MEET OUR DENTAL TEAM

DENTAL SURGEON

RUTH BALHATCHET
Dental Surgeon

Hi, I’m Ruth, a dentist at Ashurst Dental Practice. I qualified in 2004 from Newcastle university. My desire is to be constantly building on my skills and providing the best service possible to my patients. I have a particular interest in helping those who are nervous to overcome their fears. I am married to Tim and have two young sons, Rowan and Lochlan who are incredible.

MAHMUD MEZHAR
Dental Surgeon

Hello, my name is Mahmud. I am an Italian national of Palestinian background. I have worked at Ashurst as a general dental practitioner for a few years now. When time allows, I enjoy reading and travelling.

SIMA KOTHIWALA
Dental Surgeon

Hello! My name is Sima Kothiwala. I live in Blackburn, Lancashire.I am a Principal Dentist at Ashurst Dental Practice.I am married and have three beautiful children.

I qualified as a Dentist from India in 2004 and passed Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) in UK. I worked in Nelson as an Associate Dentist for number of years before taking over Ashurst Dental Practice .

I have a perfectionist attitude to detail coupled with an amiable, considerate and gentle chair side manner.  I firmly believe in clinical excellence delivered with care and gentle nature.I like cooking and spending time with my family esp my kids and that take most of my time.

I think my strong points are I am good in dealing with very nervous and anxious patients and put them at ease when providing treatment to them.

 

DENTAL THERAPIST

DEB HATHAWAY
Therapist

Deb graduated from Manchester University with a BSc in oral health science (hons), she is our dental therapist and has a passion for helping patients feel comfortable with having treatment. Outside of work she has 3 children and is the very proud owner of a Labrador called Sidney. In her spare time, she likes getting out and about with the kids and dog.

PRACTICE MANAGER

OLGA GOLOVINA
Practice Manager

Hi, I’m Olga and I have been working at Ashurst for a good few years now. I have started as a receptionist, and have now progressed to managing the practice, as well as training to be a dental nurse to be able to help the team out. I love working with our patients, educating them about their oral health and seeing them gain confidence when we transform their smiles.

SENIOR DENTAL NURSE

KARINE CHRISTENOK
Senior Dental Nurse

I have received my Bachelor Nursing degree in 1996. I am a qualified dental nurse with 23 years of experience. I have worked at Ashurst Dental Practice since 2005. Over the past few years I have taken on the role of the senior dental nurse. I have obtained a vast amount of experience over the years in both NHS and private dentistry. In my spare time I enjoy reading, drawing playing piano, travelling and spending quality time with my family.

DENTAL NURSE

MARTA PLATNERZ
Dental Nurse

Hi, I’m Marta and I am a Psychology graduate, currently working as a dental nurse at Ashurst. I love working with people and being able to help and get to know our lovely patients. As Ashurst Dental Practice, we are one big family and being a part of it is a big part of my life. Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors, travelling and socialising.

TRAINE DENTAL NURSE

NATALIE MCMILLAN
Trainee Dental Nurse

Hi! I’m Natalie, I have recently had a change in career and am now studying dental nursing. I thoroughly enjoy learning every aspect of dentistry as I has so many progressive pathways within the industry.

RECEPTIONIST

JOANNA HILL

Hello, I am Joanna. I am a Polish born who loves to work with people and travel. I enjoy socialising and being the receptionist at Ashurst Dental Practice.