Meet the Team


GDC No. 85304
Mr Shah qualified at Manchester Dental School and has been practicing for over 10 years now. Simal has a special interest in doing simple adult orthodontics using the Invisalign system or using fixed brackets and wires. He believes in developing the practice and its team further to improve the service to all our patients and actively encourages feedback to improve our services. He enjoys playing golf and reading crime and fiction novels when time allows and enjoys spending time with his young family. Simal also works at our sister practice at the Leigh Dental Centre.

Practice Manager

Jane has been our practice manager for 2 years now. Jane has a strong focus in developing the practice and the team in a patient focused environment. She is an active listener and always welcomes all feedback. She is also the practice manager at the Benfleet Dental Centre and Leigh Dental Centre.

Our Receptionists

Mrs Jill Ash
Mrs Aggie Palfrey
Miss Jessica Bowyer
Gill Stock

Our Dentists

Dr. Simal Shah

GDC: 85304

Dr. Simranjit Johal

GDC: 211389

Dr. Athra Shawkat

GDC: 209495

Dr. Vineet Kapoor

GDC: 260765

Dr. Mehwish Matthias

GDC: 154409

Dr. Rajan Julka

GDC: 238686

Gill Stock

Our Hygienists

Ms Liz Halsey

GDC: 5331

Ms Liz Halsey


I’ve worked at the Benfleet Dental Centre on a part time basis for 20 years. I am a dually qualified Hygienist and Therapist, and have always loved my job!

I also have an interest in education, and work for both Barts Health and the University of Essex, as a clinical educator and lecturer in Oral health sciences, teaching undergraduate Hygiene and dental therapy students.

I have a post graduate qualification in teaching, and a special interest in special needs dentistry.

What little spare time I have is spent with family and friends, and I love cooking, baking & entertaining.

Miss Hollie Potter

I have been a qualified Hygienist for 6 years graduating from the University of Essex. Prior to this I was a Dental Nurse for 5 years.

I love working with my patients to achieve better oral health. A big part of my role is to educate patients so that they are armed with up to date knowledge enabling them to make the best choices.

I enjoy working with nervous patients, helping them to overcome their fears. I find this aspect of my job extremely rewarding.

When I’m not at work I have a young Son and Dog that keep me busy! When I can I love to get out and have a run.

Our Dental Nurses

Mrs Karen Rand

GDC: 250368

Mrs Oyindamola Okoromkwo

GDC: 249787