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 Lavender

Chris Lucas

Lead clinician
BDS (Liverpool) 1984
GDC No. 59507

Chris Lucas is our Lead Clinician at Lavender Dental 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 continues to develop and improve the practice.

In his spare time Chris loves to travel and spend time with his lovely family.

Elizabeth Lucas Lavender

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 Dental & Implant Clinic 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.

Liz 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.

In her spare time Liz loves to spend time with her family and enjoys going dancing.

Sonal Mandalia Lavender Dental Implant Clinic

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 treatment for complex care and case management during this time.

With over 15 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 Sonal can personalise treatments to suit her patients’ expectations and needs. These days, more and more patients require multi-disciplinary treatments e.g., combinations of restorative treatment with periodontal care/orthodontics/implants and due to the scope of her experience and versatility, she can manage these cases comfortably.

Sonal was first mentored by Chris Lucas in Dental Implants 13 years ago and continues to work closely with him on complex implant cases and helps with implant training within the Practice. She can treat single tooth cases to full arch cases and also dentures that are supported by implants.

Sonal has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, especially minimally invasive techniques, composite bonding and smile design. In 2019 she completed an Advanced Restorative Training Programme with the ADS academy dedicated to furthering these techniques to build on her skills and knowledge. In 2020, Sonal attended the Mini Smile Makeover course which is focuses on whitening and composite bonding.

Having a keen eye for detail, she has also completed extensive training in Facial Rejuvenation (2018 - ongoing) at an award-winning Aesthetics Academy on Harley Street, London. Treatments include upper and lower face/neck botulinum toxin (including treatment for excessive sweating and treatments to help with tooth grinding), facial dermal fillers (lips/cheeks/nose/chin and jawline/tear trough/nose to mouth lines and marionette lines) and skin boosters (face, neck, décolletage and hands) 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.

Nickesh Vara Lavender

Nickesh Vara

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

Nick graduated from Charles University in Prague in 2007 and has been a part of the Lavender team since 2016.

He is experienced in all aspects of general dentistry and has a special interest in Endodontics.

He is always looking to improve his knowledge and skill set and is currently being mentored by Chris Lucas, learning about Implantology.

Nick puts his patients at ease with his calm and caring attitude, providing quality treatment and putting the patients interest first.

Outside of dentistry Nick enjoys travelling, football and spending time with his 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 Lavender

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 Prita 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 3 young children and going to the gym.

Dhvani Shah Lavender

Dhvani Shah

GDC NO. 105489

Dhvani qualified as a dentist in 2002 at the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi University in India .

She prides herself on giving the best quality of care to her patients in a very gentle and friendly manner.

She has completed a yearlong Certificate training in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry at the UCL Eastman college, London and is also trained in facial aesthetics, rejuvenation therapies and dermal fillers. With a wealth of experience in general dentistry, Dhvani has a particular interest in root canal treatment and is currently on the specialist training pathway with the renowned University of Chester. She currently accepts referrals from other dentists for Root canal treatments and Invisalign treatment. Dhvani holds genuine care for her patient’s dental health and is popular with anxious patients due to her relaxed and cheerful approach.

She has also been practising short-term/ cosmetic adult orthodontics (Invisalign, 6-month smiles, C-thru aligners) for many years.

She has been a mentor for trainee dentists and has been on corporate clinical panels.

Outside of dentistry, Dhvani is busy spending time with her children and socialising with friends. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, yoga, and Indian Classical dance.

Sumit Lavender Dental Implant Clinic 1

Sumit Chauhan

Specialty Doctor – Restorative Dentistry, Glenfield Hospital
BDS (LIVERPOOL) 2005, MFGDP, MJDF, Pg Cert. Clinical Education
GDC no. 85393

Sumit has a passion to care for people and aims to be a professional that makes a difference and provide a high level of care to all his patients. His non judgemental, empathetic and calm nature allows him to build special relationships with his patients and allows him to keep nervous patients at ease. He puts the patient’s best interests first and treats people the way that he would expect to be treated himself.

He endeavours to find solutions to dental problems, treat patients, relieve pain and contribute to making an improvement for patients. Sumit gets great satisfaction out of treating patients and restoring their confidence in Dentistry. His pride in his workmanship means he takes care in his attention to detail, to provide good results.

He has a keen interest in restorative, oral surgery, prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry. Working in the Restorative Dentistry department at Glenfield Hospital has allowed him to gain invaluable experience, develop advanced clinical skills, knowledge and treatment planning of simple and complex situations.

Outside of work he is married to Deya and has two boys called Trishen and Darien. He enjoys travelling abroad and visiting different countries, cultures and trying all different types of cuisine. He also enjoys sport, mainly football and is a supporter of Leicester City Football club.

Jenica Warren Lavender

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.

To relax, Jenica loves to be in the company of her family and friends, going on long dog walks and relaxing by dining out and a cocktail in her hand.

Georgina Joseph Lavender

Georgina Joseph

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

Qualified as an NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing, NEBDN and conscious sedation.

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 nurses for Chris Lucas who does a lot of implants. Gina also enjoys assisting the dentist when carrying out sedation treatment. Gina loves talking to people and meeting new people from all different ages and backgrounds.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and looking after all her pets!


