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Stokenchurch Dental

Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Smitha Pillai - Principal Dentist

GDC No: 103559

Qualifications:BDS (Lond), MJDF RCS (Eng)

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.

Dr. Nikhil Kanani - Dentist

GDC No: 251048

Qualifications: BDS (KCL), MFDS RCS(Ed)

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 a 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

Dr. Arunthana Kathirgamanathan - Associate Dentist

GDC No: 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.

Dr. Salman Malik


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 an 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.



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 of 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!

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