Highgate Dental Practice

The Team

team-photo-12 Dr H F Hagen ( BDS Rand ) – GDC no. 66801
Dr Hagen qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 1991. During his undergraduate years he spent time in the Tubingen (Germany) as an exchange student, courtesy of Siemens.

He worked for five years in Essex before settling in Highgate where he has been since 1997. In August 2000 he took over the Highgate Dental Practice from Dr Bay and has transformed it into the high quality specialist dental clinic that it is today.

Dr Hagen attends post graduate courses on a regular basis and enjoys the holistic/cosmetic approach to dentistry. His interest is smile design and he enjoys customising smile design treatments to match the needs, expectations and budget for each individual patient. Over the past fourteen years he has appointed a team of highly skilled and specialised professionals. The practice thrives as a multidisciplinary run-through which means no outward referrals. Dr Hagen is a greatly skilled facial rejuvenation professional and is regularly invited to attend master class sessions by international companies.

Eial-MakoriDr Eial Makori (BDS Rand) – GDC no. 73127
Dr Eial Makori qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 1997. Eial ( Max ) Makori, has been working as a private cosmetic Dentist for close to 10 years, and has a great desire for designing and creating natural smiles that not only look great but that also last a long time.In addition he has completed an extensive implant and cosmetic course recently and is also an associate member of the British Academy of Aesthetic dentistry.

Max Believes in continuing education therefore he frequently attends courses detailing the latest techniques and learning from other like-minded colleagues.

He is known for practicing in a very conservative nature and often will choose to build a tooth directly in the mouth using high quality composite material, thus eliminating the need for crowns. Or else to create a Painless Smile Make Over change by means of teeth whitening or direct composite (tooth coloured restorations) build ups on front teeth without the need for drilling or injections. His passion also lies in surgical Dentistry and rehabilitation, he has vast experience and knowledge in restoring heavily broken down dentition to healthy, natural looking functional smile.

Main ethos are to treat all his patients as just the way he would like to be treated, ensuring his utmost attention and care at all time.

leeDr Vanessa Lee ( BChD (Leeds) MSc (foren Odont) MFGDP (UK) ) – GDC no. 80744
Vanessa graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Leeds University. She worked for nearly 5 years in a mixed client practice in Nottingham and in 2006 took a year sabbatical to go back to Cardiff University to study for a Masters in Forensic Odontology, in which she passed with distinction. Vanessa then worked in a private practice in Hertfordshire before joining The Highgate Dental Practice in 2010.

Vanessa is interested in all aspects of aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry and enjoys improving and changing client’s smiles. She completed a yearlong cosmetic course in 2007 and is a full member of the British Association of Cosmetic Dentists. Vanessa provides the Invisalign treatment at The Highgate Dental Practice. In treating her clients Vanessa has a good chair side manner and has an excellent approach to nervous clients and children.

In her spare time Vanessa does forensic dentistry on a consultancy basis. Vanessa enjoys improving her knowledge by keeping up to date through various courses and meeting other colleagues at regular dental conferences.

Dr Tim SunnucksDr Tim Sunnucks ( BDS MSc DRDP FICD Specialist in Endodontics ) – GDC no. 64060
Tim Qualified from the University of Bristol in 1988 winning the prosthetic prize and BDA medal for the highest clinical results. He then spent some years in practice in Bristol where he developed an interest in Restorative Dentistry, specifically Endodontics.

In 1998 he moved to London helping to set up a practice in the West End and undertaking the Certificate in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute. He continued his studies there subsequently gaining a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (with Distinction) and an MSc in Restorative Dental Practice (also with Distinction).

As well as being on the specialist registrar in Endodontics, Tim has a keen interest in all aspects of restorative dentistry. He is heavily involved in endodontic and restorative post-graduate education lecturing nationally and internationally and runs hands on courses as well as being happy to host practitioners at the practice. Tim is a European clinical consultant for 3M as well as a certified Endodontic and Restorative trainer for Dentsply.

He is also former secretary and past president of the London Dental Study Club, is an editorial board member of The Probe Dental Journal and was made a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2008.

Tim lives in Highgate and is married with 2 Children. He enjoys running, skiing, karate and photography.

Dr Nectaria Polycarpou Dr Nectaria Polycarpou ( BDS, MFDS RCS, MClinDent MRD RCS ) – GDC no. 71067
Nectaria graduated from Guys, University of London in 1995. She worked in general practice for 3 years. In sequence she gained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons England in 2000 following two years hospital training as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery. She then embarked on a further three years full time specialist training at the Eastman Dental Institute and gained Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics with distinction and Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons England in Nov 2003.

