Meet the Team - Friends Dental Practice Norwich

meet the team

Friends Dental Practice

Dr Zain Shamoon

Principal Dentist, BDS (London Hons), MFDS RCSEd, PGCert Restorative Dentistry (UCL Eastman), PGCert Dental Education

GDC No. 177818

  • Qualified in 2009 with Honours and Distinctions from Barts & The Royal London Hospital. 
  • 2010 – Completed the MFDS RCSEd exam becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. 
  • 2011 – Completed a one-year postgraduate certificate in Restorative Dentistry from the world-renowned Eastman Dental Institute (UCL).
  • A friendly and highly skilled dentist with a passion for General and Restorative Dentistry. 

Dr Anjali Karania

General & Cosmetic Dentist BDS (Bristol), MFDS RCSEng

Dr Anjali trained at the University of Bristol and qualified in 2004. She worked in both general practice and hospital settings in Devon for 11 years before moving to Norfolk in 2015. 

She joined the practice in February, 2016.

Her specialist interests include composite restorations (tooth coloured fillings) and endodontics (root canal treatment). 

Anjali is married with a young daughter and in her spare time enjoys cooking & baking, arts & crafts, exploring the outdoors and reading.

Dr Lucja Zgudka

General Dentist with Special Interest in Orthodontics and Facial Aesthetics BDS Szczecin (Poland), DWSIOrtho

GDC No. 85049

Dr Lucja Zgudka graduated in 2001from the highly reputable Pomeranian Medical Academy in Szczecin in Poland. 

She is a General Dentist with a special interest in Orthodontics. She has completed numerous happy smiles for both adults and children in the Straight Wire Technique since 2006. 

She also works as an NHS & Private general dentist carrying out aesthetic dentistry, prothesis, paediatrics and endodontics. 

In 2011 she successfully completed a 2 years orthodontic postgraduate course with renowned Dr Jonathan Sandler and Alison Murray and thus obtaining the title of DWSI in Orthodontics.  

She also enjoys facial aesthetic treatments such as using Botox, Dermal Fillers and the PDO lifting threads techniques. 

In 2016 to 2017 she successfully completed the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology. 

She is a member of the British Dental Association and the British Orthodontic Society, where she regularly updates her knowledge through continuous professional development. 

She is very approachable and thorough in all she does. 

Languages: English, Polish, Portuguese. 

Hobbies: Skiing and playing the guitar. 

Dr Bhavik Patel

General & Cosmetic Dentist BDS (KCL London)

GDC No. 271586

Dr Bhavik graduated from Kings college London in 2017 and has been working between Norfolk and London ever since as a general dentist, carrying out large amounts of private work.

His special interests are in providing tooth coloured fillings and crowns. His priority is to always ensure patient needs are understood and delivered.

Dr Uday Georgis

Periodontics, Implants, Oral Surgeon BDS (Sweden), MSc Dental Implants (Manchester)

GDC No. 100101

After qualifying in 2004, Dr Uday worked few years in Sweden in general practice before he moved to UK with his family for over 14 years. He went onto complete hospital-based postgraduate training in Oral surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics and Dental Implantology. In addition to other Advance courses in Restorative, Endodontics and advanced Facial Aesthetics. 

In 2013 returned to the University of Manchester where he gained his MSc degree in Dental Implantology speciality where he gained advance experience to deal with all challenging simple, advanced and complex dental implant cases. In addition to teaching, mentoring and training other colleague dentists, Dr Uday has a special interest in full mouth rehabilitation & same-day teeth where he combines his skills and evidence-based clinical dental implantology. 

Mrs Pelagia Kaplanidou

Dental Hygienist DHT RCSEng

GDC No. 223604

Peggy (Pelagia) entered the dental sector in 2011. Having a science background with a degree in Biomedical Science she obtained the certificate in Dental Nursing and an extended duties certificate in Dental Radiography.

After successfully completing the Dental Hygiene and Therapy course at king’s college hospital (London) and presenting her dissertation on Orthodontics and Oral hygiene she obtained the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2015. After her qualification, she attended a recognised teeth whitening course for Dental Hygienists and Therapists and she got her certificate from the British Dental Bleaching Society.

Peggy is keeping her knowledge up to date by regularly attending national and international conferences and study days organised by the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, the British Association of Dental Therapists and the British Society of Periodontology. Alongside her clinical work, she has been working for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses as a dental nurse examiner.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the theatre, reading books, travelling and practicing her skills in photography. 

Ms Rebecca Laws

Dental Hygienist, FdSc, BSc

GDC No. 216503

Becky qualified as a Dental Hygienist after obtaining her Foundation Degree in Science in August 2019 from the University of Essex at a Distinction Level. In 2019 Becky won a GlaxoSmithKline award for her research proposal about Oral Cancer. Becky is currently undertaking her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Therapy, which she is due to finish in December 2020.

Outside Dentistry and University, Becky is very family and friends orientated and also enjoys computer gaming, swimming and baking. 

Mrs Bala Choudhary

Dental Hygienist & Therapist

GDC No. 135596

I qualified as a dentist in 2001 and having spent 4 years working in private practice abroad, decided to move to the UK to further my learning by pursuing a career as a Dental Hygienist & Therapist.

Prior to becoming registered in the UK, I worked as a sedation nurse for many years, which gave me valuable skills in managing anxious patients and seeing the patient from a different perspective. I have extensive experience of managing oral health and am able to build rapport easily. I always listen to the patient’s expectations, from the care they expect to the way they would like their treatment to progress. I keep my knowledge and skills up to date by regularly attending courses and carrying out clinical self-audits.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, cooking and travelling.

Mrs Sally Johnson

Qualified Dental Nurse

GDC No. 125741

Sally Johnson became a dental nurse in 1982 and gained her RDN qualification in 1986.

 

Sally has worked at Friends Dental Practice since 2005.

 

In her spare time Sally enjoys walking her dog and horse riding. Sally also is a volunteer at Broadland riding for the disabled where she is training to become a coach.

Mrs Clare Rudling

Qualified Dental Nurse

GDC No. 122977

I qualified in 1997 and started at Friends Dental Practice in 2014.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends but most of my spare time is taken up by my young son. 

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