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Dr Nick Maxwell
BDS MSc Restorative & Aesthetic Dentist
GDC: 74877

Principal Dentist

Nick graduated from London’s King’s College in 1998 and quickly worked his way up to the position of lead clinician. After 14 years working in predominantly private practice, he decided to buy his own practice and set up St Mary’s.

Nick oversees a team of general dentists and visiting professionals who offer a range of treatments and specialist services including oral surgery, implants, endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics.

With a special interest in restorative and aesthetic dentistry, Nick recently completed an Msc at Manchester University. He has also completed further professional studies in aesthetics under the mentorship of Paul Tipton, and in placing and restoring implants.

Nick is qualified to use IV and RA sedation, and techniques such as Wand, a pain-free numbing system, to help support nervous patients. Combining his friendly and positive chairside manner, he aims to put patients at ease and work with them to eventually undergoing treatment without sedation.

Outside of the practice he enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography, and has completed a string of personal challenges, including the Thames Path Challenge, diving with sharks and a skydive, to raise money for charity.

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Dr Sandra Forde BDS

Associate Dentist

Sandra initially worked in the pharmaceutical industry in a role managing and scheduling phase I-IV clinical trials to prepare new drugs for global submissions and approval. She turned to dentistry in her mid-twenties and qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ United Medical and Dental School in 1997, and since then has worked mainly in private practice in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Sandra firmly believes in a holistic approach to dentistry, combining good oral health and education with modern treatments for restoring teeth and improving aesthetics.

Sandra loves sport and is passionate about skiing and yoga. During her dental training she was awarded a half blue for her endeavours in karate by becoming the national champion at the EGKA. She is also an avid reader and cook. Sandra believes in approaching all aspects of her life - family, work and hobbies - with enthusiasm.

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Emma Smith

Emma qualified as a hygienist from the University of Birmingham in 1992. She then moved to London where she worked in private practice as the resident hygienist. In 2004 she moved to Brighton where she worked in several practices before taking on her current role at St Mary’s.

A keen interest in preventative care, Emma is keen to ensure her skills are kept up to date, regularly attending courses on the latest innovative industry advancements and preventative care techniques.
She also holds a Diploma in Radiography and carries out teeth whitening procedures.

Emma’s bubbly and enthusiastic personality puts patients at ease and they benefit highly from her tips and advice on maintaining good oral health. She has twice been nominated for the Hygienist of the Year Award, in 2012 and 2014.

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Joanne Pennicott

St Mary’s House Dental Care recently welcomed new dental nurse Joanne Pennicott. She has been a dental nurse for 11 years and says she loves the job for its challenges and the people she meets. Originally from West Yorkshire, Joanne has three children and a fiancé and has lived in the south of England for the past 25 years.

Away from work she loves spending time with her children, walking her dog and taking part in quizzes – she was once a contestant on the BBC’s ‘Weakest Link’ with Anne Robinson. Joanne also enjoys learning about Italian history and her favourite place to visit is Rome. Joanne is looking forward to going on to train to become a dental hygienist.

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Georgie Fox
Practice Coordinator

Georgie joined us in 2015 as a Practice Coordinator. She has worked within the dental industry for over 30 years and has now firmly found her feet in coordinating the practice. Her passion to deliver excellent customer service is infectious as well as her eye to detail and winning smile. Georgie enjoys an array of gym activities and also merchandising goods for the gym. 

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Gillian Bentley
Lead Nurse

Gillian has been with St Mary's House Dental Care now for 25 years. She is a true asset to the practice whose meticulous standards and attention to detail are exemplary. Her kind and gentle manner is very much appreciated by our patients. GIllian is an avid swimmer and really enjoys socialising.

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Riz Deen
Practice Manager

Having worked in diverse organisations, mainly customer-focused and management roles, has enabled Riz to gain many valuable skills which allows the practice to run efficiently. His meticulous standards and ability to deal with patients ensure the highest level of care is met. Riz is a big fan of cars and spending time diving in various locations around the world.

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Anand Parekh
Associate Dentist

Anand recently joined our team as an associate dentist. Having qualified from the University of Birmingham Dental School in 2003, he went on to gain additional qualifications and membership to the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006. He has held two hospital posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Brighton and Eastbourne, which increased his surgical experience considerably. Since then, Anand has gained a wealth of experience in private general practice in London and Surrey. He has a special interest in aesthetic restorative dentistry, as well as implantology, for which he is currently studying towards a diploma.

Anand believes in delivering high-quality treatment in a caring and well-mannered way. In his spare time, Anand enjoys cycling and spending time with his young family.

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Please contact us through the web form or alternatively by phone. We will get back to you as soon as possible to help you with whatever your query may be.

St Mary's House Dental Care
St Mary's Road
West Sussex,
BN43 5ZA

Tel: 01273 453109

Opening Hours

M: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.10 - 17.10
W: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.10 - 17.10
F: 08.10 - 15.30


If you are a patient of the practice and have an emergency, we’ll do our best to see you that same day. If the practice is closed, please telephone 01273 453109 and listen to the recorded message for details of our out-of-hours emergency cover. If you are not a patient of the practice and have a dental emergency, please phone 01273 453109 and we will do our best to provide emergency treatment for you. Please note that our out-of-hours service is only available to our registered patients.


If any aspect of our service has not met with the standards we aim for, please ask for a copy of our complaints policy and details of the procedure we will follow

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