Meet the Team

At Leigh Dental Centre we have worked hard to build a stable and effective team, with many staff members having been with us for more than 10 years you can be sure that you are in safe hands.

Most of our patients describe us as being good at paying attention to detail, being respectful about their oral health needs, being extremely caring and gentle and providing good treatment.

These are important to us so we invest in updating our skills to our patients needs. Our dentists have over 70 years of combined experience between them so you are in good hands at Leigh Dental Centre.

Proprietor

SIMAL V SHAH (PRINCIPAL DENTIST AND PROVIDER)

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 Benfleet Dental Centre.

Practice Manager

Jade Houlder

Dentists

SIMRANJIT JOHAL (Associate Dentist)

GDC No. 211389
Simran joined us 4 years ago and has become a very popular clinician at the practice. He has a special interest in carrying out root canal treatments which are of a complex nature and which other colleagues will refer to him if they are deemed to be complex. He also works at our sister practice in Benfleet at the Benfleet Dental Centre.

JOHN P HOPKINS (Associate Dentist)

GDC No. 59679
Mr Hopkins qualified at University of London and has practiced at Leigh Dental Centre for over 30 years. He has a very loyal patient base some of whose 4th generation family members are now seeing John.

SOFIA FERRERES GONZALEZ (Associate Dentist)

GDC No. 242568

SHAMEEMBANU NABI (Associate Dentist)

GDC No. 67497
Shameem graduated from University College London in 1991.
She has worked in both NHS and Private dental practices across London and Essex, as well as Hospital posts, and has lived in Thorpe Bay since 2000.
Having spent the last 17 years in a Private Dental Practice in Southend, Shameem has had the opportunity to develop and hone her skills, offering a wide range of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening. She takes pride in her ability to maintain a calm and gentle manner, putting the most nervous of patients at ease, but aiming to deliver the highest level of care.
More recently, Shameem has extended her skill set to include non-surgical facial aesthetics, such as dermal fillers and “Botox”, having been trained by the world renowned Professor Bob Khanna. She is looking forward to developing this skill further in the future.

BRADLEY HAWKINS (Implant Surgeon)

GDC No. 85988
Mr Hawkins has been working at Leigh since Feb 2018 placing implants.

AMAR KANZARIA (Specialist Oral Surgeon)

GDC No. 211161

Dental Hygienists

SOPHIA LUCAS – GDC No. 240841
STACEY COOK – GDC No. 195050
LAUREN MOORE – GDC No. 284521

Dental Nurses

KAREN JONES – GDC No. 127244
CLARE FLEMING – GDC No. 127250
SARAH FINEGAN – GDC No. 182963
SOPHIE DAWSON – GDC No. 279885
TIA O’CONNELL – GDC No. 293025

Trainee Dental Nurses

GEORGI DESBOROUGH
HANNAH WOODCOCK

Receptionists

ALISON CONDON
SARAH DAVIES