Dr Karen Gardner is the principal dentist and owner of the clinic. Qualified from The Royal London Hospital College in 1988 . After 6 years experience practicing in London and Dorset , Karen moved to Javea, Spain and never looked back. 30 years experience in dentistry,and having completed numerous updating courses in Spain and the UK you can be sure and confident that your teeth and mouth are safe in her hands.
Karen , in addition to general dentistry, is specialized orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and facial rejuvenation, for which she holds additional qualifications and has much practical experience over the years.
Karen is also very good and confident in treating children as well and with 2 of her own understands that children are special patients, and must be treated with trust and care.
Coming from a family of dentists, Jorge worked in his early career as a teacher assistant in the departments of Surgery and Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics from the same university where he studied dentistry, he also worked for eight years in his own clinic in Argentina as a general dentist, but maintains a special interest in the branches of Surgery and Prosthodontics combining these interests when making a Post-graduate training in Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation with Drs. Maddalena de Buenos Aires, during the years 1999 and 2000.
In 2002 he moved to Spain where, after Standardising his degree at the University of Granada, began to dedicate himself as a specialist in Dental Implants and Oral Rehabilitation in numerous private consultations in the province of Alicante.
Since 2005 he serves as Associate Surgeon implantologist at Dental Clinic Plaza having practiced a wide variety of surgical procedures of various kinds, and made numerous prosthetic restorations on dental implants as well as various types of surgical techniques to achieve the increase and / or regeneration of bone volume and soft tissue loss.
He regularly attends different national and international conferences and courses, Santillán Dr. Pizarro is a member of scientific associations such as GAES (Group Alicantino Dental Studies) and SEPES (Spanish Society of Prosthodontics and Esthetics).
In recent years accompanying this training has also gained extensive experience in the Cosmetic Dental area incorporating the routine use of new metal-free dental ceramics such as zirconia, alumina and glass-ceramic, among other materials, working with technologies CAD-CAM (Design and computer aided manufacturing) have revolutionized the aesthetic treatments and prosthetic-implant in the last decade, both as cosmetics and precision in the medium to long term in the manufacture of veneers, posts, crowns and bridges of ceramics.
Alexandra comes from Colombia and worked there as a dental nurse for the NHS and in private ortodontic clinics.
Alex works with Karen Gardner and they make a great team, especially as Alex is so efficient and knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry. She also has excellent lab skills, making beautiful models of teeth and superb whitening trays for our popular home whitening treatments.
She has lived in Spain since 2003 and has worked at the Clinica dental la plaza since 2006 as a dental nurse. She has 17 years experience as a dental nurse.
Julie is from Leicester in the UK and is a long standing member of the clinic joining us 2004 as a dental nurse / receptionist.
With 12 years full-time experience as dental nurse and receptionist, Julie is a great asset to the clinic and well known by all our patients. She mainly works with Dr Jorge Santillan, who is a real perfectionist in his work –much of which is related to dental implants, a very intricate science requiring patience and expertise.
Julie is known for her fabulous Indian curries since she married into an Indian family and has 2 lovely sons just out of school.
Jennie is a really wonderful girl and mother to 4 children including baby triplets. We don´t know how she manages to come to work even part-time – well she is extremely organised, and has proved that 4 is easier than 1.
Jennie has worked at the practice for 10 years. providing excellent dental nursing for all the dentists over the years and now she is a receptionist part time.
After studying and obtaining a dental nursing diploma in 2013, Amanda worked in a mixed private/NHS practice in Cheshire UK. She then moved to Spain to be closer to her parents in 2016.
Amanda works part-time at the clinic as both a dental nurse and receptionist.
Semi Permanent make up is an art that requires an artist's touch to make it look natural. Julia has over 10 years of experience and treats her work as such, the art of enhancing facial features to rejuvenate the face.
Julia uses high quality pigments for excellent colour and sustained results, She is able to do shading of lip colour and also real looking eyebrows. (Nut just the line).Using proper injectable local anesthetics for pain free treatment.