Meet the team

At Lavender 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.


Chris Lucas

Chris Lucas

Lead clinician
BDS (Liverpool) 1984
GDC No. 59507

Chris Lucas is the lead clinician at Lavender Road and a Senior lecturer at the Portman Academy. Chris is nationally respected as a surgeon and has become renowned for his experience and high success rate in complex implant cases and ‘All-on-Four’ treatment.

Dr Lucas qualified at Liverpool University in 1984. During the first ten years Dr Lucas worked in general practice as well as a part time clinical assistant at Glenfield hospital. Dr Lucas has a special interest in oral surgery, particularly dental implants. He has been providing dental implant treatment for patients since 1990, during which time he has progressed his knowledge alongside the advancements made in dental implantology.

Dr Lucas and the team run training courses for dentists who wish to gain or further their knowledge in the dental implant field. Mr Lucas moved to Lavender Road in 2001, where he continues to develop and improve the practice.

Elizabeth Lucas

Elizabeth Lucas

BDS (Liverpool) 1984
GDC. 59495

Elizabeth Lucas qualified at Liverpool University in 1984. She initially worked for the Community Dental Service and joined Lavender Road Dental Practice in 2000. Mrs Lucas works part time, combining work with caring for her family. She especially enjoys treating children and cares mainly for orthodontic patients and anxious patients who require sedation.

She is also very experienced when treating nervous patients and provides inhalation sedation to both adults and children. Liz continues to develop her knowledge and skills and has attended many conferences around the globe including Chicago, Las Vegas and Washington.

Sonal Mandalia Dp

Sonal Mandalia

Dentist & Facial Aesthetic Practitioner with a Special interest in Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
BDS (London) 2006
GDC No. 104124

Sonal joined the practice in 2009, having qualified from Guys, Kings and St Thomas School of Dentistry in 2006 and completed her Vocational Training in London. She was awarded the prestigious Ruby Austin Prize for restorative dental care during this time.

With over 10 years experience in a wide range of treatments from general dentistry, orthodontics and dental implants, to treating anxious adults and children with inhalation and intravenous sedation (certified by Sonal can personalise treatments to suit her patients wishes and needs. She has been mentored by Chris Lucas since joining the team in multiple aspects of dentistry, particularly dental implants and continues to work closely with him.

Sonal has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, especially minimally invasive techniques and smile design, and is at present involved in an Advanced Restorative Training Programme dedicated to furthering these techniques to build on her skills and knowledge. Having a keen eye for detail, she has also completed extensive training in Facial Rejuvenation (Botulinum Toxin upper/lower face, facial slimming and dermal fillers) at an award winning Aesthetics Academy on Harley Street, London and can offer these treatments as part of her repertoire.

She has had a fantastic opportunity to give back to the community by visiting schools to educate and advise children on dental health and thoroughly enjoys this.

In her spare time, Sonal enjoys reading, travelling and making memories with her husband and two children.

Nick Vara

Nickesh Vara

Dentist with Special Interest in Endodontics
MUDr Charles U Prague 2007
GDC NO. 142853

My Name is Nickesh but prefer to be called Nick. I graduated from Charles University in Prague in 2007 and have been practicing dentistry predominantly in the NHS sector since 2008 as a general dentist. I am proficient in all aspects of dentistry; however I have a special interest in Endodontics (the study of root canal treatment).

I enjoy all fields of dentistry and am always looking to further myself. I take great pride in my work and I like to make all my patients feel at ease with my calming approach. I find my career to be extremely rewarding, from seeing my patients do the simple things like improving their oral hygiene to prevent dental problems, to performing (and succeeding in) the most complex root canal treatments and everything in between.

I am excited to be joining Lavender Road dental clinic, and Portman healthcare, as I can see myself progressing and fulfilling my potential here.

Aside from dentistry I have a very busy, albeit gratifying life with my new family. I got married last year to the love of my life, Lauren, and welcomed our son Archie in to the world who is now 8 months old and already ruling the household.

My hobbies include competitively racing gas powered remote controlled cars. I enjoy the intricate nature of tuning and ensuring the cars run efficiently therefore getting the most power from them.

I enjoy playing tennis and try to work out as much as I can.

I am passionate about football and am an Aston Villa supporter (even though we’ve not had a good season at all)!

Aisha Shabir

Aisha Shabir

Dentist, Special Interest in Invisalign including Smile Makeovers. Qualified Sedationist
GDC NO. 259207

Aisha qualified in 2015 from Cardiff University with a honours degree. She has a wealth of experience having worked in the World’s Leading Postgraduate Hospitals including the Eastman Dental Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Throughout her successful career she has won awards and contributed to dental research which has featured in journals and magazines.

