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We welcome all referrals to The Sandford Dental Implant and Cosmetic Centre. We accept referrals for implants, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, intravenous sedation, CT scanning and other dental imaging.

The centre is ideally situated next door to Bexleyheath Dental Practice and is accessible by road and rail making it an ideal referral centre for South London and North Kent.

At the Sandford, we are able to offer you and your patients a first-class service and, after treatment, your patient will revert to you for any further treatment. For dental implant treatments, we are happy for you to carry out the restoration yourself or alternatively, we can undertake this for you.

To refer a patient, simply complete the referral form below. You can either submit this to us online or, or alternatively please click here to print a copy and send it to us via post or e-mail at

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Orthodontic Specialist

Nina Shaffie

[GDC No. 194069]
BDS Honours (Lond) MJDF RCS (Eng), MSc Orth (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)

Dr Nina Shaffie, our multiple award-winning orthodontist, prides herself in offering an extremely high standard of orthodontic treatment in a relaxed and friendly environment. She graduated with Honours from Barts and The London School of Dentistry in 2010. Read More

She continued her training completing a year as a dentist followed by a year as a Maxillofacial Senior House Officer at The Royal London Hospital and The Homerton Hospital, where she gained experience in head and neck, trauma and orthognathic surgery. Following this, she continued work in practice as a dentist and part time teacher at Barts and Then London dental school working as an Honorary Clinical Supervisor in Oral Surgery.

Nina undertook her three year Orthodontic Specialist postgraduate training course at King’s College Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital. She qualified top of her class with a distinction in her Master of Science in Orthodontics and was presented with the prestigious Philip Walther Prize for the most outstanding performance, awarded by King’s College London. She also attained the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Furthermore, she was awarded and selected for a short clinical attachment in the Orthodontic department in Sydney, Australia.

In 2018, Nina was awarded the ‘Best Young Dentist in the South East’ at the very prestigious private dentistry awards for her clinical excellence and commitment to her patients. She has also been a finalist in multiple other dental awards.

Nina is a prominent member of the dental community and a Key Opinion Leader, involved with teaching and training dentists. Her patients include high profile clients and celebrities; with her work having been featured live on the Brit Awards, in magazines such as Vogue and Billboard, and mentioned on BBC News.

Nina has been heavily involved in orthodontic research and audits, and has presented her work at national and international conferences, as well as having papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is an active member of a number of orthodontic societies both nationally and internationally.

Prinicipal Dentist / Implant Surgeon

Hussein Shaffie

[GDC No. 74026]
DDS Sweden

Dr Shaffie is the founder and the principal dentist of Bexleyheath Dental Practice and The Sandford Implant and Cosmetic Centre. He relocated to the United Kingdom with his family 1998 and began his highly ambitious career in general dentistry, especially treating patients with severe dental phobia using intravenous sedation. Read More

In October 2011, Dr Shaffie underwent his Diploma in Implantology a the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and has undertaken several complex multidisciplinary cases along side his team of two other implant dentists. Furthermore, Dr Shaffie attends both national and international course on a regular basis , and has received certificates in sedation, dental phobia and facial rejuvenation. He is a member BDA, FGDP RCS Eng, SAAD, ADI, RSM

Implant Surgeon

Katarzyna Shaffie

[GDC No. 84563]
DDS, DipImpDent RCS (Eng) MSc

Having graduated with honours from Pomeranian Medical University in Poland in 1999, Kat is a general dentist with special interests in advanced restorative procedures and dental implants. She started her journey working in a community hospital and later as an ... Read More

.. assistant in the Department of General Dentistry of the Medical University in Poland, where she was successfully awarded with DDS in the following subject "Oxidant and antioxidant mechanisms in pathogenesis and periodontitis".

Then she started to specialise in prosthedontics and completed many international courses. Kat moved her professional career to the UK in 2005. Since then she has subsequently attended extensive higher education courses across Europe and the UK, ran by some of the most eminent clinicians. Kat has been awarded the highly regarded Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in London in 2008 and works closely with Nobel Biocare and Ankylos implant systems, After submitting her dissertation Kat was awarded the degree of MSc in Dental Implantology from the University of Salford 2010. She is an author of many dental articles and Kat is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, The Faculty of the Royal college of Surgeons, British Dental Association, General Dental Council, Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Tilemachos Makropoulos

Tilemachos Makropoulos

Specialist Periodontist

[GDC No. 265422]
DDS (GR), MclinDent in Periodontology UCL Eastman

Dr Makropoulos graduated from the School of Dentistry of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2014. He subsequently spent a year in the Greek Military (Special Forces Unit) working as a dentist. He then continued with ... Read More

... gaining further experience in the field of general dentistry, by working one year in a private practice in Greece and then moving over to the UK where he practised general dentistry for three more years. During that time, he attended several courses and congresses to further develop his knowledge and skills in dentistry. He took a special interest in the field of Periodontology. In 2019 he was accepted on the Periodontology specialisation programme of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, which he completed in 2022. During his further training he was exposed and treated numerous advanced and complex cases in the hospital setting (UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital). During his time at UCL he was fortunate enough to be taught by leaders in their field and he gained significant theoretical and practical knowledge and an advanced skillset towards the treatment and management of periodontal diseases, plastic aesthetic surgery cases as well as implant patients. Since 2020 he has been working in private practice limited to periodontics and gaining further mentoring by great figures of the field, in parallel with his training. In September 2022, he was awarded the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) Certificate of Completion of Specialised Training (CCST) in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. He now limits his practise to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Forouzan Pessian

