Meet the team

At Upton Dental & Implant Clinic we provide a first class dental service. Learn more about our friendly team, and if you'd like to get in touch to book an appointment to achieve your dream smile, see below.

Meet the team

At Upton 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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Hennie Van Der Merwe

Principal Dentist

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.

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Kasia Mejer


BDS Lek Stom Lodz 1998 Poland
GDC no 102281

Kasia qualified at the Medical University in Lodz (Poland) in 1998. In 2006, after working for several years in private practice in Warsaw, she has moved to UK.

Before joining the practice, she had been working for practices in Christchurch and Southbourne.

Kasia has attended several postgraduate courses as she is very keen on improving her knowledge and providing up to date care to her patients. She enjoys every aspect of dentistry and has a special interest in cosmetic treatments, therefore in 2010, she completed an extended course on Advanced Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry.

Kasia’s gentle approach and empathy enables her to treat all patients with the greatest of care in a relaxed atmosphere. She believes that every patient needs to have treatment tailored to their expectations and needs.

Outside of work, Kasia enjoys spending time with her family. She loves travelling and exploring different cultures, cycling and walking her dogs.

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Victoria Gill


GDC no 176446

BDS (Cardiff) 2009

Worked in Australia, London, then moved to Poole to be closer to her family, the beach and kitesurfing lessons.

Victoria works very closely with Hennie.


David van As


Bsc (Hons) BChD MSc Oral Surgery MSc Perio

David has been working as a GDC registered dentist in the UK since 2004 and prior to this he worked as a general dentist in Cape Town, South Africa for 13 years.

Having held posts in both NHS and private practice for a number of years, David completed an MSc in Oral Surgery in 2013 and subsequently an MSc in Periodontology in 2016.

David is a highly skilled clinician with broad experience in all aspects of dentistry. Following his recent educational achievements, David is now expanding his practice in Periodontology with further education and has taken the first steps towards limiting his practice to this area of dentistry.

David places a strong emphasis on ethics and a patient-centered approach throughout his work, and continues to develop his skills and knowledge through continued learning and professional development.

David provides all aspects of surgical and non-surgical periodontal management.

Ovidiu Bajescu Concita


DMD (lasi) 2001GDC 216459


Gerry van Deventer


BChD (Stellenbosch). MSc Oral Surgery, MSc Implantology. GDC no. 74200

We are very lucky to have Dr Gerry van Deventer working with us at Upton Dental.

Gerry Graduated in Stellenbosh South Africa 1997. After relocating to the UK he worked in Sedation referral practices in London and Kent where he gained extensive experience in Oral Surgery.

In 2009 he was accepted for a masters degree in Oral Surgery at UCLAN. He then followed this with a Masters degree in Implantology as he felt this will compliment his work in Oral Surgery. He is currently sharing his time between Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry, visiting Upton at regular intervals to treat complex oral surgery cases.

Gerry believes strongly in continuous education and regularly attends courses to keep his knowledge updated. He is a member of British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) and the ITI (International team of Implantology).

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Dawn Star


Dip Dent Hygiene RCS Eng 2006 Eastman Dental Hospital. GDC no 103698

Dawn began her career in dentistry as a dental nurse, where she later went on to qualify as a dental hygienist from The Eastman Dental Hospital London in 2006. She is originally from and based in Dorset.

Dawn has a gentle and thorough approach to treatment and takes special interest in gum health. Dawn will work with you to prevent as well as treat dental disease.

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Fiona Scott

Dental therapist

BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Portsmouth 2008. GDC no 151544

Fiona has worked locally within dentistry since 1997 and in 2008 gained a 2:1 degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, from The University of Portsmouth.

Fiona will work with you to formulate an individual tailored treatment plan to achieve and maintain excellent oral health, using a gentle and modern approach.

As a dental therapist Fiona can provide both periodontal and restorative treatments and also enjoys offering dental whitening to add that extra sparkle to your smile.

Josey Lovell

Dental therapist

BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Portsmouth 2008

GDC no. 151544

Anna Pirie

Practice Manager

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