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About us

Dentist EssexDr Willem Ueckermann BChD

Dr Ueckermann graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1987 at the top of his class, obtaining his BChD degree with honours. After working in both private practice and NHS dentistry in South Africa and the United Kingdom he returned to the University of Pretoria for further post-graduate studies. During this time he lectured in Oral Pathology and worked as forensic consultant to the police while doing research in oral cancer as part of his degree studies for a masters degree in odontology (MSc.Odont). He obtained this degree in 1997 with honours and returned to the United Kingdom to join The Elms Dental Practice as an associate, becoming the owner and principal in 2004.

After nearly 25years in dentistry Dr Ueckermann still enjoys developing new clinical skills allowing him to offer his patients a wide range of high quality treatment options delivered in a professional environment. He encourages his patients to take an active part in their treatment planning based on the information and guidance provided by the whole practice team. “Although there are amazing new cosmetic treatments available I believe that most patients just want a high standard of basic dental care that will help them to maintain their oral health. Thanks to the hard work of the entire team The Elms Dental Practice is able to provide an exceptional level of care in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.”

GDC Registration Number: 67616

Dentist EssexCara Archer – Oral Hygienist / Dental Therapist

Cara qualified from Manchester Dental University in 2004 with a BSc degree in Oral Health Sciences. Since then she has worked in a number of dental practices across Essex, including The Elms Dental Practice. Cara spent a few years in South Africa doing some volunteer community work before returning to the UK in 2011 and re-joining The Elms Dental Practice in February 2012.

GDC Registration Number: 6599

Dentist essexLisa Swainston – Practice Manager

Lisa joined the Elms Dental Practice in 1989; she qualified as a dental nurse in May 1996 and was appointed as practice manager in 1997. The smooth running of the practice and maintaining a high standard of care in compliance with the regulations laid down by the Care Quality Commission occupies most of her time. Having been with the practice for so long Lisa knows most of our patients very well, allowing the practice to provide a professional standard of care with a personal touch. After working hours Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her family and is a keen reader.

Dentist EssexJo Knopp - Head Nurse

Our head nurse, Jo Knopp, is a fully qualified and registered Dental Surgery Assistant. She is responsible for the smooth running of the clinical surgeries and decontamination room.



Dentist EssexKeeley Walsh has been with the practice for a total of 14 years. She returned in December after a three year maternity break. Keeley is a very experienced and valued member of our reception team.



Dentist EssexMick Grimble is a general practice assistant and is responsible for the maintenance of equipment as well as helping with administrative duties.