Christmas and New Year Opening Times

25th December Closed
26th December Closed
27th December 9.00am - 5.30pm Dr. I. Mapp
28th December 9.00am - 1.00pm Dr. A. Mirza
28th December 2.00pm - 5.30pm Reception only
29th December 9.00am - 4.00pm Reception only
30th December 9.00am - 4.00pm Reception only
1st January Closed
2nd January 9.00am - 5.30pm Dr. C. McSwiney

If you are in pain and require emergency dental advice or assistance,
Dentaline are also available on 01634 890300.

In the meantime have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Team

Our staff are dedicated to patient comfort

Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly and caring. Our staff are here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our practice.

They are always eager to make you feel comfortable and listen to your concerns and desires while seeking the best dental solution to reach your goals.


Dr. Clara McSwiney General Dentist GDC No. 76789

Dr. Van Rensburg General Dentist with an interest in Fibre Reinforced Composites GDC No. 66913

Dr. Afshan Mirza General Dentist GDC No. 81153

Dr. Ian Mapp General Dentist GDC No 51626

Dr. Clara McSwiney joined the practice in 2003 and has since become the Principal Dentist. She is trained an all aspects of general dentistry. Clara particularly enjoys treating nervous and anxious patients and root canal treatments. She is dedicated to providing anxiety-free dentistry to her patients in order to help them achieve their dental goals with ease.

Dr. McSwiney completed her undergraduate studies in Cork, Ireland graduating with honours and holds a Certificate in Restorative Dentistry from the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute, London. She actively enhances her education and training, keeping up to date with reading and courses.

Outside of work she has two children who keep her very busy! She enjoys socialising with friends and reading.

Dr. Johannes Jurgens Jansen Van Rensburg (Jansie) was born in South Africa and obtained his dental degree in 1980 at the University of Pretoria.

Through working with fibre reinforced composites (glass fibre reinforcement composite restorations), Jansie developed an interest in these techniques. Jansie has been practising fibre reinforced composite techniques for the last 10 years and is also actively involved in educating dental professionals in these skills. He has helped many patients by providing them with solutions using fibre reinforced composites to solve their dental problems in an efficient, durable, cost effective and minimally invasive way.

Dr. Afshan Mirza qualified from Guys Dental hospital London in 2002 with a letter of commendation. Since graduating she has attended a number of post graduate dental courses to keep her dental skills up to date. Most recently Afshan obtained a Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice from the prestigious Eastman Dental University.

Afshan is a sympathetic and caring dentist and has a professional and friendly manner. She provides a high standard of dental care and is driven by the needs and aspirations of her patients.

Afshan enjoys cooking, reading and pilates.

Dr. Ian Mapp qualified from The Royal Dental Hospital School, London in 1977. Along with good diagnostic skills, Ian has a keen interest in restorative dentistry and minor oral surgery. He also enjoys treating children and nervous patients.

Dr. Mapp ran his own practice in Hythe for over 20 years and therefore brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Ian is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. He is a keen motorcyclist and his interests include DIY and travel.

Dental Hygienists and Therapists

Our Hygiene Department is made up of friendly, experienced and reliable dental care professionals that are dedicated to putting your needs first.

  • Suzy Thomas - Dental Hygienist GDC No. 4042

Suzy qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1991. Shortly afterwards she was employed part-time by the Royal College of Surgeons, Huntarian Dental Unit as a hygienist involved in research into Gum/Periodontal Disease, an area that she is still passionate about.

She will help with the ongoing maintenance of your gums, cosmetic work and dental implants in a structured, caring and sympathetic manner. Suzy continues to attend courses to update her skills and keep at the forefront of dental treatments. Her most recent course is one named ‘Comfortably numb’, which involves the use of a highly effective anaesthetic system which doesn’t require an injection. She would be more than happy to discuss this in more detail with you.

  • Bryony Mann - Dental Hygienist and Therapist GDC No. 129468

Bryony qualified from Leeds in 2007 and has worked across a variety of private and NHS practices in her home town of York.

Before qualifying as a dental hygienist and therapist she was a dental nurse for six years.

Bryony has an interest in periodontal cases where her intervention can improve a patient’s dental health. She enjoys the challenge of her work and seeing the patient appreciate the difference she can make.

  • Jessica Smith - Dental Hygienist and Therapist GDC No. 268240

Jessica qualified from Leeds University in 2016 with a Distinction in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. She was also presented with three prizes from the University for consistently delivering the best overall care for dental hygiene, therapy and paediatrics.

Prior to her education at Leeds University, Jessica obtained a Distinction in Foundation of Science Degree in Dental Nursing at Northampton University.

Jessica's interests include hiking, hockey, trampolining and in 2010 she was selected to represent Great Britain at the World Age Games.

With our expanded Hygiene Department we can now offer more appointments, especially in our popular Wednesday evening clinic.

Did you know it is now possible to see a Dental Hygienist without first seeing a Dentist for an oral examination. The hygienist will not carry out a complete examination and it is still necessary for you to have regular check-ups according to your individual needs. This is usually from every 6 months to every two years. Only a Dentist will be able to fully diagnose any oral conditions and provide a treatment plan.

  • Other members of The Practice Team
  • Paige Harrison
  • - Dental Nurse GDC No. 247685
  • Alice Demarcy
  • - Dental Nurse GDC No. 265762
  • Mariana Neata
  • - Trainee Dental Nurse
  • Demi Williams
  • - Trainee Dental Nurse
  • Gillian Brenchley
  • - Receptionist
  • Susan Cranfield
  • - Practice Administrator