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The Team

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Dr S. Gakhal

BDS (Manc) - GDC Reg. No.: 76606 Sunny

"When a patient walks into City Dental, its like welcoming them into my home they become a part of the family and we always strive to ensure that they have a healthy smile for life" Dr. S Gakhal

As soon as you meet Dr. Gakhal all your dental anxieties will be put at ease, his relaxed and informal manner have gained him a reputation in the Leeds area for being the dentist for nervous patients. Both adults and children alike have praised his gentle manner and the large number of new patients that come to City Dental through word of mouth is a testament to his level of care and high quality dentistry. He will listen to your needs and concerns, understand what you want and then give you a professional opinion advising you on all the possible treatment options.

Meet Sunny

Dr. Gakhal continually strives for perfection and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in dental implantology, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. His ongoing post-graduate education ensures that he is up to date with the latest advances in dental techniques, materials and technology. More recently Dr. Gakhal completed a year long course in implantology at Trafford Hospital, Manchester enabling him to carry out more advanced implant procedures. In recent years Dr Gakhal has undertaken extensive training in cosmetic orthodontic treatments.

Dr I.Ibrahim

BDS (Cairo) MDentSci (Leeds) - GDC Reg. No.: 85213 Ihab

Dr Ihab Ibrahim graduated from Ain Shams University in Egypt in 2000 with an honors degree. Restorative Dentistry has been his main area of interest as he developed a special interest in root canal treatments alongside with his passion in cosmetic dentistry including crowns, bridges , veneers and tooth whitening.

By completing one-years training in different hospitals in Egypt, He decided to move to Denmark where he gained lots of experience through working in different practices through out the country. In 2005 he moved to the UK seeking knowledge and professional experience, he enjoys treating patients with different levels of Anxiety and from different cultural backgrounds. He has always been praised by his tutors and patients for his ability to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere to relive any nervousness.

Meet Ihab

In order to always achieve his goal in providing the best treatment based upon the best knowledge and experience; he is currently undertaking the Diploma of Membership of The Joint Dental Faculties of The Royal College of Surgeons in England (MJDF RCS).

He achieved his Masters Degree in Restorative Dentistry in 2011 from Leeds Dental Institute which will help him delivering more reliable evidence based treatments to his patients.

Moreover, he completed a one year course in Implant Dentistry at The Eastman Dental Institute in London in 2007 and he is now fully qualified to place and restore dental implants.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading and going to the gym.

Dr S Patel

BDS (Sheff) - GDC Reg. No.: 259073 Ihab

Dr S Patel known as Shaf, likes to smile and he wants to make you smile too. After qualifying from the University of Sheffield he spent time gaining further training in Nottingham and London before returning home to Yorkshire. Shaf has a keen interest in working with you to create a healthy beautiful smile. He is a certified Invisalign, QST and 6 Month Smile provider and enjoys creating brighter, straighter, more beautiful smiles in a minimally invasive manner. Outside of work, Shaf enjoys exploring (the UK and abroad), keeping fit and climbing.

Dr. Kunal Rai

BSC (Hons) MDDR MSC (Distinction) Dental Inplantology PG Cert Rest Dent PG Dip Align Therapy Kunal Rai

Dr Kunal Rai qualified in 2015 and spent time working in a busy NHS and private practice, where he first began developing his interest in dental implants and minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry.

Kunal has kept abreast of the latest developments in techniques and materials in both fields, training with some of the world's foremost clinicians and academics.

In addition to his work at City Dental, Kunal is a teacher at Leeds Dental School, where he supports final year students' education in restorative dentistry. He is also a clinical advisor and mentor for Invisalign.

Kunal is a member of the British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology and the International Team for Implantology.

He was a finalist for the Best Young Dentist award in 2020 and 2021 and is a prolific author in dental press and journals.



Hi, I’m Nicola. I qualified from Leeds Dental Institute in 2005.I’m the hygienist here at City Dental and I joined the practice in 2006. It is my job to look after your oral health and check that your gums and mouth are healthy. I will also clean your teeth and offer advice on how to maintain a good oral hygiene programme at home, including the use of toothbrushes, tepe brushes and dental floss. Prevention is the key to a healthy smile and our aim here at City Dental is to ensure that we take good care of your smile. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with family, socialising with my friends, going on walks with my dog and going to the gym.



Hi, I'm Abi! I've recently joined City Dental as a Dental nurse as I’ve just got married and moved from Lancashire to Yorkshire. What attracted me to Dental nursing was the fact that no two days are the same and there’s always new fun and interesting aspects to learn and experience and now I’ve got 4 years Dental Nursing experience. I am a bubbly, warm character and express this with patients making them feel at ease. One of my favourite aspects of my job is watching the way cosmetic treatment can change someone’s life - not only in their appearance but seeing their confidence in their new smile shine through too, it really is one of the most rewarding feelings. After joining City Dental they have made me feel very welcome and right at home which has helped me a lot with moving away from family, I feel very lucky to be apart of such a lovely team!

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and family and settling into this new city with my husband.



Hi, I’m Becky.

I am a qualified dental nurse, I gained my qualification in 2018. I have recently moved to Yorkshire from Norfolk to start studying to become a dental hygienist and therapist. I joined City Dental in July 2021 and feel very lucky to be part of such a great team and excited for this new chapter in my life.

Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and visiting my family when I can. I also love travelling and walking so exploring this new city is very exciting.



Hi, I’m Jane,

I qualified as a dental nurse in 2010. I have recently joined City Dental and I am very proud to be part of such an incredible team. Being part of the patient journey and delivering beautiful smiles is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Since qualifying I have completed further training in dental implants, I have a passion in this area as it’s both interesting and rewarding, seeing patients gain a new found confidence when eating and smiling makes my job worthwhile.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include rugby, running and kayaking.



Hello , I'm Meena .

I am an overseas qualified Dentist. I started my work journey with City Dental in 2021 as a Trainee dental nurse. I am passionate about my job as I love helping people to put on their best smile.

Also providing the most advance dental care in a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere.

In the future , I want to complete my qualification exams to progress my career.

Besides work , I love to have quality time with my family and friends.



Hi, I'm Amy!

I've only recently joined City Dental, but feel I have been part of the City Dental family for years! They have been so welcoming, and I am extremely lucky to be part of such an amazing team! I am a fully qualified dental nurse; I gained my qualification in 2016. As you can tell by my accent I moved from Hertfordshire to Leeds 5 years ago, and have not looked back since! I've been described as being a warm and welcoming individual, what drew me to become a Dental nurse was the thought of making people feel comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can be quite daunting. I am always happy to have a little chat with patients and even the occasional hand holding, when need be!

Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also like going to Cabaret/theatre shows at any given opportunity! I also enjoy singing and dancing too (even though I may not be very good at it!)



Hi, I'm Grace!

I recently joined City Dental in March to start my journey in dentistry. I am a trainee dental nurse and I am loving my time here! Being a part of an amazing team motivates me to progress in my apprenticeship and eventually become a fully qualified dental nurse. I enjoy working alongside the dentists and being a part of every patient's journey to achieve their smile transformations'.



I started my career as a Practice Manager in 2012.

The most enjoyable aspect of my role is building a strong and happy team.

I am passionate about dentistry and worked as a dental nurse for many years achieving qualifications in Dental Radiography, Oral Health Education, Fluoride Application and Impression Taking.

I came onboard at City Dental in April 2022.

I have been welcomed by the friendliest team and I am excited about the future of the practice.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, doing yoga and I have recently completed my first marathon. I'm a massive music lover and enjoy going to concerts and festivals.