Our Team

At St Albans Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment available. Every member of our qualified team participates in ongoing training throughout the year, both here and abroad, ensuring the very latest in orthodontic techniques, systems, material and equipment is available to all our patients.

Find out who you’ll meet when you come for treatment.

Our team

Get to know the team behind our incredible results

Take a moment to see the people that will help you when you visit our practice. All our team members are ready and available to help you throughout your orthodontic journey.

Our orthodontists

Our Orthodontists

You’ll feel confident with your treatment when you meet our qualified and competent team of orthodontists passionate about achieving the best smile possible for each of their patients.

Dr Pieter (Bob) Esterhuysen

Dr Pieter (Bob) Esterhuysen

Dentist with a special interest in orthodontics

BMedSci, BChD, Dip.Odont. Orthodontics (Pret.) PGA Orth. (LDS), MClinDent Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (BPP). Dentist with a Special Interest, GDC 70507

Pieter obtained a degree in Medical Research in 1991 and went on to study dentistry graduating in 1995 with a BChD degree. Pieter has always had a passion for orthodontics and the difference it can make in a person’s life. After 10 years in general dental practice and working part time in Harpenden Orthodontics for over four years, Pieter joined the team as a full time member of the clinical staff in 2005. It was in this year that Pieter was awarded with a Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics. He has continued his post graduate training and obtained a PostGraduate Award in Orthodontics in 2017. He furthered his studies by embarking on a Masters degree program. Pieter was awarded the MClinDent degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics in 2019. He is a member of the British Orthodontic Society and British Dental Association. One of Pieter’s interests is Dental Sleep Medicine where he aims to help patients sleep better and snore less. He is a member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine.

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Dr Lorinda Pietersen

Dr Lorinda Pietersen

Specialist Orthodontist

BChD MOrth RCS(Edin), Specialist In Orthodontics GDC 66844, Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists

Dr Lorinda Pietersen qualified as a general dentist in 1991 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She moved to the UK in 1992 and worked as an associate dentist in Bishop’s Stortford. Dr Pietersen has always had a special interest in orthodontics and specialised in the field at Guys Hospital in London and Adden brookes Hospital in Cambridge. She received her Masters in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001.

Dr Pietersen is co-principal of St Albans Orthodontics. She founded Bishop’s Stortford Orthodontic Practice in 1996 and Cambridge Orthodontic Practice in 2003. She is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontics and also a member of the British Orthodontic Society.

Dr Pietersen is married to an orthodontist and they have three children together.

Dr Pietersen is available for appointments every second Tuesday 8:00am – 2:00pm and every Thursday 8:00am – 1:00pm.

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Dr Pieter Van Heerden

Dr Pieter van Heerden

Specialist Orthodontist

BChD(Pret), MDent(Orth), MChD(Orth), Specialist in Orthodontics GDC 66417, fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists

Dr Pieter van Heerden qualified as a dentist in 1984 and an orthodontist in 1992 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He completed his MChD in 1992 and moved to the UK. He worked as an associate in St Albans from 1993 and became principal of the same practice in 1998. He founded Harpenden Orthodontic Practice in 1999.

Dr Van Heerden is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontics and member of the BOS and AAO. He trained with Dr Dwight Damon, the inventor of the Damon system. He is a well known international speaker and has lectured extensively worldwide.

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Our staff

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make you feel right at home when you visit us here at St Albans Orthodontics.

Deimante Lenktyte

Deimante Lenktyte

Practice Manager

GDC 106768

Deimante Lenktyte is our practice manager here at St Albans Orthodontics. Her role is to ensure the practice runs smoothly and complies with all necessary guidelines and regulations.

Treatment Coordinator

Daphne Fernandez

Daphne Fernandez

Treatment Coordinator

Daphne joined the team at St Albans Orthodontics at the end of 2019. She also works in our Harpenden Practice. She is here to guide you through every step of your private treatment and answer any questions you may have.

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Admin and Reception Staff

Rebecca Chiverton

Rebecca Chiverton

Admin and reception staff

Orthodontic Therapists

Louise Stewart

Louise Stewart

Trainee Orthodontic Therapist

GDC 259430 NEBDN

Louise joined Harpenden Orthodontics in 2013. In 2015, she gained her diploma in Dental Nursing. She completed her Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2016 and Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing in 2019. Louise has won one of just 10 places to study Orthodontic Therapy in Leamington Spa.

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Nurses

Irene Ndagire

Irene Ndagire

Nurse

GDC 218669
NEBDN Diploma 2009, Radiography 2019, Orthodontic Nursing 2019

Louise Lewis

Louise Lewis

Nurse

GDC 122290
NEBDN Diploma 1997, Radiography 1997

Sophie Cheung

Sophie Cheung

Nurse

GDC 270140
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF 2017, BDS Radiography 2019, NEBDN Orthodontic Nursing

Melania Petrea

Catarina Rolo

Trainee Dental Nurse

Viviane Neiva

Viviane Neiva

Nurse

GDC 289556
NEBDN Diploma 2020, NEBDN Radiography 2021

Daniela Manea

Daniela Manea

Nurse

GDC 276071
NEBDN Diploma 2018, Radiography 2020