Meet Our Team

Holsworthy NHS Dental Care Clinical Staff

Dr. Danielle Bessa Toledo, LMD: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 249038)

Danielle qualified in Portugal in 2010 and has been working as a general dentist since. She also contributed to the orthodontic care of her patients in the past. Danielle’s passion for dental care stems from her father and grandfather, who are also both Dentists. She joined Holsworthy Dental Centre in 2020 and has been enjoying treating and preventing various dental conditions so her patients can achieve better oral health.

Dr. Dominic Swift, MDDr Charles University: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 291247)

Dominic joined Holsworthy NHS dental care in 2021. He qualified with MDDr. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) in 2020 from Charles University, First Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. Dominic also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Victoria in Canada where he previously lived for 15 years.

His interests include building and painting miniatures, reading, and travel. 

Penelope Bick: Lead Dental Nurse & Assistant Practice Manager
(GDC Registration Number: 279311)

Penelope joined the practice in 2016 and began her journey to become a qualified dental nurse. She never thought this was something that she wanted to do, but after having a taster day with the practice, she realised this is was something she really wanted to pursue. In 2020 the practice advertised for a lead Dental nurse. Penelope thought this would be a fantastic opportunity and just what she needed, so applied and got the job! Penelope is mentoring a new team of trainee dental nurses, and she is on hand to help and assist our dentists who are new to the practice and in their mentee program. She works alongside the practice manager, Karenza, who is training her to assist Penelope with the governance and administration side of the practice. She is currently studying with the BDA to gain her qualification in Radiography. Penelope’s main aim is to keep progressing and working her way to the top in the hope that one day she can become a practice manager. She is a very active person and in her spare time, Penelope enjoys going for long walks with her dogs Roxy and Coco. She also loves meeting up with her friends going to the beach. She has a horse called Jack who keeps her busy, and occasionally shows him at local events.

Josh Rickard: Dental Nurse
(GDC Registration Number: 308518)

Bio coming soon…

Nicole Baker
Trainee Dental Nurse

Bio coming soon…

Lucy Burgess
Trainee Dental Nurse

Lucy joined the practice in August 2023 is enjoying being thoroughly supported by all the kind staff. Lucy enjoys taking her home-bred dogs out for long walks at the beach and going paddle boarding with her friends, especially on sunny days. Lucy grew up with horses and enjoyed competing.

Layla Everly
Trainee Dental Nurse

Layla joined the practice in August 2023 and is training to be a qualified dental nurse, she has said this is helping to build her confidence, she likes to be helpful and is hardworking.  Layla is enjoying learning about dentistry and has said there is always something new to learn. Outside of work, Layla enjoys art where she draws both digitally and by hand.

Penroses Dental Practice Clinical Staff

Dr. John Chope, BDS, BSc, MFGDP UK, LDS RCS Eng: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 46517)

Dr John Chope graduated from Bristol University with degrees in Physiology and Dentistry. As an Associate Professor at The Medical College of Virginia, John carried out research on the physiology of taste receptors, describing for the first time their unique mode of stimulation. After graduating John helped found and taught at the University of Khartoum dental school, the first in Sudan. He founded Penroses Dental Practice in 1974 and worked as a GDP in NHS general practice for twenty five years and has continued to work in private practice for over twenty years. As a general practitioner, John built a small group of four practices with twelve dentists and two dental laboratories before the age of corporates. 

He was a founder member of the FGDP and of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the first tier Tribunal of the Ministry of Justice which he served for seventeen years. John was included in the first Dentistry list of top 50 most influential dentists in 2006. He was a member of the panel that made the successful bid to establish the Peninsula Dental School and contributed to the Curriculum Development group.

John owned and ran an international wholesale dental products company and introduced various innovative products to the UK market and abroad and was an advisor to the board of the Veterinary Drug Company, now known as Genus PLC. He was chairman of the Confederation of Dental Employers for 10 years and for fourteen years was an elected member of the GDC, chaired the Conduct Committee and the Standards Committee, was instrumental in establishing the independent private patients’ complaints service and acted as an external inspector of dental training institutions. He recently provided dental care in a remote village in Honduras as part of a charity aided medical team. He is also a hypnotherapist and has served as a local JP for 25 years, now on the supplemental list.

In his spare time John looks after a four hundred acre farm and can be seen at charity events running his Splat the Rat sideshow.

Dr. Thomas Olivelle, BDS, FICOI: Dental Implantologist
(GDC Registration Number: 76550)

Dr Olivelle qualified at Guys Hospital, London and worked part-time as a Clinical Assistant in the Oral Maxillofacial department at St John’s Hospital, Chelmsford whilst establishing his own practice in St Albans. During this time, he also gained his fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI).

Dr Olivelle takes the utmost pride in his work and adopts a professional and caring manner. He is dedicated to providing the very best quality of dental care and treatment and has a keen interest in Oral Surgery, in particular all aspects surrounding the placement of dental implants, including perio-surgery (the gums), and oral enhancement/reconstruction. He regularly attends courses worldwide to ensure that he stays on top of the knowledge in the advancement of dentistry and is currently in the process of obtaining an MSc in Implantology.

Dr Teodor Murgelas, Dental University Gothenburg, DDS, PG: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 76745)

Bio coming soon…

Dr. Danielle Bessa Toledo, LMD: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 249038)

Danielle qualified in Portugal in 2010 and has been working as a general dentist since. She also contributed to the orthodontic care of her patients in the past. Danielle’s passion for dental care stems from her father and grandfather, who are also both Dentists. She joined Holsworthy Dental Centre in 2020 and has been enjoying treating and preventing various dental conditions so her patients can achieve better oral health.

