Meet the team



Principal Dentist
BDS (Manc) GDC 178402
Amal became the principal dentist at York House Dental Practice in 2016. He has a particular interest in advanced cosmetics, implants and restorative dentistry having attended numerous postgraduate courses under the guidance of some of the most prominent clinicians in both the UK and Europe. Amal is regularly updating his professional knowledge and is able to provide the ever widening portfolio of treatment that modern aesthetic dentistry demands, including veneers, complex restorative cases, the latest in white crown technology and all aspects of implant dentistry. He practices minimally invasive dentistry, believing in removing as little tooth structure as possible, emphasising the practice philosophy of maintaining ‘teeth for life.’ He is also well versed in Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers for use in facial rejuvenation and is an approved Invisalign practitioner. Amal has built a reputation based around his caring and calming manner, having the ability to treat the most nervous of patients. He is a member of the British Dental Association and the Association of Dental Implantology. In his spare time he enjoys playing football, going to the gym and travelling. Dr Amal Patel is registered with ICO (information Commissioner’s Office) registration reference is ZA204412


Associate Dentist
BDS (Sheffield) GDC 61680
Andy enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive dentistry and preventive dentistry. He believes in conserving as much of your natural tooth as possible using the latest resin bonding and adhesive dentistry techniques. Andy has a caring and gentle approach and will try to allay any anxieties or fears you may have about undergoing dental treatment. Andy attends regular postgraduate courses to keep up with the latest ideas in dentistry. He is a member of the British Dental Association. Outside the surgery, Andy enjoys walking, gardening and city breaks. He is married with a grown-up son.


Associate Dentist
Jess qualified from the University of Birmingham and completed her foundation year in Dorset where she won First Prize for the ‘Best Patient Case Presentation’. With an eye for attention to detail, she has a strong interest in aesthetic dentistry and in the same year, was awarded Second Prize in a national competition from the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Jess enjoys the variety that general dentistry offers and she regularly attends postgraduate courses with some of the best clinicians in the country to provide high standard, ethical care using the latest techniques and developments in dentistry. She also uses high quality digital photography to help communicate and plan the most appropriate care with her patients. Jess is an Invisalign Go provider; barely visible, clear aligners to straighten teeth. As well as a keen advocate in preventative and minimally invasive dentistry, she particularly enjoys treating nervous patients and helping them to get the best possible care they need with her gentle and friendly approach. She finds it so rewarding watching their confidence grow. As well as the clinical aspect of dentistry, Jess is passionate about research and education. She has worked with leading professionals in both the UK and USA in the field of Temporomandibular Disorder (jaw joint problems) and has presented both nationally and internationally on this subject. Jess is the founder and director of a study club in Oxford, where she regularly organises educational events and for local dentists to help, share and learn from each other. In her spare time, Jess is a keen pianist and enjoys acrylic painting. She also loves travelling and enjoys hearing about other people’s adventures and hobbies.


Associate Dentist
BDS(Bris) PGDip(Bris) PGCMDE(OxBr) PGCert GDC 83429
Darsh joined York House Dental in 2018. She graduated from Bristol University in 2004 and then gained a postgraduate diploma from Bristol University where she was also awarded the Schottlander Prize for prosthetics. She moved to Oxfordshire in 2010 where alongside her job as a dentist she worked for the prestigious Oxford deanery training newly qualified dentists in their foundation year. Throughout her career Darsh has worked in general practice, keeping up to date by attending numerous postgraduate courses.  She is enthusiastic about all aspects of dentistry and will no doubt continue to keep up with the ever-changing demands of practice life. Darsh is known for her friendly, chatty persona and gentle approach. She has a strong belief in working with her patients, helping them make positive choices for their health, and ensuring that they feel comfortable with their dental care. As such she puts great emphasis on preventative care and prides herself in taking the time to understand her patients’ individual needs. She believes in taking a long-term approach to treatment wherever possible and is trained in techniques that enable her to do this. She is a level 4 certified ‘Bioclear’ practitioner, this is a cutting-edge technique in adhesive, minimally traumatic dentistry. It enables her to provide many types of treatments, preserving as much tooth as possible long-term and still getting attractive, long-lasting results. She grew up near Buckinghamshire and has now returned to settle down with her young family. Outside of work,  Darsh can be found in various playgrounds with her two sons. She is a keen Pianist and enjoys yoga and socialising.



RDN GDC 120533
Kay lives in Chesham and, although she has been a Dental Nurse for 15 years, she still really enjoys her job. Outside work, Kay helps to run Rainbow and Brownie groups, and enjoys teaching the girls new skills and watching them grow up. She also likes singing to her two children in the car – even though they think her voice is terrible (her words!).


