Meet our Maidenhead dental team

At Portman 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.

      Meet our Maidenhead dental team

      At Portman 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.


        Gustavo Silva

        Dental Practitioner
        DDS MSc
        GDC No. 104605

        Gustavo qualified in Portugal in 2004 and still travels to Lisbon on a regular basis to treat patients. He has taken further studies in both implantology and surgical periodontology in 2009 in Portugal and London and continues to work together with experts in the area of peri-implantititis and full mouth rehabilitation.

        Pooja Varyani Orchard Dental

        Pooja Varyani

        BDS 2011
        GDC No. 210080

        Pooja graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2011.

        Since that, she gained a Postgraduate certificate in Endodontics from the University of Chester. With over 10 years of general dental practice, Pooja enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. She enjoys putting nervous patients at ease and building long lasting relationships with her patients. Her aim is to ensure patients are always relaxed and comfortable in the chair at all times. In addition, Pooja also provides Facial Aesthetics and Invisalign Go. She endeavours to keep up to date with the latest aspects of dentistry and aims to use the most conservative techniques to preserve tooth structure.

        She has also completed a year long comprehensive restorative course in 2021 with Dr Basil Mizrahi. She is also in the process of completing further courses in implants.

        Pooja moved from Scotland to England after getting married in 2021. Outside of dentistry, Pooja loves long walks, going to the gym, home cooking and travel. She has recently taken a liking for golf.


        Dr Joanna Howden

        Dental Practitioner
        GDC No. 59851

        Dr Jo Howden qualified from Guys Hospital in 1985. Over the last 25 years Jo has continued her passion to deliver excellence in general dentistry, including 3 years with Her Majesties Forces. She joined Boots in Piccadilly circus when it opened, transferring to Maidenhead when she started her family. Jo is passionate about giving the best care for her patients. Finding long lasting solutions for patients’ dental needs has meant a (loyal) dedicated following over the 20+ years she has been practising.

        Jo has a wonderful calming and gentle nature that will put even the most nervous patients at ease. To compliment her dentistry in 2007 Jo started offering facial aesthetics, including Botox, fillers and skin needling treatments, which following a principle of a natural look for her patients, continues to be a big success. With a son just in secondary school and a daughter in primary school much of her time is spent as taxi driver to various sporting events. Jo can be seen walking their dog around the countryside surrounding Henley. This summer Jo reached the final in her local regatta.

        David Schofield Orchard Dental

        David Schofield

        BCHD (LEEDS) 1993
        GDC No. 69622

        David Schofield graduated from Leeds in 1993 and worked in Bradford for a year post-graduation. He moved to Orchard Dental in 1995 and became a partner in 1999.

        Mr Schofield is an experienced general dentist and can offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments, including Fissure sealants, Composite fillings, Dentures and Veneers. Every mouth is different, and he enjoys bringing a wealth of experience to bear for each of his patients so that they receive the best minimally invasive outcome.

        Mr Schofield is passionate about building relationships with patients and providing continuity of care.

        He lives locally and is married with two daughters, and when he’s not working he enjoys golf, exercise and cars.

        Natasha Mungrah Orchard Dental

        Natasha Mungrah

        BDS LONDON 2006
        GDC No. 103949

        Natasha graduated from King’s College London in 2006 and has since worked in both NHS and Private settings in the UK. Natasha returned to the UK in 2019 after having run her own private practice, a unique spa concept, in the beautiful island, Mauritius, for almost 10 years.

        Natasha is passionate about dentistry and takes great pride in providing her patients with the best experience at the dentist, dedicating time to explaining to her patients and making them feel at ease. Natasha enjoys all aspects of dentistry but has a particular interest in phobic and difficult patients and children, and she firmly believes that getting such patients over their fears is an essential part of her job. Natasha firmly believes in providing preventive and preservative dentistry, and she is also keen to upskill herself in the modern dental aesthetic world.

        Natasha has provided dental education sessions to school children in deprived areas, whilst in Mauritius, and as a Lions Club International member, she has organised and participated in numerous free dental check-up camps over the years, giving advice and educating the Mauritian population.

        Natasha dedicates all her free time to her 2 little boys, and together with them, she enjoys travelling, and enjoying outdoor activities when possible. When she does have some time to herself, she enjoys keeping fit, cooking and music.

        Keshari Leelasena

        Dentist specialising in Endodontics
        MSc Lond 1998, BDS Lond 1993
        GDC No. 69692

        Keshari qualified BDS with Distinction from Kings College, London in 1993. After completing one years vocational training, then two years as a Senior House Officer in Restorative Dentistry followed by Maxillofacial Surgery, she enrolled into a two-year Masters Degree course in Endodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London. Keshari passed her Msc in Endodontics with Distinction in 1998. She has focused her practice to Endodontics since 1997 and gained entry onto the Specialist List for Endodontics in 2001.

        Keshari has worked as a referral Endodontist since 1997 for several NHS Trusts and also established two private endodontic referral practices. She receives referrals from General Practice, Community and Hospital Services. Keshari is also a member of the Langham and British Endodontic Societies and was on the database of Expert Witnesses for the Dental Defence Union between 2005 and 2010.

