Let's meet the team

Our team may be small but our passion for improving peoples smiles more than makes up for our size.
Add to this our training & professionalism and you know your smile is in good hands with us.

Dr Aniko Lazar DMD

Dr Aniko Lazar DMD MSc - Dental Surgeon & Proprietor

General Dental Council number: 84 111

I graduated in 1999 from the Dental University in Budapest, Hungary; an internationally renowned centre for training. After working for 5 years at the University Hospital as both a lecturer and dentist, I moved to England in 2004 and since then I have worked for the Emergency Dental Service, NHS and private practices in the South-East, South-West and Kent. I established First Choice Dental Clinic in 2009 and I have been dedicating my time and knowledge to continuously develop and expand the clinic.

I continued my studies at postgraduate level in the UK, and obtained a Master’s degree in Implant Dentistry at the University of Warwick. I have a special interest in dento-alveolar surgical procedures, dental implants and dento-alveolar bone augmentation using blood plasma, bovine or synthetic bone. I also have additional training in dental radiology and Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT). I have been trained in dental sedation. I am able to provide complex treatments involving a wide range of dental procedures from treatment planning, dental radiology, surgery, endodontic and complex restorative treatments.

My ongoing professional courses mean I am always up to date with the latest developments and procedures, which I bring to all my patients. I am passionate about dentistry and my mission is to turn nervous patients – with often neglected dentition – around. My aim is to improve people’s smiles through high quality, pain-free aesthetic dentistry in a caring, relaxed environment.

In my spare time I enjoy looking after my family. My hobbies are reading, gardening, and yoga.

Dr Amanda J Ridley BDS

Claire McCoy BDS (NUI) Msc(Lond) - Dental Surgeon

General Dental Council number: 66613

I joined First Choice Dental Clinic in July 2020.

I qualified in 1991 from University College Cork, Ireland after which I worked in General Dental Practice and took an Msc in Gerodontics at the Royal London Hospital.

I have a special interest in Prosthetics and Cosmetic Dentistry. I am dedicated to Continuing Professional Development courses in relation to General Dental Practice.

Chloe Smith

Natalie Woodlock BDS(Lond), MFDS RCS(Ed), Msc, MClinDent(Perio), MRDRSC(Ed) - Specialist in periodontics

General Dental Council number: 76558

I first qualified in dentistry from Guys, Kings & St. Thomas’ Dental Institute in 1999. Since then I have gained extensive experience in a variety of settings. These have included general practice, community dentistry, oral surgery, and providing dental care for the staff of Unilever.

In 2001 I was successful in achieving Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons. Whilst working as a Senior House Officer in Restorative Dentistry, I developed an interest in periodontology. I completed the four year part-time specialist training program at King’s College London. I was successful in gaining a Master of Science in Periodontology, and went on to gain further expertise in the subject achieving the Master of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics and the Membership in Restorative Dentistry to become a Specialist in Periodontics. I limit my practice to periodontics to treat gum disease.

David Whittaker

David Whittaker Anaesthetist

General Medical Council number: 2833749

I graduated in medicine at the University of Wales in Cardiff in 1983 and studied anaesthesia in St Thomas’ hospital in London. I specialised in dental anaesthesia and sedation, starting in 1992 and have been providing conscious sedation full time since 1998.

Over the years I have refined the techniques to provide an excellent degree of analgesia and anxiolysis, always keeping up to date with new developments in the field.

My work is based around London and the south east and I’m very happy to be joining Aniko and her team in Eastbourne.

Michele Austin

Michele Austin Practice Manager and Lead Nurse

General Dental Council number: 285001

I joined First Choice Dental Clinic in December 2017 as a trainee dental nurse and am proud to have grown and develop within the practice.

I qualified with the National Examination Board for Dental Nurse and gained the National Diploma Qualification in dental nursing level 3

I became the Lead Dental Nurse after qualifying In2019 and am now the Practice Manager. I am very proud of my achievements and proud to help manage such a lovely team and our lovely practice. I love welcoming patients to the practice and I really enjoy my role here.

