Here at A1 Dental, we’re lucky enough to have what we feel is the best dental team in Canterbury. With an impressive combination of experience and skills, combined with a warm manner and a genuine desire to keep you smiling, we hope to be your family’s favorite dental surgery.


  • We treat the whole community. From baby’s first dental check through to dedicated care for elderly patients and everyone in-between, we aim to provide the highest standard of dentistry for all.
  • We use the latest technology. Our continual investment in new innovations makes dental treatment faster and more comfortable than ever before. From same-day CEREC crowns to Invisalign and implants, our comprehensive services are available under one roof at A1.
  • We take a holistic approach. We place as much focus on your smile’s underlying health as we do on its cosmetic appearance – and, with our advanced facial aesthetics, we can extend our skills to consider how your face frames that smile.
  • We prevent problems before they become serious. Our ultimate aim for every patient is a healthy smile that we can maintain and, if they wish, enhance. A preventive approach – regular check-ups and hygiene visits – is key to avoiding costly, invasive dental treatment.
The team at A1 Dental Surgery in Canterbury


Meet the A1 Dental Team: Dr Banvir

Dr Somitra Banvir

Principal Dentist | GDC No. 100347

BDS MFDS (Glas) Msc Dental Aesthetics (Manchester)

Som is the principal dentist at A1 Dental and acquired the practice in 2015. Prior to this, he dedicated over a decade to the practice as an associate.

Som qualified as a dentist in 2002 with distinction. He went on to complete his postgraduate training (MFDS) in Glasgow in 2004. In order to consolidate his training and further his experience, Som spent the next 3 years working in Maxillo-Facial Surgery in acute Trusts in East Kent and Poole respectively.

Som’s true passion is in aesthetic & restorative dentistry. He completed 2 further postgraduate qualifications in this clinical area namely a Certificate in Implants in 2012 and an MSc in Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in 2015. He continues to strive to learn the most up-to-date treatments and specialises in placing implants, performing Invisalign treatments and offering cosmetic treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers. In addition, Som has introduced digital dentistry to the repertoire of services offered at A1 Dental. He is proud to be a front runner in bringing digital technologies such as Cerec Omnicam and Itero scanner to the local population.

Outside of work, Som spends time with his 2 young daughters and keeps himself fit through running and playing golf.

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Justina

Justina Mackeviciute

Dental Nurse | GDC No. 272560

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Lori Easton

Lori Easton

Dental Nurse | GDC No. 148951

Lori has been an integral part of the A1 Dental team for an impressive 15 years. She qualified as a dental Nurse in 2008 and has invested time in getting to know the patients at A1 Dental. She prides herself on putting patients at ease and providing comfort to nervous patients.

Outside of work, Lori enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with her family.

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Nijina Gurung

Nijina Gurung

Dental Nurse | GDC No. 258399

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Tina Keene

Tina Butler

Dental Nurse | GDC No. 223978

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Dr Penelope Hammond

Dr Penelope Hammond

Dentist | GDC No. 59190

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Dental Hygienist

Amy Brownlee

Dental Hygienist | GDC No. 103105


Amy started out in Dentistry as a Dental Nurse in 2000 and upon qualifying went on to study Dental Hygiene & Therapy. In 2006 she graduated from Manchester University and worked initially in a Private Practice for two years in the north. In 2008 Amy relocated back to Kent and started working at A1 teeth in 2009.

Amy’s approach to all aspects of Dentistry is a preventative one and she very much enjoys focusing on maintaining good oral hygiene in all patients, both new & existing. She is very fortunate to have been treating some of her patients for almost 10 years! Amy’s work is mainly hygiene based but she also carries out therapy as well and is particularly keen in the area of whitening teeth to give patients a more confident & brighter smile.

Dentistry is a forever changing world so she is very passionate about keeping up with all the latest regulations & new products on the market. Amy is soon to commence training in aesthetics and will be able to offer facial treatments such as Botox & fillers.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog and family, going to the theatre and reading.

Meet the A1 Dental Team: Dr Yasmin Tamimi

Dr Yasmin Tamimi

Dentist | GDC No. 258850

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Sharon Clarke

Dental Hygienist | GDC No. 5565

Sharon qualified from Eastman Dental hospital in 1999. She is originally from London but has settled back in Kent with her partner and family having lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe for many years.

Sharon enjoys seeing the difference in how dental hygiene can help, educate and transform patients to feeling better about themselves both clinically and socially. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, live music and illustrating. She is also studying part time to be a Counsellor.

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Dr Ye Kyaw Thu Myint

Dentist | GDC No. 78225

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Emma Butler


Emma is the most recent addition to the A1 Dental team. She began working as a receptionist in February 2019. Prior to this, she worked as a florist. She brings much energy and creativity from her previous work experience. In her short time with the team, she has been inspired to train as a Dental Nurse and starts this course in 2020.