Meet the Team

Ipswich Dental Surgery team photo
Dr Payal Bhalla, Principal Dentist, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Dr Payal Bhalla, Principal Dentist

BDS, Agra University
2005 ORE (Overseas Statutory Exam) 2009
GDC – 138883

Our Lead Dentist is Payal Bhalla. She has accumulated over 15 years of practice in a number of specialisms but her particular interest is in cosmetic dentistry, smile design and an elite orthodontics led Invisalign® provider – one of the few in Ipswich and Suffolk.

Payal’s main success to date has been her rapid rise in the profession and managing to establish her own practice in 2017 – Ipswich Dental Surgery – to serve the community.

Payal graduated in Dentistry in 2005 but has continued her professional development over the years. This includes:

  • Invisalign study circle member
  • Suffolk Dental Committee member
  • Courses in patients’ needs, treatment planning, collaboration and option appraisals

Payal has learned through her years of practice that listening is the precursor to a successful diagnosis and treatment. This allows Payal to explore all options with her patients who can then make informed decisions.

Payal has also undergone extensive training and coursework to provide a number of additional treatments to patients.

Post-graduate certifications

1) Invisalign Certified – Preferred Provider 2019, Elite Provider, 2020

2) Inman Aligner

3) QST (a specialist designed orthodontic system)

4) Facial aesthetics including anti-wrinkle treatment and lip fillers.


Dr Lynne Price, Associate Dentist

BDS Lond 1984
LDS Royal College of Surgeons of England 1984
GDC – 138883

Dr Lynne Price has worked at Ipswich Dental Surgery for the last 23 years. Prior to working in Ipswich, Lynne worked in Isle of Wight after graduating from Royal Dental Hospital London, now merged with King’s College, London.

Lynne has a particular interest in restorative dentistry. During her free time, Lynne enjoys textile printing and arts and crafts.

Lynne also enjoys walking with Blue, her English Cocker Spaniel.

Dr Katie Blake, Implant Dentist, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Dr Katie Blake, Implant Dentist

BDS Lond 2010
3 Year Diploma in Implant Dentistry at Eastman Dental Hospital, London

Katie has been working at Ipswich Dental Surgery since 2018. Katie gained extensive experience in implants while leading an implant clinic in London. She is able to offer bone grafting and sinus grafting for patients who may have been told previously that they don’t have enough bone for implants, making sure that the right option is available to all of our patients.

During her free time, Katie is an avid hockey player and enjoys walking her family dog, Twiglet.

Clair Brooks, Dental Hygienist, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Clair Brooks, Dental Hygienist

CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene 1988, University College, London

Clair joined Ipswich Dental Surgery in 2017. Clair enjoys assisting patients with effective oral hygiene regimes, and is at her happiest when a patient leaves the surgery satisfied with the treatment they have received. She qualified as a dental hygienist in 1998 from University College, London. Clair has worked with Payal, our lead dentist for the last 10 years and they both have a strong team ethos that complements the patient care.

In her spare time, Clair enjoys exercising, cooking and socialising along with spending time with family, who consist of her husband, and two sons (now in their mid-twenties, so good fun adults to hang out with!)


Renata Lainchbury

Prof Bachelor Diploma in Odontology and Dental Hygiene
GDC – 240503

Renata qualified in 2012 in Lithuania with a Professional Bachelor Diploma in Odontology and Dental Hygiene.

She developed a keen interest in periodontal disease which led her to starting a career as a Dental Hygienist in the UK.

Renata enjoys all aspects of the hygienist role, but has a particular interest in motivating and educating patients to maintain oral health.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and travelling abroad, especially visiting Lithuania.

She also did ice skating and ballroom dancing at a professional level for eight years.

Catherine Couszins, Head Nurse, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Catherine Couszins, Head Nurse

Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 1997

Catherine has been with the practice for 25 years and qualified to become a Dental Nurse in 1997. In addition to nursing duties, Catherine is also our lead for infection control procedures in the surgery and knows most of our patients and their families. Catherine particularly enjoys dental implants nursing.

In her spare time Catherine enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Sharon Conran, Nurse/Receptionist, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Sharon Conran, Nurse/Receptionist

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016

Sharon is a qualified nurse, having attained her qualification in 2016. Sharon enjoys working in a customer facing role and can be seen assuring and helping our patients – be it on phone or in person.

Sharon previously worked with an Orthodontist and Implant Dentist, before bringing her expertise to IDS.

When not working, she spends her time with family, baking and doing lots of exercise.

Sophie Cotton, Trainee Dental Nurse, Ipswich Dental Surgery

Sophie Cotton, Trainee Dental Nurse

Sophie joined Ipswich Dental Surgery in 2018 and is currently studying towards a dental nursing qualification. Prior to joining the dental industry, Sophie worked in a care home, so has a strong ethos of patient care.


Madelina Catargiu, Trainee Dental Nurse

Our most-recent team member, Madalina joined IDS in 2020 and is currently undertaking a dental nursing qualification at University of Suffolk, Ipswich.

Do you have any questions about our practice, treatments or prices? Give our friendly team a call on 01473 253870, email us at info@ipswichdentalsurgery.com or send a message via our contact page.

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