Principal Dental Surgeon
Dr. Mark Boulcott
Dr. Mark Boulcott qualified from Glasgow University in 1986. Having spent much of his professional life within the Armed Forces he has worked as a dentist in many practices throughout the World. In peacetime he worked treating soldiers and their families either within a single practice or within a large dental centre. He has a wide range of clinical interests including the treatment of anxious patients using a variety of specialist techniques including hypnotherapy and sedation. I
n 1993 Dr Boulcott passed the Diploma of General Dental Practice subsequently becoming a Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of The Royal College of Surgeons in 1997.
An appointed teacher and mentor in dental implants, Dr Boulcott is an active member of the Association of Dental Implantology and attended three years at the Faculty of Dental Surgeon's Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, England.
GDC Registration Number: 61044
Associate Dental Surgeon
Dr Somini Chandy
Before joining our team at Herbrandston in 2007, Dr Chandy worked largely within the hospital settings of India, Ireland and England (Chalmsford and Oxford). She trained in Oral Surgery and Periodontology and carried out research in the link between gum disease and heart disease. She was awarded her Masters in Medical Science for this as well as obtaining her FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons, England in year 2000. Her refined clinical skills combined with a gentle, holistic approach ensure that our patients enjoy consistently high quality pain-free dental care.
GDC Registration Number: 101444
Associate Dental Surgeon
Dr Alex Portela
Dr Alex Portela is a dentist enthusiastic about her ongoing training and with a zest for complex dentistry. She has dedicated many years to postgraduate training having attended King's College London (for fixed and removable prosthodontics, improving the appearance of existing teeth or replacing missing ones) and University of South Wales (endodontics which saves teeth that otherwise would be extracted).
Not stopping yet, she is currently developing her dental implant portfolio following training in London and Lisbon. Anxious patients can be helped as she is qualified to provide conscious sedation.
In her spare time she enjoys long walks with the dogs she fosters, travelling and scuba diving.
GDC Registration Number: 84201
Associate Dental Surgeon
Jelena qualified from the Belgrade University, Serbia in 2005 as the best student in her class. She was awarded Masters degree in orthodontics in 2008 and in 2011 obtained the doctorate, the highest academic degree in dentistry, from the same university. She is a member of the European Orthodontic Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Jelena was involved in teaching and research at Belgrade University and Cardiff University for ten years and continues to contribute to research in 3D facial imaging as an honorary senior research fellow at Cardiff University. Recently, she was awarded for her research work by the European Orthodontic Society. Besides her passion for clinical and scientific work, she enjoys art, literature, travel and learning new languages.
GDC Registration Number: 251722
Babak had joined us from Hungary, where he ran his own dental implant practice. This means he brings a wealth of experience when it come to more complex and surgical dentistry.
He brings a unique sense of humour and caring attitude to the practice, and patients are always put at ease when they visit.
GDC Registration Number: 260768
Dental Nursing Staff
Our dental surgeons are only as good as our ancillary clinical staff. These include:
Senior Dental Nurse
Petra joined us in 2012. She is very able and is the senior dental nurse for both the Herbrandston and Narberth Practice. A happy lady with great personal experience of service, she is a wonderful asset to our practice and tends to work with Mark.
GDC Registration Number: 253243
Senior Dental Nurse
Julia has worked many years at other practices before coming to work here at Narberth. As a result she is confident, reassuring and knows how to help our patients get the best experience possible. These qualities make her ideal to lead the nursing team with us in Narberth
GDC Registration Number:127321
Sophy is always up for a laugh, and is just the right person to have by your side for our more nervous patients who need a friendly face.
Sophy is recently qualified and whilst still gaining knowledge she is always looking for new ways to progress her nursing career.
Before becoming a Dental nurse she worked in a popular hairdressing salon for 12 Years. She brought with her a cheerful attitude and small talk skills so valuable to a hair stylist. This works well for our patients who love her bubbly personality and reassuring attitude.
