Our dental team

"You have the nicest team and make dentistry fun!" K.B

All our clinicians adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council. We have a large dedicated and caring team of 14 staff. Joy has been with us since the 1970s - making sure our patients see a familiar face throughout each family generation.

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    John Swift BDS
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 72444

    Cosmetic dentistry with particular interest in porcelain veneers, occlusion & cosmetic restorative treatments, dermal fillers and Wrinkle Reduction treatment. John grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Guys Dental School in London in 1996. He worked in Beckenham before joining Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in 1998.

    In May 2004 Dr Swift and Dr Larsson bought the practice from Dr Brown.In 2007 John went on to be the sole owner. John believes that all patients should receive the service and standard of dentistry that he would like and expect to receive himself.

    In his spare time John enjoys keeping fit, travel, arts and the theatre

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    Styliani (Stella) Kourkouta DipDS, MMedSci, FDS RCS, MRD RCS, FDS (Rest Dent) RCS Eng
    Specialist Periodontist
    GDC reg number: 69255

    Specialist in Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. Dr Kourkouta followed her undergraduate studies at The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with her Master of Medical Science in Restorative Dentistry at The University of Sheffield, where her thesis was on gingival response to porcelain veneers.

    Dr Kourkouta then worked and trained in a combination of university and National Health Service positions at general and dental hospitals throughout the UK in the fields of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology, fixed and removable Prosthodontics and Endodontics).

    Dr Kourkouta became a Fellow and Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and entered the General Dental Council Specialist Register in Periodontics and Prosthodontics in 2000. She completed her training in Restorative Dentistry at The Eastman Dental Hospital, London as a Specialist Registrar/Honorary Lecturer (2000-06), and entered The Restorative and Endodontic Specialist Register in 2006. She received the George Cross Fellowship Award through The British Society of Periodontology for her elective study on Implant Therapy In Compromised Sites at The University of Southern California and University of California in Los Angeles, USA (2006).

    Dr Kourkouta successfully completed the ITI research scholarship programme, awarded through The International Team for Implantology at The University of North Carolina, USA (2006-07), where she investigated the dimensions of soft and hard tissues in relation to the presence of papillae between implants in the aesthetic zone and patient satisfaction. She is a member of the British Society of Periodontology, British Dental Association and American Academy of Osseointegration. She joined Crescent Lodge as a Specialist Periodontist in 2008. Based on her high standard of periodontal services in the practice and excellent clinical outcomes, she won the “Highly Commended” Award in the category Best Periodontic Practice at the Private Dentistry Awards (London, 2012).

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    Dino Birkenstock DDS
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 84963

    Dino grew up in Dinslaken, Germany and graduated with a PhD in dentistry at Rostock University in 1999. He then worked in a private practice in Munich for 5 years before moving to London in 2005 where he joined the Crescent Lodge Dental Practice. Dino is continuing further education in orthdontics and cosmetic dentistry…

    With particular interest in early functional orthopeadic treatment for children and fixed orthodontic treatment for teenagers and adults. He is a qualified Invisalign practitioner and has been awarded silver status by Invisalign in the past.

    Over the last decade Dino has undertaken comprehensive training with world renowned dentists and orthodontists from the UK, the USA and Australia in the areas of orthopaedics, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. He recently graduated from the Derek Mahony Orthodontic UK residency:

    A 3-year post-graduate programme for a selected group of general dentists, widely considered to be the most comprehensive orthodontic course of its kind.

    Dino is an active member of the following bodies: International Association for Orthodontics, IAO and the International Functional Association, IFUNA.

    Dino now works alongside John in facial aesthetics, offering wrinkle reduction treatments and dermal fillers.

    In his spare time Dino enjoys travelling, sports and good food.

