Dr Joanna McKenzie and her husband James are now the new owners of Forestside Dental Practice based in Dibden Purlieu near Southampton situated in the heart of the New Forest since the beginning of August 2017.
I qualified from Gdansk Medical University in Poland with a Masters Degree in 1989 and have been practicing ever since for the last 29 years. My experience has developed since owning and working in my own practice in Poland combined being employed for the last 12 years in one Dental practice in Kent in the UK.
Throughout my career, I have continued to develop my skills by attending various specialist fields of dentistry both abroad and within the UK, like Diploma of Implantology Cambrige or the latest being awarded a Master class Implantology Certificate at Cezanne Dental Centre in Berlin November2017 and many others. My specific interests are completing implantology requirements, all types of restorative dentistry, prosthodontic treatments and cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign.
In my spare time I love to spend my time with my family, travel to experience different cultures and above all I find skiing extremely exhilarating.
Dr Amir Sharifi
Dr Amir Sharifi has graduated at the prestigious Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary in 2008.
Since qualifying as a dentist he was working as a private practitioner at a modern dental clinic.
He undertook a three years Orthodontic postgraduate specialist training program in English and became a Specialist of Orthodontics .
Dr Sharifi has dedicated his career to providing the most modern treatments available and attending the latest dental courses and conferences to keep his skills up to date. He has a particular interest in Cosmetic dentistry and Implant treatments.
Offering the highest standard of care is Dr Sharifi’s priority and he will always spend plenty of time with his patients, answering their questions and fully explaining the treatment process.
He has a calm and reassuring nature so his patients can be assured of a stress-free dental experience.
Dr Galya Gerina
I graduated Sofia Medical University with Master’s Degree in Dentistry 12 years ago. The first five years of my career I worked at my small private practice in Sofia. In 2011 I moved to Portsmouth and built up a vast experience in treating patients with anxiety, elderly, children and not at the last place in aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry. I find real pleasure, restoring the naturally beautiful smiles. The last four years, I developed my skills in facial rejuvenation treatments, as well.
I am a strong believer in the high quality modern dentistry, which at the same time is associated with a positive experience for the patients.
Natasha Chant Dental Nurse and Receptionist, GDC number 207132
I started working in the Dental Industry in 2006 and I qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2011 GDC no: 207132. I joined Forestside after working in various practices over the New Forest and Southampton areas. I have completed courses at The Eastman Dental Hospital London in Implant Nursing and I really enjoy learning new things. I love spending time with my family and friends and living so close to the coast and the Forest.
Lisa Brown, Hygienist
GDC no. 6637
I qualified as a dental hygienist from Eastman Dental Hospital in London in 2005 and joined Forestside Dental Practice shortly afterwards. Previous to this I was a qualified dental nurse for seven years with qualifications in dental radiography, oral health and conscious sedation.
My favourite part of my job is when a patient listens to the advice I have given them and their mouth changes from diseased to healthy. I enjoy working with the staff at Forestside because they are all kind and friendly.
I decided to go into dental hygiene because I enjoyed human biology at college and I like knowing how the body works. Teeth and oral health have always interested me and I enjoy meeting people, so dentistry is an ideal job for me.
I was born in Southampton and I have lived here all my life because I love the New Forest and beaches. Outside work I enjoy swimming and walks in the forest with my two girls. To relax I like gardening.
Qualified Registered dental nurse registration number 118029
Miriam has got over 30 years dental nursing experience starting her career in 1988.
Miriam have experience in various aspects of dentistry, working in hospitals, and dental practices in the New Forest & the surrounding areas.
In her spare time she likes to walk her dog Toby. She also enjoys spending time with her grandson, gardening, dancing, & travelling.
Sandie Niven, Dental nurse
GDC no. 71660
I love many things about Forestside; it’s family oriented, the team works fantastically together, and the dentists and nurses are all very supportive and are willing to help each other.
I particularly enjoy patient care and dental assisting, which give me great satisfaction. There’s no part of my role that I don’t enjoy! It’s rewarding every day.
When I left school my best friend got a job as a dental nurse. She told me all about it and I became interested. Years later a position became vacant locally. I went for an interview and ended up being offered the job. I really enjoy it, especially interacting with patients and the dentists. I feel from then on I found my vocation. Every day is different and every patient is different – I love it.
I was born in Hythe and have stayed here all my life. I enjoy the New Forest and the beach. Outside of work I enjoy walking my dog, spinning exercise classes and carting for my family.
Karen Welford, Dental nurse
GDC no. 123505
I qualified as a dental nurse in 1999 and gained a qualification in oral health in 2000. I joined Forestside Dental Practice in 2002 and I most enjoy the variation each day brings, such as meeting and helping patients, the pleasant working environment and my colleagues, as we are all friends.
I was born in Southampton and although we moved away while my husband was in the RAF, we came back to settle 12 years ago. I love the New Forest and the coast, as well as dog walking, gardening, spinning classes, running, retail therapy and spending time with my family.
Susan Waterman, Dental nurse
GDC no. 124553
I qualified as a dental nurse from Eastleigh in 2000 and joined Forestside Dental Practice the following year. I particularly like the team here – we all get on well and have a giggle. I also enjoy the interaction with patients. We have a lot of lovely patients who have been coming here for a long time. I have got to know them and have updates on their lives every six months.
I decided to go into dental nursing because I wanted to have a career that could work around having a family. In my spare time I like having fun with my husband and our four sons.
Sarah our qualified, full time dental nurse, joined the practice in October 2017. She lives locally with her cat Alfred and enjoys living in the forest. She has lived in Australia for over a decade and brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice. She is also a qualified venomous snake catcher.
Sarah is extremely positive, and loves to help patients overcome any fears they may have regarding their dental treatment, talking through any concerns, ensuring patients feel calm and at ease at all times.
I have been dental nursing since 2011, qualifying in 2013. I have experience in working in dental practices and also a hospital environment. The thing I love most about dental nursing is the variety the job brings on a day to day basis. I also love meeting new people and getting to know the patients. In my spare time I like to spend time with my boyfriend, dog and family. My hobbies include walking, going to the gym, going out with friends and going on holidays.
I joined Forestside Dental Practice in 2002 and enjoy meeting and helping people. I particularly like how friendly and professional all the staff are here.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, going to the gym and going on holiday.
My favourite part of my job is running a reception area for patients and staff with consistency, helpfulness and continuity. I joined Forestside Dental Practice in 2001 and I most like that we are all team members who are willing to help where needed.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, walking and spending time with my family and friends.
James graduated from Surrey University with a Bsc Hons Degree in Economics in 1989.
He has a wealth of experience within various customer facing roles and works very closely in coordination with the dental team to ensure that all your requirements are satisfied in full.
James works very closely with his wife Joanna, and our three other dentists ensuring the smooth running of the practice with the ultimate aim to enhance your experience within the dental chair.
James oversees all the specific detail required in order for our practice to provide you with an exceptional level of care.
James is outstanding with his patient support, he is highly effective in coordinating all aspects of patient care as well as ensuring that all treatments are completed in full. Please ensure you contact him directly in the practice ,by phone or via Email email@example.com in order to have any worries or concerns discussed in full.