Meet the team
Besher Al Aswad Orthodontic Specialist
DDS Damascus 1994, Statutory Exam 2000; MOrth RCS Eng 1999, MSc (London) 1999
GDC Registration Number: 78846
Besher is the principal orthodontist at Only Orthodontics. Having qualified as a dentist in 1994, he then worked as a Senior House Officer in oral surgery at the oral and maxillofacial departments in Liverpool and Norwich, before embarking on his orthodontic training. In 1999, Besher completed a full-time three-year specialist training programme in orthodontics at Guys Hospital, London, leading to the award of a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and Membership of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in Orthodontics.
Following his orthodontic qualification, Besher moved to Bournemouth to start work at the Orthodontic Department at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital as a Specialist Registrar. Whilst also working at orthodontic practices in Andover and Winchester, in 2001 Besher joined the team at Only Orthodontics, where he later became a partner. He has been working here as a full-time specialist orthodontist ever since; becoming practice principal in 2019.
Since joining Only Orthodontics, Besher has been providing a wide range of specialist orthodontic treatments for both children and adult patients, including aesthetic fixed appliances, Invisalign clear braces and Incognito lingual appliances. To complement his vast experience of treating children, Besher has developed his expertise in treating adult patients over the years, gaining a wide range of experience in this field. He is trained in a variety of specialist treatments, such as the use of Temporary Anchorage Devices, aiding him in the treatment of complex orthodontic cases.
He is a fully certified, experienced provider in both Incognito and Invisalign treatment and is a Platinum Invisalign provider.
He remains a member of the British Orthodontic Society, The Royal College of Surgeons of England in Orthodontics, The British Dental Association and is a Fellow of The World Federation of Orthodontists.
Kalliopi Kokosali Orthodontic Specialist
BDS (Hons) Man. 2001, MFDS RCSEng 2004, MOrth Ed, MDentSci (Hons) 2009
GDC Registration Number: 79565
Kallie is an award winning Orthodontist with significant expertise and clinical experience in orthodontic care.
She qualified as a dentist from Manchester Dental Hospital in 2001. Prior to starting her Specialist Orthodontic training Kallie worked as a resident Senior house officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Central Manchester & Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. Non resident Senior house officer at the Dental hospital of Manchester, as well as a Community Dental Officer in North of Manchester (Oldham) gaining invaluable experience in pediatric Dentistry.
She completed her specialist orthodontic training in Liverpool Hospital in 2009. Awarded Master of Dental Science in Orthodontics with Honours in 2009.
Following her Orthodontic Specialization Kallie worked in a NHS and private Specialist Orthodontic Practice, in Manchester for 4 days per week for the last 10 years. At the same time for 5 years she spend one day per week working at the Orthodontic Department at Halton District Hospital, North Cheshire and Warrington NHS Trust, where she treated adult patients with growth problems of the facial complex, requiring orthognathic (jaw) surgery.
In July 2019 she relocated her family to Bournemouth where she joined “Only Orthodontics” Specialist Orthodontic practice.
Kallie specializes in the treatment of children and adults, using an extensive range of orthodontic appliances. From the more conventional fixed appliances to the most advanced cosmetic orthodontic appliances, including clear aligners, ceramic and lingual (hidden) braces.
Fully certified in both Invisalign clear appliances and Incognito lingual appliances.
Being interested in all aspects of orthodontics, she undertakes many hours of postgraduate education each year to keep up to date with all the latest techniques.
In her spare time she is dedicated spending time with her family and friends, spending time in the kitchen, yoga, exploring the country side and travelling.
She is a member of the British Orthodontic Society.
Dr Gonzalo Gerbasi Dentist
Lic Odont Madrid 2010
GDC Registration Number: 243821
Gonzalo qualified as a dentist in 2006 from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela. Following his graduation, he worked mainly in orthodontics in a specialist orthodontic practice in Caracas.
He moved to Madrid, Spain in 2008, where he earned a BSc Hons in Dentistry following two years of training at Universidad Europea de Madrid. He then worked in general dentistry in Madrid for 3 years.
Relocating to England in 2013, Gonzalo has practised in both NHS and private practices as a general dental practitioner.
In 2019, he completed a remote Postgraduate course of further training in Orthodontics from Universidad San Antonio de Murcia, Spain. Later that year, Gonzalo joined us at Only Orthodontics.
Outside of work, Gonzalo enjoys spending time with his young family, his friends and taking every opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Tara Rigby Orthodontic Therapist
GDC Registration Number: 167068
Tara Joined Only Orthodontics in 2007 as an orthodontic nurse. She went on to train and acquire a Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy from Leeds University to qualify as an orthodontic therapist in July 2012. She has since been working on full time basis as an orthodontic therapist with Only Orthodontics. She works alongside Dr Aswad and is experienced in treating patients with several types of orthodontic appliances including fixed and removable appliances, Incognito and Invisalign.
Deborah Strugnell Orthodontic Therapist
GDC Registration Number: 149509
Deborah joined Only Orthodontics in 2011 as an orthodontic nurse and progressed to acquiring her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy at Leeds University to qualify as an orthodontic therapist in June 2018. Deborah works full time alongside Dr Aswad, treating patients with fixed and removable appliances, Incognito and Invisalign.
Jackie Phillips Orthodontic Therapist
GDC Registration Number: 123253
Jackie worked at The Orthodontic Department at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 14 years as an Orthodontic Nurse. She then went on to train as an Orthodontic Therapist and gained her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy in July 2013 from Leeds University. We were very pleased when she moved to Only Orthodontics to join our team of experienced orthodontic therapists in June 2020 to continue her career development with us. She has gained experience in treating patient with a wide range of removable and fixed orthodontic appliances.