Dr. Deepa Shah, BDS, BSc: Dentist
(GDC Registration Number: 85976)

Deepa qualified in 2005 from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute in London, and has over 15 years of experience working within general practice and specialist prosthodontic practice. She has completed various postgraduate courses and further training to stay at the forefront of clinical dentistry. Deepa has acquired a Masters’ in Conservative Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute, London. She is a Member of The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a visiting lecturer for postgraduate students at the Eastman Dental Institute, London and Health Education England South West Foundation Scheme. 

Deepa’s clinical interests lie within the fields of minimally invasive/adhesive dentistry, prosthodontics (crowns/bridges/dentures), implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. She particularly enjoys providing treatment solutions for complex cases including extensive tooth wear and broken down dentitions. Her philosophy: “preventive, aesthetic and functional dentistry, respecting what nature has provided”. Deepa will provide a laidback, comfortable environment for you to look after your dental health. Patients will be provided with treatment solutions tailored to their individual needs. Deepa prides herself on providing high quality care, with up to date materials & methods, in a calm and stress-free environment. 

Deepa moved to North Devon in 2018 following her love of the surf and seeking a relaxed outdoor lifestyle by the sea. Away from work you’ll find her in the waves, or our exploring this beautiful part of the world.

Lisa Dawe RDN, OHE: Dental Nurse
(GDC Registration Number: 160947)

I have been a Dental Nurse for over 30 years. I first joined the practice as a student dental nurse in 1988. As one of the practice’s longest serving members of staff, I divide my time between the dental practice and being on the road with the domiciliary service. I am a very experienced registered Dental Nurse and I qualified as an Oral Health Educator in 2010, this is an extremely valuable skill and is welcome and very helpful addition to our domiciliary service. I have been married for over 30 years and have two children. I support the Ronald McDonald charity, which provides free accommodation for families of very sick children receiving treatment at our nearest children’s hospital in Bristol. Having had to use the hospital, I decided to help raise some funds with a group of friends and decided to do a tandem skydive.

Wendy Matthews, RDN: Dental Nurse
(GDC Registration Number: 239475)

Wendy is a very experienced receptionist and dental nurse, having worked at Penroses Dental Practice for several years, before her children were born. She mostly works with Angie on reception but is invaluable as a dental nurse in an emergency or during staff holidays. Wendy has a couple of very energentic dogs which she loves to walk on the beach.

Holsworthy Dental Centre Non-Clinical Staff

Karenza Stribley, RDN, OHE, RAD: Dental Nurse & CQC Registered Manager
(GDC Registration Number: 125442)
Practice Manager

I joined this practice in 1991 and have never looked back, my job continues to challenge and stimulate me every day, even though I have been in dentistry for 30 years. I qualified as a dental nurse in 1998, as an Oral Health Educator in 2002 and as a Dental Radiographer in 2004. I then became Practice Manager in 2005. I have worked with some really amazing people from all over the world, helping to develop our mentoring programme for young dentists at the beginning of their careers. This has been very rewarding for me. I work full time in Holsworthy but live in Bude and have two boys still at home with me. My eldest son, Cory, is an apprentice builder and my younger son, Kade, attends Budehaven community school. In my spare time I like to attend dance classes or hit the surf at either Summerleaze or Crooklets beach.

Denise Lawrence
Holsworthy NHS Dental Care Lead Receptionist

In 1983 I moved to Devon with my husband & 2 young son’s as we wanted a better life for all of us. During the summer month’s we spent many happy weekends camping & exploring Devon & Cornwall. My interests are reading, knitting, baking & going for walks on the moors with my dog Barney. I enjoy spending quality time with all my family.

I worked at The Fountain Inn Okehampton for 10 years and left to care for my terminally ill father. After he passed away it was time to get back out there again. I took an administration job with ITDN, a tyre breakdown company for HGV’s in the UK & Europe. Tragedy hit again when my brother needed end of life care, I gave up my job to care for him till the end.

In 2007 I started working for James Hull Dental Practice as a dental nurse before taking over the role of fulltime receptionist in 2011. The practice was bought by I.D.H group  who later became Mydentist & I continued to work there until I retired in September 2020. Fast forward to January 2021 when I was offered the position of lead receptionist at Holsworthy NHS Dental Care. Why did I come out of retirement? Simple, because it felt like a happy place, everyone is so friendly & cheerful  and there’s always someone who will give a helping hand when needed.

Joanne Wray
Holsworthy NHS Dental Care Receptionist

I was born in Paddington, London. I moved to Bletchley, Buckinghamshire when I was 11 years old. In my younger years I qualified as a lifeguard and spent a lot of my time swimming and working at weekends at the local swimming pool.  I attended Bletchley College and completed a secretarial course which, at the age of seventeen, enabled me to get my first job as an office assistant for a company called Telephone Rentals.  I started my family and a few years later I got a job with the Abbey National Bank. I relocated to Holsworthy in 2019 and I am now enjoying my part time receptionist post as a dental receptionist at the Holsworthy Dental Centre.

I am married and have four children, and two grandchildren with another on the way!  In my spare time I continue to swim at least three times a week and enjoy reading.

Susan Steadman
Receptionist & Decontamination Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Paula Jacobs
Decontamination Assistant

Working in the practice’s Central Sterilisation Unit, Paula has the responsibility of ensuring all equipment is fully clean and sterilised, before being redeployed to the surgeries or domiciliary service. Alongside this role, Paula can often be seen helping out on reception. When Paula is not at the practice, she enjoys long country walks, trips to the theatre and reading, especially crime thrillers. Paula is also a qualified therapist in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.