Meet Our Clinicians



Dr. David Hotchen

BSc Hons BDS MJDF MSc Dent Imp

Dentist GDC 227485

David works with Caroline and Helen. He has a friendly and caring manner and is a true perfectionist.

David qualified in Dentistry from The University of Liverpool in 2012. As a student, he represented his dental school in a prestigious restorative dentistry contest, finishing in 2nd place nationally. On graduation, he was awarded the Dental School's Prize for Restorative Dentistry. He has since worked both in both General Dental Practice and as a Senior House Officer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

David has completed dental implant training at Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology and has been mentored by Willie Jack in implant dentistry since 2014. He has completed training in complex surgical implant procedures and gained a distinction in his Dental Implantology Masters degree in 2019. David has a special interest in the use of the latest digital and CADCAM technologies in dental implant procedures. He is also a member of the International Team for Implantology.

David also has experience with traditional labial braces, invisible lingual orthodontics (brace on the backs of the teeth) and Invisalign clear aligners. He is in his element creating beautiful smiles!

David grew up in Cheltenham and, before becoming a dentist, completed a degree in Biomedical Science at Sheffield University after which he worked in cardiac physiology. David is married to Alison and they live in Herefordshire with their two children, Matthew and Emilia. In his spare time he is a keen musician, playing several different instruments. David also enjoys cycling and watersports.

Dr. Emma Pourmahak

BSc (Hons) BDS

Dentist GDC 227486

Emma is a friendly, very gentle and caring dentist who will settle for nothing less than the best standard of care possible. 

As well as general dental care, Emma has done additional post-graduate training in orthodontics and is able to provide a range of modern adult and child solutions for aligning teeth including Invisalign and discrete clear ceramic braces.

Emma is also experienced in providing facial aesthetics treatments such as Botox and facial fillers.

Emma is originally from Lancashire, first graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Biomedical Science in 2007 and then from Liverpool University in Dentistry in 2012. She worked in general dental practice near Sheffield before moving to Ludlow in 2015. Emma is married to Luke and in her spare time she enjoys cooking and synchronised swimming.


Dr. Michael Teft

BDS MSc Clin Perio

Periodontist GDC 191748

Michael qualified in 2010 and was invited to join the practice in 2018. He is a gentle and caring dentist with high standards of care and is already popular with families who have been attending the practice for many years.

Michael completed a Masters degree in Periodontology with merit in 2019, and happily accepts referrals from other dentists within the practice and surrounding area to help with more complex gum conditions.

Outside of work Michael is happily married and enjoys good food and keeping fit. 

Dr. Lorne Whitmarsh

BDS BPharm

Dentist GDC 76335

Dr Whitmarsh's friendly approach and strive for excellence are well appreciated by his patients.

He is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) and as such regularly attends courses to keep up with latest developments and techniques. He is keen to make all his patients relaxed and at the same time provide a high quality of dental care.

His experience extends to implantology, single visit crown and veneer placement without the need for impressions, clearstep orthodontic positioners to help straighten teeth.

Lorne is a family man and a keen tennis player.


Dental Hygienists

Our highly skilled hygienists are passionate about improving and maintaining your oral health.

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