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The Metamorphosis Team

With the leading experts in orthodontics along-side a friendly and open team approach to treatment, Metamorphosis Orthodontics prides itself on being the family-friendly destination for adults, kids and teens alike.

We have handpicked a team of the very best orthodontists and support staff to provide a service that is designed to meet the needs of not just children but the whole family.

To find out more about our amazing team please take a look below to learn more about our doctors and therapists or take a look at what our patients say.

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Specialists in Orthodontics

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Dr Mark Vaughan

Clinical Director - Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr Vaughan established himself as one of the UK’s most experienced orthodontists having completed FDS RCS and being awarded Membership in Orthodontics at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and ..

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Dr Mark Vaughan

B.D.S. (Hons), M.Sc. (U. Lond), F.D.S., M.Orth. R.C.S. (Eng)

Clinical Director - Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr Vaughan established himself as one of the UK’s most experienced orthodontists having completed FDS RCS and being awarded Membership in Orthodontics at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Orthodontics at The Royal London Hospital.

His has vast experience in treating patients with special needs and those who are medically compromised and have dental phobias which makes him the first choice for many patients who experience anxiety when visiting an orthodontist.

Mark held the positions of Senior House Officer and Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Oldchurch Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, carrying out treatments such as extraction of difficult teeth, dentoalveolar surgery, hard and soft tissue facial reconstruction after trauma, head and neck cancer and orthognathic surgery.

Dr Vaughan’s clinical areas of interest include three-dimensional facial growth, adult orthodontics – with a particular passion for lingual orthodontics – and interdisciplinary orthodontic management, especially aesthetic treatment. He is a leading practitioner of many of the most sought after treatments including Invisalign and Damon Braces.

Dr Vaughan currently hold the positions:

  • Committee member and Treasurer of the Orthodontic Specialist Group and Treasurer of the British Orthodontic Society
  • Committee member of the British Orthodontic Society Financial Committee
  • Committee member of the Meetings and Conference Committee
  • Committee member of the Specialist Practitioner Liaison Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the British Dental Association
  • Member of the European Orthodontic Society
  • International Member of the American Orthodontic Society
  • Member of the World Federation of Orthodontists

GDC No.66109

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Dr Faranak Modarai

Head of Children's Orthodontics - Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr Modarai qualified from Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute in 2002 before gaining extensive experience in paediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery and restorative dentistry in ..

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Dr Faranak Modarai

BDS MFDS RCS (Eng) MOrth RCS (Ed)

Head of Children's Orthodontics - Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr Modarai qualified from Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute in 2002 before gaining extensive experience in paediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery and restorative dentistry in both specialist hospital and general practice settings. She was successful in gaining Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2004 before undertaking a training programme in Orthodontics at King’s College London and Kingston Hospital, gaining Membership in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

Dr Modarai's areas of interest include facial aesthetics and growth and she has published papers in both European and American Orthodontic journals. She has presented at National and International Orthodontic meetings and is an active member of the British Orthodontic Society.

GDC No. 81157

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Dr Neil Counihan

Specialist in Orthodontics

Neil Counihan is one of the UK’s leading Orthodontic Specialists qualifying at Kings College Hospital, London and New York University. Dr Counihan trained as an Orthodontist in New York and is much ..

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Dr Neil Counihan

BDS (Lond) certORTH (New York)

Specialist in Orthodontics

Neil Counihan is one of the UK’s leading Orthodontic Specialists qualifying at Kings College Hospital, London and New York University.

Dr Counihan trained as an Orthodontist in New York and is much in demand from Amercian families living in London. He specialises in non-extraction, pain-free treatment for children and adults. He is also an active member of the British and European Orthodontic Societies 

Following the success of his first private practice based in Harley Street 'Elleven Orthodontics', Dr Counihan founded Metamorphosis Orthodontics in Parsons Green. He is a regular speaker and lecturer at various Orthodontic and Dental Conferences around the world and maintains his long-held position as Tatler Magazine's recommended 'Best UK Private Orthodontist'. Dr Counihan is also a judge for the Private Dentistry Awards UK.

His expertise lies in treating patients requiring Orthognathic Surgery and is one of the few of the orthodontists in the UK who regularly undertake orthognathic cases.

With a special interest in regenerative medicine, Dr Counihan is undertaking his MSc in Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy at Kings College London and is an author of the Simple Guide to Stem Cells series.

In support of his medical research Dr Counihan will be raising funds for Borne Medical Research charity supporting premature births by taking part in a two-week expedition trek to the North Pole.

GDC No. 63959

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Dr Gerry Bellman

Specialist in Orthodontics

Gerry is a well-known and respected orthodontist. He combines years of professional experience together with the latest technology, treatment approaches and techniques. Gerry has run two well know ..

