Team

Ashish Patel

GDC No: 85963

Dr Patel is better known by his team and patients as Ash.

He took over Ringmer Dental in March 2016 and his vision has been to focus on providing unparalleled patient care and offering the highest quality dentistry available

today.

Ash qualified from King’s College London in 2005 and has since worked mostly in private practice. He has developed a keen interest in offering his patients the latest types of cosmetic dentistry, as well as more general dentistry. He strongly believes there are always a number of different options for every patient, and takes time to understand his patients’ needs and preferences, so he can come up with a suitable treatment plan together with his patients. His relaxed style has allowed many patients previously put off dentistry to regain their confidence and achieve their goals.

He has continued to undertake further training all over the world to keep up with the latest changes in dentistry. This has included further courses in advanced smile makeovers under the supervision of Dr Christopher Orr (President of the British Association of Cosmetic Dentistry) and also training at the world renowned Pankey Institute in Miami, USA. Ash has been providing teeth straightening since 2007 and has experience using all the current systems including Invisalign (clear braces) and fixed wire braces.

Away from dentistry, Ash loves spending time with his wife and two young children. He is also a keen fan of all sports and when he is not at work you will either find him watching movies, playing football or supporting Liverpool FC.

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Marie Starnes
Marie Starnes

Practice Manager

GDC No: 108877

I joined Ringmer Dental in 1987 as practice manager and qualified dental nurse. I have worked in dentistry for 38 years and I am in my 30th year here at the practice. I enjoy interacting with people and

hopefully putting them at ease. We are a small friendly team and we do our utmost to try to make all our patients dental experience a comfortable and relaxing one. Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends.

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Vinoja Indra

GDC No: 73659

Vinoja is a fully registered dentist with the GDC, having qualified from the Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1997.

Since then she has gained extensive experience as a General Dental Practitioner and believes in

providing ethical quality dental care in a calm, relaxed manner. Vinoja has also worked in the Hospital Oral Surgery Department for 2 years which helped her to gain further experience in the removal of difficult teeth. Vinoja obtained her MFDS postgraduate qualification in 2005.She has also completed a 12 month Restorative Course at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute in 2007, and followed this up with a 12 month hands-on Introduction to Orthodontics Course run by Dr Murtaza Hasnaini, Specialist Orthodontist.

When Vinoja is not at work, she enjoys looking after her son, and when she gets some time she enjoys swimming and walking. Most of all she likes working at Ringmer Dental as we are a friendly team and looks forward to welcoming you to our practice.

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Paul Cahir Cassidy

GDC No: 74614

Paul qualified from Queen’s University Belfast, and completed Postgraduate training in Oral Surgery and Sedation at The University of Bristol.

He has worked in practices specializing in Implantology and Oral Surgery for 15 years, and has received training

from leaders in Dental Implantology and bone-grafting.

Implant treatments available range from the replacement of a single missing tooth right through to fixed alternatives for denture wearers.

On a more personal level, he is a keen musician and has played guitar in a number of bands, although it appears his music career is destined to remain purely amateur.

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Lesley Higgs
Lesley Higgs

Dental Nurse

GDC No: 109258

I started working as a dental nurse in the 1970s, but had a long break from it to bring up my two children. I have been working at Ringmer Dental for the past twelve years. It is

a very family friendly practise, and I have enjoyed seeing our younger patients grow up and move on with their lives. A good sense of humour is a definite requirement as no two days are the same, and I hope our relaxed atmosphere goes some way to make our patients feel at ease.

Outside of work I like nothing better than spending time with my three year old grandson, who is the apple of my eye. Walking my daughter’s Labrador with my husband on our nearby golf course on a lovely summers evening, comes a close second.

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Fran Aldrich
Fran Aldrich

Dental Nurse

GDC No: 174350

My name is Fran Aldrich, I am a registered Dental Nurse and I qualified in 2008. I studied for this at West Kent College which involved classroom as well as dental practice placement study. I have been at

Ringmer Dental since 2013. As well as my regular duties as a Nurse I also help out on reception. More recently I have taken on the role of Implant Nurse; this is an area I have been interested in for a while so I’m very excited to be taking on this post. When required I take responsibility for ordering the Dental supplies for the practice. We are a small team and get along very well, it is a very friendly and happy environment to work in and there is always a laugh everyday.

I am married with an 8 year old daughter and two step daughters. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with my friends, riding my horse and going to live music concerts with my husband.

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Katie Ellis
Katie Ellis

Hygiene Therapist

GDC No: 146176

Katie graduated from the King’s College Hospital Dental Institute after qualifying as a dental hygienist/therapist.

Katie is passionate about improving the awareness of oral health by providing comprehensive patient education. At your hygienist appointment Katie will screen your mouth

for signs of dental diseases, identify risk factors that may increase the likelihood of gum disease occurring and provide you with advice to modify or eradicate these.

Originally from Wales, Katie previously worked as a dental nurse for 11 years before qualifying as a hygiene therapist. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors exploring new places with her son Harry, as well as baking, reading, knitting and travel.

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Josie Aldrich
Josie Aldrich

Trainee Dental Nurse

My name is Josie Aldrich. I joined the Practice in October 2016 as a Trainee Dental Nurse, under the Government’s Apprenticeship Scheme. When my college course commences in March 2017, I will be attending Central Sussex College.

When not attending college,

I will be gaining experience within the Practice. I am extremely enthusiastic about this position and providing care to the public, having wanted to work within the healthcare environment and I look forward to progressing within the Practice. During my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends and family, going to the gym and listening to music.

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Andrea French
Andrea French

Receptionist

I am one of the receptionists here at Ringmer Dental and I have many years experience of providing customer service.

I am originally from Hampshire but moved to East Sussex and joined the practice in January 2017.

I am married with

two girls and enjoy spending time with my family and friends while exploring the beautiful Sussex countryside with my dog Sam.

I look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.

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Ringmer Dental Team