Dental Team

At Smile with Pride Dental Care we believe in investing in the training and development of our dental care professionals and are proud to say we have a highly qualified and friendly nursing team and practice management team

All our dentists adhere to the strict guidelines governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".

Dr Ravi Patel
Dr Ravi Patel (BDS DGDP)

GDC No. 54626

Statutory exam 1980

DGDP (UK) 1993

Dr Ravi Patel graduated as a dentist in 1979 and has been a Joint Partner at Smile with Pride Dental Care for the last thirty-five years. As you can imagine, this has given him a tremendous amount of general practice experience making him one of our practice's most knowledgeable and skilled dentists. His commitment to the community of Woolwich and surrounding boroughs is clear when one looks at the vast number of loyal patients he treats. Ravi is available at Smile with Pride on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr Jay Patel
Dr Jay Patel (BDS DGDP)

GDC No. 55790

Statutory exam 1981

DGDP (UK) 1994

Dr Jay Patel graduated as a dentist in 1979 and has been a Joint Partner at Smile with Pride Dental Care for the last thirty-five years making him one of our most experienced and professional dentists at our practice. Jay takes a keen interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He is available at Smile with Pride on Tuesdays.

Dr Dharmen Patel
Dr Dharmen Patel (BDS)

GDC No. 85610

BDS Wales 2005

PGCert Implant Dentistry 2014

MClinDent Implantology 2017

Dr Dharmen Patel qualified from Cardiff University in 2005 and has been an associate dentist at Smile with Pride Dental Care for ten years. With his youth he brings alternative ways of thinking and planning making him a valuable asset to the practice. He has recently completed a Master of Science in Implantology from the University of Warwick, the much coveted Aspire Dental Restorative course and the innovative wy10 teeth whitening course.

Dharmen’s excellent surgical skills are essential for his keen interest in using dental implants to replace missing teeth. 

Dr Hiren Patel
Dr Hiren Patel (Prosthodontist)

GDC No. 193177

BDS MJDF RCS (Eng) MClinDent (Lond) MPros RCS (Edin)

GDC Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics

Hiren completed his undergraduate dental training at the King's College London in 2010 and has been Smile with Pride’s Director for 5 years. Since graduation Hiren worked in general dental practice in Old Street for a year but soon found he was eager to consolidate his knowledge and skills by undergoing specialist training. Hiren also has a part-time role at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry where he teaches implant prosthodontics to postgraduate specialist trainee dentists.

Hiren is available Mondays and Fridays

Dr Socorro Riley
Dr Socorro Riley (BDS)

GDC No. 251929

BDS Exeter 2017

Socorro graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2014.

Socorro previously qualified in general nursing and midwifery and has been working in the NHS for many years. Socorro is originally from Brazil and lived in Japan and Devon before moving to London. She enjoys and is able to provide all aspects of general dentistry.


She has special interests in management of dental emergencies, endodontics, oral surgery and special needs dentistry.

Socorro is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Lynn Ooi
Dr Lynn Ooi (BDS)

GDC No. 271655 

BDS King's College London 2017

Lynn graduated from King’s College London with Honors in 2017. She has worked in both primary and secondary care in London and Cardiff. She is currently working part time at King’s College Hospital on the Acute Emergency Dental Care department. She is also pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate at University of Cambridge. She enjoys providing direct composite veneers and endodontics. 

Apart from dentistry, Lynn enjoys outdoor  activities and is a keen volleyball and beach volleyball player.

Lynn is available on Tuesday and Friday. 

Dr Arpita Patel


GDC No. 229867

Arpita qualified in 2012 from Guys & Kings Dental institute, London. She completed her vocational training in Beckenham for one year and has worked at NHS/private practices in Sussex and South East London for 7 years.

Arpita has a caring and friendly approach and offers a wide range of treatment options within general dentistry. 

Outside of dentistry she enjoys travelling the world and spending time with her family.

Arpita is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sony Shrestha
Sony Shrestha

Practice Manager & Business Development Consultant

GDC No. 249792


Sony is Smile with Pride Dental Care’s lifeline. She has helped develop and grow the practice into what it is today – a place where our patients can be treated effectively, efficiently and to the highest possible standards.

She began her career as a dental nurse in 2010 and obtained National Certificate in Dental Nursing (NEBDN) in 2011. She went on to achieve BA(Hons) in Business Management from the Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2016 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of West of Scotland in 2017.

Matia Koufali
Matia Koufali

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

GDC No. 247625

Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy RCSE 2019
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2013

Matia is our GDC registered Dental Hygienist and Therapist and a new member of staff at The Smile with Pride Dental.

As your Hygienist, she will look after your preventive care, cleaning and oral hygiene need, this includes performing professional cleaning of your teeth by removing plaque and calculus, assessment of your gum health and provide you with helpful oral hygiene information to slow the progress of gum disease, if present.

Our incredible nurses

Smile with Pride values our nurses tremendously. They are the life and soul of the practice and help it run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Suchita, Sadaf, Alisha and Supani are all experienced nurses and boast excellent communication skills, attention to detail and teamwork which makes Smile with Pride a friendly and relaxing place to be.