Our team

Our friendly team are here to help with all your dental needs, and will take good care of you from the moment you arrive.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tavern Street Dental Practice..

Dentists

Gemma Raval, BDS – Dentist & Practice Owner – GDC No. 211640

Gemma qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2011 and then completed her Vocational training in Lancashire, where she developed a keen interest in cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry.
She moved back to her home town, where she has been working and caring for her patients for the past 4 years, and has an excellent reputation for her calm and understanding approach.
Gemma prides herself in her patient care and providing a high quality dental services to all members of the family.
In July 2016, Gemma and her husband took the next step in their careers and purchased Tavern Street Dental Practice. They have already made some exciting developments to the practice and have added a new state of the art dental suite.
She currently has an administrative role within the practice and is looking forward to increasing the services we are able to offer our patients by expanding our team of in-house specialists.
Outside of work, she enjoys visiting the Gym, travelling and most of all spending time with her beloved Chihuahuas, Poppy and Tinkerbell.

Cheerag Raval, BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng.) – Dentist & Practice Owner – GDC No. 177452


Cheerag Qualified from the University of Manchester in 2009 and soon obtained his Membership with the Joint Dental Faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF).

Cheerag spent the early years of his career working in some of country’s most respected hospitals alongside the Oral & Maxillofacial Consultants. It was here that Cheerag Developed his passion for Surgical Dentistry which prompted him to undertake his training in Implant Dentistry. He has completed his Diploma in Dental Implants at the prestigious Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology.

After settling back into general practice, Cheerag and his wife Gemma became the proud owners of Tavern Street Dental Practice in July 2016. After expanding and modernising the practice, Cheerag started to offer Invisible braces and Composite bonding. His reputation has grown quickly and he is now one of the largest SureSmile Invisible Braces Providers in the country.

More recently Cheerag and Gemma have become heavily involved in Facial Aesthetics and can offer a number of non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, including anti-wrinkle treatments and fillers.

Cheerag’s passion and devotion to Dentistry helped him become a member of the Local Dental Committee in Suffolk. He also has a passion for teaching and is an Educational Supervisor for New Dentists and Dental Therapists.

Outside of work Cheerag spends his time with his young family, his dogs and supporting his beloved Manchester United!

Holly – Dental Therapist & GDC No.297225


Holly qualified as a Dental Therapist from the University of Birmingham in 2021 where she received awards in paediatric dentistry, patient motivation and professionalism. Prior to this, she completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Holly enjoys treating all patients with a holistic mindset but is especially passionate about treating children. Her role includes carrying out fillings, primary extractions, and giving preventative dental advise.

Holly divides her time between Stowmarket and Birmingham. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and going on country walks.

Anthony Ajayi – Dentist &-GDC No.296740


I have graduated from King’s College London in 2021. He was awarded a number of undergraduate prizes for professionalism, patient consideration and restorative dentistry.

He has a calm and reassuring nature with a patient-focused approach to his work.

Outside of dentistry, I am a big sports fan and enjoys travelling around the world visiting new places.

Aarushi Khurana – Dentist – GDC No. 278180


Aarushi qualified from the prestigious King’s College London in 2018. During her early years, her time was spent training under a multitude of dental specialists based at Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

Proceeding this, she was selected as a prize winner for the dental treatment she has provided during her Dental Foundation Year.she does composite bonding.

After completing a position as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Ipswich Hospital, her passion for Dentistry has now brought her back to General Practice. Her calming nature and patience allows her to work well with anxious patients, whilst her interests lie in Minimally Invasive Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Paul McMenemy , BDS UGLAS 1983 – Dentist & GDC No. 58149


Paul joined the practice in October 2020, having previously been joint principal for 30 years in private practice in Cambridge up until 2017.

Since then he has been working part time as an associate dentist. He brings a wealth of experience of working in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry.

His relaxed approach and friendly manner are already appreciated by his patients. He is currently working with us 3 days a week.

Mohammed Shahed, BDS, Kings College Hospital, London – Dentist – GDC No. 284457

Shahed completed his 5 year degree in Dentistry from Kings College London in 2019 having already completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Queen Mary University in 2013.

During the last 5 years, he has been training within Guys Hospital and Kings Hospital in London as well as within the dental academy as part of the University of Portsmouth. Currently, he is continuing with further training at Ipswich Hospital while working at Tavern Street Dental Practice.

Outside of work, he has a keen interest in travelling and playing sports such as football.

