Meet our team

Dr Upen Vithlani

BDS (Birm), MFDS RCS (Ed)

Principal Dentist (GDC number: 112861)

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Dr Viren Vithlani

BDS (Birm), MFDS RCS (Ed)

Principal Dentist (GDC number: 113471)

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Dr Tony Stacey

BDS (Newcastle)

Associate Dentist (GDC number:  50910)

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Debby Stacey

Dental Practice Manager

Debby Stacey

Dental Practice Manager and Dental Nurse

  • GDC number: 150620
  • Joined The Grove Practice in 2004 having worked in customer service for 15 years
  • NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing 2007
  • Diploma in Dental Practice management 2005
  • Debbie is equipped to understand both the business and the practical side of running a dental practice. She is happy to make herself available to answer any questions or concerns ranging from finance and payment plans to Implants and Invisalign.
  • “I enjoy riding and caring for my Andalusian horse, spending time with my family, and attending weekly gym classes”

Lorraine Whitehead

Dental Hygienist

Lorraine Whitehead

Dental Hygienist

  • GDC number: EDH 3634
  • Re-joined the practice in 2009 having worked alongside us previously.
  • Lorraine graduated from Glasgow University in 1998
  • Lorraine has successfully completed a local anaesthetic course which enables her to carry out comfortable extensive treatment. Lorraine loves her role and finds it extremely rewarding to see the improvements in her patients oral health
  • “I enjoy gardening, cycling and spending time with my grandchildren”

Chris Atkins

Dental Hygienist

Chris Atkins

Dental Hygienist

  • GDC number: EDH 937
  • Joined The Grove Practice in 2007
  • Chris graduated from the Birmingham School of dental hygiene in 1972
  • She previously worked in the community dental service for 11 years treating adults and children with special needs and has a particular interest in oral hygiene education.
  • “ I enjoy long walks with my two dogs and reading everything and anything”

Zoie Perkins

Dental Hygienist

Zoie Perkins

Dental Hygienist

Tracy Wheeler

Senior Dental Nurse

Tracy Wheeler

Senior Dental Nurse

  • GDC number: 119232
  • National certificate in Dental Nursing 1992
  • Completed a Dental Implant nursing course
  • She has a wide range of nursing experience in all fields of dentistry and she has a keen interest in the welfare of younger patients. She has also attended a further course on Safeguarding children.
  • “I enjoy spending time with my family and going to music concerts“

Jessica Davies

Dental Nurse / Receptionist

Jessica Davies

Dental Nurse / Receptionist

  • Qualified as a dental nurse in 2013
  • Successfully completed her Implant Nursing course October 2015
  • Enjoys theme parks, music, weekends away and attends Lakeside Darts every year!
  • Loves all aspects of dentistry, including implants but mostly enjoys the opportunity to put a smile on people’s faces following cosmetic treatments
  • Jess qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2013 but multi-tasks and also works on our busy reception desk
  • Her most treasured achievement is her son, Dylan

Hannah Middleton

Trainee Dental Nurse /  Receptionist

Hannah Middleton

Trainee Dental Nurse / Receptionist

  • Hannah joined the practice in 2013
  • She is one of our receptionists but is now currently in training and working towards her Dental Nursing qualification
  • Hannah also has a qualification in Child Care
  • She enjoys baking cakes, gardening and spending quality time with her two little girls

Joanna Defaye

Dental Nurse / Receptionist

Joanna Defaye

Dental Nurse/Receptionist

  • Joanna qualified in 2002 and has a lot of experience in the world of dentistry
  • Jo not only nurses but works on our busy reception desk
  • She has continued with her professional development and completed many courses from Treatment Co-ordinator and Implants, to her Leadership and Management Level 3 qualification.
  • She enjoys socialising, reading, movies and spending quality family time

Caroline Cooper

Dental Receptionist

Caroline Cooper

Dental Receptionist

Caroline has over 23 years experience in administration, including customer service and business admin. Her outside interests include Zumba, hula hoop and playing badminton and although she is only a novice, she doesn’t feel at all competitive as long as she wins! I enjoy socialising and am particularly fond of Indian cuisine. As far as a sense of humour goes, I think having 5 children and 8 grandchildren, speaks volumes.

She enjoys socialising and is particularly fond of Indian cuisine. As far as a sense of humour goes, she has said that having 5 children and 8 grandchildren, speaks volumes!!

Helen Watts

Dental Receptionist

Helen Watts

Dental Receptionist

I have been working in dentistry for over 20 years mostly as a dental nurse.  I decided I would like to focus more on dental reception and the customer service side of the business.  I feel my experience as a nurse really helps me in this role.

I enjoy going for ‘afternoon tea’ and walking my dogs, George and Nelly and spending time with my family.

Jackie Perryman

Practice Cleaner

Jackie Perryman

Practice Cleaner

  • Joined The Grove Practice in 2004
  • Jackie has been our practice cleaner for almost 10 years, and has always been extremely dedicated and hardworking.
  • Jackie takes enormous pride in maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness, which is essential in a healthcare environment