Dentists in Bexleyheath
We pride ourselves in our commitment to better our clinical skills/knowledge and service to our patients through postgraduate training.
All of our dentists have either gained postgraduate qualifications and/or are continuing to gain further qualifications and skills.
Crook Log Dental Practice is honored to be selected as a Foundation Year Training practice, and is responsible for the training of newly qualified dentists.
Our high standards have been recognized through the numerous prizes and awards our dentists have won.
All our clinical team members are registered with the General Dental Council and keep their knowledge up to date by attending the latest courses/conferences.
All of our dental nurses have a nationally recognised qualification or are undergoing training at college. Our staff are regularly trained and committed to making your visit as pleasant as possible.
Dr Baber KHAN
BDS (Lond) MFGDP RCS (UK) Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng)
Baber qualified from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2005.
He is the co-owner of Crook Log Dental Practice in Bexleyheath where he has been working since 2007. The same year he was awarded the Ruby Austin Award for Best Case Presentation at the end of his Foundation Year training.
The following year he gained his MFGDP qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Certificate in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. He has been a registered member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Royal College of Surgeons of England since.
In 2012 Baber was accepted as a Foundation Year Trainer, a prestigious position where he was responsible for the in-house training of newly qualified dentists, a position he held until 2019.
Over the years he has had the privilege of training highly successful dentists, winning the Best Case Presentation South East London three years running (2017-2019) and the Royal College of Surgeons Foundation Dentist of the Year Award the last two years running (2017 & 2018).
In 2013 he completed his Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons and was selected as the Dentsply Gold Medal winner for his cohort.
The following year he was shortlisted as a Finalist for the Best Young Dentist award held by the prestigious Dentistry Awards.
In 2017 he completed his Master of Science degree in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds.
He became the Principal dentist of Dartford Road Dental Centre in 2018, a sister practice to Crook Log Dental Practice, providing Cosmetic private dental care.
He has a special interest in advanced Restorative and Cosmetic dentistry. Through his extensive postgraduate training he has honed his skills to provide a specialist level of care to his patients.
In his spare time Baber enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his young family.
Availability: Monday, Thursday. Alternative Saturdays, alternative Thursday evenings.
Also availability at Dartford Road Dental Centre (drdc.co.uk): Wednesday and Friday.
Dr Semina YOUNIS
BDS (Lond), MSc, PG Dip Orth, MFGDP RCS UK
Semina qualified with honours from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2005. She gained her MFGDP qualification in 2007 and joined Crook Log Dental Practice in 2009. She gained her certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry in 2007.
In 2014 Semina was accepted as a Foundation Year Trainer, a position where she was responsible for the in-house training of a newly qualified dentist for that year.
Semina gained her Masters in Advanced General Dental Practice from King’s College London in 2015. In 2020 she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma on Orthodontics.
Her main interests lie in orthodontics and minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She provides fixed and removable brace options as part of smile enhancement treatments using composite bonding.
As well as overseeing her excellent team, she is an avid promoter of post graduate education and continued team training and team learning.
Availability: Tuesdays and Fridays.
Dr Wassim CHAWICH
DDS, IQE, MFDS RCS Eng, MClinDent in Prosthodontics, MRD RCS Eng
Wassim graduated in 1993. He then worked in various hospitals and dental practices. His experience in the UK included a Senior House Officer and then a Staff Grade jobs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery departments.
He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and then obtained a Certificate in Surgical & Prosthodontic Implantology from the Eastman Dental Institute – UCL.
In 2012 Wassim completed a specialist training programme in Prosthodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute – UCL, at the end of this four-year part-time course Wassim obtained a Master of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics and a Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Wassim is currently registered on the General Dental Council Specialist List as a Prosthodontist Specialist.
As a Prosthodontist Specialist Wassim provides simple and complex prosthodontic treatment including full mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry and removable prostheses and has a special interest in Oral Surgery. Wassim accepts referrals for prosthodontic assessment and treatment and for implants including all their related surgical procedures including: Sinus Lifts, Block Grafts, Soft Tissue Grafts and lower jaw nerve repositioning.
He regularly carries out sedation (oral and intravenous) to treat nervous patients.
Availability: 2 Saturdays a month.
Dr Claire Louise Culverwell
GDC No 185352
Dr Culverwell qualified as a dentist from King’s College London in 2016 but has worked in dentistry since 2005, first training as a dental nurse and working her way up to be a dental hygienist/therapist before deciding to train as a dentist.
During her training, Claire gained many awards and acclamations including:
2009 – Colgate award for highest overall end of year mark
2009 – Dentsply award for outstanding Case Presentation
2009 – Oral B award for highest mark in clinical skills
2016 – Koran Feray Prize for highest mark in end of year Case Presentation
2017 – NHS Health Education England award for best Case Presentation
2017 – National Foundation Dentist of the Year (Royal College of Surgeons)
Claire is passionate about dentistry and strives to provide the very best of care for her patients. She provides all aspects of general dentistry and advanced facial aesthetics, and has an interest in complex periodontal cases. Claire also has a wealth of experience in treating those patients with dental anxiety.
Dr Culverwell works at Crook Log Practice full time and has appointments available all week including evenings and weekends.
Availability: Wednesdays and Thursdays until late and 2 Saturdays a month
Also availability at Dartford Road Dental Centre (drdc.co.uk): Monday and Friday.
Dr Simrath Singh Mangat
Dr Mangat, known to his patients as Sim, Graduated from the Kings College London Dental institute. Prior to this, he held a Masters of Pharmacy degree with Honours from the Kings College London Institute of Pharmacy.
