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Our Dental Team

The Village Dental Practice at Clapham
Doug Rider

Douglas Rider

Dentist – GDC Registration 71603

Doug and the team founded The Village Dental Practice in 2007. The area just outside of Bedford is rapidly developing and has continued to grow ever since, and the practice with it....
He was born in South Africa and obtained his dental degree from Wits University, graduating in 1979. He ran his own successful private practice for 15 years prior to moving to the UK in 1996. He has lived in Bedford since 2002. Doug has had the privilege of working for two of the trusted corporate giants in the dental world Boots Dentalcare and BUPA. In 2005 he did a one year course in Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the General Dental Council. Doug is married to Kiloran and they have 2 children. Candy, who is married and lives in Bedford, and Paul who is married and works in London.
Adam Slade

Adam Slade

Implantologist and Prosthodontist – GDC Registration 61996

Dr C.A.E. Slade B.D.S.(Lond). L.D.S R.C.S. Eng. M.F.G.D.P. (UK). M.Clin.Dent.(Prosth). Prosthodontist / Implantologist Dr Slade qualified from Guys Hospital, London in 1986.
Following positions in Maxillofacial departments he entered General Practice and in 1989 set up a private practice focusing on restorative and cosmetic dentistry and he has been involved with both the surgical and restorative aspects of implants since then. Throughout his career he has placed a strong emphasis on postgraduate studies. Dr Slade is actively involved in both formal teaching and mentoring of dental teams to enhance their understanding and usage of aesthetic, complex restorative and implant treatments and runs a postgraduate study group in Wimpole Street. Over the last 18 years he has worked with several implant systems including 3I, Straumann, Nobel-Biocare and Astratech. In recent years he has focused his practice on Cosmetic, Prosthodontic and Implant treatments. Dr Slade provides all aspects of Cosmetic, Implant and Prosthodontic treatments from diagnosis and treatment planning to advanced bone grafts and reconstruction of complex full arch cases.

Jen Elliott

Dentist – GDC Registration 252208

Jennifer Elliott BDS Kings College London 2014, BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography Leeds 2005. GDC 252208

Jennifer grew up locally before moving to Leeds and then London to study and work, beginning her career as a Radiographer at Charing Cross Hospital. A change in career was prompted by wanting a more sustained and active involvement with her patients. Kings College London prides itself on being at the forefront of dental research and minimally invasive techniques, and is an “amalgam free” institute as far as possible. Therefore she did a lot of training in composite (white) fillings.

After qualifying as a Dentist she returned home and has worked both in General Dentistry and in Maxillofacial Surgery. She also held a post at Kings College London (Guys Dental Institute) as a Clinical Teacher in Dental Radiography to Undergraduate Students.

Jennifer’s interests in Dentistry are focussed on prevention techniques and patient education, but when dental treatment can’t be prevented, she tries to provide minimally invasive dentistry. A self-confessed nervous patient herself, she tries to provide treatment that patients walk away from thinking “that was so much less stressful than I was expecting!” She has recently completed a PGCert in Implantology and is now building a mentored case log in preparation for Royal College of Surgeons exams.

At home, it’s all about the dog, the garden and other selected furries on the small farm she helps with. Never a dull moment! And when Covid is over she can finally marry her fiancé Geoff.

“I am so excited to be joining the Village Dental Practice family and working with Doug and the team. I look forward to meeting all my new patients and working towards their dental goals.”

Carol Sumner

Carol Sumner

Hygienist – GDC Registration 4825

Carol joined The Village Dental Practice in March 2014. She is from Bedford and has worked in and around the surrounding area all her life. She worked as a Qualified Dental Nurse 1989 -1993 and then attended The Eastman Dental Hospital where she qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1995 obtaining the award from for Oral B Patient Management and Motivation. She worked with Doug and his team for years at Boots Dentalcare, and is delighted to have the privilege and opportunity to do so again at The Village Dental Practice.

Hayley Thomas

Hayley Thomas

Dental Nurse – GDC Registration 133828

Hayley began her career as a dental nurse in Northampton 1992. She qualified in 1994, after passing her last examination on her 22nd birthday. In 1998 she gained her qualification in dental radiography. She joined Boots Dentalcare in 2001 at their Bedford branch. It was here that she met and worked with Doug. Over the years her roles and responsibilities have included Stock Control, Cross Infection Control audits, Radiography Quality Assurance and the development of practice systems and protocols. She has also mentored and trained student dental nurses and became an NVQ assessor. Hayley married Rob in 2002 and they have two wonderful sons Morgan, born in 2004 and Mason, born in 2005. Phoebe Joy arrived in November 2008.

Sally Broome 

Dental Nurse – GDC Registration 159565

Sally began her dental nurse training in 1986 and passed the NEBDSA in 1987 whilst working in Bury St Edmunds. Following on from this she passed her dental Radiography qualification in 1994. 

After marrying Nick in 1995 they have two children, Eleanor born in 1997 and Harry born in 1998. Nick’s work brought them to Milton Keynes in 2001 and after a career break to bring up the children and 8 years in the pathology dept at NGH, she has been back in the work she loves since 2010.  With plenty of experience in her 20 years in dentistry she enjoys all areas of dental nursing and thrives on learning new techniques and procedures with patient care her top priority. 

 Outside of work she enjoys baking, reading and walking their miniature dachshund called Humphrey. 


Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Practice Manager

Sarah joined the practice in June 2011 having had the previous 10 years at Optical Express|The Dental Clinic formally Boots Dentalcare, where she worked with Doug in 2003-04. Prior to that her trade is actually Beauty Therapy and spent many years treating people at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden. Later, becoming the Spa Manager. And so has a passion for exceptional customer service, and particularly thrives in her Dental Practice Manager role, ensuring all the latest techniques and policies are applied to comply with ever changing and improved legislation. She is married to Ian, and they have one son Oliver born 2005 whom they delight in!

Tina Hall

Tina Hall


Tina always looks forward to offering you a warm welcome.

Abbie Fleming

Dental Nurse – GDC Registration 289743