Aisha is a certified Invisalign provider (Clear aligners to straighten teeth) and spends most of her time carrying out Smile Make-Overs to create the perfect smile for her patients. Popular treatments with Aisha include composite bonding, teeth straightening (Invisalign) and cosmetic work.

If you’re anxious about visiting the dentist then Aisha can help you. Her warm, calm, relaxed demeanour allows patients to naturally feel as ease, reducing anxiety and fear of visiting the dentist. Aisha is sedation qualified allowing her to use modern techniques to help alleviate dental phobia. Aisha offers both inhalation (light sedation) and Intravenous Sedation (deeper sedation) for all appointments.

Aisha is currently studying towards a Masters in Restorative Dentistry to further enhance her skills and provide high end, quality, complex dental treatment to her patients.

Away from the practice, Aisha enjoys fitness, food and spending time with her young family.

Nahul Patel

Nahul Patel

Specialist Orthodontist
BDS (London) 2007, MFDS (RCPSG), MOrth (RCSEd), MPhil, FDS (Orth) RCS Ed
GDC NO. 114960

Nahul Patel is a specialist orthodontist at Lavender Dental & Implant Clinic and a Consultant Orthodontist at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

Nahul graduated from Bart’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. After graduation, he obtained training posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He was also a Senior House Officer post in Paediatric Dentistry at the Birmingham Dental Hospital prior to undertaking specialist training in Orthodontics.

He successfully completed a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham during his orthodontic studies. In addition, he has various publications and has an interest in audits, research and post-graduate teaching.

His hobbies include martial arts, reading and flying.

Prita Lodhia

Prita Lodhia

BchD (Leeds) 2008
GDC NO. 153635

Prita qualified from the University of Leeds in 2008. Following a year in general practice she worked as a senior house officer in oral and maxillofacial unit at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital. During this time she successfully completed a diploma and gained membership to the royal college of surgeons in England.

Throughout her career she aims to provide high quality dental treatment in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Her approachable and caring nature helps her deal with particularly anxious patients.

Prita enjoys continuing her education keeping up to date with new materials and techniques. She has a keen interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 2 young children and going to the gym.

Claire Crowston

Claire Crowston

RDN, CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1982
GDC NO. 2428

Claire qualified in 1974 as registered dental nurse (RDN). She furthered her career by gaining her Hygienist qualification in 1982. She worked in the county of Leicestershire in the NHS as a Hygienist in Kettering, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and finally Leicester. She joined Glenfield at the Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1986 to 1991and then moved back to general dental practice. Claire took a break from her career between 1997 and 1999 to raise her family and returned thereafter to work in both NHS and Private dentistry. She continues to update her knowledge and has is developed her skills by gaining a certificate in local anaesthetics.

Jenica Warren

GDC NO.160019

Jenica qualified from The Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals in March 2017 with diplomas in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, both awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She is an evidence-based clinician who derives satisfaction from providing high quality holistic patient care and dental treatment.

Jenica is passionate about providing the highest standard of treatment and care for her patients in a friendly and relaxed way. Jenica educates patients by giving them knowledge and the skills they need to improve their dental health. She believes in preventive dental care and gets great job satisfaction from helping anxious patients and has a special interest in periodontics (gum treatment) and treating children.

In her spare time Jenica enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, mountaineering and wild running. To relax, Jenica loves to be in the company of her family and friends dining out.

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Georgina Joseph

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2011
GDC NO. 221762

Georgina Joseph Qualified as an NVQ level 3 in dental nursing, NEBDN and conscious sedation. Gina has 8 years’ experience in dental nursing.

Gina mainly works in implants but she is also experienced in all areas of dentistry. Gina is an approachable friendly bubbly person who is always smiling; she mainly nurse for Chris Lucas who does a lot of implants.

Gina has now been here at this practice for five years and has gained a lot of experience whilst working at Lavender Road. Gina’s favourite part of dentistry is implants; Gina also enjoys assisting the dentist when carrying out sedation treatment. Gina love talking to people and meeting new people from all different ages and backgrounds.

Kayleigh Gray

Kayleigh Gray

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 Qcf City & Guilds 2017
GDC NO. 273030

Kayleigh has been working in dentistry since she was 17 first as a receptionist going on to work as a trainee dental nurse & qualified as a dental nurse in September 2017. Kayleigh has experience working alongside general dental practitioners and specialist orthodontists. Kayleigh recently started here at Lavender Road in March 2019, with a keen interested in working alongside our implantologists and training to nurse for this treatment. In her spare time Kayleigh enjoys reading & travelling. Kayleigh has been attending University alongside working here at the practice since September 2019 to study Mental Health & Wellbeing in Society.

