ABOUT
US

ABOUT US

Here at PassDental, we aim to give aspiring dental students the best chance of getting a place to read dentistry at University, with professional help from high-calibre dentists and current dental students. The PassDental scheme covers every aspect of the admissions process from personal statements and interview advice to personal coaching at various events we offer throughout the year.

As a student, you will have the best opportunity to speak to current dental students and dentists about any questions or concerns you may have at one of our nationally held events.

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Meet The Team
Dr Mani Bhardwaj
Dr Mani Bhardwaj
Director
 
Mani qualified from The Royal London and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 2004 achieving a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours.

He then embarked upon a long international studying period in Dental Implantology, Oral Surgery and advanced Dental Cosmetics. He has studied in countries such as Brazil, France and the United States of America gaining his internationally recognized qualification as a Specialist Implantologist.

Dr Mani now continues to practice dentistry as a Private Practitioner for The Smile Studios Dental Group, of which he is the Principal and Clinical Director.

He also practices at many other surgeries in the local counties as a Visiting Surgeon with a special interest in Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry. Having a keen interest in advanced dental cosmetics he has been featured in many national magazines and given expert opinions on current techniques in dentistry.

He has founded The Smile Studios Dental Group, and now is acquiring dental practices to add to the portfolio of practices he has built up both NHS and Private.
Working alongside Philips Oral Healthcare as an Ambassador he continues his passion in Dentistry by lecturing in Universities, dental seminars and conferences nationally.

He is a member of an editorial board for a recognized dental journal and writes articles for other dental journals too.

He has an interest in Forensic Dentistry in which he has co-authored articles in international journals and has worked with studies conducted by The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Being a keen sportsman Dr Mani enjoys keeping fit and has competed nationally in sporting events for weight lifting and now more recently is practicing his hand at golf.

His strive for success is well balanced with the charitable events he regularly takes part in.Having a wealth of knowledge and experience in his dental career Dr Mani is now seeking to help other achieve their goals and succeed in their future dental careers.
Mr Arjun Varma
Mr Arjun Varma
Director
 
After completing my A-levels at Rickmansworth School in Hertfordshire with four A grades, I decided to take a gap year to gain experience and insight to the dental profession. During this year, I arranged a number of different shadowing placements with specialists in Implantology and Orthodontics to give me an in-depth, first-hand experience of some fields in the dental profession. Furthermore, I had the honour of working with a renowned Cardiologist Dr John Chambers on the London Life Science and Population research study at Imperial College London. The study looked at genetic significance and prevalence diabetes on different ethnic communities. In addition, I volunteered at several places within my local community along with gaining sponsorships from health organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline.

However, the highlight of my gap year was definitely the time I spent in Kenya. I used the free time I had to travel to Africa, where I was fortunate enough to engage in a fantastic opportunity, working in a small rural dental practice in Kenya. The practice I visited was run by a Non-Government Organisation who provided essential dental health advice and treatments for the local community in an incredibly impressive manner. This gave me an insight as to how dentistry is practiced in developing countries, a truly unforgettable and inspirational experience!

I am currently in my 5th year of dentistry at the University of Manchester and am enjoying student life. In my spare time, I like watching Premiership football and take an avid interest in fine dining.
Ashish Patel
Ashish Patel
Mentor
 
Ash is a dental student at Kings’ College London; he is currently in his 3rd year and hasn’t looked back once since embarking on his degree.

During his experiences of dentistry to date, he has enjoyed the exposure to various specialist areas including: endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery; but he maintains that there is still much for him to learn and experience during his course before he decides on where his path will finally lead him.

Through discovering his interest in dentistry and, in particular through volunteering and raising money for charities, the true value and reward of having a positive impact on a person’s life became clear to him and this is a concept that he aims to carry with him throughout his career; as a result he very much likes the idea of involving oneself in aspects of dentistry that involve giving back to the community, whether it be through teaching and mentoring or even practising dentistry in communities.

Similarly he has enjoyed previous experiences of mentoring students on both a sporting and an academic level and relishes the challenge of working with different people in different ways, but aiming to achieve the same goal.

