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Stuart Ballard


BDS (Lond)

Stuart qualified at Kings College London, and since then has worked at and eventually owned several dental practices throughout Kent.

However, Stuart wanted to set up his own practice in Thanet - the area he grew up in and in 2008 he established Laurel Dental Practice. Stuart has completed additional training in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics with Triple O Dental Laboratories and Invisalign.

He has also completed training allowing him to perform dental implants.

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Graeme van de Merwe


BDS (Ncle), BSc (Hons)

Graeme qualified at Newcastle University, and has been working at Laurel Dental practice since 2016. Graeme has completed additional training in aesthetic and restorative dentistry and is an accredited provider of Invisalign. He particularly enjoys doing cosmetic fillings and root canal therapy.

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Melanie Engelbrecht


CEB Dip Dental Hygiene

Mel is the resident hygienist at Laurel Dental Practice. She qualified at Guys Hospital in London and has been working in private dentistry for over 20 years. Mel is particularly interested in periodontology (gum disease).

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Practice Manager