Meet the Team


Dr Vimal Patel BChD

Principal Dentist and Clinical Director

GDC Number: 69620

Studied at University of Leeds Dental School

Qualified dentist since 1993

Vimal is an experienced, forward-thinking dentist and he leads the team here at Whole Tooth. Combined with a gentle touch and a cheeky sense of humour, he likes to put nervous patients at ease, taking the time to explain all aspects of the care involved.

He likes to give no-nonsense advice that is often based on what he would do for himself. He is committed to providing high quality dental care and is very keen on preventative and minimally invasive dentistry.  He thoroughly enjoys his job and in particular likes to carry out a smile tidy, which can make a huge difference to someone’s smile. His other interests are Invisalign, dentures and composite filings.

He is married to Dershna, and they have two teenage children. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, cinema, and cycling. He can often be seen walking around Leighton Buzzard in the early morning, or during his lunch hour, in order to reach his daily target of 12,460 steps.


Christiaan Liebenberg BChD


GDC Number: 65696

Studied in South Africa

Qualified since 1989

Christiaan is one of our experienced team of dentists, and he really enjoys improving his patients’ smiles. His calming and laid-back attitude makes coming to the practice stress free.

Christiaan likes travelling and enjoys reading the paper in the morning. He will often squeeze in a visit to the gym when he gets a chance.


Joanna Stafford BDS


GDC Number: 80600

Studied at Newcastle Dental School

Qualified since 2002

After graduating from Newcastle upon Tyne in 2002, Joanna worked as an associate in a general mixed dental practice in Teeside, Cleveland. She was there for 5 years before moving back home to Hertfordshire.

She has been an associate at Whole Tooth Dental Practice since April 2007. As well as enjoying family dentistry, she has also qualified in the postgraduate Advanced Dental Seminar’s Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry 1 year certificate course, as well as ‘short term orthodontic’ courses in Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and Inman.

Joanna is married to Matthew and they have a daughter and son.


Amrita Bhogal BDS (Birm) MFDS RCSed


GDC Number: 103177

Studied at University of Birmingham

Since qualifying from the University of Birmingham, I have discovered a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry. I am now hoping to add placing dental implants to my skill set. I take pride in providing patient care to the highest standard.

I have a postgraduate qualification in Dental Education and regularly attend courses to keep up to date with the latest techniques. I am certified to give patients the perfect smile using the short term orthodontic system, Six Month Smiles.

Facial aesthetics is an area I am very passionate about. Using anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, patients can discover a new-found confidence, which I find most rewarding.

My spare time is spent running around after my toddler son, socialising with friends and family, travelling, and enjoying cuisines from all over the world.


Ruben Garcia BDS (Hons), MClinDent (UCL), Cert Perio (EFP), MRDRCS (Eng)

Registered specialist in Periodontics

Consultant in Periodontics King’s College London Guys Hospital

Teaching fellow in Periodontics King’s College London Guys Hospital

GDC Number: 109321

Qualified since 2005 in Dentistry, and 2014 in Periodontics

Ruben Garcia graduated from the University of Madrid, Spain, in 2005.

He worked at a private practice in Spain before moving to the UK in 2007 to work for NHS and private practices. In 2011 he was selected for the three-year full-time programme in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute (London) where he obtained an MClinDent in Periodontology and Implantology (2014) together with a Certificate in Periodontology from the European Federation of Periodontology. In addition, he was also awarded one of the most important degrees in dentistry, the Membership in Restorative Dentistry, by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Glasgow, a degree that grants entry to the GDC specialist list in Periodontics.

In terms of clinical research, he has an active research portfolio focusing on the treatment of gum disease in patients with systemic diseases which he has carried out as part of his extensive training at the Eastman Hospital. In addition he has joined the Periodontics Department team at King’s College London, in order to help with the teaching of his speciality. He is also a locum consultant at this prestigious institution.

Ruben has extensive experience in periodontal treatment, including non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontal diseases which includes conventional and regenerative periodontal surgery, periodontal plastic/aesthetic surgery, and alveolar bone augmentation procedures.


Ram Challa

Oral Surgeon

GDC Number: 81800

Ram is with us for one session per month, carrying out oral surgery for our patients. He works at Milton Keynes Oral Surgery Department in the week. Ram is very gentle and makes sure that the patient is at ease throughout the treatment. He also provides sedation for our very nervous patients.


Cara McAleavey


GDC Number: 127742

Studied at Eastman Dental Hospital

Qualified since 2007

Cara will help you to look after your gums, hold onto your teeth, and maintain fresh breath. She has a very gentle touch, and is able to motivate patients, without giving them a lecture.