 

Specialists

Val Sharma, B.Sc. (Hons.), BDS, FDS RCS (Eng.), MB.B.Ch., MRCS (Eng.) Dental Implants, Oral Surgery& Facial Aesthetics – GDC No. 74665

acVal qualified from the Welsh National School of Dentistry in 1998, having already gained an honours degree in Head & Neck Anatomy & Embryology from Cardiff university in 1995.
Having worked in both the hospital setting and general dental practice for 3 years, his interest in Head & Neck Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery led to him pursuing a hospital based career. His special interest in Oral Surgery and particularly Implant Dentistry was developed during several Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery posts as well as undertaking a period of research at the University of California- San Francisco.
Graduating in Medicine from Glasgow in 2001 and carrying out his surgical training at some of the most prestigious centres for surgical excellence in the country, he was awarded dual Fellowships to the Royal College of Surgeons of England picking up several awards and prizes along the way. He is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
He is currently engaged in Maxillofacial Surgery based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and practices Facial Plastic Surgery, Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology in private practice.
Val is a clinical and academic tutor as well as a mentor for trainees at all levels from medical and dental students to those coming to their consultant level examinations. He has lectured extensively as well as organised and run courses both nationally & internationally.
He remains dedicated to the alleviation of Oral & Maxillofacial deformity and pathology especially in the developing world and to this end is actively setting up a program and service to address these issues in the West Indies.

Dr Sameena Choudhry BDS MFDS RCS DRDP MEndo &GDC No. 78027

I qualified at Bristol Dental School in 2000 and spent the following few years in the Southwest gaining experience first in hospital and then in practice. I was awarded membership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2002.

I have undertaken various postgraduate courses in implants, cosmetic dentistry and advanced restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, to ensure that I am providing dentistry of the highest standard. This led to an interest in endodontics (root canal treatment) and so I completed the four-year specialist-training programme at King’s College London.

As a specialist endodontist I have limited my work to endodontics because it allows me to focus on this aspect of dentistry and provide root canal fillings to the highest standard. I find the work very satisfying and enjoyable. My aim is to provide treatment of the highest quality in a relaxing and comfortable environment.

I work in various private practices in London. I continue to develop my clinical knowledge and skills through continued further learning by attendance on courses, conferences worldwide and reading up to date dental literature.

 

 

 

Hygienists

Kelsey Choules – Dental Hygienist – GDC 219029

Kelsey obtained her degree and qualified as a Dental Hygienist at the University of Essex in 2016. Prior to studying Oral Health Sciences she worked for over seven years as a dental nurse in both NHS and private practices across Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. This has given her a wide range of experience with dentistry.

Kelsey enjoys working with all types of patients but especially enjoys working with nervous or anxious patients, helping them overcome and succeed with treatment and improving their oral hygiene. Kelsey is keen to treat all patients with a holistic approach and treat periodontal disease confidently. Kelsey also has a keen interest in facial aesthetics and has completed her courses for anti wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. In her spare time she enjoys walks with her family and Dog.

Jade Hogg –Dental Hygienist – GDC No. 261058I


Jade qualified as a Dental Hygienist from the University of Essex in 2019. During my time at university I attended work experience in many dental practices across Essex, where I thoroughly enjoyed treating, helping and educating patients. Before qualifying as a hygienist I worked as a Dental nurse in Suffolk. When I’m not working, I love to travel around the country to watch West Ham United and spend time with friends and family.

Jo Loram  – Dental Hygienist – Dip Dent Hygiene Lond – GDC No. 6104

 

Jo qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1996, whilst working at Tavern Street. She then went on to train as a Dental Hygienist at Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’s, qualifying 2002.

Since qualifying she has worked at various practices both locally and in London, but since having her two children she works exclusively at Tavern Street.Away from teeth, she enjoys being a mum, and her hobbies include watching Norwich City (where she has had a season ticket for 20+ years) badminton, snowboarding and travelling

Yasmin Ryan – Dental Therapist – GDC No. 2667557

Yasmin started working for the practice 2 years ago after graduating as a hygienist in 2016, and as a dental therapist in 2017. Yasmin enjoys treating children and works well with nervous patients. As part of her work for the practice Yasmin carries out fillings, as well as primary extractions. In her spare time she enjoys DIY and spending time with her cat.

 

 

 

Dental Nurses

Lisa Swann
GDC No. 121122

Lily Wong 
GDC No. 266005

Laura Rankin 
GDC No.186945

Lucie Flood 
GDC No.287456

Amy Waller 
GDC No. 270270

Apprentice Dental Nurses

Fernanda Wyncoll

Stacey Dixon

Iwona Duda-Briss

Reception Team

Amanda Crouch

Imogen Whomes