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


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


Tom graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 and since then has worked in both hospital and practice environments. Working for two years in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery alongside practice has given Tom valuable experience in oral surgical procedures and treating nervous patients. 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 believes strongly in continual professional development and is completing a 3-year part-time MSc in root canal treatment at Queen Mary University of London. He has also completed accredited training courses in sedation and implant dentistry. This further training allows him to provide quality care for his patients.
Tom is passionate about dentistry and gets real satisfaction from helping patients, who feel nervous about visiting the dentist, get over their fears and giving them their smile back!
Out of work he enjoy sports and plays for a local basketball team.

Jon Sproson GDC: 50452


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’.

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.

Helen Cutts GDC: 244776


Helen graduated from the University of Leeds dental school in 2013 and since then has worked in both hospital and practice settings. Helen completed Dental Core Training at Bristol Dental Hospital where she spent time on the Oral Surgery Department gaining experience in minor oral surgery and managing trauma. She also completed a rotation on the Paediatric department of the dental hospital and still currently holds a position as a Clinical Teaching Fellow for Child Dental Health. Helen is passionate about treating children, and often manages children with phobias and behavioural difficulties.
Another of Helens areas of interest is facial aesthetics. She offers anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, so patients can complement a beautiful smile with a youthful and refreshed appearance.

Salvatore Internicola GDC: 113776

Dip Dent Palermo, Italy

Salvatore originates from Italy and graduated from University of Palermo with honours.
Before moving to the UK Salvatore worked at Dental Hospital of Palermo Oral Surgery Department and in private practices.
Upon moving to England in 2008, Salvatore has lived in different locations in the south of England and working in NHS and private practices before relocating to Bristol in 2015.
Salvatore enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and regulary attends postgraduates courses.
Salvatore has developed a special interest in restorative dentistry with adhesive techniques and minimally invasive approach to protect the remaining tooth structure.
Salvatore also has a keen interest in cosmetic orthodontics and is a certified provider of 6 Months Smiles, Inman Aligner, Clear Smile Aligner and Quick Straight Teeth.
Salvatore loves caring for patients making anxious patients feel listened and in good hands.

Lois Ward GDC: 273767

Dental Nurse

Lois joined the practice in July 2017 when she passed her Dental Nurse qualification with NBDN.
She gained most of her 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 and sedation as she really understands how difficult dental treatment can be for anxious patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, traveling and keeping fit.

Sammy Derrick

Dental Nurse

Sammy started her dental nurse training in November 2015 and qualified in the August of 2017. She has experience working mostly within private dental care but also NHS. Sammy wanted to train as a dental nurse because dentistry can sometimes be challenging and unpredictable making each day interesting, always learning something new. She loves the social aspect of being a dental nurse and meeting new people every day. In her spare time she likes going to festivals and concerts and socialising with her friends and family.