Please Note: We have no disabled toilet facilities.

We are open as usual

Are you worried about Coronavirus?

Our practice is currently working closely with he UK Goverment and British Dental Association guidelines to keep our staff and patients safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have any questions please fell free to call our receptionist on 0208 989 2113.

About Us

Our team is a small friendly group of colleagues who are dedicated to providing the highest standard of dental care in a relaxed environment. All clinical staff are First Aid trained.

Our Team


  • Eben Van Niekerk BChD GDC Reg: 67798

I am a South African who graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1992. I moved to England that same year and worked in an NHS dental surgery in Kent until 1998 when I moved to South Woodford. I enjoy doing a wide range of General Restorative Dentistry, Aesthetic dentistry and have a special interest in Dental Implantology. I have taken innumerable postgraduate courses in Aesthetic dentistry, Facial aesthetics as well as a 2 year course at the Eastman’s Dental Hospital in Advanced Dental Implantology and Bone grafting procedures. Since 2000 I have been providing patients with dental implants, helping them gain confidence.

Our practice has recently joined the digital revolution by adding CBCT Digital 3D x-ray equipment as well as 3D Intra-oral scanners to our available diagnostic services. Keeping up with new technology makes dentistry both exciting and interesting and at the same time offers my patients the best dental care currently available. After 25 years of practicing I am still passionate about dentistry and I have made many good friends in South Woodford and Woodbury Practice.
Whilst not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. Also, I am a very keen cyclist.
Welcome to Woodbury Practice, we are here to help, just ask!

  • Dr Laith Abbas BChD GDC Reg: 191836
  • Dr Bilal Abbas BChD GDC Reg: 244732

Specialist team

  • Mr Simon Critchlow  – Consultant Restorative Dentistry

BDS MSc MFDS FDS(RestDent) GDC Reg: 80581

I graduated from Newcastle University in 2002. After spending time in a general dental practice, I worked in junior hospital positions in Liverpool and Manchester, including oral and maxillofacial surgery. I enrolled on a two-year Master’s Degree programme in Restorative Dentistry, graduating in 2009. I then undertook an additional 5 years of full time specialist training at the Royal London Dental Hospital. In 2014, I passed my Consultant exams and was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, the highest dental qualification available in the UK.
Since 2014 I have been a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Great Ormond Street Hospital where I provide complex dental treatment for children and teenagers with craniofacial and other disorders. My areas of clinical interest are endodontics (root canal treatments), prosthodontics and dental implants.
The reason I did all of this additional training, was so I could offer the very best standard of care to my patients. I am proud to do this at Woodbury Dental Practice.

  • Dr Keila Silva Lopes – Consultant Orthodontist

Dr Keila Lopes graduated as a Orthodontist in Brazil 2003. She arrived in London 2020 bringing with her a wealth of Orthodontic experience. Keila will be treating adults and children using fixed/removable braces and the very popular Invisalign. She uses a intra oral scanner for impressions meaning no more messy bulky trays in the mouth, 100% accuracy first time and a faster turn around with appliances (no posting or relying on couriers) Book your appointment now, the first step to a confident smile that comes with straight teeth.


  • Lena Haslam GDC Reg: 4142
  • Margo Glinska GDC Reg: 100486
  • Aleksandra Ungerer GDC Reg: 173819
  • Farha Naiz GDC Reg:141435

Practice Manager

Vivienne Atkinson RDN 115212

Vivienne qualified as a Dental nurse in 1982 and has held a number of senior posts within Private Practice and Hospital since. This included 14 years in a Military Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Her special interest is Implant Surgery and Full Mouth Makeovers. The past 5 years saw her step up to a management role leading a large team towards great care and commitment for their patients. A long career in dentistry has provided Vivienne with a wealth of dental knowledge. We are very happy to have Vivienne in our team!


  • Kathy Sanders

Kathy joined Woodbury Practice August 1997 and is considered a ‘friend’ to our long standing clients. She is our patients first point of contact. Kathy is able to answer any of your concerns regarding appointments, treatment and finance. She is exceptionally good at easing nervous patients due to her kind and caring nature.
Kathy lives locally and spends her time away from the practice with family and friends especially her son and Mum. She enjoys gardening, the gym and travel.

