The Team Prais Dental

*** Proud to announce that our dentists and staff have volunteered to assist the NHS during COVID 19 crisis ***

Every member of our team is committed to providing you with exceptional dental health care and have individually achieved high standards of professional qualification.

Dr Richard Prais

Principal Dental Surgeon


GDC: 64160

Richard Prais qualified from King’s College London in 1989. His special areas of interest are caring for nervous patients, replacing missing teeth with dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Richard is especially interested in digital dentistry and the practice has invested in state-of-the-art x-ray sensors to improve diagnostic abilities and reduce treatment times. Richard has also undertaken postgraduate training in CEREC – an innovative technology that can create strong, customised crowns while you wait. Richard is often seen cycling, whether rushing to work or for exercise. He also loves playing tennis with his patients, so they can get their own back!

Suzanne Barnett


BDS Lond

GDC: 65074

Suzanne qualified in 1989, achieving honours with distinction in paediatrics and orthodontics. She completed a one-year vocational training course in general practice and worked full-time until having children.

Since then, Suzanne has worked three days a week and spent nearly 20 years at Prais Dental. She enjoys general practice, in particular, the varied nature of the job and working with people of all ages. When she’s not working Suzanne will often be found spending time with her three grown-up children and enjoying activities like cooking, shopping, travelling, spinning, boxing and going to the cinema.

Dr Dagmar Davidson



GDC: 65233

Dagmar, who is originally from London, qualified at University College London in 1990 and has since worked in general dental practice.

Her interests include crown and bridge work, cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening.

Farah Jessa


BDS Lond

GDC: 76541

Farah is a general dentist with an interest in aesthetic dentistry and working with anxious patients. She performs all aspects of dentistry for all ages including extractions, fillings, crowns, veneers and dentures. She particularly enjoys the use of composite in minimally invasive techniques such as bleaching and bonding.

Farah qualified from United Medical and Dental School ( Guy’s Hospital) in 1999 with honours. Since then she has completed numerous post-graduate courses including the one year certificate of Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute and the Membership of the faculty of general dental practitioners at the Royal College Of surgeons England (MFGDP).

Farah is a Clinical Teacher in the department of sedation and special care dentistry at Guys Hospital where she treats patients with dental phobias with inhalation and intravenous sedation as well as with alternative techniques including acupuncture and behavioral management. Farah is a member of SAAD and DSTG.

Farah also provides treatment with the Inman Aligner to alleviate anterior crowding. She is also trained in the provision of Sleepwell, a custom made anti-snoring device.

Farah is trained in facial aesthetics including ZO skin and Injectable wrinkle softening treatments.

Dr Simon Blank


Dr Simon Blank is a general and cosmetic dentist who gained experience in practice in Manchester and London.

Since graduating from Birmingham in 2015 Simon been dedicated to furthering his skills with training in the latest restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques.

He has completed a year-long advanced restorative course and is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Simon has a keen interest in Invisalign, cosmetic bonding and veneers. He uses the latest technology in digital dentistry to achieve predictable and long-lasting results.

Outside the clinic, Simon enjoys keeping fit at the gym, football and travelling.


Dr Ian Arad

Specialist Orthodontist

BDS Lond

GDC: 155897

Dr Ian Arad is a passionate orthodontist and prides himself on providing excellent orthodontic treatment and personalised care. He is meticulous in his approach to treatment and works hard to give patients their desired outcome.

Ian started his path into orthodontics with a biochemistry degree from Dundee University. He then studied dentistry at King’s College London where he was awarded three prizes, one of which included the prestigious Jelf Medal.

Ian honed his skills in dentistry by working in private practice and in hospitals treating complex multidisciplinary cases using the latest dental techniques and instruments. It was during this time that he was awarded his diploma in Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and published in orthodontic literature.

Having built up his skillset in general dentistry, Ian decided he wanted a new challenge, and as he had a keen interest in orthodontics, he entered specialist training at the Royal London Hospital and Southend Hospital NHS. During his three-year training, Ian gained a keen interest in oral health. This led him to form a research team comparing the effectiveness of manual versus electric tooth brushing in orthodontic patients, which had the prestigious honour of being sponsored by Colgate. Ian was also awarded his Master’s in Clinical Dentistry and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

While progressing on his career pathway, Ian has also managed to enjoy a wide range of other activities. His sporting pursuits include football, fencing and, of course, golf. He takes great delight in trying new restaurants and enjoys jetting off to different countries to enjoy their cuisine and culture.

Ian was inspired to become an orthodontist, because of the way in which the craft and skill involved can transform lives. He firmly believes that it is not just people’s smiles that are enhanced, but also their confidence and self-esteem. He feels very privileged to be able to make a difference and to be a part of the Prais Dental team.

Dr Marta Suarez

GDC: 141652

Practice Limited to Endodontics

Marta obtained her Bachelor degree in dentistry from the international Univesity of Catalonia(Barcelona) in 2005. In 2007, she also completed an MSc in Endodontics after two years post-graduate study in Barcelona.

Marta`s treatment is purely limited to Endodontics (root canal treatment) and invests all her time and education in this area, regularly attending and speaking at national and international congresses.

Marta has been accepting referrals from other dentists for many years and is well known and respected in London and the surrounding area. Married with two children, Marta enjoys family life and is an excellent cook.


