Meet the team

At Hawkins 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.

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Stewart Hawkins

Stewart Hawkins

Dentist
BDS (Wales) 1969, MGDS RCS (Eng) 1989, FFGDP (UK) 2002.
GDC No. 43316

After qualifying in Cardiff, Stewart has been in General Dental Practice for over 30 years, and has worked continuously in the practice since 1970.

Stewart was Regional Advisor to the University of Birmingham where he was responsible for the vocational training of graduates entering dental practices throughout the West Midlands region.

In 1989, Stewart was awarded on MGDS from the Royal College of Surgeons, and received a fellowship in 2002. He is also an examiner for the college for admissions to fellowship (FFGDP).

Tony Meixner

Tony Meixner

Dentist
BDS (Edin) 1978
GDC No. 51956

Tony qualified from Edinburgh in 1978, then serving as a House Officer in Edinburgh Dental Hospital before joining the practice. Having decided to sell his own practice to concentrate solely on the care of his patients, Tony now divides his time between here and the practice run by the family.

Tony enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, treating all his patients in his caring and sympathetic manner. Tony is commited to professional development and attends many courses, recently completing a 12 month course on advanced restoration.

For relaxation, Tony is keen on keeping fit and in his spare time enjoys his garden. He is looking forward to seeing his son's career in dentistry develop.

Keeley Nicholas

Keeley Nicholas

Dentist
BDS (Birm) 1996, MFGDP (UK) 1998
GDC No. 72052

Hawkins Dental Care was Keeley’s first dental practice as a child, and inspired her into a career in dentistry. Now enjoying all aspects of general dentistry, Keeley has a holistic approach to patient care. She is a conscientious and caring with a gentle approach, gaining the trust and respect of all her patients, including those who were initially anxious. There is no doubt that her clinical ability and standards are very high with the aim of creating and maintaining a healthy functioning dentition for all her patients.

Keeley qualified from Birmingham University in 1996 with honours and a clinical distinction. She was awarded the Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (MFGDP) postgraduate qualification in 1998, and more recently a Master of Science degree (MSc) in nutritional therapy.

Keeley continues to update her dental knowledge with lectures, seminars and conferences and has completed extensive aesthetic and restorative courses, covering all aspects of general dentistry.

Keeley is passionate about health and fitness. She enjoys yoga, pilates, running, and swimming. She also works as a Nutritional Therapist in Worcestershire. She cares for her young daughter, Freya, a fiendish cat called Daisy, and two crazy chickens.

Baldish Nandra

Baldish Singh Nandra

Dentist
BDS (London) 2008, MJDFRCS (Eng), MFDSRCS (Ed)
GDC No. 155319

Bal qualified from Guys, Kings and St. Thomas’ Dental School at the University of London in 2008. Since then he has acquired a broad range of experience from Restorative Dentistry, to Paediatric Dentistry, Special Care and Sedation to name just a few.

Amongst Bal’s other certifications he gained Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

He is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) and has considerable experience in treating anxious and nervous patients. If that’s you then make an appointment to see Bal.

Bal is extremely passionate about providing comfortable, high quality treatment and care to his patients. His experience offers a full range of general dental treatments as well as some more advanced procedures.

I pride myself on my patients saying I have a gentle touch and always aim to gain further skills and qualifications to stay on top of the game.

Veerinder Nazran

Veerinder Singh Nazran

Dentist
BDS (Birm) 2007
GDC No. 113665

My name is Veerinder and I qualified from The University of Birmingham in 2007. After gaining my qualification I worked in South London for a year to gain experience in treating NHS and private patients.

From this I gained a keen special interest in dental implants and embarked on a year long intense course in dental implants. Here I gained substantial experience in placing, restoring and maintaining dental implants. This can involve single tooth replacement to multiple teeth with placement of artificial bone if my patient requires so.

I am also a certified provider of invisalign and quick straight teeth which provides the patients the options of having straighter teeth with a white brace or clear aligners.

I have experience in Facial Aesthetic treatments which helps to relax any facial wrinkles or lines that patients are not happy with.

I have been in numerous postgraduate courses to further my knowledge in providing the best service for patients in the field of dentistry. My philosophy is to treat patients as I would a family member to provide the best value for my services.

