Meet the team

At Aston Clinton Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.

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Dr Jacques Keyser

Dentist
BChD (Pretoria) 1988
GDC No. 65213

Ever since qualifying as a dentist in 1988, apart from two years as a military dentist, Dr Jacques Keyser have been in general dental practice. a postgraduate diploma in Dental Implantology and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. With a keen interest in restorative and implant dentistry, he has completed a postgraduate diploma in Dental Implantology and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr Mark Hamburger

Specialist Prosthodontist
BDS University of Witwatersrand 1984
GDC No. 59955

Dr Mark Hamburger is a registered Specialist Prosthodontist and an expert in implant dentistry. He qualified with a B.D.S from the University of Witwatersrand in 1984 and was awarded the prestigious B.Ch.D. (Hons) from the University of Pretoria in 1985.He has since built up an enormous experience as a clinician, as a lecturer and as a published author. Regarded as a leader in the field of prosthodontics he has been instrumental in the design and production of computer guided implantology. Following his position as Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand Department of Prosthodontics Mark was invited to be the Head of implantology at the dental division of Boots the chemist.Mark is currently the clinical director of Portman Healthcare and senior lecturer at the Portman Academy.

Dr Hamburger has previously lectured at the following institutions:

New York University Post Graduate Implantology Program - University of Ann Arbor, 
Michigan post graduate periodontics program - University of Loiusianna,
New Orleans - Bethesda Naval Post Graduate Dentistry Program, Bethesda Hospital, Washington D.C.

Dr Nic Hanekom

Dental practitioner 
BChD (Stell) 1990
GDC No. 66728

Dr. Nic Hanekom joined the clinic in Aston Clinton in February 1997 as a partner after working as an associate dentist in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, for six years. Previous to this, he worked as a military dentist. Dr. Nic Hanekom has a keen interest in restorative and endodontic dentistry.

Dr Leila Thawley

Dental practitioner
BDS (Sheff) 2001
GDC No.79486

After leaving Aylesbury high, Leila went to study dentistry at Sheffield University and graduated in 2001. She stayed working in Sheffield and North Derbyshire area for another 6 years after graduation and then eventually decided to come home in 2007.

Leila Thaley is a dental phobia certified dentist.

Dr Imran Bashir 

Dental practitioner
BDS (Lond) 2010
GDC No. 194073

Dr Bashir qualified with Honours from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2010. He initially worked for two years in the Midlands, before moving to Oxford and practicing for the last 6 years in Chipping Norton, and then at the dental practice at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Bashir has achieved Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and also recently completed a one year aesthetic and restorative dentistry course in Harley Street.

His interests are in providing high quality minimally invasive dentistry, tailored to the needs of his individual patients.

Outside of work, Dr Bashir loves travelling, hiking in the mountains, photography, and is an avid tennis fan.

Dr Supraja Korvi

Specialist orthodontist
BChD (Leeds) 1996, MFDS RCS (Edin) 2004
GDC No.71966

Supraja qualified from Leeds Dental Institute in 1996. In her 18 years in dentistry she has gained considerable experience working in a number of different dental specialist teams including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Special Needs Dentistry.  During this time she gained her Membership in the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  She then embarked on a specialist training course in Orthodontics at The Royal London Hospital and Ipswich Hospital where she gained her membership in Orthodontics with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 
This then led to her being placed on the GDC Orthodontic Specialist list.

Dr Tania Rafael Garcia

Dentist 
LMD (Lisbon) 2007
GDC No.118959

Tania completed her dental degree in 2007 at the ISCS Egas Moniz in Lisbon, she then took a position in the stomatology dept in a hospital in Portugal. In 2009 Tania completed her integrated masters degree in Periodontology at ISCS Egas Moniz and in 2011 she completed a Surgical Periodontology degree. Tania has also completed a 12 month residency course in Implantology in London.

Dr Stuart Jacobs

Specialist in Prosthodontics 
MSD (Ind) 1983, BDS (Birm) 19767
GDC No. 50429

Dr Jacobs obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Birmingham University and after spending five years in general practice he went to Indiana University School of Dentistry in the US. He gained a Master of Science in Dentistry in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and returned to the UK to take a post as Senior Clinical Lecturer in Conservative Dentistry at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, an academic centre for dentistry.

