Meet our team

At Fresh Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


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Nicole O'Brien

GDC NO. 186873

Nicole graduated as a dentist in Germany at the University of Jena in 2002, where she started working as a dentist and clinical demonstrator for students in the department of restorative and aesthetic dentistry and the department of prosthetics. During this 4 year period, she undertook postgraduate research in children’s dentistry where she gained her higher doctorate in dentistry in 2006 (similar to a PhD in England). Before and after this time she worked as a dentist in various medical volunteer projects abroad where she gained experiences in oral surgery. It is through her interest in foreign languages and culture that she came to England and joined Fresh Dental Care in May 2010. Nicole has always been interested in medicine and helping others, and decided to become a dentist to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her special interest in dentistry include cosmetic dentistry, children’s dentistry and treating nervous patients or dental phobias where she gained extra knowledge in special courses, such as dental hypnosis. Nicole loves the South Hams with its beautiful nature and lovely people, which is why she intends to stay here for many years to come. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys travelling, photography, playing music and several outdoor sports such as hiking, diving and snowboarding.

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Guru Bangari

BDS (INDIA) 2003
GDC NO. 163892

Dr Guru Bangari qualified in India in 2003 and is a full GDC member. He completed his Masters in Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University Essex in 2010. Guru has relocated to the West Country from London. He has considerable experience in hospital, community and general dentistry and has a special interest in oral surgery. Guru tries his upmost to ensure that visits are relaxed and comfortable as possible.

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Azud Irshad

GDC NO. 229712

Azud started out working as a nurse in hospital and in Dental Access Centres across South Devon, and also worked as an auditor and operations assistant in the out of hour’s service. He has been privileged enough have worked with many dentists locally and nationally. Alongside general and cosmetic dentistry, Azud is also able to provide facial aesthetic and rejuvenation therapies such as wrinkle reduction and regaining volume. He is conscientious and understanding of dental anxiety/phobia and prides himself on being able to work with his patients to allay their previous concerns and regain trust in the dental profession. While aiming to deliver the highest clinical standards, he also provides a warm, welcoming and reassuring experience for all of his patients.

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Udo Luister

GDC NO. 189744

After graduating in Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), Udo choose general dentistry, providing high quality comprehensive dental care to children and adults alike, skills gathered and honed in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden and for the last ten years in the UK. His special interests include high quality advanced Aesthetic Restorative dentistry, endodontics, implantology, orthodontics, and is more than happy to implement a holistic approach and natural remedies. In his spare time, a rare occurrence, Udo added a new hobby: sailing. Enjoying quality time with his wife and dogs is when dentistry drops in second place.

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Laura McCarthy

GDC NO. 140398

Laura first joined the team in 2007 as a dental nurse, but went on to do further study to become a dental therapist. In 2014 she qualified from Teesside University with BSc Hons Degree in Dental Hygiene & Therapy. She holds a caring, gentle and sympathetic manner and is a strong believer in preventative dentistry. Laura is known to her colleagues as a perfectionist and for her upbeat and bubbly personality.

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Claire Owens

CEB 1999
GDC NO. 5560

Claire qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1999 whilst serving in the Royal Air Force. She spent 9 years working in the military across the country and on leaving the RAF in 2003 returned to her home town of Brixham with her family to start their next chapter. Claire has been with us since August 2018 and feels she has settled into the practice really well. Her smiley and chatty character has helped put patients at ease and whilst the overall importance of caring for patients oral health remains No.1 on the agenda she also looks at the bigger picture and takes all aspects of the patients health into consideration when carrying out treatment. Claire is married with 2 children and spends her free time with her family, travelling, keeping fit and reading.

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Sarah Merrifield


Sarah has been the Practice Manager at Pure Dental Care since 2009 and worked as a dental nurse for 10 years before becoming Practice Manager. The combination of these careers means that she has a strong understanding of all aspects of the dental practice and managing the delivery of high quality dental care. Sarah lives near Kingsbridge with her husband and two young daughters. Sarah enjoys Crossfit and regularly partakes in competitions as well as spending time with her family.

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Portman Dental Care Awards

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Award Logo 2018
Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care
The Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care

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