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Our Team

Passionate about what we do, at Gorse Covert Dental Practice we are a team of approachable, caring and highly experienced dental professionals keen to do our best to help our patients smile with confidence. With a dedication to dentistry of the highest standard, each member of our team undertakes continuing professional development to ensure they are able to keep abreast of the latest developments and techniques in modern implant and cosmetic dentistry.

  • GDC no. 66113

    Dr Nilesh R Shah BDS M.Med.Sci. (Dental Implantology - Univ. of Sheffield) MFGDP(UK) PG Dip Ed - Principal Dentist

    After joining the team in 1992 and then progressing to become a partner in 1994, Nilesh became the Principal Dentist of Gorse Covert Dental Practice in 2009.

    With a Masters Degree in Oral Implantology from the University of Sheffield and a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implantology and Oral Surgery, Nilesh has trained at the internationally renowned 'Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education' in Miami, USA.

    As the first dentally qualified ISO 9000 Quality Assurance Manager in the UK, the winner of a Research Prize for Dental Implant related research from the Association of Dental Implantology and the holder of a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the University of Nottingham, Nilesh is a highly respected dental clinican who places great importance on the role of education in his ongoing professional and personal development.

    Nilesh also supports the development of other dental professionals through his role as a Clinical Mentor for Astra Tech, 3M ESPE and the Association of Implantology. In addition, he lectures nationally and internationally on Dental Implants and lectures at the University of Salford on their Implantology Masters Programme. He is also an Examiner for the FGDP(UK), a foundation Dentist Trainer and has been an Examiner for membership of joint dental faculties MJDF Royal College of Surgeons since 1998.

    Nilesh speaks Gujarati. He is father to Neha and Aaran and is a demon badminton player and deadly golfer.

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  • GDC no. 251782

    Dr Amar Lakhani - Associate Dentist

    Amar qualified from the University of Leeds in 2014. He then went on to complete his foundation training in Central London. He worked as a hospital dentist in Chesterfield prior to moving back to his hometown of Leicestershire.

    Amar has completed several post graduate examinations and qualifications including the Membership of Faculty of Dental Surgeons Edinburgh. He has completed the certificate in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry with Chris Orr and is able to provide a full array of cosmetic procedures such as tooth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers and teeth straightening.

    Amar is a full Invisalign provider, which involves straightening teeth by using an advanced aligner system. By using the skills he has gained through continuous professional development and experience he looks forward to helping patients gain the smile they have always wanted.

    His calm and reassuring manner will put you at ease if you are nervous about seeing the dentist and will aim to carefully explain everything thoroughly and answer any questions you have.

    Outside Dentistry Amar enjoys spending time with family, playing squash and watching cricket.

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  • GDC no. 64849

    Dr Kathryn Eastwood-Paramore - Associate Dentist

    Kath has been qualified for 30 years and has been involved in postgraduate education for newly qualified dentists with responsibility for dental foundation training across the East Midlands. Kath also has a clinical teaching certificate and a corrective exercise specialisation qualification & has a role as Educational Associate with the General Dental Council who is our regulator.

    Kath enjoys treating all ages and seeing a wide variety of dental issues as & appreciates especially being able to make some aesthetic changes that allow a patient to feel confident to smile & building up trust allowing patients to feel comfortable when visiting the practice.

    In her spare time Kath is a mum to 2 teenagers, has a white miniature schnauzer, and is an assistant warden and youth group lead for Holy Trinity Church Barrow-upon-Soar. Kath plays violin with Charnwood Orchestra and likes to run.

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  • GDC no. 193192

    Dr Ketul Bagia - Associate Dentist/Special Interest in Orthodontics

    Ketul trained at Guys Hospital London, graduating in 2010 and has a specialist Interest in Orthodontics.

    He ensured his continuing development in Dentistry through various courses; completing certified training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Minimally Invasive Dentistry, Comprehensive Orthodontics, Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligner, Invisalign and Full Mouth Rehabilitation.

