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The team

Jim Peirson Dental Health Care currently consists of three dentists and a hygienist. There are also two nurses with extended duties as well as a number of other nurses, trainee nurses and receptionists.

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Jim Peirson BDS (GDC no 56621)

qualified at Newcastle University in 1982 and came to the practice later in that year.

He bought the practice in 1988 and developed the existing preventive theme further by working with a team of management consultants called the Dental Health Practitioners Group. He has also done courses in orthodontics, the treatment of temperomandibular joint dysfunction, practice management and has a postgraduate certificate in dental education.

He has had considerable experience in most types of dental work, including: restorative, oral surgery, root treatments, periodontal treatments, inhalation sedation, cosmetic and bonding treatments, orthodontics and splint therapy. Over a number of years he has been a trainer for recently qualified dentists on the foundation training scheme and overseas dentists wishing to practise in the NHS.

With over 35 years of experience in general dental practice there are few situations has hasn’t come across or circumstances he hasn’t had to overcome. That said, he still feels there is much to learn and is part of the Norwich Dentists Study Group which is a group of dentists that seeks to keep updated and provide high quality dental care to their patients. He is married to Marian and together they have four grown up children, one of whom, Abby is now a hygienist at the practice.

Priya Rajesh BDS (GDC no 116483)

qualified at Dr MGR University in India in 2001. She passed her International Qualifying Examination to practice in the UK in 2007 and completed a year of Vocational Training in 2008.

She joined the practice in 2010 and has been here since. Over that period she has grown in confidence and gained her own loyal group of patients. Many of these appreciate her ability to provide dental care under inhalation sedation. Currently she is looking to extend her skills in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She is married and has a daughter.

Gabriela Pirvu (GDC no 109228)

qualified at Carol Davila University in Bucharest in 2000 and undertook further specialist training in oral surgery between 2002 and 2005. She has practiced in the UK since 2007 and recently joined the practice in January 2018, bringing much welcomed experience to the team.

We look forward to her time with us. She is married to another dentist Hatem and together they have one daughter.

John Midgley BDS (GDC no 58320)

qualified in Birmingham in 1983. John is our locum dentist. He worked in Aylsham for quite a number of years after qualifying before moving to Derbyshire to practice and then on to the USA to start a new life and finish raising a family.

We have been fortunate to have him as a member of the team now since 2011, returning for a few months each year to keep up his practicing skills. He is popular with patients and many look forward to his return visits. He has four daughters and a son.

Overseas Dentist

Nita Pokhrel (GDC no 261635)

qualified as a dentist in Nepal and joined the practice in 2017. She took her overseas registration exams in 2015 and hopes to undertake some training in order to practice a full range of dentistry within the NHS at some point.

Currently she is working with us carrying out simple treatments in the NHS as a dental therapist and a full range of treatments on a private basis. We welcome her as a valued member of the team adding to our capacity to treat more people in the community. She is married to Jeevan and together they have a son.


Abby Blanch (GDC no 209186)

qualified from Essex university in 2016 and joined the practice shortly after. She developed an interest in oral health, working as a nurse at the practice for a number of years before training as a hygienist. Keen to help patients improve their oral health she works hard towards that aim.

Many patients comment on how thorough she is. Married to Tim together they live locally to the practice. Sadly she takes over from Sherry Hart who was with us for many years and had to give up due to poor health.


All dental nurses are now required to complete a formal course of education leading to certification and registration with the General Dental Council. A number of our nurses have also completed further training which includes: the taking of x-rays, applying fluorides topically, taking impressions, oral health education and removing sutures.

Tracey Bales and Kate Grimmer undertake all of the above duties on a regular basis.

Most of the nurses are well versed in oral health advice and routinely help patients in this aspect of their care.

Other nurses include Emma Stickland, who is head nurse and is involved in the training of some of the other nurses, as well as taking responsibility for ensuring that policies are carried out effectively, in particular sterilisation procedures. Holly Norman has recently qualified. Nurse trainees include Laura Early, Jorja Nichols, Bethany Bridges and Elle Noble.

Azhar Altimimi is a dentist from Iraq who is currently working with us as a trainee dental nurse whilst she works towards being able to practice as a dentist in the UK.


We are grateful to a team of enthusiastic receptionists who do their best to make the practice run smoothly and answer patients’ many queries. This is amongst many other duties they find themselves involved in, including troubleshooting computer issues, changing light bulbs, child minding etc etc.

They Include Hilary Paston, who has been with us since 1989, Kim Pearson, Phil Erskine, Lisa Durkin and Kate Grimmer, our other long suffering, long term member who also undertakes practice management and nursing duties.

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Management responsibilities are divided between Jim Peirson, Kate Grimmer, Emma Stickland and Marian Peirson. Any correspondence should be addressed to Kate Grimmer in the first instance as the initial point of contact for any patient enquiries. Kate has been with the practice for over twenty five years and has a wealth of experience in the dental field, well able to cope with most issues that patients raise and has an empathetic and reassuring manner.

Opening hours

8am - 8pm
8am - 8pm
8am - 5pm
8am - 8pm
8am - 1pm


Emergency appointments are available and we try to see each patient on the same day.
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