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Our Team


Principal Dentist

Qualifications :BDS (Lond), MJDF RCS (Eng)
GDC Number : 103559

Dr Smitha Pillai qualified from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queens University) in 2006. Dr Smitha Pillai has earned a reputation as a gentle, caring dentist so much so that she is sought out by clients with dental phobias and other anxieties. In her mission to help people achieve quality and affordable dental care, Smitha set up Stokenchurch Dental Care.

Dr.Pillai also has extensive experience in offering the most up to date and modern dentistry to patients across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.



Qualifications: BDS (KCL), MFDS RCS(Ed)
GDC Number : 251048

Dr. Kanani qualified from the prestigious Kings College London at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and has since been providing excellent ethical dentistry. He always strives to provide the highest possible quality dentistry to his patients and especially enjoys putting patients at ease and providing the best holistic care that he possibly can.

He has a special interest in Oral Surgery and Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry having completed numerous courses, including a yearlong course in Aesthetic Restorative dentistry with the world renowned Dr. Chris Orr. In addition he is passionate about teeth straightening and Invisalign provider.

After graduating he has worked in various settings including as an Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and also Bristol Royal Infirmary. At Bristol he continued as an SHO in Restorative Dentistry, also becoming an Honorary Teaching Associate. During this time, he has gone on to pass the exams to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, in Edinburgh.

Outside of Dentistry, Nikhil is a sports fanatic, particularly enjoying cricket, football, skiing and yoga.

To see examples of his work, please be sure to check out his Instagram page: @dr.nikhil.kanani



Salman graduated with honours in 2007 from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Since then he has dedicated himself to providing the highest quality care to his patients. He has attended numerous postgraduate courses and has completed a one year certificate in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry where he trained with leading cosmetic dentists. In addition to general dentistry Salman also offers the following treatments: Invisalign orthodontics, veneers, complex crown and bridgework, crown lengthening and oral surgery procedures.

Salman’s main area of interest is implant dentistry and in 2013 he completed am MSc on dental implantology from the University of Manchester. This is the highest qualification achievable in implant dentistry and has enabled him to treat patients requiring all aspects of dental implant treatment.

Salman’s dedication to his profession was rewarded recently when he was shortlisted for the award of ‘Best Young Dentist’ in 2013.

Dr Arunthana Kathirgamanathan BDS (KCL) MFDS RCS (Ed)

Associate Dentist

GDC Number: 211428

I qualified from King’s College London in 2011 and have since been working in general practice. My main aim is to provide high quality dentistry that is pain-free and seamless in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I particularly enjoy cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry where I am able to use simple cosmetic fillings, crowns and whitening treatments to restore a patient’s teeth and smile. For this I have completed an Advanced Aesthetics and Restorative dentistry course at Aspire Dental Academy. I am also a certified Invisalign provider, able to straighten teeth with clear cosmetic braces.

Aside from dentistry, I like to travel and explore nature. I have enjoyed diving in the Great Barrier Reef and completed a few challenging hikes climbing a mountain, glacier and volcano.



I worked in  general dental practice for eight years, qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 1988, I realised I wanted to further my career in dentistry and I attended night school to gain my further qualifications. My training took place with the Royal Air Force at Halton & I  reached my goal  the Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 1995.

Quirky: During my training as an Open Water Scuba Diver, I chose to dive with sharks as my specialist dive!


Dental Nurse

GDC no: 291615

Sophie began her dental career in 2018 when she started training as a dental nurse. She enrolled on a NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and qualified in 2020. Sophie has a keen interest in dental Hygiene and aspires to become a dental therapist in the future.

Quirky fact: In her spare time Sophie enjoys all aspects of creativity, including still life portraits and creative writing. Sophie has had her art featured publicly in local art exhibitions and hopes her work will inspire self expression and encourage others to explore their creative side.


Trainee Dental Nurse

Areej joined Stokenchurch Dental as a trainee dental nurse in October 2020 and is currently working towards her National Diploma in Dental Nursing. Areej works with both our hygienists, as well as our dentists and enjoys all aspects of her job.

Quirky fact: Outside of work Areej is an upcoming influential beauty vlogger and has a social following of over 5K. Areej aspires to build her page to double her amount of followers before the end of the year.


Office Manager

Rachael has a lengthy career history working in office management and joined Stokenchurch Dental in November 2020. Rachael enjoys all aspects of working in a busy practice including interacting with patients as their first point of call, managing day to day schedules and keeping up-to-date with current legislation.

Quirky fact: In 2019 after a major illness, Rachael became the first woman in the world with a stoma bag to win a national beauty pageant, and has since used her reign as a platform to help young people and children adjust to living with an ostomy.