Outside of dentistry he is a keen sportsman and in particular has a passion for cricket; he has represented many teams from Hertfordshire County Cricket Club to Bedford School 1st XI. During term time, he focuses his time on playing for Guy’s, Kings & St.Thomas’ 1st XI and also the University of London.
Bhavika Kotecha
Bhavika Kotecha
Mentor
 
I am currently in my third year studying dentistry at King’s College London. Being in the heart of London I am loving the endless opportunities offered to me to explore student life to the full.

My spare time is spent currently as a member of KCL Women’s Cricket Club, Asian society and dance member of Bollyflex in KCL Diwali Show 2013.

I have future ambitions to graduate successfully from university then train to work as a hospital dentist. Still undecided in what specialty I would like to focus, I am enjoying discovering the different possibilities available to me. So far through my course I have been most interested in oral surgery and the biology of craniofacial development.

This coming summer I have plans to volunteer as a team member of Global Brigades in Ghana for 10 days. Hopefully being given the chance to work in make-shift dental clinics in isolated villages offering advise and treatment to communities with limited access to healthcare, I have high hopes to endure tasks that will shape my future career.Being challenged to raise the funds to finance this trip is additional excitement to this long-awaited experience.

Doing dentistry has made me realize how rewarding it can be to have a positive impact on a person’s life.
Nikhil Gogna
Nikhil Gogna
Mentor
 
After obtaining the A-level grades to read Dentistry in 2008, I attended Cardiff Dental School for an amazing and life-changing 5 years.  Not only did I learn about the key skills of becoming a dentist, I gained valuable life experiences and lifelong friends.  My most memorable experience has to be when I travelled to Ghana during my 4th year. It was an exciting prospect to have been given this opportunity, allowing me to work in a deprived setting without the availability of modern and technological surroundings. I gained more confidence in clinical dentistry, especially oral surgery, as well as working in a team and enhancing my communication skills with children.

 I am currently in my foundation dental year and being exposed to a variety of patients requiring a broad range of dental treatment.   The transition from dental school to the ‘real world’ is daunting, yet an exciting challenge that any dental student or aspiring dentist should relish.  My interests lie within Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery and I am always looking to improve my clinical experience within these areas when the opportunity arises.

  In order to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle and relieve stress I believe that it is important to have interests outside dentistry too. I am an independent individual and have a great passion for travelling. Destinations visited include China, India, Thailand, Dubai and Cambodia, all being countries of rich heritage and culture which I have enjoyed learning about and indulging in whilst abroad.  I also enjoy skiing and go at least once a year.  I also enjoy skiing and go at least once a year as well as socialising with friends, learning the guitar and (rare) trips to the gym.
Neha Kapur
Neha Kapur
Mentor
 
Neha qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2013, achieving a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She is currently completing her DF1 placement within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery, working in a predominantly NHS practice along the south coast.

Since graduating, Neha has taken a keen interest in increasing her skill set. She has recently become a 6 Month Smiles provider to offer cosmetic, short-term orthodontics to her patients. She has also undergone training by Endodontic Specialist Nick Adams who has taught Neha a thing or two about complex root treatments.

Neha is currently enrolled at the University of Kent where she is working towards a PGC in Primary Dental Care. In addition, she is also studying towards her MJDF to become a member of the The Royal College of Surgeons of England.  

Neha’s long term plans are to remain a general dental practitioner, whilst being able to offer her patients additional treatments by adopting a holistic approach to dentistry. In addition to being able to provide short-term orthodontics, Neha also plans to undergo implant training in the near future.

Neha was elected as the Events Rep at the Birmingham University Dental Students Society and is currently working towards planning similar events on a smaller scale within her deanery. Aside from organising social events, Neha loves to travel. She has visited numerous counties across the globe; from the Unites States of America, through South-East Asia and down to Australia. She has explored more than 30 cities across the world, and has an appreciation for international culture.
Nisha Narwal
Nisha Narwal
Mentor
 
Nisha completed her Dentistry degree last summer at Manchester Dental School and is currently a DF1 (dental foundation trainee) at a south london scheme, having her study days at Kings College University.

