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    Clay Cross,
    Chesterfield S45 9PE

Meet Our Expert Dentists

About Us

Peak Smile Studio has been providing the residents of Clay Cross and Chesterfield with private dental treatments and orthodontics for more than 15 years. All of our team members are registered with the General Dental Council. You can rely on us for your dental treatments, from orthodontic treatment to dental implants to teeth whitening and treatment of gum disease. Information about our highly qualified team is provided below.


Why should you choose Peak Smile Studio?

We provide best-practice procedures for all our treatments. This ensures we can maintain a high standard in all aspects of our patient care including minimising cross infection, maintaining health and safety and respecting patient confidentiality. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call.

Our dentists are recognised by:

  • Association of Dental Implantology UK
  • British Dental Association
  • British Orthodontic Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • General Dental Council

We have a warm and welcoming nursing and reception team, who look forward to ensuring you get the best possible care whilst you are at our practice. They include:

  • Sally Marshall, a full time qualified dental nurse, Sally has been with us at Peak Smile Studio for 13 years, She is also one of our First Aiders.
  • Lauren Barlow, a qualified dental nurse who has been with us 20 years. She currently works part-time.
  • Jeanette Crowther, a qualified dental nurse has worked at Peak Smile Studio for 25 years. Jeanette works for us part-time and is also one of our First Aiders.
  • Abbie Dudley is our Trainee Dental Nurse. She started with us in August 2019.


Dr Ashish Dhopatkar


GDC Registration Number 68433

Dr Dhopatkar is registered with the General Dental Council as a specialist in Orthodontics. He took his orthodontic training in London and was Head of Orthodontics at the University of Birmingham's School of Dentistry. He was also a part-time consultant at Birmingham Dental Hospital, where he was involved in training postgraduate students. He is also a member of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and has previously been a webmaster and council member for this organisation.

Dr Dhopatkar has served on a number of BOS committees including the Training Grades Group, the Development and Standards and Clinical Effectiveness committees. He is a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists and an International member of the American Association of Orthodontists. He completed his PhD thesis in 2006 at the University of Birmingham and his work on effects of orthodontic forces on the dental pulp has been published extensively in the national and international orthodontic literature. In 2003, he was awarded the Chapman Prize by the BOS for his research.

Dr Ashish Dhopatkar

Dr Abhi Pal

Dr Abhi Pal


GDC Registration Number 62049

Dr Pal qualified at Guy's Hospital London in 1987. He has extensive experience in restorative and implant dentistry. He was the lead clinician at the University Dental and Implant Centre in Birmingham and a clinical teaching fellow at Warwick University where he was a module leader for MSc courses in Implant and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr Pal has been elected as a National Board Member for the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP UK) and is involved in developing quality standards in dentistry. He was the lead author of the publication Training Standard in Implant Dentistry 2016, and is a reviewer of the forthcoming publication Standards in Implant Dentistry.

Sarah Wilmot

GDC Registration Number 179180

Sarah completed her training as a dental therapist and as a hygienist in 2016 at Sheffield University. She was a dental nurse before and has been working in this field since 2009. As a Direct Access Therapist, Sarah provides a range of dental treatments for adults and children as determined by the GDC Scope of Practice.

Sarah Wilmot
Becky Knighton

Becky Knighton

GDC Registration Number 141632

Becky works with Dr Dhopatkar in providing orthodontic care. She is a professional therapist.