    His passion for Orthodontics began in 2011 when he became a registered provider for Invisalign. He went on to refine his skills through a 2-year training programme with Professor Johnathan Sandler- an internationally recognised practicing orthodontic consultant.

    Responsible for transforming hundreds of smiles, he takes pride in delivering the highest standard of dentistry and takes satisfaction in “improving patients’ lives and smiles”. His commitment to post graduate education, ensures his dentistry is delivered with the latest techniques and ethos.  

    As a conscientious character, his calm and caring nature makes his patients feel relaxed and calm when under his care.

    Outside dentistry, Ketul enjoys travelling the world, having covered North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is also a keen sportsman, often spending his spare time on the badminton court or watching football.

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  • GDC no. 296385

    Dr Charlotte Bailey - Foundation Dentist

    Charlotte graduated from Newcastle University Dental School in July 2021. She is our 11th Foundation Dentist at Gorse Covert Dental Practice, and carries out lots of NHS work for our patients, working alongside Nilesh.

    She is keen to become a very good general dentist and she really enjoys making a difference for patients. Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys competing her horses and having a girls night!

    She hates bananas and getting things wrong!

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  • Rebecca Commons - Receptionist

    Nominated as ‘Best Receptionist of the Year’ at the Dental Awards 2016, Rebecca is our main receptionist at Gorse Covert Dental Practice. Knowledgeable about many aspects of our practice, she is friendly, caring and always happy to help our patients with any questions or queries they may have.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters, walking her four legged friend Crumpet and meeting up with friends.

    Her dislikes are snakes and liver and onions!

  • GDC no. 200533

    Melissa Hodgkinson RDN - Dental Nurse

    Mel started at gorse covert dental practice in April 2014. She is an NEBDN qualified dental nurse, NEBDN qualified Oral Health Educator and also has a qualification in taking dental radiographs. Mel carries out many duties at the practice, you may see her nursing in the surgery, on reception, co-ordination your treatment plans or even doing practice managerial jobs alongside Dina.

    Outside of work mel enjoys shopping, socialising and going on holiday.

    Her main dislikes are brussell sprouts.

  • GDC no. 116711

    Kelly Harlow RDN - Dental Nurse

    Kelly started at gorse covert dental practice in April 2015. She is an NEBDN qualified Dental Nurse and NEBDN qualified in Dental radiography. Kelly has a wealth of knowledge as has been a dental nurse for 14 years.

    You will mostly see Kelly working alongside our associate dentist Rahul but she will turn her hand to anything and nothing is too much trouble. Outside of work Kelly enjoys spending time with her Husband and taking 'Ozzy' her dog for long walks. Her dislikes are inconsiderate people and pesky mosquitoes.

  • GDC no. 247484

    Lauren Crow – Dental Nurse

    Qualified in 2014 and began working at Gorse Covert in June 2016.

    Lauren enjoys cooking and baking in her spare time and is Harry Potter fanatic.

    Her dislikes include cold weather and getting older.

  • Heather

    GDC no. 142269

    Heather Commons RDN - Dental Nurse

    Heather recently rejoined the practice having experience since 2002 & is qualified to NVQ Level 3 in oral Health Care at Peterborough.

    Heather's hobbies outside of work include country walks with her husband & dog Monty, reading a good book, cross stitching & travelling to new destinations.

    Her dislikes are cauliflower cheese & dishonest people

  • Heather

    GDC no. 294305

    Melissa Hindley - Dental Nurse

    Melissa started dental nursing in 2019, and joined Gorse Covert in November 2020.

    Melissa mostly works alongside Dr Amar Lakhani and enjoys all aspects of dentistry.

    Outside of work Melissa enjoys walking with her husband, taking photographs of birds and playing Roller Derby.

    Melissa dislikes baked beans, and people who take themselves too seriously.

  • Heather

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    Morgan Haddon - Apprentice Dental Nurse