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At Charlton Road Dental, we’re proud to put our patients first. Our hand-picked team of exceptional dental professionals and support staff are dedicated to giving you the best possible experience in our care, putting you at ease and helping you achieve your ideal results in our friendly and modern dental practice. We can’t wait to show you what we can do!

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Meet our Dentists:

Simon Ernst Principal Dentist & implants
GDC: 103291
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Simon Ernst

Principal Dentist & implants
GDC: 103291

Simon accepts implant referrals, and has a particular interest in the treatment of nervous patients and complex compromised aesthetic cases involving missing teeth.

Simon and his wife Katie co-own Charlton Road Dental where he works as an implantologist, cosmetic dentist and sedationist. He also frequently visits Cirencester Dental Practice in the same clinical capacity.

Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 2006. He completed vocational training in Clevedon before embarking on six months of volunteering with several dental charities across East and Southern Africa with his wife, Katie.

On their return, Simon worked as a Senior House Officer, Speciality Dentist and Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Newport, Bath and Bristol for several years. He was heavily involved in teaching oral surgery at the Bristol Dental Hospital for eight years and still lectures occasionally in the advancing field of digital dentistry.

In 2009, Simon completed a year-long intensive course in Intravenous Sedation and Anxiety Control. He takes great pleasure in rebuilding the confidence of anxious patients, and is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry. In 2011, he was awarded Membership to the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Simon has been placing and restoring dental implants for over ten years, and has furthered his skills by attending multiple implant courses across the UK and Europe. He completed a Master of Science degree in Dental Implantology at the University of Bristol in 2014.

Simon plays an active role in the International Team for Implantology (ITI), a global association of professionals in implant dentistry whose main objective is the promotion and dissemination of knowledge about implant dentistry and related fields. Within the UK and Ireland, Simon is a Study Club Area Coordinator, Study Club Director and registered ITI speaker. He presents regularly at local and national events.

Outside of work, Simon is a keen footballer and family man, with his three children keeping his hands full!

Katie Ernst Principal Dentist & prosthodontics
GDC: 103785
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Katie Ernst

Principal Dentist & prosthodontics
GDC: 103785

Katie limits her practice to prosthodontics. In particular, she focuses on the conservative treatment of tooth wear, management of the neglected dentition and provision of fully bespoke and highly aesthetically designed Scandinavian-style dentures.

Her main philosophy is to ensure that her patients maintain their dental privacy through the conservative management of complex oral situations. She strives to give her patients the most natural smiles, whether by restoring natural teeth or through the provision of dentures. Katie uses past photos of her patients’ teeth or their desired smiles to give exceptional results her patients can really be proud of.

Having graduated from Bristol University in 2006 with the Prosthodontics Prize, Katie completed her vocational training in Edinburgh. In 2008, Katie and her husband Simon, worked for the Rural Health Authority as volunteer dentists in the most deprived areas of rural South Africa.

Upon her return, she worked as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and the North Bristol Hospitals of Frenchay and Southmead. Katie then progressed into the Community Dental Service in South Wales, treating the elderly, mentally ill, children, and patients with special needs.

Since 2009, Katie has been in full-time private practice, treating advanced and complex aesthetic prosthodontic cases.

In 2015, she completed a four-year Master’s in Clinical Dentistry in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics with distinction from King’s College, London. During her studies, she was awarded the prestigious Henry Schein Leadership Scholarship. These successes have meant she was invited back to form part of the teaching team for national and international prosthodontic postgraduate students at King’s College London Dental Institute.

More recently, Katie has been working closely alongside world experts in tooth wear and denture design in order to further advance the provision of dentures to her patients that are both seamless and comfortable.

The basis of Scandinavian dentures is to ensure patients have the most cleanly designed dentures to ensure that the oral tissues are kept as healthy as possible. Time and thought is taken to keep the design as aesthetic as possible so that all clasps and important components that allow the denture to be secure are well fitting but hidden from view as far as possible.

Katie will ensure that your denture is not only functional but also highly natural and aesthetic, so it is convincing in its natural appearance. She works very closely with her lab technicians to highly characterise the prosthetic part of the dentures replacing the teeth and soft tissues, so that they look like real natural teeth.

