Essential Dental

We are a team of highly passionate Dental professionals based at Essential Dental – Hitchin’s central NHS Dental Practice in Hertfordshire.

Dentist: Dr Drisna Gorasia
GDC number: 150339

Please meet one of our lovely new clinician Dr Drisna Gorasia
Drisna graduated in Birmingham Dental School in 2008. She developed her knowledge in dentistry through completing a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons enabling her to perform advanced dental care to her patients.
Drisna enjoys transforming smiles using minimally invasive approaches such as straightening, whitening and composite bonding to achieve natural looking results. She is a certified Invisalign provider allowing the execution of simple orthodontics.
She keeps up to date with current techniques by attending various courses to ensure she is providing the best care possible to her patients. She also held a teaching post at Queen Mary’s Dental Hospital and thoroughly enjoyed teaching the undergraduate students and gaining invaluable knowledge from the consultants working alongside her.
Drisna is a very compassionate dentist and has a caring calming approach to the way she treats her patients. She is especially good with treating children and anxious patients.
Outside of Dentistry Drisna enjoys playing sports badminton, cycling and snowboarding to name a few. She loves to travel and enjoys reading.


Dentist: Dr Chirag Patel
GDC number: 244278

Please meet one of our lovely new Clinician Dr Chirag Patel

Dr Chirag Patel graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK, 2013. Following this, he decided to complete the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties qualification to become a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He is a firm believer in developing his skills and experience through post graduate education and has completed a Certification for Advanced Operative Aesthetic and Restorative dentistry with Aspire Dental Academy, London. He provides a variety of high quality dental treatments, while maintaining a gentle and caring approach in a relaxed and friendly environment. He helps patients understand their treatment and works with them to provide the best results possible for each individual.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family & friends as well as leading an active outdoors lifestyle including rock climbing and hiking.


Stephanie Doyle
Practice Manager

Stephanie joined the Bancroft family in May 2016. She started her career in dentistry as a dental nurse in her home town, Co Wexford, Ireland in 2009. However, she soon realised that she was more suited to a management role and took up a position at the same practice, as assistant manager. Three years later, she was head hunted for a management role in London… Within 6 weeks she had up and moved to England, to manage a practice in the big city!

After six years working in the corporate world, she decided she needed a change and more independence with decision making and marketing.

Stephanie became a Mum in September 2019 to a beautiful baby girl called Rosie. Stephanie and her partner Dan and baby Rosie try to visit Stephanie’s family in Ireland as much as possible. Any other free time is spent exploring farms & zoo’s and attending baby swim classes with Rosie!


Alisha Dickman: Lead Dental Nurse and RPS
GDC Number: 263897

Alisha started her dental nursing career in 2014 and gained her nursing qualification in 2016. Alisha decided to progress her career and knowledge by completing a dental radiography qualification in 2018. Alisha then joined the Bancroft team later in 2018 and since then has attended courses in sedation and dental photography. Alisha was promoted to Lead Dental Nurse in 2020 and has since started working very closely alongside Dr Fahd Saleh to take on a TCO role.

Alishas nursing career has allowed her to gain experience in oral surgery, endodontics, implantology, sedation and adult orthodontics. Alisha loves learning new skills within dentistry and is always keen to take on new roles and responsibilities.

Outside of work Alisha also gained a qualification in the beauty industry so keeps busy by offering eyelash treatments. Alisha loves holidays and long walks with her French bulldog Floyd.


Chloe Keeling: Dental Nurse and Receptionist.

GDC Number: 271418

Chloe joined the Essential Dental Team in February 2018 where she works two days a week, spending the rest of the week at our sister practice Bancroft Dentistry.

Chloe has previously worked in both NHS and Private practices so is experienced in any type of dentistry. Keen to expand her career in dentistry Chloe hopes to soon start a dental sedation course.


Molly Tranter Dental Nurse.
GDC Number: 287329

Molly joined the team in November 2020, after nursing in an NHS practice for 4 years prior.

Molly has experience in general dentistry and implants over her years of dental nursing. Molly is hoping to start a sedation and radiology course to help her gain more qualifications and skills.

In Molly’s spare time she is training to become a personal trainer, as she has a love for fitness. She also runs a small baking business on the side of nursing.


Nicola Ashley Receptionist.

Nicola has been working with us for more years than we can count!

She qualified in 1995 and has gone from being a full-time dental nurse to full-time receptionist. (Though we like to throw in the odd bit of nursing to keep her on her toes!) Working both during the week and Saturdays, she remains a dedicated and enthusiastic part of the team.

Amongst all that, Nicola somehow also manages to fit in being a mum to 2 growing boys!

Always singing and spreading happiness, you can definitely tell when Nicola is in the building!