Our Team

Meet our team of friendly Bristol dentists that are dedicated to caring for the oral health of all patients and their families.

Alfonso Rao GDC: 172344


Born in Italy, Dr Alfonso Rao graduated from the University of Chieti with distinction. Until 2009, he worked at hospitals in Caserta, Napoli and Pescara as on oral surgeon before moving to England.

Dr Rao believes strongly in 21st century dental technology. He is passionate about continuing his education and spent three years at the Eastman Dental Institute of London, where he completed a course in Implant Dentistry. He also has a Masters from the Global Institute for Dental Education in Los Angeles, which he obtained in 2014.

Dr Rao also has a keen interest in cosmetic orthodontics (Six Month Smiles and Invisalign) and complex smile makeovers using teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and dental veneers.

*Dr Rao’s clinical practice at High Street Dental Clinic is strictly limited to dental implants. All other treatments are available from Queen’s Square Dental Clinic.

Jon Bassanini GDC: 183859

BDS DRDP MSc (Conservative Dentistry)

Jon graduated with Honours from Madrid in 2009. Shortly after, he moved to the UK, where he started working as a general dental practitioner and completed two post-graduate one-year programmes in Periodontics and Oral Surgery at Bristol University.

In 2016, he completed a three-year Diploma in Restorative Dental Practice at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute (London), for which he was awarded distinction. His passion for dentistry and eagerness to acquire even more specialist skills made him enrol in a full-time Master of Science degree (MSc) in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute too. Jon completed his MSc in 2018 and he was awarded distinction. In addition, Jon won the prize for best MSc graduate student within the Prosthodontic department.

His area of expertise is the management of complex cases such as tooth wear. Jon uses his skills in conservative dentistry to restore damaged teeth using adhesive technology, in which modern dental materials can be bonded to the teeth without the need of any harmful tooth preparation, reinforcing the overall weakened tooth structure. In addition, Jon has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and root canal treatment, being able to provide high quality dental treatment in these areas too.

Jon also provides cosmetic orthodontics such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect and CFast. He greatly enjoys transforming patient’s smiles and he will thoroughly discuss all possible treatment options for patients interested in straightening their teeth.

Outside work Jon enjoys sports, especially football and tennis, and loves going out for nice food. He often travels to Spain to visit relatives and he loves taking care of his young son!

Massimo Giovarruscio GDC: 101522

DIP DENT ROMA, Specialist Endodontist

Dr Massimo Giovarruscio is a GDC accredited specialist endodontist. He has over 20 years of dental experience in restorative dentistry, endodontics and aesthetic dentistry. In addition to his clinical work he teaches endodontics at King’s College London Dental Institute and at Delta Dental Academy in Bristol.
As an active member of the European Society of Endodontology and Italian Society of Endodontics he lectures around the world and also he has published many articles in international journals as well as manuals and endodontic book’s chapters. Massimo is recognised as an opinion leader in the field of endodontics for his exceptional talent, professionalism and innovative approach.

Marco Cascone GDC: 262311


Dr Marco Cascone graduated with Honours at the University of Naples in 2013 and remained part of the University Oral Medicine Unit team up until 2017. During his postgraduate years, he carried out clinical research which was published in numerous international journals.

Marco relocated to Bristol in 2018 where he continued to develop his skills in Implantology and Guided Bone Regeneration at the Delta Dental Academy.

His main areas of interest are restorative and cosmetic dentistry, with a special interest in Sleep Dentistry. Marco’s priority is always the patient’s best interests, he ensures the patient is involved in every step of the treatment planning process and is committed to providing best suited solutions.

Jose Hervas GDC: 153091

Dental Hygienist

Jose qualified from Valencia Dental School in 1995
He started his career in Spain working in a General practice and in a practice specialised in Periodontal disease. He moved to Bristol in 2008, and since then he has been successfully treating patients.
With a gentle chair side manner and his effective relaxation technique he is able to provide painless treatment and achieve excellent results.

Armineh Arzandeh GDC: 110019

Specialist Endodontist
DDS Statutory Exam MSc (Aesthetic Dentistry) MClinDent (Endodontology) MEndo RCSEd

I qualified as a dentist in 2002. While in general practice, I enrolled numerous post graduate courses to develop my knowledge and skills.

Following achieving a master’s degree in aesthetic dentistry at King’s College London, I enrolled on the 3 years full-time specialist training in Endodontics at London’s prestigious Eastman Dental Institute.

I completed my dissertation on the discolouration of the root-treated teeth in the aesthetic zone. Upon successful completion of the course and the exit examinations, I was awarded a membership by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

As a GDC registered specialist in Endodontics, I returned to Bristol in 2017 and have been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate dental education and specialist practice.

Rebecca Wignall GDC: 227480

Dr Rebecca is a GDC registered dentist and fully insured aesthetic practitioner. She loves helping people feel good in their own skin. She aims to make you feel like the best version of yourself by enhancing your natural beauty.

Having qualified as a dentist in 2012 from University of Liverpool she completed The Botox & Dermal Filler course with Dr Hennessy’s academy in April 2015, she has since completed The Advanced Dermal Filler qualification with the London School of Facial Aesthetics. Patient safety is a high priority, for this reason she has completed further training with SkinViva on Botox and Dermal Filler Complications, an area of facial aesthetics training which is often overlooked.

She is fully insured for carrying out aesthetic treatments with Hamilton Fraser, and she is part of Dr Tim Pearce’s Complications support group, ensuring treatments are carried out with minimal risk and any side effects can be quickly and effectively managed.

Dr. Cristiano Fabiani GDC: 151545

DIP DENT ROMA, Specialist Endodontist

1989 - Graduated cum laude in dentistry at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
1990-93 - Enrolled in a three year program at Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, under the guidance of Dr Herbert Schilder. During these years he accomplished full-time clinical work in the endodontic department, as well as various teaching assignments, earning him a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Endodontics. After developing an original research work he obtained his Master of Science in Dentistry (Endodontics).
1995-96 - Clinical director, course of Endodontics for Periodontics, University of Padua.
2003 - Winner, together with Dr. Franco, of the Garberoglio Prize for best Scientific Work at the XXIV Congress of the Italian Society of Endodontics (SIE).
2008-14 - Teacher, Master Course in Endodontics, University of Siena.
2010 - Winner of the prize for best oral presentation, Roots Summit 2010 Barcelona.

Speaker at several national and international congresses and meetings, (AAE American Association of Endodontists, Boston University Endo Alumni Association, IFEA International Federation of Endodontic Associations, BUIA Boston University Italian Alumni, ESE European Society of Endodontology, EFAM European Federation Association Microdentistry, AIOP Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Protesica, SIE Società Italiana di Endodonzia, AIOM Accademia Italiana Odontoiatria Microscopica, etc. etc. )

Jack Adams

Practice Manager

Jack is our practice manager. With many years experience within management roles, Jack has gained an aptitude for customer service and is here to ensure your experience at High Street Dental Clinic is that of a smooth and efficient one.

He will be your first point of contact for any queries you may have and is always more than happy to help.

Baiba Bulava

Trainee Dental Nurse

Karla Casagran

Trainee Dental Nurse

Heather Whitmarsh

Front of House