The Dental Surgery - Meet The Team
We have a highly skilled and experienced team here at The Dental Surgery, all dedicated to providing our patients with a first class range of dental treatments and a level of service that is second to none.
James Opperman (Principal dentist)
James qualified as a dentist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he obtained a B.Sc and a B.Ch.D degree. He owned a family Practice in South Africa for many years before relocating to the UK with his family. He has been a dentist in the local area for more than 17 years. He is married to Marianne and they have 3 sons; Ruan is working in London, Wian is a qualified Physiotherapist working at QEQM Hospital and Dandre is a recent graduate who read Psychology at Exeter University.
James enjoys all areas in Dentistry but he finds the fields of preventative and aesthetic restorative dentistry particularly interesting. He has done several CPD courses that enable him to perform facial aesthetic treatments, should patients ask for them. Away from work James enjoys travelling, cycling, scuba diving and cultivating Bonsai trees in his spare time. James is known by his patients as a calm and caring man with a passion for rugby. He likes to BBQ often and enjoys a glass of good South African wine over weekends.
Marianne Opperman (Practice Manager)
Marianne is our Practice Manager. Marianne obtained a BA( Psych )degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where she met James. She has been a teacher of Psychology at Dane Court Grammar School in Broadstairs for 10 years before joining the Practice full time. In her spare time Marianne enjoys travelling to wherever there is a beach, painting, photography and reading, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Hannah Cullen( Head Receptionist)
Hannah has been the friendly face behind the Reception Desk for the past 6 years. Patients immediately notice Hannah's friendliness and hospitality, and these admirable traits put them at ease the moment they walk through the Surgery's door. Patients have said that Hannah is one of the most approachable dental receptionists they know and we agree with them! Hannah says: "A goal I live by is to try to make everyone I meet smile ; you never know how it can change their life. Hannah is married to Lloyd and they enjoy spending quality time with their children. Although Hannah is a very busy lady she makes time for horse riding and reading.
Sue Epps (Dental Nurse and Receptionist)
Sue has been a dental nurse for many years but she took time out to raise her children, they have now all flown the nest and she can return to her profession. Sue has a stunning smile and her positive outlook on life makes her the ideal dental nurse. James relies on her to make things run smoothly in the Surgery and she regularly attends CPD courses to keep her up to date with the latest GDC and CQC regulations. Sue is married to Anthony and they both love travelling. They have been to many interesting places in the world. Sue loves shopping and spending time with her friends.
Yolande Artiga (Dental Hygienist)
Yolande is well known in the Broadstairs area for being an excellent oral hygienist. Her compassionate and gentle manner has won her many loyal patients over the years. She is a keen student and has continued with her studies through the Open University. Yolande has got years of experience in the oral hygiene field and is very competent. If she is not working she spends time with her lovely family. Two annual visits to Yolande are included free of charge if you join our practice plan.
Joanne Jackson (Hygienist)
Joanne is the other half of our Hygienist team. She has worked in the local area for many years and enjoys having friendly chats with her patients as she helps them to maintain their sparkly smiles. Joanne enjoys living in Broadstairs and going for cycle rides along the coast regularly. Both her and her husband love travelling to interesting places where they can soak up the sun and relax.
Josie Osborn (Trainee Dental Nurse)
Josie joined us in 2017 as a Trainee Dental Nurse. She is currently studying for her Dental Nursing qualification through the Harriet Ellis Training Group and will be qualifying early in 2018. Josie is a friendly young lady who has recently earned her black belt in Karate. Josie enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.