Being on the interview panel during her university years for dentistry she has had a great insight into what candidates require and need in order to pass an interview successfully. Throughout dental school she was known to be bombarded with dental personal statements from friends of friends, which she always gave advice and a help in hand with. Nisha is a strong believer that in order to achieve your dreams you need a point in the right direction by the right people.

During the past year she was advising students in passing their DF1 interview and obtaining their 1st choices. This gave Nisha great satisfaction in helping others dreams come true like her own.

Nisha has published written extracts and articles for the Student Dental Protection Magazine during University. Being part of One-to-One charity group Nisha did her elective in Cambodia in an orphanage and prison, treating high dental needs patients. Nisha has great leadership qualities; being Co-President of Manchester University Dental School Society which she has given talks to a wide range of people.

Being supportive and helpful, Nisha is a great role model for younger students including her younger brother who is currently a 3rd year dental student

Reena Jasani
Reena Jasani
Mentor
 
Reenaqualified as a dentist from Kings College London in 2013. During this time she gained a great insight into the dental world and enjoyed all the experiences includingworking as a team, seeing patients in the specialist departments and treating special needs patients at the local community dental clinic. Furthermore, she learnt many other valuable non-dental skillsat the institute which helped her make the transition from dental student to dentist. She also had a lot of fun as a university student socialising in London!

She has worked alongside a dentist who has a special interest in Endodontics and observed a variety of work carried out in the Orthodontic and Maxillo-facial Surgerydepartment at Kingston Hospital. She has also had experience working in other fields of dentistry- as a dental nurse in a general dental practice as well as working at a dental laboratory helping make dental prosthesis.

Aside from dentistry, Reena applies her dexterous skills in cake decorating. She is a grade 8 pianist and likes toplay in the comfort of her own home and previously has been given medals and awards in competitions and performances. She takes interest in music and theatre and has watched a variety of shows in the U.K. as well as abroad, and recently has taken up acting classes as a hobby.

Reena enjoys carrying out voluntary work and in the past has mentored students in science and maths,helped those with special needsand raised over £2000 in aid for those who were affected by the Tsunami in 2004.Whilst studying at university she successfully helped younger pupils in her secondary school get into dentistry and it is from there that she became passionate about helping other people get into Dental school.

With a keen interest in travelling and helping others, Reena hopes to carry out dental voluntary work abroad in the near future.
Sandeep Mohal
Sandeep Mohal
Mentor
 
Sandeep qualified from The Royal London and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 2006 achieving a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours, previous to this he has also been awarded with a BSc with Honours in Biochemistry/Microbiology from Queen Mary University graduating in 2001.

Sandeep now practices dentistry for Confidental in Sandhurst. He has established himself as a friendly and caring professional and has gained a reputation as a very approachable dentist who is always willing to listen to anyone's concerns. Sandeep has undertaken extensive postgraduate training which involves porcelain restorations and implants, and is currently pursuing an advanced restorative course at the very reputable Pankey Institute in Florida.

Sandeep's special interests are in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He has had extensive experience of whitening and cosmetic ceramic crowns and veneers. He has carried out well over one thousand ceramic restorations. He is fully trained to provide Six Month Smiles, Fast Braces and Clearstep (invisible) braces.

He has been married since 2008 to his wife Anita and they enjoy spending time with their babies Arun& Serena. When Sandeep has some spare time he loves following Formula 1.
Timothy Austin
Timothy Austin
Mentor
 
I am a recent graduate from Leeds dental school graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Merit and currently in a dental foundation (DFT) placement in a North Yorkshire practice.

My experience in practice as been eye-opening and exciting. To stand on my own two feet was a daunting task but with a good support network this transition has been a successful one. Within the first month I had done more dentistry than 6 months in university, a steep learning curve and getting to grips with the business side of modern dental practice.

