We take pride at the Beech House Dental Practice in our highly trained, loyal and long serving team.

Our dedicated practice team are here to ensure that your care always comes first and welcomes every patient with a friendly smile. We are all committed to continual professional development to be able to provide you with the highest quality dental care.

What is the GDC?

The dental team at Beech House adhere to the GDC’s Standards for dental professionals.

The General Dental Council is the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. To find out more go to the GDC website


John Kettle

Is a partner of the practice. John qualified at Guys Dental School with both BDS and LDS RCS qualifications, in 1982 and joined the practice here in Eastbourne in 1988. He has a wealth of experience. Mr Kettle was a foundation trainer for over 20 years, mentoring dental graduates in the many facets of general dental practice. He also does home visits for patients who are unable to come into the practice. When he is not at work he enjoys running in the local park run and several half marathons. He is currently not taking on any new patients.

Neil Sands

Neil is a Partner of Beech House. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 and completed his foundation year in Cumbria. He returned to Eastbourne and joined Beech House in 2008. Neil completed a 3 year Masters of Science in Endodontics (root canal treatments) at Kings College London, graduating with Distinction. His dissertation was on the use of bioceramics, a novel group of very biocompatible dental materials. Neil has used a Surgical Operating Microscope for many years now. This is invaluable for Endodontics and certain restorative treatment.
Neil is a member of the British Endodontic Society and provides a referral service for local dentists for root canal treatment. Neil is not taking on any new routine patients due to this expanding Endodontic referral service.

John Matejka

Qualified at the Universtity of the Witwaterrand, Johannesburg in 1985. After completing two years of national service he was awarded a postgraduate research scholarship by the Medical Research Council of South Africa and following a period in dental research and teaching (37 publications in scientific journals) he returned to full time clinical dentistry. In 2000 he and his family moved to the UK and joined Beech House in Eastbourne in 2003. Outside of dentistry, John enjoys keeping up to date with the ebbs and flows of professional rugby and cricket. He is also a keen artist. He is currently taking on new patients.

Sophie Buzzard

Sophie qualified at Bristol University and then started work in East Sussex. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow after passing her admission assessments. She has worked in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton Hospitals as an Oral and Maxillofacial Doctor and also in the Special Care Dental Service. This has provided her with a high level of experience in Oral Surgery. Since graduating Sophie has completed a Master of Science in Primary Dental Care, graduating with Distinction. She is also undertaking a Diploma with the Royal College of Surgeons and the Faculty of General Dental Practioners in Dental Implantology. Sophie is currently working part time at the Practice looking after her young family.

Anastasia Khomin

Studied at Bristol University and then spent her foundation year in Eastbourne, at Beech House Dental Practice.
Since then she has spent some time working in a number of dental practices in the Kent area.
Whilst she is passionate about dentistry, she has a number of outside interests, including painting and visiting exhibitions. Ana is working at Beech House 4 days a week including evenings.
Ana provides treatment in 'Invisalign' braces. These are clear aligners that straighten teeth.
Ana is currently taking on new patients due to her extending her hours.


Natalie Woodlock

Natalie Woodlock is a registered Specialist Periodontist. Natalie specialises in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. She is qualified with a Master of Science in Periodontology, and went on to gain further expertise in the subject achieving the Master of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics and the Membership in Restorative Dentistry to become a Specialist in Periodontics. She will be working on a Tuesday.


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte qualified in 2017 with a Foundation Degree in Oral Health Science from the University of Essex. Charlotte is local to Eastbourne and works all day on a Thursday at the Practice. Charlotte takes pride in her professionalism and has an excellent rapport with her patients. She enjoys the cosmetic side of hygiene and can also offer tooth whitening services.

Wioleta Szostak

Wioleta qualified as a hygienist in Poland in 2005 and joined the practice in 2009. She is very enthusiastic when it comes to patient’s oral health and encourages patients with all aspects of dental hygiene. She continues to achieve fantastic results with both her clinical skill and motivational oral hygiene instruction.

Jo Relf

Jo gained her Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1985 and has worked at the practice for over fifteen years. Jo has a very calming personality which puts her patient’s at ease.

Dental Nurse

Kaz Nevin

Joined the practice in 1998 and now assists John Matejka. Kaz is our Senior Dental Nurse and Cross Infection Control supervisor. When she is not making sure that everyone in the practice is following the latest ‘best practice’ guidelines in relation to cross infection, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and getting away in her campervan!

Deirdre Bainbridge

Deirdre has a wealth of nursing experience. She has worked alongside an Endodontist in America before joining Beech House in 2005. Deirdre enjoys working with Neil Sands, our Endodontist, and when not in the surgery she is in charge of the stock throughout the practice. Outside of work, Deirdre is a keen gardener.

Jo Perrott

For many years, Jo helped us on a regular basis as a locum nurse and joined us on a permanent basis in 2013. She is very adaptable and assists Neil Sands and John Matejka. Her calm approach to her work ensures that her patients are always at ease in the surgery. When away from the practice Jo is an excellent gardener and also loves travelling all around Britain, searching ‘follies’ wherever she goes!

Krystina Tichbon

Krystina has been working with us since 2017 and works both as a dental nurse and as a receptionist. Krystina is one of our qualified first aiders who is ready to attend to a medical emergency. When on Reception, Krystina will greet you with her welcoming smile and calm manner.

Beth Baldock

Beth joined Beech House as a trainee nurse. She passed her nursing exams to become a fully qualified dental nurse in 2019. She is a very popular member of the team. Beth who usually works with John Kettle and Sophie Buzzard, enjoys swimming and water sports when not at work.

Charlotte Edge

Charlotte is our newest member of staff as a Trainee Dental Nurse. She is currently assisting the hygienists at the practice and also Ana Khomin. Charlotte is enjoying the challenge of learning new skills and looking forward to starting the college training.

Practice Manager & Receptionists

Rebecca Nicholas

Rebecca joined the practice in 2010 originally as a qualified dental nurse and decided after 10 years of nursing to move to the administrative side of dentistry. After taking exams in Leadership and Management Rebecca became Practice Manager at Beech House. Rebecca enjoys the challenge of organising a large team

Jessica Hare

Jessica joined the practice in 2005 where she qualified in 2007 gaining an NVQ in Oral Health Care. Jessica is the assistant manager and is enjoying her new role. She still helps out with nursing when needed. She has two young children who keep her busy when not working hard at Beech House.

Lesley Harwood

After qualifying as a dental nurse in 1978 Lesley worked in London at Guys and Kings College Hospitals as well as working with disabled children for Lambeth and Lewisham Area health Authority. She joined Beech House in 1998 assisting the recently retired John Maloney. Lesley is now enjoying working on the reception desk. When not at Beech House she can often be found enjoying her hobby of belly dancing!

Jo Hammett

Jo Joined the Reception Team in 2009 after a long career in the banking industry. She has enjoyed her time with us, and loves giving her personal attention to all the patients during their visit to the practice. She enjoys spending quality time with her young grandchildren when not working in the practice

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