Meet our dedicated team

Our friendly and welcoming team includes two dentists, three dental nurses, two dental hygienists and three 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


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


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


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.


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


Danielle Finnegan

GDC Number: 221806

Danielle qualified in 2011 as a dental nurse and has worked in the local area for 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. Danielle has been Jonathan’s nurse for over five years and assists him in all procedures including implants. She has two children who are now at school, freeing up some spare time to enjoy catching up with her friends and going to the gym.


Sarah Hayden

GDC Number: 117700

Sarah has worked as a dental nurse for over thirty years. In this time, she has taught student dental nurses and has been an examiner for the NEBDN as well as General Practice. She has a post-graduate qualification in Education, Dental Radiography and Oral Health. When she is not at work she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and 6 grandchildren.


Julie Nugent

GDC Number: 149888

Julie is a GDC registered dental nurse with over forty years’ experience working in general and specialist practices. At work, it’s very important to her to put the patients’ needs and well-being first. When she’s not at work, Julie likes to spend time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter who she regularly looks after during the week. She also enjoys the theatre, opera, cinema and dog walks with her energetic sprocker, Liffey.

Our receptionists

Janet, Jane and Naomi are the friendly faces who will welcome you to our practice.


Janet Ayling

Janet has been a dental receptionist for thirteen years. Before that, she worked in retail for many years at a senior level, which gave her the opportunity to meet a variety of people, some of which have become good friends! When she’s not at work, Janet spends most of her time with her two grown up daughters and four grandchildren. She also enjoys looking after her garden and watching a good movie!


Jane Guy

Jane has worked in dentistry for over twenty years and likes the fact that every day is different. She really enjoys talking to the patients and making sure they are well looked after. Jane is married with two grown up children and has four grandsons and one great-grandson! When she’s not at work, she enjoys gardening, cooking and going on holiday.


Naomi Grundy

I have been in the dental industry for over 20 years and really enjoy helping people. I initially worked as a nurse for many of these but now enjoy reception.

I am married and have a daughter and two young dogs.

In my spare time I love to walk my dogs and get lost in a good book. I love being creative and spending time with my family. I enjoy travelling to different places.