        Endodontics deals with the management of infection from the dental pulp or in layman’s terms root canal treatment. With modern technology, knowledge of the latest treatment principles and a high level of patient care, Keshari routinely achieves excellent clinical results for her patients.

        Mark Gosztonyi Orchard Dental

        Mark Gosztonyi

        BDS (LOND) 1989
        GDC No. 65004

        Mark Gosztonyi studied dentistry at King’s College London, qualifying in 1989.

        He initially worked in the maxillofacial departments at St George’s Hospital and Mayday Hospital (now known as Croydon University Hospital), gaining valuable experience in surgical dentistry.

        He joined Orchard Dental in 1995 and became a partner soon after. He has undertaken ongoing professional development over the course of his career, studying Endodontics and Restorative dentistry.

        Mr Gosztonyi has a special interest in Endodontics and minimally invasive Smile styling.

        He is married with three daughters and enjoys football and cycling

        Pranshu Trivedi Orchard Dental

        Pranshu Trivedi

        Oral surgeon
        BDS (GOA) 1993, FDS RCS (ENG) 1998, LDS RCPS (GLASG) 2002
        GDC No. 81575

        Pranshu Trivedi graduated in 1993 in Goa before training in the UK to become a Specialist Oral Surgeon. He brings more than two decades of experience working in hospitals and private practice, including research and teaching.

        Mr Trivedi joined Orchard Dental in 2017 and offers our patients diagnosis and treatment for oral and dental problems, jaw joint problems and facial pain. He carries out all types of oral surgical procedures including wisdom teeth extraction, apicectomy (a minor surgical procedure to remove the top of the root of a dead tooth and then seal the end with a filling), complex extractions and soft tissue surgery in the mouth.

        He is also an experienced implantologist, offering single tooth to multiple dental implants and Implant-supported dentures.

        Mr Trivedi can undertake complex implant surgery including bone and soft tissue grafting, sinus lift operations and treatment of peri-implantitis.

        He also works in Root canal treatment and Facial aesthetics.

        Mr Trivedi was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1998. He is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons, the European Association for Osseointegration, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and is a visiting lecturer of BPP University, London.

        In his spare time he enjoys reading, travelling, martial arts and cooking.


        Tania Rafael Garcia

        Dental Practitioner
        DDS 2007, MSc Perio, MClinDent Perio
        GDC No. 118959

        Dr Garcia qualified in the prestigious Egas Moniz Institute in Lisbon in 2007 having simultaneously completed one year training in Madrid at the charismatic Universidade PIO X where she was awarded distinctions and awards on paediatric and geriatric special care. She then returned to Lisbon and began her Master of Science (MSc) Programme in Periodontology which she was awarded in 2009. Following this Tania spent the majority of her time in fully private practice but also devoted a portion of her time to her hometown hospital where she modernized the stomatology department and worked alongside with experienced surgeons.

        Tania moved to the UK and completed both a modular surgical Periodontology degree and an implant residency which lead her to the MClinDent degree in Periodontology (Birmingham) that she now holds.

        Tania dedicates her time to the exclusive practice of Periodontology and is a strong believer that this disease can be controlled if all risk factors are studied and treated accordingly. She has presented extensively in centers of excellence and will work alongside the hygiene and dental therapy team and restorative dentists to achieve long lasting stability for periodontal patients. Tania provides non-surgical and surgical treatments, both conventional and regenerative in periodontal and peri-implant diseases, alveolar bone augmentation and plastic periodontal surgery.

        Chris David Donaldson Orchard Dental Profile

        Dr. Chris David Donaldson

        Specialist and consultant in Orthodontics
        GDC No. 85845

        Dr Chris David Donaldson is a fully certified, Consultant trained, Specialist Orthodontist working in London and the South East of England. Chris trained in Orthodontics at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital & Kingston Hospital in London. During his training he was awarded with an MSc from King’s College London and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Dr Donaldson then completed higher specialist training in managing more complex orthodontics and was awarded the Fellowship in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

        Dr Donaldson has been working as a Consultant in the NHS at a London Hospital since 2021, where he leads, trains and assesses a team of trainee orthodontists. His sub-specialist interests are in dento-facial orthopaedics and the digital, virtual planning of jaw/facial surgery. Dr Donaldson is a member of the European Orthodontic Society and the American Association of Orthodontists.

        Chris’ work has been presented at national and international conferences and published in medical and orthodontic research journals; he is also the author of a chapter in a popular orthodontic textbook. Chris also reviews submissions to the Journal of Orthodontics and is an MSc Research Project Supervisor.

        Chris’ clinical focus is on the use of orthodontics & dento-facial orthopaedics to enhance aesthetics and oral health outcomes through the delivery of precise and efficient care in a comfortable, relaxed environment. The following treatments are available at Portman Dental & Implant Clinic in Maidenhead:

        - Clear Braces / Metal Braces

        - Clear Aligners

        - Temporary anchorage devices / Mini-implants

        - Maxillary expanders

        - Growth modification

        - Early Intervention Orthodontics (< 12 years)

        Chris enjoys cycling, competitive rowing and outdoor swimming.


