Our Team

We believe that we provide exceptional value for money. Our dental team is committed to providing quality care and for the benefit of our patients.


Dr Sam Afshar


DDS(Swe) MSc (King's College London)

GDC No. 74248

Sam qualified from University of Karolinska-Stockholm-Sweden in 1998. Sam is well trained in all areas of adult and children dentistry with a focus on Cosmetic Smiles and Implantology and full mouth rehabilitation. He is an accredited Implant surgeon since 2003 with excellent track records in successful Dental Implants from single to multiple and most complicated cases including soft and hard tissue grafting, Regeneration techniques and Maxillary Sinus grafting, Zygomatic and Nasal Dental Implants and comprehensive Periodontal Regeneration Surgeries.

Sam was awarded a Master's Degree (with distinction) in Aesthetic dentistry  from King's college London and  a Dental Regeneration Specialist degree from the university of Hamburg.

He has been a certified INVISALIGN provider.

Sam has huge experience in treating nervous patients with his gentle techniques.

 He has also been trained & certified in anti-aging treatments offering patients  a healthier face for the past 10 years.

He is a member of many national and international associations such as: 

• British Dental Association (BDA)
• Swedish Dental Board
• American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM)

He regularly attends seminars worldwide and loves using the latest technologies and materials in Dentistry.


Geoffrey Scott McCaw


GDC No. 60221

Geoff qualified in 1985 from Queens University Belfast. Since then he has gained considerable experience in general practice and has a special interest in Aesthetic dentistry.

Geoff likes to keep in touch with the latest trends and has attended several international dental conferences prior to joining Putney Dentists. Geoff worked for several years in a West-End Clinic providing aesthetic treatments. A keen sportsman, Geoff’s passion in life is Golf. He joined Putney dentists in August 2000.


Dr Gerard Balague Viladrich

LDS MSC (Barcelona) MA (King’s College London) FHEA

GC No. 100898

Dr Gerard Balague graduated as a dentist from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Spain) in 2005 after which Gerard worked in an NHS and private practice in Wales. In 2007 Gerard concentrated on obtaining a post-graduate certificate in Implantology from Warwick University. After obtaining his certificate Gerard worked in London for 2 1/2 years in a general dental practice, concentrating on Periodontics and implantology.

Gerard moved back to Spain to start a full time 3 year Masters in Implantology: Oral Surgery, Prosthetics and Periodontics. During this time Gerard also completed a post-graduate certificate in forensic dentistry and a Master's degree of basic research in Dentistry and Biomedicine. Gerard is currently working as a clinical teacher at King's College Hospital where he finalised a Master of Arts in Clinical Education in 2017 at the same institution. Since then, Gerard has becomes so passionate about teaching that has started a PHD in Spain in 2019.


Gerard´s main current interests in dentistry are the treatment of gum disease as well as placing dental implants where missing teeth are to restore the dentition.


Dr Bardia Valizadeh

Specialist Prosthodontist (Restorative Specialist)
GDC No. 255179

Bardia is a registered Specialist in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, which is the restoration and replacement of teeth. He is recognised as a Specialist by the General Dental Council which is the highest level of expertise in his field. His main areas of interest are the provision of crowns, bridges and implant related restorations and removable dentures. Bardia also offers Invisalign tooth straightening treatment.

Bardia grew up in Tehran, Iran, he studied a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, gaining a distinction in 2009 before moving to London in 2011.

He was awarded his Master of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from the world renowned Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2014. He has also been a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London and he has written several papers on oral surgery, cleft palate and the effects of smoking on dental implant longevity.

When he is not at work Bardia likes to play tennis and keep fit by swimming regularly. He enjoys exploring different cuisines from around the world, watching theatre and reading mythology.

• Member in Prosthodontics: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2014
• Master of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics: Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry 2014
• Certificate in Principles of Implant Dentistry: Queen Mary University of London 2013
• Doctorate in Dental Surgery: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran (Distinction) 2009
• Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature: Mashhad University, Iran (Merit) 2009


Dr. Iva Manevska


GDC No. 274476

Iva is our in house Orthodontist. From early years of her training, her special interests always were cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Coming from a family of dentists and working in her mother’s family practice, Iva’s approach to the patients is as if they’re family. She has over 9 years experience  in dentistry and has received her MDSc in Orthodontics in 2014. In 2017 she finished her Specialty Training in Orthodontics. Iva first came to London as an Educational Grant Awardee by The British Orthodontic Society to attend the 8th International Orthodontic Conference and finally settled here to accompany her husband. She’s a certified Damon braces provider, as well as Incognito and Win(lingual braces) provider. Iva  is an advanced provider of Invisalign, and she has completed the highly regarded European Masters in Aligners course here in London.

