Meet the team

At Elms Lea Dental Care 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.



Patrick Nayler

BSc (Lond) 1978, BDS (Lond) 1982, LDS RCS (Eng) 1983
GDC No. 57326

Paddy qualified, with distinction, at University College Hospital, London, Dental School in 1982 and took over the long established practice at 32 Brunswick Place in 1985. In 2001 he relocated the practice to Elms Lea where he continues to practise, ably assisted by his Practice Manager wife Tracy. Paddy is a longstanding member of The British Dental Association, British Society for Periodontology, British Endodontic Society and the British Society for Restorative Dentistry. He has a particular interest in preventative dentistry and works with a Zeiss microscope to practise minimal intervention. He has recently completed long-term courses in Restorative Dentistry and in Sports Dentistry. Paddy worked as a volunteer ringside dentist on the boxing medical team at the London 2012 Olympics. Paddy and Tracy have recently moved to Hurstpierpoint having lived in Brighton since 1983. They have two grown-up children, Jack and Rosie.

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Tammy Griffiths

BDS (Birm) 1988, DGDP (UK) 1996
GDC No. 63821

Tammy qualified at Birmingham in 1988, winning numerous honours and prizes. After a year as a house surgeon in the dental hospital there, she moved to Brighton and joined the Elms Lea practice in 2001. She regularly attends postgraduate courses, gaining the prestigious Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners in 1996.

Tammy has two daughters, Alexandra and Emma, and lives in Hove. Tammy lists her hobbies as ‘shopping, travel and food’! Tammy takes a particular professional interest in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics including fillers and Botulinum Toxin injections.

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Hannah Connolly

BDS MFDS RCPS(Glasg) 2016
GDC No. 265058

Dental Surgeon BDS MFDS RCPS(Glasg)

Hannah qualified from Newcastle University Dental School in 2016. After graduating, she went on to work in General Practice in London, followed by a year spent as a Hospital Dentist in Kings College Hospital. Here she gained experience treating anxious patients and children, putting them at ease and ensuring they have a stress free visit to the dentist. Hannah has taken steps to further her professional interests within several fields. She is qualified to provide inhalation and intravenous sedation, and is accredited by the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry. As well as taking additional courses in occlusion and implant restoration, after passing both the Membership of the Joint Faculties part 1 and Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery part 2 exams, Hannah qualified to join The Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow. Hannah has recently had a paper published in the British Dental Journal on Multiple Sclerosis and its impact on dental care. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys travelling as much as possible, walking her dog, and satisfies her creative flair by taking pottery lessons


Elisa Agudo

Registered Specialist in Periodontics
BDS M.Clin.Dent, GDC Registered Specialist in Periodontics.
GDC No. 101046

Eli qualified BDS in her home city of Madrid. She then took further diplomas in Endodontics (root fillings) and Prosthodontics (implants) before completing the three year Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. Eli has settled in Brighton with her husband Riccardo, also a periodontist, and their puppy, Fiona. She combines periodontal and implant practice with clinics and further research at the Eastman.

Riccardo Zambon

Riccardo Zambon

Registered Specialist in Periodontics
Dip Dent (Milan) 2007, DDS, Cert Perio (EFP), MClinDent in Periodontology (UCL), UCL Eastman Dental Institute,
GDC No. 179196

Riccardo graduated from the University of Milan, Italy, where he later worked teaching undergraduate students and in General Practice. He moved to the UK in 2007 undertaking the three year Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute, London, graduating with distinction and obtaining a specialist degree from the European Federation of Periodontology. He is a registered Specialist in Periodontics. Riccardo lives in Brighton with Elisa, also a periodontist here, and their whippet, Fiona.

Navid Saberi

Navid Saberi

Registered Specialist in Endodontics
BDS (Manch) MSc (Distinction) (Glas) MClinDent (Distinction) (KCL)PgCert (Edin) MFDSRCSEd, MEndoRCSEd, FHEA
GDC No. 103230

After graduating from the University of Manchester and completing his VT in south Manchester, Navid moved to Scotland to pursue his career in endodontics. Whilst working in Salaried, Hospital and General dental services in the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh and Glasgow, he gained MFDS from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and completed his first Masters degree in primary dental care Endodontics with distinction from the University of Glasgow. Following the completion of the MSc degree, Navid relocated to the south east of England in 2012 and completed his second Masters degree in Endodontology with distinction from King’s College London and gained membership in endodontics (MEndo) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Navid is also a clinical teacher in endodontics at Guy’s dental hospital and a specialist dentist in endodontics at King’s College hospital. Navid is a GDC registered specialist in endodontics. He is a council officer of the British Endodontic Society and an associate member of the American Association of Endodontists. Navid’s publications have appeared in dental and endodontic journals. He has also co-authored two endodontic book chapters.

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Nicky Johnson

Specialist Orthodontist
FDS(Orth) Royal College of Surgeons Of England 2001
MOrth Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1999
FDS Royal College of Surgeons Of England 1996
BDS Lond 1991
GDC no. 67501

Nicky has been a Specialist Orthodontist for over 20 years and a Consultant Orthodontist at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton since 2002.

