Meet the Dental Team.

The practice is fully committed to team working, with a happy yet professional atmosphere. Our team consists of –

  • Operations manager on site
  • 7 general dentists
  • Dentist with special interest in dental implants, restorative dentistry and orthodontics
  • Dentist with special interest in periodontal treatment
  • Dentist with special interest in endodontic treatment
  • 3 hygiene therapists
  • 10 dental nurses
  • 2 receptionists

Operations manager

  • Melanie Blades

    I am a skilled Operations Manager with solid experience of managing multiple sites & a varied team of professionals. I work in partnership with the dental team and our patients to ensure the Vallance Dental Centre is recognised within the local community as the number one choice for dental health care.

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Dentist & Practice Partners

  • Karim Shokraee

    I was inspired to become a dentist since I was a young teenager due to the dramatic effect orthodontics had on my life. I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009, worked in Leeds for 2 years and have been practicing from the Vallance Dental Centre since 2011.

    I always strive to do my best for patients and am passionate about predictable and ethical general dentistry. In my spare time I am a keen sports skydiver and skydiving coach!

    • BDS (2009), PgCert Dental Education
    • Registration number: 177586
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  • Darren Wilkinson

    I have worked at the Vallance Dental Centre for the last 10 years and imagine I will remain here for the rest of my working life. I left the University of Manchester in 2009 graduating as a dentist & winning the prestigious Charles Preston Prize. I am very proud to be a part of a practice which embraces and celebrates such a broad spectrum of ethnic, cultural and economic diversity and treats everybody with the dignity and respect they deserve.  It is great to be part of a practice with such a great ethos and the will to give something back.

    • BDS (2009), PgCert Dental Education
    • Registration number: 177464
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Dentists

  • Surbin Gong

    What I enjoy the most about being a dentist is being able to put a smile on a patient’s face. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2016, I began working with the Vallance Dental Centre team immediately after. it’s really rewarding to make real differences to someone’s life, whether it’s a very anxious patient who we’ve been able to provide a good experience for or a patient who we’ve helped to achieve their dream smile through cosmetic work, such as Cfast® cosmetic braces. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and seeing friends and family.

    • BDS (2016)
    • Registration number: 264367
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  • Nasreen Najefi

    I have 10+ years’ experience in NHS,private dental practices and in maxillofacial surgery within the hospital setting. I graduated from King’s College London in 2007 and continued my education with numerous post graduate courses and was shortlisted as Best Young Dentist in London in the 2012 and 2013 Dentistry awards. After relocating from London to Manchester, it was an easy to decision for me to join the Vallance Dental Centre. Upon meeting the team and seeing first hand their vision and commitment to high quality dental care it mirrored that of my own. I am passionate about new trends and techniques in dentistry including a wide range of cosmetic treatment options such as Invisalign® and Dental implants. Aside from dentistry, I am an avid artist, mother of two wonderful little people and aspiring globe trotter!

    • BDS (2007), MJDFRCS (eng), PGCert Dental Education
    • Registration number: 114718
    • Private Dentistry Award Nominee 2012 & 2013 - Best Young Dentist London area
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  • Hassan Kamran

    Having qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015, I then went on to obtain membership with the Royal College of Surgeons London in 2018. I aim to provide the best treatments for my patients by keeping up to date with the latest trends in dentistry by attending various courses such as Invisalign. In 2019, I completed a year long course in advanced aesthetic restorative dentistry in London which enables me to provide treatment in a calm, ethical and predictable manner. It gives me great satisfaction to treat patients from all walks of life, particularly the dentally anxious! Outside of dentistry, I love travelling, eating and spending time with my family.

    • BDS (2015), MJDF RCS (eng)
    • Registration number: 257814
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  • Sadaf Naqvi

    Working at the Vallance Dental Centre allows me to combine my passion for dentistry whilst meeting and engaging with the local community. It is truly rewarding to  have the opportunity to help restore a patient’s confidence and make a positive impact to their oral health. After graduating from the University of Manchester with Honours in 2020, I joined the team at the Vallance and enjoy working to provide evidence based care to my patients in a friendly and relaxed environment. Outside of work, I continue to get involved with dental volunteering projects locally and nationally helping to raise dental awareness and make small positive changes. Other interests of mine include travelling, experiencing new cuisines and experimenting with recipes!

    • BDS (2020)
    • Registration number: 290645
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  • Anastasija Bates

    I have always wanted a career that could combine working closely with people and their healthcare with my hands-on skills, becoming a Dentist has fulfilled just this. I completed a degree at Leeds Dental School and moved to Manchester to work with the team at the Vallance Dental Centre in 2019. Every day I have the opportunity to offer patients care to the best of my ability and I hope in doing so people gain confidence in dentistry and their own oral health. It is a privilege to be part of the Vallance Dental Centre team and to treat members of the local community. I am a keen swimmer and have competed at various levels for the sport. Other hobbies of mine include touring Manchester’s thriving food scene and trying my best to recreate these dishes at home.

