Raj Rattan


Raj is a general dental practitioner and maintains his commitment to clinical dentistry at his practices, combining this with his role of Strategic Associate Dean in the London Deanery. He is also a senior dento-legal consultant at Dental Protection Ltd.



He has authored /co-authored several text books and published numerous articles and contributed to a number of e-learning initiatives.

He is a former Policy Adviser to the Department of Health, and continues to provide professional advice to NHS and private sector organisations on a consultancy basis. He is a sought after speaker on the lecture circuit and has lectured extensively in the UK and overseas. In 2008, he was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to dentistry.

Raj serves as Independent Advisor of The Healthcare Learning Company Limited. Mr. Rattan has a long-standing commitment to dental vocational training and is a Lead Advisor in vocational training in the London Deanery.

Mr. Rattan serves as a dento-legal Advisor with Dental Protection Ltd and a Primary Care Trust Dental Advisor. He also served as a Regional Advisor for BUPA DentalCover.

He has lectured extensively on a wide range of subjects related to general practice both in the UK and overseas. Mr. Rattan is a General Dental Practitioner with practices in London and Oxford.

He is the author of over 250 articles and has published books on practice management and vocational training in general dental practice. He has written the book Clinical Governance in General Dental Practice.

Mr. Rattan is an Editorial Board Member of The Dentist magazine and is the general practice editor and co-author of a number of books currently in preparation with Quintessence Publishing. He joined the smile-on team as founder of first-practice.com with managerial responsibility for its continuing development.

Catherine Sternberg

BDS FDSRCS • Consultant Oral Surgeon, GDC: 69527

Catherine qualified from Birmingham University in 1993 and was accredited as a Specialist in 1997. She has been a Consultant in Oral Surgery since 2009 and works in both hospital and practice. Catherine sees patients referred by Dentists and GPs across Oxfordshire.


John Skelton

GDC membership number:52858

Director of Genesis Dental Care, a successful chain of 11 practices. His invaluable experience has helped YDA students with the business, ethical selling and career progression in Dentistry.



Derbyshire practice provides NHS-type care, but it is a not-for-profit organisation and any proceeds go to community projects. Organisers said the structure could provide an alternative format for dentistry, solving the NHS shortage.

Genesis Dental Care plans to open two more surgeries in Lincolnshire. The first practice in Birchwood Lane, South Normanton, Derbyshire opened on Thursday. Two more have been agreed by health authorities in Grantham and Lincoln.

Community need

Under the structure patients pay for treatment but any profit made by the surgery is either ploughed back into the practice or distributed to community organisations.

"This practice has been set up to meet a desperate need in this community to provide NHS facilities," said manager John Skelton.

"A lot of patients can't afford to go private and they have been unable to find an NHS dentist. Well they can now."

The three practices are set to initially take patient referrals from local NHS waiting lists and plan to treat 15,000 patients in their first year.

Hatem Algraffee


Hatem Algraffee qualified as a dentist from the Royal London Hospital. He then worked in an oral and maxillo-facial surgery department, followed by several positions for various health authorities and general practice.


He completed four years full time specialist training in Periodontology at Guys London Hospital. He was awarded a Masters Degree (MSc) in Periodontology and Masters in Clinical Dentistry (M.Clin.Dent) from Guys Hospital. This was followed by the award of the membership in restorative dentistry (MRD) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

His previous positions were as a Specialist Clinical Teacher at Guys Hospital, as a Senior Dental Officer for Hammersmith and Fulham Trust, visiting lecturer for LonDec and as a Postgraduate Dental Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has lectured at many postgraduate centre’s, at webinars and study clubs.
Hatem now dedicates his time to Periodontics in private practice and lecturing.

Paul Mandon Gassman

Qualifying from Sheffield in 1987 and moving to Kent in 1994, Dr Mandon-Gassman has worked at his current practice since 1998, becoming a co-owner in 2002 and achieving Denplan Excel Accreditation in 2004.


He has a special interest in the treatment of head, neck and facial pain and its relation to poor jaw function and is a member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (BSOS) which exists to help practitioners treat and prevent these common problems. Membership is by invitation only to practising dentists who have completed an arduous training programme which typically takes five years. He has lectured on the subject to other dentists and technicians and provided hands on courses on Facebow use and jaw registration.

Chris McConnell

Dr Chris McConnell is a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry. He has a broad working dental background having worked in specialist hospital units as well as high street practice both in the UK and Australia.


Chris McConnell

Through his commitment to advancing his skills and postgraduate development Chris has been awarded full membership of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also an appointed "opinion leader" for a multi-national dental company and is involved with training dentists in advanced cosmetic techniques throughout the UK. As well as working at St Piran, Chris also works part time as a visiting specialist at the Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School.

His special interest in sedation sees him treat many people each year who are highly anxious or phobic of going to the dentist. Chris was one of the first dentists in Cornwall to accept referrals from patients and dentists for this type of treatment, and is currently the only dentist in Cornwall to be dental phobia certified.

Dr Chris McConnell is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist.

Dr Phil Wander
Philip Wander BDS, MGDSRCS, FFHom(Hon).



Phil is best known - both in the U.K. and internationally - for his extensive articles as well as his textbook on Clinical Dental Photography - a topic on which he has lectured extensively.

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His recent series of articles on Dental Photography was published in "Dental Practice" and in 2009 he was voted as the 8th most influential dentist in the UK in a poll in the publication "Dentistry"

He qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1966 and obtained his MGDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1980.

He also lectures on Complementary therapies in Dentistry and recently obtained a Fellowship in Homeopathy from the Faculty of Homeopathy in London.

He is a clinical trialist and advisor to Dental Companies such as Septodont, Ivoclar Vivodent ,Dentsply, 3M, Colgate and Molar Ltd. Philip Wander has recently been elected President of the East Lancashire and East Cheshire Branch of the British Dental Association.

Phil is a consultant to a number of General dental practices in Manchester, both NHS and Private using his over 40 years of experience to help dentists market, build and promote their practices using dental photography in their day to day practice.

Phil will through practice visitations, help you to develop communication skills and improve the practice image using the state of the art website, and show how to introduce "cosmetic imaging" to involve patients and increase uptake of treatment.