Meet the team

At 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic our highly skilled, friendly team shares the same single vision: we put you first. Together, we are dedicated to providing you with a first class experience, from the comfort of our reception to the very latest innovations in dental technology. We make sure you have the best possible care from the second you walk through the door.

Find out more about each of our practice team members below.


Peter Mantel

Dr Peter Mantel

Principal Dentist
GDC No. 53161

Hi, I’m Peter and I would like to give you a big welcome to 32 Whites Dental and Implant Clinic.

I qualified at Queens University, Belfast in 1979 and after working as an associate for 4 years, John and myself decided to set up two practices one in 1983 and our present practice in 1985.

During this time we have helped many patients look after their teeth and overcome their dental fears, along with everyone at the practice I am dedicated to treating nervous patients painlessly and comfortably.

I really enjoy direct composite resin dentistry, which means bonding tooth coloured restorations to natural teeth to make them both look fantastic and function perfectly, as well as minimal invasive all ceramic restorations.

I am a member of the association of cosmetic dentistry. I continue to update and extend my knowledge within dentistry so that I can provide my patients with the most up to date treatments using the most advanced materials.

I also have a keen interest in treating occlusion and helping patients who have a problem with their bite. This is particularly so for people who suffer from migraine and tension headaches. I have carried out many full mouth rehabilitation involving crowns, bridges and fillings, implants and veneers.

I, like my brother John, practice all aspects of dentistry and my aim is to provide excellent dentistry in a relaxing environment and because of this many of our patients have been coming to see us, since we opened and we enjoy a relaxed and friendly rapport.

I have two boys Jack who has an equestrian business of which I enjoy helping him out and Alec whom is at university and enjoys travelling the world. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf, cycling, skiing and in my younger days I was a keen ruby player and still enjoy watching the game.

John Mantel

Dr John Mantel

Principal Dentist
GDC No. 54366

Hi I’m John and I would like to really welcome you to 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic. I am committed to continuing professional development and have a special interest in smile design and cosmetic dentistry as well as pain diagnosis and alleviation. The overriding factor in looking after my patients is to provide the highest level of patient care which I can offer, in order to maintain their dental health.

I also have numerous years experience in placing and restoring dental implants.

I regularly attend advanced seminars and hands-on courses both in the UK and internationally both to further my knowledge and training as well as to keep up to date with new developments.

I am privileged to work with a great team of people at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic with the emphasis on the word team. Every one of us is dedicated to patient care and this forms the ethos at 32Whites.

Outside of dentistry I keep fit through trekking and cycling. Yoga and reflection help me to maintain balance within my life. I enjoy the arts as well as travel to the various corners of the globe. I enjoy being creative within my home as well as within the kitchen and I both value and enjoy the company of my close friends and children.

An important part of my life is helping the people that I meet through my work. I am well aware that many patients who come to see us for the first time are nervous or apprehensive. Some people may have lost confidence or self esteem. All I ask of you is that you trust… just trust. We will always do our best never to let you down. That is our promise to you.

Ian Wellings

Dr Ian Wellings

GDC No. 55720

Hi I am Ian and I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1981 and for the next five years I was a junior surgeon in the RAF at Cranwell and the RAF Germany.

After leaving the Air Force, I gained experience in private practice in Germany where I trained in German dental technology. This interest led me to an invitation to join a training programme in the developing field of dental implantology at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA. During this time I was introduced to O. Hilt Tatum Jnr, one of the most highly respected pioneers in the implant field. He then mentored me in my development, at the Edward White Memorial Hospital Complex, St Petersburg, Florida.

I now support Dr Tatum as a clinical tutor at the Tatum Institute in Birmingham, England.

In 1994 I became committed to a full time private practise. With 20 years of clinical experience in this field, I pride himself on being able to restore those patients who have poor function or extreme dental needs back to total health, function and aesthetics.

I now play an integral part of the surgical function at 32Whites and feel that I am a valued member of the team.

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Rob Jacobs

BDS (Newcastle) 2012
GDC No. 229695

Rob is a gentle and caring clinician who is tasked with helping to save teeth that require root canal treatment.

His primary dental qualification (BDS) was completed at Newcastle University in 2012. He returned to his hometown of Manchester and following 3 years of looking after patients in Bolton and Monton, he commenced specialist training in Endodontics (Root Canal) at Liverpool University in 2015.

