Meet Our Team

at Church Stretton Dental & Implant Centre

Meet the Church Stretton Dental team

Thank you for your interest in Church Stretton Dental & Implant Centre – offering both NHS dentist treatment and private care.

Over the past 30 years we have been striving to bring the people of Shropshire the best oral health treatment available. We make it our priority to keep up to date with all of the latest advances in dental technology so we can pass on our expertise to you. As such, we have recently invested in a fully modern CT scanner in-house to help us offer the latest in dental treatments to our patients.

We appreciate that a trip to the dentist isn’t something everyone looks forward to, so we make sure our environment is as calm and relaxed as possible, and that we treat each and every patient as an individual. We listen to your needs, talk you through treatment options, and make sure everything is clear. This applies to every visit – whether you’re simply coming in for a check up or you’re having a root canal treatment, veneers fitted, or you need an emergency dentist for a toothache issue.

We take both NHS and private patients, so if you’re new to the area or are simply looking for a dentist that’s caring, professional, and highly skilled, get in touch with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Name: Karun Khanna
Position: Principal Dentist
Qualification: BDS Birm 2005
GDC Number: 85541

Karun is the principal dentist at our practice having taken over the surgery over 9 years ago. Prior to this, he worked in NHS and private practices in Wolverhampton.  He has a keen interest in implant dentistry and has now been placing implants for almost 10 years. He has also trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry and is our resident expert in Invisalign removable braces.

He is continually advancing his skills by means of further education and courses. Outside of dentistry, he is married with two children. He enjoys football, cricket and socialising with friends and family.

Name: Roopa Raninga
Position: Principal Dentist
Qualification: BDS Birm 2006
GDC Number: 103085

Roopa qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2006. She has gone on to
Complete her MJDF in 2011.
She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has done further courses in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

She is committed to life long learning and will be enhancing her skill set by attending further courses regularly.

Outside of work, she enjoys listening to
music, keeping fit and socialising with
friends. She is married to our practice principal, Karun, and they have two young children.

Name: Dr Pharooq Mirza
Position: Dentist

Pharooq qualified from Liverpool in 2005. He has practiced dentistry in Dudley since qualifying.
He has a special interest in orthodontics and has completed a 12 month course in aesthetic restorative dentistry. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in orthodontics.
Pharooq is married with 2 young daughters and lives in Birmingham. Outside of dentistry he enjoys travelling, running and playing football.

Name: Ruth Bird
Position: Dental Hygienist 

Ruth qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist from Leeds in 2014 and joined our team shortly afterwards. She has worked in dentistry for over 12 years first working as a Dental Nurse and Oral Health Educator gaining experience in Private and NHS dentistry.
She also works for Powys Community Dental Service treating medically compromised and dentally anxious patients. Her interests include travelling, going to the gym and walking her dog.

Name: Catherine Williams
Position: Dental Hygienist

Catherine began her career in dentistry back in 2007. She gained experience in multiple areas including hospital / private and NHS practice. Catherine then moved to London where she progressed and qualified as a Dental Hygienist / Therapist in 2015. 

Since qualifying she is always looking to update her skills and has taken a keen interest in facial aesthetics. 

Outside of dentistry Catherine enjoys travel and spending time with family / friends.

Name: Richard Atkins
Position: Practice Manager

Richard is our Practice Manager. He is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology.

Richard supports the dentists and other dental care professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.

Richard is GDC registered and is also a qualified Dental Radiographer.
Outside of dentistry Richard is an avid climber and self taught musician.

Name: Sue Sharp
Position: Receptionist

Our receptionist Sue joined the practice 1998.  She is GDC registered with a medical background. 

Sue lives in Church Stretton and has two sons and a very recent grandson.  Her many interests include gliding and walking on the Long Mynd with Bonnie her Scottish terrier.

Name: Deni Ellison
Position: Dental Trainee

Deni is a trainee dental nurse at the practice and has been with us over a year now.

Looking to complete her qualification soon she also studied Health and Social Care in college. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Name: Katie Hickman
Position: Dental Trainee


As the newest recruit at the practice, Katie is thoroughly enjoying her time with us and undergoing training to succeed as a qualified dental nurse.

After completing a degree in musical theatre, gaining experience in different industries including hospitality, retail and healthcare.

It was then she knew she wanted to become a dental nurse. In Katie’s spare time she enjoys attending the theatre, playing tennis, fitness and socialising with friends and family