Meet The Team

  • Our strength lies in our dedicated team here at Clareville Dental Surgery.
  • All our staff adhere to the rules governing the profession under strict guidance from the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • We are all committed to continuing education by regularly attending courses to ensure we can offer the very best in modern dentistry
  • Our staff are fully trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and in dealing with medical emergencies.

  • Our Dentists are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. They provide high quality dentistry, each with a personal touch.

Sarel Jansen van Vuuren – Principal Dentist – 73831


Sarel qualified in 1985 at the University of Pretoria. Patients describe him as gentle and caring. Sarel frequently attends courses and seminars to broaden his dental skills and keeps abreast of the latest dental techniques such as laser technology.

Sarel has recently completed a year course in restorative dentistry and just finished a year course in advanced endodontic treatment in Harley Street in London. He has developed considerable skills in occlusion, treating patients with problem bites, with head and neck pain related to their jaw joints.

Sarel is married with 3 children and is a keen sportsman, competing in a triathlon race each year. He also has a reputation for serving up a mean BBQ.

Jaco van der Merwe – Dentist – 70512


Jaco qualified in 1995 at the University of Pretoria. 

He has a great understanding of all aspects of general dentistry and can therefore give an unbiased opinion of necessary dental treatment. Jaco has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and crown and bridge work.

At home Jaco has a young family, enjoys cooking, 3D printing and radio control aircraft.

Jo Woodings – Practice Manager – 162720

Jo Woodings

Jo is at the very heart of our practice. She has worked at Clareville Dental Surgery for over 20 years and therefore has untold personal insight into the needs of our patients, staff and dentists. Her wealth of experience also means she can fulfil any support function when needed. She provides excellent patient care and level of practice management essential to achieve the level of excellence we strive to achieve. She enjoys dog walking and track racing.

  • Our team of fully qualified Dental Nurses are all registered with the GDC. They all have undergone extensive training to ensure that they have the knowledge and expertise to care for our patients and maintain the expected high standard of cleanliness

Lita Ryan – Dental Nurse/ Receptionist 002129

Lita Ryan

Lita is a loyal member of staff and has been with the practice for many years.

Assisting preparations for crowns is what she loves best about her nursing role at the practice.

She has a young family at home which keeps her fully occupied, she loves baking and places great emphasis on family time with her toddlers.

Emma Day – Dental nurse - 127013

Emma Day

Lovely bubbly Emma has been a dental nurse for 20 years. She has worked with and has assisted Jaco for many years.

Her passion for providing dental and patient care knows no bounds.

Outside Clareville, socialising is top of her list when she is not working, closely followed by shopping.

Anneka Terrett– Dental Nurse – 222659

Anneka Terrett

Anneka joined us at the beginning of 2015 as a well experienced dental nurse, and has become a great asset of the Clareville team. She works alongside Sarel and has a gift for making patients feel at ease.

She is a great lover of dogs and her home county of Somerset.

  • Our Hygienists believe strongly in the importance of effective oral hygiene and the role it plays in the prevention of dental disease
  • Greater oral hygiene means less dentistry

Wendy Fender-Hay – Hygienist – 5365


Wendy has been working with us for more than 6 years.

She is passionate about educating patients on their dental hygiene, and has plenty of experience in helping people on the journey back to good oral health.

She enjoys yoga and alternative medicines

Lisa Dale - Hygienist – 141438


Lisa joined our team about 3 years ago. Her lovely gentle nature helps to encourage and calm our nervous patients.

She also loves to help patients make choices about their dental health and treatments, and enjoys being a part of our holistic approach to dental care.

She has a young family, enjoys socialising and yoga.



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