Magda graduated in 1992 from the Faculty of Dentistry at the Medical University of Warsaw. She was also the owner of Harwood Dental Practice for 11 years, and since 2017, a partner.
Magda is a general dentist with a special interest in Bioclear method of restorations (in which white composite material is wrapped around a tooth using special, technologically advanced mylar matrices. Composite is heated to properly form a fully functional, beautiful tooth). She completed all levels of Bioclear training, including the advanced level at The Bioclear Learning Center in Seattle, USA. Magda also has a special interest and 10 years of experience in extensive Fibredontics – glassfibre reinforced direct restorations: splints, bridges. Particularly helpful for patients suffering from periodontal disease. Minimally invasive, this technique, in many cases, allows to use patient’s own teeth as part of the bridge, allowing for the most natural looking result.
In her own time, Magda enjoys walks on the moors, physical activity and regular training. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the SmileStar charity, which provides free dental care to ex Royal Marines in the UK and local communities abroad. With SmileStar, she has volunteered for 5 trips abroad – 3 to Kenya and 2 to India.
Aleks qualified with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Surgery with honours from the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry. He is also a Master of Community Pharmacy from Jagiellonian University. Dr Aleks also works at Peninsula Dental School where he supervises final year students.
Aleks enjoys providing the highest quality of evidence based dental care in a friendly and relaxed environment. His philosophy of dentistry is based on prevention and conservation of tooth tissue and he always works with magnification loops to ensure maximum preservation of healthy tooth structure. His special interest is minimally invasive, aesthetic dentistry and this has earned him numerous awards in his career as a Dentist so far. He spends much of his free time studying to ensure that his treatments are always in line with evidence-based best practice. He has been trained in occlusion, tooth wear and other subjects at prestigious Spear Education training centre Arizona, USA. He has completed numbers of courses in Italy, Norway, Poland and the UK. Aleks is certified in Digital Smile Design, Invisalign and also the Bioclear (Tacoma, USA) composite method. He is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Clear Aligner Therapy (orthodontics) at City of London Dental School. Dr Aleks is a member of Dentinal Tubules study club and Spear Education. He is also developing his interest in digital dentistry. Aleks is very quiet in nature, but sympathetic and conscientious in his work. Dentistry is his passion.
Outside of work, Aleks loves spending time with his family. He is married and has two girls and a baby boy. He loves sailing and has sailed extensively in the Baltic Sea. Also enjoying windsurfing, mountaineering and traveling.
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Lex graduated from Teesside University in June 2018 with a First Class Honours Degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, before moving back to her home in the South West.
Lex joined the team in 2018 and has a passion for treating patients with periodontal disease; particularly anxious patients – reassuring them and increasing their confidence in dentistry. Lex was a dental nurse in both Devon and the North East for 8 years prior to becoming a dental hygienist and therapist, which has resulted in her being a highly empathetic and understanding clinician. While periodontal disease can not be cured, it can be stabilised and maintained and Lex will help improve your oral health and increase your knowledge of the importance of oral hygiene at home.
Outside of work Lex enjoys socialising with her friends and family, spending time with her husband, cooking and the occasional bit of retail therapy!
Alex began her dental career as a Dental Nurse in 2013 before progressing to study Dental Hygiene Therapy in 2017. She graduated from Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth in 2020 with a BSc Hons Degree and was awarded the BSDHT Graduation Award for Overall Excellence throughout the programme.
Dentistry allows Alex to use her thorough understanding of the science behind oral disease to emphasise the importance of preventative dental care for her patients. She has a particular interest in periodontal disease and its treatment and stabilisation. Alex also enjoys paediatric dentistry – treating children! She prioritises working alongside her patients to ensure that together, they can maintain their optimal oral health through education.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys keeping active by walking with her dog, Ralph, and going to the gym. She’s also recently started to have a good go at some gardening!
Ruth qualified from Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, obtaining the Ash Award for the highest grade in Dental Therapy final examinations and The Old Londoners Award for most supportive student.
Her early career was spent working clinically in both NHS & Private practices as well as Specialist Hospital & Community Dental Services and whilst in these roles, treated a wide variety of patients including children, adults, those with a dental phobia or with special needs. During this time, she gained competency in providing dental treatment under Inhalation Sedation and was involved in epidemiological screening for the Oral Health Surveys of Children. Ruth has been a Clinical Supervisor at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry since 2010 and was appointed Lecturer in Community Based Dentistry in 2013 having achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education with Merit; she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Faculty of Dental Trainers. Her working week is now divided between academic and clinical teaching at Peninsula Dental School & General Dental Practice.
In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates and ballet classes, visits to the theatre, music concerts/festivals, getting out into the fresh air running and to walk the family dogs!
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Debbie has been a receptionist at Harwood Dental Practice since 2007. In her previous life she worked for British Telecom as a secretary in Brighton, Croydon and then London for the Regional Board. Debbie then subsequently had 2 children and moved to the South West where she also worked for her husband typing all his survey reports. She’s a real whizz at audio typing!
Debbie enjoys the great outdoors and likes to go climbing, walking and cycling. She also enjoys quilting & knitting and meeting friends for coffee, meals etc. When all else fails (and her muscles hurt) she potters in the garden and likes sitting and reading.
Ann has been at Harwood for since 2015, previously at the Plymouth Peninsula Dental School (University of Plymouth) for several years, latterly as Senior Programme Administrator for the BDS Dental programme. Her past experience also includes PA to a Consultant Radiologist at Derriford Hospital for many years, and also work in the legal profession.
Ann’s hobbies and interests include, running (completing the London Marathon a few years ago is an achievement she’s quite proud of!), walking and generally keeping fit. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Chris went to school in Tavistock then on to Duchy College, where he completed a course in Agriculture. He then decided to go on to Countryside & the Environment and Countryside Management, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Chris previously worked in the Bedford Hotel as well as currently at Harwood and he also does some gardening for various elderly friends. He enjoys the work outside, especially when the weather’s good and, really enjoys being part of the Harwood team.
In his own time, Chris enjoys going hill walking and a bit of cycling. Currently he’s forming a veg plot in the garden having cleared the forest of brambles! Chris also enjoys reading, gaming and eating out.
As a healthcare provider, we have always adhered to high infection control standards. Based on government guidance, our practice continues to adapt and intensify our protocols so our staff can care for our patients safely while the coronavirus remains a threat to everyone’s health.
To help explain these new measures, we have produced a short video: