Our commitment to our patients is to provide the highest standard of care along with the best possible results; that process starts with having an incredible team. Each of our team members is constantly undergoing training to further their knowledge to be able to better assist you.
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.
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 van Heerden
Specialist OrthodontistBChD(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.
Dr Pieter (Bob) Esterhuysen
Dentist with a special interest in orthodonticsBMedSci, 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.
Dr. Noor Al-Mansouri
Specialist in OrthodonticsBDS, M.Sc. Orth RCS(Eng) GDC 206824
Noor qualified as a dental surgeon in 2001. After teaching and holding several hospital appointments, she trained for three years at the Eastman Dental Hospital. During those three years, Noor gained a Masters in Orthodontics from University College London and later qualified with a membership in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS (Eng)). Noor joined Harpenden Orthodontics in 2014. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry at the RCS (Eng). Noor is passionate about treating children and adults with a variety of orthodontic appliances. Outside of work Noor enjoys spending time with her family and when time allows horse riding.
Dr Paragh Vig
Specialist in OrthodonticsBDS, DDS, MFDS R.C.S. Ed, M.Orth R.C.S. Ed
Paragh qualified in dentistry (BDS) from Sheffield and gained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MFDS RCS).
This was followed by a three-year Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) postgraduate speciality programme in orthodontics and carried out published research on aesthetic ceramic brackets.
He completed this at the internationally respected South West Orthodontic Training Programme at The University of Bristol, the Bristol Dental Hospital and Royal United Hospitals, Bath.
Paragh is a registered Specialist in Orthodontics with the General Dental Council and a member of the British Orthodontic Society.
In spare time Paragh enjoys spending time with his two young boys, yoga, and swimming.
Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home when you visit us at Harpenden Orthodontics. With the help of all the team members below, our practice runs smoothly and our patients are treated with world-class care.
Practice ManagerGDC 106768
Mary McGovern has been working in dentistry for over twenty years. She helps to ensure the smooth day to day running of the practice, providing support to the dental team and ensuring compliance with all guidelines and regulations, she is registered with the General Dental Council.
Mary is always available to give help and advise to our patients and is happy to answer any questions you may have. She welcomes all feedback.
Treatment CoordinatorGDC 257332
Sophie has been part of the Harpenden Orthodontics team since 2016 and became treatment coordinator in 2018. Sophie is a fully qualified dental nurse and has her certificate in dental radiography. She is here to guide you through every step of your treatment and will be here to greet you at your initial consultation and answer any questions you may have.
Admin and Reception Staff
Admin and reception staffGDC 148125
Admin and reception staff
Admin and reception staffGDC 140692
Admin and reception staff
Orthodontic TherapistGDC 110679, NEBDN, Dip Orth Therapy RCS Edin
Claire joined Harpenden Orthodontics in 2003 as an Orthodontic Nurse. She then went on to become Private Orthodontic Nurse for Dr Pieter van Heerden and Senior Orthodontic Nurse. In 2005, she gained her NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing; her Certificate in Dental Radiography 2011and in 2010 she qualified in Oral Health Education. In 2011 Claire won one of just 16 places at the University of Central Lancashire to study for her diploma in Orthodontic Therapy and obtained her diploma in Orthodontic Therapy from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in July 2012.
Eloise van Heerden
Orthodontic TherapistGDC 253234, NEBDN. Dip Orth Therapy Warwick
Eloise joined Harpenden Orthodontics in 2012 and initially spent time in the management and treatment co-ordinator teams. In 2014, she gained her diploma in Dental Nursing. She completed her Certificate in Dental Radiography and Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing in 2015. Eloise won a place at Warwick University, one of just 10 available, and graduated with her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy in August 2016 and received an outstanding student award.
Orthodontic TherapistGDC 259430, NEBDN. Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy in 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.
Trainee orthodontic therapistGDC 270140
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF 2017, BDA Radiography 2019, Orthodontic Nursing 2021
Sophie joined Harpenden Orthodontics in 2017 as a Dental Nurse. She gained her Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2018 and Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing in 2021. Sophie has won a place to study Orthodontic Therapy in Leamington Spa.
GDC Nursing Diploma 2020, NEBDN Radiography 2021
NEBDN Diploma 2016
NEBDN Diploma 2009, Radiography 2019, Ortho Nurse 2019
NEBDN Diploma 2018
National Certificate in Dental Nursing 2006, NEBDN Radiography 2013, NEBDA Orthodontic Nursing 2014
GDC Nursing Diploma 2017, Radiography 2019