Nicky studied dentistry at Guys Hospital, London and graduated in 1991. After completing junior hospital training posts in Restorative Dentistry and Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery, traveling around the world, working in Australia and vocational training in general dental practice in London, she was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1995. She started her postgraduate training in Orthodontics in 1996 at Bristol Dental Hospital, and she gained her MSc and Membership in Orthodontics, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1999. Her higher specialty consultant training was at Cardiff Dental Hospital and completed her Fellowship in Orthodontics, Royal College of Surgeons in 2001.

In her Consultant role in Brighton, she has extensive experience in training postgraduate dentists to become Specialist Orthodontists and Consultant Orthodontists and is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons Membership in Orthodontics. She also has a special interest in multidisciplinary treatments, working collaboratively with colleagues in other dental specialties such as Restorative Dentistry, Children's Dentistry and Maxillo-Facial Surgery.

She lives in Brighton with her husband and 3 children, and enjoys playing club level badminton, walking and her book group.

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Mike Heffernan

Specialist Prosthodontist
BDS Lond 1990
GDC no. 67501

Michael is a specialist in prosthodontics, which is the cosmetic and functional improvement of teeth, smile and bite. His ethos is to offer a kind, gentle approach; genuinely listening to the patient’s expectations and then tailoring an appropriate plan.

Michael has always enjoyed the aesthetic and practical side of dentistry and has won several awards for his work at the Aesthetic Dentistry Smile Awards. There are very few dentists to have been awarded the coveted first prize. His wins include Interdisciplinary Smile, Single Implant Smile, Restorative Case Full Mouth & Denture Case Full Overdenture.

Michael qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1990. He trained in the maxillofacial surgery unit for two years at Royal Surrey County Hospital and then went on to teach in the undergraduate program at the University of Sydney, becoming a clinical associate. He then enrolled in a three-year full-time master’s degree program at the University of Iowa (USA) in fixed, removable and implant retained prosthodontics. His research into aesthetic ceramic materials won first place in the research prize from the American College of Prosthodontists.

He was then awarded a scholarship at the University of Florida in a dedicated implant fellowship. In 2002, he returned to the UK to run a specialist practice in Harley Street. Michael is also on the USA Embassy list of US trained dentists for recommendation to US nationals in the UK.

Michael continues his interest in academics as well as the practical side of dentistry and is a Clinical Lecturer at the Eastman Dental School (UCL). He has lectured nationally and internationally on implant dentistry and has recently been involved in research with the Dental School at the University of Illinois (USA) and University of Birmingham (UK) on novel treatments for tooth decay. He writes regular dental articles for the Daily Telegraph and has featured on the BBC and ITV for his expert dental opinion.

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Rex Yetton

GMC no. 1630567

Rex is a very highly qualified anaesthetist who has dedicated many years to the practice of sedation alongside his post at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Rex’s gentle demeanor and immense experience are invaluable for our most nervous patients who benefit immensely from intravenous sedation for treatments.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Dental Hygienist
CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1992
GDC No. 4244

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Liam Cottrell-Burt

Dental Hygienist / Dental Therapist
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Kings College London (KCL) 2017
GDC No. 252607

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Annabelle Richards

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

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Louisa Sutton

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

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Maxine Brown

Practice Manager

Maxine joined the team at Elms Lea in 2016 and has 22 years’ experience in dentistry. After managing several large referral practices in central London, she moved to Brighton and joined Elms Lea because of its great reputation in the local area. She prides herself on ensuring a great patient experience and having a happy and motivated team. In her spare time to enjoys walks on the south downs with her husband and two cocker spaniels.

Eugenia Ferretti

Eugenia Ferretti

Head Receptionist

Eugenia recently joined the Elms Lea team as Lead Receptionist.

She arrived in Brighton in 2015 via a university program from Teramo in the Abruzzo region of Italy. She enjoyed her time in Brighton so much she never left.

With several years’ experience in customer care and hospitality she wanted a new challenge in her role at Elms Lea.

She enjoys putting the patients at ease and making sure they are relaxed and looked after as soon as they enter the practice.

Outside work she likes spending time on photography, nature activities, art and movies.

Chris Palmer Head Receptionist

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Harriet Foreman Receptionist

Harriet Foreman

Treatment Co-ordinator

Elms Lea Dental Brighton Chloe Akien

Chloe Akien

Lead Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing (NEBDN) 2020
GDC No. 288278

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Tracey Usherwood

Dental Nurse
Qual-National Certicate NEBDN 1996
GDC no. 118612

Claire Hutchinson

Claire Hutchinson

Dental Nurse

Qual-National Certicate NEBDN 2008 (Distinction)
GDC no.163597

Kathryn Martin

Kathryn Martin

Dental Nurse
Qual-National Certicate NEBDN 2006
GDC no. 117686

Elms Lea Dental Brighton Chloe Borroughs

Chloe Borroughs

Dental Nurse
National Certificate (NEBDN) 2003
GDC No. 146588

Teresa Wiesek

Dental Nurse

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