GDC Registration Number: 266684
A fantastic and experienced nurse with a passion for dentistry Cheryl is a lovely and confident member of staff always helpful and full of life!
Cheryl loves to be a bit of a practical joker within the practice, sure to make you laugh. Fun and happy, Cheryl is a great member of our team.
She Loves anything related to Disney, so start a conversation about it and have a friend for life. Really she is our very own Disney princess.
GDC Registration Number: 237430
Jasmine is always eager to learn having recently finished her nursing qualification. She is always happy to help nervous patients by supporting them through their dental experience with reassurance and a hand to hold.
If not in surgery with Jelena she can be found giving a helping hand around the practice. She is a friendly and easygoing member of staff who is a great addition to us in Narberth.
GDC Registration Number: 275888
Ella is our first German member of staff, to fully round out our European vibe.
A great nurse, Ella is fun to be around, friendly and helpful. Always laughing and joking with our patients, she always has a excellent relationship with everyone who she helps to treat.
Ella loves her dogs and loves to spoil the practice pooches with treats.
GDC Registration Number: 253829
Megan is our latest trainee within the practice. She has a hard working and caring attitude to our patients, doing her best to make sure every visit is a pleasure.
Anthony is a qualified plumber, ex serviceman and now the senior manager of our multi dental chair practice. He is world wise and runs the day to day administration of the Practice. He is even a fully qualified and registered dental nurse.
GDC Registration Number:173524
Liam is always happy to help and goes to great lengths to ensure patient satisfaction and service. It is he who run the marketing over both sites and makes sure patients are always aware of what's going on in the practice.
He had no aspirations to become a dentist, in following the 'family profession' but instead attended Aberystwyth University where he obtained a degree in Agriculture and Business. He had originally wished to pursue a career in agronomy (crop science) but was recruited by his father for his new business utilising his business management rather than agricultural skills.
Liam now loves working within Narberth being pretty much in control of the day to day running of the practice.
GDC Registration Number: 268003
Imogen is our friendly front of house within Narberth.
First impressions always count when patients visit us for the first time and Imogen makes sure not to disappoint. She is always happy to help with a friendly smile to greet you.
Most importantly she has an outgoing personality and is easy to talk to while you wait to see the dentist.
She enjoys triathlons, skiing and running and is overall a very active person.
Jade runs the desk in Herbrandston, and is always a cheerful face to meet you.
The Term Doctor
The term 'Doctor' is a 'courtesy' title used by the medical profession. The true title of 'Doctor' should be reserved for those with a PhD qualification or 'doctorate'. Historically qualified medical physicians were referred to as doctors but unlicensed surgeons were regarded as simply 'Mister'. This is the reason why medical doctors loose the title of Doctor when they become surgeons and why dental surgeons have never been known as doctors pre 1994. The term 'Doctor' referring now to dental surgeons can be a bit confusing in the UK because of this historical difference of social heirarchy. In Europe and America, all dentists have a 'Doctorate' of dental Sciences and so it is really a British oddity that UK dentists were never previously Doctors.
Now, in line with the rest of the World, UK registered dentists can use the courtesy title 'Doctor' but it should be understood that none of the dental surgeons working at Herbrandston (as for the vast majority of dental surgeries in the UK and around the World) are either Medical 'Doctors' or hold a PhD qualification.
This being said, all dental surgeons at Herbrandston prefer to be referred to by their first name and we invite all our patients to do just that. Likewise, unless you have objection, we would call you by your first name. This gives a more informal friendly atmosphere and we would be rather viewed as equals rather than having a title: Doctor or otherwise.
Karen Boulcott (BA Hons), the late wife of Dr Mark Boulcott, sadly died in road traffic accident on 07 Oct 06. She was killed by a drunken driver on the A40, Pembs, and is missed by both patients and staff alike. Karen was a lovely lady who worked tirelessly to help her husband start up the business of Herbrandston Dental Health Practice in 2004. Karen was our Practice Supervisor and we miss her.
We leave this picture of her here as a tribute to the love we all had for her. . She is always in our thoughts. God Bless.