I feel the practice has a very calm, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere with a very supportive team. I find it rewarding when patients enter nervous and then leave with a smile. I love to be part of helping them achieve the smile they have always dreamt of.

Since qualifying as a Dental Nurse I have undertaken a course in impression taking and sedation as post qualifications and I am pleased to have qualified in both of these.

In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and playing darts. I play darts three times a week and help to run the competitions for the ladies darts teams. I have gained a few trophies over the years In February 2020, I became a Granny to a beautiful little boy.

I look forward to welcoming and seeing you at our lovely practice.



Lola Whittaker Lead Surgical Nurse

General Dental Council number: 249567

I started dental nursing in 2012, studying Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing at City & Guilds.

I qualified & registered with the GDC in 2014. I worked in a mixed practice for 6 years before I took a 2 year break to work at EasyJet as a Flight Attendant. I then became a mother to my little boy in September 2019.

I was very pleased to join First Choice Dental Clinic in 2020. My favourite treatments are oral surgery & restorative treatments.  I love assisting to help achieve all your dream smiles!

Carly Coote

Carly Coote Dental Nurse

General Dental Council number: 255646

I gained my Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing with City and Guilds in 2014 and registered with the GDC in 2015. I worked full time in an NHS practice before taking time off to become a mum to two little girls.

I work Saturday’s at First Choice Dental Clinic and I love working in such a friendly, calming environment. I really enjoy chatting to the lovely patients at First Choice Dental Clinic and strive to give patients a positive and relaxed experience. I love to learn and hope to expand my skills within dentistry.

Dr Gabriella Birley

Dr Gabriella Birley MBChB MSc - Aesthetic Doctor

General Medical Council number: 7751029

I graduated in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) at the University of Warwick. Prior to this I graduated with honours in Law at The University of Manchester and then obtained an MSc in Global Health at  Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I have always had an interest in aesthetic medicine, and I am driven to learn the most up to date and advanced procedures and techniques by the leading practitioners to not only ensure the best results for my patients, but the safest. I also have a keen interest in gynaecology so relished the opportunity to be trained in aesthetic gynaecology by the European society of aesthetic gynaecology. 


Maria Man DMD Dental Hygienist

General Dental Council number: 259652

I graduated from the Tg. Mures Dental University in 2011. Since I moved to England I worked in mixed NHS – private practices for 5 years before joining the team at First Choice Dental Clinic in December 2020.

My goal is to help my patients improve their oral health, treating them with utmost care and gentleness in a friendly and calm manner, whilst also focusing on oral disease prevention.

In order to keep up-to-date and to enhance my professional skills I regularly attend dental development courses.

In my spare time I try to keep active. I enjoy off-road cycling, skiing and ice skating and occasionally fossil hunting.


Janice Styles Dip. Dru Ayurveda Health Coach, Dip.HE. RN, Dip.DY.DYPR, BSYA (HFTP)

I have been a patient at First Choice Dental Clinic for many years and have been very impressed by the exceptional standard of care and naturally holistic approach to dentistry. I am delighted to have joined the Team as an Ayurveda Health Coach with over 35 years in the field of holistic therapies. My desire is to support, inspire and empower my clients along their journey of creating health, happiness and longevity.

Throughout my career as a Holistic Therapist I have gained many qualifications through continued professional development in yoga, nutrition, fertility, health and healing. I attained my Dip HE. RN (Children’s Nursing) Diploma in Higher Education at the Northwest London College of Nursing & Midwifery/South Bank University in1994. During this earlier career as a Registered Nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, London, I received the support of many of the Consultants and Senior nurses during the introduction of therapeutic touch and massage to enhance the care of babies and children in the Neonatal and Paediatric Departments.

I love to spend my free time with friends as well as enjoying salsa classes, being in nature, reading and deepening my personal yoga practice. This further supports my students with experiencing more self-awareness, relaxation and stress reduction. Alongside studying the wisdom of Ayurveda, I have a huge passion for Quantum Science as it relates to the application of breathing practices and treatments that clear sub-conscious emotions known to interfere with optimum health. These studies have culminated in receiving a qualification in Bio Energetic Synchronisation Technique, otherwise known as B.E.S.T.