Meet the Team

At HDS we pride ourselves on our expertise. A prosthodontist’s extensive training provides expertise in restorative treatment above and beyond a general dentist. Prosthodontics is one of the thirteen official dental specialties recognised by the General Dental Council, the UK dental profession’s regulatory body. A prosthodontist has completed an accredited specialist-training programme, usually an additional 3-5 years of dedicated training, which ensures a higher level of expertise in this field. Specialist training also involves knowledge of the other dental specialties, so a patient’s treatment plan can be integrated to ensure the highest level of care.

Dr Kate Heffernan MSC, BDS

Prosthodontics Specialist

Kate has been a specialist in prosthodontics since 2001. She started her career in 1988, qualifying as a dentist at the Royal London Hospital. She was invited to join the Department of Oral Surgery at the Royal London before her move to general dental practice. Kate completed her Masters Degree in Conservative Dentistry (with distinction) in 1997 at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She held the post of Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Eastman in Restorative Dentistry between 1998 and 2002. 

Kate has since spent many years practising at a private referral prosthodontic practice in Beckenham, Kent. She has previously been appointed to the interview panel at Queen Mary University of London for selecting prospective dental graduates. She has also been active in the British Dental Association.

The drive behind Kate’s career as a specialist dentist stems from her childhood dream to follow in the footsteps of her dentist father, Peter. Her drive and passion remain undiminished. 

Of the specialist field, Kate says: “Prosthodontic dentistry is the perfect balance between function and aesthetics – it’s a hugely transforming experience for the patient because we create long-term solutions for maintaining excellent oral health, which is at the cornerstone of our thinking.” 

GDC number:63989

Verity Dent NEBDN OHD DPM Dip (Lond)

Practice Manager

Verity is a highly organised & experienced practice manager with an aptitude for efficiency. Verity manages internal office protocols & procedures ,ensuring the practice runs smoothly. She possesses excellent communication skills, enabling her to explain complex treatments to patients in a clear and accessible way. Verity’s calm,friendly and reassuring presence at HDS is palpable, helping to identify and ease any patient nerves. 

GDC No: 142072

Mrs Sally Hill


Sally joined the practice this year and has been of great value to the  reception team. Sally is helpful, friendly with a good knowledge of dentistry and the needs of the patients and always happy to help. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband.

Miss Emily Brisley

Head Dental Nurse

Emily joined us earlier this year and already has been an asset to the growing practice. Emily is enjoying learning all the aspects involved in being a dental nurse and looks forward to a long career in the profession and at Heffernan Dental. In her personal time Emily enjoys cooking, spending time with her partner and family and also keeping fit (European level gymnast) 

GDC number: on qualifying.

Tracey Murphy CEB Dip Dent Hygiene


Tracey has amassed a wealth of experience since qualifying as a hygienist in 1994 at Kings College London. She has taught in prestigious dental hospitals and has administered training programs for dental hygienists. Tracey began her professional career as a dental nurse, working her way towards a senior nursing position at King’s College Hospital, London. Tracey’s experience is far-reaching, literally: she worked as a hygienist in Australia for four years. Her friendly demeanour and unwavering commitment to care continue to be vastly appreciated by her patients. 

GDC No: 4690

Miss Alexandra Lee Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Alexandra joined the Practice earlier this year and she is a welcome addition to the team. Alex has experience of treating a wide range of patients including those with severe periodontal disease, oral pathological conditions, pre & post radiotherapy conditions and supportive care patients.On graduation Alex was awarded with "Outstanding student of the year" by the teaching staff.

In her personal time she likes to travel, scuba dive, cycle and loves photography/wildlife.

Miss Sarah Murnane Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Sarah qualified from Guy's Dental hospital in 1992. She continued to work there for two more years as staff hygienist.Having been settled into general practice for some years, she continues to further her education by attending courses and lectures to extend her duties.Gum disease, diagnosing, and its treatment take up most of Sarah's working day, and she equally enjoys tooth whitening. Using the airflow system more recently has made exciting changes in patient appointments.

Away from work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her children, attending yoga workshops and swimming!

GDC number: 4250

Miss Suela Ruci

Trainee Dental Nurse

Suela has recently joined HDS as a trainee Dental Nurse and is enjoying learning new skills and is looking forward to qualifying early next year.

Mrs Urszula Peczak

Dental Nurse

Urszula joined HDS in September 2020, recently gaining her NEBDN qualification in Dental Nursing. She is a happy and friendly member of the team. In her spare time, Urszula enjoys spending time with her two children.