- Relaxing atmosphere since the moment you arrive.
- Experienced and friendly dentist and staff.
- Coffee, tea or cold water upon your arrival.
- Hot lavender neck wraps to help you relax during your treatment.
- Selection of quality books and magazines to read while you wait.
- Comfortable and big surgeries with quality SIRONA dental equipment.
- In house dental laboratory for better communication and improved aesthetic results.
- Experienced clinicians and technicians to enhance the quality of treatment delivered.
- State of the art equipment and investment in innovative digital dental technology to improve the comfort and accuracy with which your dentistry is being delivered.
- Mercury free practice.
- Following the latest guidelines in clinical governance and decontamination.
- We have our own private car park right outside the practice.
- We are in the centre of the village and close to other good quality amenities.
- We have a ‘same day crown fit service’ – no need for impressions or a 2nd appointment , thanks to CEREC digital impression taking. (please ask us for more information)
- Convenient, flexible appointments to suit your busy schedule. Late evening appointments available on Mondays until 7pm.
- Saturday appointments available.
Meet our team…
Dr Sonika Burger – B.Ch.D (University of Stellenbosch) D.P.D.S (University of Bristol)
Cosmetic dentist and practice owner
Sonika graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1999. Her dental career
started in England and she owned a successful Private dental practice in Berkshire and lived there for 10 years before moving to Somerset in 2012 with her husband Ulrich and their 2 small boys. Sonika really enjoys dentistry and being able to help patients towards good dental health and the best aesthetic outcome possible. Sonika’s postgraduate achievements include a Diploma in Sedation, Oral Surgery and Paediatric Dentistry from the University of Bristol in 2005. She has also completed a year course in Advanced Restorative Dentistry with well-known restorative dentist, Dr Chris Orr to further improve her skills and knowledge of complex aesthetic treatments. She also enjoys doing adult aesthetic orthodontic treatment to help create beautiful smiles alongside complimenting restorative treatments.
Apart from dentistry she has also developed a love for Facial Aesthetic treatments. Sonika obtained advanced qualifications in the provision of dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing treatments in 2009 and she keeps herself up to date with all the new developments in the facial aesthetic and cosmetic dental world through regular ongoing training.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, playing golf and spending time with her husband and 2 boys.
Ulrich Nieuwenhuis – National Higher Diploma in Dental Technology (Johannesburg, Technical College Witwatersrand)
Ceramist and Owner of Creative Ceramic Art Limited
Ulrich qualified in 1994 from the Technicon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to the UK in 1998 and worked in Surrey. His passion for aesthetic dentistry and creating beautiful smiles everyday has driven him to start his own aesthetic dental laboratory called Creative Ceramic Art Limited in 2003.
Ulrich keeps himself up to date with the latest developments in aesthetic and digital dentistry by attending training in Lichtenstein, Germany and the UK regularly. His laboratory became one of the first SIRONA InLab laboratories in the UK and has recently become an InLab trainer for SIRONA in the UK. Creative Ceramic Art Ltd is also a Twiny certified laboratory. Ulrich enjoys working closely with colleagues, dentists and patients to form a very important part of the dental team.
We are lucky to have Ulrich as part of our practice to help us deliver a very high quality service alongside his wife, Dr. Sonika Burger and help create beautiful smiles every day for all our patients. Ulrich’s hobbies include playing touch rugby, cricket in the summer and spending time with his family.
Lowri Wall – BChD. GDC no. 244526
Lowri graduated from the University of Leeds in 2013. Following this, she completed a year of further training within the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department at Hull Royal Infirmary. Lowri worked in general practice in Yorkshire for several years before moving to Bristol in 2017, to be nearer to family in South Wales.
Lowri enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and aims to provide quality dentistry for her patients using a conservative approach. Lowri is able to provide tooth whitening treatments and simple adult orthodontics with clear aligners, to enhance patient’s smiles. She is also pleased to offer anti-wrinkle treatments.
Lowri keeps up to date with the latest developments in dentistry by regularly attending courses to advance her clinical skills and ensure her continued professional development.
Outside of work, Lowri enjoys spending time with friends, skiing, swimming and day trips exploring the south west.
Dr Alexandra Griffin – BDS MFDS RCS (Eng) MSc Orthodontics (Warwick) GDC No. 74678
Alex graduated from the Royal London Hospital Medical and Dental School in 1998. Following this she completed training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford. On completion of her Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 2001 she moved to Australia to work at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, rotating between Oral Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry and Forensic Dentistry. During this time Alex gained a vast amount of experience in all aspects of dentistry, particularly enjoying restoration of teeth with aesthetic fillings and developing a special interest in Orthodontics and the prevention and management of dental trauma.
On her return to the UK in 2005, Alex continued to work in private practice and completed an MSc in Orthodontics at Warwick University in 2016 with Merit. Alex also works as a Specialty Doctor in Orthodontics at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and is an active member of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and British Orthodontic Society.
In her spare time Alex enjoys quality time with her husband, three children and Labrador Meg. This usually involves running, paddle boarding, surfing, horse riding and snowboarding (gaining her instructor status in Canada in 2003).
Dr Marco Zennaro – DDS – GDC No: 69260
Marco graduated from the University of Padova, Italy in 1992. Following this he moved to England and worked in general practice for a few years, firstly in Devon and then in Berkshire.