    Continued professional education with focus on: Early orthodontic and functional orthopaedic treatment, Damon and Social Six (lingual) braces, Invisalign Therapy, and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Links:

    International Association for Orthodontics: www.iaortho.org

    American Association of Orthodontics: www.mylifemysmile.org

    Damon Therapy: www.damonbraces.com

    International Functional Association: www.ifuna.info

    Invisalign Therapy: www.invisalign.co.uk

    Myofunctional Research: www.myoresearch.com

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    Andreas Jahnigen DDS, MSc in oral implantology (DGI, Germany)
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 100182

    Andreas Jahnigen comes from a long line of dentists and physicians. He currently holds a Diploma in Implantology, a Masters in Oral Implantology and a Masters in Oral Implantology and Peridontolgy from the prestigious German Association of Implantology (DGI, Germany), which is the largest implantology organisation in the world. He received his degree in dentistry from the Medical University of Hanover in Germany in 2001. He then practiced with his father, Dr Lutz Jahnigen, a renowned dental implant surgeon (who also had a background in medicine) and had the good fortune to observe his father at work.

    Andreas went on to become a partner at Medeco, one of the leading implant practices in Postdamer Platz - known as the Kensington of Berlin. While there, Andreas expanded his medical qualifications by obtaining the officially recognized German Heilpraktiker degree, a three year program which qualified him as a holistic practitioner in natural medicine.

    Andreas came in 2005 to London with a focus on dental implantology. He cofounded the Camden Dental Implant Centre alongside Dr. Martin Gilbert and Dr. Danny Temkin, his mentor. He has been placing implants there on weekends since 2005 and will continue to do so.

    He worked alongside Dr. Stanley Kay at the Harley Street Dental Practice and Prof. Nikolaos Donos, Head & Chair of Periodontology at the UCL- Eastman Dental Institute at the Harley Street Oral Reconstruction Centre.

    Andreas recently was employed as implantologist for the prestigious Institut Europeen du Visage in Paris from 2010 till 2016, run by Frances’ leading implantologist Dr Anne Benhamou, whilst still maintaining his practice in London.

    Andreas’ postgraduate implant training includes the Certificate in Advanced Surgical and Prosthodontic Implantology from Boston USA. Andreas has also received specialised training in major sinus lifts under the auspices of Dr Ziv Masur. In addition, he has participated at the IMCI 2008 International Masters’ Course on Implantology in Paris, France. He is currently placing implants principally from Straumann, Xive (Dentsply) and Alpha-Bio (NobelBiocare).

    Andreas is a great lover of aesthetics and carries within his practice a highly sensitive approach to all of his clients. He strives to bring his patients the most cutting edge dental knowledge in a caring, safe and professional environment.

    Andreas is also an accomplished pianist and tennis player. He speaks fluent English, German and French. He is passionate about understanding the ideology and art of other cultures.

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    Danielle Taylor BDS in Restorative Dentistry
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 252566

    Danielle graduated with a BDS degree from the University of Manchester. In 2018 she completed an advanced course in aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

    Danielle is passionate about providing cosmetic minimally invasive dentistry. This includes highly aesthetic composite and ceramic restorations, teeth whitening and Invisalign.

    She is committed to providing outstanding patient care. She takes the time to understand the personal needs and concerns of her patients to build bespoke treatment plans that suit them as an individual with a focus on minimally invasive dentistry.

    When not practicing dentistry, Danielle enjoys practicing yoga, keeping fit, travelling the world and painting.

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    Joanna Maria Kowalczyk-Laska DDS, PG Dip in Endodontics
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 224623

    With passion for minimally invasive dentistry and Endodontics ( root canal treatment) Joanna strives to convince her patients that dentistry is not supposed be scary. Her friendly and relaxed manner puts patients at ease from the outset.

    Joanna graduated in 2004 from the Medical University of Warsaw. In 2015 she completed a two year postgraduate Diploma in Endodontic Practice with merit from the world renowned Eastman Dental Institute, University College London.

    Committed to continuous education, in 2018 Joanna has completed a course in advanced treatment planning and occlusal management, run by one of the UK’s most prominent cosmetic dentists, Dr Christopher Orr.

    In her free time Joanna enjoys skiing, ice skating( currently pursuing Skate UK Programme) and travelling.

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    Hussain Rashid BDS
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 244409

    Hussain graduated from Kings College London, where he was awarded the Geoffrey Forman Prize in Oral Medicine. He went on to enhance his skills as a general dentist in South London for six years before joining Crescent Lodge.

