Meet the Team

Meet our friendly team members...

Brett Garner

BMedSci (Biomaterials) BDS (Birm.) Principal Dentist – GDC Reg: 79898

I grew up on the south coast where I attended Portsmouth Grammar School before studying at the University of Birmingham where I obtained my medical science and dentistry degrees. After graduating, I returned to Hampshire working in Havant for a year before joining this practice in 2002.

I took over as owner at Serenity from 2008. Since then I have developed an actively preventative style of dentistry, training all over the world most notably under Dr John Kois in Seattle, USA.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three children. I also enjoy looking after our chickens, reading, as well as indulging my love of technology.

Fiona Knight

BDS (Lond.) Associate Dentist GDC Reg: 64989

After five enjoyable years at The Royal London Medical College I graduated with BDS (hons) in 1989. Following a short time in Leicester I moved to Fareham in July 1991 and have worked at this practice ever since.

Over this time there have been many positive developments in dentistry which both myself and the practice have wholeheartedly embraced. Dentistry is much more prevention based for both decay & gum disease. Technology has also advanced, such as we are now able to scan and make cerec crowns on the same day.

Outside of work I have been married since 1996 and have two teenage children. I enjoy sports, especially swimming, and help with the Portsmouth swimming club where both of my children are members.

Dr Edward Matthams

BDS MFDS RCS(Ed) Associate Dentist GDC No. 244123

I qualified from Kings College London, and have furthered my qualifications by successfully completing the MFDS (Edinburgh) exam

I moved down to the South coast after University and have worked as a dentist in both Portsmouth and Southampton. I enjoy all aspects of general dental practice, and have a calm and caring approach. My main interest is in helping patients maintain healthy gums, and modern minimally invasive dentistry.

Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, travelling and going on day trips by the sea with my fiancée and her Westie.

Nikki Jones

Cert.DPM Practice Manager

I have worked in dentistry since 1989 and a large proportion of my early career was spent working as a dental nurse in both private and NHS practice on the south coast. I trained and qualified as a nurse assessor in 2006.

In 2010, I began my managerial career, successfully attaining a diploma in dental practice management two years later. I joined Serenity at the start of 2014.

I am married to Martin and we have four teenage children. We were joined at the end of 2013 by Abi, a one-year-old Akita/German Shepherd cross, who we rescued from the Dogs’ Trust.

I enjoy socialising with friends, taking walks, supporting Welsh rugby and I am currently studying for a degree in psychology.

Kelley Clark

Dental Nurse – GDC Reg: 118363

I was educated and have lived in Gosport all of my life. I qualified as a dental nurse in 1998, and have worked at various practices locally, before joining Serenity in 2002.

In 2000, I took time out to travel and became an air stewardess for BMI British Midland. However, once I’d met my husband Paul, I returned to dental practice.

We have two beautiful children, Harrison and Clayton. We love the outdoors, including caravanning and camping. But, most of all, I love spending time with my family and friends.

Debbie Bailey

Dental Nurse – GDC Reg: 119969

I have been a dental nurse since 1979, joining the Serenity team in 2008.

I am married to Kev, we have three children and a gorgeous grandson Elliot. My spare time is spent shopping, looking after my grandson and walking my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Bam Bam!

Natalie Stearman

Dental Nurse – GDC Reg: 147221

In 2003, I qualified as a dental nurse and joined the Serenity team in 2013.

I am married to Paul, and we have three lovely children, Finley, Linden and Indie. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, and watching my boys play football.

Mollie Were

Dental Nurse GDC Reg: 271904

Carla Austen

Dental Nurse GDC Reg: 145350

Lucy Dewane

Trainee Dental Nurse

Marie Hobbs

Dental Therapist / Hygienist – GDC Reg: 195592

I qualified as a dental therapist from Portsmouth University in 2010 and have worked at Serenity since January 2012. Beforehand, I worked as a dental nurse in both NHS and private practices.

I have a particular interest in preventing gum disease and helping people to keep their mouth healthy.

Outside of work I enjoy shopping, cooking and walking my border terrier puppy – May.

(Maria) Julia Casey

Dental Hygienist – GDC Reg: 120758

I qualified as a Dental Therapist/Hygienist from Portsmouth University in 2007. I joined Serenity Dental in 2016 and thoroughly enjoy working here, alongside a fabulous dental team.

I thrive on educating patients on the importance of good oral health and believe it is essential to build a friendly rapport with our patients, in order to achieve this.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner John and our daughter Ava, walking and retail therapy!

Samantha Hill

Dental Therapist/Hygenist - GDC Reg: 173837

I qualified from the University of Portsmouth in 2011 and have a great passion for dentistry. I enjoy helping patients improve their oral hygiene as well as restoring their broken or decayed teeth.

I have also taken further training and carry out facial aesthetics to smooth fine lines and replace missing collagen. I love helping patients feel better about their smiles and faces and working with the amazing team at Serenity allows me to do this.

When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, travelling and enjoying good food.

Karen Samuel


I have worked as a dental receptionist since 2009 and been with Serenity since 2012. I have two grown up daughters – Sian and Ffion.

A fitness freak, I run most mornings before work and go to the gym regularly. I love my job at Serenity, but love holidays more!