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Dr Gerry Bellman

Dr Gerry Bellman M.Sc., B.D.S., F.D.S., D.Orth., R.C.S.

Specialist in Orthodontics

Gerry is a well-known and respected orthodontist. He combines years of professional experience together with the latest technology, treatment approaches and techniques.

Gerry has run two well know successful practices of his own in London. He holds a Master’s degree in Orthodontics from the University of London.

His special interest is Invisalign where he holds Platinum Status. To become certified as a Platinum user Gerry has done over 350 cases.

He has lectured extensively on Invisalign and also had several articles published in dental journals on the subject.

Gerry is a keen advocate of the AcceleDent System. ‘The fast track to straight teeth’. AcceleDent can speed up tooth movement through the use of ‘SoftPulse Technology’. 

Gerry is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the British Orthodontic Society and a founder member of the South West of London Orthodontic study club.

GDC No. 45647

 

Orthodontic Therapists

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Christine Tang

Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist

Christine gained her dual qualification from the Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH. As well as providing dental hygiene treatment, she is also able to carry out simple fillings and extractions of primary ..

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Christine Tang

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Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist

Christine gained her dual qualification from the Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH.

As well as providing dental hygiene treatment, she is also able to carry out simple fillings and extractions of primary teeth in both children and adults.

To enhance her skills and patient care, Christine undertook additional training in the management of periodontal disease and teeth whitening. She continues to update her professional education by attending further courses and is also a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

Christine is passionate about providing holistic care to support all of her patients especially those undergoing orthodontic treatment. Her warm and professional demeanour makes her a popular choice to our patients.

GDC No. 261787

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Agata Casey

Orthodontic Therapist

Agata joined Metamorphosis in 2011 working alongside Dr Neil Counihan and now works closely under the prescription of Metamorphosis’ Specialists Orthodontists. Agata gaining her Orthodontic Therapist ..

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Agata Casey

Orthodontic Therapist

Agata joined Metamorphosis in 2011 working alongside Dr Neil Counihan and now works closely under the prescription of Metamorphosis’ Specialists Orthodontists. Agata

gaining her Orthodontic Therapist qualification in 2013 from University Dental Hospital of Manchester and later graduating from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Agata holds a NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography (2010) and Clinical Photography (2012) obtained in Kings College Hospital in London. In 2013 Agata was Awarded 1st Prize in Orthodontic Therapist competition by TOC for project title: Orthodontic Therapist role in treating patient requiring Orthognathic Surgery and in 2013 and 2014 was shortlisted in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards as a Best Young Therapist and in Private Dentistry awards in 2014 as Best Team Member.

GDC No. 190619 

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Angela Gadaleta

Orthodontic Therapist

Angela works very closely and under the prescription from our Specialists Orthodontists at Metamorphosis having begun her dental career in 2010 qualifying with an NVQ3 then NEBDN certificate in ..

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Angela Gadaleta

Orthodontic Therapist

Angela works very closely and under the prescription from our Specialists Orthodontists at Metamorphosis having begun her dental career in 2010 qualifying with an NVQ3 then NEBDN certificate in Orthodontic Nursing in 2013. Angela then continued her professional development gaining the Orthodontic Therapist qualification in 2016 from Kings College London and later graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Angela also holds a BDA Dental radiography certificate (2014.)

GDC No. 192898

Dental Nurses

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Christina Thompson

Dental Nurse

Christina joined Metamorphosis in 2017 after qualifying as a dental nurse Level 3 QCF City & Guilds at Kings College Hospital. Before embarking on her dental career Christina worked in the ..

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Christina Thompson

Dental Nurse

Christina joined Metamorphosis in 2017 after qualifying as a dental nurse Level 3 QCF City & Guilds at Kings College Hospital.

Before embarking on her dental career Christina worked in the Physiotherapy Department in Kings College Hospital to gain experience in a hospital setting. Christina is a dedicated and well respected member of the Nursing team at Meta.

GDC No. 273463

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Gustavo Vieira

Dental Nurse

Gustavo has a specific interest in Orthodontics and has been in the field for over 10 years. After qualifying as a dental nurse he worked for the City and Guilds as an Assessor for the Oral Health ..

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Gustavo Vieira

Dental Nurse

Gustavo has a specific interest in Orthodontics and has been in the field for over 10 years. After qualifying as a dental nurse he worked for the City and Guilds as an Assessor for the Oral Health Care Qualification, preparing and teaching students during their course before specialising in Orthodontics and studying courses in Lingual appliances, Aligners and Damon Insignia. 