    Hussain is passionate about providing the highest quality of treatment for his patients, and his gentle approach immediately puts our patients at ease.

    As an associate member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Hussain is fluent in cosmetic dentistry, including whitening, natural looking fillings and crowns, and Invisalign orthodontics. Following numerous post-graduate courses in root canal treatment and restorative dentistry, he is dedicated to rebuilding damaged teeth so his patients can keep their own teeth for longer. He has a particular interest in adhesive dental materials and dental bonding, which allows him to perform less invasive procedures which maintain more natural tooth structure.

    In his spare time Hussain enjoys travelling, hiking, motor racing, and keeping fit!

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    Zahra Ahmed BDS (Hons), PGDip Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. University of Manchester.
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 211313

    Dr Zahra Ahmed qualified from Kings College London dental institute in 2011 with a Honours and Distinction. She spent her subsequent years both in general practice and in hospital posts within a specialist environment.

    Zahra strives to keep up to date with all the ongoing developments in dentistry to provide modern and relevant treatments for her patients. Since qualifying, she went on to complete the part 1 Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons. She has also recently completed her Diploma in Aesthetic and restorative dentistry and has developed a passion and special interest in facial aesthetics.

    Zahra always aims to listen to her patients in a calm and friendly manner, approaching their dental needs in a way which involves improving their dental health and appearance in a minimally invasive way. She particularly likes treating nervous patients to help put them at ease and also treating children.

    Outside of dentistry Zahra loves travelling, tennis, cooking and socialising with friends. Zahra is very much looking forward to meeting you.

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    Alexander Aresdahl DDS
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: 234506

    Dr. Alexander Aresdahl graduated from the prestigious Karolinska Institutet in dentistry in 2012. Since then he has worked as a dentist in Kristiansand, Norway, London, England, and Stockholm, Sweden. During his academic career, Alexander has trained in aesthetic dentistry by participating in advanced dental courses in countries such as Japan, USA, Germany and England.

    Moreover, Alexander has also trained in facial aesthetics in the field of non-surgical medical aesthetics. This includes Botox ™ treatments, filler treatments and non-surgical thread lifts (PDO thread lift). The transition into continuing education within facial aesthetics felt natural to Alexander since the aesthetic dentistry has its foundations in facial aesthetics. By combining non-surgical medical aesthetic treatments, general and aesthetic dentistry, we can achieve treatment results in both the face and the oral cavity that would otherwise have been impossible.

    Alexander’s passion for dentistry and facial aesthetics is based on the versatility of the treatments. There are two professional areas that require extensive medical education and knowledge of the head / neck area. The broad spectrum of the dental profession and the appreciation he gets from his patients is what Alexander loves about his profession. In order to ensure that his patients are as satisfied as possible with their treatments, Alexander always makes sure to be well prepared, structured and pedagogical. He looks to the totality of every treatment and always strives to combine a perfect smile design, optimal bite function and modern treatment methods so that his patients can smile at moments of life.

    Alexander Aresdahl is a member of the BACD and the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry).

    “It is the opportunity to use the full spectrum of my medical education and my artistic side that makes me passionate about my job. The best thing about my job is THE moment, after a finished treatment, when I, as a practitioner, experience and see that my patients dare to smile big again, love their new smiles and love their treatment results!”

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    Jigna Patel
    Dentist
    GDC reg number: B.Med.Sc (Hons) BDS MJFD RSC (Eng)

    I have a keen interest in Restorative Dentistry. In 2014 I completed an advance restorative course at the Aspire Dental Academy in London, which has equipped me with the necessary skills required to create beautiful smiles for patients. I believe that construction and beauty go hand in hand together when enhancing a patient’s smile.

    I strive to provide excellent care to my patients; I have also completed a 2 year postgraduate course in Advanced Endodontics. I am committed to using state of the art materials and the very best techniques.

    I am a passionate and enthusiastic person. I like to help others to the best of my ability in all walks of life and am very caring towards my patients.

