Meet The Orthodontic Centre Team

Halimah Mir

Halimah Mir

Orthodontic Therapist - Reading
Qualification: DipOrth Warwick 2018
GDC number: 207551

Halimah joined us in 2018 after qualifying as an Orthodontic Therapist from the University of Warwick. Prior to this she had gained her Dental Nursing, Radiography and Orthodontic Nursing qualifications. Her role consists of assisting patients in all aspects of their orthodontic journey, under the prescription of the prescribing Orthodontist. This includes helping to carry out initial assessments prior to treatment, bonding patients with their orthodontic appliances and also removing their braces (which she rather enjoys doing!). She also ensures to educate and encourage patients throughout their treatment on good oral hygiene and aims for her patients to have the best possible result.

Outside of work, Halimah enjoys reading and traveling with her young family. She also likes to take a holistic approach to health and well-being and likes to use aromatherapy.

Sushila Pun

Sushila Pun

Orthodontic Therapist
GDC number: 208394

Sushila completed her NEBDN National Certificate in Dental Nursing in 2010, her NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2012 and completed NEBDN National Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing in June 2016. She is now an orthodontic therapist and responsible for assisting the orthodontists with treatments and complying with cross infection control procedures. She is also able to take orthodontic records for patients such as impressions, photos and x-rays under the direction of an orthodontist. Sushila also explains treatment plans and options to patients so that they can make an informed decision about embarking on treatment.

Outside of work, Sushila enjoys socialising with friends and family, cooking and cycling.

Sara Jalloul

Sara Jalloul

Orthodontic Therapist – Reading
GDC number: 218823

Sara studied Orthodontic Therapy at University of Central Lancashire and successively qualified from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as an Orthodontic Therapist. Additionally, she holds an honours degree in Dental Technology from Manchester Metropolitan University as well as a Hospital Diploma in Dental Nursing from The Royal London Hospital and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL.

Sara enjoys working in our patient-led practice, providing a holistic approach to orthodontic journey. She is a talented individual who is enthusiastic and diligent. We are delighted that Sara is part of our team. Outside of work, Sara is an avid swimmer.

Merina

Merina

Orthodontic Therapist

Sophie Bicknell

Sophie Bicknell

Orthodontic Therapist
GDC number: 269835

Sophie is an orthodontic therapist and responsible for assisting the orthodontists with treatments and complying with cross infection control procedures. She is also able to take orthodontic records for patients such as impressions, photos and x-rays under the direction of an orthodontist. Sophie also explains treatment plans and options to patients so that they can make an informed decision about embarking on treatment.

In her spare time Sophie enjoys socialising with her family & friends.

Padma Rana

Padma Rana - Reading practice

Deputy Head Nurse
GDC number:256540

Padma has an NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing, Impressing taking/ iTero scan, Dental Radiography and Orthodontic Nursing certificate. Padma helps to Keep clinical areas and all equipment’s clean, tidy and sterile. Deputy Head Nurse duties and responsibilities, making sure everything is good in a clinical environment. Provide chairside assistance, taking clinical photographs, radiographs, iTero scan and providing best care to the patients in a friendly, generously, helpful and courteous manner. Padma sees lots of adults NHS and Private patients in her own records clinic on Wednesday. Taking X-rays, clinical photographs and iTero scanning.

Outside of work Padma enjoys: Travelling, shopping, cooking, gym, reading books, watching movies and spend quality time with family and friends.

Tika Gurung

Tika Gurung - Reading practice

Dental nurse / Decontamination Lead – Reading
GDC number: 288552

Tika joined the orthodontic centre in 2018 as a trainee dental nurse. She qualified in 2020. Thanks to her hard work and dedication she was appointment our decontamination lead. Alongside this her duties include: providing chair side assistance to the Orthodontists and the therapists during appointments and ensuring the surgeries are stocked correctly. Tika runs a records session as well as assisting the treatment coordinators when required. In addition to being a great member of the team she is also keen to continue her professional development, Tika is currently on a radiography course.

Outside of work Tika enjoys; Travelling, cooking, food blogging on Instagram (tikaguroong) watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

Beena Farooqui

Beena Farooqui

Head Dental Nurse
GDC number: 286418

In 2010 Beena completed a dental technician diploma, she also achieved her level 3 diploma in dental nursing in the same year. Beena passed her NEBDN radiography course in 2021. At the Orthodontic Centre Bracknell, Beena’s main responsibilities include assisting the orthodontists & therapists, overseeing the dental nursing team along with being the decontamination lead. Out of work, Beena enjoys watching Netflix, meeting up with family & friends and travelling.

