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. Noor Al-Mansouri

Dr. Noor Al-Mansouri

Specialist in Orthodontics

BDS, M.Sc. Orth RCS(Eng) GDC 206824

Noor joined Harpenden and St Albans Orthodontics in 2014. She specialises in orthodontics, treating adults and children with a variety of complex cases using Invisalign, Spark, self-lighting appliances, ceramic and stainless-steel fixed braces. She uses Carriere motion appliance to correct bite problems.

Noor qualified as a dental surgeon in 2001. After a period in general dentistry practice, teaching and several hospital appointments, she trained to be an orthodontist for three years at the Eastman Dental Hospital. During those years, Noor gained a degree of Masters in Orthodontics from UCL (University College London) and later qualified with M’Orth (membership in orthodontics) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng).

Noor held a position at The Royal London Hospital through which she was teaching Orthodontics to dental undergraduate students at Queen Mary University. She was an honorary lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry at the RCS (Eng) for several years since 2011.

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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.

Emily Norman

Emily Norman

Support Manager

GDC 264565

Emily has been working in dentistry for over 10 years and begun working in orthodontics in 2016. She worked as a dental nurse and a dental monitoring lead at Harpenden Orthodontics, before taking on her new role in 2022 as a Practice Support Manager here at St Albans Orthodontics.

Emily helps to ensure the smooth day to day running of the practice. She is always available to give help and advice to our patients and is happy to answer any questions you may have. She welcomes all feedback.

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Treatment Coordinator

Daphne Fernandez

Sophie Martin

Treatment Coordinator

Admin and Reception Staff

Sajitha Sivaprem

Sajitha Sivaprem

Administrator and Receptionist

Sara Mohidin

Sara Mohidin

Receptionist

Orthodontic Therapists

Louise McLeod

Louise McLeod

Orthodontic Therapist

GDC 259430 NEBDN, Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, June 2021

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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Carmen Iuga

Carmen Iuga

Orthodontic therapist

GDC 294643
Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2023, National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2021
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Nurses

Louise Lewis

Louise Lewis

Nurse

GDC 122290
NEBDN Diploma 1997, Radiography 1997

Daniela Manea

Daniela Manea

Nurse


NEBDN Diploma 2018, Radiography 2020, Orthodontic Nursing 2021, Oral hygiene 2022

Ramla Abdi

Ramla Abdi

Nurse

GDC 312670
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2023.

Lab and Sterilisation Nurse

James Doyle

James Doyle

Lab and Sterilisation Assistant