  • Amber Leadbeater

Amber joined Woodbury Practice in December 2003, complimenting an excellent front of house team. Her ability to deal with all the enquires and emergencies makes a proficient assistant for our patients over the phone, face to face or via emails.
Away from the practice Amber enjoys time with her family and friends especially her son who has a real passion for football (many a Saturday spent on the touchline).

Dental Nurses:

  • Gill Calvert GDC: 156401
  • Lucyna Lewandowska GDC: 287673
  • Monika Bukowska GDC: 155730
  • Clare O’Leary GDC: 272745
  • Inga Bulciunas GDC:250460

What we aim to provide to our customers:

  • We only provide care that meets your needs and wishes.
  • We aim to make your treatment as comfortable and convenient as possible.
  • We look after your general health and safety while you are receiving dental care.
  • We follow the British Dental Association’s guidelines on infection control.
  • We check for mouth cancer and tell you what we find.
  • We take part in continuing professional development to keep our skills and knowledge up to date.
  • We train all staff in practice-wide work systems and review training plans once a year.
  • We welcome feedback and deal promptly with any complaints.
  • Every member of the practice is fully aware of the need to work safely under General Dental Council guidelines.


  • Kate Perkins BSc(Hons) Ost
    Kate trained full time for four years at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone and
    has 20 years practice experience. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has a broad
    and varied practice experience.
    Kate is trained in advanced dry needling/medical acupuncture and k-taping. As well as
    human back and neck pain, she also has experience treating horses and companion animals
    with professional links to the local veterinary surgeons. Kate has taught undergraduate
    osteopaths at the European School of Osteopathy and Oxford Brookes University. She
    attends regular meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine and with a local osteopathic
    group, Waltham Forest Osteopaths.
    Kate Belle-Fortune B Ost Med Hons
    Kate Belle-Fortune is a Senior Osteopath at Woodbury Practice with 16 years experience.
    She graduated in 2004 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a particular
    interest is in working with pregnant and post-partum women and in treating older patients.
    Kate is trained in dry needling/medical acupuncture and kinesiology taping. She also uses
    low level laser therapy as part of her treatment. This gentle light therapy can stimulate
    repair of tissue, reduce inflammation and relieve pain in musculoskeletal conditions.
Liz McGirl MOst

Liz graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now known as University College of
Osteopaths) with a Masters in Osteopathy complementing her undergraduate studies in
Sports Medicine.
She has completed additional training in sports massage and sports taping, rehab and dry
She enjoys working with a varied client base, treating a broad range from sports injuries to
office or work-related pain.
Drawing from her experiences at specialist neuromuscular centres Liz is also confident in
treating musculoskeletal pain and adaptations associated with a range of conditions such as
Muscular Dystrophy, Stroke and MS.


 Podiatry & Chiropody 

  • Mr Bhavesh B Parmar BSc(Hons) Pod., PG Dip(Biomech).,MChS

Bhavesh qualified from the Northampton School of Podiatry (Northampton University) with a BSC (Hons) in Podiatry (1994). Having worked for a local General hospital for 7 years, he moved to Imperial College, London (2001) as their musculoskeletal podiatrist. In 2000, he finished his post graduate certificate in Clinical Biomechanics.

Presently, he works at his two clinics providing care to all age groups. Bhavesh is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (Membership number 013203) and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (Membership number CH12305)

Hobbies and interest:

During my free time I enjoy helping in the community and making the neighborhood a pleasant place for all of us.  I try to be kind to the environment and promote Eco-friendly way of function.  I also enjoy DIY, gardening and cars. However I must confess I do have a weakness for nice watches and chocolate.


  • Mrs Maria Levenfiche BSc Psychology, FdSc, MBACP

Maria qualified in July 2008 with a degree in BSc Psychology, in 2016 she achieved the Diploma in Person Centred Counselling , and joined Woodbury Practice in 2017. ‘I am warm, approachable, fully qualified, offering a safe and confidential space for you to explore anything that is affecting you.

Our counsellor can help you through issues such as:  depression, anxiety, parenting concerns, PTSD, stress, low self -esteem, relationship problems, bereavement, OCD, addictions, phobias and eating disorders.