Iva is a member of the European Orthodontic Society, American Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society. She enjoys working with children and is an expert on the interceptive treatment as well as both labial and lingual appliances.


Dr. Mariana Alves

DMD (university of Lisbon, 2010)
MMSc Endodontics (Harvard University, 2015)

Mariana qualified from the University of Lisbon, in 2010. In 2015 she did a 3-year full time specialty training and Masters degree in Endodontics at Harvard University. Since then, she has practiced exclusively in Endodontics and Endodontic microsurgery. She teaches at the University of Lisbon and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Mariana is passionate about healthcare. She understands that root canals bring significant anxiety to patients and wishes to create a calm and comfortable environment for her patients. She always aims to deliver the highest quality treatment possible, relying on the latest technologies available. 


Daniel Łapiński

Dental Hygienist

GDC No. 267287

Over 10 years of experience in the medical sector.
Working in this profession is my passion and my contribution to treating and caring
for the good of the patient is an important factor for me in professional satisfaction.


Rumi Miah

Hygienist & Therapist

GDC No. 138553

Rumi graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 as a dental hygienist and therapist. Rumi started her dental career in 2006 as a dental nurse at Eastman dental hospital and has worked in many of the leading London dental hospitals.


Rumi has obtained a qualification in oral health from Bart’s and the London. Rumi’s passion is a holistic approach to the prevention of dental disease. Rumi has a particular interest in the management of anxious/phobic patients and enjoys working with paediatric patients and their families.


Rumi has gained experience in a number of advanced and innovative treatments including airflow and zoom whitening. 


Adela Gal

Head Nurse

GDC No. 272713

Adela has been working in this field of dentistry since 2016 and qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2017 when she received the National Diploma in Dental Nursing. She developed a thorough understanding of patient requirements over the years.

She joined Putney Dentists in 2019 where she enjoys taking great care of our patients in her role as a Head Nurse. Also, she has a keen interest in learning and developing new skills and provide support and direction to enhance the performance and knowledge of the nursing team.

In her free time, Adela enjoys playing instruments, travelling and spending time with her family.


Bahar Kafaei

Dental Nurse

Bahar started at Putney Dentists as a Trainee Dental Nurse, in September 2019.
She is very kind and professional, and pays attention to every individual patient needs.

Bahar is now a qualified dental nurse and looking forward to develop her knowledge and skills.

She is Married and love spending quality time with her family.


Gianne Williams

Dental Nurse

Gianne Williams, is a fourth-year dental student at King’s College London Dental Instute, a co- president of a dental student group called Smile Society. She joined Putney Denists where she enjoys assisting both our guests and our dental team. 

She is passionate about promoting good dental health, and helping vulnerable groups. Consequently, has led and coordinated  homeless shelter visits and continues to volunteer with the homeless.

She is very particularly enthusiastic about research and has completed 2 laboratory research projects focused on oral cancer as part of the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship and MSc Oral Pathology. As well as working with a  clinical team to assess the feasibility of screening patients for the HepFree Study


Ziba Yazdi

Head Receptionist


Valentino Spina



Denis Mesic



Juliette Yazdi

General Manager

Juliette Yazdi is our General Manager, she has over 15 years experience in Business Management and with her warm and friendly nature she will ensure that you have a wonderful experience at Putney Dentists.

As our General Manager, Juliette ensures the smooth running of our practice and supports our team in delivering the very best patient care. Juliette is available for any advice or support regarding general enquiries, treatment plans or complaints. Listen to, and act on patient views and opinions and Ensure that patients receive full information about our services.

Juliette has a Degree in Painting, Psychology and a Master in Fine Art, she has profound love for ecological fashion.



Dr. Biljana Sulic

General Dentist
GDC No: 117 353

Graduated in Skopje-Makedonija-Former Yugoslavia. In London, she completed the International Qualifying Examination held by the GDC and became fully registered with the GDC.

After almost 30 years of dental experience she still has a strong commitment to postgraduate education and has attended numerous courses specializing in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, Facial aesthetics-Botox.

She believes in preventative dentistry for the whole family, ensuring that each patient has personalized dental treatment.

During your visit she would make every dental experience pleasant and comfortable.

Outside work she enjoys gardening, cycling and interior design. She is a big music and movie fan and likes to travel and explore new places.