Here at Park Lane, we like to make you feel in safe hands. Our dedicated and talented staff have extensive experience in their individual fields – meet them below!
Mr Ben R J Buffham
BDS (UK), MFDS RCS, MSc, M.Orth RCS.
GDC Number: 69390
Ben graduated as a dentist in 1993 and has worked as a Specialist Orthodontist since qualifying in 2003, taking over as principal of Park Lane Orthodontics in 2005. Ben is a keen musician. He also loves cricket, cycling and the great outdoors, especially cycling or walking up large hills.
Dr Paula Buffham
Dentist with Sole Practice in Orthodontics
BDS (UK), M.Med Sci, FDS RCS, Ph.D.
GDC Number: 69390
Paula graduated as a dentist in 1995 and has worked solely in Orthodontics since she took over the practice with Ben in 2005. She is an active committee member of the Reading section of the British Dental Association and was chairperson in 2012. Paula is a keen singer, cake maker, and also loves cricket and the outdoors….except large hills!
GDC Number: 180725
Sonja joined us in 2011 and has grown in her role considerably, adding the Radiography and Orthodontic Nursing Qualification to her previously gained Nursing exam. In 2015 she successfully passed her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy at Warwick University, meaning she is fully qualified to take on patient treatment. Her commitment to training and patients is outstanding and she is a great addition to our orthodontists. She enjoys walking at the weekend with her dog and husband, Phil. She also loves music and going to gigs.
Practice Manager and Treatment Coordinator
Fran started her journey at Park Lane Orthodontics as a Practice Manager and has expanded her role into treatment coordination so she will help you with your initial steps into consultation and treatment with us. She has worked in several specialist branches of dentistry and has now expanded her knowledge to include Orthodontics. Fran has a strong interest in Dental Compliance and loves being a part of the team at Park Lane due to their rigorous cross infection policies, ethics and up to date compliance.
Our longest serving team member, Gloria started at Park Lane Orthodontics when the previous owner was here. She stayed with us after Ben and Paula bought the practice in 2005 and played a key role in the development of the current practice. Gloria has had many roles during her time here, including Practice Manager and more recently Treatment Coordinator, and now is an important member of our front desk team. Outside of work Gloria loves spending her spare time with her family (especially her lovely grandchildren).
Our second longest serving team member, Lorraine joined the practice in 2004. She has flourished in her role of patient adviser, bringing friendly banter and a welcoming smile. Although her family is grown up she still loves spending time with her daughters. Another passion of hers is music and her and her husband, Steve, love watching live music whenever they can.
Head Dental Nurse
Steven joined us in January 2016 as Head Dental Nurse bringing many years of Orthodontic Nursing experience.
After qualifying as a Dental Nurse in 2014, Steven continued his professional development and passed the National Certificate in Radiography in 2015. He has also undergone further training in Impression Taking, Fluoride Varnish application and hope to pass the Orthodontic Nursing exam this year. He also is involved in teaching the National Diploma in Dental Nursing and Post-registration courses for Cavity Dental Training LTD in Reading.
Steven enjoys being part of a team that together makes someone else smile. He also believes that ‘Dental Nursing isn’t just a job…it’s a career’ and always wants to help others become the best version of themselves.
Steven absolutely LOVES Celine Dion!
In his spare time, Steven enjoys spending time with his partner and his family. He is an enthusiastic baker and is famous for his melt in the middle chocolate muffins.
Sian has joined us recently in 2016 after a wealth of experience as a nurse in a multi-disciplinary dental practice. In her spare time Sian likes to catch up with family and friends as well as reading and walking with her dog.
Katha has joined us earlier in 2016 helping us with maternity cover for Jess. Katha is kept busy in her spare time with her five year old son, Malakai.
If you would like to speak to us about potential orthodontic treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.