She has helped many patients turn a visit to see a dental hygienist into a positive experience.


Carol Berra

Dental Therapist / Hygienist

GDC Number: 178846

Studied at Portsmouth Dental School

Carol, who graduated from Portsmouth University Dental School, is a dedicated dental hygienist with a great commitment to her patients. Within this role Carol ensures patients have an essential understanding of preventive care, sharing top-tips and good techniques along with delivering thorough dental cleaning. Carol always puts the patient first, ensuring they are at ease, and she continually adapts to meet their individual needs.

In her spare time Carol enjoys sewing and needlework, but when the sun is shining she can be found embracing the outdoors, walking the scenic countryside.


Jemma Tapp DIPhe DHT RCS

Dental Therapist / Hygienist

GDC Number: 157853

Studied at Kings College London

Jemma qualified as a hygiene therapist in 2012 (Kings College London).

Jemma has a passion for treating gum disease, and enjoys the rewards that come from improving a patient’s oral and general health.

She continues to participate in training outside of work, especially in new technology to improve dentistry, and in the latest techniques for treating gum disease.

Jemma got married in 2015 and took her husband’s surname, to become Jemma Tapp.



Accounts Manager

GDC Number: 189160

Along with Dershna’s accounting duties she also helps out on reception and is a qualified dental nurse.

Dershna has two children and in her spare time loves cooking and reading.



Practice Manager

GDC Number: 125509

Kelly is our practice manageress; she ensures the seamless running of the practice in front and behind the scenes. Kelly keeps the practice up to date with the latest guidelines and makes sure the practice evolves with the ever-changing face of dentistry, thus ensuring a smooth patient journey. She has recently achieved her Diploma in Leadership and Management.

She contributes her dental skills by coordinating implant treatments, as well as assisting patients with all financial matters.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons




Clinical Manager

GDC Number: 226098

Emma works alongside Kelly, managing the clinical aspects of the day-to-day running of the practice. She is also an experienced dental nurse, and she leads our team of dental nurses here at Whole Tooth. She is proud to have achieved radiography and sedation qualifications.

In addition to her clinical duties, Emma is our website and graphics specialist, and is responsible for keeping our website current and easy to understand.

Outside of work Emma likes to spend time with her family, and take her dog for walks in the countryside.



Deputy Senior Dental Nurse/Receptionist

GDC Number: 225739

Kirsty is a senior member of our nursing team. She qualified in 2012 and completed her radiography qualification in 2015. Kirsty is our Invisalign coordinator, and she makes our plaster models, retainers, and tooth whitening trays.



Dental Nurse

GDC Number: 247848

Sharon is part of our dental nursing team and has been with us since 2011. She can occasionally be seen on reception but usually works with Joanna, one of our dentists.

When Sharon is not at work she enjoys sugar craft and spending time with her growing family.



Dental Nurse

GDC Number: 170415

Stacey qualified in 2008 via the national certificate and has since gone on to complete the national certificate in dental implant nursing and a certificate in dental radiography. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but her main passion is dental implants and oral surgery.

When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading.



Apprentice Dental Nurse

Hollie is training, with us at Whole Tooth, to be a qualified dental nurse. She is particularly interested in hygiene and facial aesthetics. She is having Invisalign treatment under the care of Dr Patel and is excited to see the final results.

Outside of work she enjoys cooking and going for long walks with her fiancé.



Receptionist/Apprentice Dental Nurse

Lisa works as part of our reception team – she always greets our patients with a smile when they arrive.  She also supervises our membership plans and ensures that everything runs smoothly.

Lisa has a keen interest in dental nursing and has started her apprenticeship to become a qualified dental nurse.

During her holidays Lisa loves to travel to new and exciting places.



Laura is part of our reception team and works alongside Lisa. Laura moved here and purchased her first house with her fiancé in 2017. She enjoys new challenges and meeting new people.

When Laura’s not working she enjoys baking cakes and treats and planning her wedding.


Stuart Holcroft BSc (Hons)

Mind Coach

As an associate of Whole Tooth Dental, Stuart specialises in removing fears and phobias. By use of a blend of hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, HeartMath™, timeline therapy and psychology, Stuart has successfully removed phobias of dentists (really nice people), flying, various animals and reptiles, driving, enclosed spaces, heights, and public speaking. He has also treated X-Factor contestants for performance anxiety.

With a deep interest in people, Stuart loves nothing more than infrequently sharing a decent bottle of wine with friends. In very close second comes watching live performances, be it artistic or sporting. A keen sportsman himself, Stuart plays touch rugby and golf (he is also a putting coach). Is he good? Well, he confidently offers a 100% money back guarantee if he doesn’t completely remove your phobia.