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Looking after you

To look after you we have a hand picked team of dentists, hygienists, nurses and Receptionists.  All undergo Continuous Professional Development training (CPD) to keep their skills up to date.  Patients tell us time and again how 'friendly and approachable' everyone is and we consider this to be a key skill when we recruit new staff.


David Hudson, BDS Lond 2000

GDC Number 78172

David qualified in 2000 from Guy’s Hospital, London, and after completing his Vocational Training in Grimsby, he became an Associate Dentist at what was then his father John Hudson's practice in 2001.  Following John's retirement in 2009 David took over the practice and today provides general dental care to his list of private patients as well as placing implants for all patients of the practice who desire them.  

Married with two sons plus a dog, he has an enormous affinity for Land Rovers, a passion for Formula 1 racing and enjoys archery.

Vasuki Lister (Vash), BDS Manchester 1998

GDC Number 74571

Vasuki Lister  - 'Vash' - studied dentistry at the University of Manchester, qualifying in 1998. Following completion of a year's vocational training at a practice in Wallasey (Wirral) she practiced in Maidstone, Kent and Tottenham before joining Hudson's in 2009.  

Vash sees NHS and private patients and works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She holds an evening clinic for private treatments on Monday.  

Away from dentistry Vash and her husband enjoy spending quality time with their three daughters and Vash also loves to chill out with a good book.  Keeping fit is a priority too, although Vash is the first to concede that after an exhausting day of dentistry going for a five mile jog is not often front of mind.

Dr Clare Fensome

GDC Number 194127

Clare Fensome joined Hudson's Dental Care in November 2017.  Although she took her first degree in Geological Sciences she felt drawn to dentistry and returned to university (London) in 2005 to study for her BDS degree. 

Having done 12 years NHS dentistry Clare now sees private patients only and works at the practice most Friday mornings.

Outside of work Clare immerses herself fully in family life and is an enthusiastic fund raiser for the British Heart Foundation.  She enjoys the great outdoors, sport and exploration and, when time permits, theatrical and musical events.

Sushma Klausen, BDS Manchester 1985

GDC Number 60490

Sushma's dental career started as a House Officer at Manchester Dental School following which she worked as a Community Dental Officer in Oldham.

Following marriage, she lived for a spell in Singapore where she worked at a private dental practice as well as undertaking voluntary work with refugees. After a career break in Denmark with her husband, son and daughter,  Sushma returned to the UK in 1999 and worked at Stanstead Abbotts Dental Care as an Associate and latterly as a partner.

Whilst her primary focus is now on her successful facial aesthtics business, Sushma continues to see some long standing patients on a private basis at her monthly clinic at Hudson's Dental Care.

Shivangi Katre (Shivi), BDS Lond

GDC Number 289423

Shivangi, known as 'Shivi', joined Hudson's in 2022.  She graduated in dentistry at King's College London in 2022 and prior to joining us worked at the Luton & Dustable Hospital, Lister and New QEII in their Oral Surgery departments.

The winner of numerous awards whilst studying, Shivi has continued to pursue her thirst for excellence, most recently qualifying as an Invisalign practitioner. She has a very friendly and welcoming chairside manner.

Away from work Shivi enjoys playing the piano, travelling and going to the gym. 


Shelley Cain

GDC Number 5656

Shelley qualified with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2000 from Eastmans Dental Hospital. She has been with the practice since September 2002 and currently works part time.

Shelley has three children, two boys and a girl whose busy sporting and social diaries keep her occupied when away from work.

Justine Nicholls

GDC Number 4216

Passionate about her work as a dental hygienist, Justine works on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as running a highly popular and oversubscribed Saturday morning clinic.   

"I've got a little girl so working during the day can be difficult.  The opportunity to work in the evenings and on Saturdays is as much of a convenience for me as it is for my patients" says Justine.

Eleanor Ridge

GDC Number 156216

Eleanor trained as a dental hygiene therapist at Kings college in 2011 after 11 years working as Dental nurse .  She has a keen interest in holistic medicine and sees the patient as a whole. She prides herself on possessing a gentle approach especially with nervous patients.

Eleanor came to Hertford in 2017 and has busied herself organising events for a local social group, singing in a choir, keeping fit, doing Pilates and scuba diving.

She is currently preparing for a spell of voluntary work in Kenya in 2020 to raise funds for Dentaid -  an international charity that provides dental care to impoverished communities.

Ellen Taylor

GDC Number 5811

Ellen is an experienced hygienist / dental therapist. She works at our practice on Saturday mornings. 

Head Nurse


Elaine Littleworth

GDC Number 237497

Our longest serving dental nurse, Elaine commenced her career in 1990 as a Trainee Dental Surgery Assistant.  Her boss was one Mr John Hudson - David Hudson’s father - and they worked at the family's original surgery in Ware Road before John relocated to Bull Plain.

Elaine studied at De Havilland College and qualified as a DSA in 1992.  

In her spare time Elaine has a wide circle of friends and, when time permits, enjoys a trip up to London to see a good musical.

Vicky Ryan

GDC Number 279469

Vicky joined Hudson's as a Trainee Dental Nurse and passed her NVQ qualifications in 2018.  A Hertford girl who attended Presdales School, Vicky is a keen horse rider and, away from the clinically spotless world of dental surgeries, can often be found mucking out the stables.  

Prior to joining Hudson's Vicky worked in pub management where she honed her already excellent people skills. "I love working with people and everyone at Hudson's is so friendly, patients as well as my colleagues" says Vicky.

Georgie Arkell

GDC Number 293170

Georgie joined the practice as a Trainee Dental Nurse in January 2019 and qualifed in January 2021.

Beth Cutmore

Beth completed her NVQ in dental nursing in July 2021

Michelle Franklin

GDC Number 155050

Michelle Franklin joined Hudson's in January 2020.  She is an experienced dental nurse who worked in Knightsbridge for many years and more recently in Waltham Cross.  

Ellie Ablett

GDC Number 300746

Ellie joined our team in 2022 having returned from Spain where she grew up and trained to be a dental nurse.  Ellie worked at a dental practice in Almeria, Andalucia, for seven years and says although there are similarities, dentistry in Spain is far less regulated than in the UK.  

Her hobbies include socialising with her wide circle of friends, going to the gym and chilling out with family.


Natalie Williams

GDC Number 128652

Natalie joined the Practice in March 2011 and works as a part time Receptionist/Dental Nurse.

With her keen eye for detail Natalie also oversees many administrative tasks and has been described the our practice manager as being like 'that all important glue that holds the practice together'.

An energetic personality who's always on the go inside and outside of work, Natalie prioritses family life, enjoys dog walking and, when time permits, socialising and playing netball.

Management and Administration

Michelle Sagar (Shell)

GDC Number 122130

Our Head Nurse & Practice Manager Michelle Sagar joined the practice as a trainee in 2003.  With her dental nursing qualifications firmly under her belt Michelle trained to become an Implant Nurse and regulalrly provides the chairside assistance to patients choosing this increasingly popular procedure.  Michelle took over responsibility for the day to day management of the nursing team in May 2014 and from May 2024 will oversee the practice management and Infection Control procedures.
She enjoys being mum to her two sons and has a wide circle of friends, enjoys travelling and relaxes with a good book.