Ana Gambôa Specialist Periodontist
GDC: 177109
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Ana Gambôa

Specialist Periodontist
GDC: 177109

Ana accepts periodontal referrals with a particular interest in complex periodontal cases, guided tissue regeneration, mucogingival grafts and periodontal ‘plastic’ surgeries, crown lengthening, perio-endo lesions, alveolar ridge preservations, peri-implant mucositis, peri-implantitis and soft-tissue defects around implants.

Having graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1997, Ana completed 4 years in the periodontics department at the Brazilian Navy. During this time, Ana also completed 3 trips to the Amazon to provide dental care to the riverside population in that region.

Ana came to the UK in 2002 and completed an MSc in Dental Public Health and PhD in Oral Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London, where she researched the link between psychological stress and gum disease.

In 2008, Ana became a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and, in 2010, she moved back to Queen Mary University of London where she was the lead for the MSc in Dental Public Health. In 2014, Ana was awarded a prestigious ACL/NIHR grant position when she dedicated clinical time to complex multi-disciplinary periodontal cases. She passed the Specialty Membership in Periodontics exam by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Ana became a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Periodontics at the University of Bristol where she is committed to both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Scott Jones Dentist
GDC: 228083
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Scott Jones

GDC: 228083

Scott graduated from Bristol Dental School in 2012, winning prizes in oral surgery and communication skills. He joined Charlton Road Dental in 2016 after working in a range of dental practices and now limits his practice to providing dental implant and oral surgery procedures.

As part of his commitment to provide the most up-to-date dental implant treatments, Scott completed a postgraduate diploma in Dental Implantology at the University of Bristol in 2020, achieving a distinction. Since completing this, he has attended hundreds of hours of implant training including the completion of intensive training with the world-renowned Prof Istvan Urban. In 2023, he successfully completed Prof Urban’s most comprehensive training programme, the Advanced Surgical Master Curriculum in Regenerative Implant Dentistry.

Scott is an active member of the International Team for Implantology. In 2017, he successfully achieved membership to the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Scott provides oral surgery procedures including surgical extractions, wisdom tooth extractions and biopsies.

Scott’s passion and expertise for surgical dentistry has led to him being appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery at Bristol Dental School. This involves teaching the next generation of dentists how to extract teeth through delivering lectures and direct supervision of students treating patients.

Scott is passionate about digital dentistry and enjoys using new technologies to improve his treatments and the experience of our patients. Using the many technologies available at the practice, Scott adopted a computer guided implant surgery approach to improve the accuracy of his treatments. This uses our intra-oral scanner and 3D x-rays (CBCT scans) to pre-plan the desired implant position.

Scott is Bristol born and bred and loves spending time with his wife and 2 young children. He enjoys seeing the world and playing football and squash.

Tara Conway Dentist
GDC: 177315
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Tara Conway

GDC: 177315

Tara graduated from the University of Leeds in 2009, having been awarded a Merit and the prosthodontics prize. After completing her vocational training near Brighton, Tara moved to Bristol, becoming a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the North Bristol hospitals of Frenchay and Southmead.

Tara has been a valued member of the Charlton Road team since 2011. In 2013, she was awarded Membership to the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons, and in 2014, Tara completed a year-long advanced restorative course run by the world renowned Prof. Mike Wise. Inspired by this, Tara has now completed the prestigious Master’s of Clinical Dentistry in Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics at King’s College, London, and is focusing more of her clinical time in this area.

Tara offers general dentistry at a meticulously high level and is happy to accept referrals for both simple and complex fixed and removable prosthodontic patients.

Luke Mirza Dentist
GDC: 203890
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Luke Mirza

GDC: 203890

Luke moved to Bristol in 2005, having grown up in Yorkshire.

He achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Bristol in 2010, graduating with a Merit in Restorative Dentistry. He has worked in fully digital, award-winning private dental practices for over ten years.

Luke has a keen interest in all forms of general dentistry, but his main passion is in cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry. He has been carrying out orthodontic treatment with both fixed and removable brace systems for many years, and is an experienced comprehensive Invisalign provider.

Luke is very approachable and friendly, and has a calm, gentle manner. He enjoys creating beautiful smiles with a minimally invasive approach.

