At Norwich Orthodontics we are a happy friendly team of staff always available to help and assist your practice staff. Our team is lead by Company Director Derek Sandell.
Derek became a Dental Technician at the young age of 15, he has a Final City & Guilds in Dental Technology, Advanced C&G Certificate in Orthodontics and Crown & Bridge and an HND in Orthodontics & Maxillofacial Technology from Lambeth College, London. He also graduated in 1999 with a BA Hons in Sociology from the Open University. In 1988 he joined the staff at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital where he became the Oral Health Laboratory Manager. In 2008 Derek left the NNUH and fulfilled his life long ambition to open his own laboratory, Norwich Orthodontics. Derek is an active member of the Orthodontic Technicians Association and has lectured three times at the Annual Conference. In 2019 Derek was presented with The BOS Award to an Orthodontic Technician for Distinguished Service
Vanessa trained at an Orthodontic Laboratory in conjunction with De Montfort Univesity in Leicester & The University of Bolton. She has a broad range of experience within Dental Technology as a whole and her chosen specialism of Orthodontics. Vanessa has a 2.1 BSc Honours Degree in Dental Technology from the University of Bolton, Centre for Dental Sciences and a Foundation Degree in Dental Technology from De Montfort University with Distinction. Vanessa has a particular interest in Digital Dentistry and has conducted a research project to digitally compare the accuracy of alginate,plaster and 3D printing.
Paolina has a Foundation Degree in Dental Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Paolina previously trained at Manchester Metropolitan University before moving on to Cardiff to complete her studies. Paolina has a broad range of experience within Orthodontic Technology and Dental Technology as a whole and leads our Technicial Appliance department.
Louise has a BTEC Extended Diploma in Dental Technology and is a registered Dental Technician with the General Dental Council. Louise manages the Digital Technology department and has an extensive knowledge of the 3shape digital Orthodontic System, as well as helping to develop the digital aligner system DigiTech Smiles. Louise has represented the laboratory locally, at primary schools giving talks about careers within Dentistry.