Meet The Team

All our team adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) “Standards for Dental Professionals” and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who regulate and inspect dental practices.

Claire Nightingale

MSc, BDS (Hons), FDS (Orth) RCS (UK), MOrth RCS (Edin), FDS RCS (Eng)

NHS Consultant and Specialist in Orthodontics
General Dental Council Registration Number: 64354
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Claire Nightingale, a highly experienced and multiple prize winning orthodontist, including “Best Practice, UK, 2020” in the Dentistry Awards and “Orthodontist of the Year, London, 2019” in the GHP Private Healthcare Awards, decided to become an orthodontist at the age of 12, having been inspired by fantastic care from her own dentist. She qualified as a dentist over 30 years ago, from Newcastle University (1989) and completed her specialist training as an orthodontist at Bristol University (1996). She is the Dentex partner at Queens Gate Orthodontics and combines private practice in South Kensington with an NHS Consultant post at Watford General Hospital.

Avan Mohammed

BDS (HONS) (LOND), MJDF RCS (ENG), PG CERT AESTHETIC MEDICINE (HONS), MORTH RCS (ENG), DOCTORATE CLINDENT (ORTH)
Specialist Orthodontist
General Dental Council Registration Number: 212238

Avan is a multi- award-winning Orthodontist providing smile transformations using the most advanced, efficient, and proven techniques in teeth straightening.

Qualified from Queen Mary's University of London with a distinction, before completing further post-graduate training in advanced facial aesthetics. She later trained as a specialist orthodontist at the Royal London and Northwick Park Hospitals. She holds a research Doctorate degree in orthodontics and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Nidhi Parmar

General Dental Practitioner BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), PGCert (DenEd)
General Dental Council Registration Number: 296604

Nidhi qualified from the University of Bristol Dental School. Following graduation, she worked in general practice where she received recognition for her outstanding performance. She was subsequently awarded membership to the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England. Alongside general practice, Nidhi was appointed as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics at the John Radcliffe Oxford University Hospital. She had sound experience in complex surgeries; from performing wisdom tooth surgery to assisting in major cancer and orthognathic surgeries. Nidhi is committed to education, as evidenced by publishing in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presenting her research at national and international conferences. Furthermore, she has been invited to regularly review articles for the British Dental Journal and has undertaken a Postgraduate Certification in Clinical Education. Nidhi loves all aspects of restorative dentistry. She has an eye for detail helping improve the function and aesthetics of her patient’s smiles. Her enthusiastic and friendly manner relaxes even the most nervous of patients and she is dedicated to giving them personalised care, using an evidenced base approach. If not at the practice, you’ll find Nidhi at the gym, socialising with friends or immersed in an art gallery.

Maria Abiagom

DipDH, DipDT 2009
Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist
General Dental Council Registration Number: 178821

Born in West Yorkshire, Maria studied at the University of Sheffield, Charles Clifford Dental School, graduating in 2009 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. She relocated to London in 2014 to further her career within the dental profession. Maria has a dual qualification that allows her to perform aspects of restorative dentistry via direct access or referral from a dentist. As a hygienist, she provides planning, advice, guidance and treatment to help people establish and maintain optimal oral health, and promote fresh breath.

When not working, Maria enjoys many social activities but has a particular interest in travel and music. She also enjoys practicing her culinary skills and has recently revived her skills in painting and sketching.

Andreea Graur

Orthodontic Therapist
General Dental Council Registration Number: 259400

Andreea qualified as an orthodontic therapist in 2023, having worked for many years as a dental nurse. She speaks Romanian and Hungarian, in addition to English. When not working, she can be found in the gym.

Patricia Babb

Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 1996
Dental Nurse / Receptionist
General Dental Council Registration Number: 156988

Pat qualified as a dental nurse in November 1996 at Lambeth College, London. She has experience in both NHS and private dental practice, including paediatric dentistry, at the Chelsea and Westminster, and Northwick Park Hospitals. She is passionate about dentistry and enjoys working with and helping others. During her career, she has worked in various roles, including practice management, and reception, and enjoys her role as an orthodontic nurse.

Her hobbies include travel, reading, cooking, socialising and (very occasionally) swimming.

Klaudja Kolaj

Trainee Dental Nurse

Klaudia is a fully qualified dentist and trained in Turkey, graduating in ? She is studying for exams to register in the UK and in the meantime, we are lucky to have her be part of our team. Klaudja speaks Albanian, Spanish and Turkish, in addition to English. She enjoys eating (especially if it doesn’t involve cooking); travelling and shopping.

Jordan Mensa

Practice Manager

Jordan has had plenty of experience in the health sector, having worked in a general medical practice and corporate dental practice before joining Queens Gate Orthodontics. He is keen to make every patient appointment run as smoothly as possible.

In his spare time, Jordan enjoys cooking and working out at the gym.

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