Meet the dental professionals
Here in Hitchin we have a fantastic team of Orthodontists, dental care professionals and administrative staff, offering a wide range of orthodontic treatments.
Our orthodontists are highly qualified with extensive experience and are happy to discuss any patient cases with you.
Dr Brijesh Patel BDS (Hons), MSc, MFDS RCS, MOrth RCS, FDS (Orth) RCS
GDC No. 79144
Brij is our practice principal and is also a Consultant Orthodontist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He is actively involved in research and his particular interests include the treatment of patients with congenital facial deformity. He has published scientific papers and has recently co-authored a book chapter. In addition he has presented his research at national and international conferences and is actively involved in teaching orthodontics at a post-graduate level. He has a special interest in the management of complex multi-disciplinary cases, obstructive sleep apnoea and accepts referrals for all orthodontic problems affecting adults and children and where appropriate provides treatment utilizing a variety of orthodontic appliances including: cosmetic ceramic braces, self-ligating 'Damon' braces, and hidden lingual braces.
Dr Rajeshree Shah BDS, MSc
GDC No. 63750
Raju qualified as a dentist from the University of Bristol in 1988 and subsequently completed a Masters degree in paediatric dentistry from the University of London. She developed her interest in orthodontics and gained vast experience through working in various orthodontic departments both in the community and hospital service. She has been an orthodontist at the practice since 2003 and has a particular interest in treating anxious children and improving their self-esteem by creating a great smile.
Dr Michaela McErlain
BDS, MFDS RCS (Ed), MSc Ortho (Lond), MOrth RCS (Ed)
GDC No. 192309
Michaela is a Specialist Orthodontist who joined our practice in October 2016. She qualified as a dentist from Newcastle Dental School in 2010, before moving to Edinburgh to gain experience in a variety of dental specialties including paediatric and restorative dentistry, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Michaela completed her specialist orthodontic training with King’s College London, passing her MSc exams with distinction. As a result, she was awarded the opportunity to spend time in a renowned orthodontic department in America. She has presented her research at national and international meetings.
Michaela enjoys all aspects of orthodontics, especially helping children who are self conscious about their teeth to develop into confident young adults proud of their smile. She also enjoys the challenge of providing adult orthodontic treatment with a range of discreet, aesthetic options.
Dr Sonia Khela
BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng), MSc Ortho (London), MOrth RCS (Ed)
GDC No. 192155
Sonia is a Specialist Orthodontist who joined our practice in August 2017. She qualified as a dentist from The University of Birmingham 2010. Sonia then went on to gain experience by working in general practice in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery SHO (senior house officer) in Essex and has also s pent some time volunteering in Tanzania with Bridge to Aid dental charity.
Sonia then went on to do Orthodontic and oral surgery SHO at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital which led to her doing an MSc and passed with distinction from Kings College London her research project was investigating the effect of dental appearance on dating prospects. As part of orthodontic training she worked at Addenbrookes and Norfolk and Norwich University hospital. In her Spare time Sonia enjoys travelling and keeping fit.
Dr Jeet Parekh
BDS (Manc) 2011, MClinDent (Orth) 2016, MJDF RCS Eng, MOrth RCS Eng
GDC No. 211256
Jeet is a qualified specialist in orthodontics – the field in dentistry that primarily deals with irregularities in the teeth and jaws, and has exclusively worked in orthodontics since 2014. He joined our team in 2017. He has a keen interest in functional appliances and growth modification.
He qualified as a dentist in 2011 and has gained experience in a variety jobs within dentistry, including oral and maxillofacial surgery at University College Hospital. He has won several awards for his work – including the Jim Moss research award and placing third at the UTG-a national competition for trainee orthodontist. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, going to the gym and travelling.