Our Team

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

Ewelina Smak GDC: 242550

Practice Manager

Ewelina has many years’ experience working as a Dental Nurse and started her career in a busy practice in the heart of London. She graduated from the King’s College Hospital in 2012 with NBDN qualification and moved to Bristol a few years later where she continued nursing in both NHS and Private practices.

Ewelina took a break from the Dental world in 2014 to follow her dream of opening her very own coffee shop! She then decided to challenge herself again and took up the role of Practice Manager at High Street Dental Clinic in February 2017.

Ewelina is a caring and motivated Practice Manager with can do attitude who ensures that both patients and staff are happy.

Outside of work Ewelina enjoys going to cinema, learning new languages and catching up on her favourite TV series.

Alfonso Rao GDC: 172344

DIP. DENT CHIETI DIP IMPLANT DENTISTRY – GENERAL DENTISTRY, MASTERS IN ENDODONTIC DENTISTRY

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.

Tom Friend

BDS, MJDF

Tom qualified at Cardiff University Dental School in 2013 and since then he has worked successfully in both hospital and practice settings. Tom worked in the Oral Surgery department at both the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and Bristol Dental Hospital where he gained valuable oral surgery experience including carrying out extractions under I.V. sedation. Tom has a very empathetic and caring manner and will always spend the time needed with any patients who are worried or anxious about dental treatment.

Tom has also worked in the Restorative department in Bristol Dental Hospital, where he worked on more complex cases, including challenging root canal treatments and hypodontia patients with multiple missing teeth. He has developed a specific interest in root canal treatment and working with aesthetic tooth coloured filling materials.

Jon Sproson GDC: 50452

BDS

Jon Sproson has experience in both general and cosmetic dentistry and has been a Full Member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry since its inception. He is passionate about preventative dental care as well as helping patients with TMJD (Tempero-Mandibular Joint Disorder)- alleviating the suffering that patients can experience from their jaws and bite not functioning properly.

His special interest in TMJD grew from Jon restoring complex dental problems when he realised how important a good functioning ‘bite’ is to a patients’ overall health and wellbeing, as well as a wonderful aesthetic result. He became a member of The British Society of Occlusal Studies and has completed hundreds of hours studying and treating cases of TMJD. He also lectures to other dentists healthcare professionals on the subject as he sees it important to work collaboratively and to engage in an integrative approach to care for the patients benefit.

Jon’s reputation for his clinical expertise, but also his compassionate and gentle practice means that patients travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to be treated by him. His knowledge of TMJD is also used within his orthodontic practice where he has a special interest in aesthetic orthodontics for adults such as Six Month Smiles.

In addition to his clinical work, Jon qualified as a Practice Assessor with the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, which he utilsies to raise standards for patients.

‘My greatest professional satisfaction comes from changing patients lives. This can be giving them the beautiful smile they have always wanted, ridding them of chronic pain from jaw, head and neck pains that has plagued their lives, or even changing their attitude and removed their anxiety towards dentistry. My preventative approach to oral health means patients achieve a pathway to better overall health and well-being and they are in the best position to then allow me to enhance their smile to improve their confidence.’ Jon explains. ‘I look forward to meeting new and existing patients at The High Street Clinic in Bristol and I am honoured to be asked by Dr Rao to join his team’.

Luke Mirza GDC: 203890

BDS

Dr Luke Mirza qualified as a dentist with merit from the University of Bristol in 2010. He has worked in a busy high end Private Practice for the past 5 years, developing extensive experience in a vast range of dental treatments, especially fixed and removable orthodontics and minimally invasive smile makeovers.
Luke is trained in Cfast, smileTRU and Invisalign orthodontic systems. He also has extensive experience in digital dentistry, working with CadCam systems placing nearly 1000 crowns and ceramic inlays in the last 5 years. He is soon to be starting MSc in restorative and aesthetic dentistry as well as almost completing full membership with the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists.
Luke takes great pride in encouraging his patients to smile again with confidence after completing their treatment with him.
Outside of dentistry Luke enjoys visiting his family in Yorkshire, where he is from. He is also a very active and sociable person, a keen golfer and enjoys travelling with his wife, with their move back to Bristol aimed at beginning a family together.
Thank for taking the time to see us at High Street Dental Practice. We all look forward to seeing you very soon.

Jose Hervas GDC: 153091

Dental Hygienist

Jose qualified from Valencia Dental School in 1995
He started his carrier 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.

Roxanne Hughes

Lead Nurse

Roxanne became a qualified Dental Nurse in July 2017. During her career as a dental nurse she has gained in depth knowledge of specialist areas which include occlusion and bite problem (TMJD).

Roxanne has a warm character and confidence which gives her ability to relate well to people including children and those who feel uncomfortable in clinical environments.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, socialising and travelling.

Lois Ward

Dental Nurse

Lois joined the practice in July 2017 and has recently passed her Dental Nurse qualification with NBDN.

She gained most of experience working in both NHS and private practices.
Lois is excellent at supporting the dental team and her calm approach ensures that your time in the treatment room runs smoothly. Her most favourable area of dentistry is dental implantology.

In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, traveling and keeping fit.