Dental Staff

At Fresh Dental Health Care we provide a first class dental service. Here is a bit about our current Dentists and Hygienists.

Our Dentists

Nicole Willing Dr.Med.Dent (Germany)GDC Number: 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.

Guru Bangari (BDS)GDC Number: 163892

Dr Guru Bangari, who 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.

Azud Irshad (BDS)GDC Number: 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.

Our Hygienists

LAURA MCCARTHY (BSC)GDC NUMBER: 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.

Sally Green EDHGDC NUMBER: 2728

Sally studied to be a Dental Hygienist at Cardiff Dental School and qualified in March 1984. She joined the practice two years ago, in July 2010 after deciding to move down to Brixham from Herefordshire. Through her work in surgery, Sally has found that she particular enjoys working with children and helping patients who are nervous about treatment. She decided to become a hygienist to follow in her brother’s footsteps and has found that welcoming and meeting new patients is particularly rewarding. Sally looks forward to the time she spends with her three children. She also enjoys cooking and travelling.

Claire Owens CEBGDC Number: 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.

Our Practice Manager

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.

Dental Nurse TeamHere to help and make you feel comfortable

Our dental nurse team are professional and caring making sure you feel comfortable and reassured in our practice.