Originally from South Africa, Pieter qualified as a dental surgeon in 1999 at the Pretoria University.

In 2004 Pieter came to England with his wife Estie, a dental hygienist and settled in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Pieter became the proud owner of Hanover House Dental Surgery in the same year and has continued to serve the local residents and look after their dental care since.

Due to his passion to help patients overcome their fear of the dentist, Hanover House undertook a re-brand in 2017 and are now known as Calm & Gentle Dental Care.

“I am privileged to be given the opportunity to help patients overcome their fear of the dentist. When a patient comes to see me for the first time following years of oral health neglect due to the anxiety they feel, being given that responsibility of escorting them through their journey is an honor and I never tire of the satisfaction I get from seeing a patient leave my practice with a new smile and increased confidence!”

GDC No. 76231


Shalin Sharma

Dental Hygiene Therapist

I studied at Portsmouth University and Kings College London and received an Honors Degree In Dental Hygiene and Therapy in 2011. I was the chosen representative for a revolutionary pilot training scheme developed by the two universities, liaising with the Health Minister of the time.

I have been treating patients for 6 years since, and am proud to say that I quickly gained a reputation for being very gentle.

My main interests lie in a variety of gum treatments, Tooth Whitening techniques and cosmetic, natural-looking fillings. As required in the profession, I continue to attend multiple courses all year long, keeping up to date with the latest techniques and technologies. I have completed a Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening Course by celebrity Dentist Linda Greenwall, widely considered a foremost expert in the field.

Away from work I enjoy going to the gym and playing golf.

GDC No. 3916


Amy Barden

Senior Dental Nurse

Calm & Gentle Dental Care was my first step into the world of Dentistry and I’ve loved every minute! Since starting in 2010 I’ve gained my NEBDN qualification in Dental Nursing, and have always been encouraged and supported to further my career in Dentistry.

I love the diversity of each day at work, especially the dental implant treatments we provide; they really are life-changing for our patients.  I feel so fortunate to be part of a team who support each other to grow and develop; always aiming to provide the best care we can to our patients.

Since my journey started at Hanover House I’ve gained a husband and a foot on the property ladder! I love spending time with my family and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

GDC No. 225335

Gemma Keemer

Gemma Keemer


I joined the team in February 2019, and I’m the newest member! I have been in dentistry for 10 years now, qualifying as a  Dental Nurse in 2010. In 2017, I also qualified as a sedation nurse.

Now I have decided to take a more admin based role, to see how a dental practice is run on a day-to-day basis, but I still nurse every so often – so you may find me behind the desk, or in the surgery!

In my spare time, I love spending time with family & friends and I love spending quality time with my husband and my gorgeous dog, Bella!

GDC No. 212109


Donna Barnham

Business Development Manager

I have worked in dentistry for over 30 years.

I can’t believe I am actually saying that! After my first week as a dental nurse, at the tender age of 16, I knew this was a job I would do for life.

I developed a real passion and have enjoyed my working career immensely. Helping patients when they feel vulnerable and being part of their successful journey from, having little or no confidence to leaving us with a beautiful smile give me 100% job satisfaction.

Patient care is of the up-most-importance to me and together with our team here in Tonbridge we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Working in a beautiful Victorian building with the team I work with and the patients we see is a privilege!

At home, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren, they definitely keep me young.

GDC No. 270972.


Jade Northen

Dental Nurse

My name is Jade and I’m the youngest member of the team here at Tonbridge!

I joined Calm & Gentle Dental Care in November 2018 and am really enjoying my time here learning new things and other sides to dentistry I didn’t even know existed!

I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and qualified in May 2018.

I have always been interested in dentistry and knew it was a path that I wanted to follow!

When out of work I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with friends and family.

GDC No. 276729


Sandy Nicoll


Hi, my name is Sandy. I have worked at Hanover House for the last 25 years, so I may be familiar, hopefully to our longstanding patients by now. Part of the furniture you could say!

The reason I have been here so long is because it’s such a lovely place to work. Obviously, things change, but the ‘essence’ of the place remains. We care about our patients and pride ourselves in that.

I love helping our patients and have a fun approach to work. I would like to think that nervous patients will find us a friendly, welcoming place with the ‘human touch’.

I recently retired from my role as Senior Receptionist; however, you should still see me around the practice as I am going to continue to be the Gardener for the beautiful practice garden!



Dental page last reviewed: July 26, 2021. Next review due: Sept 2021