Meet the team

At Courtrai House 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.


Rebecca Sadler Dentist

Dr Rebecca Sadler

BDS Hons Newcastle 1996
GDC No. 71849

Dr Rebecca Sadler (nee Ingledew) is a highly experienced general dentist with a special interest in restorative and implant dentistry. She qualified with top of her year with Honours in 1996 from Newcastle and was awarded the BDA prize. Since graduation she has continued to pursue further training and increase her knowledge and skills. Her commitment to the profession is shown by the numerous national and international courses she has attended Cosmetic, Restorative and Implant dentistry throughout the UK, Europe and USA. She is interested in Digital dentistry and the progress made with materials and cutting edge techniques.

Living in Henley with her husband and 2 young children she has worked in the Home counties since 1997. In 2006 she set up the dental practice in Maidenhead which was the first practice acquired by the Portman group. She joined Courtrai House in Henley on Thames in 2009. She has a very loyal following of patients and several of her patients have moved away and still travel to her for their dental care – her furthest patient lives in Sydney Australia! A mother of two she balances home life and a career. She offers flexible hours to accommodate appointments outside work and hours. A keen competitive rower she can often be found on the river and more recently swimming in it, or running alongside it.

Paul Cattell Dentist

Dr Paul Cattell

BDS Manc 1998
GDC No. 74547

Paul Cattell is doubly qualified as both a Dentist and a Dental Technician, and has practiced General Dentistry since 1998. With award-winning talent (he has won prizes in Conservative Dentistry and Dental Technology), Paul enjoys delivering good quality work which makes patients happy. He has a special interest in Restorative Dentistry (crown and bridge work) and always keeps up to date in his field by regular reading and course attendance.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys shooting (clay pigeons, not people).

Karen Darby Dentist

Dr Karen Darby

BDS MJDF Birmingham 2009. Dental Surgeon.
GDC No. 177555

Since qualifying at Birmingham in 2009 Karen has worked in private practices in York and Buckinghamshire. Karen has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, including restoring implants.In her spare time she like to keep active.

Karen enjoy yoga and Pilates and completed her first half marathon in Windsor last year.

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Dr Claire Rilett

BDS (NCle) 1999
GDC No. 76428

Claire graduated from Newcastle Dental School with Distinction in 1999 and has since mainly worked in private general practice.

She has a calm, friendly persona and a reputation for putting even the most nervous patient at ease. Claire enjoys all aspects of restorative dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest techniques and materials.

Claire’s two young sons keep her busy, but she tries to find time for a run by the river in Henley and enjoys swimming ( occasionally competitively). She also loves reading and is herself a prizewinning fiction writer.

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Dr Sabina Hameed

Specialist in Periodontology
BDS (Lond.),MFDS RCS (Eng.), OMFS Implant Fellowship (UCLA, California), MS Perio (USC, California)

GDC No. 78274

Dr Hameed qualified from Guy’s Hospital in London in 2000 and completed her vocational training in Bedfordshire. She then worked in general practice and community dentistry. She completed Senior House Officer posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), Restorative and Paediatric Dentistry at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals and passed the MFDS examination for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She has taught Radiology and Emergency Dental care at Kings College London, and has been an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Faculty of Dental Surgery) for 9 years.

In 2007, Dr Hameed undertook a 1 year OMFS Surgical Implant Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), training in dental implants, sinus and bone augmentation. Thereafter she provided outpatient Oral Surgery as a Specialty Dr in OMFS at the Royal Berkshire and West Berkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

In 2014, Dr Hameed returned to Los Angeles to pursuit a 3-year full time Advanced Periodontology and Implant Dentistry training program and Masters of Science in Craniofacial Biology. In 2017, she was awarded a certificate of specialist training in Advanced Periodontology as well as a Master of Science (MS) from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.

Dr Hameed is highly experienced in all aspects of surgical dentistry, and her practice is focused to Periodontology, Oral surgery and Implant Dentistry.

Dr Ronak

Dr Samaneh (Ronak) Shams

D.D.S 2008, MFDS RCS(Edin) 2015, MSc Orthodontics (Lon) 2019, MOrth RCS(Edin) 2019
GDC No. 259889

Dr. Samaneh (Ronak) Shams completed her specialist training at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s Dental Institute London, having previously graduated with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree in 2008 and worked as principal general dental practitioner. She was awarded her Master of Science in Orthodontics from King’s College London and Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Her commitment to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment is supported by her ongoing professional development and training in the latest technologies and techniques. She is experienced in all contemporary types of orthodontic appliances, including Damon, lingual systems and clear aligners, such as Invisalign. She is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, the European Orthodontic Society, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

Dr Ronak’s special interests include non-extraction treatments, smile aesthetics and design and facial-driven orthodontics. She addresses the needs of each patient individually and wants to help you make a well- informed decision. Dr Ronak’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time, and to ensure that it gets the very best results from this.

When not working, she spends most of her time with her family, enjoys an active lifestyle, to be outdoors, running or playing tennis and of course shopping…otherwise, you’ll find her cosied up with her daughter reading fairy tales!