Marco then moved back to his home, Venice, in 1998, with his English wife and became a proud dad of twins. In Venice he owned a very successful private dental practice and during this time Marco developed a special interest in bone regeneration, dental implant placement and subsequent restoration, working alongside several specialists and learning new techniques.
However, in 2004 he decided to return to England, settling in Somerset, where Marco has since established himself as a private dentist and has welcomed the birth of his second daughter.
Marco is very conservative in his approach to dental treatment and believes in high quality care for his patients. He enjoys cosmetic dentistry such as crowns, bridges and veneers but enjoys more how his patients grow in confidence once they have been treated and have a great smile.
Marco believes in continuing his professional development following the most up-to-date courses, to ensure that he can deliver the best treatment for his patients with his trademark gentle, friendly, relaxed manner.
In his spare time, Marco loves playing guitar, riding motorbikes, fishing and skiing.
Nick More – Dentist – GDC 77778
Nick qualified as a Dentist from the University of Sheffield Dental School in June 2000 and went straight into general practice training up in Manchester.
Nick keeps fully up to date with the latest treatments, procedures and materials via continued professional development (regulated by the General Dental Council). Nick aims to deliver quality dental care for all the family but also enjoys cosmetic dentistry from teeth whitening to cosmetic veneers & crowns as well as white fillings and bridgework for that winning smile.
Nick completed the Invisalign Training Course in July 2014 which now allows patients to have their teeth straightened with clear plastic aligners as an alternative to traditional ‘train track’ braces.
Nick is married to his wife Rachel, follows Man Utd and is an ex-international lacrosse player. He also has a Staffy named Daisy.
Ultimately, Nick believes that everyone deserves to be treated individually with respect and dignity and most of all understanding. Using this philosophy and the most up- to- date materials and techniques, fantastic results can be achieved whether it’s the most simple of fillings or complex bridgework. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and word of mouth referrals.
Dr Dan Beevers BDS (Bristol) – Implantology
Dan Beevers BDS MSc (Implantology)
We welcome Dan Beevers to Church House Dental Clinic, he works with us on Fridays.
Dan moved from the South Coast of Dorset to Bristol in 1999 to study dentistry where he qualified in 2004. On completion of this vocational dental training in Gloucestershire he concentrated his career in the field of oral surgery.
In tandem with his private practice career Dan spent 13 years in the role of Clinical lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Bristol Dental School. In this role he taught both undergraduate and postgraduate dental students and took referral for complex oral surgery procedures.
Dan undertook a four-year MSc programme in Dental implantology in 2009 achieving a distinction grade for his studies and research. He now concentrates his practice in the field of restorative dentistry and implantology. Dan is a member of the International team of implantology and is an actively engaged with their postgraduate training including a mentoring scheme for dentists wishing to gain experience in implant dentistry.
Madeline Bagg – Hygienist
Madeline Bagg – Hygienist – Diploma in Dental Hygiene, University of Bristol
Madeline qualified as a hygienist from the University of Bristol in June 2020. Prior to this Madeline worked as a dental nurse. During her time both as a nurse and hygienist, Madeline has gained experience in a variety of dental settings such as endodontics, implantology, special care patients and working alongside specialist periodontists.
Madeline is passionate about helping her patients with a practical and positive approach tailoring oral hygiene advice for the individual. She has an emphasis on education helping her patients understand the aetiology of the Periodontal disease whilst explaining links to systemic health.
Madeline has a gentle and caring manner helping nervous patients to overcome dental fears and making them feel as comfortable as possible.
In her spare time Madeline enjoys creating portraiture pen drawings and living an active outdoor lifestyle with her family.
Katy Denny – Hygienist
GDC No. 273474
Katy qualified from the University of Essex as a Dental Hygienist in August 2017. She enjoys working with nervous patients and helping to build their confidence within the dental environment to enable them to go on and have further dental treatment. Katy will be working with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and going for long walks in the countryside with her springer spaniel Flo.
Lucy Clarke – Receptionist
We welcomed Lucy to the practice in January 2017 as our receptionist. She relocated to Taunton from Barnstaple where she had been the head receptionist in a dental practice for just over 8 years.
Lucy enjoys running, road biking and spending time with her son Charlie. She ran in the London Marathon 2016.
Laura Brown – Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Laura is our Dental Nurse and part time Receptionist, Laura has 7+ years experience and works full time Monday to Friday. Laura is trained in Implant nursing and Sedation. Laura enjoys long walks with her 3 dogs.
Annie – Dental Nurse
We welcomed Annie to the practice in April 2019.
Annie is a fully qualified dental nurse, with 10+ years experience. Annie works Monday-Thursday with Dr Lowri Wall.
In her spare time Annie enjoys caring for her 11 sheep, 2 ponies and 2 dogs.
She also enjoys a coastal walk, with a little pub stop along the way.
Rachael – Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Rachael works with us Monday to Thursday. She has a new puppy called Eva, who is keeping her very busy!
Shannon – Trainee Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Shannon works with us full time Monday – Friday and Saturdays. She is training to become a Dental Nurse here at Church House. We are very excited to watch Shannon progress. Shannon has just brought her first house.