Gustavo is now a member of the British Orthodontic Society and the Orthodontic National Group and in 2014 he accomplished a Diploma in Nutrition Therapy.

GDC No. 200343

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Karolina Jaloveckaite 

Orthodontic Therapist

Karolina joined the Metamorphosis team in 2016 after qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2015 and is now trained as a highly efficient and personable Orthodontic Therapist.  Fluent in English, Russian, ..

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Karolina Jaloveckaite 

Orthodontic Therapist

Karolina joined the Metamorphosis team in 2016 after qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2015 and is now trained as a highly efficient and personable Orthodontic Therapist. 

Fluent in English, Russian, Lithuanian as well as a little Spanish Karolina is able to assist with many of Meta’s overseas clients. She is current studying for her Orthodontic Nursing and Radiology exams.

GDC No. 263896

Client Services Team

Sian Phelan

Practice Manager

Sian has been working within orthodontics for the past 14 years. She has a wealth of clinical knowledge and is now embracing her role in management.  She started off in a large mixed national health ..

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Sian Phelan

Practice Manager

Sian has been working within orthodontics for the past 14 years. She has a wealth of clinical knowledge and is now embracing her role in management. 

She started off in a large mixed national health and private practice in Mitcham Surrey were she stayed for 5 years to build up her knowledge and skills as an orthodontic nurse. Whilst there she gained her dental nursing qualification, she maintains her registration with the GDC.

 Following on from there she moved to the award winning Elleven Orthodontics in London were she remained for 3 years as the Treatment Coordinator.

She has now been at Metamorphosis for the past 6 years. Sian had been here from the original start-up of Metamorphosis and continues to help make it a successful, professional and friendly practice with the support of a fantastic team.

In her spare time she enjoys travel, cinema and trampolining.

GDC No. 114741

Denise Symonds

Officer Manager

Denise has worked within the orthodontic industry for the past 30 years since she was a young girl.  She took a break from orthodontics to try her hand at working within travel and tourism where she ..

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Denise Symonds

Officer Manager

Denise has worked within the orthodontic industry for the past 30 years since she was a young girl.  She took a break from orthodontics to try her hand at working within travel and tourism where she excelled. Following on from there she then left to raise her children and concentrate on her family.  

Denise re-joined the world of orthodontics where she worked within a busy mixed national health and private practice in Surrey where she ran a busy high volume reception desk having to juggle many different roles and responsibilities.

Denise was an original member of the Metamorphosis team joining the practice in 2008 as officer manager she is responsible for admin, finance, scheduling and much more.

Denise is a fundamental part of the team and enjoys interacting with patients.  

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Lauren Dilley

Dental Nurse and Treatment Coordinator

Lauren is Metamorphosis’ Treatment Coordinator, initially qualifying as a dental nurse and registering with the GDC in 2011. Her career started when working for a large mixed Dental Practice ..

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Lauren Dilley

Dental Nurse and Treatment Coordinator

Lauren is Metamorphosis’ Treatment Coordinator, initially qualifying as a dental nurse and registering with the GDC in 2011. Her career started when working for a large mixed Dental Practice providing both National Health and Private Services. After gaining extensive experience as a dental nurse she became Head Nurse at Metamorphosis and later, following extensive training, established herself as Treatment Coordinator.

Lauren prides herself on providing an exceptional level of communication between patients and their clinical team and specialist, ensuring that every patient's client journey and personal experience is of the highest quality. 

GDC No. 241022

Holly John

Special Projects and Receptionist

Holly is integral to the Front of House team having worked at Metamorphosis for over 2.5 years, joining the clinic from a career working in Active Learning with children aged 0-5 years. Holly looks ..

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Holly John

Special Projects and Receptionist

Holly is integral to the Front of House team having worked at Metamorphosis for over 2.5 years, joining the clinic from a career working in Active Learning with children aged 0-5 years.

Holly looks after all aspects of the Front of House and reception at Meta and works across various special projects and creative initiatives. 

Holly’s experience with children makes her a real favourite with our younger patients and she has a very kind and caring nature.   

In her spare time she enjoys seeing her friends and family and getting in a West End show whenever possible.      

Rachel Cowie

Rachel Cowie

Head Receptionist

Rachael joins Meta from a background in Hospitality and Tourism in Australia having moved to London in July 2017. She is from The Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has a passion for travelling, which ..

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Rachel Cowie

Head Receptionist

Rachael joins Meta from a background in Hospitality and Tourism in Australia having moved to London in July 2017. She is from The Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has a passion for travelling, which brought her to London.

Rachael has two University Degrees; a Bachelor of Hotel and Tourism Management from the University of Queensland & a Bachelor of Public Relations from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Rachael brings fun and energy to the Metamorphosis front of house team!