Our Practice

Modwena Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice offering individually designed brace treatment to achieve the smile you are looking for.

Our Orthodontists are registered on the Specialist orthodontic register which means they are recognised by the General Dental Council to carry out effective orthodontic treatment

The Practice was opened in January 2009, to provide an opportunity for patients in South East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and the surrounding area to receive specialist orthodontic treatment.

Richard Cully

Specialist Orthodontist - GDC No. 59392

Qualified in Dentistry from Birmingham University in November 1984. He has worked in Burton – on – Trent since January 1985 developing a special interest in orthodontics and building up a busy referral orthodontic list.

He has worked in Burton,Swadlincote and Ashbourne. He has worked as a clinical assistant in Orthodontics at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and Royal Derby Hospital from 1996 to 2012 working on many complex multi disciplined cases, as a result of this and his experience, in May 2002 was accepted as a Specialist Orthodontist on to the Specialist Orthodontic Register by the General Dental Council.

A keen member of the Local Orthodontic Committee and British Orthodontic Society keeps abreast of all thats new in orthodontics. In 2009 he established Modwena Orthodontics.

Outside the practice a family man who enjoys sport, although Rugby has given him up, is a keen tennis player.

Sunil Farmah

Registered Specialist in Orthodontics - GDC No. 150000

Sunil (Sunny)qualified with a Dental degree at the University of Manchester in 2008, after which he worked as a general dentist for several years in the Midlands. He then decided to broaden his dental skills and gain invaluable experience, by working within hospitals in various Maxillo-facial surgery and Paediatric positions in the North West.

This led him to specialise in Orthodontics at Cardiff University and finish his Orthodontic specialist training with distinction in 2016. Sunil thoroughly enjoys the ever changing technical and scientific aspects of being an Orthodontist, in particular transforming people’s teeth to give them a confident smile.

He is also an active member of the Royal College of Surgeons and British Orthodontic Society.

Away from Orthodontics Sunny enjoys skiing although at present a lot of his spare time is taken up with flying lessons as he is hoping to gain his private pilots licence in the future.

Aarti Mehta

Specialist Orthodontist - GDC No. 192684

Aarti qualified with honours in dentistry, from King’s College London in 2010. She qualified with distinction and was awarded with numerous prizes for her clinical and academic achievements.

She elected to broaden the depth of her experience and worked in several hospitals nationally in multiple dental specialities including oral and maxillofacial surgery, community, paediatric and restorative dentistry. During this time, she published scientific articles and presented her work at national and international conferences. She also completed her qualification to become a member of the faculty of dental surgeons, with the Royal College of Surgeons.

In 2018 she completed her Orthodontic training with the University of Birmingham and graduated with a Masters in Science and was awarded her membership in Orthodontics. She was also invited to speak at British Orthodontic Conference where she won the UTG award for her scientific research. She was subsequently awarded with the Worcestershire Orthodontic Prize from the Midland Orthodontic Society.

She is an active committee member of the British Orthodontic Society’s Orthodontic Specialist Group. She is a certified practitioner in Invisalign ‘clear’ braces, and Incognito ‘lingual’ braces.

Away from Orthodontics, Aarti enjoys travelling, eating out, keeping fit and her newest hobby is rock climbing. She’s interested in world religions and tries to practice yoga and meditation when she can. She is an active member of a local charity and gives her time once a week in helping the homeless.

Hayley Leedham

Orthodontic Therapist - GDC No. 111700

Hayley started her nursing career in 1995, qualified in 1998 gaining her dental radiography in 2003. She has worked with Richard as an ortho nurse since 2002. Hayley has successfully completed an Orthodontic therapists course at Manchester University Dental Hospital gaining her qualification in June 2011.

Outside work Hayley enjoys cycling ,keeping fit and spending time with the family and family dog Buddy!

Karen Cooper

Practice Manager - GDC No. 137619

Karen has continued, and enjoyed a career in dentistry for over 30 years, only taking a short time out to have her 2 children.
She joined Richard as Practice Manager in 2008 prior to Modwena Orthodontics opening in January 2009 and has enjoyed watching it evolve to the busy practice it is today. In 2012 she attended Sheffield Hallam University' Dental Practice Manager course.

In her spare time Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends,walking her beloved Jack Russell, holidays by the sea, gardening and trying to maintain being a glamorous Nanna while keeping up with her little Granddaughter.

Tordy Bateman

Patient Coordinator

Tordy joined our practice in February 2017. She brings a wealth of experience in dentistry and patient care to the patient coordinator role.

She is here to help patients through their orthodontic journey. As the first point of contact at the initial assessment she will be on hand to guide you through treatment to completion. She is happy to deal with any queries and questions arising throughout your time at the practice and is only a phone call away should any advice be required.

Outside work Tordy enjoys spending time with her family and pet dog Wilson and when the occasion arises having fun girly weekends away!

The practice is wheelchair accessible. If you have any concerns about accessibility ahead of your visit, please contact us on 01283 517525 and our staff will be pleased to answer any questions.

If you require advice during the hours that the practice is closed, please call 111

If you have an issue with your brace, please call the practice at 8.30am for a same day broken brace appointment.
These appointments are released every day on the day and are in limited supply.
They are filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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