About Us

Our forward thinking dental surgery delivers the most up to date treatments with the very latest equipment but also with a reassuring family feel. We have a long history of providing top quality, comforting care because, for the last 40 years, we have treated a legion of loyal patients in Emsworth, Southbourne and surrounding villages.

We offer a whole host of treatments, from fillings and crowns to tooth whitening and hygienist services. So whether you are looking to refresh your smile, restore function or just want to avoid any dental health problems by keeping on top of your oral health – we are here to help.

We also specialise in prosthetic dentistry and our lead dentist, Jonathan, can offer specialist smile makeovers using crowns, bridges, veneers or dentures, as well as providing a permanent, natural looking solution to missing teeth with dental implants. Jonathan is always happy to take referrals from other surgeries for his bespoke smile enhancing treatments.

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, we understand, and are very happy for you to pop by for an informal chat with our welcoming reception staff, dental hygienists, nurses and even our friendly dentists.

Our caring and experienced team work together to create a comfortable and relaxing environment for all our patients. We also love getting to know you and seeing how a transformation to your smile can really boost your confidence.

Meet our dedicated team

Our friendly and welcoming team includes two dentists, two dental nurses, two dental hygienists and two receptionists. Together we strive to provide the highest standards of care for all patients.

As a practice, we are proud to invest in the development of our staff and our highly motivated team members undertake regular training in both clinical procedures and customer care.

We all look forward to meeting you!

Our Dentists

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Dr. Jonathan Murphy – Specialist in Prosthodontics

GDC Number: 74959

Jonathan qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1998 and over the next few years gained further experience in hospital departments and general dentistry before starting specialist training in 2001. His name was placed on the Specialist Register in Prosthodontics – the science and art of replacing missing teeth by using implants, bridges, dentures and crowns.

Jonathan then set up an Implant Referral Practice in Haywards Heath and Hove treating advanced and complex cases with the latest techniques and materials. Having a young family, he then decided to move his work closer to home and took over The Dental Practice, Southbourne.

Jonathan enjoys cycling and sailing with his family and has a 1955 2CV which he is slowly restoring.

Find out more about Prosthodontics

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Dr. Simon Jones – BDS Lond

GDC Number: 69072

Simon grew up locally, spending his childhood in Warblington.

He qualified as a dentist in 1993 from the Royal London Hospital Medical College and continued his training in the hospital service for two years to become a Senior House Officer in maxillo-facial surgery.

After backpacking around the world for a year he then settled into practice around London, Brighton and then back to the Chichester area.

He is married to Ritu, an orthodontist and loves spending time with his two young daughters.

Any other free time is occupied by his love of photography, music and movies.

“My ethos is to provide excellent all round care for my patients. I really enjoy people and take pride in providing the best service possible”

Our Hygienists

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Helen Pickard

GDC Number: 3336

Helen qualified in 1987 from the University of Bristol Dental Hospital, winning the Tutor’s Prize.

She has worked in General Practice and a Specialist Periodontal Practice for many years and has a wealth of experience treating patients with general maintenance challenges and patients with more complicated gum problems.

She lives with her husband, a cat, and a border collie who is aptly named “Floss”.

Helen has two grown-up children and four grandchildren who she loves looking after when asked. She has developed a talent for watercolouring which she only discovered during the lockdown in Spring 2020.

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Kelly Ayling

GDC Number: 142637

Initially I qualified as a dental nurse in 2004.

I found that I wanted to expand my skills and knowledge in dentistry. I knew the role of dental hygienist/therapist was what I wanted to pursue. I qualified from the University Of Portsmouth Dental Academy in 2012.

Over the last six years I have worked in private and NHS practices helping to improve patient’s knowledge and understanding of dental health along with giving practical tips to improve oral hygiene. I find working with children particularly rewarding.

I have 3 children who all love to play football. I have a passion for cooking, particularly Jamie Oliver and I like to read, especially Patricia Cornwall books.

Our Nurses

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Danielle Finnegan

GDC Number: 221806

Danielle qualified in 2011 as a dental nurse and has worked in the local area most of that time. She enjoys helping the patients feel at ease and likes to make sure their visit with us is as pleasant as possible! She has two younger children, both of which are now at school, freeing up some spare time to enjoy catching up with her friends and going to the gym.

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Sarah Hayden.

GDC Number: 117700

Sarah has worked as a Dental Nurse for over 30 years, in this time she has taught student dental nurses and she has been an examiner for the NEBDN as well as General Practice. She has a post-graduate qualifications in Education, Dental Radiography, and Oral Health.

When she is not at work she enjoy walking my dog and spending time with her husband and six grandchildren.

Our receptionists

Emma and Janet are the friendly faces who will welcome you to our practice.

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Emma Merriam

Emma has joined us from working as a receptionist in a prestigious orthodontic practice following a career in administration in a variety of business sectors. Emma enjoys helping out patients with their concerns. She believes finding solutions to their enquiries is a key part of offering an excellent service and contributes to the smooth running of the practice.

In her free time she loves gardening and exploring the beautiful local walks, before finding a good pub for a quiet drink. Her two sons have now left home but meeting up or having them home for weekends or holidays is a great opportunity for catching up especially over a good home cooked supper.

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Janet Ayling

Janet has been a dental receptionist for seven years and has over ten years retail experience. Working in ladies fashion gave her the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, many of whom became good friends who would often just pop in the shop for a chat!

When not at work, she loves working in the garden & spending time with her two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.

Both ‘girls’ pride themselves in going ‘above and beyond’ their official receptionist duties, meaning they are well-liked and appreciated by our patients.

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