Dental Team Benfleet

Practice Open Today : 8am to 7pm

Our Dentists

Mr Simal Shah

GDC: 85304

Simal qualified from Manchester University in July 2005. He has been the principal dentist at Benfleet Dental Centre since September 2011. He thoroughly enjoys all forms of General Dental Practice. Is currently studying on a year-long restorative dentistry programme with Aspire Dental Academy. He also enjoys Orthodontic cases which involve Clearaligner or Cfast treatment.

Miss Mehwish Matthias

GDC: 154409

Mev, as she is popularly known, has been with us since 2008 at Benfleet Dental Centre. She has built a very loyal patient base over the years and has since diversified from just General Dental Practice into placing dental implants. She has started placing implants in complex cases especially in patients who have worn dentures for many years. She is currently studying for an MSc in dental implants from Bristol University. She also enjoys the Cfast and Clear Aligner Orthodontic treatment.

Mr Vineet Kapoor

GDC: 80981

Vinny, as he is popularly known, is our longest serving dentist and has been with us since 2003. Vinny also has a very loyal patient base which has been built up over the years and he has seen and treated up to 4 generations of the same family in some cases. Vinny trained in placing dental implants from the prestigious Tatum Institute and now regularly places dental implants. He gets many word of mouth referrals for dental implants from satisfied patients.

Our Hygienists

Liz Halsey- Hygienist/Therapist. Qualified Royal London Hospital (RLH) 1998. Diploma Dental Hygiene, Diploma Dental Therapy.

GDC: 5331

Liz has worked in Primary care since qualifying in general Practice and specialist Interest periodontal practice in Harley Street for many years. She has also worked alongside the Maxillofacial team at RLH as a staff Hygienist.

She has been a member of the team at the Benfleet Dental Centre since 2000 on a part time basis and she is also currently a lecturer on the undergraduate Hygiene programme at the University of Essex. Her other role is a Clinical Educator at the Southend outreach clinic in association with the RLH. Inher spare time alongside enjoying family life, she is currently studying for a Masters degree in Medical and Clinical Education which doesn't leave a lot of time for hobbies!

Our Dental Nurses

Mrs Hilary Stride

Certificate in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA GDC number: 135976

Hillary trained and qualified at the royal dental hospital in London, where she specialised in children’s dentistry. She has also gained her national certificate in dental nursing. She has worked in both national health and private surgeries and has recently trained in implant surgery and orthodontics. She is responsible for assisting the dentist and ensuring excellent patient care.

Miss Marie Weston

GDC 188150

Marie is the newest member to join the Benfleet Dental Centre, over the 19 years of her dental career she has assisted in clinical and non - clinical roles but believe her heart lies in the surgery. She has worked with a variety of dentists from V.T to specialists, which has enabled her to broaden her knowledge in all areas of dentistry.


Our Receptionists

Mrs Jill Ash

Jill has been working at this practice for the past 10 years and has achieved a lot both personally and professionally in that time. Our new proprietor is passionate to deliver a modern and professional environment for our patients, whilst maintaining good ‘old fashioned’ customer service. She is always keen to take a patients view of what we do and try to deliver the kind of service that you would expect as a patient. Our reception team will always try to accommodate every patient’s requirement and remain sensitive to individual needs at all times.

Mrs Aggie Palfrey

Aggie has been in dentistry since 1978 in the roles of both nursing and receptionist. As a younger lady she loved being a dental nurse but she is now extremely pleased with her transition to reception. Dealing with the general public face to face and on the phones is where she is happiest. She gets a great deal of work satisfaction when a patient leaves our surgery knowing they have received the best dental care from our team.

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