    • BChD (2019)
    • Registration number: 284018
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  • George Cheesman

    Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2021 I joined the team at Vallance. It has been a long-time dream of mine to combine my passion for healthcare and practical tasks, and a degree in dentistry has allowed me to do that. I always endeavour to provide the highest quality care for all my patients using techniques backed up by evidence. Other than dentistry, my interests include keeping fit, travelling, and eating good food!

    • BDS (2021)
    • Registration number: 296606
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Dentist with special interest

  • Arfeen Aslam

    Dr. Arfeen Aslam graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Dentistry, King’s College London and obtained his membership of the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He has completed various postgraduate dental courses including a certificate in advanced aesthetic and restorative dentistry, becoming a certified provider of a wide range of orthodontic treatments and completing a year long programme in implant placement and restoration. Along with a caring, ethical approach he strives to make a difference to each and every person that he treats. Arfeen won the prestigious Private Dentistry award as the Best Young Dentist North in 2018.

    • B.D.S(2008)
    • Registration number: 156196
    • Private Dentistry Award winner 2018 - Best Young Dentist North area
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  • Stamatios Kioufis

    After qualifying as a dentist in 2007 I was working as an associate in several practises in Athens. My involvement with periodontics (gum disease) started after I finished my mandatory service as a military dentist in the military hospital in the Greek island of Chios. I realised that a significant percentage of the population suffered from periodontal problems and that was the main reason that made me focus in a practise dedicated in the diagnose and management of periodontal disease. I decided that I needed to expand my knowledge in the management of periodontal disease and thus increase my skills for difficult surgical cases that need a more sophisticated approach. I completed a 4 year postgraduate qualification at the University of Central Lancashire in Periodontics, it was extremely challenging in a personal and professional way but at the end it was really rewarding and it gave me the confidence to manage a condition that the vast majority of the population suffers from.

    • DipDS (2007) PGDip (Perio) MFGDP (UK)
    • Registration number: 207305
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  • Jonathan Skidmore

    I have been a practicing Dentist since 2014 and I have developed a special interest in Endodontics (Root canal treatment). In 2019 I completed a 2 year masters program in Endodontics with Simply Endo and the University of Chester. My first experience of Endodontics at University were one of frustration and thinking how am I ever going to carry out this treatment on real life patients? The complexity of this treatment fascinated me and the equipment became my friend to manage both simple and difficult cases. I am a member of both the royal college of surgeons of Glasgow and the British Society of Endodontics, I have also completed an Invisalign brace training programme. I am lucky to be providing a treatment I love, to patients who need it while striving for the best outcomes and always putting the patient first.

    • BChD MSc (endo) MFDS (2014)
    • Registration number: 251907
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Hygienist & Therapist

  • Eesha Chauhan

    One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Dental Therapist is being able to provide a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere for my patients. It is fulfilling to be able to have a positive effect on a patient’s attitude to their oral condition and work with them to improve it. In 2020, I graduated from University of Birmingham with a degree in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. After this, I joined Vallance and became part of an incredible team. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming and practicing piano.

    • BSc (2020)
    • Registration number: 289369
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  • Aniqa I. Rauf

    I graduated from Cardiff University as a Dental Hygiene Therapist in 2017. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work in lots of different types of practices. My ethos as a clinician is focusing on positive patient experiences and Vallance Dental has an incredible team who facilitate this!

    • BSc (2017)
    • Registration number: 272721
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  • Sophia Guy

    The aspect I love the most about being a Dental Therapist is being able to help make a positive impact on not only the oral health but also the overall health and well-being of a patient.
    I graduated from the University of Manchester with Honours in 2021, and I am now excited to join the Vallance team for my training year. In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends and going to the gym to keep fit.

    • BSc (2021)
    • Registration number: 296832
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Clinical Dental Technician

  • John Wedgwood

    I qualified as a dental technician in 2001 and went on to further my career at the Royal College of Edinburgh where I later qualified as a clinical dental technician. Being a dental laboratory owner for the past 11 years and working in the dental field for 22 years has given me a broad experience. I am passionate about excellent dental impressions and high quality dentures; I have invested in the most innovative technology to create various levels of replacement teeth. I also work closely with implantologists restoring implants and offering permanent fixed solutions to missing teeth. I find nothing more satisfying than restoring a patients smile and function with the highest quality prosthodontics.

    • dCDT (2017) DDT(2001)
    • Registration number: 116594
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