Meet The Team

We are a small family run practice with a passion to create world class results whilst providing an enriching experience for all.

James Gabriel

Principal Dentist

BDS Bristol MFDS RCPS Glasgow 2001
GDC registration: 74305

Jim has been the principal dentist at Emsworth Dental Surgery since he and Caroline took over the practice in March 2008. He qualified in 1998 from Bristol Dental School and completed his Foundation training in Bristol. Following this he spent two years at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth as a surgical senior house officer gaining experience in all aspects of oral surgery. It was while at Plymouth that Jim gained his membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery. The next year was spent in the Personal Dental Service which was a community based position serving the dental needs of inner city Bristol. Jim spent a further seven years as a general dental practitioner working both  in Bristol and Wellington, Somerset. 

The birth of Jim and Caroline’s children bought them to Emsworth to be nearer family. The practice has grown considerably over the past eight years and Jim was appointed as an Educational Supervisor in 2010. He has responsibility for the education of his Foundation dentist and regularly teaches within the practice and at the study days organised by the Wessex Deanery.

Jim is a General Dental Practioner with an interest in oral surgery and occlusion (how our teeth bite together). This complex subject is very relevant to treating muscular pain around the jaws and certain types of headache.

Caroline Gabriel

Principal Dentist

BDS Bristol 1999
GDC registration: 75852

Caroline graduated from University of Bristol dental school in 1999 and since then has worked in general practice. She has a wide range of interests including periodontology, preventative dentistry and treating children. She enjoys visiting schools and nurseries to promote oral health education.

Caroline is extremely proud of the New Practice and is excited about the new opportunities it offers. Outside the Practice she enjoys family life with her two children, her friends, travelling and pilates.

Harpreet Kalsi

Principal Dentist 

BDS London BSc (Hons) MJDF RCS Eng PG Cert (Prosthetics/Implants)
GDC registration: 211626

Harpreet also known, as ‘Harry’ to his family and friends became a partner and principal dentist at Emsworth Dental Surgery alongside James and Caroline in January 2017. He qualified from Kings College London in 2011 having completed his degrees both in Dentistry and Biomedical Science. He completed his foundation training year in Emsworth and stayed on as an associate having fallen in love with the area. In 2015 he helped project manage and oversee the build of our New Dental Surgery on the High Street.

Harpreets’ enthusiasm for knowledge in dentistry has allowed him membership to the Joint Dental Faculty. Currently, Harpreet is undertaking his double Masters in Clinical Dentistry for fixed and removable prosthodontics (Crowns, Bridges, Veneers and Dentures). Alongside this new venture he is also completing his Diploma in Implantology to help replace missing teeth. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and can aesthetically straighten your teeth in as little as 3-6 months.

As a General Dental Practitioner Harpreet has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry especially “smile makeovers” He feels there is nothing more personally rewarding than giving back patients their confidence to smile again.

Associate Dentist 

BDS Bristol DPDS
GDC registration: 74521

Isla qualified from the University of Bristol dental school in 1998. For the first five years of qualification she remained in the Bristol vicinity working as an associate dentist. During this time she gained her Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies from Bristol University in subjects including Endodontics (root fillings) Periodontics (gum disease) and Prosthetics (dentures).

She moved to Emsworth in 2004 due to her to husbands work and worked as an associate dentist in the local area. Whilst working in the area, she had the privilege of assisting a local specialist and for five years carried out implant restorations. She joined Emsworth Dental Surgery in 2010 and has recently completed a postgraduate restorative course in London. Isla enjoys all aspects of dentistry and in particular crown and bridgework, dentures and treating nervous patients.

Gemma Klapwijk

Associate Dentist 

BDS Plymouth 
GDC registration: 277453

Gemma is one of our associate dentists who graduated from Plymouth dental school and has been with us since September 2018. Gemma has an interest in all aspects of general dentistry, particularly treating nervous patients due to her calm and caring nature. Gemma is also currently working towards obtaining her Membership of the Joint Dental Faculty with the Royal College of Surgeons. Outside of work Gemma enjoys spending time outdoors, running, swimming and riding and looking after her horse.

Tom Holland-Elliott

Foundation Dentist

GDC registration: 284368

Tom is interested in all aspects of dentistry and attends lots of courses and training to develop his skills. When not at work, he enjoys walking his dog in the countryside. 

Dental Hygienist 

CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene
GDC registration: 3047

Helen qualified as a dental hygienist from the Royal Navy Dental training school (Portsmouth) in 1985 and enjoys keeping updated with regular continuing professional education courses including the extended duties for Dental Hygienists (2005) and has worked in Emsworth since 2000. Helen has worked in both hospital and private practices ranging from full to part-time work to accommodate three children and her husband! Having been brought up and educated in the Emsworth area, Helen in her spare time enjoys many outdoor hobbies that living and working near the sea and South Downs provides.

Thomas Juckes

Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Dip in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Sheffield
GDC registration: 184708

Tom is a very popular new member of our team. He joined us part-time at the beginning of 2016 but has been working full time since qualification in 2012. Tom qualified from the University of Sheffield and has experience in both NHS and Private Practices. He enjoys taking part in his continuing professional education to further his knowledge in the hygiene and dental world. Tom thrives on welcoming all patients and enjoys treating the more anxious patient making them feel at ease throughout their treatment.

Jane Peterson

Dental Hygienist

Dip Eastman Dental Hospital London 1995 
GDC registration: 4846

Jane qualified as a Dental Health Educator in 1989 before obtaining the Dental Hygiene Diploma at Eastman Dental Hospital, London in 1995. She has worked solely in a specialist periodontal practice for the past 8 years.