From this I grasped as much work experience as I could get my hands on, from general practice to hospital surgery, watching the similarities/contrasts of NHS vs private dentistry to orthodontics and general anaesthetic theatres.

My interest flowed into my elective module at dental school, however slightly different to most. I shadowed the Cleft Lip and Palate team staying in the UK and researched how their services have changed over recent years. This was something I desired to do since before university after reading an article in the British Dental Journal.

Extra-curricular passions include music where I have achieved grade 8 trumpet to maintain creative flare, going to the gym and recreational sport.

University is more than just dental school and choosing the right university is important to enjoy student life. I along with the other directors can help you with your journey and are no doubt willing to share their experiences outside of dental school as well to help you make the right decisions.
Jasneet Gulati
Jasneet Gulati
Mentor
Jasneet (Jaz) Gulati graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2013 with honours. He was the first ever person to achieve 100% in a finals exam, and one of just two students to qualify with a distinction in clinical exams. He was awarded the Tom Pitt-Ford prize for the most outstanding final year undergraduate student in the field of endodontology, as well as the GlaxoSmithKline prize. His most cherished accolade was being voted by his peers as the 'Future Face of Dentistry'.

Jaz enjoyed a successful year as President of the Sheffield University Dental Students' Society (SUDSS), which included speaking to prospective students and their parents at Dentistry open days. He also sat on the interview panel for entry in to undergraduate Dentistry, which involved reading many personal statements and gaining an insight in to what admissions staff are looking for in successful candidates.

One of Jaz's passions is teaching, which led him to study for a PgCert in Dental Education from the University of Bedfordshire, where he achieved an A-grade for his teaching portfolio. As he is interested in teaching, Jaz co-founded TeethGeek.com in his 4th year. TeethGeek, which gets over 10,000 unique hits a month, is the online community of dental students that has produced and published numerous articles and resources to help both prospective students and current dental students. He is now focussing his teaching efforts to help final year students with their DF1 interviews.

An avid public speaker, Jaz has lectured at the British Dental Students' Association (BDSA) conference 2014, the European Dental Students' Association (EDSA) conference 2013, as well as to local schools about getting in to dental school and life as a dental student.

Jaz sits on the Wesleyan Junior Advisory Board, one of 2 Dentists on this board, and represents the views of young dentists across the country. He also sits on the committee for the British Sikh Doctors' Organisation (BSDO).During his DF1 year with the London Deanery, he created vlogs of his experiences as a trainee which can be accessed via his Youtube channel. Currently, Jaz is a Dental Core Trainee at Guy's Hospital (Restorative and Oral Surgery) and looks forward to gaining experience in secondary care in the management of complex cases.

Simran Kaur
Simran Kaur
Mentor
Simran graduated from The University of Liverpool in 2014 achieving a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with honours. She was one of the four students to qualify with a distinction in all her final year exams. She was also awarded the Walter Thomas Prize for achieving the best overall mark in her final year written examination.
Simran has had the opportunity to interview candidates for entry into dentistry during her time at University and is very familiar with the new MMI( Multiple Mini Interviews) system. This enabled her to gain a great deal of insight into what is required of candidates in order to be successful.

During her time at University she has also been involved with the Liverpool Sikh Society. She achieves a great deal of satisfaction by teaching and gives free maths tuitions to A level students in her spare time. Her friendly and bubbly style make her very approachable and she has helped students every year by providing constructive feedback on their personal statements and giving them advice on how to do well in their interviews. Outside Dentistry, she enjoys swimming and henna designing.

