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 in Harley Street 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 offered Hennie the option to buy the practice. This led to him becoming the proud owner of Upton Dental in 2014.

      Since then, he has invested heavily in his team and the latest technology which include CBCT(3D) scanners, intraoral scanners and a CEREC crown milling unit. These types of equipment make our treatment outcomes more precise, predictable and a lot more comfortable for our patients.

      Hennie is only seeing patients who need implants or related treatment and is only focussing on this field of dentistry to make sure he can give his full attention to every individual patient.

      Hennie has built up the trust of local dentists and is now their preferred dentist to refer their implant patients to.

      He is a keen swimmer and plays golf (only when the weather is like in South Africa). Gardening is also one of his many interests.

      Kasia Mejer Dentist

      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 is also a member of British Orthodontic Society.

      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.

      Victoria Gill Dentist

      Victoria Gill


      BDS (Cardiff) 2009
      GDC no 176446

      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.

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      Dr David Leigh van As

      Specialist Periodontist

      BSc (Hons), BChD (SA), MSc Oral Surg (UK), MSc Perio (Ger), MClinDent Perio (UK), MSc Craniofacial Trauma Recon (UK)

      Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he graduated in 1986 with the BSc (Hons) Physiology degree from the University of Stellenbosch. In 1991, he completed the BChD Dentistry degree from the same university.

      David emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2004, in order to pursue further postgraduate studies. His keen interest in oral surgery and oral medicine saw him complete the MSc Oral Surgery degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2013, followed by the MSc Periodontology degree with Distinction in 2016, from the International Medical College (IMC) in Germany. David has subsequently completed the MClinDent Periodontology degree with Distinction, at the College of Medicine and Dentistry (CoMD) in Birmingham.

      He currently works in four UK practices, providing periodontic and oral surgery services, in addition to lecturing at postgraduate level.

      With a life-long philosophy to remain teachable, David has recently completed the MSc Craniofacial Trauma Reconstruction degree with Distinction at the Queen Mary’s University of London and has enhanced his clinical experience as an Honorary Fellow at the Oral and Maxillofacial Department of University Hospitals Dorset, in Poole. His research project demonstrated that surgical site infection rate has been halved (statistically significant) in trauma patients presenting with mandible fractures, in the presence of periodontal interventions and oral health management.

      Furthermore, he is GDC registered Specialist in Periodontics and holds membership with the British Dental Association and British Society of Periodontology.

      Ovi Bajescu Dentist

      Ovidiu Bajescu Concita


      DMD (lasi) 2001
      GDC NO 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).

      Dawn Star Hygienist At Poole Upton

      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.

      Aimee Tostevin Hygienist

      Aimee Tostevin


      Fiona Scott Therapist Hygienist

      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 Hygienist

      Josey Lovell

      Dental therapist

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

      Anna Pirie Practice Manager

      Anna Pirie

      Practice Manager

      Vicky Wheeler Clinical Manager

      Vicky Wheeler

      Clinical Manager

      Jane Lewns Reception Manager

      Jane Lewns

      Reception Manager

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