Meet the Dental Team

I have a passion for cosmetic dentistry and want to help people improve their smiles, be that with simple procedures such as fillings or complex cases involving veneers, bridges and braces.
— Deepa Vakil

Deepa Vakil
Principal Dentist


GDC No. 82580

Deepa Vakil graduated from Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas dental institute in 2003. Deepa has a passion to provide high quality dentistry with excellent service to all her patients. Throughout her career she has worked in a number of private practices in London and has a vast amount of experience behind her.

With a passion for cosmetic dentistry she has continued her education in specialist fields of dentistry by attending courses throughout the UK and abroad, thus making sure that my clinical skills are up to date enabling me to deliver high quality dentistry to all my patients.

To complement her passion for cosmetic dentistry she has also gained qualifications to carry out procedures involving dermal fillers and ‘Botox’ to help smooth out those unwanted wrinkles.

She aims to bring her dentistry to her patients in a relaxed and comfortable manner and is able to do so by using relaxation techniques through homeopathy or sedation. Having had recently completed a course in Homeopathy and been awarded LFHom by The Faculty of Homeopaths, allows her to provide a holistic approach to dentistry.

Deepa continues to work on improving herself to provide the best dentistry to her patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, music and painting.

There is nothing more satisfying than helping my patients achieve a beautiful new smile. To see the happiness and confidence it brings is priceless!
— Hitesh Panchal

Hitesh Panchal
Principal Dentist

BchD, MFGDP (UK), DPDS (Bristol), Rest Dip Dent RCS Eng

GDC No. 80678

Hitesh graduated from Leeds University in 2002. Since qualification he has acquired the membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and obtained a diploma in Advanced Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons UK.

Having a keen interest in further educating himself in the ever changing field of dentistry, he has completed a Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies from The University of Bristol.

Hitesh enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He has undertaken post-graduate training in advanced restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry completing year-long courses in both areas. Hitesh is a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentist and is fully trained in non surgical facial aesthetic treatment, such as Botox© and Dermal Fillers.

Out of work Hitesh enjoys travelling and photography.

Since joining the team here at Dental, I have really enjoyed helping people improve their smiles and general oral health. I especially enjoy transforming peoples’ smiles!
— Ahmed Hawas

Ahmed Hawas

Qualifications: BDS, MSc Prosth, Clin Cert Implant Dent
GDC No. 228614

Ahmed qualified from Alexandria University in Egypt in 2001. He spent his first few years working in dental hospitals, attending externships at Guy s Hospital, London and Queens University, Belfast. Committed to postgraduate training, Ahmed went on to obtain a Masters in Fixed and Removable prosthodontics from the University of Manchester in 2005 and also completed a one year clinical training in dental Implants in Alexandria. He spent the next few years working in a private practice focusing on cosmetics and implants and teaching prosthodontics to undergraduate dental students. Ahmed is currently finishing his PhD at King s College London with research focusing on dental implants.

Ahmed is passionate about providing exceptional dentistry and is happy when patients don t want to stop smiling at the mirror. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is the International Scientific Officer of Young Dentists Worldwide and continues to lectures worldwide.

Ahmed is fluent in English and Arabic. Out of work Ahmed enjoys tennis and water sports.

I love seeing people smile at the end of treatment. It is one of the best rewards of the job.

Victoria Hartley Jackson
Associate Dentist

Qualifications: BDS
GDC No. 103414

Victoria qualified from Sheffield University in 2006. After graduating she took up a position working with Hitesh in Lytham St Annes. From there she did some voluntary work as a dentist with Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa. This was a very rewarding life experience for her. Victoria is very passionate about her work and pays particular attention to detail. She enjoys all aspects of the dentistry especially the cosmetic side. She is always striving for perfection and is keen to further her knowledge, frequently attending a high number of courses to further expand her thinking and provide up-to-date advice and approach to dentistry for all her patients.

Outside of work, Victoria loves travelling and spending time with her boys.

Anika Maini
Specialist Orthodontist

GDC NO. 83291

Anika graduated in 2004 from Dundee University. Following on from this she gained a wide variety of experience in all of the hospital specialties including restorative dentistry, children’s dentistry, oral medicine and oral and maxillo-facial surgery. Committed to continued postgraduate education she gained the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons before deciding to pursue Specialist training in the field of Orthodontics.

Anika undertook 3 years of postgraduate training at the University of Liverpool and attained the Membership in Orthodontics in 2011 to become a Registered Specialist. Concurrently she completed a Doctorate focused on Orthodontics, which was also awarded in 2011.

She is passionate about the ability that Orthodontics has to improve her patients’ smiles and confidence and is particularly interested in the treatment of adults who may not have had the opportunity to benefit from braces in the past. Anika is a certified and experienced lingual practitioner (hidden braces) as well as a certified specialist practitioner of the Invisalign system and other aesthetic Orthodontic systems.

Outside of work Anika enjoys spending time with her young family, listening to music and indulging in the wonderful restaurant culture of Manchester!

Heather Thorman
Dental Hygienist

GDC : 256541 

Heather Thorman graduated from Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professions in March 2015 gaining diplomasfrom the Royal College of Surgeons in both dental hygiene (DipDH) and dental therapy (DipDT). 

After graduation Heather enrolled on a dental hygiene and therapy post graduate vocational training course that she completed in September 2015. 

Heather now works in a number of private practices and it delighted to be joining the team at Dental.

Heather has a keen interest in treating periodontal disease (gum disease) and educating patients on how to maintain a healthy smile. Heather also has experience supporting patients with complex restorative work such as crowns, bridges and implants. 

Heather is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists and the British Association of Dental Therapists. She frequently attends lectures and courses around the country to keep up to date with the latest evidence based treatment.    

Out of work Heather enjoys horse riding and skiing in the winter. 

Kristen Hutchings
Trainee Dental Nurse

Kristen is out newest member of our support team.  Kristen is originally from Bermuda and has a true passion for dentistry and aspires to become a dental hygienist. She is currently training alongside our experienced staff to gain her qualifications in dental nursing.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys modelling, drawing and travelling back home to see her family and friends.

Rachel Walker
Patient co -ordinator

Rachel is our Pt coordinator.  She is also a qualified nurse and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry.  RAchel has also competed several courses in customer service and business management and marketing and enjoys working with all our patients at Dental. 

In her free time, Rachel enjoys listen to music, baking and spending time with friends and family

Kirby Meehan
Patient Co-ordinator / Dental Assistant

GDC NO. 103414

Kirby is a qualified Dental Nurse. She is a key member of the team at Dental at MediaCityUK. Kirby has a keen interest not only in general dentistry but also the cosmetic aspect. She has completed her NVQ in Beauty – Levels 2 & 3, thus allowing her to look at dentistry from a different angle.

In her free time, Kirby enjoys listening to music, socialising with her friends and family and going to the cinema.

Nicola Hall
Dental Assistant

GDC No. 158137

Nicola is the newest member our team. Having had completed her nursing training at Manchester Dental hospital and nursing since 1991 she has obtained a vast amount of experience over the years in both NHS and private dentistry. Nicola enjoys working alongside the team at Dental and particularly enjoys the oral surgery aspect of dentistry where she is able to help relax nervous and anxious patients. She is keen to expand her knowledge in implant dentistry.

In her spare time, Nicola enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.