Meet the team

At Terrace Dental Care 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.


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Sonal Patel

Principle dentist
BDS MSC (with distinction). Qualified 1990 from Edingburgh University
GDC No. 65367

Sonal is a Graduate of Edingburgh University and holds a postgraduate degree in Advanced Restorative Dentistry from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

She has a special interest in the treatment of tooth wear and advanced restorative dentistry including implants. She has a special interest in Acupuncture. Using this to treat patients who have jaw related pain and headaches.

Outside work interests include Pilates, walking, cooking (and eating) a variety of cuisines.

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Andrew Barber

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry - Specialist in Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
BDS (Hons, 2005) MFDS RCS (Eng) MSc (Dental Implantology) FDS (Rest Dent) RCS (Eng) PG Cert Med Ed FHEA
GDC No. 85621

Andrew is passionate about saving teeth and where teeth are missing, replacing them with dental implants. He loves to see first hand how transforming smiles and rebuilding patients’ broken and worn teeth can change their lives as they find new self confidence in everyday situations like eating with others and meeting new people.

Andrew is a GDC Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics and this means improving the appearance of teeth, rebuilding worn and broken down teeth and replacing missing teeth using implants as well as bridges and dentures.

He is also a Registered Specialist in Periodontics which means he has advanced training for caring for patients affected by Gum Disease which, if untreated can lead to wobbly teeth and tooth loss. Following UK based specialist training, Andrew underwent advanced regenerative periodontal microsurgery training with world renowned experts in Florence, Italy to allow predictable regeneration of bone and gum around diseased teeth.

Andrew treats many patients referred with missing or compromised teeth for treatment with dental implants which can help replace one or several missing teeth or be used to secure loose dentures. Having completed specialist training including implant dentistry, he now teaches and mentors less experienced dentists in implant dentistry as part of the University of Bristol Masters Programme in Implant Dentistry.

For seven years, Andrew was the Lead Consultant for Restorative Dentistry for the East of England Cleft Lip and Palate Network, based at Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge University Hospital and founded the dental implant programme there. He is now the Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/ Oral Rehabilitation, leading development of a complex dental rehabilitation/implant dentistry programme to support patients affected by head and neck cancer working between Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals.

When not at work, Andrew loves spending time with his family and road cycling.

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Olaf Neumann

Associate dentist
DDS MD PhD. Qualified 1992. Graduated in 1992 from Leipzig University (Germany).
GDC No. 240190

He managed his own general dental practice for 20 years and provided a comprehensive range of dental treatments to an excellent standard including endodontics and advanced restorative dentistry.

Olaf continued his dental studies and in 2002 he obtained a PhD from Leipzig University. He also holds a post graduate degree in endodontics from the Dental Association of Saxony, Germany.

Olaf is fluent in English and German.

Olaf has a special interest in Endodontics and enjoys using the Zeiss dental microscope at Terrace Dental Care.

Joanna Hardy

Associate dentist
BDS (Hons) 2000
GDC No.77867

Joanna qualified with honours from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2000.

Joanna enjoys all aspects of dentistry. She recently qualified to provide Inman Aligner treatment.

Joanna is helpful and caring, with excellent communication skills. She strongly believes in prevention and in meeting her patients’ concerns and dental needs.

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Shin Kim

Associate dentist
BDS (Lond) 2012
GDC No. 228809

Shin is a graduate of King’s College London and is a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has a passion for public health and is also a member of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.

In his spare time he enjoys running around on the Hockey with his team in Cambridge.


Prem Nair

Associate oral surgeon
BDS, FDSRCS (1992)
GDC No. 83050

Prem is a graduate of the University of Kerala, India.

He is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons, Dental Sedation Teachers Group, Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and Anglo-Asian Odontologic Group.

Prem has worked in various maxillofacial units in England and Wales and has gained immense experience on various aspects of oral surgery and maxillofacial trauma.

Prem provides a range of specialist treatments in oral surgery and conscious sedation.

Neil Shah

BDS (Ncle) 2017
GDC No. 271372

Neil is our newest addition to the Clinical Team. He graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 and has worked in an NHS practice. Neil is friendly and caring, which has already been fed back from patients to our reception team. He is constantly developing his skills and is passionate about all aspects of general dentistry.

Outside of work, Neil enjoys exploring new restaurants, diving into a good book, and listening to podcasts.

