Meet the Team
All our dentists adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".
Prash Patel - Principal Dentist GDC No. 69461
I qualified from Manchester Dental school in 1993. I have been principal dentist at Beech Lane Dental Care since 2008.
My main interests in dentistry are dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics and preventive dentistry. I have over 20 years’ experience in helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable and my goal is to give my patients the right advice to help prevent any problems with their teeth and gums. Having attended many training courses on implants and cosmetic dentistry throughout the world, I have the skills and experience to give my patients the smile they have always wanted, thus enabling them to smile and eat with confidence.
I am a past chairperson of the Reading Section of the BDA and still sit on the BDA committee helping to organise seminars for other dentists in and around Reading. I am a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
I am married to Ritu and we have two children, Niam and Sunay, both energetic boys with whom I spend most of my free time, unless I am hacking my way around a golf course.
Ritu Patel, BDS Bristol 1993, DPDS, Bristol 2003 GDC No. 69282
Before joining the practice in Feb 2009, Ritu worked in two other practices following vocational training.
Ritu enjoys all aspects of general dentistry with a special interest in orthodontics. She took a further orthodontic course as part of her diploma course at Bristol University (DPDS). She also held a Clinical Orthodontic Assistant post at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.
Outside of work Ritu is married to Prash and they have two energetic boys who take up most of her spare time. When she can Ritu likes socialising with friends, going to the gym and travelling.
Carol Ridges- Practice Manager
Carol has been Practice Manager of Beech Lane Dental Care since 2008 although has known Prash and Ritu for over 25 years. She enjoys all aspects of her role within the practice and is very proud of the close knit team Beech Lane has. She has three grown up children and two grandchildren, and has been married to Peter since 1978. When not working Carol enjoys walking, socialising with family and friends and loves to curl up with a good book.
Donna-Marie Willmott - Dental Nurse GDC No. 180032
Donna has been a member of the Beech Lane team since 2008 and qualified in 2009. She loves all aspects of her role as Prash’s nurse and enjoys helping with all treatments especially implants. She has two daughters and when not at work is a very busy mum. She enjoys swimming, bike riding and socialising with family and friends.
Emma Geddes - Qualified in 1994, London GDC No. 4689
I have been a hygienist since September 1994, and have worked with the Beech Lane team since January 2009. I have known Prash and Ritu for many years prior to this.
My role at the practice is to work with Prash and Ritu to provide dental health care tailored for each patient. This includes gum health, diet advice to prevent dental decay and brushing techniques. My most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep teeth free from plaque and help maintain that healthy smile.
My home life is always busy with the family. To relax i like to go the gym or go for a run. Reading a good book is always a treat.
Marlene - Receptionist
Before joining the Beech Lane team in 2008, Marlene was employed by HM Revenue and Customs for 23 years.
She has two sons and has been married to Kevin for over 35 years.
Marlene loves being part of the Beech Lane team and is proud to welcome new and existing patients to the practice. In her free time, Marlene enjoys long walks in foreign lands, socialising with family and friends and Zumba classes.
Natalie Pike - Dental Nurse GDC No. 139771
Natalie has been a member of the Beech Lane team since 2013 and has been a qualified dental nurse since 2004. She has known Prash and Ritu for many years and used to babysit their boys. She enjoys all aspects of her job and especially likes assisting with implants. She is married to Karl and they have two children. When not working Natalie loves to watch Star Wars and other space odyssey films.
Janice Parker - Receptionist
Janice joined Beech Lane in 2014 and loves being part of such a great team. She especially enjoys seeing a patient who has had a fear of dentists for many years come out of Prash’s or Ritu’s surgery relaxed and smiling. Outside of work Janice enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and reading.
Helen Wallace – Dental Nurse GDC No. 116164
Helen has been dental nursing for almost 30 years, working with Prash and Ritu since 2012 and becoming a permanent member of the Beech Lane team in November 2016. She enjoys helping with the different treatments offered at the practice, especially implants.
Outside of work Helen enjoys spending time with her family, walking and gardening.