Luke enjoys working with the latest advanced digital dentistry to elevate his patients’ experience and provide them with a seamless patient journey. Luke is experienced in providing Cerec single visit crowns, and enjoys using the iTero scanner to assist with accurate planning and great results in both Invisalign and restorative dental treatments.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys most aspects of fitness and is a keen football player and golfer. He loves spending time with his wife and socialising with friends and family.

Francesca Norton Special interest in Endodontics
GDC: 264955
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Francesca Norton

Special interest in Endodontics
GDC: 264955

Francesca graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016. She carried out her vocational training in London and went on to complete two years as a Senior House Officer. She worked at King’s College Dental Hospital in the Restorative, Paediatric and Oral Surgery Departments, and at St George’s Hospital as part of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team. She has since worked in private practice in Sydney and moved back to Bristol in 2021.

Francesca enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but her main interest is in root canal treatment (endodontics). She is currently undertaking a Master’s in Endodontics at Queen Mary University of London to further her knowledge and skills. She treats patients at Barts and The London Dental Hospital who have been referred for root canal treatment. Francesca carries out all her endodontic treatment using a dental operating microscope. She is happy to accept referrals for root canal treatment and retreatment cases.

Francesca is also an Invisalign provider and loves being able to help patients achieve their perfect smile. Francesca enjoys meeting new people and ensures her patients feel comfortable and relaxed when undergoing treatment.

Outside of dentistry, Francesca enjoys hiking and travelling to explore new places.

Yuki Stewart Special interest in children’s dentistry (Paediatrics)
GDC: 245000
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Yuki Stewart

Special interest in children’s dentistry (Paediatrics)
GDC: 245000

Yuki graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013. She has undertaken various roles around the country, widening her experience of dentistry in both general practice and hospital settings. After completing her vocational year in Reading, she was awarded the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons by the Royal College of Glasgow. She has worked as a house officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Paediatric Dentistry.

Yuki moved to Bristol in 2017, and joined our team in 2021, providing both general dental care and increasingly more children’s dentistry, which is her passion. She manages dental decay and maintains the oral health of our youngest and most special patients with the most up-to-date techniques and care. She gains the confidence and trust of her young patients so they can carry their dental confidence into their future.

Yuki combines her work with roles as a senior dental officer in the Community Service in Somerset and a teaching role at the University of Bristol, where she teaches the dentists of the future in paediatric dentistry.

Yuki is settled in Bristol and loves the city. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, travelling and playing tennis.

Robert Snelling Dentist
GDC: 83515
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Robert Snelling

GDC: 83515

Robert graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2004.

As an experienced practitioner, Robert enjoys providing all aspects of dentistry and is particularly interested in minimally invasive and preventative treatments. He also provides Invisalign and facial aesthetic treatments. He considers his patient care and experience as central to his work.

Robert has been involved in mentoring and training foundation dentists in the south west since 2017.

Robert spent 12 years in practice in Somerset before joining the team at Charlton Road. Originally from Bath, and now living in Bristol, Keynsham is familiar territory for him.

Away from work, Robert enjoys running, fishing and spending time with his family.

Katherine Leeming Dentist
GDC: 228268
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Katherine Leeming

GDC: 228268

Kate provides our sedation here at Charlton Road. Her experience, patience and friendly manner make our patients feel comfortable and at ease.

Kate qualified from King’s College, London in 2012 and moved to Bristol, where she has happily settled. Following further qualifications in sedation at the Eastman Dental Institute in 2017, she now provides sedation in a number of practices across Bristol.

Kate also works at the Dental Hospital (with Scott, Yuki and Francesca). She has sedated over 1000 patients safely and successfully and understands that some patients need a little extra help and support when having their dental treatment.

Chris Kelly Dentist
GDC: 265278
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Chris Kelly

GDC: 265278

Chris graduated with honours from Cardiff University in 2016. He is dedicated to furthering his skills and knowledge, and has completed several postgraduate courses and exams, including the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh MFDS exams and the Advanced Dental Seminars course in London.

Chris moved to Bristol for work as a senior house officer in oral & maxillofacial surgery in 2017 and has stayed in the city, working in private dental practice.

He enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Chris started the University of Bristol Dental Implantology Master’s course in September 2023.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing hockey, eating out and visiting new places.