Kristina Salt

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

Kristina has been qualified Dental Nurse since 2015. She also has qualifications in radiography and sedation. Kristina is our Head Nurse and supports our clinical team in ensuring the patients receive the best possible care. Kristina has a wealth of knowledge and is always there when we need anything.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her family and seeing friends.

Imogen Kirk Lavender

Imogen Kirk

Dental Nurse
GDC NO. 293811

Imogen joined Lavender In 2022, she previously studied interior design at university for a year between doing Dental Nursing and soon realised Dental Nursing was for her. She qualified in 2021 and has since obtained her radiography qualification.

Imogen is also taking her Sedation qualification and wants to be able to expand her knowledge and provide the best patient care to all our patients.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Kasey Hill Lavender

Kasey Hill

Dental Nurse
NVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2008
GDC NO. 163620

Kasey Hill qualified in her NVQ level 3 Oral Health Care in 2008.

Kasey then obtained her qualification in radiography in 2016.

Kasey has 19 years’ experience in dental nursing. Kasey has worked with in all areas of Dental Nursing including Implants, oral surgery, orthodontics and routine dentistry. Kasey is also taking her Sedation Qualification to enable her to gain more experience and qualifications.

Kasey spends most of her spare time running around after her two children and enjoys long we walks and bike rides.

Sanaa Patel Lavender

Sanaa Patel

Dental Nurse
GDC NO. 291922

Sanaa Qualified in 2020, she joined Lavender to work on her professional skills and expand in her career. Sanaa is keen on increasing her knowledge and has started her Sedation qualification.

In her spare time Sanaa likes to bake, desserts in particular and go out with friends and family.

Svetlana Belova Lavender Dental Implant Clinic

Svetlana Belova

Dental Nurse
GDC NO. 29257

Svetlana (Lana) is one of our qualified Dental Nurses and is also Sedation qualified. Lana loves a challenge and to learn new skills.

Lana has great skills with being Sedation trained and now undergoing her Radiography qualification too. Lana loves working with patients and is always looking to gain more knowledge and qualifications.

Outside of work Lana is a fun and loving wife, and a mummy to her 2 children. She also enjoys being at the gym.


Scarlett Burge

Trainee Dental Nurse

Scarlett joined lavender in 2023. Previously she was studying A levels in English literature, History and Theology. Scarlett is very committed and is currently working towards her nursing qualification which she thoroughly enjoys. Scarlett loves working in all areas of dentistry but mostly enjoys implants and Root canal treatments.

In her spare time Scarlett loves to read, play games, and spend time with family and friends.


Laila Bird

Trainee Dental Nurse

Laila started in July of 2023 and has loved dental nursing since she started!

She loves helping care for people and learning everyday. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two pet rabbits.

Nikki Archer Lavender

Nikki Archer

Assistant Manager
GDC NO. 202614

Nikki is our Assistant Practice Manager and has worked in our practice since 2007.

She began her career as a dental nurse and has worked her way through different roles at Lavender Dental & Implant Clinic, such as Head Receptionist and now Assistant Practice Manager.

Nikki's main passion is ensuring our patients and the team are treated just how she would want to be treated.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Catherine Burrows Ed

Catherine Burrows


Catherine re-joined our practice in 2022 but worked with us back in 1999! She has worked in dentistry for well over 20 years. Catherine qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1998, and now works as one of our reception team, gaining her NVQ Level 3 in customer service in 2014. Catherine also has a particular interest in caring for patients with dementia, gaining her Level 2 certificate in dementia care in 2018.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and helping in her husband's bakery.

Theresa Dawkins Lavender

Theresa Dawkins


Theresa has been working in dentistry since 1981, she started off her career as a Dental Nurse and this progressed for over 30 years. She then joined Lavender in 2017 and joined our Reception Team. She has a wealth of experience that she brings to us.

Theresa enjoys meeting new people and talking to people and always feels happy.

In her spare time Theresa loves to spend time with her family and grandchildren.

Mandy Winkless Lavender

Mandy Winkless

Treatment Co-ordinator

Mandy has worked in the dentistry profession since 1981. She was a qualified Dental Nurse and joined the Lavender Dental 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 Lavender

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 Dental & Implant Clinic 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.

Eugene Snee Lavender

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 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 Dental & Implant Clinic 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.

Danny Sweeney Lavender

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.

Dan Loves to spend time with his family, and also plays in a band.

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.

Deepika Gamble Lavender Dental Implant Clinic

Deepika Gamble


Deepika is one of our receptionists at Lavender Dental. Before Deepika joined Lavender Dental she worked in admin for the NHS in the hospital for many years.

Deepika loves working in Dentistry and is keen to provide the best patient journey with us at Lavender Dental.

In her spare time, she likes to read, and take long walks and enjoys doing a cross stitch in her spare time.

Libby Jarram Lavender Dental Implant Clinic 2

Libby Jarram


GDC No. 295636

Libby has been working with us at Lavender Dental since 2020, Libby likes to assist in all areas of dentistry as she has a keen interest in learning and building new skills. Libby is also one of our first aiders in the practice. Libby loves to make sure all patients are cared for in the best way possible.

Libby has a keen interest in art and photography, and also loves to spend time with her friends and family, and loves to go on summer holidays.

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