Meet The Expert Team at Herbrandston And Narberth
Principal Dental Surgeon
Dr. Mark Boulcott - BDS Glasg 1986 MFGDP RCS (UK)
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.
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.
Associate Dental Surgeon
Dr Somini Chandy - BDS Mysore 1989
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 - LMD Portugal 2001
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
Mehak (Priya) Manjiani - BDS Dharmsinh Desai University 2013
Priya is our youngest dentist, having joined from her previous position in India.
She is a caring and gentle dentist, who has already built a strong rapport with her patients.
GDC Registration Number: 274425
Associate Dental Surgeon
Simon Gumbley - BDS University of Bristol 1985
Simon is a highly experienced dentist with a broad skillset from his years within varied practices. He has a particular interest from aesthetic dentistry and getting his patients a smile to be proud of.
He has a keen interest in water polo and has already taken to exploring the hills and mountains around Pembrokeshire.
GDC Registration Number: 60461
Dental Nursing Staff
Our dental surgeons are only as good as our ancillary clinical staff. These include:
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
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
GDC Registration Number: 128864
GDC Registration Number: 276949
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.
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.