As we’re in the ‘smiles business’ you’d expect Hook Dental to have a happy, friendly, smiling team of professionals – and we do! We’re proud of the team for their experience, the quality of their work, and their commitment to making sure that you are greeted – and treated – in a welcoming and professional manner.
We’ve been in Hook for more than 28 years and treated thousands of people in the town and surrounding areas such as Hartley Wintney, Odiham, Basingstoke, Old Basing and Chineham.
Our general dentists are all widely experienced as general practioners and our specialist practioners are highly qualified in their fields. They combine their depth of knowledge with the latest dental techniques and treatments to ensure you always get the best care. We pride ourselves on putting nervous patients at ease – including children - and want to make your visit pleasant, unhurried and relaxing. We’ll always discuss treatment with you so that you know what will happen and calm any concerns.
Our professionals work to the strict guidelines set out by the General Dental Council, find out more here at www.gdc-uk.org.
Talented, gentle dentists
Our talented, gentle dentists all provide a high level of professional care and each have their own particular interests.
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Gareth is the practice Principal and took over in 1989 after 5 years in Camberley. His dentistry story begins much further north though, qualifying at Leeds University (UK) in 1984. As well as being a well-respected general dentist, Gareth has a particular interest in dental implants, advanced restorative dentistry and adult short-term orthodontics.
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Karen is our well-liked Aussie dentist, who qualified at Adelaide University (AUS) in 1985 and arrived in the UK in 1986. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a general practitioner including a brief period in Australia and for the last decade she has been delivering high quality care to her patients at Hook Dental.
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Nik qualified at Liverpool University (UK) in 2010 and has combined working in general practice with completing a research Masters degree. Always adding to his expertise, Nik began a 2-year advanced dentistry course when he joined Hook Dental in 2016. Nik is also experienced in working with patients who are anxious about their visit to the dentist.
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As well as years of experience in general dental practice after qualifying at Edinburgh University (UK) in 1992, and gained his periodontal specialist status from the Eastman Dental Institute in 2004. He has followed a career in general practice as well as the armed forces and was most recently Clinical Director of the Military School of Dental Training in Aldershot. Having completed his forces career in 2012, Amir is now working exclusively in private practice as a specialist periodontist.
Providing constructive advice
Our hygienists have extensive experience in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and providing constructive advice on preventive dental care.
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With more than 20 years as a hygienist, Darren has been with Hook Dental since retiring from the Royal Army Dental Corps. He qualified at the Military School of Dental Hygiene in 1997 and retains connections with the Armed Forces through work with various forces charities. Darren is very experienced with nervous patients.
One of the newest members of our team, Denise works Thursdays and Fridays.
Denise is from Southern Ireland but qualified at Cardiff University (UK) in 2010 and has worked in several practices prior to relocating to this area. She brings a calm and reassuring manor to her work and is very well liked.
Ensuring comfortable visits
Our nurses provide valuable chair side support to the dentists as well as ensuring that your visit to Hook Dental is comfortable and stress free.
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Jane’s face is familiar to many patients having been with us for more than 17 years! A UK-registered dental nurse, she qualified in 1992 and works with all our dentists and periodontal specialist Amir.
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Sophie joined us in 2016 and completed her UK dental training in 2017, having moved from Yorkshire with her husband who is in the army. She works with our dentists Karen and Nik.
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Dagmar (Dasha) joined the team in February 2018 and comes to Hook Dental with a wealth of experience, having worked in both general and orthodontic practice. Dasha trained and qualifed as a Dental Nurse in the UK in 2008. She is further qualified as a Dental Radiographer.
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Chris is our senior dental nurse and joined the practice in 1989 when Gareth took over. She is also a qualified dental radiographer and assessor for NVQ training and is responsible for the training of new and existing practice nurses.
Our Front of House
A friendly welcome every visit
Our receptionists provide a warm friendly welcome for you at every visit.
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Anne is married to practice principal Gareth and joined Hook Dental with him in 1989. She is now Finance Director working with the management and reception team, but started at the practice as a hygienist.
Vicky recently became Practice Manager having joined in 2016 as a receptionist. She was previously with the University of Reading and graduated from there with a degree in Management and Administration in 2008.
After joining Hook Dental as a receptionist in 2016, Emily is now Assistant Practice Manager. She has a degree in archeology and previously she has worked as a Commercial Archaeologist and assistant manager at a local pub.
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Susan is not only a fully qualified dental nurse, working with all our dentists and usually assisting Karen on Saturdays; she is also one of our practice admin team with a specific focus on compliance. She joined Hook Dental in 2003.
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While you will usually find Wendy on reception, she qualified as a dental nurse in 2005 and as a dental radiographer in 2011. She occasionally assists all the dentists and often takes x-rays for our patients.