Dental Nurse/Implant Co-ordinator GDC 263716


Dental Nurse GDC 280092


Dental Nurse/Invisalign Co-ordinator GDC 287440
Riannah is currently training to gain her qualification in dental nursing.



Implant surgeon
Guy’s skill and knowledge have greatly improved our clients’ choices and as an implantologist, he has helped our clients avoid dentures by restoring the functionality and appearance of their teeth. Pete Churchill says ‘I chose Guy to work as our specialist because of his caring nature, easy rapport with clients and his vast experience in placing implants.’ He is doubly qualified as a doctor and a dentist, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is currently a member of the Craniofacial team at Westminster Hospital, where he treats severe head injury and disease. Guy is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, the European Association of Osseointegration, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a Mentor for Nobel Biocare. When not busy at work, Guy keeps super fit by competing in triathalons.


Periodontal (gum) Specialist
BDS MSc GDC 56123
Alison Harley qualified in 1981 from The Royal Dental Hospital, London. This was followed by an MSc degree course in Periodontology in 1984 and she became a registered specialist in Periodontology in 2000. Alison has worked in Lagos, Nigeria where she also carried out research into periodontal disease. After returning to the UK in 1998 she has worked in general practice and as a periodontal specialist in private practice. She currently works two days a week at Guys Dental Hospital teaching undergraduate and postgraduate student’s periodontology and also treating patients with complex periodontal needs. She started at York House Dental Practice in 2010 treating in house and referral patients for periodontology. What is periodontal or gum disease? It is a condition where the gums bleed and start to separate from the teeth. The bone supporting the teeth can be destroyed and the teeth can get loose and may need to be extracted. Treatment involves learning to clean the teeth and then having the teeth and the roots cleaned usually using local anesthetic. Most areas respond well to this, however sometimes a few teeth have persistent problems and need further treatment or periodontal surgery.


Special Interest in Oral Surgery
Oliver gained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Manchester in 2009. He went on to do his vocational training year in an NHS practice in Salford. Following this, Oliver worked as a Senior House Officer in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery unit at North Manchester General Hospital. He then progressed to a role as a Career Development Trainee in Oral Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Royal Preston Hospital and The Manchester Dental Hospital. In 2012, Oliver passed the postgraduate examinations for the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Following his postgraduate hospital work, Oliver went back to university to study for a medical degree. He gained a degree in medicine from the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2015. During his time studying for a medical degree, Oliver worked three evenings a week in an independent dental practice. He provided emergency dental work, minor oral surgery and a general dental service. Oliver currently divides his time between hospital work and providing oral surgery in practice. He is committed to furthering his skills and providing up to date practice. In his spare time Oliver likes to keep fit and watch as much football as possible.



EDH GDC 3111
Louise brings a wealth of experience having a long career spanning over two decades. As our main hygienist, championing oral hygiene and prevention, Louise helps all her patients reduce their risk of developing gum disease or prevents it from worsening. Known for her gentleness, Louise takes a long-term approach to improving your dental health.



Practice Manager GDC 146353
Maya began her career as a dental nurse over 15 years ago in a Practice in Bushey. She then joined a practice in Borehamwood where she qualified with the National Certificate in Dental Nursing in November 2007. Maya enjoyed working as a dental nurse and over the years gained experience and knowledge in many areas of dentistry. In October 2011 Maya become a Practice Manager. Maya enjoys the day-to-day challenges the role brings and keeping up-to-date with current legislation. Her customer service and team leading qualification means Maya is always aiming to provide a personalised bespoke service to all our patients. On York House Maya says “I am very excited to join the practice and work with the team of dentists and staff. York House is known locally as one of the best dental practices in the area having a fantastic reputation. I like that the practice offers such a wide variety of dental and aesthetic procedures and I am keen to lead the practice in its vision for the future.” Away from the Practice Maya enjoys reading books, going to the theatre and spending time with her family and friends. Maya lives with her husband and daughter in Watford.


Senior receptionist
Despite having worked at York House for over 25 years, Sandra’s enthusiasm for meeting client needs has not dimmed. Originally a qualified dental assistant, she is our senior receptionist with additional responsibilities as purchasing manager. She is also in charge of technical liaison relating to dental equipment. Sandra says ‘I still love my job. At York House, we all have an input into practice development which gives us a real sense of involvement and commitment.’


Receptionist and Data Protection Officer
Emma joined the practice in 2017, having previously worked in a retail setting. What she particularly enjoys about working in a dental practice is having the ability to interact with patients. In her spare time Emma likes socialising with friends and family
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