Meet the Dental Team @ Cherry Trees Dental

Our Dedicated Dental Team committed to excellence

Many of the Cherry Trees Dental Team have been with the practice since its conception in the 1980’s, although in 2016 we sadly said goodbye to two of our longest standing team members who retired from dentistry. Principal Dentist, Dr Debbie Ganguli and her new team, are confidently in taking the Cherry Trees Dental practice into a new era, with dentistry focusing on preventative measures. The dental team is dedicated to the maintenance and delivery of excellent dental health care with the ultimate goal of helping all our patients achieve and maintain good oral and general health. Read More About Us.

Cherrytrees Dental Team

a Dental Team dedicated to Oral Health

Established by the Late Dr Geoff Halhead, Cherry Trees Dental is an established family dental practice in Leighton Buzzard. The practice has seen few personnel changes and many of the team have enjoyed looking after local patients for over three decades. All our dentists adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) “Standards for Dental Professionals” and all COVID19 dental practice guidelines for the safety of both patients and dental staff.

Since 2010 Cherry Trees Dental has been owned and run by Dr Debbie Ganguli, and is now an award winning practice, having won the 2013 ‘Best Community Project’ at the Private Dentistry Awards in London and the ‘Best Children’s Dental Health Initiatve’ award in 2014. Debbie is ably supported by two more dentists, both of whom have been with the practice for over 10 years, along with her experienced dental hygiene and practice administration team.

The Dental Team at Cherry Trees

Dr Debbie Ganguli

Dr Debbie Ganguli dentist

Dr Debbie Ganguli BDS(Lon) 2001 MFDS RCS Eng 2005
GDC: 79759

Finalist Best Young Dentist East Region 2011

Finalist Aesthetic Denistry Awards 2013

Professional Background

Principal Dentist Debbie Ganguli moved to Milton Keynes at the age of six months, and has lived in the city ever since. Her late father was a much loved and respected general medical practitioner who worked for the NHS for over four decades.

Debbie studied dentistry at the prestigious Guy’s Hospital Dental School, London, qualifying in 2001. She spent the first five years of her career dedicated to the care of special needs and paediatric patients, during which time she held senior management posts in the dental departments at Milton Keynes and Vale of Aylesbury Primary Care Trusts, and was the clinical lead for the dental surgery at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

During this time Debbie also became a trainer for newly qualified dentists, during their first post-graduate year.

Following the birth of her daughter Ishani, Debbie made the decision to leave the Primary Care Trust to return to general practice. She brought a multitude of skills acquired from years of service in special care dentistry into her associate dentist post at a private practice in Leighton Buzzard, whilst maintaining some NHS work undertaking oral surgery case lists on behalf of both Luton and Dunstable and Milton Keynes General Hospitals.However Debbie missed the challenge of the management side of dentistry, leading to the decision to run her own practice once her daughter reached school age.

Special interests & Experience

  • Cosmetic Dental Treatment
  • Invisalign Orthodontics
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Paediatric and Special Needs Dentistry
  • Treatment of Anxious Patients
  • Educational and School Visits

Family Background

Debbie is married to senior project manager Hiren Patel, and together they live with their daughter Ishani and son Shreyan.

In recent years Debbie has completed postgraduate training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry and Invisalign Orthodontics and now offers these treatments to patients at the practice. Debbie also writes articles for various publications including Dentistry Magazine and the NCT, on topics such as the care of vulnerable patients and the care of children’s teeth.

Following numerous successes in the industries Private Dentistry awards for work with children and local schools and community groups – Debbie now sits on the prestigious judging panel for the UK Dentistry Awards, and Private Dentistry Awards.

In her spare time Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends. On her afternoon off Debbie enjoys playing the violin, and at weekends attends dance classes in London. Debbie is Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance) dancer, and has been dancing for the past 30 years. She continues to perform (now with her daughter) and runs Satyam Dance School from her home in Milton Keynes, as well as teaching Dance Fitness at Energie Gym in Milton Keynes.


Dr Mitesh Mehta

Dr Mitesh Mehta BDS (Lon) 2009 GDC: 178479

Professional Background

Mitesh joined the Cherry Trees Team in January 2012. Following graduation from the St Barts and The Royal London Hospital, Mitesh furthered his clinical experience undertaking a number of postgraduate courses, including training in the provision of Inman Aligner and Invisalign Orthodontics, as well as completing a yearlong Certificate course in Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mitesh divides his clinical week between working with nervous patients under sedation in London, working for HM Prison Service and caring for his patients here at Cherry Trees Dental.