Dr Jacobs co-authored the textbook Dental Implant Restoration: Principles and Procedures which was published in 2011 and contributed to another textbook on the restoration of natural teeth. He has also been published in medical journals. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Osseointegration and the American Dental Society of London, and registered on the American Embassy Dental List.

Joanna Shakespeare

Dental Hygienist 
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1999
GDC No. 5554

Jo has had a varied professional career, commencing with 12 years service in the RAF within the UK, before leaving and working in Private, Corporate and NHS practices which also included working for the BBC and The Prestigious Baird Health Clinic at St Thomas’s Hospital London.

Rosie Cruickshank

Dental Hygienist 
CEB Dip Hygiene Edin. 1990
GDC No. 3935

Rosie qualified as a dental hygienist in 1994 from Edinburgh School of Dental Hygiene and worked for two and a half years in the Channel Islands before returning to her native Northern Ireland where she worked for seven and a half years. During that time she was the secretary of the Northern Ireland branch of the British Dental Hygienists and Therapists Association and Council Representative.   Rosie then moved to Buckinghamshire where she worked as a hygienist for six years before moving south to join the Meon Dental Centre. She is trained to give local anaesthetics, which enable her to carry out thorough hygiene procedures in a completely painless way. Rosie is married with two teenage  girls.

Fergus White

Dental Hygienist 
CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1998
GDC No. 3207

Emma Thurston

Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2009
GDC No. 183827

I also have the role of Decontamination Lead ensuring all CQC requirements are followed. Dislikes being cold but loves Equestrian activities and spending her spare time with her ex racehorse called Alfie.

Caroline Wyatt

Dental Nurse and treatment co-ordinator
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2015
GDC No. 261343

Has a very active role in the practice as a Dental Nurse & Treatment Co-Ordinator and looking after both our Prosthodontist and Periodontist.Enjoys good food, sunny holidays and spending time with family. Dislikes shopping at Christmas time.

Carolyn Kevany 

Dental Nurse 
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2013
GDC No. 247945

I am originally from Vancouver and have lived in the UK for over 10 years. I originally joined the practice in 2011 as a trainee and then qualified in 2013.I enjoy travelling and letting my hair down whenever I get the chance.

Janez Jones 

Dental Nurse 
Qual- Cert in Dental Surgery Assisting NEBDSA 1989 
GDC No. 130698

I have worked at the practice since opening in February 1994. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and reading.

Leigh Caseley 

Dental Nurse 
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2000
GDC No. 165946

I qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2000 but originally worked as a trainee dental nurse since the age of 16. I had an employment break to raise my family, Max, Katy and Ella. I have worked here since 2014 and enjoy every moment of it. I love going to schools, running church coffee mornings to give oral health advice to both children and adults. In my spare time, I love being with my family and friends. I dislike slimy things like fish, frogs and snakes.

Joanne Sandilands 

Dental Nurse 
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2016
GDC No. 265590

Joanne has been a Dental Nurse for nearly 4 years now from initially training and then qualifying in 2016. Before being a Dental Nurse she has had a mixture of different jobs. Joanne worked in a hospital for the council, a public house and a warehouse. Joanne enjoy going for walks, cookery, dancing, singing and eating food. She dislike spiders, sharks, olives and peppers.

Emily Weingart

Dental Nurse 
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2009
GDC No. 188547

Emily joined the practice in 2017. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and finds working with the periodontal specialist interesting. In her spare time she likes going to see live music and have taken up a trampoline fitness class!

Penny Kerry 

Receptionist  
BSc (Hons) Psych/Soc 
GDC No. 165946

Has been with the practice since 2001. Likes dinner parties with close friends but dislikes being called ‘Love, Sweetie or Darling’ by strangers.

Marian Thorne

Practice Manager 
NEBDSA 1989 OHE B Tech Diploma DPM
GDC No. 140387

Marian trained as a Dental Nurse 1977 in Hertfordshire when she left school. Since then she has become Practice Manager here at Aston Clinton and previously managed several other practices all over the UK ranging from High Wycombe, Harley St London and Cheltenham before settling here October 2013.

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