• Alex Gordon

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 59590 | BDS Glasgow 1984

    Alex qualified in 1984 from Glasgow University. He is a highly motivated ethical individual with a strong passion for his work and profession. He has a very friendly and patient approach priding himself on a superior standard of care with excellent results. Alex has a vast experience in all aspects of dentistry.

  • Babita Arora

    Minor Oral Surgeon GDC Reg No. 69669 | BDS London 1993, FDSRCS 1993 (UK)

    Babita has been at the practice since 2014. She is recognised by the General Dental Council as a Specialist for Minor Oral Surgery.

    Babita also carries out facial aesthetic treatments (Botox).

    Babita specialises in complicated extractions and is excellent with nervous patients.

  • Garima Bhardwaj

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 166114 | BDS 2004

    Garima joined the practice in 2015. She graduated in India in 2004 with a Silver Medal in Conservative Dentistry. In 2008 Garima completed her Bachelors equivalence exams for England and registered with the GDC. She then went on to work in London for a year and then in and around Cambridge until 2015. She has a particular interest in aesthetic and conservative dentistry.

    Garima is a warm and caring person who always keeps the patients individual needs central to their treatment plan.

    Outside of work Garima enjoys spending time with her twins and playing tennis.

  • Katharine Chiu

    Prosthodontist / Implantologist GDC Reg No. 79747 | BDS London, MFDS RCS England, Dip D Ded, M Clin Dent, MRD RCS Ed (Prosthodontics)

    Katharine joined the practice in 2017. She qualified in 2001 after training at Guys Hospital in London. She was awarded her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2003 and is a General Dental Council registered Specialist in Prosthodontics, She is also the elect Chairperson of the British Dental Association (BDA) for 2018-2019 Cambridge section. In 2006 she gained a Diploma in Conscious Sedation from Kings Dental Institute.

    Katharine is highly skilled and very caring when working with nervous patients. She has gained widespread experience in reconstructing failing teeth and mouths with crown and bridgework, dentures, dental implants, veneers and repairing jaw and occlusal (bite) issues.

  • Dr Maria Retzepi

    Specialist In Periodontics and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer GDC Reg No. 82573 | DipDS, PhD, MSc, CertClinSpec(Perio)

    Maria is honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London and a registered specialist in Periodontics. She is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Maria qualified as a Dental Surgeon from the University of Athens, Greece and obtained her Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and Certificate of Clinical Specialisation in Periodontics with distinction. She was then awarded a clinical training fellowship for the Department of Periodontology and Fixed Prosthodontics, University of Berne, Switzerland.

    Maria received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University College London Eastman Dental Institute for her research on the effect of Diabetes Mellitus on dental implants and on bone regeneration. She is the recipient of the most prestigious international awards in dental implantology, namely the 2009 European Association of Osseointegration Research Award and the 2010 Andre Schroeder Research Prize.

    Her clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, performance of conventional and regenerative periodontal surgery with Guided Tissue Regeneration and enamel matrix proteins, periodontal and peri-implant plastic microsurgery, surgical implant placement and ridge augmentation procedures.

  • Naveen Julka

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 85957 | BDS London 2005

    Naveen has been at the practice since 2006, his vision is to focus on providing unparalleled patient care and to offer the highest quality dentistry available today. He graduated from St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London in 2005, since then he has done a year-long course as a post-graduate in aesthetic dentistry.

    Naveen is also certified in Invisalign and Inman tooth straightening and has also completed a course in implant dentistry making him qualified to restore dental implants.

    In his spare time he enjoys playing football and travelling.

  • Neil Furse

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 256145 | BDS Birmingham 2001

    Neil qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 2001 and has worked in the Saffron Walden and Cambridge area since, working in general dental practice and enjoys all aspects of family dentistry.

    He was born and raised in Devon; his interests include cycling, rugby and tropical fish keeping. He currently lives in Saffron Walden and has a busy home-life with his wife and two sons.

  • Filip Zigic

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 108417 | MSc MA

    Filip graduated in 2006 from the university of Mainz, Germany. He is a friendly dentist with an excellent sense of humor, which enables him to develop a good rapport with his patients.

    Filip has a number of years of experience in both NHS and private dentistry. He has an MSc Degree in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry from the University of Manchester as well as an MA in Dental Education from the University of Bedfordshire.

    Filip has a special interest in preventative as well as restorative and aesthetic dentistry. He lives and works within the local area and is an active member of the community. Filip is fluent in English, German and Serbo-Croatian and speaks a bit of Italian.

  • Rajan Julka

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 238686 | MChD Leeds 2012

    Rajan joined the practice in 2012. He qualified from Leeds University in 2012. Rajan’s focus is on Optimum patient care. He has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry.

    In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports including football and cricket. He enjoys travelling and is fluent in both English and Punjabi.

  • Rakee Talati

    Orthodontist GDC Reg No. 82835 | BDS London 2004, MFDS RCS England 2006, MSc North RCS FDS (Orth) RCS (Eng) FHEA

    Rakhee joined the practice in 2014. She graduated in 2004 from Barts and London Dental School. Rakhee spent a year in general practice and then went on to spend a further 3 years working within oral and maxillofacial surgery and pediatric dentistry within the Hospital and Community sectors.

    Rakhee then went on to do a 3 year specialist training program in Orthodontics where she gained her Master of Science in 2010, and a year later was awarded her Membership in Orthodontics and entry onto the GDC’s specialist list. She then went onto do a further 2 years training leading her to be appointed as a Consultant Orthodontist at Barts Health NHS Trust in 2013.