        Lama Wahab

        GDC 292774
        Statutory Exam 2022 BDS Damascus University 2013 Bachelor Degree in Dentistry Damascus University 2012

        Libby Cronen

        Dip DHDT RCS (Eng) 2005
        GDC No. 101296

        Libby qualified with merit from the Eastman Dental Hospital (RCS London) in 2005.

        She has since worked in a variety of settings and thrives on continuous learning, formulating preventative care plans with her patients for them to follow at home and helping people feel more confident in their smiles!

        With her dental therapy background, Libby has a special interest in treating nervous patients and children.

        She regularly takes time out of clinic to volunteer in local schools, teaching children of all ages how to keep their mouths healthy.

        In 2017 Libby was awarded Hygienist of the Year at The Dental Awards.

        In her spare time Libby enjoys spinning, weight training, swimming and spending time with her family.

        Julie Svenson

        GDC NO. 3218


        Raminder Kahlon

        GDC NO. 4848

        Known as MINDY to her work colleagues and patients. Mindy qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1995 at Eastman Dental Hospital in London.

        Mindy worked at the Orchard Dental Practice for over 16yrs before the merge in November 2023. She is thorough, hardworking and always puts the needs of her patients first.

        Her passion/hobby is practicing Spirituality. She is good with nervous, anxious and dental phobic patients, always creating a calm environment for them.

        She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and attempted climbing Mera Peak too. She enjoys travelling on her own and enjoys sharing her experiences with others.


        Sophie Manners

        Dip Dent Hygiene Lpool 2016
        Diploma in Therapy Lpool 2016
        GDC No. 206332

        Sophie joined our hygiene team in early 2017; she completed her hygiene qualification in December 2016 in Liverpool. Up until 2014, Sophie was our Head Dental Nurse at our Henley practice, Courtrai House. We could not be happier to welcome her back into the Portman Family, we are so proud of Sophie's achievements and we are thrilled to have been part of Sophie's development.

        Parampreet Kaur

        BDS 2012 Baba Farid University of health science Punjab ,India
        2018 NEBDN UK
        2020 Dental Hygienist and therapist registered under Dentist act 1984 UK
        GDC 279181

        Parampreet joined us as a hygienist in January 2022 and obtained her registration as a hygienist and therapist in the UK in 2020. Prior to joining us, Parampreet was a registered dental nurse in the UK and a registered dentist in India.

        She is an enthusiastic and skilled professional with excellent chair side manner, she is very gentle with patients.

        Outside of work she enjoys cooking and always looking to learn new recipes.


        Rachel Connolly

        Dental Hygienist
        Dip DH Bristol 2001
        GDC 5858

        Rachel qualified as a Dental Hygienist from The University of Bristol Dental Hospital in 2001. She was awarded the Dentsply award for The Highest Level of Clinical Ability and the Oral B award for Outstanding Achievement. Following qualification, Rachel worked as a Staff Hygienist at Guys Dental Hospital in London, treating specialist periodontal patients. She undertook a Further and Adult Education Certificate (FAETC) and went on to become a Dental Hygienist Tutor for Guys, Kings & St Thomas’ Dental Institute. After starting a family, Rachel gave up the London commute and settled into general practice in the Home Counties where she continues to treat her patients enthusiastically using the knowledge and experience gained. She particularly enjoys treating anxious, nervous or phobic patients. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys walking her dogs, Arthur & Truffle, and spending time with her husband on their Dutch Barge on the beautiful River Thames.

        Winverly Sol

        Dental Nurse
        GDC 298950


        Laiba Chaudhry

        Dental Nurse
        GDC 304177


        Magdalena Pawlik

        GDC NO. 151003

        Joanna Clark

        GDC NO. 155097

        Nila Amarkhel

        GDC NO. 261354


        Georgiana Trufin

        GDC NO. 286216


        Daniella Cura Eva

        Treatment coordinator

        I qualified as a dental hygienist in South Africa in 2012, I moved to the UK in 2022 and wanted to stay in the dental field so decided to take on a new role as Treatment Coordinator. It is a role with its own set of challenges but being a part of a patient's dental treatment journey is always very rewarding.

        In my spare time I enjoy exploring new towns, spending time with friends and family as well as baking.

        I speak fluent Portuguese.

        Lauren Williams

        Head Receptionist

        Lauren joined Portman Dental Clinic in November 2016; however she is not new to the dental industry having worked in other practices in the past and after a few years, has found her way back to the dental industry. Lauren enjoys being the first point of contact for the patients and making sure they have the best experience whilst they are attending our practice. Outside of work Lauren likes to visit new places and spend time with friends and family.

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        Diane Hemmingham


        Diane looks after our Reception and Administration team, and will be one of the friendly faces that welcomes you to Portman Dental.

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        Lorraine Maddison


        Laura Hemmingham


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        Lorraine Dawson


        Maryam Ashfaq



        Helen Baker


        Helen joined the Portman Dental Team as a receptionist in September 2020 and has previously always worked in Customer Service and HR. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, walking, reading and looking after her granddaughter and spending time with her family and friends.

          Care & advice

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