In his spare time Mitesh enjoys travelling, in particular to the USA West Coast.

Dr Peter Chilvers

Peter Chilvers dentist

Dr Peter Chilvers BDS (Lon) 1998 GDC: 74938

Professional Background

Peter also joined the team in January 2012. Following his graduation from Guys Hospital Dental School in 1998, he spent the first few years in NHS practice. In 2000 he travelled to Zambia to run a mobile dental unit, visiting local villages, hospitals and schools all over the country providing emergency dental care.

Peter works at Cherry Trees on Friday mornings – the remainder of the week he is the Pastor at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church in Leighton Buzzard.

In his spare time Peter who is married to Esther likes to spend time with their three children. He enjoys sports, music, and took up running with his Labrador Jenni-fur.

Dr Vinay Shah

Dr Vinay Shah BDS (Lon) 2012 GDC: 228273

Professional Background

Vinay graduated from King’s College London in 2012. After completing his dental foundation training in Leicester, he furthered his experience with Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. He obtained Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2014.

He had a keen interest in restorative dentistry, and he subsequently completed DCT posts in Restorative dentistry at King’s College Hospital and Birmingham dental hospital. During this time, he developed an interest in Endodontics and subsequently started an MClinDent in Endodontology at the world-renowned Eastman Dental Institute, which he has recently completed.

Vinay recently passed the Membership in Endodontics examinations from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England. He also teaches and mentors postgraduate dental students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontic Practice from the Eastman Dental Institute.

For the past three years Vinay has limited his practice to Endodontics, and accepts internal and external referrals for complex root canal treatment procedures, as well as diagnosis of dental pain, trauma management and internal bleaching. Vinay has a calm manner and takes the time to discuss treatment options with his patients. He strives to ensure that his patients are relaxed and works towards providing the best level of care to his patients.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

Miss Thahera Begum

Miss Thahera Begum Dip Dent Hyg RCS 2019, Dip Dent Nursing 2017, GDC 273193 (Registered Dental Care Professional)

Professional Background

Thahera qualified as a dental nurse in 2017, after a short spell working for a practice in Milton Keynes, her home town, she went on to pursue further studies graduating as a Dental Hygienist in 2019 from the Eastman Dental Hospital, University of London. Thahera joined the team in February 2020, and along side Cherry Trees works at two other dental practices in the area. Thahera loves to travel and spend time with friends.

Miss Michelle Rodrigues

Michelle Rodrigues dental hygienist

Miss Michelle Rodrigues BSc (Manc) 2019 – Oral Health Science GDC 284009 (Registered Dental Care Professional) Dental Hygienist and Therapist​

Professional Background

Michelle graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019, she is particularly interested in the provision of dentistry to children and is very good with the children in the practice who enjoy seeing her for treatment. Additionally in the future we hope to see Michelle develop her skills in facial aesthetics. Michelle enjoys travelling and spending time at the gym.

Ms Jenny Thomas

Jenny Thomas senior dental nurse

Ms Jenny Thomas Cert Dental Nursing NEBDN 1999 GDC 128247 (Registered Dental Care Professional) Senior Dental Nurse

Professional Background

Jenny has been a dental nurse for over 30 years in the local area, and first worked with Principal Debbie back in 2006 at another practice in Leighton Buzzard. As well as supporting Debbie and our endodontist Vinay at chairside, Jenny is responsible for all the day to day clinical matters at the practice, and busies herself with compliance and infection control. Jenny keeps active in her spare time both at the gym, and kayaking.

Miss Sophie Page

Sophie Page trainee dental nurse

Miss Sophie Page Trainee Dental Nurse

Professional Background

Sophie began her training at Cherry Trees in 2018 on the government apprenticeship scheme, she is soon to attain her dental nursing qualification. She assists both Mitesh and Pete in surgery, as well as helping out on the reception from time to time, in between studying for her dental nurses’ exam. Sophie enjoys time with friends, music and concerts, and is an avid console game player.

Mrs Deborah Cox

Mrs Deborah Cox Receptionist

Professional Background

Deborah (Debbie) is the newest member of the team, joining us just after the 2020 lockdown.  Debbie is an experienced receptionist with over 15 years in the dental industry itself.  She is responsible for the patient journey and making our patients comfortable for the duration of their visit to us.  When not at work, Debbie enjoys time with her husband and family, and loves the soaps.