Please Note: We have no disabled toilet facilities.

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 Rakhee Talati – Consultant Orthodontist

BDS, MFDS, MSc, MOrth, FDS, RCS (Orth), FHEA GDC Reg 83835

I graduated from Barts and the London Dental School (Queen Mary University of London) in 2004, and after a year in general practice, I spent 3 years working in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pediatric dentistry, first as a Senior House Officer for Bart’s and The Royal London hospitals and then as Dental Officer for Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust. This culminated in being awarded the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery exam.


Following this, I embarked upon a 3-year specialist training program in Orthodontics, based between The Royal London and Colchester University hospitals. Through this training, I gained my MSc in Orthodontics in 2010, and the following year was awarded my Membership in Orthodontics exam at The Royal College of Surgeons England, and entry onto the General Dental Councils specialist list as an Orthodontist.


Following the completion of my specialist training, I went on to undertake a further 2 years of training (Post-CCST), passing the Royal College of Surgeons Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Exam in 2013, which led to my appointment as a Consultant Orthodontist for Bart’s Health NHS Trust.


I have been a Consultant Orthodontist at both The Royal London and Whipps Cross University Hospitals since 2014 and I am passionate about this specialty. In my job as a Consultant I lecture and teach, both undergraduate and post graduate dental students as well as treating complex orthodontic cases; I particularly enjoy the multi-disciplinary nature of the cases that working both in hospital and specialist practice can bring, working alongside colleagues in the surgical, paediatric and restorative dental specialties.


I am delighted that at Woodbury Dental Practice I am able to provide specialist Orthodontic services to both children and adults to the highest of standards, and I look forward to meeting you.





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




Assistant manageress

  • Crina Gabriela Ungureanu RDN GDC 250 660

Crina became a graduate in dentistry 2014, continuing her professional development, she holds qualifications in Infection Control, Impressions taking, Fluoride application and is CPR trained.    “Aside from typical duties I have assisted with dental photography, oral hygiene education and treatment coordination. I have a passion for dentistry and enjoy leaving a patient with an enjoyable experience.”

In April 2017, Crina has obtained the Diploma in Practice Management and Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Hobbies and interest: I like listening to music and enjoy any activities music related(aqua Zumba, dance classes); I also like cooking or dining out with my family. I have a goldador dog and on my free time I love taking him for long walks.



  • Kathy Sanders
  • Amber Leadbeater

Dental surgery nurses:

  • Gill Calvert GDC: 156401
  • Lucyna Lewandowska
  • Monika Bukowska GDC: 155730

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

Kate is the Principal Osteopath at Woodbury Practice. Kate trained full time for four years at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone and has 18 years practice experience. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has a special interest in sports injuries, paediatric osteopathy and management of cerebral palsy.



Kate is trained in advanced dry needling/ (medical) acupuncture and k-taping. As well as 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

Kate Belle-Fortune is a Senior Osteopath at Woodbury Practice with 14 years experience. She graduated in 2004 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her 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.

Kate Belle-Fortune, registered osteopath
B Ost Med Hons

Liz McGirl

Liz graduated from the British School of Osteopathy 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 needling.

She enjoys working with 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.


Your Osteopath will tell you:

  • Why you are in pain
  • How long your recovery should take
  • How many treatments you should need.
  • Explain the treatment options and ask you to agree before treatment begins.

What to Bring to your treatment.

  • If you have any scans (MRI, CT, ultrasound, x-rays) either the pictures, the reports or even better both together then please bring these with you.
  • Please have a note of your doctor’s name and address and the same for any specialists that you have seen recently.
  • Any medical letters are useful and/or a list of your medication
  • If you are claiming on your health insurance you should have your policy or member number, case or preauthorisation number and the name of the insurer.
  • Some shorts if you feel more comfortable in these or some modest underwear/loose comfortable clothing.          


 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.