    Rakhee is passionate about this specialty and enjoys the multi-disciplinary nature of the cases working both in a hospital and as a specialist within the practice.

  • Romit Sharma

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 107000 | BDS LDS (RCS, Eng) MFDS (RCPS Glasgow)

    Romit joined the practice in 2018.

    Romit has gained a post graduate qualification in Implant Dentistry. He is a Board Member of the Royal College of Surgeons England and on the National Examination Board of Dental Nurses (UK). He has worked for the University of Lancashire Dental School as a Clinical Tutor.

    Romit enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has a special interest in preventative and cosmetic dentistry.

  • Rupinder Bansal

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 85833 | BDS 2005

    Rupinder qualified from King’s College London in 2005 and BDS honours and distinction. She joined our team in 2018 offering Denplan Care, Private and NHS treatment. She provides a sympathetic service to our patients who are very nervous and has developed special techniques to calm even the most nervous of patients.

    Rupinder has a professional approach and prides herself in fully explaining the treatment options and choices she has available to her patients. She has a special interest in Root Canal Treatment and completed her post-graduate MSc at the end of 2018.

    In her spare time, Rupinder enjoys cooking, Zumba and is involved in charity fundraising.

  • Tiago Pimentel

    Endodontist GDC Reg No. 236284 | MSC (Kings)

    Tiago joined the practice in 2016. He graduated from the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2005. Since graduating he has won awards within dentistry and completed other specialist interest courses in implantology and oral surgery.

    He spent 4 years concentrating his focus on endodontics at Kings College London.

    Tiago’s clinical experience in Endodontics includes:

    • Diagnosis and treatment planning
    • Endodontic treatment of teeth with complex root canal anatomy
    • Re Root canal treatment
    • Post and Fractured file removal
    • Rotary file systems
    • Surgical microscope
    • Easing nervous and anxious patients
  • Varsha Zala

    Dentist GDC Reg No. 71002 | BDS Birmingham 1995

    Varsha joined the practice in 2018.

    Varsha qualified over 20 years ago as a general dentist treating patients and has a special interest in short term braces.


  • Susan Lee

    Hygienist CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 2000

    In 2000 Susan attained a qualification in Dental Hygiene at Guy's School of Dental Hygiene. She thoroughly enjoys a good rapport with her patients from all walks of life and thrives on helping her patients maintain a confident healthy mouth and smile. Susan joined the team at Barrett House in 2007.
    In her spare time she enjoys dining out and spending time with friends.

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  • Robyn King

    Hygienist Dip Dent Hygiene Lond 2004

    Having previously worked as a qualified dental nurse in the local area for over 10 years. Robyn went on to qualify as a dental hygienist from GKT London.
    Robyn is committed to maintaining high standards of patient care and enjoys the daily challenges her job provides.
    In her spare time Robyn enjoys ice-skating.

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Dental Nurses

  • Joan Cockman

    Lead Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 115123 | BADN Voluntary Register

    Joan is lead dental nurse. Her special interests are in minor oral surgery working with Babita and in endodontics working with Tiago. Joan’s hobbies include mountaineering and morris dancing.

  • Josie Davy

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 163757 | Cert in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA 1986

    Josie is a qualified dental nurse. She sat her exams at the Manchester Dental Hospital. One of her special areas of interest is in cross-infection control. In practice, it's her responsibility as a lead nurse to ensure all protocols in regards to this area are carried out.

    Josie’s hobbies include gardening, reading autobiographies and walking.

  • Barbara Iwaszczuk

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 268604 | Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016

    Barbara joined the practice in 2017 after qualifying as a registered dental nurse. She has also trained to work alongside our endodontist Tiago.

    Barbara’s hobbies include cycling, walking her dog in the countryside and travelling.

  • Lauren Abbot

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 160503 | National Certificate NEBDN 2008

    Lauren qualified as a registered Dental Nurse in 2008 and joined in the practice in 2017. She has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign and orthodontics. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, socialising and spending time with friends and family. 

  • Raimonda Bareckyte

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 212043 | NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2011

    Raimonda joined the practice in 2016 and qualified back in 2011 as a Dental Nurse. Her special interest is around implants and she has worked alongside Eric Battista and Kat Chiu.

    Raimonda’s hobbies include cooking, reading and travelling.

  • Tina Testagrossa

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 247413 | National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2013

    Tina joined the practice in 2011. She started as a receptionist with a view of becoming a dental nurse and started training in 2012. She qualified in 2013 with a National Diploma DEBDN. She has an interest in orthodontics and has been working alongside our orthodontist, Rakhee, since 2015.

    Tina’s interests outside of work include going to the gym, reading, cinema and spending time with friends and family.

  • Vicky Viljoen

    Dental Nurse GDC Reg No. 205544 | National Certificate NEBDN 2010

    Vicky joined the practice in 2003 and qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2010. She works alongside Alex Gordon and has done for the past eight years. Vicky enjoys all aspects of dentistry and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her daughter. Her hobbies include going to the gym, swimming and travelling.

Practice staff

  • Brenda Woodman

    Practice Manager

    Brenda has been Practice Manager at the Bishops Stortford practice for over a decade and enjoys working with an enthusiastic and dedicated team along with meeting many patients. Brenda's hobbies include opera and water skiing, but not at the same time!

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