Dentist Afif

Dr Afif Hanif

Dentist with Special Interest in Endodontics
BDS University of Sheffield 2006
GDC No. 103407

Afif qualified in 2006 from Sheffield university. Having worked in Rotherham he returned to his home in Berkshire and began his career offering exceptional dental care to his patients. With 14 years of experience providing general and cosmetic care he has joined Courtrai House to continue to provide an excellent service in a relaxed and approachable chair side manner.

Afif likes to take the time required to address you dental needs in an honest and trusted environment. His passion to help save teeth has reflected in attending a multitude of courses and also currently Kings College University to further his knowledge and skill in root canal therapy.

He uses a microscope to help succeed with complex cases and to improve the successful outcomes of treatment.

He shares the same mindset of excellent clinical outcomes and patient support. He has been involved with several charity dental projects both abroad and in the UK. He enjoys keeping fit and exploring the outdoors including cycling and hiking. His dental skills are also put to great use with his hobby restoring cars and cycles .

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Dr James Critchley

Dentist with special interest in dental implants
BDS (Wales) 2000
GDC No. 77511

Dr James Critchley is an enormously experienced restorative dentist with over 21 years in practice providing family, implant, and cosmetic dentistry. James’ passion for dentistry started at an early age following his father who was one of the UK’s leading implant dentists. Such was James’ interest in dental implants that he started his post-graduate training before he had even completed his dental degree, spending time at the home of dental implants in Gothenberg Sweden. This was followed by time in America being mentored by some of the world's top cosmetic dentists. To date, James has completed 1600 cases.

His post-graduate training is still focused on spending time directly with the worlds leading dentists in the fields of implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. This has meant James has built a particular reputation for his skill in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including the all-on-four technique, straightening teeth using invisible orthodontic aligners, and dental implants.

When James is not at the practice he spends most of his time with his family. His interests are anything outdoors from Rugby to skiing.

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Dr Bilawal Firdaus

BDS University of Birmingham 2020
GDC No. 290717

Bilawal graduated with Honours from the University of Birmingham. He has since worked as a general dentist and spent a year in hospital as part of the oral and maxillofacial surgery team.

He is committed to providing the highest quality of care, keeping up to date with postgraduate training in order to ensure each patient receives the best care, tailored to them. With a calm approach he will ensure you feel comfortable and looked after.

In his spare time he likes to keep up with the Formula 1, if he is not watching the races you will find him trying out a new restaurant, reading or travelling.

Jackie Bridge Hygienist

Jackie Bridge

Dental Hygienist
RDH 1997. Dental Hygienist.
GDC No. 5244

Jackie Bridge qualified from Eastmann in 1997 and has been in private practice since qualifying. Jackie has been with Portman Healthcare at both Maidenhead and Henley since 2007 and particularly enjoys working with nervous patients.

She is married with two daughters and in her spare time enjoys baking and cake decorating.

Louisa Hoy

Louisa Hoy

Dental Hygienist
Dip Dent Hygiene (Birm) 2008
GDC No. 141473

Negar Head Nurse

Negar Mortazavi

Dental Nurse
National Certificate Dental Nursing NEBDN 2003
GDC no. 159495

Negar loves working with people, when she is not in her favourite dental practice; she enjoys cooking, reading historic novels and visiting art galleries.

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Catherine Lundberg

Treatment Coordinator / Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014
GDC no. 251355

Rebecca Sargeant

Rebecca Sargeant

Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN
GDC no. 136935

Rebecca is a dental nurse and qualified in 2008. She have a son called Joe. She likes socialise with her friends and she enjoy going for walks. She has been working a long side our dentist Claire Rilett for eleven years.


Kamila Ciupa-Backowska

Dental Nurse

National Certificate NEBDN 2011

GDC 223956

Kamila qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2011 she also has a Certificate in Oral Health Education. Kamila joined Courtrai House in May 2022. She says that she thoroughly enjoys her work as she enjoys the human interaction side of dentistry. Always helpful and supportive, she always make sure that patients feel comfortable and confident. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family (husband and two kids) and also likes to keep fit.


Renata Linowska

Dental Nurse
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2023 GDC GDC NO. 311422

Renata is our trainee dental nurse and works alongside our dentist Afif Hanif. She has special interest in restorative dentistry. She loves cats and psychological books.


Lucy Pritchard

Practice Manager

Lucy started working as a dental nurse in 2008 and qualified in 2010 working in both general dentistry and orthodontics. She then went on to qualify in dental sedation and dental radiography. While taking a short break from dentistry she went and worked in a GP surgery as a phlebotomist and Medical secretary but continued nursing part time. She has since been working as practice manager since 2018.

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Georgina Hayes Decon

Decontamination Nurse/Receptionist

My name Is Georgina, I was born and brought up in Henley.

I love cats a lot and I love spending time with my friends and family on the river!

Rebecca Courtrai House Dental Implant Clinic



Rebecca joined the Courtrai House team in November 2023 as a receptionist. With her creative background, in her free time she likes to draw, paint and knit.

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