MEET THE TEAM

RITU GUPTA

(GDC 68593)

Orthodontist

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE AN ORTHODONTIST?

I have always been interested in Orthodontics and Orthodontic problems still fascinate me even after 20 years. I enjoy the challenge of solving problems and crafting beautiful smiles. I love seeing their problem unravel at each visit and sharing in my patients' excitement. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WAY YOU WORK?

I have a modern practice but I subscribe to old-fashioned values of mutual trust and respect. I would like my patients to feel relaxed with me and my team. I strive to deliver the best I can with an honest, sensible approach to treatment, that I hope is appreciated and works predictably in my hands. 

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I love the feeling of being helpful and making a difference to others. Working in my practice for 15 years I am grateful for the pleasure of building lasting relationships with my patients and following up my work the longer term.

BACKGROUND

I was born in India and moved to the UK age 9. I come from a medical family. I qualified as a dentist in 1992 from Guy's Hospital, London and trained in several branches of dentistry before specialising in Orthodontics. I trained at King's Dental Institute, London and The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. I am a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 2002. I started my practice in 2004 and also worked at St Richards hospital until 2017.

PERSONAL

My husband is also a dentist and was born in Portsmouth. We have been living in Chichester since 2006 and we have 2 young daughters at secondary school. I love my work and find it easy to discuss crooked teeth all day! I allow myself days out to attend professional courses, which open my mind to new ways of working. I enjoy books that help me think and live better. I like the thought of being an artist & have a big collection of houseplants! I also love cooking, traveling, and theatre. I enjoy running on a Sunday and Yoga to keep the old joints working!

SARAH STONE

(GDC 131222)

Practice Manager

I am a qualified dental nurse with over 30 years experience in general practice in the local area and I hold a dental radiography qualification. For the last 25 years, I have focused on the practice management side of the dental world and enjoys the challenge of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s and building meaningful relationships with my colleagues, patients and other professionals.

I currently work part-time at Chichester Orthodontic Clinic overseeing the clinics general administration and nursing in the surgery when I can.

I am a supporter of Bridge2Aid, which is a dental charity, working in Tanzania. I have visited Tanzania many times in the capacity of a volunteer helping Bridge2Aids aim to free Tanzanian communities from a life of pain, caused by dental problems.

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MARIE JOVANOVIC

(GDC 279256)

Specialist Nurse

I have been a qualified dental nurse since 2017. I joined the practice in 2018 and I recently qualified as an orthodontic nurse. I love working with our patients and  helping bring back their confidence in their smiles.

Over the years I have become passionate about looking after the homeless. I volunteer with Stonepillow, promoting oral health in Chichester and Bognor. I am also interested in the causes of addiction and mental health issues.

I have a background in the arts and love the outdoors.

ALICE JOYNER

Receptionist

I am a previous patient of Ritu’s, so fully appreciate the work and care that goes into a patient’s treatment. As the receptionist I am the friendly face that greets you at the door. I love getting to know patients on a personal level. Being part of their experience from start to finish is really rewarding.


I do a variety of admin for the clinic, one of my favourite responsibilities is managing our social media sharing our patients’ stories.

KAREN PIERCE

(GDC 124185)

Specialist Nurse

I qualified as a dental nurse in 1993 and did my Orthodontic specialist nurse qualification at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2004. I have 30 years experience in dental nursing. I have worked mainly at St Richards Hospital in a senior role at the Maxillofacial unit, where I worked with Ritu for many years. 

I have recently passed a post qualification in dental radiography.

I enjoy spending time with my two kids, taking them on holidays. I am a keen swimmer and love craft and card-making. 

CAROLINE HANCOCK

(GDC 125340)

Specialist Nurse

I am a qualified orthodontic nurse with over 20 years experience. I also qualified taking impressions in 2009.

I absolutely love my job and find it very rewarding. I enjoy being involved in the patients' journey and seeing their beautiful smile at the end of treatment.

Outside of work I enjoy family time with my two beautiful young children. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, decorating my new home and socialising with friends.