He was successful in his examinations (MEndo RCS Ed 2018) and doctorate (DDSc Liv 2018) and has completed his training. Rob’s research focused on patient reported outcomes of treatment reflecting his patient-centred approach to care.

He is a GDC registered specialist in Endodontics, and his day job involves providing root canal treatment, retreatment and root surgery as appropriate. Rob works in a number of practices (he will be at 32 Whites 2-3 times a month) and as a Clinical Lecturer at Liverpool University Dental Hospital. 

Rob attends numerous courses and conferences in the UK and internationally, and is a keen member of both the British Endodontic Society and European Society of Endodontology.

Away from dentistry, Rob is a keen footballer, golfer and skier (when time allows!) and has been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford for many years. He enjoys travelling with his wife and other friends and family.

Shweta Pokar

Dr Shweta Pokar

Associate Dentist
GDC No. 141449

Hi I am Shweta and I qualified as a dentist in India at the Sharad Pawar Dental College in 1999. Between then and 2004 I worked as an associate before starting and running my own practice in Mumbai. In 2007, I moved to the UK.

I passed the statutory exams for registration with the General Dental Council – UK in 2008 and have been working at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic since.

I really enjoy doing restorative dentistry such as root canal therapy, white fillings and veneers because it allows me to bring out my artistic flair.

I enjoy working at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic because it is a friendly practice with very supportive staff. With all the latest equipment and technology the practice allows me to utilise my skills to the maximum. I have always enjoyed art and once wanted to be a professional artist. I like to I relax and achieve balance in my life through cooking and yoga, as well as sketching and painting, but as i have a toddler now, I definately do not have as much free time.



Dental Hygienist and Therapist
GDC No. 141487

Hi I’m Helen. I joined 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic in May 2008 after gaining a diploma in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy from the Greater Manchester School for Professionals Complimentary to Dentistry.

I have a particular interest in preventative dental care and get great satisfaction from helping anxious patients and I have a special interest in periodontics (gum treatment). I especially enjoy treating more advanced cases helping people with the correct home care, helping patients to keep their gums and teeth healthy. I pride myself on keeping my knowledge up to date, providing a high standard of dental care in a friendly and relaxed way.

When not in surgery I enjoy spending time with my little boy. I especially enjoy keeping fit at the gym, tough-mudder challenges and horse riding.



GDC No. 5243

My name is Susan, I became part of the team at 32Whites in June 2016 and i work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I qualified with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Eastman Dental Hospital in London and a Certificate in Radiology from the City University in London, 1997

I thoroughly enjoy assessing each patient and tailoring their needs accordingly. I keep up to date with courses and I am an active member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

In my spare time I love spending quality time with my family and friends. i enjoy walking our two dogs and keep fit by cycling both road and mountain.



GDC No. 6356

I’m Alex and I qualified as Dental Hygienist in 2003 from Glasgow University and Dental Hospital. I then undertook further training at Liverpool University to become a Dental Therapist in 2006. I am hoping to complete a BSc in Dental studies in the Summer of 2018.

I work at 32 Whites on Saturdays. Here patients are really well looked after by the team and benefit from a wealth of experienced practitioners, all working well together.

I have an interest in treating more complex periodontal patients and I love to help people learn how to look after their own teeth and gums.

I am a member of the British Society of Dental Hygienists, Therapists, British Association of Dental Therapists and British Society of Periodontology.

Sarah Buckley

Sarah Buckley

Practice Manager

Hi I am Sarah and I have worked in dentistry since 1989.

I started as a Dental nurse in a small NHS practice in Stockport, and once qualified I tutored dental nurses, in order to help them gain their National Dental Nurse Qualification. During this period I gained my NVQ in Teaching and 7307 Teaching Certification, the assessor awards D32 and D33 and NVQ Customer Service level 3 qualification.

In 2001 I decided to return to practice and worked as Head Receptionist and was eventually promoted to Practice Manager, where I gained the NVQ level 3 Practice Manager Qualification. I joined 32 Whites in 2011, looking for a new challenge and something closer to home.

