Meet the team

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      Meet the team

      At Dart Vale Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

      Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


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      Claire Critchley

      Clinical Lead
      GDC No. 83243

      Claire is our clinical lead at Dart Vale Dental Care. She offers both private and a very small amount of NHS dentistry in a modern, friendly and comfortable environment offering the highest level of patient care. Claire qualified in 2004 from the University of Manchester, gaining honours in her final examinations. In 2010 Claire and her family relocated to Devon and she started her position at Dart Vale. Claire has always had a love for working in general practice and sets her standards high. She likes to use minimally invasive techniques in line with current theory. This includes teeth whitening and the direct building up and shaping of teeth using the latest materials. Claire’s other passion is the dental care of children. She has three young children of her own and this has helped give her a real ability to make dental visits for children a fun and positive experience. Outside dentistry, Claire’s time is largely spent having fun with her family and raising her three children Emily, Harriet and Edward.

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      Emma Wotherspoon

      BDS MFDS Edin
      GDC No. 277915

      Emma graduated from Newcastle in 2018 with a merit in clinical dentistry. She has a special interest in oral surgery. In her spare time Emma enjoys playing Netball.

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      Bruce Turner


      BDS(HONS) London 1974

      GDC No. 229258

      Bruce qualified in London in 1974 and joined the team at Dart Vale Dental Care in 2020. Bruce is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. His spare time is spent playing golf, watching tennis and F1. He likes nothing more than walking the moors with his dogs, Gracie and Ronald and spending time with friends and family.

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      Guru Bangari

      BDS(2003), MPH (2010), Dip.Imp.Dent RCS Eng (2019)
      GDC NO. 163892

      Dr Guru Bangari graduated from India in 2003, where he worked within general practice, hospital and community dental clinics honing his skills in Oral Surgery before moving to the UK in 2007. Guru went on to complete his Masters in Public Health from Anglia Ruskin, Essex in 2010. During this time he also completed his Overseas Registration Exams (ORE) and registered with the General Dental Council where he then worked in London until he moved to the beautiful West Country in 2013.

      In 2019, Guru successfully achieved his Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, London. He is also an active member of Association of Dental Implantology and attends various courses and conferences to keep himself abreast with the latest dental techniques. Guru is passionate about the positive impact of dental implants on patients’ quality of life. He also has a special interest in surgical extractions.

      Guru now lives in South Devon with his wife, two sons and their dog, Archie. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, socialising, exploring the beautiful coasts of Devon and Cornwall with his family and going on long walks with Archie. He is also a keen gardener who enjoys growing Indian vegetables in UK.

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      James Critchley

      BDS (MANCHESTER) 2003
      GDC NO. 82246

      James qualified from the University of Manchester in 2003 and has worked here at Pure Dental Care since relocating to Devon in 2010. James loves his job and enjoys the constant challenges that he faces. James is keen on expanding his knowledge within the field of dentistry and he has recently completed a 2 year course in advanced restorative dentistry (British Academy of Restorative Dentistry). James is also interested in the field of forensics and am a member of the British Association of Forensic Odontology. He hopes to pursue this and eventually become qualified to work in criminal investigations. Outside of dentistry, James likes to keep active and has many hobbies. He enjoys mountain biking and walking and has recently taken up fencing. James is also a keen snowboarder and tries to hit the slopes each winter.

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      Greg O'Brien

      BDS (Melbourne) 1984
      GDC NO. 63131

      Greg O’Brien qualified in 1984 at Melbourne University in his native Australia and has been living in the West Country for a number of years. Greg regularly attends post graduate meetings and is also a member of the British Dental Association and he has recently completed a year long aesthetic dentistry diploma with prestigious Paul Tipton Training in St Annes Square, Manchester. Greg’s hobbies are walking on Dartmoor, Photography, and Greg is currently “trying” to learn German.

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      Ranjana Charan

      GDC NO. 161154

      Pratik Agarwal

      Dentist and Implantologist
      BDS (India) 2012, MDS Prosthodontics 2014
      GDC NO. 274996

      Pratik graduated from India in 2012, he then went on to do a 3 years post-graduation in Prosthodontics in India in 2014. After completing and clearing the ORE (Overseas Registration Exam) in 2017, started working in London. In 2020, Pratik moved to the Southwest. Pratik has a special interest in Dental Implants and Invisalign. Motto of his work life is to work in patients best interest and to be approachable to his patients.

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      Katie Marshall


      GDC No. 114473

      Katie qualified as a dental hygienist from the Eastman dental hospital in 2007, and has worked in some high quality dental practices in London Bath and Devon. Katie has a wealth of experience and joined us in the practice here at Pure in 2017. she is very passionate about preventative dentistry and her role treating every patient as an individual tailoring treatment to there needs. Katie has a kind and gentle approach when treating patients. Outside of work Katie enjoys spending time with her loving family.

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      Sian Etoe

      GDC NO. 128681

      Sian has over 10 years of experience in the dental field. Originally starting out as a dental nurse in 2001, she progressed to studying for her Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy qualification at Eastman Dental Hospital in London. After qualifying in 2007, Sian joined us at Pure Dental Care as a Hygienist and has spent some time working at both Dartvale and Moor. Sian has a keen focus on preventative dental care and especially enjoys treating patients with more advanced periodontal cases. She also works as a Dental Therapist which involves treating patients for simple fillings and extractions.

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      Laura McCarthy

      BSC (TEESSIDE) 2014
      GDC NO. 140398

      Laura first joined the team in 2007 as a dental nurse, but went on to do further study to become a dental therapist. In 2014 she qualified from Teesside University with BSc Hons Degree in Dental Hygiene & Therapy. She holds a caring, gentle and sympathetic manner and is a strong believer in preventative dentistry. Laura is known to her colleagues as a perfectionist and for her upbeat and bubbly personality.

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      Kelly Donnelly

      Head Nurse
      GDC No. 157473

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      Vicky Laidlaw

      Head Nurse
      GDC No. 287178

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      Jana Shore

      Dental Nurse
      GDC No. 297729

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      Emily Laffan

      Dental Nurse
      GDC No. 304481

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      Rebecca Graves

      Dental Nurse
      GDC No. 237049

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      Michaela Elliot

      Trainee Nurse

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      Gemma Hewet

      Trainee Nurse

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      Charis Kimsey

      Trainee Nurse

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      Bailey Anderson

      Trainee Nurse

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      Harriet Lawrence

      Trainee Nurse

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      Emma Harding

      Practice Manager

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      Lynn Wood


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      Caroline Arscott


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          Regrettably, our NHS services will end on 31st January 2024. We have explored all available options to carry on providing NHS services, but unfortunately these have been exhausted, and we now have no alternative but to hand back our contract and stop providing NHS services. If you would like to find a new practice that accepts NHS patients, you can use the NHS find a dentist service. Or, to discuss options for private dentistry, please get in touch.