She is now one of only 15 people on the Endodontic specialist register with these qualifications. She works at the Royal London Dental Hospital where she teaches Senior House Officers and Specialist Registrars.She is also involved in lecturing and providing further education of qualified Dental Surgeons at the Eastman Dental Institute and Royal London Hospital.

Dr Manish BoseDr Manish Bose ( BDS, MFDS RCPS ) – GDC no. 72111
Manish graduated from the University of Manchester, England with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1996. He then worked in general practice for three years. Subsequently he went on to work as a Senior House Officer in Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the Wellhouse Trust, London and gained a membership to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow in 2001.

He is about to complete a further 3 years specialist training in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute where he is a clinical lecturer of postgraduate dental surgeons. Furthermore he is one of only a handful of people to have undergone this level of training in Periodontology (presently 19 according to the General Dental Council). And is also a fellow of the European Federation of Periodontology. This fellowship is only granted to 5 Institutions in Europe (Eastman is the only one in England).

His specialist interests are in periodontal (gum and bone) regeneration and implants. He is currently involved in research in this field in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr Sue CochraneDr Sue Cochrane ( Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist BDS MSc FDSRCS(Eng) MOrth(Eng) FDSRCS(Orth) ) – GDC no. 64483
Sue undertook her dental training at University College Hospital, London. She then embarked on well recognized training posts at the major London training hospitals; UCH, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and Eastman Dental Hospital, where she gained experience in children’s dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. During this time Sue passed post graduate examinations to becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England and was awarded the Hunterian Gold medal.

As a result Sue boarded onto a three year full time Specialist training in Orthodontics based at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. She then spent a further 3 years at the Royal London Hospital undertaking her Orthodontic consultant training and specializing in the management of complex orthodontic cases and was awarded a Fellowship in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

She has carried out research looking at facial aesthetics and Orthognathic surgery presenting her findings at both National and European conferences. In addition she has wide experience in all types of orthodontic appliances for both adults and children and specializes in invisable braces such as Invisalign .

She has wide experience in all types of orthodontic appliances for both adults and children and specializes in “invisible braces” such as Invisalign and Incognito.

Sue currently splits her time between Orthodontic private practice and her role as Consultant in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital.


Martina Hanna ( Hygienist Therapist ) – GDC no. 264176
Martina completed a Bachelors of Oral Health from Latrobe University in Australia In 2011.She relocated to the UK in 2016, registered with the GDC and has since worked in a mixture of private and NHS clinics.

With excellent attention to detail and a caring, friendly approach, Martina ensures that all her patients receive a personalised dental hygiene service, as well as tailored advice and support. She is dedicated to always delivering the most suitable and up-to-date solutions.

Stephanie Bach ( Dental Hygienist) – GDC no. 3647
Stephanie qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Kings College London in 1989 she also has a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Certificate in Health Education. Stephanie has experience in treating regular preventive maintenance care, tooth whitening, fluoride treatments, application of fissure sealants and administering local anaesthesia. She uses her knowledge and skills to her full potential to create an individual treatment plan to ensure all patients achieve and maintain good oral health.

Sally Tucker ( Dental Hygienist) – GDC no. 3108
Sally qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Guys Dental Hospital in 1986, where she was awarded the Hu Friedy Prize and also has a diploma in Dental Health Education from The Royal Society of Health. Sally is experienced in fluoride treatments, fissure sealants and taking impressions for tooth whitening. She has a keen interest in promoting Dental Health and is a member of The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy ensuring that she maintains her Continual Professional Development by attending postgraduate courses regularly.

Sophie Clarke Sophie Clarke ( Dental Hygienist) – GDC no: 214607
Sophie has been involved in the dental profession since 2010, firstly qualifying as a Dental Surgery Assistant. Then going on to qualify as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist in 2017 at The University of Leeds, where she was presented the “Clinical Competency” award on graduating and also gained the first prize for her dental research during her time at University. Sophie enjoys treating patients of all ages and ensures every patient is treated in a caring, relaxing and friendly environment tailored to the individual needs of each patient. She has a gentle approach to dental hygiene, ensuring that all her patients have the knowledge, support and tools to maintain a healthy smile. Sophie is a member of British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) and is always updating her knowledge with Continued Professional Development courses.

Support staff:

  • heth-doneHeather Hall
  • Cassandra-HodsdonCassandra Hodsdon GDC no 149601
  • Temi Rowl GDC no: 182132
  • patricia-chestersPatricia Chesters GDC no 197373
  • Petronella Angelovics GDC no 158520
  • Egle Vilimiene GDC no 187680


  • Monday 9:00 – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 – 7:30pm
  • Thursday 9:00 – 7:30pm
  • Friday 9:00 – 5:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30 – 1:00pm
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