 1999. On graduation, he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps where he enjoyed a varied career serving in Germany, Cyprus and throughout the UK with operational deployments to Iraq and the Balkans.

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Bernadette Shipley

Endodontics (GDC Number 60562) BDS MSc Endo

Bernadette gained her MSc in Endodontics from Manchester University in 1997. She has been working in General Practice in Stubbington and for the Community Dental Services and we are pleased that she has agreed to dedicate time to join our team of clinicians at the centre.

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Navid Saberi

Endodontics (GDC Number 103230) BDS MFDS RCSEd MSc

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Somayeh Modarres

Specialist in Endodontist (GDC Number 83687) BDS, Dip Endo, MClinDent Endodontology, MEndo RCS Edinburgh



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Rajiv Anand

Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (GDC Number 64967) BDS MBBS FDSRCS FRCS FRCS(OMFS)



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Stephen Green

General Dentist (GDC Number 64309) BDS Lpool 1989

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Debra Galanakis

Hygienist (GDC Number 2240) CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1994



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Tina Partington

Dental Hygienist (GDC Number 2683) CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1996



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The Support Team

Alice Stewart

Practice Manager