- 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 and NHS 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 injections 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.
Dr Luke Mirza – B.D.S – Dentist
Luke graduated from Bristol University with merit in 2010. He started his career working in practice in Bristol before moving with his wife to Sevenoaks in Kent.
Luke soon realised that private practice was for him and his career ambitions. He has a passion for minimally invasive and conservative dentistry. During his time in Kent he developed a wealth of experience with same day CADCAM restorations and short term orthodontic treatment. Luke is an experienced provider of Invisalign, CFast and SmileTRU orthodontic systems.
His experience with orthodontics and CADCAM dentistry facilitate his ability to drastically change peoples smiles, whilst maintaining a conservative approach. Luke is looking to begin further training in Implantology within the next year at the University of Bristol.
Luke moved back to the South West with his wife after several years in Kent, where they have settled in Bristol. He is a keen sports fan enjoying most sports, but a keen football fan and avid golfer.
Karen Bellis – Dental Hygienist (Bristol Dental Hospital)
Karen worked within dentistry for over 20 years as initially, a dental nurse then, oral health educator and in 2009. She qualified from Bristol Dental Hospital as a dental hygienist and dental therapist and has gained experience in community dentistry, NHS and private practice.
As an oral health educator she has trained both large and small groups of people, including other healthcare professionals, carers, schools and members of the public and, in 2006 she was part of a small team which won a gold award for public health at the Dorset and Somerset NHS awards.
In 2009 she created a fact sheet for the Mencap website for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties which has been published and also adapted by the Northern Devon healthcare NHS trust. As a dental therapist she particularly enjoys treating phobic patients, people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those with complex medical histories and she carries out all forms of paediatric dentistry in addition to some adult restorative dentistry. In 2012 she qualified to treat patients under conscious sedation.
She has mentored and trained student dental hygienists from Bristol Dental Hospital and has been a course leader for dental nurses training to apply fluoride to patients teeth. Since 2014 she has treated patients under direct access, meaning patients can see Karen without seeing a dentist first and she has experience in scaling restorative dentistry such as implants, veneers, crowns and bridges. Karen is a very keen gardener and has just taken up photography and she enjoys spending most of her time with her family and walking her dogs.
Dr Dan Beevers BDS (Bristol) – Implantology
Dan Beevers BDS MSc (Implantology)
We welcome Dan Beevers to Church House Dental Clinic, who will be working with us on Fridays. Dan specialises in Implants and will be offering free consultations.
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.
Dr Vincent Syme BDS MMedSci DPDS FFGDP(UK) – Dentist
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Vinny graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Dental School in 1993. He first worked in General Practice and the Community Dental Service where he developed an interest in dentistry for older adults (Gerodontology). To explore this further he studied for a Master’s Degree in Gerodontology at Sheffield Dental School, passing with distinction in 1999.
The following year Vinny married and moved with his wife to Taunton, where they still live with their 3 children. Since then Vinny has continued to work in private practice and has carried out postgraduate study in a range of subjects including periodontology (gum treatment), dentistry for anxious patients, counselling skills and facial aesthetics. His special interests remain older adults and anxious patients and he feels that being able to listen to and understand patients is as important as technical excellence.
In 2018 Vinny was made a Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, the highest award in General Practice, in recognition of the standard of care for his patients. He was awarded his Fellowship at the Faculty in London in 2019 and now acts as a mentor to other dentists following the Fellowship Pathway.
Outside of dentistry Vinny spends time with his family, including the dog. He is gradually learning about gardening. The household is keen on a variety of sports and Vinny still enjoys taking part and supporting his kids in their efforts.
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 enjoys spin classes and long walks with her 3 dogs.
Jade Verrier-Buxton – Dental Nurse
We welcomed Jade as part of our Dental Nursing team earlier this year. Jade qualified in January 2018 and is joining us from Bridgwater. She will be working with Luke Monday to Wednesday and Karen on Thursdays.