OSG Committee Members

The OSG committee is drawn from members of the Society who are Orthodontic Specialists working in primary care


Anshu Sood

Anshu has been a dentist for 15 years, more than five of them based in specialist practice. Having worn a brace herself at the age of 33, she can share her experiences with our patients. She also knows the value of a beautiful smile and aims to use hers whenever possible!

She is a certified user of the Invisalign system and gains great satisfaction from each and every patient who leaves the practice with a smile to be proud of. In addition, she is an active member of the British Orthodontic Society and a committee member of the Orthodontic Specialist Group


Honorary Treasurer

Simon Jackson

B.ChD Leeds M.Sc Lond M.Orth FDS RCS Eng

Qualified in 1990 at the University of Leeds School of Dentistry. Undertook there year full-time course in Orthodontics at the Royal London Hospital School of Dentistry. Joined Specialist Orthodontic Practice, Epping in 1998.

Simon’s interests are running and playing football.

Committee Member Nadia Ahmed
  Nadia qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2007. Following her VT year in Derbyshire, she gained experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in West Yorkshire and in Birmingham, whilst gaining her MJDF from the Royal College of Surgeons, England. Subsequently she worked in Manchester Children’s hospital working in Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Radiology, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. Nadia carried out her specialist training in Leeds. Alongside this, she passed her MSc with merit and carried out research in auto-transplantation of teeth. She was the treasurer of the BOS TGG group during the final year of her training. She passed the MOrth in 2016 and gained membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

She has enjoyed gaining experience in both NHS and private specialist practice and in secondary care since completing her MOrth. Nadia completed her invisalign certification in 2017. She is also an examiner for the MJDF at the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking, art classes, travelling and Bollywood dance

Committee Member

Nichola Sant

I studied at Bristol University and qualified in 2000. Since then I have successfully passed the Membership in Dental Surgery examination awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In addition, I undertook postgraduate Orthodontic training at The Royal London Hospital, London, where I was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Orthodontics (St Mary’s University, London).

I am a registered specialist with the General Dental Council and am a member of the British Dental Association and the British Orthodontic Societies. As well as being a committee member of the Orthodontic Specialist group, I also sit on the Specialist Advisory Group for Orthodontics.

I worked at a number of practices in West London before moving back to the Midlands where I was brought up. I keep myself at the cutting edge of orthodontics with peer review sessions with my local orthodontic colleagues and with regular attendance at training courses and national/international conferences.

I enjoy getting to know my patients well over the course of treatment. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family, reading and looking after my chickens.

Committee Member

Catherine McCanny 

Catherine graduated from Dental School at Queen’s University Belfast in 1988. She commenced her specialist training in Orthodontics at Leeds Dental Institute in 1993. After this she teamed up with her partner, now husband, Joe, to build and develop St. Michael’s Dental Practice and St. Michael’s Orthodontics Ltd. which opened in 1998. She gained her specialist qualification in 1996 and is currently registered (reg.nr. 63428) on the specialist list for Orthodontists at the General Dental Council (http://www.gdc-uk.org). Catherine is also a member of the British Orthodontic Society 


Committee Member

Damian Bourke

  Damian qualified from Leeds in 1989.
After a few years in practice, he worked as a SHO for two years gaining his Fellowship before embarking on orthodontic training at Sheffield. Damian set up The Orthodontic Centre in Doncaster in 1998 and sold the practice to IDH in 2012 where he continues to practice as an Associate. His clinical interests include Invisalign and practice/team management and he is an active member of Doncaster LDC.
Damian is married with five children and 3 grandchildren. His interests outside orthodontics include cycling, triathlon, travel and skiing.

Committee Member

John Costello 

John studied dentistry at Guy's Hospital and graduated in 1992. After a series of maxillofacial surgery posts and a spell in general practice plus completion of the Fellowship in Dental Surgery he entered the three year postgraduate orthodontic training programme at the Eastman Dental Institute. In 1999 he was awarded a Master of Science degree and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. John is a founder director of Total Orthodontics Ltd. He has published papers in the British Dental Journals and presented research at the British Orthodontic and Dental Research Conferences. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on various orthodontic subjects. John is a member of the British Orthodontic Society. He has sat on the Kent Local Dental Committee and currently sits on the Kent Managing Clinical Orthodontic Network Group.
 He is on the UK Advisory Board for Invisalign and a Platinum user. John won the coveted ‘Against All Odds’ British Orthodontic Society Prize in 2008.
He is currently a Governor of The Judd School in Tonbridge / Junior Chairman of Tonbridge Juddians RFC and a committee member of the British Orthodontic Society’s Orthodontic Specialist Group and chairs their spring meetings.

Committee Member TGG 

 Stuart Yeaton 

My position on the board is to represent the TGG’s opinions and keep the TGG members informed of any changes that are happening in Orthodontics at both a local and national level. This is particularly relevant during this current period of transition to the new commissioning and management system of the NHS.


StR at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London



Committee Member  


Aarti Mehta

   Aarti qualified with honours in dentistry, from King’s College London in 2010.

In 2018 she completed her Orthodontic training with the University of Birmingham and graduated with a Masters in Science and was awarded her membership in Orthodontics. She was also invited to speak at British Orthodontic Conference where she won the UTG award for her scientific research.  

During her training she published papers, won several prizes and presented internationally. She took up the role as secretary to the training grades group of the BOS and is keen to drive change to improve orthodontics; a profession she is proud to be a part of.  

She works as an orthodontic specialist and is a certified Invisalign and incognito provider. In her spare time, Aarti enjoys travelling, keeping fit and her newest hobby is rock climbing. She’s interested in world religions and tries to practice yoga and meditation when she can.