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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 Laleh SalmaniDDS, ORE(Lond), GDC No. 162620.

Laleh has graduated from Sadoughi University with the Doctorate Of Dental Surgery in 2006 Iran. She has extensive knowledge of minimally invasive dental care with a special interest in endodontics, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Laleh is an accredited Invisalign (clear braces) and Inman aligner provider. She is currently obtaining a certificate in advanced endodontics.

She is a confident and compassionate dentist who communicates well with patients and team members. Her patients describe her as a very caring dentist who is providing first class dentistry services.

Outside dentistry she enjoys running, travelling and spending time with her family.

Dr Amir VahdatD.D.S. PG Dip. GDC No. 204332.

DDS. Shahid Beheshti University 2001.

DDS. Statutory Exam (UK) 2010.

General & Cosmetic dentistry, Facial Aesthetics.

Amir qualified as a dentist in 2001 and has continued with postgraduate training nationally and internationally ever since.

His main interests lie in restorative, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. He is also studying for a Msc. in implantology .

Amir keeps abreast of the latest advances in dentistry through continuing education programmes. He completed his diploma in aesthetic medicine at Queen Mary University and his certificate in orthodontics at the London Orthodontic Academy.

In addition to possessing a certificate in orthodontics, he has also undergone extensive training to become a certified provider for Invisalign.

He is known for his gentle, relaxed and informal approach and ensures that all patients get the same excellent care.


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.

Olga PenzyevaGDC no 243389 Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Kings College 2021.

Olga joined us the summer of 2022 and works with us on Fridays,she a very caring person and is lovely towards our patients, making them feel at ease, and is a good team player.

Libby BrownDental Hygienist/Therapist GDC no 283957 BSc. Oral Health Science University of Manchester 2019

Libby joined us in May 2022, she has a caring and friendly approach and enjoys seeing a range of patients including those with periodontal disease, she is a good team player and 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.

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.