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Meet Our Orthodontists

Our team at Epsom Orthodontics consists of specialist orthodontists, dentists with special interest in orthodontics, orthodontists, orthodontic therapists and orthodontic nurses, all ably assisted by our administration and reception staff and friendly receptionists.

  • Amal Maizar

    Specialist Orthodontist
    DDS (Damas) 1992, MFDS RCSI, MSc(Lond), MOrthRCSEng 2008
    GDC No: 100610

    After qualifying from Damascus University in 1992, Amal continued her education and gained a Diploma in Maxillofacial Surgery with distinction. She was part of a highly experienced team performing complex cosmetic procedures such as corrective jaw surgery, oncology and cleft lip and palate and was also involved in teaching and supervising undergraduates in the Radiology and Oral Surgery departments. She then undertook a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland and was awarded a Diploma in Clinical Dental Science with distinction from the University of London.

    She undertook postgraduate training in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital gaining a Masters degree in Science from the University of London and Membership in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Glasgow in 2008. Amal has an extensive experience in using a wide variety of systems including the Damon System, Invisalign, and the latest technology in hidden braces (Incognito and WIN). Her clinical interests include growth modification in children and complex treatments for adults needing inter-disciplinary orthodontic and facial aesthetic treatments. She is a member of the British Orthodontic society and the British Lingual Orthodontic society.

  • Rachel Hodgson

    Specialist Orthodontist
    BDS (Guys) 1989 MSc MOrth(Edin) 1998 FDS RCS
    GDC No: 65005

    Rachel began postgraduate specialist orthodontic training at Guy’s Hospital in 1995 and has worked in this exciting field for over 24 years. She joined Epsom Orthodontics in 2000 and currently works four days weekly, including some Saturday mornings. Rachel was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of London and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1998, after completing her three year postgraduate orthodontic training. She is registered as a specialist orthodontist with the General Dental Council.

    Rachel had previously qualified in dentistry at Guy’s Hospital, London, with honours in 1989. She subsequently became house officer in Oral Immunology before completing her Vocational Training. Further experience in children’s dentistry was gained as senior house officer at the Eastman Dental Hospital before oral and maxillofacial surgery posts. Rachel has also worked in general dental practice and was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (in children’s dentistry and orthodontics) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994.

    After specialisation Rachel worked in specialist orthodontic practice, hospital and community services. She spent four years teaching orthodontics part time at King’s College Hospital, obtaining a Certificate in Teaching. More recent teaching experience has been closer to home as a Trainer for our Orthodontic Therapists.

    Rachel is an examiner in Medical Emergencies for the General Dental Council, previously for the International Qualification Examination and more recently for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). Rachel is also a member of the British Orthodontic Society.

    Rachel loves the challenges of orthodontics and the excellent results which can be achieved in a specialty which is constantly progressing. She has attended the “In Office” course on advanced techniques with the Damon appliance in the USA with Dr Alan Bagden, one of the most respected clinicians using this technique.

    Rachel has broad experience in this constantly advancing field, including treatment of multidisciplinary cases. She regularly attends lectures, conferences, and workshops both in the UK and overseas to be able to bring the best of current orthodontic techniques to our patients.

    Away from work Rachel’s time is spent with her husband and two young boys. Out of choice she loves to ski or go to the gym, but is more frequently found building lego, swimming or cycling with the boys.

    For me the best part of orthodontics is taking a timid child and turning them into a confident adult with a great smile.

  • Oana Chirila

    Oana Chirila

    Specialist Orthodontist
    DMD (Bucharest), PhD (Bucharest), MSc Aligner Orthodontics (Turin)
    GDC No: 276880

    Oana joined Guildford Orthodontics in 2018. She qualified as a dentist in 2012 from the University of Medicine & Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in Bucharest. In the following years she trained in the field of Prosthodontics gaining a Master’s Degree in Prosthodontics in 2016. In parallel, passionate about dental occlusion and temporomandibular joint disorders she gained a scholarship and underwent a Doctorate Program to further sustain her research thesis culminating in July 2017 being awarded the highest distinction.

    Following a long-term ambition, in 2016, Oana commenced a three-year Orthodontic Specialty training that she completed in 2019 gaining the Specialist Orthodontist title and is on the GDC Specialist List in Orthodontics.

    More recently, in 2022, Oana graduated from a Master’s in Aligner Orthodontics at the University of Turin, with focus on digital and aesthetic orthodontic solutions.

    She is a member of the European Association of Aligners, American Association of Orthodontics and the World Federation of Orthodontics.

    Away from the profession Oana is a mother and loves travelling, handcrafting and spending time with her family.

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