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The Inline Orthodontics Team

Here at Inline Orthodontics we always put patients first! Our friendly, experienced and highly trained team work closely together to provide you with highest quality of care and are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

All our team adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) “Standards for Dental Professionals” and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who regulate and inspect dental practices.


Dr Sarah Hepburn
Specialist in Orthodontics
BSc, BDS, MFDS, RCS, MSc, MORTH, MSc Lingual
GDC number: 76365

Dr Sarah Hepburn qualified as a dentist from St Bartholomews and The Royal London Hospital. She gained both her first masters and specialist exams in Orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Hospital, London. She gained her second Masters of Science Degree in Lingual Orthodontics at the Medical Hospital in Hanover, Germany. She is the first person in the United Kingdom with this high level of qualification in Lingual Orthodontics.


Sarah was a Key opinion leader for 3M and is now the Key Opinion speaker for WIN, the next generation of customized Lingual Appliances. Her role in the company is to teach other Specialist Orthodontists to learn more about lingual treatment. Sarah lectures regionally, nationally and internationally. She is an active member of the European Society of Lingual orthodontics (ESLO) and was secretary of ESLO 2008-2010 and was secretary of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS) from 2011-2013.

Dr Jilpa Patel
Specialist in Orthodontics
BDS(Hons) 2001, MFDS (RCS Eng 2003), MSc Orthodontics 2006 (University of London), MOrth 2007 (Royal College of Surgeons, London)
GDC number: 79986

Jilpa is a Specialist in Orthodontics. She carries out a range of orthodontic treatment for children and adults. She trained at the Eastman Dental Institute and has been working in specialist practice since 2007.

Her hobbies include dancing and traveling.

Dr. Vittorio Cacciafesta
Specialist in Orthodontics
Dip Dent Napoli 1993
GDC number: 255345

Dr. Vittorio Cacciafesta received his dental training at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. From July 1995 until August 1996 he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Orthodontics, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany. From September 1996 until August 1999 he was Orthodontic Resident at the Department of Orthodontics, Royal Dental College, Aarhus University, Denmark, where he received the Specialty and Master of Science in Orthodontics. He is “Dottore di Ricerca” (Research Doctorate) in Biotechnology of Dental Materials. From 1999 to 2009 he was Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Pavia, Italy. From 1999 until 2002 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Visiting Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

He was the President of ESLO (European Society of Lingual Orthodontics) for the years 2012-14.

He is certified in Invisalign, Incognito and Win, and performs all the available lingual techniques.

His main clinical interests are treating children and adults with conventional braces as well as lingual and invisible orthodontics, orthodontic treatment of adults with compromised periodontium and surgical-orthodontic treatments.

Shelley Marie Penfold
Orthodontic Therapist
Dip ORTH THER RCS Edin 201
GDC number: 167723

Shelley gained her NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing 2008; Certificate in Dental Radiography 2010; and in 2011 achieved her Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing. Shelley successfully completed her Certificate in Orthodontic Therapy from the University of Central Lancashire and obtained her prestigious Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2013.

Liz Kendrick
Appointments Manager

I have been a receptionist since 1996 and love every minute! I really enjoy meeting, chatting and helping people, hopefully making them feel at ease with their forthcoming visit to our happy and friendly orthodontic practice. I have four grown-up children and 9 grandchildren making me very aware of the needs of both patients and parents. I always have time to answer any questions that patients or parents may have. I look forward to meeting you.

Louise Fleming
Louise Fleming
Dental Nurse
Qual- National Certificate NEBDN 2007
GDC number: 124699

Louise has been working as a dental nurse since 2013 and achieved her diploma in 2016. Louise joined Inline Orthodontics in August 2016. She is friendly and approachable and will go the extra mile to make sure patients and parents are happy and comfortable. Louise is looking forward to learning new things and to further her education. Louise likes to spend her free time with her family, baking and sewing.

Clare Meehan
Clare Meehan
Dental Nurse
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2014
GDC number: 253723

Clare gained her Diploma in Dental nursing in 2014 and went on to gain her certificate in Radiography in 2016. Clare enjoys working in a busy practice helping the clinician to ensure patients receive the best care and treatment possible. Clare enjoys meeting new people and helping anxious adults and children. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family

Zoe Mansfield
Zoe Mansfield
Dip Orth Therapy RCS Eng 2014, NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007
GDC number: 157389

Zoe worked as a dental nurse in general dental practices and in orthodontic practices for nearly 10 years. She passed her dental radiography and orthodontic nursing qualifications. She enrolled onto the Yorkshire orthodontic therapy course and qualified as an orthodontic therapist at the Royal College of Surgeons, England in 2014.

Since qualifying Zoe has worked in NHS and private practices and has experience in straight wire and Damon bracket systems. She also has a knowledge of using Invisalign, ceramic brackets and using a scanner. She is keen to excel in lingual braces.

In her spare time she enjoys travel and fitness, and is a keen runner who would one day love to run the London marathon

Claire Poole
Dental Nurse
National Certificate NEBDN
GDC number: 128897

Claire qualified as a Dental nurse in 2008, gaining a Merit in her NEBDN examination. Claire has a very keen interest in Orthodontics and looks forward to furthering her career. Claire is very approachable and friendly, and always tries her best to ensure patients are comfortable. In her own time Claire likes to spend time with her family and friends as well as looking after her dogs.

Maria Valla
Maria Valla
Trainee Dental Nurse

Maria has always had a passion for caring for others. She found herself in dentistry. Maria is looking forward to becoming a dental nurse. Maria is a very sociable individual who takes a problem like a challenge. In her spare time she likes travelling and reading.