Essential Dental

We are a team of highly passionate Dental professionals based at Essential Dental – Hitchin’s central NHS Dental Practice in Hertfordshire.

Dentist: Dr Drisna Gorasia
GDC number: 150339

Please meet one of our lovely new clinician Dr Drisna Gorasia
Drisna graduated in Birmingham Dental School in 2008. She developed her knowledge in dentistry through completing a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons enabling her to perform advanced dental care to her patients.
Drisna enjoys transforming smiles using minimally invasive approaches such as straightening, whitening and composite bonding to achieve natural looking results. She is a certified Invisalign provider allowing the execution of simple orthodontics.
She keeps up to date with current techniques by attending various courses to ensure she is providing the best care possible to her patients. She also held a teaching post at Queen Mary’s Dental Hospital and thoroughly enjoyed teaching the undergraduate students and gaining invaluable knowledge from the consultants working alongside her.
Drisna is a very compassionate dentist and has a caring calming approach to the way she treats her patients. She is especially good with treating children and anxious patients.
Outside of Dentistry Drisna enjoys playing sports badminton, cycling and snowboarding to name a few. She loves to travel and enjoys reading.


Dentist: Dr Chirag Patel
GDC number: 244278

Please meet one of our lovely new Clinician Dr Chirag Patel

Dr Chirag Patel graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK, 2013. Following this, he decided to complete the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties qualification to become a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He is a firm believer in developing his skills and experience through post graduate education and has completed a Certification for Advanced Operative Aesthetic and Restorative dentistry with Aspire Dental Academy, London. He provides a variety of high quality dental treatments, while maintaining a gentle and caring approach in a relaxed and friendly environment. He helps patients understand their treatment and works with them to provide the best results possible for each individual.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family & friends as well as leading an active outdoors lifestyle including rock climbing and hiking.


Stephanie Doyle
Practice Manager

Stephanie joined the Bancroft family in May 2016. She started her career in dentistry as a dental nurse in her home town, Co Wexford, Ireland in 2009. However, she soon realised that she was more suited to a management role and took up a position at the same practice, as assistant manager. Three years later, she was head hunted for a management role in London… Within 6 weeks she had up and moved to England, to manage a practice in the big city!

After six years working in the corporate world, she decided she needed a change and more independence with decision making and marketing.

Stephanie is currently studying for her management degree and often travels back and forth to Ireland, visiting her family and beloved dogs. Any free time left over is spent cooking (her partner Dan is endeavouring to teach her) and occasionally she even finds time to relax and read a book!

Alisha Dickman: Lead Dental Nurse and RPS
GDC Number: 263897

Alisha is now Lead Dental Nurse for both Bancroft Dentistry and Essential Denta  She has 4 years’ experience in dentistry and has recently completed a Radiography course.

Alisha is excited and keen to learn new skills within dentistry and Is hoping to progress in implants & sedation training.

Alisha enjoys her holidays and plenty of shopping in her spare time.


Amy Cafferkey: Receptionist and Dental Nurse
GDC Number: 282036

Amy has been at Bancroft Dentistry and our sister practice Essential Dental since May 2016 after previously working at another NHS practice since January 2015.

Amy qualified as a dental nurse in 2019, she now splits her time between Bancroft Dentistry and our sister practice Essential Dental.
Since qualifying Amy has furthered in her career on to implant and sedation training. Amy is always looking for new ways to develop her knowledge in dentistry.

Amy enjoys her holidays and experiencing new cultures.


Chloe Keeling: Dental Nurse and Receptionist.

GDC Number: 271418

Chloe joined the Essential Dental Team in February 2018 where she works two days a week, spending the rest of the week at our sister practice Bancroft Dentistry.

Chloe has previously worked in both NHS and Private practices so is experienced in any type of dentistry. Keen to expand her career in dentistry Chloe hopes to soon start a dental sedation course.

Ellie Grinstead Dental Nurse and Receptionist.
GDC Number: 283077

Ellie qualified as a dental nurse in 2018 and gained experience in both private and NHS dentistry working in oral surgery, endodontics and implantology.

Ellie is looking forward to furthering her career in dentistry and is hoping to progress in sedation training.

Outside of work Ellie enjoys travelling to new places as well as spending her time riding her horse Percy.