BDS (Lon) DGDP RCS (Eng)
Michael qualified from University College Hospital London, Dental Hospital in 1985, and spent seven years working as an associate before buying the practice in Petworth in 1992. He began studying orthodontics in 1991 and, since then, he has continued to develop this aspect of his practice. Michael believes orthodontic treatment should be carried out without extractions, wherever possible, to maintain the correct shape and size of the jaw, and to improve the final facial profile. He also works closely with osteopaths and chiropractors in this regard.
In 1997, Michael gained his Diploma in General Dental Practice from the Royal College of Surgeons in London, being one of the first in the country to attain this qualification. In 2006, he moved the practice from Market Square to its current modern premises, located on the corner of Middle Street.
He has a special interest in orthodontics and restorative dentistry, and continues to broaden and update his knowledge by committing to further postgraduate training.
He is married to our Practice Manager, Jayne Donovan, and they have two children. When not hard at work, Michael enjoys playing and watching rugby, golf, cycling and skiing.
After qualifying from Bristol University Dental School in 1985, Laurie gained surgical experience while working for four years as a Senior House Officer in Maxillofacial Surgery units of general hospitals. She moved into general dental practice in 1990 and joined Donovan’s in 2002.
Laurie completed a foundation course at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London in 1997, and regularly attends dental courses in a full range of subjects to keep her skills fresh.
Laurie believes prevention is the key to success in dentistry and works with this in mind every day. She enjoys the rapport she achieves with patients during treatment and the delight they experience when they achieve their goals.
Laurie is married with two children and enjoys sailing and walking.
BDS (Lond) MSc (Lond) MGDS RCS (Eng) MFDS RCPS (Glasg)
Harry qualified from University College London in 1987. It is his philosophy to train in the latest dental techniques and technologies to achieve the very best results and to truly understand the subject. Having spent a year with the American Society of Occlusion, he then underwent his initial dental implant training with the Institute Straumann in 1990.
He attained his membership in General Dental Surgery to The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and started lecturing restorative dentistry to undergraduates at The London Hospital Dental School in 1996. In 1997, he spent a year on attachment to The Eastman Dental Institute, studying Implant Dentistry, before a further two years studying this subject at Guy’s Hospital London, where he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Implant Dentistry.
In 2000, he attained his MFDS examination and entry to The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.
Dr Samantha Ellis
BSc (Hons) BDS (Bris) PG Cert Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry (UCL) PG Dip Implant Dentistry (Warw) MJDF (RCS Eng)
Samantha Ellis has over 20 years experience as a dentist. Sam has a minimally invasive approach to dentistry and believes in whole patient care.
Since qualifying from The University of Bristol, Sam has completed postgraduate courses in all aspects of dentistry. Sam is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry from Warwick University. In 2010 Sam was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry from the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute in London. Sam is currently undertaking a 4 year Master of Clinical Dentistry in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, King’s College London.
Sam endeavours to provide a relaxing environment for dentistry for all the family.
Nicky has been providing hygiene services for the practice since 2008, having qualified as a hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2007.
Nicky has two daughters and also has a particular talent for making greeting cards.
Sara qualified as a dental hygienist in 1990 from Birmingham Dental School. She spent the first few years working in London before returning home to West Sussex, where she has been working as a dental hygienist since 1998. She lives with her husband, two teenage children & two dogs who she enjoys taking for long walks in the countryside. Her other passion is cooking & she’s always eager to try a new recipe.
Jayne trained and qualified as a Dental Nurse in Torquay in 1984 and has worked in Petworth since 1997. Jayne is our Practice Manager, running Donovan’s Dental to a very high standard. She also works as a dental nurse and provides the practice’s Chaperone service after completing her Level 2 in Chaperone for Health & Social care.
Her hobbies including renovating old properties and she was involved in the design and build of the present surgery. She also loves skiing, keeping fit and cookery.
She is married to our Principal, Mike, and they have two children who are now at university.
Jen has been with the practice since 2010 and enjoys working as part of a friendly team. She has a National Diploma in Dental Nursing and is here to take care of you and help you through your course of treatment. She is also responsible for sterilisation and decontamination of the surgery and equipment to ensure a safe environment for all our patients.
Jen is from New Zealand and has also lived in Australia. She moved here for a change of lifestyle and now loves the English way of life and the lovely people. She has a background in sales and customer service.
Outside work, Jen loves going to the gym, walking, swimming, painting and decorating, travelling and shopping.
Along with her colleague, Amanda, Nicola will welcome you to our friendly practice. She helps with any queries and deals with appointment bookings.
Nicola has a background in business and as well as having a warm personality, her efficiency is a good indicator of the high levels of care we strive to provide.
Nicola loves being part of such a dedicated team and her hobbies include walking, cooking, interior design and gardening.
Along with fellow receptionist, Nicola, Amanda is likely to be your first point of contact at the practice. She will help you with any problems or questions you may have, as well as taking care of practical matters such as booking appointments.
Amanda has enjoyed working as a receptionist for over 15 years and has a calm, welcoming manner.
Her hobbies include socialising with family and friends, long weekend walks in the countryside and creative arts and crafts.
An exciting change for me after 20yrs of life on the road in sales and customer service. I joined the practice in February and have settled in nicely. Most people describe me as “full of energy & upbeat”, I channel some of this into the outdoor sports I love. I cycle and race both road and mountain bikes, slightly less occasionally these days moto cross and enduro riding too! When I am not on two wheels it’s horses or obstacle races, Muscle Acher or Tough Mudder!
These activities keep me calm and focused while at work, so I am very much looking forward to meeting more of the lovely patients here at Donovan’s Dental Practice.