About

It’s not enough to be good at what you do; to teach well, you also need to be able to convey your skills and experience in an effective way. Our lecturers are all practiced educators who are passionate about their subjects.

The VSS Academy was founded by Dr Fadi Barrak who has been mentoring and training dentist colleagues since 2002. As a dental practitioner seeking to further his career through upgrading his own skills, Fadi realised that fellow practitioners frequently find it hard to get out of the box of the daily practice routine to expand their skill base – just like Fadi himself did. Out of this realisation and the personal satisfaction that he gets from teaching, Fadi decided to create VSS Academy. The courses offered by VSS Academy aim to help fellow practitioners learn new dental skills and treatments whilst protecting and not disrupting their ongoing dental practice time and work. Most courses are offered over the weekend. VSS Academy now boasts a large pool of alumni dentists and many amazing visiting lecturers flank Fadi for delivering academic and practical hands-on trainings as well as personalised coaching and mentoring.

Our team

We’ve selected a group of complementary lecturers with a wealth of experience who are passionate about their subject and teaching.

Dr Fadi Barrak
Course Director
BDS (Brist) 1993; FDS RCS (Eng) 1997; MB BS (Lond) 2000; DipImpDent RCSEd; FHEA; MSc
Dr Fadi Barrak is registered as a specialist in oral surgery and he is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is [more...]
Professor StJohn Crean
Visiting Lecturer
BDS; MBBS; FDSRCS; FFGDP(UK); FRCS; FRCS(OMFS); PhD; FHEA
StJohn has recently been appointed as the Dean of the newly-established School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This role [more...]
Dr Carl Horton
Lecturer, Mentor, Course Director & Clinician
BDS MSc (Periodontology) MSc (Dental Implantology)
Carl has a Masters in both Periodontology and Dental Implants. He lectures for the ITI, and is a mentor for Straumann and Visiting Specialist Services. [more...]
Dr Nicola Ritchie
Visiting Lecturer
BDS(Hons, Lond) 1990; FDS RCS(Eng) 1994
Dr Ritchie qualified in 1990 from Guys’ Hospital. She attained her Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994. Dr Ritchie has, [more...]
Dr Charlotte Stilwell
Visiting Lecturer
Tandlæge (Copenhagen)
Dr. Charlotte Stilwell is a specialist in prosthodontics and joined VSS in a training capacity. She qualified from The Royal Dental College in Copenhagen in [more...]
José Zurdo
Mentor
MB BS (Bilbao), BDS (Barcelona), Cert.Perio, MSc (Gothenburg)
José graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bilbao in 1983 and completed his medical speciality in Estomatology and Dentistry at the University [more...]
Ms Maria Retzepi
Visiting Lecturer
BDS(Athe) 1999; PhD(Lond); MSc; CertClinSpec; FHEA
Maria Retzepi is a registered specialist in periodontics and honorary Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at the world-renowned UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She graduated as a [more...]
Dr Adeel Ali
Mentor & Course Lecturer
BDS (Lond) MJDF RCS (Eng)
Dr Adeel Ali qualified from Guy’s King and St Thomas’ Dental School in 2008 and obtained his Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the [more...]
Dr Manoj Bhatia
Mentor
BDS, MSc (Imp Dent), MFGDP (RCS-UK) Stat Exam (UK)
Having completed his initial dental education (BDS) in 1995 from India, Dr Bhatia has been practicing General Dentistry and Dental Implantology. He is a registered [more...]
Dr Cristina Romao
Visiting Clinician & Mentor
Cristina qualified as a General Dental Practitioner in 1992 from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Pursuing her interest in dental education Cristina joined the University [more...]
Dr Malcolm Edwards
Visiting Lecturer
BDS, MScD, FDSRCSEng, DRDRCSEdin, MRDRCSEdin, RDSRCSEdin
Dr Malcolm Edwards was awarded his BDS from Cardiff in 1981, having been student president and winner of the alumni prize.  Having gained experience in [more...]
Professor Zoran Stajčić
Visiting Lecturer
Doctor of Stomatology; MSc; PhD
Professor Zoran Stajčić is Chief Surgeon at the Beograd-centar Dental/Medical Center for Maxillofacial Surgery. Zoran joined VSS in a training capacity. He is a Fellow [more...]

Administration

Alan Goldie
Alan graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1992 with an Honours Degree in Applied Microbiology. Having spent eleven years working in the pharmaceutical sector developing his sales, marketing and management experience, he then enjoyed a [more...]

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