All our dentists adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".

Maria Abril Hurtado

BDS, Cert. Implantology (Spain)
GDC No. 182639

Maria originally qualified in 1987 and moved to Spain in 1992, where she continued her postgraduate training and specialized in implant, advanced oral and periodontal surgery. From managing her own Practice in Madrid she relocated to the UK in 2010 and is now firmly established in Shoreham by Sea.

Nikoletta Kafantari

GDC No 180602

Nikoletta Kafantari was selected in the MSc programme of Endodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute University London in 2010, and whilst being the youngest candidate she completed it with distinction.

Nikoletta has gained clinical experience in the past in Private practices both in Greece and in UK and has participated in research programmes regarding new advances in Endodontics in Universities in both countries. Her specific interest has been the identification of the factors associated with weakening of teeth as a result of endodontic treatment.

Presently, Nikoletta is based in Shoreham-by-sea and is working as an Endodontist in private practices across Sussex.

Nikoletta has gained the required experience to analyse endodontic problems, discuss available options and select the appropriate treatment for each patient. She can systematically plan the management of an endodontic problem and has the clinical and surgical skills to execute it with a high degree of competence.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor sports.

Mauricio Carrillo

GDC No 114243

Mauricio is an experienced dentist with special interest in Oral surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry, whose arrival strengthens our Dental Team at Church House. Mauricio qualified from the Colombian Dentistry School in 2002 with honours and convert his degree in the University of Granada (Spain) in 2008 and in the UK in 2012. He then went on to become a Member of The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

When not at the Practice, Mauricio is currently working as a Specialty Doctor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Worthing Hospital. The work involves oral surgery and he collaborates in maxillofacial procedures. He is also interested in facial pain and disorders of the jaw joint, antiaging treatments and is an Invisalign (invisible braces) provider, offering a valuable complement to our patients.

Mauricio has a wide range of leisure interests including languages, football and dancing.

Giovanny Restrepo

BDS (special interest in Periodontics)
GDC No. 222870

Dr Giovanny Restrepo completed his degree in Colombia and did his first registration as a dentist in Europe in Spain then in the UK.

Giovanny studied Periodontics and Prosthodontics in Spain, his passion for dentistry has led him to attend courses, both internationally and in the UK. Moreover, he is member of European Federation of Periodontology, British Society of Periodontology, Spanish Society of Periodontology and Ossoeintegration, Spanish Society of Prosthodontics.

He combined his interest in dentistry with a variety of sports, arts and meditation.

Practice Team

Bob Harris

Practice Manager

Bob is a medical microbiologist and research scientist. He has been a Director of several scientific and educational companies since 1985 and so brings considerable management and business experience to the Practice.

Trina Percy

Nurse / Receptionist
GDC No 142702

Trina joined the Practice in 2002 as Receptionist and has become a fully qualified and registered Dental Nurse. She has returned to working in Reception although assists with clinical matters when necessary. She works alongside Bob in practice management and to support patients before and after treatment.

Lorraine Backshall

Dental Nurse
GDC No 131944

Lorraine first joined the Practice in 1985 and rejoined when the Practice relocated in 2002. She is a most experienced nurse and capable member of staff who has not only raised 3 children but has also set up and run her own nursery. She is a fully registered Dental Nurse.

Katie Hirst

Dental Nurse
GDC NO 243965

Katie is the newest member of our team. She has been a qualified SAAD Dental nurse since 2013.

She has had experience in sedation, minor oral surgery and implant treatments and would like to continue furthering her career and knowledge in these areas.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family raising their 4 year old son.


Lauren Chapman

GDC NO 246101

BSc Dental Hygiene & Therapy

Lauren is originally from Dorset, where she began her dentistry career as a Dental Nurse in 2000. Later, she moved to Portsmouth to study for her BSc in Dental Hygiene Therapy, eventually moving to Sussex after qualifying in early 2017. She splits her professional time between several practices, including ones in both Cuckfield and Brighton.
Lauren is dedicated to helping her patients improve their oral health, with a big emphasis on prevention. She is particularly interested in treating nervous patients; providing the best standard of care in a relaxed manner to make treatment as comfortable as possible.
Outside of work, Lauren loves to spend as much as time as possible with Sam her lovely Labrador, as well as running, eating out and travelling.

Lisa Grigg

Dent Hygiene (London)
GDC No 4212

Lisa joined the Practice in 1998 and works one day a week with us as she now has her son to care for. She has taken additional training and, in addition to helping you improve your general oral health, can offer local anaesthesia, as well as advice on cosmetic issues such as tooth whitening.

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