She is currently undertaking her Dental Foundation Training in Wales in a predominantly NHS practice. Her interests include Paediatric and Special care dentistry but she is also enjoying the variety that general practice has to offer.
I wanted to be a part of the Passdental team as I would like to help other students out there achieve their goals and ambitions. I also enjoy reading personal statements and giving feedback. As an interviewer I would like to teach prospective students and give them important tips on how to do well in their interviews. I have had exposure to the MMI system for two consecutive years and have a good grasp of what the interviewers are looking for.
Gurpreet Sachdeva
Gurpreet Sachdeva
Mentor

Having successfully completed my A-levels at The Heathland School in Hounslow, I am currently studying Dentistry at Kings College London. Being the newest recruit to the mentoring team, I am aware of the increased competition and difficulties current students face while applying to dental school. Having been a successful applicant, I am very familiar with the new MMI (Multiple Mini interview) system along with the traditional Interview format. Through comprehensive research, attending dental summer schools and aided by the breadth of his work experience, I was able to learn what the dental vocation entails and how to do well at interviews. Having been inspired by Dr Ash Parmar describing dentistry as an amalgamation of science and art, I hope to go down the route of cosmetic dentistry. During my time at university I hope to become an integral part of the dental society, as well as becoming a part of KCL Sikh society. Being a keen sportsman, I enjoy playing cricket and badminton during my leisure time.

Ikjyot Suri
Ikjyot Suri
Mentor
Having completed my A-levels at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, I took a gap year to travel abroad and to experience working life. I worked in Lord’s Cricket Ground, tutored secondary school students in Maths and worked in a pharmacy, which is where I experienced my first contact with patients. While travelling in India, I participated in voluntary work with street children, teaching them basic literacy and playing games with them.

I am currently in my third year studying dentistry at King’s College London. Studying at the most central university in London has given me the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of student life. As treasurer of KCL Sikh Society I have helped manage and run the society and organise events such as inter-university football tournaments and feeding the homeless. As part of the KCL Bhangra team, I have performed in the KCL Charity Diwali Show and The Bhangra Showdown. I also enjoy charity work and have participated in the British 10k and the Spartan Race to raise money for Happy to Help, a charity that supports Great Ormond Street Hospital. I am involved with British Sikh Doctors Organisation (BSDO), a charity that consists of teams of medics, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists that hold free clinics at schools, places of worship and other local community events up and down the country. I am also the BSDO university representative for King’s College London.

I have enjoyed studying the various aspects of dentistry and I am enjoying putting them into practice even more so. I have found patient contact to be very fulfilling and I look forward to gaining more experience in the fields of oral surgery and prosthodontics.
Sorabh Patel
Sorabh Patel
Mentor
Currently studying dentistry at Kings College London, after obtaining a degree from Queen Mary in Dental Materials. I was able to help him experience clinical dentistry from a different angle, learning how material science can benefit a patients needs, gaining an insight into the future of dentistry by witnessing how aspects of engineering can influence clinical techniques and technology.

During my spare time, I organise and take part in various charity events. After completing a Skydive last year, this year I will be taking part in The Mouth Cancer Foundations Annual 10K run,heading a team of 37 other students. I will also be taking part in a Group Skydive with 25 other health professionals for 4 major Dental Charities in the UK and worldwide in the near future.

I have also engaged in various societies, being part of KCL Diwali show in 2013, and currently a part of the BDSA London Welfare Team as Kings and Bart's host the BDSA conference in London for 2015.

From my previous degree and work experience I have produced various case studies and publications for my local area and specialists within the South London area. My future ambition is to hopefully specialise in Oral Surgery andideally continue with research into Bone Graft Materials for use in Oral Surgery, which was the base of my dissertation. I also hope to do a TED talk on the basis of his research and experiences within Dentistry. I also enjoy usingmy experience to try helpothers into university, last year helping to mentor 8 students, who all went on to university after receiving their offers, with one student even being awarded a Scholarship.

Work/social balance is key for any professional as well as engaging in various student societies at KCL. I  have alway strived to challenge and push  myself to the very limits. Next Summer I hope to do the Inca Trail via the Amazon jungle for Cancer Research.

My advice to people in general would be, to embrace challenges, fear nothing and hold no regrets.

Narinder Dhadwal
Narinder Dhadwal
Mentor

Narinder studied Dentistry at St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. During her time she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement and was awarded 2nd Prize by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners FGDP (UK) for her elective studies. Narinder also had her elective studies published in The London Hospital Dental Journal and Bart’s & The London Chronicle.