Maria Abiagom

Dental Hygienist

CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 2009

GDC: 178821

Maria studied at the University of Sheffield, Charles Clifford dental school, graduating in 2009 with a diploma in Dental hygiene therapy. Maria was born and raised in West Yorkshire, moved to London in 2014 and has worked at Prais Dental since that time.

Currently, Maria works solely as a dental hygienist at Prais Dental, but has a dual qualification. The additional Therapy component allows Maria to perform aspects of restorative dentistry on referral from a dentist.

As a hygienist, Maria provides planning, advice, guidance and treatment to establish and maintain optimal oral hygiene. She will work with you to help keep your gums healthy, prevent or treat gum disease and promote fresh breath. The hygiene department is very much appreciated by our patients for their gentle and caring approach.

Maria takes enjoyment from many social activities but has a particular interest in travel and music. She also enjoys improving her culinary skills and has recently revived childhood skills in painting and sketching.
Maria looks forward to continuing to be part of the close-knit team that is Prais Dental.

Maria Hallihan

Qualified dental therapist and dental hygienist

GDC: 169285

Maria began her dental career in 1992 when she trained as a dental nurse. After a number of years she progressed onto and Oral Health Promotion before deciding to study Dental Therapy and Hygiene. Maria has been working at Prais Dental Care since 2008.

Her special interests are supporting nervous patients and special needs care. Outside of work her interests are keeping fit and travelling. Maria takes part in various races including obstacles races and 10 km runs; and 100km ultra races. Let us know if you want to join her on an ultra race!

Miriam Landau

Dental Hygienist CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1995

GDC: 4147

Miriam qualified as a dental nurse at Kings College  Hospital in 1987 going to work at practices in the West End of London, then as the senior dental nurse in the emergency department of the UCH Hospital. Miriam then qualified as a dental hygienist at King College Hospital in 1991. She lectured as a part-time tutor in dental hygiene at Kings college hospital for 8 years as well as working in private practices. Miriam joined Prais Dental Care in 2007. Miriam is married with 3 children, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and keeping up with continued professional development.

Meeta Nolan

Dental Hygienist

GDC: 11302

After a brief stint of Dental Nursing, Meeta qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist from Eastman Dental Hospital in 2002.

Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of settings including NHS, Specialist, Community, Independent and Corporate Practices, mainly in the North London area. Her special interests are working with nervous patients, patients with gum problems and children. She is passionate about prevention and delivering up to date, evidence-based and caring treatment and advice. On a more personal note, she loves to travel, bake, garden and see as much live music as possible.

Aleena Khan

Dental Hygienist

GDC: 278558

Aleena graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and since has been working in practice as a Hygienist in Manchester and London.

Prior to Hygiene days, Aleena worked as a Dental Nurse whereby she found a great interest in Oral Health Promotion the role of a Hygienist in Preventive Dentistry. Working as a Hygienist allows Aleena to play an important role in helping her patients obtain and maintain optimal oral hygiene. She aims to provide the greatest level of care for all her patients through gentle and effective treatment.

When not working, Aleena enjoys reading, baking, and exploring London and other cities.

Support Team

Lulu Howard

Practice Manager

Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

GDC: 255364

Lulu originally joined Prais Dental Care as a receptionist in 2011 but decided to train as a dental nurse and went on to achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2014. Lulu qualified for her ILM Level 3 in Practice Management in 2018 and works as an Assistant manager and treatment coordinator.
Lulu works at the practice 4 days a week and enjoys her time off with her family.

Carrie Hurst


NEBDN Diploma

GDC: 127771

Carrie started her career as a dental nurse in 1993 and qualified in 1997. She has been with Prais Dental Care for 14 years.

Currently, Carrie is working on reception, but she still covers the surgery when needed. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and going on holiday.

Csilla Szasz


Csilla joined the practice in 2019 as a full-time receptionist. Csilla is a trained dental nurse and quailed for the dental nursing certificate NEBDN in 2018. Csilla assesses training dental nurses in her spare time and enjoys keeping up with her personal development.

Outside work Csilla has a passion for running, walking, and spending time with friends.


Cornelia Nichitean

Head Dental Nurse

NEBDN Diploma

GDC: 218592

Cornelia qualified in 2011 from Kensington Training Centre and has been working as a dental nurse for the last seven years. She has been with us for five of those and loves the fact that no two days are ever the same! She also feels that the days fly by as there is always so much to be done.

What Cornelia loves most about her job is helping people. She also appreciates the fact that she works in a pleasant, modern practice with very supportive colleagues. Cornelia is always up for a challenge and is currently undertaking a one-year course to help her qualify as an implant dental nurse, which is one of her special dental interests.

Outside work, Cornelia lives by the mantra: “Travel is like knowledge, the more you see the more you know you haven’t seen.” She adores travelling and combines it with photography whenever possible – with impressive results.

Mihaela Vitca

Dental Nurse


GDC: 203957

Mihaela started her career as a Dental Nurse in 2007 and achieved the NEBDN national certificate in 2011. She is also a Dental Technician, having qualified in her native country of Romania in 1994. Mihaela joined Prais Dental Care as a dental nurse in 2011 and especially enjoys assisting with orthodontic and cosmetic treatments. Outside of work, Mihaela loves spending quality time with her family and reading as many books as she can.

Paulina Lucka

Dental Nurse

GDC: 279235

Paulina joined Prais Dental Care as a dental nurse in May 2018 and qualified as a dental nurse in June 2018. She is a fun and hard-working member of the team.
Outside of work, Paulina enjoys holidays and country walks with her husband and their dog.

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