Anett Plagemann

Health and care profession council (HCPC) registered

Anett was granted permission to be a physiotherapist in 2003 in Leipzig (Germany) and managed her own physiotherapy practice for nearly ten years providing physiotherapy and other complimentary therapies including reflexology.

Anett then commenced advanced training for the treatment of jaw joint problems as part of a joint approach with dental professionals in treating patients in 2014.

Anett is fluent in English and German.

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Lydia Studd

Dental hygienist
Dip Dh RCS ed. Qualified 2006
GDC No. 102935

Lydia joined our practice in 2006 after qualifying from Edinburgh Dental Institute.

Wanting to create positivity and reduce anxiety around dentistry is something Lydia really cares about. Helping people improve their oral health and hygiene is why she became a hygienist.

Lydia enjoys her spare time with many activities including Yoga, walking, crafting and spending time with family friends and her 3 cats Ziva, Jemima and Temperance.

Rebecca Taylor (Becca)

Head Dental nurse
Diploma from The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses in 1999.
GDC No. 125196

Becca stumbled into the dental profession while still at school. Her elder sister who was a dental nurse needed help on Saturdays and in the school holidays.

Since then Becca has worked in many practices from Harley Street to Wayland Prison, but for the last 19 years she has been part of the team at Terrace.

In the last 40 years the only break from dentistry was when having her two children. Who have given her four beautiful grandchildren that she enjoys spending her spare time with.

“Starting out as teenager we didn’t wear gloves or masks but with the arrival of AIDS the need to wear gloves and masks became apparent.

Since then cross infection has been improving all the time and now with the arrival of Covid-19 dentists and their nurses have had a total make over.

We are now gowning up like astronauts but it’s still the same caring people underneath that want to do the best for you in an environment that is safe for all.”- Becca

Sue Woodhall

Dental nurse
Sue is an experienced dental nurse and assists the clinicians.
GDC No. 124953

Sue is one of our longer standing Dental Nurses with 20 years of experience.

She came into dentistry by accident, by supporting a dentist friend who was short staffed, she found she loved it and never looked back.

In her spare time she enjoys long walks with her dogs deep in the local countryside, live music and gardening.

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Alice Brown

Dental nurse/receptionist
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing From Cambridge Reginal College - 2019
GDC No. 284543

Alice is our newest member of the Terrace Team and joins us from a small Private Practice in Newmarket.

She has always had an interest in the care sector and stumbled into Dental Nursing and soon found she loved everything about it.

Although still in her early years in Dental Nursing she joined us here wanting to learn all about the high level of technology we have and cannot wait to be a part of the Implant surgeries.

In her spare time she enjoys a good beer and time with her many animals which include a Cats, Birds and lizards called Ghandi and Everest.

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Jo Seljamae

Reception team

BA (Hons) English Literature- Anglia Ruskin 2012

Jo joined The Terrace as a receptionist in 2013 after completing her English Literature degree the year earlier. She is the Well-known face of the Practice and well loved by our patients.

Having previously worked in optics, dentistry was a new experience to her.

Her passion for the role is clear, as she loves working with people whether colleagues or patients. Jo thrives learning new things within dentistry and supporting the Clinicians and nurses to treat the patients.

When not at the Practice Jo enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly with her 2 boys who keep her very busy. When she gets some quiet time, she reads a good book or does a cross-stitch.

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Jessica Kephart

Registered Dental Hygienist studied at Pueblo Community College in 2018
GDC No. 293400

Jessica moved to Newmarket October 2019 from Colorado and joined us at the Terrace in December. She began her journey with us as a competent member of the Reception team. Luckily for us Jessica is a qualified Dental Hygienist in the US and has worked hard to transfer her qualification to the UK where she is now a GDC registered Hygienist. She has been in the dental field since 2013 and loves all aspects of patient care. In her spare time Jess love to experiment with cooking, throwing pottery and walking her dog Oliver with her Husband.

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Francesca Taylor-Smith

Trainee Dental Nurse/ Receptionist

Francesca brightened up our Reception in December of 2019 as one of our Receptionists.

Having always had an interest in Dentistry, Fran soon realised an ambition to be a Dental Nurse and in October of 2020 she became our newest member of the Nursing team.

Now working 2 days a week as a Trainee Dental Nurse and 2 days a week on reception, we are enjoying watching her Journey through to becoming a qualified Dental Nurse.

Outside of work Fran enjoys time with her daughter Angel and walking her dog Morris.

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