    I am keen to learn different things in dentistry and try to make time to go on different courses or even shadow dentists who shares the same passion as me. I have been described by others colleagues as having knowledge and experience beyond my age, some of which were restorative consultants, and many have complimented my excellent patient manner, especially my communication.

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    Sorcha O’Conaill
    Hygienist
    GDC: 4980

    Sorcha grew up in Cork, Ireland and graduated from the Eastman dental institute as a dental hygienist in 1995. She worked in both a general and specialist periodontal and restorative practice in London before joining Crescent Lodge in 2006…

    Over the years Sorcha has developed a strong bond with her loyal patient list and particularly enjoys helping them improve their dental health and smile. Being part of a great team, working towards that goal gives her a lot of satisfaction. Sorcha keeps up to date with regular courses in all aspects of dentistry and dental hygiene, particularly treatment of gum problems. In her spare time Sorcha enjoys eating out, running and spending time with friends and family here and in Ireland.

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    Kasia Rozek
    Hygienist
    GDC: 108930

    Kasia (Katarzyna) was born in Poland, where she finished Medical school with Dental hygienist degree. After graduation she work for 5 years one of the best multi - special Dental Clinic in her home town…

    During that period she also graduates with master degree from Finance and banking at Economic University in Katowice. But Dental Hygienist career was always in her heart.

    In 2005 she moved to UK. For first 1.5 years she was getting UK experience in few places like J. G.Plummer and Associates Norwich and Eline Orthodontist Practice in Harley Street, till finally joint the CLPD in June 2006.

    For last 8 years she continues upgrading her professional skills and practical knowledge by completing regular courses in the UK and Poland: like Dental hygienist refreshing course in Bristol, and attending to regular conferences like Europerio7 in Vienna 2012 also planning to attend Europerio 8 in London 2015.

    In hear spear time she travel visited 27 counties so far, love cooking, reading historical books and pilate’s.

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    Maria Corbalan Ciudad
    Hygienist
    GDC: 6687

    María was born in Spain and graduated from I.E.S. Ramon y Cajal in Murcia in 2000. She then worked in Spain for three years before coming to England in 2004 and joined the practice in 2005…

    Maria is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Since qualifying as a dental hygienist she continues upgrading her professional skills and practical knowledge by completing regular courses in the UK and Spain.

    In her spare time Maria is a freelance photographer and photojournalist, she makes Roman mosaics and enjoys arts, travelling, swimming, cooking and socialising.

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    Marcia Silva-Williams
    Hygienist
    GDC: 132101

    Marcia is originally from Brazil, where she took her first steps into dentistry 20 years ago. She has a deep knowledge of the dental industry – clinical & admin – after working in several sectors of dental practices back in Brazil…

    and especially in the UK.

    Her passion & professional drive towards oral preventive care & treatment of gum disease made her pursue and obtain an Oral Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree qualification at ISAVE – Superior Health Institute of the Alto Ave, Portugal, in 2011.

    Marcia takes pride in being both thorough & gentle with therapy provided by her, as well as putting nervous patients at ease throughout their hygiene experience, believing that good communication is essential at all times. She also enjoys spending time with her patients, encouraging and motivating them to improve and achieve better oral health at home.

    In her spare time she loves cinema, learning new languages & other cultures, travelling with her husband and bike riding.

    Besides Portuguese & English, Marcia is also fluent in Spanish.

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    Edyta Mazur
    Hygienist
    GDC: 118589

    Over the last 10 years, Edyta has worked in the world of dentistry. Her career has progressed from working as a dental nurse, which as the years progressed, enhanced to working with experts in the fields of implantology, endodontics…

    oral surgery and finally periodontology - study and specialist in gum disease.

    This led to her present status of following a career as a hygienist.

    She qualified as a hygienist in 2009 and has since based her working philosophy on:

    • Continual professional development
    • Optimum patient care
    • Empathetic approach to patient management
    • Effective and comprehensible communication

    These are the four pillars that lay the foundation on which she hopes to build her career. Having experienced a variety of dental treatments herself, she feels she can empathise with the anxious patient with sensitive teeth. She works with a smile for a smile, which is bright, clean and healthy.

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