After qualifying in 2007 and working extensively in general practice, she then went on to successfully complete her Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

In 2013 Narinder completed her postgraduate training in Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology and Implants at The Royal London Hospital. Currently she is studying towards her Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Narinder also received an award from the British Society of Periodontology and has presented some of her work at the International Association of Dental Research and the British Society of Restorative Dentistry. She spends most of her clinical time working in hospital focusing on treating patients suffering from advanced periodontal (gum) disease and plastic periodontal surgical procedures. She aims to progress her career not only in practice but also in the hospital academic route.

Her experience and gentle approach to this type of treatment has gained her a number of patients across many surgeries, and her drive for teamwork with the patients to help arrest and treat these gum problems is something she is very passionate about. In her spare time Narinder loves to travel and take part in charitable events that involve keeping fit such as mini marathon

Natalie
Natalie
 

I studied Dentistry at Newcastle University and developed my professional skills working part-time during her studies, initially as a waitress and then as a practical facilitator helping a fellow student on clinics.

I achieved my BDS and undertook my dental foundation year at the 2nd Floor Dental Practice which is attached to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, providing NHS and private dental care. I recently passed part one of my MJDF qualification and I am studying to take the second part.

I am also a TubulesLive Ambassador for Dentinal Tubules, hosting live-streamed dental webinars and I am a committee member for Sterling Dental Foundation.

I am an active tweeter @natb990 and I blog regularly on my own website at atoothgerm.blogspot.co.uk.

I also post content on dentinaltubules.com, theyoungdentist.com (DPL), The Young Dentist Magazine and 2020dentistry.com.

I have just started her Dental Core Training post at Guy's hospital in London on the Restorative Department.

Gurpreet Sachdeva
Gurpreet Sachdeva
Mentor

Having successfully completed my A-levels at The Heathland School in Hounslow, I am currently studying Dentistry at Kings College London. Being the newest recruit to the mentoring team, I am aware of the increased competition and difficulties current students face while applying to dental school. Having been a successful applicant, I am very familiar with the new MMI (Multiple Mini interview) system along with the traditional Interview format. Through comprehensive research, attending dental summer schools and aided by the breadth of his work experience, I was able to learn what the dental vocation entails and how to do well at interviews. Having been inspired by Dr Ash Parmar describing dentistry as an amalgamation of science and art, I hope to go down the route of cosmetic dentistry. During my time at university I hope to become an integral part of the dental society, as well as becoming a part of KCL Sikh society. Being a keen sportsman, I enjoy playing cricket and badminton during my leisure time.

Rohit Patel
Rohit Patel
 

Currently a 2nd year dental student at Kings’ College London, and loving every moment! First and foremost, my commitment to KCL fitness Feat, coupled with my dedication to the gym and to my work ethic, makes me a well-rounded individual on all fronts. After receiving the A-Level grades necessary to apply to dentistry, I took a gap year in an effort to explore the profession, whilst also carrying out a variety of other activities. To expand my horizons within the field of Dentistry, I went to London, Leicester and in Cardiff University Hospital to shadow several specialists and dental technicians in their respective fields. This allowed me to gain an in-depth, experience into the process of treatments that the dentist would provide. In other respects, I tutored Maths and Science helping students up to A-Level to strive towards excellence, and achieve the best grades they possibly could. I also organised several charity events, such as a sponsored run, bake sale, and charity ball. Currently I volunteer at Ilford County High School to read personal statements, and conduct interview days to provide students with feedback and advice with regard to their dental applications. This summer I am looking to undertake an elective in Africa, where I will be working in a rural dental practice run by a charity. The aim is to provide essential dental aid in the form of advice and treatments for the local community, in an effort to improve world wide dental health and hygiene. This rare opportunity will provide me with an insight into dental health and hygiene, and how dentistry is practiced in developing countries. So far, I have enjoyed studying and practising dentistry (where possible), and helping patients clinically. However, I do pursue to help people in other ways than just clinically, and hope to do this for a long time yet. Guy’s motto Dare Quam Accipere comes to mind, which means “it is better to give than to receive”.