Crofts Dental Practice
2 St John's Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5DN

Meet the Team

All our dentists adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC) "Standards for Dental Professionals".

Principal Dentist
GDC No. 103994

Jazz qualified with a bachelors degree in dental surgery from the prestigious Guy's, King's & St Thomas' dental school in London. Since qualifying, he has worked in Essex at both National Health and Private dental practices. Jazz has continued to further develop his skills and training both in London and internationally in Chicago, USA.

Jazz is fully certified in many of the modern restorative and cosmetic procedures available today, including Invisalign, Clearstep, Inman Aligner, Six Month Smiles, Lumineers, Snap-on-smile, ZOOM! And Enlighten whitening systems. He has also completed a year long advanced cosmetic course with one of the UKs leading cosmetic dentists.

Jazz is also able to offer anti wrinkle treatments and facial aesthetic enhancement treatments with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. Being very keen on further education and self improvement, Jazz has also recently completed further qualifications with the Royal College of Surgeons, to become a member of the joint dental faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Jazz has a keen interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, restoring teeth and improving the smile. Call us today for a free no obligation consultation to discuss how the many treatments available can be tailored for you at our clinic. During your visit you can view some of the many smile make over and smile design type treatments and cosmetic improvements that Jazz has performed, and discuss how these can give you the smile that you desire.

Dr Nabin Purkastha
BDS University of Birmingham 2008
GDC No. 150236
Dr Nabin Purkastha

Nabin qualified from The University of Birmingham in 2008. After spending the early part of his career in the West Midlands, Nab has now been working in Essex for over 10 years.

Nab has a special ability to put his patients at ease with his warm, friendly, and professional manner. He has received numerous testimonials, and his popularity is evident by his rapidly growing patient base created through personal recommendations.

Having completed his Invisalign training, Nab has built up a wealth of experience. He combines aligning teeth with composite bonding and whitening where appropriate, to achieve amazing minimally invasive results.

He has honed his skills having completed several courses in aesthetic and restorative dentistry to help provide patients with high quality treatments, enabling them to feel confident about their smile, appearance, and wellbeing.

In his spare time Nab enjoys keeping fit, raving at Glastonbury festival, spending time with his family and, supporting his beloved Tottenham Hotspur!

Dr Iqra Naeem -Tariq
GDC No. 259111
Dr Iqra Naeem -Tariq

Dr Iqra gained her dental qualification from Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2015. Since qualifying, she has had a wealth of experience - working in general practice as well as in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery departments in London hospitals. She is also a member of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons.

She has invested time and effort into multiple postgraduate courses - the most recent being a year long course in Advanced Operative Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry. She has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry; and is able to provide Invisalign, whitening, composite bonding, anti-wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers and smile makeovers with confidence. To see examples of her work, please feel free visit her Instagram page @dr.Iqra.Naeem.

Nervous patients often report how comfortable they feel comfortable with Iqra, and for those who need it - she is able to provide intravenous sedation.

She has a commitment to ongoing development, a friendly and relaxed approach, and a passion to provide gold standard patient care. Outside of dentistry, she enjoys reading, baking, travelling, and eating her way around the London food scene!

Gan Dharrie-Maharaj
BDS (Lond) MSc (Endo)
GDC No. 69689
Gan Dharrie-Maharaj

Gan qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1993 and then went on to complete a Masters in Endodontics at Guy's Hospital in 1999. He has a great passion for learning and teaching endodontic (root canal) techniques. He currently dedicates much of his time to train young budding dentists at The Royal London Hospital's Dental School. Since qualification Gan has worked in predominantly private practice.

At Crofts Dental practice, Gan not only receives internal referrals for root canal work, but also accepts referrals from other practices. Together with the referring clinician, Gan strives to provide high quality endodontic treatment. He prides himself on his professional and caring nature, helping to ensure patients receive the best possible care. He ensures patients are fully involved in decision making, carefully explaining all aspects of their treatment.

Gan continues to accept referrals. All cases are welcomed, especially those of special difficulty such as re-treatments, fractured files and post removals.

Please either download a referral form, call us on 01992 574004 OR email us on

Referral form

Sara Saqib Altaf
Dental Hygienist / Therapist
GDC No. 301578
Sara Saqib Altaf

Sara is an experienced dental professional who successfully qualified as a Dentist internationally in 2010.

Since moving to UK, Sara has trained as a Dental Therapist/Hygienist and has been working as one since.

Through her outstanding communication skills and calm nature Sara ensures her patients feel as comfortable and at ease before their examination.

She has in-depth knowledge across both hygiene and therapy treatments and can utilize a variety of tools including X-Rays to ensure any signs that could indicate oral diseases are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Where applicable she has extensive experience in administering preventative care via an air-polishing device as well as aesthetic services through whitening treatment.

She works alongside the entire dental team to achieve the best results with any clinical work and strives to ensure perfect oral condition for all her patients.

Sara continues to upgrade her professional skills and practical knowledge by completing a variety of training programs throughout the year. Her particular interest lies in new concepts in caries management and periodontal health.

Outside of dental field, Sara enjoys spending time with family, and is the proud mother of two boys. Her favourite past times include reading novels, traveling, and enjoying different cuisines.

Lena Haslam
Dental Hygienist
Certificate of Proficiency in
Dental Hygiene 1991
GDC No. 4142
Lena Haslam

Born in Chelmsford and started my road in Dentistry training as a Dental Nurse at the Royal London Hospital in 1984.

I gained valuable experience in all specialist departments including oral surgery, periodontal and especially children's, where I was head nurse of department.

I then qualified as a hygienist at the Eastmans Dental Hospital in 1991, after that I went out to work in general practice.

I have been helping my patients to improve there dental health for over 30 years.

I pride myself in a gentle, caring approach which finds me very comfortable working with especially nervous patients.

After moving to Epping I join the Crofts practice just as it was undergoing a huge transformation. Now I am in my 13th year and love the practice for it's friendly, family feel.

Sarah Croome
Practice Manager
GDC No. 146298
Sarah Croome
Elle page
Dental Nurse
NEBDN 2023
GDC No. 310782
Elle page
Chloe Redfern
Dental Nurse
NEBDN 2019
GDC No. 287846

Chloe Redfern
Daisy Church
Trainee Dental Nurse

Daisy Church
Jo Tomkins

Jo Tomkins

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