Jane’s passion for her profession has led her to set up a local study group for dental hygienists (2007 – 2011) featuring specialist speakers.

Since compulsory CPD in 2008, Jane has become more involved in education and is currently the Chairperson of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapists Southern Regional Group.

She completed a BSc degree in Oral Health Promotion in August 2014 that encouraged her to reflect on oral health status and develop preventive strategies for all, not just those who visit the practice. This has inspired her to seek to improve oral health education for carers, in nursing and residential homes, in order to benefit residents. Jane was singled out with Highly Commended in Best Hygienist Award 2018 for her outstanding dedication to improving the oral health outcomes in the community.

Abigail Grieve 

Dental Hygienist

CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene Kings College London 1985
GDC Registration: 3199

Abigail qualified as a dental hygienist in 1985 at King's College London. She started her career working in private practices in London where she achieved her diploma in Dental Health Education. Abigail returned home to Hayling Island where she works in a private practice and more recently started working with us in Emsworth. Abigail has been actively involved with the regional group of British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, responsible for helping organise the academic meetings, as part of continuing professional development. Abigail loves her work as a dental hygienist and in her spare time she enjoys baking and entering the annual Emsworth Horticultural Show. She is an enthusiastic member of Portsmouth Wine Society and never happier than when she is pottering in her garden with her labrador Bella.

Sacha Purkiss

Practice Manager

NVQ Level 3 Dental Nurse Portsmouth 
GDC registration: 248326

Sacha joined the practice in November 2015 as a qualified dental nurse and in 2017 was promoted to Practice Manager. Since then she has completed a Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Sacha very much enjoys the day to day running of the practice. When she is not at work you will find her working alongside charities and travelling the world.

Kimberley Udy

Head Dental Nurse

Level 3 Diploma Dental Nurse 
GDC registration: 264017

Kim joined us in 2014 as an apprentice and subsequently qualified as a dental nurse in April 2016. She has proven to be a very popular and valuable member of our team. Kimberley has a keen interest to further extend her nursing qualification in the future. Currently Kimberley is training for the role of a dental implant nurse. Outside of the practice Kimberley enjoys travelling around Europe, spending time with her family and friends. 

Heather Tween

Dental Nurse

NVQ Level 3 Dental Nurse Portsmouth 
GDC registration: 188595

Heather joined Emsworth dental Surgery in November 2015 and brought a significant amount of experience with her, after qualifying as a dental nurse in 2009. Since Heather's time here at the practice, she has furthered her training in impression-taking and fluoride applications. When not at work Heather enjoys going to the cinema, to watch the latest film, with old school friends and spending time at home with her family and two cats.

Lead Decontamination/ Dental Nurse

NVQ Level 3 Dental Nurse Portsmouth 
GDC registration: 248326

Becki joined us in March 2017 and has made a huge impact on the team. Becki qualified as a Dental Nurse in March 2018 at Eastleigh college. Since then Becki has furthered her training in impression-taking and is looking to pursue a dental career in radiography. Becki is always very bubbly and enthusiastic. In her spare time Becki enjoys travelling the world and cooking oriental foods.

Leti Mesa Varon

Trainee Dental Nurse

Leticia join us in October 2017 as a trainee dental nurse and have become a very popular member of the team. Leticia is very friendly and empathetic and loves practical work. Leticia will be joining Eastleigh College in March 2017 to start her qualification in NVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing. Leticia has a great interest in fashion and when she is not shopping she loves to spend time with her family and going to the cinema.

Chelsea Smith

Trainee Dental Nurse 

Chelsea Joined Emsworth Dental Surgery in October 2018, as a Trainee Dental Nurse. She has proven to be a very popular member of the team and will be joining Eastleigh College in 2019 to start her qualification in NVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing. Chelsea has a huge interest in baking cakes and has a blog that she updates frequently. Alongside her baking, she likes to volunteer for the RSPCA. 

Amelia Wrixon 

Trainee Dental Nurse

Amelia joined us in July 2019 and has quickly proven to be a asset to the practice. Amelia has 8 years of experience as a Healthcare support worker and enjoys the patient journey. Amelia will be joining Eastleigh college in March 2020 to start her NVQ Level qualification in Dental Nursing. When Amelia is not at the practice, you will find her at the gym or sailing with her family.

Complaints Manager

Julie is our head receptionist and is fantastic in her role. Julie joined the practice in January 2015. Julie likes to implement ideas where she feels there is a potential improvement for patient care. Julie is a mum of two children and very much enjoys spending time with her granddaughter.


Julie Mitchell

Compliance Lead/Receptionist

Julie joined us in January 2018 and is a professional at admin work. She has many years experience in reception and administration roles, and has proven to be a fantastic dental receptionist. Due to all of Julie’s hard work and experience, she is now our Compliance Lead at the practice. Julie helps oversee all the practice governance and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and going out with friends. 



Karen has started working with us in December 2017. She is fantastic as a dental receptionist and enjoys the customer service aspect of her role. Karen had a little boy back in February 2017 and loves spending time with him and her husband. When not working Karen likes to organise local table top sale events. 

Amanda Griffiths


Amanda joined us in July 2019 and is proven to be an asset to our team. Amanda has many years of experience in admin and finance and is looking forward to having a more face-to-face role with our patients. When not at the practice Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and visiting stately homes around the UK. 

”My allocated dentist deserves special mention for the work they have done with two particularly troublesome teeth of mine. Since receiving treatment I have had no recurrence of the problems I previously experienced.” 

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