During my time here I have achieved my ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice, a lot of my work being ‘behind the scenes’ which includes personnel, finance, marketing and planning – So I have to be very organised, calm and flexible. I am very happy to help out on Reception and assist the Training Co-ordinators, as I love being able to assist with patient queries and, like all the staff at 32 Whites, making sure that the patients journey is to a high satisfaction.

Outside work I enjoy spending time with my 2 daughters, granddaughter and our dog. As well as dancing, visiting the theatre, travelling, reading and walking.



Patient Care Co-ordinator, Receptionist & Dental Nurse
GDC No. 150750

Hi I am Deborah and I joined 32Whites in March 1994. During my time here I have become a qualified dental nurse. Working for such a dynamic company means that I am continually attending courses and learning more about dental nursing, so I will be able to offer you the highest level of service during any aspect of your dental care and treatment.

My wealth of experience in both dentistry and 32Whites will allow me to tailor a care plan exactly around your needs, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions with regards to your dental health check or achieving your perfect smile

I work part time here at 32Whites and spend the rest of my spare time with my husband looking after our three daughters, Hannah, Olivia and Isabelle. In my free time I play competitive netball and like to go jogging and dancing.




Hello, my name is Denise. I have worked in the dentistry industry for several years and enjoy my work immensely. During my time in dentistry my roles have varied from trainee dental nurse, receptionist, and assistant practice manager. I have been with 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic since May 2017 employed as a receptionist, part of a very motivated team.

My role is critical because a patient’s first point of contact when entering our dental clinic will be the reception area. My duties are to make patients feel welcome and relaxed before they see the dentist and other professionals.

As a Receptionist I help to provide a warm, calming, and friendly atmosphere, whilst listening to patients and my colleagues alike.

As a practice we take our patients oral health seriously and one of my roles is exercised to remind you of your appointment by ringing or sending you a text the day before it is due.

Away from work I love to spend time with my husband Joseph and my family.

I enjoy going to the theatre and have a huge passion for music being a student once myself. My favourite musicians although chalk and cheese are Bruce Springsteen and Andre Rieu.

Jon Jon

Jon Jon

Dental Nurse
GDC No. 153290

Hello I’m known as Jon-Jon and I have worked at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic as a dental nurse since late 2007.

I am originally from the Philippines where I attended dental School and studied as a dentist.

During my time at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic, I have completed the Dental Radiography course and the First Aider at Work course. Currently I am working towards gaining my experience in the Dental Intravenous Sedation Course

I am involved in all aspects of dental nursing at 32Whites including the Advanced Smile Design Treatment, Oral Surgery, Implants and assisting with the Endodontist.
Some of the transformations are amazing from when our patients first attend the practice and I get that feel good factor that I am a part of it.

Out of work I have a busy family life with my wife and three great children and I enjoy mountain biking with my friends.



Dental Nurse
GDC No. 256637

Hi my name is Taz and I have been working part-time at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic since April 2013.

During my time here I have passed my Dental Nurse Diploma in 2015 and also my Radiography course, this is all Thanks to the support of everyone at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic.

I mainly work with John, which I thoroughly enjoy, as the treatment plans that he offers to the patients and seeing the end result, especially the smiles that the patients have once all the work is completed, gives me such job satisfaction.

Outside work, I have my hands full with my twin boys and girl but I still try to find time to socialise with friends and family. My hobbies are swimming, reading and cooking.



Dental Nurse
GDC No. 215891

My name is Zoe and I have worked at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic since August 2015.

I have been a qualified dental nurse since 2011 and have worked previously in some busy NHS practices . I enjoy working in dentistry because of the practicality and demand of the job. I deem myself a professional member of staff with a positive outset for the job.

At 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic I work alongside John and Peter, they have had many years in dentistry which has allowed me to develop my transferable skills. I enjoy many dental treatments but most of all extractions and minor oral surgery.

Currently I am studying for a degree in sexual health and UCLan university which I thoroughly enjoy as much as I do dentistry. My time at 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic has been a progressive change and I feel as though I have been warmly welcomed.



Dental Nurse

Hi, I’m Sara and i started with 32Whites in March 2016 as a trainee dental nurse.

During this time I have learnt a lot, especially working alongside Peter and in September 2017, I passed my NVQ level 3 Dental Nursing Qualification. During this year I plan to gain further qualifications to develop my career.

At the weekends you will find me helping out with my nieces and nephews, who I adore and going out with my friends.

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