Meet The Team
The Dental Smiles Team
Take a look at some of the friendly faces you’ll see when you visit one of our practices.
Dr Frances Carling-Thom (BDS) Principal Dentist, 115196
Our other principal dentist, Frances qualified from Newcastle University and has since focused on cosmetic dentistry, teeth straightening and facial aesthetics. She has a very loyal following owed in part to her gentle and approachable manner.
Another passion of Frances’ is mentoring other dentists to support their development. Between clinical dentistry, managing the practices and looking after her three young children Dylan, Ruby and Harry, Frances likes to play netball and is a yoga fanatic!
Dr Raj Gandhi (BDS) Associate Dentist, 57393
Dr Raj qualified from University College London and has been providing NHS and private treatment to patients living and working in the Gray’s Inn Road area for over 35 years. He particularly enjoys motivating patients to look after their teeth as a preventative measure. His philosophy is to try and conserve as much natural tissue as possible.
Apart from dentistry, Dr Raj enjoys taking his dogs on long walks and playing field hockey. His favourite film is an obscure one from the ‘70s called ‘Open Season’ with William Holden and Peter Fonda. He has fond memories of sneaking in to see it as he was underage, but it still gives him a great deal to reflect on, even after 40 years.
Dr Caleb Yang (BDS) Associate Dentist, 260128
Dr Caleb studied in the Royal London Hospital, which equipped him to treat a wide range of conditions and patients. He is passionate about supporting patients to overcome their phobias and anxieties about visiting the dentist, and also helping people become more confident in their smile.
Dr Caleb also loves being a dentist because he gets to work with the latest equipment and learn lots about cutting-edge technology and tools. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis, listening to classical music and tinkering with electronics.
Dr Akhil Patel (BDS PG Cert) Associate Dentist, 258748
Dr Akhil studied dentistry at the University of Manchester before completing a postgraduate certificate in primary dental care at the University of Kent.
Dr Akhil has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and has completed a year of training in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He always striving to provide patients with their perfect smile by using minimally invasive techniques.
Aside from dentistry, he enjoys keeping active and playing sports such as cricket, badminton and football. As an adrenaline junkie, he also likes to scuba dive, ski and rock climb.
Dr Elina Athanasiou (BDS)
Dr Elina qualified from Liverpool University and thoroughly enjoys doing what she does. Dr Elina enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has an interest in treating paediatric patients and undertaking cosmetic treatments.
Dr Elina believes that the provision of high quality dental care and a friendly manner are of the utmost importance. At Dental Smiles London, she endeavours to provide all treatment efficiently, safely, and to the highest possible standard.
Dr Elina keeps up to date with developments in dentistry by regularly attending conferences and postgraduate courses and recently completed some professional exams.
Outside of the dental practice you’ll find her in kobox class or hanging out with friends.
Nikki is our Practice Manager.