Meet the team

At Longwell Green Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


Luisa Costa

Luisa Costa

Dental Practitioner
LMD (Portugal) 2008
GDC No. 177212

Luisa originates from Portugal where she studied and graduated in dentistry in 2008. In 2009 Luisa moved to England and originally worked in a mixed NHS/private practice. Patient care and wellbeing is important to Luisa, and she decided to move into private dentistry to spend more time with each patient and ensure they have positive experiences.

Luisa enjoys every aspect of dentistry and has completed several postgraduate courses. Luisa also studied Nutrition which is a big passion of hers. Luisa has a holistic approach to dentistry, and is passionate about learning and developing new skills.

When not learning or studying you will find Luisa baking delicious healthy treats, travelling, enjoying the sunshine or playing with "Bernie" her 3 months old puppy.

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Cornelius Krause

Dental Practitioner
Zahnarzt Berlin 2003
GDC No. 84121

Cornelius Krause of CK Dental graduated from one of the best dental schools in Germany. In his time in Germany, he worked with internationally renowned dentists to enhance his knowledge and practice of minimal-invasive dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.

His passion for the latest technology and its implication in day-to-day dentistry for the benefit of the patient could not entirely be satisfied until the opening of CK Dental where patients can now benefit from the latest technology together with his calm and gentle approach, vast experience and reassurance.

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Josie Leach

Dental Practitioner
BchD (Leeds) 2014
GDC No. 252104

Jo, originally from Suffolk, qualified from Leeds University in 2014. After completing her foundation year in Dentistry, she was asked to stay on at her practice in Nottingham before making the move to Australia in 2016 to work and travel for two years.

Jo takes pride in her work; she loves to create a friendly and fun atmosphere in the surgery whilst providing high standard treatment. Her bubbly and empathetic attitude allow her to put anxious patients at ease, creating an enjoyable experience for patients of all ages. Having younger siblings, Jo’s personality and her affinity for children allow her to turn their appointments into a fun and educational experience! Her interest in cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening and white fillings, developed into a passion for facial aesthetics (wrinkle reduction) which lead to her completing post-graduate Advanced training in this area.

In her free time, Jo is looking forward to exploring the South West and being closer to family and friends. She enjoys cooking and travelling and is hoping to get a puppy now she’s settled back into life in the UK.

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Dr Gurvinder Sokhi

Special Interest in Restorative
BDS (Lond) 2001
MFDS RCS (Ed) 2007
MSC Cons Dent (Lond) 2018
GDC No. 79851

Gurvinder qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 2001 and since then has gained wide ranging experience in dentistry both within the practice and hospital settings. He has held senior house office and staff grade positions in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in the West Midlands. It was during this time that he successfully completed the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons (MFDS) examination with the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Prior to his move to Bath, he was a practice principal of a successful dental practice in London. Gurvinder gained an MSc in Conservative Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. This was an intense, year long full time programme, that required the treatment of patients with a variety of complex dental needs.

Gurvinder regularly updates his knowledge and skills through proactive learning and has a special interest in prosthodontics.

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Paula Jay

E.D.H Dip DH RCS (Eng)
GDC No. 6455

Paula entered dentistry in 1994 after successfully replying to a job ad to become a Dental Nurse.

She moved to London in 2002 to further her career to become a Dental Hygienist and has since gained invaluable experience across General, Private, Hospital based, Domiciliary Care and Speciality practices.

She has a wealth of experience working with Children, patients with Implants & extensive restorations, Orthodontic patients, patients with Dental Phobia/Anxiety, Advanced Periodontal Disease, Oncology care & Oral Surgery, and those with Special Needs.

Paula calls upon her years of experience to holistically care and support her patients and their oral health, tailoring treatment specifically to an individual. She continually attends courses and workshops for professional development.

In addition Paula is a Smoking Cessation Advisor.

Andrew Goldsack

Dip Dent Hygiene Royal College of Surgeons Of England 2010
GDC No. 192866

Sophie Trowbridge

Sophie Trowbridge

Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF (City & Guilds) 2014
GDC No. 255802

I'm Sophie, I am a full time time Dental Nurse and Longwell Green, I'm Implant trained and also head of procurement. I started nursing in 2012 in a busy NHS and private practice and qualified in 2014. I joined Portman in 2015 and you will usually find me working along side Daniel.

I joined fully private dentistry as it gave me more time to liaise with patients and be a part of more complex and cosmetic dental treatment. My favourite part of my job is working with the Implantologist and seeing the results orthodontic and prosthodontic work. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit, spending time with my family and trying new restaurants.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Dental Nurse

National Certificate NEBDN, 2010
GDC No. 207624

I have worked in dentistry for 15 years and qualified as a dental nurse in 2010. I joined Longwell Green in 2016 after many years in the NHS.

I divide my time between nursing and looking after my 2 children. My hobbies include swimming cooking and spending time with my family.

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Shelbie Godfrey

Trainee Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN

I am a full-time trainee Dental Nurse at Portman Longwell Green Dental & Implant Clinic. I joined the practice in February 2021, and since starting I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here being part of a friendly and supportive team. I am due to qualify in July 2021 and once I have qualified, I would like to continue my learning and progress onto specialising in implants as well as sedation.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as partake in archery with my father who competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. I also like to read, teach myself the piano and go to the gym.

John Gilborson

John Gilborson

Practice Manager

My name is John and I have been working in the dental sector for the past since 1998. During this time I have worked in various dental practices and organisations working in different management roles.

I joined Longwell Green Dental & Implant Clinic in 2015 as a Practice Manager and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of helping develop the practice and helping enhance the whole patient experience.

In my own time I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising and enjoying sport and supporting my local football team.

Valerie Giles

Valerie Giles


I have worked at Longwell Green dental practice for over 4 years on a part time basis, working Thursday and Friday. I really enjoy the team work we have and everyone here is so friendly and helpful.

I enjoy welcoming and helping patients in my day to day role, and I love the many challenges that presents itself thorougout the day.


Karen Hall


I’m Karen, I joined the Reception Team in July 2019. I am enjoying all the different aspects of dentistry after spending most of my working life in the Motor Trade. I have always found meeting and helping people to be very rewarding and it’s great to be working as part of such a friendly team.

Away from work I enjoy cooking, reading, travelling and going to the gym

Katie Towells

Katie Towells


I began work as a receptionist for Portman in 2015 after having my first child in 2014. I work part time with 3 other receptionists and thoroughly enjoy the regular interaction we have with our patients at the practice. I have also found it very interesting developing my knowledge of what general dentists and specialist practitioners can now offer to patients in the private sector. When I am not at work I care for my two children who are 5 and 18 months and love being a Mum to them. In my spare time I enjoy running and going to the gym and socialising with friends.

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Jenny Meek

Dental nurse

I started my career working in a NHS practice and qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2010 before moving into the private sector.

I joined Longwell Green Dental Clinic in September 2021 working part-time. Its great to be part of such a friendly team.

Outside of work, I have two young children and in my spare time I enjoy taking long walks in the great outdoors and horse riding.

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Laura Lockwood

Dental nurse

I started working in dentistry in 2018 and became a qualified dental nurse in 2020. I joined the Longwell Green team in June 2021 and I am enjoying being part of a great team.

I have an interest for working with implants which I enjoy assisting the dentist here at Longwell Green.

Outside of work I like spending time with my family and friends, traveling to new places and reading.

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