Meet the Team
Dr. Shrikesh Kotecha
BDS (Lond) 2000
GDC No. 78389
Dr. Shrikesh Kotecha (Shrik to his patients) combines education, experience and a gentle touch to provide his patients with exceptional cosmetic and restorative dental care.
Shrik truly cares about his Leicester dental patients, placing their comfort and satisfaction above all else. He takes the time to get know all of his patients individually to offer tailor made solutions and personalise the dental experience taking the fear and intimidation out of dentistry. He is also a Dental Phobia Certified Dentist and has treated hundreds of anxious/phobic patients.
He joined Smile Essential in 2003 and is a highly-regarded member of the dental team at Smile Essential. He has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening and smile makeovers is known for his gentle laid back chair side manner especially when treating nervous patients.
Since his graduation from the prestigious Guy's Dental Hospital in London in 2000 where he was awarded the Alfred Woodhouse Prize for Dental Public Health Studies and Dental Defence Union elective travel award he has stayed at the forefront of the latest advances in dentistry by attending Conferences and Postgraduate Courses across the world. These include a one year training programme at the Eastman Dental Institute in London leading to a Certificate in Restorative Dentistry and The Restorative Course (Smile Design) at The Centre for Advanced Dental Education in Manchester. Shrik has also undergone extensive training in cosmetically focussed orthodontics including Six Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth and regularly attends postgraduate courses.
Shrik's dedication to his patients has been rewarded by being a finalist in the esteemed Dentistry Awards for the category of 'Best Young Dentist' for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010.
His philosophy is to help patients to gain optimum dental health. To Shrik, the best thing about dentistry is meeting and interacting with patients.
Shrik has an amazing enthusiasm and passion for his dentistry which results in him providing world class dentistry of the future. Today he feels extremely happy and privileged in his profession, being able to help and work together with patients.
He loves transforming people's attitudes towards dentistry and his mission is to prove that dentists don't have to be scary!
Outside of work, Shrik is married to Lina and has two daughters, Siyana and Anya. He is actively involved in school events and a lot of his spare time is spent with his family. He enjoys travelling and has been to many parts of the world including the Caribbean, America, and Europe. He is an avid collector of vinyl records and presents a weekly radio show on an internet radio station.
Shrik currently holds membership of the following bodies:
- General Dental Council
- Dental Phobia Certified Dentist
- Dental Protection Society
- Sarah Smile Essential
I didn't want to change my identity, just wanted to look less tired and I feel the wrinkle reduction injections helped me to do this.
- Joesephine Smile Essential
I wanted something enhanced my natural beauty and natural to me means that it is a better version of me, but still is me. I did this for me. It only matters that I see the difference.
- Marta Smile Essential
I've received so many compliments since my treatment, but what people say: you look good. You look happy.
- Mr FB (Oadby) Smile Essential
The team at Smile Essential have given me confidence which I never experienced from a dentist before. I cannot thank you enough for the treatment you have done for me. I would highly recommend you to everyone.
Mr FB (Oadby)
- Mrs HL (Western Park) Dear Shrik and staff
Lina, you have completely restored my faith in dentists; my new smile is so much better and I have really appreciated your sympathetic and caring approach - thank you!
Mrs HL (Western Park)
- Mr BS (Leicester Forest East)
Thank you so much for helping me get my smile back! It has made a tremendous difference to my self confidence.
Mr BS (Leicester Forest East)
- (HL, Oadby, Leicester)
You have completely restored my faith in dentists; my new smile is so much better and I have really appreciated your sympathetic approach. Thank you!!
(HL, Oadby, Leicester)
- (JL, Narborough, Leicestershire)
Thank you for the good work on my new 'cap' this year. I am very pleased with the fit and colour of my new tooth. It looks much better now.
(JL, Narborough, Leicestershire)
- (DI, Glenfield, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you for your kindness during my treatment and restoring my faith in dentists.
(DI, Glenfield, Leicester)
- (KK, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Many thanks for reassuring me and your gentle caring approach.
- (ATB, Aylestone, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you so much for helping me to get my smile back! It was well worth the long stints in the chair even if I was the biggest coward! –thanks for your patience.
(ATB, Aylestone, Leicester)
- (KP, Rowley Fields, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you for giving me my smile back. I can’t stop smiling now and my only regret is that I should have come to see you years ago!
(KP, Rowley Fields, Leicester)
- (LS and family, Enderby, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
The whole family have now been coming to the practice for over 5 years and the peace of mind together with the 1st class service you offer has been excellent.
(LS and family, Enderby, Leicester)
- (JP, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness which I appreciated so much. Bless you.
- (AH, Braunstone, Leicester) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you so, so much for the dental treatment to make my front teeth look nicer. I feel much more confident in smiling with my new veneers. Thank you so much.
(AH, Braunstone, Leicester)
- (CD, Kibworth, Leicestershire) Dear Shrik and staff
Thank you for making me feel so relaxed when I came to see you for my fillings. Like many people the dentist is not my favourite place to visit but your calm manner put me totally at ease. I am very pleased with my new white fillings and look forward to my next appointment.
(CD, Kibworth, Leicestershire)