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For the attention of all dentists working in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Ballot papers for the election of six LDC representatives are now available and are being sent by post to all practices. They should be completed and returned by post by 14th August.

(online or email votes cannot be accepted)

If your practice has not received ballot papers by 20th July, please contact the Returning Officer, Colin Blackler, at

Ballot papers and personal statements of all eight candidates are also available below and can be printed and used, if required.

Candidates’ personal statements (eight candidates)

Urvi Bhawsar

Dear Dental Colleagues,

With great pleasure, I have been nominated for the LDC elections 2021 and would like to put myself forward for the above.

I was awarded the B.D.S qualification in 2000 from the University of Mumbai, and passed the IQE in 2004. Since, I have been working as a GDP in Chelmsford, Essex and also in Shanghai and Bahrain with special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry. Past 6 years I am working as an Associate at Doncaster Road Dental Practice and currently been appointed as Educational supervisor.

I have gained tremendous knowledge and expertise in dentistry and enjoy challenges. I pride myself on driving for excellence. Having worked in various countries further strengthened my cultural knowledge and enables me to practice with diverse cultures to achieve desired results.

As an LDC member, I aspire to engage in organising social events involving network meetings and clinical lectures as I’m passionate in developing the future for young dentists. 

Sumit Chauhan

I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and completed my VT (FD) year in Leicester. Since then, I attained MFGDP, MJDF and a Certificate in Clinical Education.

I have been an associate since completing my foundation training and worked in Leicester City based practices both under NHS and Private settings.

I also work as a Specialty Doctor in Restorative Dentistry at Glenfield Hospital (since 2007) and have been a FD trainer in the past.

With all these experiences I have a broad understanding in Dentistry.

Since being a VT, I have attended nearly all LDC meetings, initially as an observer and later as a member to get an understanding of the LDC and how it works to achieve what is in the best interests of the local GDPs. I have seen a lot of the hard work carried out by the committee which has helped establish good relationships, systems and protocols.

I am a motivated dentist that can relate to fellow associates/colleagues and have therefore put myself forward as a member once again.

Hanish Chotai

My time on the committee has seen unprecedented challenges to our profession. Having been on the committee for a number of years, I have been involved in supporting colleagues in difficulty and representing our LDC both locally and nationally. 

Being an active clinical dentist and practice principal, I fully understand the day-to-day challenges we face. 

Going forwards, through the LDC I want to:

  • support colleagues particularly those with mental health issues and our colleagues caught up in regulatory challenges.
  • continue to better inform constituents of local dental issues that will affect all of our working lives. 

I ask for your support for a further term. 

Thank you.

Rubina Khan

I came onto the committee three years ago; my role in general practice is a part time associate and Educational Supervisor.

I started working on a few projects for the LDC only to have them interrupted by Covid and its legacy.

Now as we emerge into a new era of living and working with Covid I would like the opportunity to restart and complete the projects that had been initiated prior to Covid. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Brijender Khaseria

Dear Colleagues,

I am a practicing dentist based in Leicester and Principal Dentist at SplenDental Care, Leicester. For the last 6 years, I have been a member of the wonderful dental fraternity of Leicester. I have also been a co-opted member of the LDC for the last 4 years and had the opportunity to look after the LDC website during this time. I have really enjoyed my role, especially during LDC CPD events. During the last 18 months of COVID, I have extended my support in arranging online CPD events.

 I look forward to becoming an elected member of the LDC. I wish to tend my nomination for the LDC Elections 2021, and if selected, I will commit myself fully and to the best of my abilities, to serve our profession.

Ruby Mahal

I am a Dentist, and Clinical Director at JDRM Dental Care. 

I’ve been in this dentistry game for 15 years. During that time I have seen the highs and lows of life as a hospital dentist, an associate, a principal in general practice and now as Director of a group of practices. This, my past and present gives me an insight into the challenges faced and the opportunities for dentists from all walks of life. I’ve worked with FDs as a trainer, menteed our colleagues from Europe and supported those pursuing PLVE. I am interested in sharing what I have learned for the benefit of those walking a similar path to help where I can. 

During the last year, where we have all been met with challenges to our working lives, I am still standing (just), in support of colleagues all over Leicestershire to help us all come back better by supporting by engagement through our LDC with NHSE locally and on a national level by involvement at GDPC, taking input from our local colleagues to the national table for conversations to support positive change. 

I am willing to do the work it takes to support you.

Hanif Moti  

I qualified in 1985 at the University of Amsterdam achieving a qualification of Tandarts University of Amsterdam, which is equivalent to a BDS degree. I have worked in the UK since 1986, initially as an associate and since 1988 as a Principal in mixed NHS/private practices at Moti Smile Design Centre and Briarmeads Dental Practice.

I have served on the LDC for almost 25 years in different capacities: a member; a joint treasurer and currently as the LDC Chair, supported by a very able and motivated local Dental Committee representing the best interests of local dentists at all levels.

I have been involved in dental foundation training and have mentored and trained newly qualified dentists for more than 30 years. 

Away from work I enjoy playing badminton and have a great interest in football. I have two wonderful daughters and a lovely wife who support me in my work.

Niket Patel

I have been in general practice for over 20 years, the last ten as a practice owner. During this time, I have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience both as an associate and as a practice owner. I understand the mounting pressures we face as GDP’s in particular during the current pandemic.

I have been a LDC member since 2017, and I feel that the LDC is vital in ensuring that Leicester GDP’s are not disadvantaged by a lack of representation when decisions are being made by various authorities. I would like to continue to influence local decision makers in order to ensure they understand the needs and concerns of Leicester GDP’s. 

GDP’s should have an influence in the many changes that are sweeping over us constantly. I believe that the future for GDP’s depends on us all coming together with a strong voice as a group. If re-elected, I would like to work together so that we can shape the future of our profession.