Our Team

Brian Hong B.Sc. BDS (Rand)

Principal Dentist

GDC No: 65666

Brian originates from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he graduated with a B.Sc.degree in Microbiology in 1978, and a BDS degree in 1983 from the University of the Witwatersrand. He successfully owned and ran his own practices in Johannesburg for 16 years before moving to the UK in August 1999.

Since then he worked in a predominantly private dental practice in West Sussex before acquiring Cornerways in 2004. He has special interests in the fields of prosthodontics, including restorations on implants, aesthetic dentistry, orthodontics and occlusion and its role in headache resolution.

In his spare time Brian is a very keen and competitive golfer and is a member at Mid Sussex Golf Club.

Hennie Van Jaarsveld B.Ch.D, M.Ch.D (Pret)

Specialist Periodontist with a special interest in Implantology

GDC No: 77359

Hennie was born in Rustenburg, South Africa. He qualified with his undergraduate degree from the University of Pretoria in 1979, going on to complete his postgraduate degree (with honours) in Oral Medicine and Periodontics in 1985. Since 1985 he worked in private practice in Pretoria and lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria. Since 1996 he has worked in the UK and Tanzania as a Specialist in Periodontics. In 2005 he was appointed Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has lectured and attended postgraduate training courses all over the world on periodontal and other dental subjects and has been the external examiner to the University of the Witwatersrand from 2001 to 2006. Hennie is registered as a Specialist Periodontist with the General Dental Council.

Hennie is married with two sons and two daughters and is a huge rugby fan, particularly of South African test rugby. His hobby is breeding miniature horses and has written several articles for the Miniature Horse Breeders Annual Magazine.

Marco Carugati Dip.Dent (Pisa)

Special interest in Orthodontics and Endodontics

GDC No: 74087

Marco was born on the island of Elba, Italy. He graduated with a degree in Dentistry and Dental Prosthodontics from the University of Pisa, School of Dentistry in November 1997. Marco qualified as an orthodonist from the Centro Stu e Ricerche di Ortodonzia La Spezia in March 2004. In addition he has completed several postgraduate courses covering topics such as occlusion, endodontics and implantology. He has a special interest in endodontics, but likes to keep his hand in general dentistry wherever he can.

At present he consults in various practices in Kent and Sussex as well as in practices in Pisa and Milan. He also teaches and lectures at King’s College Dental Hospital in London.

His interests include travelling, music, skiing and computing.

Kirsten Andersen Tandlaege (Copenhagen)

Associate Dentist

GDC No: 64575

Kirsten qualified at the Royal Dental College of Copenhagen and has been a full time Dental Practitioner since 1989.

She has spent many years attending courses on Occlusion ( the Bite) at the International Partnership for the Study of Occlusion and most  recently she has become a registered  provider for the Inman Aligners and 6 Month Smile ( short orthodontic systems).

Kirsten says: “My passion is in aesthetic dentistry with an emphasis on minimal intervention provided in a non- judgemental, relaxed and pain-free manner. As a dedicated clinician, I keep my clients fully informed and updated with the latest techniques and expect everyone to take responsibility of their own oral health thus empowering each individual to achieve great health for life.

“I live and work by the ethos: respect, responsibility and appreciation.”

Kirsten is a keen power walker and can be seen in full speed in her decorated bra at the London Moonwalk. Loving the outdoors she is also on her mountain bike and she loves growing her own vegetables. In the last year she has taken up Tai chi classes.

She is married with two daughters.



GMC No: 1630567

Rex is a Fellow of The Royal College of Anaesthetists and has dedicated many years to the practice of sedation alongside his post at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, from which he has now retired. He regularly attends conferences on dental sedation and general anaesthetics.

Rex’s gentle, caring demeanour and immense experience are invaluable for our most nervous patients, who benefit greatly from intravenous sedation for treatments.

Away from practice, Rex is a keen sportsman and has previously played rugby at county level. He now enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, cycling and playing golf.

Rex lives in the pretty coastal town of Southwick with his wife and has three grown up children and two grandchildren.

Jenny Hong H.Dip. Pharm.

Practice Manager

Jenny qualified with a diploma in Pharmacy from the Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1981. In addition, she also holds a qualification as a reflexologist from South Downs College and provides reflexology sessions to patients here at Cornerways. Jenny sees to the day-to-day administrative aspects of the practice.

Jenny is a very keen and competitive tennis player and regularly represents her club at tournaments. Jenny is married to Brian and they have a daughter and a son.

Linda Cooper RDN OHE


GDC No: 151267

Linda qualified as a dental nurse in September 2007 after completing an NVQ level 3 in Oral Health Care at Northbrook College, Worthing. She has been at Cornerways since 2001.

In November 2013, she went on to qualify as an Oral Health Educator after studying with BDA education. With this qualification Linda sees to the oral health education needs of the patients in the practice. In addition to this she visits local playgroups, schools and social groups to chat about all aspects of oral health care in the community and these visits continue to be very successful and well received.

She is the appointed lead cross infection nurse for the practice overseeing all aspects of infection control within the practice. Linda has a special interest in the surgical aspects of dentistry including all the associated aspects of implant placement and periodontal surgery.

Linda is married and has a son and a daughter. She shares her home with two retired greyhounds Joan and Henry and keeps 3 re-homed battery hens. Her interests outside the practice include, listening to live music, walking, eating out and yoga.

Katy Tidzer-Smith


GDC No: 138567

Katy joined the team at Cornerways in 2012 and works alongside Marco Carugati.

During her 14 year experience as a dental nurse she has completed a number of post qualification certificates including: Dental radiography, Impression taking and Fluoride Application.

Completing these courses, as well as on going Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and further education seminars enables Katy to keep up to date with current protocols.

Katy is married with two young children and enjoys the theatre and horse riding.

Suzanne Harris


GDC No: 5512

Suzanne qualified in 1999 from the Eastman Dental Hospital with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene, with continuing professional development an important part of her working life she has many extended duties to her her Hygiene role including fissure sealants, fluoride application, re-cementing crowns & inlays, local anaesthesia & tooth whitening!

Working at the maxillo-facial unit for a while in Chichester gained her some unique experiences.

Suzanne is married and has two daughters & two dogs, she enjoys keeping fit with swimming cycling and running and has a few marathons under her belt!

  • Having recently moved to West Sussex, I had been looking for a new dentist. This was brought to a head when I had a dental emergency and my neighbour recommended Dr Hong. I rang and left a message on the Sunday and had an appointment the next day. During the course of that week I had four appointments with Dr Hong, including an extraction and a partial denture that took only 24 hours to be made. During this process he showed compassion, skill and he explained the options available to me. Dr Van Jaarsveld, the practice’s implant specialist, gave a thorough explanation of what was needed to repair the damage. His work has been skilful and with excellent results. Dr Hong and Dr Van Jaarsveld have both displayed sound clinical knowledge and expertise throughout. All staff have been courteous and professional at all times, with a touch of humour that always assists in putting patients at their ease. Thank you again for your practice team’s continuing excellent care.

  • I have had my new tooth fitted and it feels so natural. It is amazing how your teeth can affect the health of your whole body. Although the work was expensive, you cannot put a price on good health, or for that matter, keeping your own teeth! Thank you once again for the work you have done.

    Mrs S. H.
  • I was so impressed with my treatment, I persuaded my husband and my son to join the practice.  We are all extremely impressed with Brian and his team's professionalism and attention to detail. The whole team make the experience one of something pleasant rather than something to fear.

    Mrs B. F.

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