Dr Stephen Pearce, BDS (Bristol)
Steve qualified at Bristol in 1977, and practiced there for several years. After visiting a voluntary dental clinic in Kenya, he developed a taste for a sunnier climate and moved to private practice in Harare, Zimbabwe, and then on to become a partner in a well-known dental practice in Cape Town.
He returned to Tunbridge Wells in 1993 and founded Woodbury Park Dental Surgery. In 2001 he designed every aspect of the new purpose-built premises himself, keeping principles of light and space as priorities to create an environment that patients would appreciate, and staff would enjoy working in.
Steve draws upon years of experience to strive for excellent, reliable, long-term solutions to the problems that his patients might present with. “It is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of a patient’s teeth at any given time, and I never forget this” says Steve. “I do not presume that I know what each patient’s priorities are in regard to their dental treatment – so I am a good listener. Patients will have different priorities and circumstances, so I am often able to adapt treaments and problem-solve accordingly”.
Steve married Wendy in 1989. He enjoys squash, golf and paragliding – the one time when it is OK to have your head in the clouds. (Though preferably not for too long – you can’t see where you are going).
GDC Number 51355
Dr Melissa Atkinson, BDS (Newcastle)
Melissa qualified from Newcastle in 2015, then worked in Brighton and Hove, completing a post graduate certificate in primary dental care before joining Woodbury Park Dental Surgery.
She is known as a gentle and caring dentist who takes pride in valuing her patients as individuals and taking a holistic approach to dentistry.
Melissa takes a particular interest in supporting people who find visiting the dentist difficult, or simply need a little more time taken over their care, and hopes perhaps to specialise in the future in treating patients with dental anxiety.
Melissa’s favourite part of dentistry is treating children and believes that giving children a good and enjoyable introduction to dentistry is key to preventing dental anxiety in the future.
She regularly attends courses to keep up to date with contemporary techniques and is able to offer cosmetic treatments and clear orthodontic braces.
Outside of dentistry Melissa enjoys cycling and playing the piano.
GDC Number 258599
Dr Reena Patel, BDS (London)
Reena qualified at King’s College London in 2004, she subsequently completed a one-year certificate course in cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic restorative dentistry and successfully gained the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Reena joined the Woodbury Park Dental Team early in 2017. Prior to this she worked in general dental practice in Surrey.
Reena provides complete patient care for both adults and children and has a keen interest in minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry.
‘Every patient is different, so it is important for me to listen to their needs and concerns and to tailor their care to ensure they are comfortable and happy with the treatment I’m providing.’
‘I am committed to achieving excellence in patient care. I continually use postgraduate education and practical experience to develop and advance my skills. ‘
GDC Number 83699
Dr Elizabeth Evans, BDS (London)
Liz Evans qualified in London in 1977, and was very happy to be asked to join the practice as an associate dentist in March 2008. Prior to this she has been practicing elsewhere in the South-East, and also abroad.
She covers most aspects of general dentistry and puts her heart and soul into treating her patients. They are the centre of her attention whilst in the practice.
GDC Number 51661
Wendy Pearce qualified as a dental therapist/hygienist in London in 1979. She has practiced in London, abroad, and has been working as an associate dental hygienist at Woodbury Park Dental Surgery since 2003.
She feels that her role is to help patients to maintain a healthy mouth by thorough but gentle treatments, strongly supported by effective oral hygiene advice for day-to-day home care. This should result in most patients seeing a marked reduction in all of their dental treatment in the long term. “I like to treat patients within their comfort zone to ensure regular visits in a relaxed and stress free environment”, says Wendy.
She also feels that it is good to work with the dentist as a team, ensuring treatment is tailored towards the patient’s specific needs in a holistic manner. Furthermore, Wendy is excellent at putting nervous patients at ease.
Wendy enjoys painting, and much of the artwork at the surgery is her work. She enjoys paragliding with Steve, and the two of them fly from mountaintops around Europe whenever the opportunity arises.
GDC Number 11134
Kirsty Ranger qualified as a dental hygienist in Liverpool as in 2006. She previously worked as a dental nurse at our practice before retraining as a dental hygienist . ‘I feel my role is all about helping my patients to understand their oral health needs. Every patient has a different requirement, therefore I adapt my treatment to the individual.’
She is very proactive when it comes to treating our younger patients. Disclosing teeth, so they can see where their oral hygiene could be improved, to help prevent dental diseases.
‘I love working at Woodbury Park. We have such a great team.’
GDC Number 103592
Skillfully treating patients, as we would treat our family and friends.
Please feel free to contact us for information on any dental issue you may have. We do not, however, make appointments by email – please telephone for this.