Meet our Nurses & Hygienists:

Beth Williams Head Dental Nurse
GDC: 293321
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Beth Williams

Head Dental Nurse
GDC: 293321

Beth joined our team in August 2017 and has since become our excellent head nurse. She works clinically as a dental nurse for part of the week, supporting our excellent clinicians. Beth is always looking ahead and is on the ball keeping us all in line!

When she’s not in surgery, Beth is busy improving our protocols and processes to make sure we stay in line with all the guidelines and deliver the best care possible.

In her spare time, she enjoys holidays in Florida and walking her dog.

Chloe Rayford Treatment Coordinator / Dental Nurse
GDC: 272807
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Chloe Rayford

Treatment Coordinator / Dental Nurse
GDC: 272807

Chloe has worked with us for a number of years. We can safely say that she is part of the furniture!

Chloe is our treatment coordinator. While she still supports us clinically in surgery, she spends most of her time taking care of all of our referral patients and those patients undergoing more complex and lengthy treatment plans. She is a fountain of knowledge about all aspects of dentistry and has worked with all our clinicians so can advise and reassure our patients at any time they need.

Chloe leads the communication between the clinicians, the patients and their referring dentists to ensure that the journey through their treatment is as comfortable as possible.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking and cycling in the countryside.

Charly Cokely Dental Nurse
GDC: 306726

Charly Cokely

Dental Nurse
GDC: 306726
Charley Webb Dental Nurse
GDC: 313692

Charley Webb

Dental Nurse
GDC: 313692
Francesca Lucas Dental Nurse

Francesca Lucas

Dental Nurse
Sophie Everett Dental Nurse and Decontamination Lead
GDC: 282083

Sophie Everett

Dental Nurse and Decontamination Lead
GDC: 282083
Ilaine Irina Pereira Trainee Dental Nurse Read bio

Ilaine Irina Pereira

Trainee Dental Nurse

Ilaine studied in Lisbon, Portugal, and finished her studies abroad in 2016. After coming to England, she completed her Level 2 English qualification. Ilaine loves her job and particularly the diversity found within the job. She enjoys following and being part of the patient’s journey from start to finish, especially seeing the patient become more confident with their smile. This is very apparent when treating with Invisalign, soft tissues surgery or dental implants. She loves the final results when she sees the patient is happy and in love with their new smile. Her favourite treatment is composite bonding, as it’s so interesting, and once the treatment is complete, it can change people’s lives forever.

Outside of work she loves spending time with family and friends. She visits her hometown as much as she can. She also loves playing her violin and has been involved in an orchestra for the past ten years. When she is not playing the violin, you can find her having a go at surfing.

Sydney Farmer Trainee Dental Nurse

Sydney Farmer

Trainee Dental Nurse
Keeley Lippiatt Trainee Dental Nurse

Keeley Lippiatt

Trainee Dental Nurse
Cristina Hygienist



Meet our Practice Manager & Receptionists:

Sharon Young Practice Manager Read bio

Sharon Young

Practice Manager

Sharon loves working at Charlton Road Dental Practice, particularly as two days are never the same. She enjoys that variation and element of surprise and it keeps her on her toes! She particularly values the team of people she works with as they are all lovely and supportive.

Outside of work she is currently enjoying personal training sessions and in particular boxing. She also enjoys the occasional game of badminton.

Kate Palma Head Receptionist Read bio

Kate Palma

Head Receptionist

Kate has GCSEs and also has an NVQ Level 2 in Administration. She started at Charlton Road in 2021 and enjoys the day to day business of working as a dental receptionist. She particularly enjoys speaking with the patients and being able to help them, as well as helping her colleagues in her role as head receptionist.

Outside of work Kate loves spending time with her family and being ‘mummy’ to her two young children. She also enjoys socialising with friends.

Natalie Whiteford Receptionist

Natalie Whiteford

Georgia Davies Receptionist

Georgia Davies

Julia Tilley Receptionist Read bio

Julia Tilley


Julia is always pleased to meet new people and greets every patient at Charlton Road Dental with a friendly face and a smile. She is particularly good at putting more nervous patients at ease.

Outside of work, Julia loves to cuddle her dog and spend time outdoors, preferably by the sea.

Amina Arif Receptionist

Amina Arif

Clare Cox Receptionist

Clare Cox

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