Kristina Salt

Kristina Salt

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016
GDC NO. 262953

Kristina has been dental nursing for 3 and half years. She has been qualified since 2015. She is currently working towards completing her radiography course.

In her spare time she likes socialising with friends and seeing family.

Nicole Paul

Nicole Paul

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC NO. 253406

Nicole has been in dentistry since 2015 and qualified in 2017 with an Advanced Diploma in Dental Nursing with City & Guilds. Nicole then joined Lavender Road in January of 2019. She wanted to join the practice due to Portman offering great career progression. Nicole hopes to develop her knowledge by doing extra dental nurse qualifications so that she can one day go onto studying Dental Hygiene and Therapy at university. In 2018 Nicole did an Access to Health Professions course so that she has the entry requirements needed to apply in the future! Nicole loves learning about all aspects of dentistry and loves to see how each clinician works differently doing what they all love/specialise in (orthodontics, general dentistry and implants). Nicole hates the cold weather and would one day like to emigrate to a hot country with her young daughter.

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Oliva Mann

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2017
GDC NO. 274405

Oliva has been working as a dental nurse for 3 years. Oliva started her Dental nursing training in Feb 2014 and recently just qualified. She has a keen interest in Orthodontic and general dentistry. In her spare time Oliva enjoys socialising with friends and family.

Sam Gibbons

Sam Gibbons

Head Receptionist
NVQ Level 3 in Customer Services

Sam started working at Lavender Road Dental Practice in August 2011. She manages reception and has completed her NVQ level 3 in customer services. She deals with referrals from other practices, manages our social media pages, can process interest free credit and is our Denplan champion. In her spare time she enjoys travelling to new places around the world and socialising with friends.

Nikki Archer

Nikki Archer

Dental Nurse & Receptionist

Nikki Archer started working at Lavender Road Dental Practice in November 2007 and has worked here for 8 years. She is employed as a dental nurse and receptionist. She left in 2013 to have a baby and didn't return until January 2015.

Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with her friends.

Natalie Archer

Natalie Archer

Receptionist & Fire Marshall
Level 2 Customer Service

Natalie has completed her level 2 customer service.

She is our first aider and fire marshall. Natalie works as a receptionist at Lavender Road and has done since July 2015. Natalie works 8-2 every day apart from a Tuesday.

In her spare time she cares for her three daughters.

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Mandy Winkless

Treatment Co-ordinator

Mandy has worked in the dentistry profession since 1981. She is a qualified dental nurse and joined the Lavender Road team in 2002. She has undertaken numerous roles during her career such as Administration Manger, Reception Manager, Trainer Manager and Practice Manager.

In her current role as the practice Treatment Co-ordinator, Mandy manages the treatment planning process with our patients and mainly provides support to our senior Implantologist, Chris Lucas whom she has worked with for many years.

In her spare time Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with her friends.

Jenny Bevan

Jenny Bevan

Practice Manager
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2006
GDC NO. 163612

Jenny is our Practice Manager, and has worked at Lavender Road Dental Practice since 2005. She began her career as a Dental Nurse and gained her radiography certificate shortly after. She has worked her way through numerous roles such as, head nurse, trainee assistant manager, assistant practice manager and now practice manager.

Jenny’s main passion is ensuring the patients and team are cared for and always have a positive experience.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her Family and going to the gym.

Jim Snee

Dental Technician
Qual-Final Certification in Dental Technology City & Guilds 1978
GDC NO. 128807

Jim qualified in 1979 and has been a Dental Technician for 30 years. He has been involved in Dentistry for 39 years. Jim was awarded the U.S.D.A.W Cup for Dental Technicians (College prize for final certificate). He has provided Chris Lucas with Lab support for 24 years and previously ran his own Laboratory for 19 years. He joined our team here at lavender Road in October 2007.

Jim manages our integrated Laboratory which is one of the most experienced Labs in the country for ‘All on four’ Immediate Loading Techniques. Jim exhibited with Chris Lucas at the Nobel biocare World Conference one of the first guided surgery cases in 2005.

Daniel Sweeney

Daniel Sweeney

Dental Technician
Qual- Final Certification in Dental Technology City & Guilds 1979
GDC NO. 143327

Dan qualified in 1979 and has been a Dental Technician for 30 years. He joined our team in February 2008. He provides support to Jim including Implant diagnostics prosthetics and has a great interest in occlusal splints.

Anthea Felce

Anthea Felce

Dental Laboratory Assistant

Anthea has been a Dental Laboratory Assistant for 20 years and has provided exceptional support to Jim Snee for 17 years. She joined team in October 2007and is responsible for the organisation and ensuring efficient running of the Lab work. Anthea is highly regarded by the rest of the team.

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