Mohinderpal Sandhar

Dentist
BDS (Birm) 1997, MFGDP (UK), MFDS RCS (Ed), MSc Prosthodontics (Manc) 2005
GDC No. 73038

Mohinderpal is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry.

As well as having extensive experience in restorative reconstructive dentistry Mo’s special interest has lead him to undergo advanced professional training and developed intellect on the replacement, restoration and maintenance of the dentition.

He is vastly qualified and experienced in the provision of dental implants, complex cosmetic restorations as well as providing exquisite state of the art prosthetic dentures.

He has undertaken extensive post graduate training at the highly regarded Manchester dental hospital, where he achieved a master’s degree in prosthodontics with distinction.

Mo has held lecture posts at both Manchester and Birmingham dental schools and has performed many lectures to his professional colleagues and returned by popular demand.

In a previous role, Mo was part of the examining board for the Royal College of Surgeons, England and was responsible for education and quality assurance.

Mo’s experience of running his own practice for many years means that he understands respectfully, that attending the dentist for many, can be that of an anxious affair. Given this knowledge he practices with an empathetic, caring and holistic approach.

Mo was also an associate specialist in the Restorative department at Birmingham Dental Hospital where he carried out primary and secondary Endodontic treatments.

Jonathon Pugh

Dental Implantologist
BDS (Birm) 1987, MSc Implant Dentistry
GDC No. 62663

Jon was born and educated in Birmingham, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 1987 with honours and a distinction in clinical dentistry. His MSc in implant dentistry was completed at Warwick University, again with distinction, and he has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 27 years.

Further post graduate training has included visits to the Center for Continuing Dental Education Bern and the Malo Clinic Lisbon. It was in Lisbon he first experienced the concept of immediate loading of implants with provisional full arch bridges. This allows fixed provisional teeth to be fitted the same day teeth are removed and implants placed.

All aspects of treatment are undertaken from single tooth replacement to full arch rehabilitation but Jon's main area of interest is in helping patients through the process of tooth loss to rehabilitation with implant borne prosthesis. This process involves the placement of multiple Straumann implants with or without immediate loading. Followed by the construction of either implant retained over-dentures or fixed crown and bridgework.

Jon is also experienced in all aspects of Guided bone regeneration including sinus augmentation. These techniques are routinely used to facilitate the placement of dental implants in sites with inadequate bone volume.

The son of a dental technician Jon’s practice is heavily reliant on new technologies and cadcam processes are utilized in the restoration of dental implants. Whilst the surgical techniques learnt at the Malo Clinic have been incorporated in to the Pro Arch concept for treating the edentulous patient Jon’s delivery of the final prosthesis has evolved to offer a wider range of treatment options.

Jenna Hewitt

Jenna Hewitt

Hygienist
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy (Sheff) 2008
GDC No. 152182

Jenna is a longstanding member of the team, originally providing nursing support to Stewart Hawkins and Anthony Mexiner. Returning to the practice after qualifying in dental hygiene and dental therapy in 2008 from the University of Sheffield. Jenna is passionate about providing the highest standard of treatment and care for her patients. Giving them all the help and support they need enabling them to grow and their dental health thrive.

Outside of work Jenna has three boys who keep her and her husband very busy.

Teresa Yardley

Teresa Yardley

Hygienist
EDH (Bristol) 2000, CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 2000
GDC No. 5694

Teresa joined the practice in 2000 after qualifying from Bristol Dental hospital. In this time she has built up a loyal patient base inspiring patients to reach excellent oral hygiene. Teresa enjoys updating her skills and knowledge by regularly attending educational courses.

Her passion is visiting Primary schools supporting local children to understand the importance of good oral health.

Outside of work, Teresa enjoys spending time with her two sons.

Helen Biggerstaff

Helen Biggerstaff

Dental Nurse
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007
GDC No. 134415

Jenna Coldwell

Jenna Coldwell

Dental Nurse (Clinical Co-ordinator)
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008
GDC No. 151630

Kay Ward

Kayleigh Ward

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC No. 253326

Leanne Wilshire

Leanne Wilshire

Practice Manager
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2013
GDC No. 247901

Deb Whittington

Deborah Whittington

Receptionist & Patient Co-ordinator 

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