Since graduating, he completed his Foundation training at Crook Log Dental Practice. During this year Health Education England awarded him with the Best Case Presentation award for the South East London deanery. After this, he also won the Best Foundation Dentist national award from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (Royal College of Surgeons).
Dr Mangat has always believed in exceeding and developing his skills, and as such he completed a year of Core Training in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at a major trauma centre, Kings College London.
Recently, he has presented at an international dentistry conference in Berlin, on strategies to improve patient pathways for Sialolithiasis, salivary stones. As a member of the maxillofacial team, he also was 1st author on a published ePoster at BAOMS 2019 about the management of epistaxis, as well as a 2nd author on an Oral presentation on Cycling Incidents managed by the OMFS team at KCH.
Prior to this, as a undergraduate he was awarded multiple awards for his work with the Student union and research, examples included the Honorary Life Membership and Full Crowns, to name but a few. Furthermore, he has held positions in multiple national dance teams as a dancer/captain/coach, in the process securing 2 first place awards at national competitions and three 2nd place awards.
Outside of this, he is currently undertaking a course in Facial Aesthetics to be able to offer his patients a more complete aesthetic experience.
In his spare time, his hobbies include; cricket, dancing, weightlifting, cooking and hiking.
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (Monday and Wednesday until late) and 2 Saturdays a month
Dr Rahul Kalia
BDS BSc (Hons)
Dr Kalia qualified as a dentist with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Birmingham in 2019. During the course of this degree, he also intercalated at King’s College London to graduate with a first class Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management. Rahul then went on to complete his dental foundation training year and has since gained further experience as a general dental practitioner before joining us at Crook Log Dental Practice in 2021.
Rahul aims to understand his patients’ concerns and practise holistically by putting his patients’ needs and wellbeing at the centre of their care. His calm, gentle and compassionate approach helps to put even the most nervous of patients at ease. He enjoys helping to restore teeth in the least damaging way, whilst still helping to make the teeth look as natural as possible. He is currently seeking to gain more advanced training in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry and offer alignment solutions to patients.
Over the last few years, Rahul has published multiple articles in renowned journals, including the British Dental Journal. He has presented at conferences, including at the University of Melbourne. He has also been a representative of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in the past. Rahul was awarded the NHS Edward Jenner Award in Leadership Foundation in 2020.
Outside of dentistry, Rahul enjoys exploring new places with his camera and reading non-fiction books. You can view some of his photography shots on Instagram at @rahul.pixels. Cricket, tennis and Formula
1 are his favourite sports. Rahul has engaged in many volunteering programmes, both local and abroad. Running, meditation and going to the gym allows him to maintain his own wellbeing.
Availability: Monday morning, Tuesdays until late, Thursdays until late and 1 Saturday a month.
Dr Kalaj Tutt, Dentist
Dr Kajal graduated as a dentist from Kings College London. Kajal managed to juggle various roles within the dental world whilst at dental school namely being made Head Weekend Receptionist, Compliance Manager as well as working as a Dental Nurse before qualifying as a dentist. This vast range of experience means that Kajal is able to appreciate the importance of each member of the dental team in providing excellent patient care and is committed to improving this at every level. She has a particular interest in becoming an effective leader and has recently completed an ILM Level 5 award in Leadership and Management to aid her in this.
Kajal went on to rank highly within national requirement and secured a spot in the highly competitive South Central London scheme for Dental Foundation Training where she gained a wide range of dental experience and was able to give her patients’ the confidence to smile again.
Kajal joined us in 2021 and hopes to complete clear aligner and facial aesthetics courses in due time to be able to offer even more quality treatments to her patients.
Nicola Walker, Hygienist
Dip dental hyg, Dip dent ther, UK
Nicola began her career in dentistry in 2002 as a dental nurse. In 2006 Nicola went on to qualify as a Hygiene/Therapist from Barts the Royal London University of Medicine and Dentistry gaining a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (with distinction) and a Diploma in Dental Therapy.
Nicola is keen on the study of Periodontology (the health and disease if the gums) which is also her main clinical role in the dental team.
Availability: Monday morning, afternoon and evening.
Also availability at Dartford Road Dental Centre (drdc.co.uk): Tuesday.
Sarah Murnane, Hygienist
Sarah qualified from Guy’s Dental Hospital in 1992. She continued to work there for two more years as Staff Hygienist, then worked within Community Dentistry.
Having been settled into General Practice for some years, she continues to further her education by attending courses and lectures to extend her duties.
Gum disease, diagnosing, and its treatment take up most of Sarah’s working day, and she equally enjoys tooth whitening using the Zoom! system.
Availability: Fridays and 2 Saturdays a month
Veronika Jakovleva, Hygienist
Veronika started her dental career in 2004 as a dental nurse and undertook the National Examination for Dental Nurses in 2006. She continued dental nursing for ten years, during which she expanded her role within the practice by obtaining qualifications in both dental radiography and oral health education. She also undertook a number of managerial responsibilities.
In 2014, Veronika continued her career to qualify as a Dental Hygienist & Therapist at Kings College, London and received an award for clinical skills and professionalism during this course.
Having joined our team in 2017, Veronika also works in NHS and private practices, treating children as well as adults for both hygiene and therapy treatments. She continues to attend courses in order to keep up to date with the latest changes in Dentistry.
Availability: Tuesday and Thursday late, and 2 Saturdays a month
Also availability at Dartford Road Dental Centre (drdc.co.uk): Thursday.