Hennie Van Der Merwe


BChD Stell 1996 (Stellenbosch). GDC no 71882

Hennie qualified in 1996 as a dentist from the University of Stellenbosch in his native South Africa.

After qualifying he worked for five years in Essex, at a very busy NHS practice where he gained invaluable experience in dealing with all kinds of dental problems and emergencies.

In 2002 Hennie decided it was time to start out on his own. He built up a practice in Witham which quickly developed an excellent reputation within the area.

In 2003 Hennie completed a certificate course in dental implants, and has been successfully placing and restoring implants ever since. Hennie completed several postgraduate Master courses in Bern, Switzerland under Professor Daniel Buser’s supervision. He also finished a year course with Peter Saunders in Southampton in 2015 where he updated his skills.

After moving to Dorset – and working at Upton Dental Surgery for five years – the previous owner of the practice, Mr Gordon, offered Hennie the option to buy it. This led to him becoming the proud owner of Upton Dental in 2014.

Beyond the qualifications…

One thing that the facts and accomplishments of Hennie’s career can’t fully express is his innate ability to help patients – even the most nervous of them – to relax and feel confident about their treatment. He is known for his exceptionally gentle touch and easy-going manner and his patients find him very approachable and courteous.

After work he loves swimming and is a member at Parkstone Golf Club. He is married to Julia and lives in Poole, where the couple are kindly allowed to share the home of three highly accommodating cats.

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