Forouzan Pessian

Specialist Oral Surgeon & Prosthodontist

[GDC No. 68474]
BDS, FDS RCS (Eng), MClin Dent (Pros), MSurg Dent, MRD RCS (Eng)

Dr Forouzan Pessian gained her Bachelor of Dentistry degree (BDS) from Guy's Hospital in 1992. After which she undertook senior house officer posts in several reputable hospitals around the country. This led to her registration with the ... Read More

... Royal College of Surgeons of England as a Specialist in Surgical Dentistry (MSurg Dent, FDSRCS). Following completion of her specialist training in surgical dentistry, she joined the Restorative Clinical team at Guys Hospital and under the leadership of two renowned professors in the field of dentistry she undertook her research in adhesive and minimally invasive dentistry there and her post graduate training in Prosthodontics. This led to her membership in Restorative dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in England (MRD RCS Eng).

Dr Forouzan Pessian is a registered specialist in Prosthodontics and strives to provide her patients with the best well-fitting and natural looking dentures. Whilst obtaining her post graduate degree at Guys Hospital, Dr Forouzan Pessian also worked part time as a clinical tutor for more than 10 years, teaching and supporting a group of 10-15 dental students. Since then, her concentration has been towards developing her skills and running her own business and charity for orphans in Iran. Dr Forouzan Pessian owned her own practice Danson Park Dental for 16 years and has recently joined us at The Sandford.

She strives to provide her patients with the best conservative and minimally invasive solutions available to them. Her main area of experience is oral surgery and fixed and removable prosthodontics. She is dedicated in providing her patients with exceptional dental treatment and ensures all patients have a pleasant experience. Her patients can expect to be welcomed with her kind approach and made to feel at ease immediately.

In her spare time she concentrates on the growth of her charity which she holds close to her heart. The charity provides care and education for underprivileged children in Iran.

Dentist with interest in Periodontology

Maria Victoria Rincon Castro

BDS (Col) Spec perio oral med (Col) PG Cert Surgical and Prosth Imp (Lon) Dr Victoria Rincon graduated from the School of Dentistry of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia in 2000. She spent several years developing and ... Read More

enhancing her general clinical skills before deciding to pursue the specialty of Periodontology & Oral Medicine at Universidad El Bosque, Colombia. During her training she spent two months at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, USA as a volunteer student at the Microbiology Department and completed her degree in 2006. After her postgraduate training, she moved to London and successfully completed her registration process as a dental surgeon in June 2008. She worked mainly in private practice as a general dentist with an interest in Periodontology during 4 years before completing her training in Surgical and Prosthodontic Implantology at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She now limits her practice to periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Specialist in Endodontics

Angelo Zavattini

[GDC No. 243381]
DDS, PhD, M Endo RCSEd Dr Zavattini is a specialist in Endodontics and a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. He qualified in Italy in 2012 from the University of Rome Tor Vergata where he started his career as a general dentist. After attending numerous courses and conferences he decided to move to London where he undertook further clinical training in restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Endodontics. Read More

Dr Zavattini completed three years of academic clinical training in Endodontics at Guy’s Hospital King’s College of London and has limited his activity exclusively to this specialty.

Dr Zavattini believes in the importance of research and education. He has been extensively involved with academic institutions, collaboration of research projects and the teaching of postgraduate dental students.

Dr Zavattini concentrates entirely on root canal treatment, surgical root canal treatment and vital pulp therapy. His sole focus is on saving teeth, particularly those that require complex treatment and multidisciplinary management.

Dr Zavattini is a member of the British Endodontic Society and the Association of Trainee in Restorative Dentistry.

Dr Zavattini is a kind and conscientious dentist who understand the apprehension that patients may feel before dental care. He will take the time to explain the procedure of his treatment and all advanced equipment we have in our practice.

Consultant Anaesthetist

Kryspin Stepien

[GMC No. 160263]
BDS (Col) Spec perio oral med (Col) PG Cert Surgical and Prosth Imp (Lon)

Dr Stepien’s role is Clinical Lead in sedation, providing it to anxious patients undergoing long procedures such as dental implants. His anaesthesia skills and use of modern drugs and equipment make it a pleasant (or at least not remembered) experience. He is also ... Read More

... responsible for educating dentists and dental nurses in sedation techniques, maintenance of equipment and drills - all for the patient's safety. Dr Stepien graduated from Pomeranian Medical Academy in Poland in 1999 and has trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Poland, UK and Australia. He was awarded Certificate of Specialist Training by Royal College of Anaesthetists having trained in some of the best known hospitals in London, such as University College, Royal Free, Royal Marsden and Royal London Hospitals. His special interests are acute pain management (after surgical operations), regional anaesthesia and sedation for procedures like gastroscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy.

WINNERS OF Clinical Dentistry Awards 2023 - Orthodontic Practice & Highly Commended Clinical Practice
The Sandford Bexleyheath Award Winner
The Sandford Clinical Dentistry Award Winner
The Sandford awards and associations
The Sandford Bexley Business Awards Winner
The Sandford Private Dentistry Awards Winner
The Sandford Nina Shaffie Best Young Dentist Award
The Sandford awards and associations