Ildiko

Ildiko

Dental Nurse

Bindu

Bindu

Dental Nurse

Suzy

Suzy

Dental Nurse

Jessica Rebelo

Jessica Rebelo

Head Treatment Coordinator – Reading Practice
GDC number: 279926

Jess completed her NEBDN Diploma in Dental nursing in 2017. She splits her time between nursing and treatment coordinating. Jess is great with new patients and spending time making sure they fully understand their treatment. During her time nurses jess Assists the Orthodontist and the therapist with appointments, taking impressions and decontamination of the instruments.

Outside of work Jess enjoys; reading, watching Netflix and socialising.

Outside of work Jess enjoys; reading, watching Netflix and socialising.

Rebecca Partington

Rebecca Partington

Treatment Coordinator - Wokingham & Bracknell GDC number: 250462

Rebecca completed her NEBDN national diploma in dental nursing in 2014 and went on to gain a BDA qualification in dental radiography in 2015. Rebecca takes time in explaining treatment plans to patients, making them feel comfortable and answering any questions they may have. When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys Reading, Cooking and spending time with family & friends.

Emma Maughan

Emma Maughan

Treatment Coordinator - Wokingham Practice

Emma has worked for the Orthodontic centre for a number of years, she was based in Reading before leaving to have her first baby and returned to work for us in our new Wokingham practice in 2019. When you first make enquiries about private orthodontic treatment it will be Emma who will help to arrange your first appointment. Emma’s role is to discuss treatment options, treatment plans and payment plans with private patients. Emma helps on reception when needed and is in charge of our social media.

When she is not working Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Alexandra Goss

Alexandra Goss

Private Patient Manager

Alexandra started her journey as a Dental Nurse in 2016 and became a fully qualified Dental nurse in 2017 by passing the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses. Alexandra joined The Orthodontic Centre in November 2021. When you first make enquiries about private orthodontic treatment, it will be Alexandra who will help to arrange your first appointment. She’ll also be alongside you throughout your whole treatment, should you wish to go ahead with us. Her role is to ensure to you fully understand all your options and the next steps.

In her spare time, she bakes – a lot! Alexandra loves spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys cheering on her partner at all of his rugby games.

Karen Butler

Karen Butler

Accounts Manager and HR

Karen is our go-to person for all things related to accounts, payroll, human resources and calculating units of orthodontic activity.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys reading, shopping and swimming. She also owns a horse.

Nikki Savory

Nikki Savory

Practice Manager- Reading and Theale Practices
Qualification: National Certificate in Dental Nursing 2004
Certificate in Radiography 2005
GDC number: 110189

Nikki has been part of The Orthodontic Centre team since 2002 starting out as a Trainee Dental Nurse and eventually progressing to Practice Manager of Reading and Theale in March 2019. Nikki helps to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day clinics. Nikki contributes a wealth of knowledge and experience as during her time at the practice, she has had many roles including Head Nurse, Treatment Coordinator and Clinical Lead. Nikki enjoys working at The Orthodontic Centre and hopes to continue working here for many years to come.

Outside of work Nikki enjoys Reading, watching films and spoiling her 2 young nieces.

Jemma Taylor

Jemma Taylor

Head Receptionist - Bracknell Practice

Part of Jemma’s role is to book appointments, check referrals, send out letters and answering the phones. Jemma joined us at the end of 2019 and understands the reception is the frontline of a patient’ experience; therefore, a calming approach is essential in this role.

Outside of work Jemma Enjoys; Shopping, going to the cinema and reading.

Emma London

Emma London

Head Receptionist – Reading practice

Emma over see’s our team of receptionist in Reading. She helps to train all reception staff across our practices. She is in charge of the reception rota and our clinical director’s diary’s here at Reading. Emma helps to answer the phone, book appointments and check and to respond to emails. Emma Is also our first aider.

Emma enjoys; travelling, shopping and spending time with friends.

Amy Scott

Amy Scott

Receptionist

Amy joined the practice in January 2021 and is one of the first friendly faces you will see when arriving at the practice. Amy oversees our social media pages here at Reading, uploading content to our Facebook and Instagram accounts regularly. Other duties include answering the phone, responding to emails and booking appointments.

In her free time, Amy enjoys training with her personal trainer, spending time with friends and shopping.

Amy Mackay

Amy Mackay

Receptionist

Amy joined the practice in October 2021. Having previously worked at a busy customer service desk, Amy is experienced at making people feel welcome and at ease. Her duties include checking and responding to emails, booking appointments and answering calls.

In her free time, Amy enjoys taking care of her two dogs, Albert and Tink, as well as cooking and going to the theatre.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Receptionist - Bracknell Practice

Karen joined us when we opened our Bracknell practice in April 2019. She helps to answer the phone, check and respond to emails, process referrals and book appointments. Coming from an Orthodontic background Karen is a great addition to our reception team.

Outside of work Karen enjoys Reading and cooking.