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Dr Mitesh Badiani

Last Updated on Monday, 22 January 2018 18:42

Dr Mitesh Badiani BDS DPDS

Clinical Lead

GDC reg no: 66934 Newcastle 11/12/91

Mitesh is the Clinical Lead at Devon Dental Centre of Excellence and has over 20 years of dental experience. He has been the clinical lead of this practice and our sister practice Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence for 20 years and is also Clinical Lead at a total of 10 Private Practices.

His vision was to create a patient journey which represents a high standard of care and service from the first time the patient walks into the practice right through to the treatment received in surgery and post-treatment communication.  This high level of patient care has been created at the Devon Dental Centre of Excellence. Mitesh is proud of the team which has followed his ethos of putting the patient first.

He is also proud that he has assembled a team of highly experienced specialists which enables patients to be treated ‘in-house’ rather than be referred to either Bristol or London.  The Centre in Ashburton is, in fact, one of only a few practices in the Southwest that offers many types of dental specialist under one roof.

Devon Dental Centre of Excellence has become increasingly successful at providing a variety of post-graduate courses. Mitesh’s vision is that it continues to develop over the next few years and, in conjunction with Professor St John Crean, becomes an internationally recognised post-graduate learning institution.

Mitesh has also been active in supporting overseas communities.  He has set up a charity hospital in Gujarat in North West India that currently treats general patients as well as provides eye surgery and dental treatment. He also runs Dental Camps in India, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Mitesh is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Warwick as part of the post graduate implant dentistry programme.

Special Interests

  • Dental Implants
    • Clinical assistant professor for University of Warwick for over 10 years on the MSc Implant programme
    • Over 17 years of dental implant experience
    • Placed over 3000 implants
    • Mentor for both " Ankylos and Bio Horizon " implant systems but has experience with over 8 other implant systems
    • Clinical tutor for implant training for smile tube which is an online postgraduate implant training institute, mentoring over 100 dentists in dental implants
  • Cosmetic Dentistry (training done at Louisiana State University in New Orleans under the guidance of some of the top US cosmetic dentists)
  • IV Sedation (for nervous patients)


  • British Dental Association
  • Founding member of the British Society of Oral Implantology (BSOI)

Awards / Achievements

  • Awarded 'Dentist of the Year South 2015' and 'National Dentist of the Year 2015' at The Dental Awards ceremony which was held at a gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC, on Friday 17th April 2015.
  • Awarded lifetime achievement award by the C group (Charity dedicated to injured Royal Marines) for services provided to medically discharged royal marines.
  • Led Devon Dental Centre of Excellence and Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence to win ‘Team of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014.

Dr Andrew Pickering

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 13:32

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Dr Andrew Pickering BDS

Dental Clinician

GDC No 66973 11/12/91

Dr Pickering qualified in 1991 at Newcastle University. He initially worked and trained in Newcastle Dental Hospital as a houseman in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Surgery.

As well as a broad background in NHS and private general practice he has worked in Scotland as a lead clinician and Senior Dental Officer in surgical dentistry working between general practice and hospital where he received his training. Dr Pickering gained his early experience in  dental implants over ten years ago. 

He was also a vocational trainer for newly qualified dentists. 

Dr Pickering used to lecture for Ivoclar Vivadent as a UK opinion leader speaking on E max (Porcelains and ceramics)   bonding techniques and high end aesthetic composite materials.

Special Interests

  • Dental Implants; from single teeth to full arches particularly loose dentures
  • Ceramics, high end composites and minimally invasive aesthetic dental techniques
  • Intra venous sedation available for all treatments
  • difficult/ surgical extractions 


  • Society for the advancement of  anaesthesia in dentistry(SAAD)

Dr Pickering is in surgery Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Dr Jose J. Lopez Pan

Last Updated on Monday, 22 January 2018 18:43

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Dr Jose J. Lopez Pan Lic. Odont (Madrid), MSc (Madrid)

Dental Clinician

GDC reg no: 101032 Madrid 2005

Jose qualified in Madrid (2005) and worked for a while in La Coruña (Spain), where he is originally from. During his degree he was awarded with a Diploma of Internal Student of  Orofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine, doing lectures in national and international congresses. He made a charity trip to Nicaragua, working with “Dentist without borders”.

After finishing his degree he went to Cuba on a course in oral surgery, getting experience in surgical extractions and  dental implants. Jose moved to United Kingdom in July 2006, and he's been working in different practices in Cardiff, Plymouth, Ashburton, Exeter, Truro. He has studied different postgraduate courses to deliver high quality dental treatment in dental implants, periodontology and oral surgery, gaining a Diploma in Oral Surgery (Centro Medico Teknon, Barcelona 2007), a Certificate in Implant Dentistry (University of Seville 2007) and a Master Degree in Dental Implants and Periodontology (University of Alcala, Madrid 2013).


Dr Lopez invites referrals to Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence:

  • All aspects of dental implants
  • Surgical cases - sinus lift and bone graft
  • Prosthetics – single crown to full  arch of crowns and bridges and over-dentures
  • Referrals are also invited for just the surgical phase if the dentist wishe
  • Prosthetic training can be provided for referring dentists


Initial consultation fee £150.00

Treatment costs to be discussed at consultation appointment.


Dr Francisco Javier Castillo Lopez

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 10:19

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Dr Francisco Javier Castillo Lopez BDS

Dental Clinician

GDC reg no: 100804 Granada 2005

Francisco Javier Castillo Lopez graduated in the University of Granada (BDS) in 2005 , Spain, and came over to help with the shortage of dentists in the U.K. early in 2006. 

He has been in general practice in Torquay since then looking after mainly a large Nhs list of patients as well as offering private dentistry. 

Through the years he has developed a special interest on Implants and just finished a postgraduate certificate in implant dentistry under the mentoring of Dr Mitesh Badiani. And he also likes doing short term orthodontic treatment for his patients. 

He has a full registration with the GDC and dental protection and has atended numerous courses to keep up to date in the latest techniques in Dentistry.

He enjoys travelling, photography and spending time with his family.


Dr. Oana Bianca Popescu

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:13

Dr. Oana Bianca Popescu

Dental Clinician

GDC reg no: 184624 Bucharest 2005

Oana graduated from ‘’Carol Davila’’ University of Medicine of Bucharest, Faculty of Dental Medicine in 2005. She worked in Bucharest, then she relocated to Devon in 2010 where she has been working as an Associate Dentist providing NHS and private dentistry ever since.

Oana is passionate about her work, she is trained in small facial aesthetics and interested in short term orthodontic treatments.

She is involved in team training, being a registered witness for the NEBDN Dental Nurse training programme.

Oana works at Ashburton Practice on Mondays.


Maria Otero

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:08

Maria Otero

Maria Otero Lic Odont Madrid 2009

Dental Clinician

GDC reg no: 185537

Maria qualified in Madrid BDS (2009) then worked for a year in an aesthetic specialist practice in Valencia, after that she relocated to Wales where she worked for 6 years providing NHS and private treatments with a high quality of care and dentistry. Through the years Maria has developed a special interest in facial aesthetics and orthodontic treatments, she is currently coursing her MSC in orthodontic and occlusion, providing a large range of treatments including invisible brackets and short term orthodontic treatments.

Maria will be working at our sister practice Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence on a Friday.

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