The Dental Surgery Broadstairs - Meet The Team


We have a highly skilled and experienced team here at The Dental Surgery, all dedicated to providing our patients with a first class range of dental treatments and a level of service that is second to none.

James Opperman  (Principal Dentist)

James qualified as a dentist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he obtained a B.Sc and a B.Ch.D degree. He was the principal a family Dental Practice in South Africa for many years before relocating to the UK with his family in 2002. He has been a dentist in the local area for many years. He is married to Marianne and they have 3 sons.

James enjoys all areas in Dentistry but he finds the fields of preventive and aesthetic restorative dentistry particularly interesting. He regularly attends continuous professional development courses all over the world that enable him to offer the latest in innovation and dental technology. He has also attend various courses that enable him to stay abreast in the field of facial aesthetic enhancement treatments such as wrinkle reduction and Dermal Fillers should patients ask for them. Away from work James enjoys travelling, cycling, scuba diving and cultivating Bonsai trees in his spare time. James is known by his patients as a calm and caring man with a passion for rugby. He likes to BBQ often and enjoys a glass of good wine over weekends.

Marianne Opperman  (Practice Manager)

Marianne is our Practice Manager. Marianne obtained a BA( Psych )degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where she met and married James. She has been Head of Department Psychology at Dane Court Grammar School in Broadstairs for many years before joining the Practice full time. In her spare time Marianne enjoys travelling to wherever there is a beach, painting, photography and reading, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

If you have any compliments or complaints regarding any aspect of the Practice, please email Marianne on

Penny Sharp (Head Receptionist)

Penny is the new friendly face behind our Reception desk. She comes to us with many years of Dental Reception experience and we are lucky to have found her. She is an excellent multi-tasker with strong values and excellent communication skills. Penny enjoys cooking, gardening and musical theatre in her spare time.

Sue Epps  (Dental Nurse and Receptionist)

Sue has been a dental nurse for many years but she took time out to raise her children, they have now all flown the nest and she can return to her profession. Sue has a stunning smile and her positive outlook on life makes her the ideal dental nurse. James relies on her to make things run smoothly in the Surgery and she regularly attends CPD courses to keep her up to date with the latest GDC and CQC regulations. Sue is married to Anthony and they both love travelling. They have been to many interesting places in the world. Sue loves shopping and spending time with her friends.

Natalia Fronc (Dental Nurse)

Natalia is our second dental nurse. She qualified in 2016 and has since worked in various dental practices before joining us in 2019. Natalia is a friendly and caring Nurse, with a lovely smile. She enjoys spending time with her partner and young daughter when she is not working at the Surgery.

Yolande Artiga (Dental Hygienist)

Yolande is well known in the Broadstairs area for being an excellent oral hygienist. Her compassionate and gentle manner has won her many loyal patients over the years. She is a keen student and has continued with her studies through the Open University. Yolande has got years of experience in the oral hygiene field and is very competent. If she is not working she spends time with her lovely family. Two annual visits to Yolande are included free of charge if you join our practice plan.

Joanne Jackson (Hygienist)

Joanne is the other half of our Hygienist team. She has worked in the local area for many years and enjoys having friendly chats with her patients as she helps them to maintain their sparkly smiles. Joanne enjoys living in Broadstairs and going for cycle rides along the coast regularly. Both her and her husband love travelling to interesting places where they can soak up the sun and relax.

Paige Tobin (Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy)

Paige studied for 3 years at the University of Portsmouth to be dually qualified in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. She lived locally previously, so returned to this area in 2015 after qualifying and has worked in the local area ever since. Although dually qualified, most of Paige’s time has been spent on periodontal care varying from simple scaling and oral health education for healthy patients to more advanced periodontal treatment. In her spare time she enjoys baking and horse riding.