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  • Ark Dental Practice,
  • 37 The Vineyard,
  • Richmond,
  • London,
  • TW10 6AS

The Team

We are a team of approachable, highly trained and experienced dental professionals.


Dr Nirmal RanaBDS. Hons (Lond). LDS.RCS.(Eng), MFGDP. (uk) GDC: no 53832.

Dr Rana is the Principal of the Ark Dental Practice and qualified with honours from University College Hospital , London in 1979.

He has broad experience of all aspects of dentistry with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and crown bridge work. He has been established in Richmond since 1982 making him one of the longest based dentists in the area. He has a reputation for being a very caring and sympathetic dentist, able to empathize with his patients.

Dr Rana and his family live locally and he is the proud father of three young daughters.

Dr Christian-Eiben BunsMed. Dent. Marburg 1994. GDC No 75580.

Dr. med. dent., Christian-Eiben Buns has a special interest in gum disease and implants who underwent specialist training in periodontology and dental implantology for 5 years. He is qualified as a Dental Surgeon (Marburg), Dr med dent (Marburg), Periodontist (Marburg), Specialist in periodontology (DGP) and is registered on the Specialist Registry in Periodontics (GDC) and has an MSc in Implantology (London).

He won the Nobel Biocare Award for his performance in the Implant Programme at the Eastman Dental Institute. He also works in periodontal and implant research lectures frequently, nationally and internationally and has published to date 35 national and international papers as author and co-author.

He is a member of the ADI. BSP. IADR. DGP. DGI. PZVD. and a fellow of the ITI and a ICD and Neue Gruppe. Germany.

Dr Carmel CoombsDMD Manila 1987. Statutory. Exam UK 1994. GDC no 70023.

Carmel achieved a degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine in Manila, Philippines in 1987. She worked in Saudi Arabia before moving to the Uk in 1991. She successfully passed her Statutory Examination and registered with the General Dental Council in 1994.

She obtained the certificate in Restorative Dental Practice in 2009 and afterwards certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry and Dental Materials in Eastman Dental Institute UCL.

She is a certified user of the Inman Aligner Orthodontic Treatment since July 2012.

Carmel is a General Dental Practitioner who has a passion for Dental Cosmetic Treatment, Crown and Bridgework and Veneers.


Jelena PolokovaDip. Dent Hygiene Latvia 1997. GDC no 6601.

Elena joined the Ark in 2004, she has an interest in periodontal and implant patients, and works to a very high standard she is very good with anxious patients and outside work has a great interest in Yoga.

Debbie Griffiths.CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1991 GDC no 4148

Debbie has supported Dr Rana for 20 years and her kind caring approach has helped improve oral health of many of their patients and has an extremely loyal patient base.

Rebecca MooreDiploma in Hygiene and Therapy RCS Eng 2011. GDC no 143526.

Rebecca joined us in 2011, she has a caring approach and friendly approach and is fun to work with.


Polly TomsBA(Hons) Dip. DPM. RDN. GDC no 10537.

The Practice team is led by Polly, who has over 30 years experience in the dental field, as a nurse, receptionist and for the last 19 years as a Practice Manager. She has sat on various DCP advisory Boards and was on the Executive Committee of the BDPMA for 13years. She won the Practice Manager of the Year Award in 2001. Polly appreciates that patients may be anxious about their visit to the dentist and aims to eliminate this by listening to their needs worries and apprehensions.

Claire TaylorNational Certificate NEBDN 1996. GDC no 110453.

Claire started working as a Dental Nurse in1989, since then she has continued to complete various courses, and passed the National Certificate in Dental Radiography in Dec 2005. She has a special interest in Implants and completed a course in Advanced Implant Dental Nursing with Straumann in 2000. She has worked at The Ark for 14 years.

Niloufar NodjumiNational Certificate NEBDN 1999. GDC no 125774.

Nelly started working at the Ark in 2005. She completed her National Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2008. Nelly ensures that the practice’s Cross Infection Control Procedures are of the highest standards and quality for both patients and staff.

Qianmei Zhou Sullivan (Mei)National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014. GDC no 250339.

Mei Joined us in 2013 as a trainee dental nurse, she has worked hard and passed her diploma in Dental Nursing in Nov 2103. She is very interested in attending courses and works with all the dental practitioners. Mei also has a BA in Chinese Literature and a MSc in International Business.

Gill BuchananReceptionist

Gill has worked at the Ark since 2005, she has a dental background and enjoys answering patients queries and booking appointments. She is an asset to the smooth running of the Practice and operation of the daily schedules.

Karen JoslinSecretary

Karen joined the Practice at the same time as the Practice Manager in 2004 and continually helps with the updating of important Human Resource Documents and Practice Policies as well typing treatment plans for patients . She also oversees the recall system.