Let's meet the team

Our team may be small but our passion for improving peoples smiles more than makes up for our size.
Add to this our training & professionalism and you know your smile is in good hands with us.

Dr Aniko Lazar DMD

Dr Aniko Lazar DMD MSc - Dental Surgeon & Proprietor

General Dental Council number: 84 111

I graduated in 1999 from the Dental University in Budapest, Hungary; an internationally renowned centre for training. After working for 5 years at the University Hospital as both a lecturer and dentist, I moved to England and since then have worked for the Emergency Dental Service, the NHS and private practices in the south-east, south-west and Kent.

I continued my studies at postgraduate level in the UK, and obtained a Master’s degree in Implant Dentistry at the University of Warwick. My ongoing professional courses mean I am always up to date with the latest developments and procedures, which I bring to all my patients at First Choice Dental Clinic.

I am passionate about improving people’s smiles through high quality, pain-free aesthetic dentistry in a caring, relaxed environment. In my spare time I enjoy looking after my family. My hobbies are swimming, gardening and yoga. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr Amanda J Ridley BDS

Dr Amanda J Ridley BDS - Dental Surgeon

General Dental Council number: 57187

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1982 and following an associate position in Daventry, set up and ran my own private practice for 25 years in Hampshire. During that time I worked in the maxillofacial department of the QA Hospital in Portsmouth gaining experience in minor oral surgery and difficult extractions.

I sold my practice in 2012 so that I could join my husband who was already working in East Sussex. Since then I have worked in both NHS and private practice before settling here at First Choice Dental Clinic.

I love my job and take great pride in helping my patients improve their oral health. I have a beautiful Siberian Husky that I enjoy walking and I play a little tennis in my spare time.

Chloe Smith

Natalie Woodlock BDS(Lond), MFDS RCS(Ed), Msc, MClinDent(Perio), MRDRSC(Ed) - Specialist in periodontics

General Dental Council number: 76558

I first qualified in dentistry from Guys, Kings & St. Thomas’ Dental Institute in 1999. Since then I have gained extensive experience in a variety of settings. These have included general practice, community dentistry, oral surgery, and providing dental care for the staff of Unilever.

In 2001 I was successful in achieving Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons. Whilst working as a Senior House Officer in Restorative Dentistry, I developed an interest in periodontology. I completed the four year part-time specialist training program at King’s College London. I was successful in gaining a Master of Science in Periodontology, and went on to gain further expertise in the subject achieving the Master of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics and the Membership in Restorative Dentistry to become a Specialist in Periodontics. I limit my practice to periodontics to treat gum disease.


David Whittaker Anaesthetist

General Medical Council number: 2833749

I graduated in medicine at the University of Wales in Cardiff in 1983 and studied anaesthesia in St Thomas’ hospital in London. I specialised in dental anaesthesia and sedation, starting in 1992 and have been providing conscious sedation full time since 1998.

Over the years I have refined the techniques to provide an excellent degree of analgesia and anxiolysis, always keeping up to date with new developments in the field.

My work is based around London and the south east and I’m very happy to be joining Aniko and her team in Eastbourne.

Michele Austin

Michele Austin Lead Dental Nurse

General Dental Council number: #285001

I joined First Choice Dental Clinic in December 2017 as a trainee dental nurse.

I have trained within the practice and together with the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses, I have gained the National Diploma qualification in dental nursing. I am very proud of my achievement and to be part of a wonderful team.

I feel the practice has a very calm, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere with a very supportive team. I find it rewarding when patients enter nervous but leave with a smile. I love to be part of helping patients achieve the smile they have always dreamt of.

In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my family and I am also a keen darts player, playing three times a week and helping to run competitions.

In February 2020, I was very proud to become a Granny to a beautiful little boy.


Dr Gabriella Birley

Dr Gabriella Birley MBChB MSc - Aesthetic Doctor

General Medical Council number: 7751029

I graduated in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) at the University of Warwick. Prior to this I graduated with honours in Law at The University of Manchester and then obtained an MSc in Global Health at  Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I have always had an interest in aesthetic medicine, and I am driven to learn the most up to date and advanced procedures and techniques by the leading practitioners to not only ensure the best results for my patients, but the safest. I also have a keen interest in gynaecology so relished the opportunity to be trained in aesthetic gynaecology by the European society of aesthetic gynaecology. 


Janice Styles Dip. Dru Ayurveda Health Coach, Dip.HE. RN, Dip.DY.DYPR, BSYA (HFTP)

I have been a patient at First Choice Dental Clinic for many years and have been very impressed by the exceptional standard of care and naturally holistic approach to dentistry. I am delighted to have joined the Team as an Ayurveda Health Coach with over 35 years in the field of holistic therapies. My desire is to support, inspire and empower my clients along their journey of creating health, happiness and longevity.

Throughout my career as a Holistic Therapist I have gained many qualifications through continued professional development in yoga, nutrition, fertility, health and healing. I attained my Dip HE. RN (Children’s Nursing) Diploma in Higher Education at the Northwest London College of Nursing & Midwifery/South Bank University in1994. During this earlier career as a Registered Nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, London, I received the support of many of the Consultants and Senior nurses during the introduction of therapeutic touch and massage to enhance the care of babies and children in the Neonatal and Paediatric Departments.

I love to spend my free time with friends as well as enjoying salsa classes, being in nature, reading and deepening my personal yoga practice. This further supports my students with experiencing more self-awareness, relaxation and stress reduction. Alongside studying the wisdom of Ayurveda, I have a huge passion for Quantum Science as it relates to the application of breathing practices and treatments that clear sub-conscious emotions known to interfere with optimum health. These studies have culminated in receiving a qualification in Bio Energetic Synchronisation Technique, otherwise known as B.E.S.T.